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

Originally posted 2016-06-19 12:52:44.

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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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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing, The Chuwi SurBook Mini Full Review

Originally posted 2018-01-30 17:56:03.

This evening’s video comes to us from Chris over at TechTablets and covers the Chuwi SurBook Mini tablet PC.

This is a 10.8 inch tablet with the following specs:

  • Display- fully laminated, 1920 x1280
  • Intel Celeron N3450 Apollo Lake CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB on-board eMMC 5.1
  • microSD slot, supports up to 128 GB
  • 2 full size USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 USB-C 3.0 port
  • option keyboard/cover
  • stylus support, but very low end
  • 8000 mAh battery

For me this one isn’t a whole lot better than my little Chuwi HiBook. Sure, it has the better processor, but  the display isn’t much better, 1920 x 1200 versus 1920 x 1280.  If you can still find a HiBook or HiBook Pro, buy it!

However I digress a bit, considering the point of this post is to share the video and let you decide!

So let us get right to the video.

This product is currently available at Gearbest for $274.

That is all for now,

Tim

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For the remainder of this Evening the Tablet Server will be on the Asus Z580CA, Just to show off How damned Good it is!

Originally posted 2016-05-24 02:33:11.

asus-z580caI am selling my Asus Z580CA, but don’t think for a minute that it is because it lacks anything in the way of speed reliability or versatility.

The simple reason is that I test tablets and have a zero budget most of the time and need the cash to move on to a dual boot test, to share with folks and learn more about Tablets in general.

So, this post should hopefully get someone to look at the ad that is linked by that scrolling message on top of the screen, if not you can click here.

Tim

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

Originally posted 2017-03-03 04:52:45.

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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I am Not Sure if Anyone Out There Has Noticed the Chuwi HiBook Price Reduction on Amazon

Originally posted 2016-09-14 00:52:06.

1463184918531512662I am aware from the ads I run on here that Amazon has reduced the price on the Chuwi HiBook 10.1 inch tablet to $199.99. That my fellow tablet nuts is a decent price!

If you avoid the pitfalls of purchasing the associated keyboard at an inflated price and get yourself a Bluetooth Keyboard, you will be one happy camper!

On the other hand, you may wish to consider the Chuwi HiBook Pro that is available on Gearbest.com currently for about 4 more days, for only $197.59! The difference? A better display resolution on the the Pro, with a 2048 x 1536 display and an 8000 mAh battery which should last a bit longer than the standard model which has a 6600 mAh battery.

The choice is yours folks, but right now is the time to buy one if you have been considering it!

Tim

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