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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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The Biggest Difference Between The Dragon Touch X10 and The Asus Z580CA as a Server Platform

asus-z580caPrimarily both the Dragon Touch and Asus tablets deliver pages rather fast, considering they are tablets and have mobile processors and not full notebook/laptop/desktop processors which are obviously more powerful. The biggest difference is  simply the one thing the Asus has that the Dragon Touch does not….

That difference is RAM! 4gb of RAM versus 1gb means that I am actually writing this post on the Asus, using my Bluetooth LogiTech K480 while if I tried to do this on the Dragon Touch while it was the server I would be greeted with a few “application is low on memory” warnings because Chrome was using up a boatload of memory while the server was also using memory.

Sure the faster processor in the Asus helps a lot, but it is the RAM that is the key. Which brings me to my question of the night and that is, why in the hell have I had only one lukewarm offer for the Asus Zenpad S 8.0, also known as a Z580CA? Yeah, I am selling it, because while it is the fastest piece of hardware I own, including my desktop and Asus X553SA notebook, it is a bit small for these old eyes to see as I type out articles such as this one.

I posted on my Tim’s Tablet Web Server site today an article about the new Asus Zenpad Z8 and I am not all that damned impressed by the specs. The cameras on the Z580CA are better, the RAM is double (4gb vs 2gb), and the storage is also double, 32gb vs 64 gb.

I am currently selling the Asus for a mere $185 which is roughly $100 less than ANYPLACE you will find on the Internet. I don’t usually buy a tablet to keep it for a long period of time but rather to test it out, give my viewpoint and then sell it at a very fair price.

If you are looking for a killer tablet that is missing only one thing and that is an upgrade to Android 6.0, which I agree is inexcuseable, then this is still a fantastic tablet!

Tim

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Why the Dragon Touch X10 is Still a Bargain!

61oSDuBYzgL._SL1000_The Dragon Touch X10 continues to remain one of the best values for a solid basic tablet that money can buy. It does everything well and has no real issues that I am aware of even after abusing it as a server for more than 7 months now. That means it is rarely “off”.

It is more than good enough for basic internet browsing, messaging and even video conferencing. The full size USB port is handy for adding a mouse or plugging in a flash drive.

It also happens to make a nice little notebook when you run the mouse and a Bluetooth keyboard with it. The battery life is outstanding and it is the perfect size for watching movies or TV on.

At $119 on Amazon it still gives all the others a run for the money considering the price. So after owning one for a total of 8 months, I am still recommending it as a best buy!

Tim

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