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Occasionally I am a dumb-ass…especially when upgrading my PC.

JpegSo today I received my shiny new Intel Core Duo E6700 processor. It will make this server run much faster and increase my overall computing experience by roughly 20%.  2.66 GHz versus 2.13 GHz, oh happy day!

Oh wait, the dumb-ass who ordered this processor failed to order any thermal compound! You can’t put in a new processor without fresh thermal compound!

There you have it, my geek-fest of super fastness has been interrupted by failing to note that when you upgrade you need to order all the stuff you need.

Don’t let this happen to you. When upgrading anything with a heat sink pay attention to details.  Sure, I can probably find some in town somewhere tomorrow, but that means another day of a very fast computer that could be very faster!

If you don’t see this as humorous, you need to take that stick out of you ass and lighten up. It is a lesson, but at least I realized the mistake before installing the processor and frying it.

Tim


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Occasionally doing research leads to some fun.

riptide2-1So I am always looking to upgrade my tech toys here. That of course includes my Tablet, which is the reason I set up this server in the first place.

Currently, work obligations have me using my tablet as…oh my god!…a productive tool! So that means I am shopping for a newer and cooler tablet from which to run this server…while it currently resides on a virtual machine inside my Winderz box.

That leads me to my research on YouTube of the Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572. The product in question will NOT solve my dilemma because it uses an Intel chip and the KSWeb server I run works on ARM7 type processors, but I still want the damned thing!

So while perusing the videos on this product, which is virtually unavailable in the USA, I run across this guy playing RipTide2 for Android on the new tablet. So…being a curious George, I downloaded and install it on my “ancient” Memo Pad HD7 and low and behold, it runs just as good as it did on the video of the Memo Pad 572.

So I guess the bottom line here is: don’t think you need the latest and greatest tech crap. On the other hand that 572 looks sweet and does have twice the ram…

…but I have to admit, that game plays damn well on this old Asus Memo Pad HD7….

 


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We All Love New Tech, But Seriously, Why the Trickle of Tech on New Products?

drip_shitWe all love new technology. I must admit I lust for all the latest and greatest tech stuff even though my budget keeps me from buying every damned thing on Amazon (and Newegg, etc, etc). But let us face facts here folks, the tech companies don’t always give us what we want and nowhere near what they could be producing.

For the purpose of keeping it simple I shall be illustrating examples of what Tablets and Combos we should be seeing, versus what these idiots are feeding us.

We all want a bigger, brighter, high-def screen, yet about half the tablets offered each cycle are last year’s resolution with a few minor upgrades. Or another great scam is the old “here is a super fast processor, but we killed the camera resolution”, or, the old, “sorry only a front facing camera”, (of dubious, low mp resolution).

Then we have those super nice combo tablets/laptop. whatever you wish to call them, that have an absolutely killer processor but then neglect to throw in twice the ram. Thanks guys, I can now run the same number of apps as last year, with faster, but just the same memory issues.

Another of my pet peeves is no supplying a USB port or three. Does it really cost that much to put in a USB 2.0 or even 3.0 port or TWO on these new devices?

The ultimate combination would be a huge battery (say about 11 hrs REAL battery life with the screen on, 3 or 4GB of DDR3 memory, 2 USB ports and at least full HD cameras front and rear, with a minimum 2.3 GHz, quad-core processor and a display equivalent to today’s bleeding edge tablets/laptops.  If you are not including a micro SD slot capable of handling a 64 gb card and an internal capacity of at least  64 gb (twice that for Windoze), please walk away.

So the bottom line is quit charging us out-the-ass for these devices. There is no reason on earth that you couldn’t sell the above described device for right around $299.00. You would wipe out the competition and sell enough units that the smaller profit margin would still put the asshats over at Apple and MicroCrap into cardiac arrest.

Of course that is just my 2 cents….

Tim


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Review: Contextual Related Posts Plugin

context_related_postsI recently installed the Contextual Related Posts Plugin to test it out and am happy to report that it works just fine on my little Android based server here. The install went fine and the plugin is very easy to set up.

If you look at the links at the end of this article you will see the results of the plugin’s magic.  It’s a simple idea, but a great one, since it tends to keep your visitors on your site. It looks through your posts to compare words and produce a listing , with or without images, of posts on your site that are related.   You can control how many items it will display. So if you only wish to select a few or many, you can easily change the output.

The number of words searched and the output is completely editable. All in all I would give this plugin a rating of 5 stars, because it does exactly what it is supposed to do.
The author of this post is not connected in any way with the creators of the plugin(s) reviewed and all opinions are strictly his. No guarantees of performance or reliability are either given or inferred.


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Review: UpdraftPlus Backup Plugin for WordPress

Updraft_logo1For those who have frequented this site a few times you will already be aware that occasionally my poor little Asus Memo Pad HD7 allows my database to go to hell in a handcart. Requiring me to learn how to either fix a database or restore one from a previous backup.

Bottom line is that you do need to run backups so I now have a routine for doing just that, but a one click backup is certainly easier and faster than copying all my main files and then exporting and saving a database.

So today I installed a very nice plugin called Updraft Plus Backup. It does all that stuff for you and it will upload to a variety of locations including Google drive.  It is extremely easy to use in it’s most basic form and you can have a full backup in just a few minutes. The downsides are for those non-experts or simply lazy folks who can’t navigate the Google API stuff or do no have a cloud server available to store data on. For those folks you will have to run a back-up and then manually upload to a storage spot of your choice. A short update here (09/27/14), after getting myself a Dropbox account I now can report that using the automatic uploads feature works quite nicely, so the scores for this plugin are hereby raised a bit.

The upside of course is that in most cases, unless your server crashes completely and all data is lost, you will be able to recover it all and restore your site. I have set mine to auto-backup every 2 weeks but I will still run my manual backups in between. Below you will find a few screenshots of the app as it appears on my tablet server.

 

 

Over all I am going to give this plugin a score of 4.5 and that is only because of the complexity, for the average blog owner, of the uploads feature.  I still highly recommend this plugin.

The author of this post is not connected in any way with the creators of the plugin(s) reviewed and all opinions are strictly his. No guarantees of performance or reliability are either given or inferred.


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