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Since I Have Yet to Sell My Asus Zenpad S 8.0 I Thought I Might as Well Use It to Report on Just How Good This Tablet Is!

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Asus Z580CA Screenshot

So today I am using the Asus Z580CA along with my Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard and a Logitech wireless mouse. Commonly known, if you have read my other posts on the subject as a “LogiTab”.

Today’s report is simply a review of this tablet and some thought’s on the competition. To put it mildly this tablet is screaming fast, this display is fantastic and there are never any lags due to a lack of memory.

Let’s review the specs on this tablet, they are rather impressive after all and there are few tablets in this price range than come close to these:

  • CPU – 2.3 gHhz Intel Quad core processor
  • Display – 2048 x 1536, 8 inch display, 320 dpi
  • On tablet storage – 64gb
  • RAM – 4gb
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • microSD slot – up to 128gb more storage
  • WiFi – a/b/g/n/ac
  • Cameras – Front 5mp, rear 8mp
  • Android 5.0 (yes, a bit old, but according to a chat I had with Asus this evening, there should be an upgrade shortly)
  • USB C port for charging/data transfer
  • DTS, dual speakers and great sound

This is truly a stellar device and the only complaint I have is battery life. I get at most, 6 hrs of heavy use before I am looking for a place to charge it.  When I use it as a web server the screen is off  and I can squeeze roughly 10 hrs out of it. On the other hand this tablet is very light, super thin and extremely well made.

All in all this is a tablet you should consider before jumping on the Samsung or Apple bandwagons. You simply won’t find these specs, especially the storage and ram on any tablet under $380 or so dollars, which is a full $100 more than this tablet costs on Amazon. If you can find a viable competitor with ALL the same/or better specs, I will knock $10 of the price of my Asus. In any case you could buy mine dirt cheap!

Tim

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Dealing with idiots; A continuing saga on those who do not read.

IMG_20160528_013153Apparently here in the south no one has learned to read beyond a headline. Folks I am frankly tired of trying to sell my Asus Z580CA tablet, which I am offering for $100 off retail. However I still keep getting contacted by folks who are confusing it with the Z580C.

It ain’t the same tablet folks. The ad clearly states this fact but again and again I get rednecks asking about getting something for nothing. Frankly every offer I have gotten was insulting and  made the one contacting me get instantly classified as a fool.

So for the very last time here is the link to the ad, and no, the price is what it is! Read the whole damned ad!

Update, same night, much later…1 reply on the ad. Another person thinking they were contacting their local church or the federal government…apparently “read the whole damned ad” was not unclear but beyond their comprehension level.

Tim

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Today’s Thoughts on the Incredible Power of Modern Computing Devices That We All Take For Granted.

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This is what a “server” used to look like

I have been associated with computers since about 1988 and IT in general , even when it was called IS (information systems), and I remember the “old days” which were actually only a few years ago.

For the younger folks out there, who do not remember the year 1995, because you were not cognizant of the world about you yet, I distinctly remember Bill Gates telling us we would never need more than a 350mb hard drive! Yes children, in 1994/95 we were in heaven if we had storage in the megabyte range!

Now lets fast forward to the  current year, 2016. We can actually run a web server on a freaking tablet! Look at the image at the top of the article  and then think about this: That device had about 1/10th the storage space and at best, 1/4 the processing power of a modern high end tablet! It weighed in at roughly 35 lbs and had numerous screaming fans to keep it cool.

On the other hand the server that I am writing this on has no fans, weighs in at under a pound, including it’s protective case and only makes sounds when it is telling me I have email. The server I am running this site on has more storage capability than the entire rack shown in the image below!

All those big boxes, contained less storage than your phone does!
All those big boxes, contained less storage than your phone does!

What a server used to sound like…(perhaps a very slight exaggeration)

Now certainly there is a lot to be said for huge servers with redundancy and fallbacks, but if you just want to run a simple web site and cough up information and images to the masses, you have that capability with a tablet/notebook/PC these days. This site is currently running on an Asus Z580CA with 4 gb ram and a quad-core 2.3 gHz processor and as I sit here typing it is playing music and syncing my Gmail/Facebook/Yahoo/Outlook accounts. All while being connected wirelessly and allowing me to run a web site.

As for redundancy, well a few clicks and I can back the site up to Dropbox or Google drive, which I do on a regular basis, and I can restore to my Dragon Touch X10 or to my Windows 10 Asus X553SA running a Virtual Machine in Linux.

What this all means is that in today’s world everyone can run a web site as long as they have a relatively fast connection such as cable or fiber if you are super lucky. I use KSweb on the Android tablets to run the server and VMware on the Windows 10 notebook to run a Linux Debian VM.

We truly live in amazing times technology wise folks! Sure, there are downsides to all this. It means that hackers and terrorists can easily setup a web site as easily as you or I, but that is a matter of YOU taking responsibility for your actions and being situationally aware of what you are doing. Never depend on your anti-virus program to protect you 100%, but be aware of information that you share. Always check the address bar on your browser and make sure the site you “thought” you went to is the site you are actually at. Simple little steps can keep you safe on the web. But it is YOU who needs to protect yourself. Your mommy ain’t here to protect and clean up your messes and software, while great only goes so far.

So in closing, lets just take a peek at what the server I am wring this on looks like….

Yeah, less than 7mm thick and no fans!
Yeah, less than 7mm thick and no fans!

Yes folks, than little slab of plastic and glass is the web server (currently), and we should all be thinking, damn! Ain’t life cool in the new millennium +16!

Tim

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Saturday, June 18th, the Dragon Touch X10 Tablet Report

IMG_20160618_140231So once again I am typing away on my Dragon Touch X10 in LogiTab mode and am happy to report that it is still running great and functions just as well as the day I purchased it! After roughly 2.5 hrs of use on the internet today I am down to 81% battery. That works out to about 10-11 hrs of useful battery life, even while running Bluetooth and a wireless mouse.

Of course the server today is running on my Asus X553SA notebook, which has been up and running since very early this morning, plugged in of course, because there is no chance the battery would last more than 4.25 hrs.

So as far as I am concerned the Dragon Touch was well worth the price, but I am still eager to get my hands on a Chuwi Hibook, Windows 10 tablet, so I can run Linux in a Virtual Machine (VM) as my backup.

That’s pretty much it for this week’s report,

Tim

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Just a short note to folks in Western Kentucky who may be interested in the Asus Z580CA I am selling…

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Asus Z580CA

Tomorrow is Saturday, 18 June/16, and I shall once again be out and about most of the afternoon, but should you have a real true interest in the Asus Z580CA that I am selling and that the server is actually running on at this very moment, you can contact/meet me in Kuttawa, KY, from 1:30pm-4:30PM. Just send a text to 270-350-5093 and you will get a reply in short order! (scammers need not apply, cash only sale here!) Please read the ads, (see below), that I have posted or do a search for videos on here to get all the specs on this tablet. I don’t tolerate fools well, and have zero tolerance for those who do not understand the specs as explained in the ads and on various posts on this website.

You may choose also to  just drop me an email by visiting the Craigslist ad(s) I have posted and sending an email. Either way, I shall respond.

As an incidental note, the Dragon Touch test server will be powered by my Asus X553SA for tomorrow afternoon, since I will be using the Dragon Touch as a notebook and be carrying the Asus with me in case someone wishes to purchase it.  Note to self 06/18/2016- remember to turn off Windows update, because unlike Linux, Windows has to reboot after every damned little software change!

Update: 06/18/2016-6:33PM CDT: As usual complete disinterest in the Tablet again today. One text message in broken English from a potential scammer, that was it.

Tim

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