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ASUS ME572 First Impresssions.

Asus-ME572C-1On Friday I picked up a nice new  Asus Me572C tablet, which I found on Best Buy’s website for a ridiculously low price of $149.  So having had the new device for roughly 24 hrs I am ready to give my first impressions.

The tablet is super fast and runs all my normal apps flawlessly. Battery life appears to be more than adequate. I have been playing with it all day and am only down to about 75% battery.

Build quality is excellent and I ran 2 updates on it today.  The second update is running as I write this.  There was not an update to Android itself, it is still sitting at 4.4.2, but I am hoping that maybe there will be an update to Lollipop in the near future.

The tablet is extremely thin and super lightweight.  So far there is nothing I don’t love about this thing with one exception. The old Notification/settings interface was actually easier to use and far more intuitive than the newer Zen UI interface. Perhaps it is only because I am used to the other one, but I still am not thrilled with it.

Below are 2 shots of the old versus new interface.

HD7 Interface
HD7 Interface
ME572 Interface
ME572 Interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may just be a matter of preference. I am certain that some folks will love it, so consider it just an opinion.

The only other downside I have found in my short time with this tablet is the Wi-Fi. Now this may simply be due to a settings thing or to my super cheap router, but the ME572 only connects at 65mbps to my router, my older HD7 connects at 135mbps. I have yet to figure out why, but it does annoy me that an “N” based wireless connection can’t utilize the full bandwidth available.

So there you have it folks. My quickie review of the ME572C Asus 7 inch tablet. Would I recommend this? The answer is a resounding YES! It will out perform a Nexus 7 and is significantly cheaper. If there is a better 7-inch tablet on the market for under $200 I am certainly unaware of it. As usual your comments are appreciated.

If you would like a detailed review with all the specs and benchmarks I would suggest trying this one.

I did run a Geekbench test on this model and the results are below.

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Tim


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I think I am finally happy with my Windoze PC…

tpompcnet_smAs those of you who have read my posts before know, I am no fan of Microsoft, but I have finally reached a state where I can tolerate it with my current machine.

Why is that Tim? you might be asking yourself? Well, it is because it keeps me entertained, is 1 billion times faster than my old Duron based Linux box and it allows me to run a few virtual server based websites (on Linux of course!).

So without further explanation I shall proceed to give you the links to those little sites that I run off this very same single machine that I watch videos on, play an old game called Unreal Tournament on and generally use to surf the web, unless I feel the urge to start-up an extra VM in Linux.

What I run off this machine….

The above sites all run off a single VMWare/Turnkey Linux machine which allows me to play around with all that cool webserver stuff without being constrained by Windows. If you visit my homepage you can get an idea of what can be accomplished with a basic machine and a little determination.

Virtually half that site is server side includes and it really is full of some handy information on virtual servers. It is rather nice to be able to play around with virtual hosts,  SSI, and cgi again. Of course there are the usual databases(MYSQL) and php which run this site.

Bonus here…I can export the VM and put all of this onto any PC/Server anywhere running VMWare. Try that with your Windows server….

The newest version of this server is now on a Zotac Ci323  mini-PC with a 240 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM.

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Tim wastes entire afternoon creating an easy car dealership software download.

BecauseScreenshot_2015-01-03-16-11-13 it is Sunday I should have been really watching NFL games, but since Green Bay had the week off I chose instead to take the vLot software I have running on my main PC and edit it, write full instructions and post it all for download on the web. Not real useful if you don’t have a car dealership, but if you have a small used car dealer and want a web presence, this will do it for you.

The software provided is all free, the instructions as clear as I can make them, assuming you are semi-computer literate and the ease of set-up about 5 on a scale of 10, [10 being most difficult]. You can see a demo site over on my PC based Virtual machine at: this link. You can also find the download link on that page (look in the News Page) if you happen to be a car dealer. If not you might find the software interesting enough to modify to sell other products.

As usual, if you need help you can contact me via my Google+ profile.

Tim


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Tonight’s Project – Putting Linux Lite 2.2 on the Desktop.

0150 am, CDT, 14Dec2014: So as I write this I am testing yet another version of Linux on my Dell PC. Using the trusty VMWare and waiting eagerly to see what the new system looks and feels like. As usual there will be screen shots and my initial opinion  when this is done. I set aside about 9 gb for the install and set VMWare at 1.6 gb for my RAM. The web site for Linux Lite (version 2.2) can be found here.

0250 CDT, 14Dec2014: The install was pretty straightforward and any basic user could install this product. It took roughly 1 hr to install on this older machine, and so far it seems to work pretty good. Below is a screenshot…

I have installed Chromium as my main browser and all seems just dandy.

If you are looking for a lightweight, easy to use Linux Distro I highly recommend this one. It still isn’t as good as Debian 7.7 , but it certainly isn’t bad at all.


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It’s Friday Night and it’s Android Time! KitKat on Your PC….

 

 

So tonight out of pure boredom I installed a VMWare version of Android KitKat on my PC.  About 1.9 gb of RAM seems adequate to run it and most of it is functional, but there are a few issues.

  • Sound is a no go
  • Installing apps appears to only produce errors…but expected.

On the other hand it is kind of nifty to play with the settings menu of an operating system that none of my current devices use.

If you are interested in trying it out or just as bored as me…you can find all the info on this web site. Obviously you will need a copy of VMWare, (you can just Google it).

Below is another gratuitous image of the VMWare KitKat image running…

 

 

 

 

 


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