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After a Full Week of Running a Server on the Asus Z580CA I have Reached Some Conclusions.

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The Asus Z580CA

For the last week I have run this server almost exclusively on the Asus Z580CA tablet and am very pleased with the results. The Dragon Touch X10 handles server chores quite well, but having 4gb of ram really does make a difference. The Asus can be used for multiple chores while still running the server with no visible lags on the device at all.

I am in fact using the Asus to type up this post tonight, although the server is running on the Dragon Touch this evening. I am always amazed at how well it works when using a Bluetooth keyboard and wireless mouse.

So now onto performance as a server. As I stated previously it runs flawlessly as a WordPress platform. More importantly, when setup correctly, it will run easily for 12 hrs on battery. The way this is done on this device is to simply plugin a wireless mouse and the WiFi will never sleep. The screen will stay off all day and therefore the prime user of battery is eliminated.

With the Dragon Touch the only way I  can get the wireless to stay awake is leaving the screen on, fully dimmed with Chrome running on a blank page, with no tabs open and therefore mostly black screen. For those who are thinking why not set the wireless to always on, and that simply doesn’t actually work on either of these tablets. Why, I do not know, I have tried every possible setting in settings, to no avail.

My conclusion is that overall, the far better server platform is the Asus Z580CA. I know, most folks are not interested in running a web server on their tablet, but for those who are, or maybe just want to try it, the Asus is the better choice.

Tim

 

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Asus Z580CA Due to Get an Update to Android 6.0 According to a Reliable Source.

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Asus Z580CA

Today I confirmed once again, with a pretty reliable source, that the Zenpad S 8.0 (Z580CA), will be getting an update to Android 6.0. Considering how great this tablet is, this would be a major update making it easily the best 8 inch tablet for the money on the market.

So as you may or may not know,  I have one of these. As a matter of fact as I write this post, I am using the Asus Z580CA as a server. It really does this well, in addition to all the other great things it does.

This news has me having second thoughts about selling it. Put it this way, if that update arrives before I sell it, then I will probably pull down all the ads I have posted for it or raise the price up to around $230 which is still great considering it costs $299 right now on Amazon.

Tim

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The Asus Zenpad S 8.0 Still Surprises Me With Sometimes Unreal Battery Life.

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12 hrs of being a server, 56% battery left.

Today at 7:10 am I unplugged the Asus Tablet from the USB C charging cable and plugged in my wireless mouse so that the WiFi would stay alive.  Now look at the time and battery percentage left when I finally remembered to check it tonight. Yeah, that’s 12 hrs and still at 56% battery.

Obviously the screen hasn’t been on all day until I took that screenshot, but it appears I can leave it running as a server for at least another 8 hrs or so. I believe I shall be using it as my server until such time as someone buys it.

I guess your perspective on the battery might be different, depending on how you use it, but as a little web server, it really is great. That is all for this little short post, not much else to say.

Tim

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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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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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