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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: AMDTechReviews Hits 20K Subscribers.

By Tim

You are probably thinking what? Who cares? Why is this important? Well kiddies it is important and as I wrote about months ago there are only 2 YouTube reviewers who I really depend on for honest reviews that cover both the pros and cons of the latest tech products.

Those are Andrew over at AMDTechReviews and Chris over at TechTablets. Both offer first class video content and totally and completely honest reviews. They point out the flaws in products they test. This is important! Quoting off the specs on the latest notebook or tablet is not always the entire story, but delving into storage capacities, pricing and those items that might be a deal breaker for some folks, but not others are still important.

If you are the type to research your modern tech purchases before pulling the trigger then these two guys will probably have covered the item or they will shortly.

So here is a short video from Andrew concerning his upcoming projects and thanking folks for subscribing. If you like tech info videos I highly suggest subscribing to his channel!

If you do subscribe, add a comment telling him Tim over at tabletserver.com sent you!

That is all for now,

Tim

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Meltdown and Spectre Flaws Pretty Much Affect ALL of Us! PSA Here!

By Tim

About 48 Hrs ago we all learned about the major flaws in Intel, AMD and ARM architectures that essentially leave all systems powered by these devices open to huge security holes that would allow hackers to essentially steal your data.

Yeah, that is a scary scenario and it means that every corporation, every server, every PC/notebook/laptop/tablet/smartphone is at risk! Check the end of this article for some links on the current info available. You can also Google it to find the latest info.

Ignore the hype for a moment and take a step back.  This might mean a whole new crop of processors based on totally new instruction sets and yeah, it may mean that every device out there now is totally obsolete.

Think about that for a moment, that means literally billions of smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and servers being relegated to the junk pile.

Perhaps we all get patches for what ever operating system we have, but based on what I read this may be just a band-aid process.  Remember this is not really an operating system issue, it is the actual CPU architecture issue. We have essentially been running the same architectures for decades  and it may require a complete re-think from those providing these SoC’s, CPU/GPU’s, etc.

Patching software is easy, and “might” fix the issue, but patching your processor isn’t easy or damned near impossible. So now we wait… and in the meantime hackers are dancing their ‘happy dance’.

On the other hand this does mean that we might seen an entire new generation of processor/motherboard technology and while being expensive for many folks, it might actually mean a huge boom in new device sales in 6 -8 months.

My advice, is to give this issue serious consideration before purchasing any new device, because you might need a new very shortly to keep your information secure. The last thing I want to do is to keep people from clicking on my ads on this site, but it is my ethical duty to provide this info and therefore I have to post this.

Latest news:

ARS Technica Link

TechCrunch report

I suggest searching  your favorite search engines to keep up on the latest updates to this absolutely scary flaw in your devices!

Here are a few videos for your education, by no means complete in info, but worth watching!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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Why I Believe That Tablet Sales Are Down: It Is Simple, They Are Feeding Us Crap!

By Tim

After reading the title you might be thinking that tablets are crap, but that is not the case. The real issue here is poor marketing and a failure to realize that they simply are not making good choices with marketing, storage and the concept of a tablet.

Make no mistake about it, most tablets can do what ANY PC can, albeit slower and on a smaller screen. But on the other hand they can also do what a smartphone/phablet does faster and easier than any smartphone.

So the question here is why are not tablets selling like hotcakes? It has to do with short sighted thinking and poor designs and horrible marketing choices.

Are they portable? YES! Are they easily a superior viewing device for the web,? Yes! Are they fast enough for day to day PC chores? Yes! So why the crappy sales number over the last 2+ years?

It is really quite simple, the manufacturers of these devices have lost focus! They are trying to produce super cheap tablets, which is great, but they haven’t caught on to reality! Touch screens are great, but if you want to make your tablet truly useful the touch screen is a secondary item!

We all have a smartphone these days which in general allows you to view the internet in a tiny space and use a touch screen. That is cool, but the touch screen in general is an inefficient way to interact with your device, as a keyboard and mouse are far superior and make your life simple and never leave fingerprints!

Face it, a modern tablet is simply a flat, thin, all-in-one PC, whether it be Android or Windows 10.

So why are folks not buying these for home use? There are several reasons.

Number 1 is storage! Why in the hell would you ever purchase a device with less than 128 GB SSD storage?

Number 2 is why wouldn’t you, the manufacturer/designer recognize this and add a little door on the rear cover to insert an inexpensive SSD M2 card? Sure a  microSD card slot is also a great idea for added space but only for files. Making a super thin tablet with only 64 GB eMMC storage is okay, but hardly competes with a laptop with an SSD.

These current 10.1-13.5 inch tablets offer superior screens and can be the best way to watch TV or videos, but without the ability to use a keyboard they sort of suck. Sure you can get a keyboard for most of them but then you get raped for $50+ for a keyboard that is okay but generally not great. So how does a manufacturer deal with that  issue? How about being honest and offering your own multi-device Bluetooth keyboard? How about explaining to your customers that a BT keyboard might be the way to go.

How about making sure you offer enough ports for USB and USB-C users? Concentrate on usefulness, battery life and market the portability angle and quit focusing how thin your tablets are.

That is all for today,

Tim 

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The HiBook News:Internet Connection Problem Solved! Okay Minimized Would Be a Better Term

By Tim

Yesterday after a grand total of 23 reboots of my phone I was finally able to figure out a way to avoid or at least mitigate the issue of those darn “err_connection_reset” messages.

So here was the issue in detail.  I run numerous websites now all served from a single server and I am still waiting to get cable in my new apartment, so I am using WiFi tethering to my BLU Studio Energy 2 phone for my connection. However when I went into any of the site’s WordPress dashboards I could make perhaps 1-2 edits and then I got the dreaded “err_connection_reset” messageThis would mean I could not connect to any of the sites, every domain was dead, at least for me and only me.

I could still ping the sites, I could FTP into them, but as far as http went, it was a no go until I rebooted the phone. I did a trace route, I changed DNS servers,  I tried everything, but after 23 reboots yesterday as I updated the ads on 2 of the sites I had finally had enough. So I began to look outside the box. How can I connect and disconnect when needed without using the normal routing?

The answer for me was a free VPN from Betternet. Install the VPN, connect and then when things did die simply turn off the VPN and then turn it back on. 5 seconds later all was well! This app sits in your taskbar tray and is easily reset. Simple, effective and free.

I ran a trace route after installing the VPN and it ran faster and took a completely different route to the server.  When I did get an error it was site timed out not the err_connection_reset message. So problem solved? Well not 100%,  but no more rebooting the phone and resetting up tethering!

This app works just as well on the HiBook as it does on the Zotac mini PC, so Win 10 Home or Win 10 Pro, performance is exactly the same!

Now this might be an issue with the phone itself or AT&T and may never happen to anyone else but me, but I thought I would share the cure anyway!

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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Another Very Interesting Low Cost Notebook: The Jumper EZbook 3SE 13.3 inch

By Tim

The Jumper EZBook 3SE seems like the soluton for those who just are in need of a fast, light, 13 inch notebook for basic applications and maybe some web browsing and YouTube, etc. At a mere $169 currently on Geekbuying this is really a nice little home notebook for the kids to play with or if you simply need a PC on the go.

This seems to be a nice device with a few downsides such as only having a max WiFi of wireless “n” speeds, but those speeds are pretty darn quick enough for most folks. The other drawback is the lack of an SSD port to upgrade storage, but if you install a microSD card with 128GB you would have a total of roughly 150 GB free. This should suffice for basic use and office documents, etc. After all, my home PC running Win 10 Pro with a 240 GB SSD still has 127 GB free after 1 year of use.

So here is a basic overview of the specs:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home OS
    Windows 10 brings back the popular Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you mark up Web pages on your screen
  • Intel Apollo Lake N3350 Quad Core 1.1GHz, up to 2.4GHz
  • 13.3 inch FHD IPS Screen with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM for Advanced Multitasking
  • 64GB eMMC Storage Capacity
  • Camera for Photos and Face-to-face Chat
  • 2.0MP front camera let you capture memorable moments or chat with friends
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Interface Syncs with Compatible Devices

Now I’ll be damned if I can find even a single video review of this exact product, but I am going to add the review of the EZBook 3S here, but keep in mind that this one has an IPS screen, is a 13.3 inch IPS display but sports only 3 GB RAM and processor is a dual, not quad core.

That is all for now,

Tim

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