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After a Few Months, I Am Still Loving The Silent Zotac Ci323 Nano PC!

ZBox CI323

Back in January I wrote about the Zotac Nano Box Ci323 which I had recently purchased and I am here to tell you, that it is still the best low cost desktop replacement PC you can get!

It uses less than 10% of the power that my old Dell Optiplex did and it runs everything perfectly in Windows 10 or Linux. Yeah, I never did figure out Windows 7, but the truth is, Win 10 is so much better that I ceased to care about it.

You can still grab one of these super little PC’s, with a gazillion ports from Newegg.com for only $139! It is a bare-bones PC, meaning you will need to get a hard-drive (or SSD like I did) and some RAM, like I did. When done you will have a sub $300 desktop PC.

Once again, here are the specs:

  • Intel Celeron N3150 (quad-core, 1.6GHz, up to 2.08GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 2 x 204-pin DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM (up to 8GB)
  • Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA3 HDD/SSD
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x Display Port, 1 x VGA <—3 display ports? Yes!
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports <–4 std size USB ports, yes!
  • 1 x USB-C (3.0) Port <—-a USB C Port also?, OH Yeah!
  • WiFi 802.11/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual Gigabit Lan ports.
  • 1 microSD/SD Card slot

In conclusion, I am so happy with this little PC I am promoting it and I don’t get a penny for folks clicking on the Newegg link!  Below once again is the video that sold me on this PC…

That is all I have for this evening,

Tim

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A Very Decent 10.1 Inch Tablet at a Great Price: Cube iWork10 Ultimate

Cube iWork10, not too bad

I have noticed that both of the major Chinese retailers are pushing Cube devices this month and I decided to poke around a bit. After about an hour of reading specs, and looking at videos I finally found a great deal for folks interested in the 10 inch class tablets!

The Cube iWork10 is a fairly decent dual-boot tablet PC at a super low price of $154! Sure, the HiBook Pro is a better device, but if you just want a super good, dual boot, 10.1 inch tablet and are on a budget, then this one may be the best deal for you. That price certainly leaves room left in the budget to get the optional keyboard or get a nice Bluetooth K480 Logitech (I know it is still available).

The specs on this device are as follows:

  • Intel Z8300 Quad Core @1.44GHz
  • 64 GB on-board storage
  • Dual boot Win 10/Android 5.1
  • microSD support up to 128 GB
  • 1920 x 1200 IPS display
  • 1 USB 2.0, 1  USB-C, 1 x HDMI
  • 7500 mAh battery

I did in fact find a video review for your entertainment …

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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This Evening I Tweaked The Memory Speed On The HiBook And Didn’t Blow It Up! (yet)

Less than 20 minutes ago, I decided to tweak the RAM speed on the HiBook to 1600 MHz, which is what it should be running at. All seems to have gone well since the tablet still boots up and all systems seem to be a-okay.

I did this after poking around YouTube and finding a video on how to do this on the Chuwi Hi12, which of course I shall have soon. While I absolutely do not recommend trying these little tweaks, increasing the memory speed can get you a bit of performance.

The procedure is fairly easy, but you will need a USB keyboard to get the deed done. I used the keyboard that I normally run from the Dell PC through a USB to USB-C adapter and it worked fine.

The steps are as follows:

  • Plugin your USB keyboard (Bluetooth ain’t going to hack it).
  • Start up the tablet and then when Windows is starting, hold down the “delete” key.
  • Once into the BIOS, find the chipset settings and then select Northbridge.
  • You will then see the memory speed settings. Change the setting to 1600.
  • Save settings and pray to god your tablet restarts and works.

Do NOT blame me if your tablet turns into a brick, especially if you watch the video below, which will also offer similar warnings. Below is an image showing the task manager performance readings in Win 10.

Ram, now running at 1600 MHz!

Do I know if this has increased performance?  Not just yet, but it certainly can’t hurt! Will it decrease battery performance? Perhaps a little, but this tablet does very well on battery, so if I lose 30 minutes, but get a performance increase I won’t complain. So without further introduction, here is the video…

That is all for tonight, except for a short note…you can still get a HiBook Pro for a mere $184 for the next few days,

Tim

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Tonight’s Tablet Project: Getting Kodi/Chromecast To Run On A Dirt Cheap Amazon Fire Tablet

Tonight I decided to try and setup Kodi/LocalCast on one of those $50 (or less) Amazon Fire Tablets. It took a little while to find a decent video on YouTube that explained the steps to get the Play Store to work, after that it was cake. The video can be viewed below. It is quite handy to have what is essentially a 7 inch tablet/remote control for your TV! Essentially you will be installing the Google Play Store, then installing Kodi and an app called LocalCast after following the Play Store instructions/video below.

The video is about 8 months old, but worked like a charm. Essentially all you really need to do is the following, (but watch the video if you must):

  1. Go to Settings, Security and allow installs from outside sources
  2. Open the Silk Browser on your Fire Tablet
  3. Go to this URL and download/install all 4 apps: http://bit.ly/1TzWVzq
  4. Go to this URL and download/install the other 2 files: http://bit.ly/1X0RtdZ
  5. Restart the Fire Tablet, then install Kodi and LocalCast from the Play store. You will also need the playercorefactory.xml file which you can find if you poke around on Google or read my previous post on this subject. This will allow LocalCast to autoplay  via Chromecast on your Android device,(or the Fire Tablet) and it becomes quite seamless, allowing you to use the tablet or your phone even while casting to Chromecast.

You now have yourself a dirt cheap Kodi box! Yeah, it is just that easy!

Tim

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Just 1 Day on Craigslist and The Asus Notebook Records Its First Scammer!

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

As usual when selling anything on Craigslist you will run into scammers. They are as prevalent as flies near a pile of dog poop.

So just a day or so after putting the Asus X553SA up for sale on Craigslist I was rewarded with my first text from, you guessed it, a scammer with an area code from far from the local area and someone who apparently had never read the ad which clearly states, cash only, in person.

I guess there are people who fall for this crap but after explaining that yes, I did still have the notebookthis idiot asks if I will take a cashiers check. Normally I would have strung him along just for giggles, but in this case, well, I am tired of these assholes, so I said no, told him to read the damned ad and added a few other choice expletives to my reply.

The point is, when selling a product on Craigslist, you should assume all inquiries to be from a scammer until proven otherwise. Always accept cash only, in person and never, ever fall for the cashiers check scam, which will be followed up by how they will pay you more than the asking price and send their “pickup person around” to get the product. That then devolves into a complex web of them sending you a thousand or more over and a request to return several hundred by Western Union, etc.  Occasionally they will lead you along as interested first, then pull my grandpa/aunt/mom has passed and then go into the aforementioned scam.

No legitimate buyer will ever offer to pay more than you are asking. Only an idiot takes a good deal and says to himself, oh, wait, how can I pay too much?

So bottom line here, the Asus X553SA is still for sale and do not waste my time if you are a scammer since I forward all those scammer text phone numbers to the FBI.

Incidentally, here is a video of the Asus in question…

Tim

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