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The HiBook And Logitech K480 Save The Day Again!

By Tim

Today I was sick. I had a temperature and could not get warm all day. However I still went to work because I can be miserable there just as easily as at home and I simply don’t like to miss work. So after 8 hrs of misery I head home with the idea of getting horizontal under a dozen blankets and trying to get some sleep. Of course that plan never panned out out because I decided to fire up the Zotac PC and check the sites and any emails I might have. Well it just didn’t go well because I managed to spill my soda into my USB keyboard before ever getting logged in.

So I unplugged it, flipped it upside down so the soda would not head inside the keyboard, but out. Great plan, with a 99.99% success rate. I set the keyboard over a heat vent and let it dry for about 25 minutes. Moving on, I plugged it back in and all the keys seemed to work except 1, the letter “p”. Yeah you guessed it, my Win 10 login has a “p” in the password! Worse yet, Bluetooth was not turned on. Well I am sick and it is about 25F outside so I am not running to the store that is about a half mile away to get a new keyboard.

So what does one do in this situation? Well I still have my WiFi router and I do have 2 tablets, both capable of connecting to the router and it hit me after 5 minutes of reasoning things out. I plugged the Ethernet cable into the Zotac and fired up the HiBook, logged into the admin panel of the router, figured out which IP the PC had obtained and then I used VNC viewer to connect to the VNC service on the Zotac. Within a minute I had logged in, turned on Bluetooth and then I paired up the LogiTech K480!

So once again the LogiTab has saved my bacon and taught me that I simply do not need two keyboards anyway! With a simple rotation of the knob on the K480 I can go from either tablet or to the Zotac!

However I would like to point out to folks that if you check E-Bay you can still find a LogiTech K480 keyboard for about $21-$23 with free shipping. Do not buy those add-on keyboards for your tablets, go bluetooth and it will save your bacon! This keyboard is by far the best $27 I ever spent on anything computer related and if you have a 10.1 inch tablet you won’t need a stand to use it, because the slot at the top of the keyboard will do the trick!

That is all I have for this evening,
I am hitting the hay…

Tim

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Vertical Surface Dock Now Let You Use the Surface Devices as Part of Workstation

By Radu Iorga

Many people nowadays use their tablets right next to their main monitors, for an extra boost of productivity (or extra boost of slacking, if you’re watching TV shows on it). Turns out that the Surface can also be part of this game, as it can be set up with a desktop workstation.

The vertical Surface Dock is shown in action below and it’s part of a Surface Pro VESA mount ergonomic workstation. It’s easy to mount and dismount, plus it can be part of a multi display and multiple desktop setup. It lets you drag and drop content onto the tablet’s screen or use it as a secondary display. In Photoshop you can assign it certain tasks, like a color palette or effects and it can also be useful for video editing or 3D graphics.

The Surface is held vertically with the special dock, serving as an additional monitor, held in upright position. Judging by the video below, it’s very much a plug and play affair, without the need for extra setup. The Surface Pro 2017/ Pro 4/ Pro 3 VESA dock is priced at $79 and the Deluxe VESA Dock with OEM Microsoft electronics preinstalled is $275.

You can get the rigs here. Shipping is worldwide and details about the assembly are found on the same site.

 

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Google Debuts Pixelbook Sleeve on the Down Low; New Pen Nibs Coming

By Radu Iorga

Sometimes Google just doesn’t want to make a big fuss out of its product debuts or announcements and thus there are new accessories incoming that you may not know about. We’re talking about the brand new Google Pixelbook sleeve and a bunch of nibs for the stylus associated to that device.

There have already been some other sleeves from companies like Bellroy, but this one comes from Google itself. The sleeve will hold both the Pixelbook and its Pen and it’s built from a premium layered microfiber, with a heathered finish, in order to match other Google devices and products, like the Pixel Buds’s case. This case also has a flap that closes with magnets, sealing the device inside.

Sadly we don’t have a release date for the product, or a price tag. Google in the meantime also added Pixelbook Pen Replacement Tips in the Google Store. Most of the styli out there are prone to tip breakage, that’s why companies like Samsung and other such names provide replacement tips. Somehow, Google didn’t do that with the PixelBook Pen. Now the big G is offering a 3 pack of nibs in the Google Store.

 

Spending $15 gives you a set of three, but these ones also don’t have a clear release date. Just as a quick recap, the Pixelbook is a Chrome OS laptop priced at $999. It’s got a Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

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ComFast Dual Band USB WiFi Adapter Review

I have had the ComFast Dual Band, (2.4/5Ghz), adapter since late May and although I have written a few articles on it I thought it was time for a full review.

This little adapter solves a myriad of issues for those who happen to only have a slower built in adapter on their tablets or notebooks that are only running wireless “n” speeds.

It will plug into any standard USB full size port and the bonus is that it is reversible. There is no “wrong way” to plug it in, so that makes it quite handy, especially f you don’t want the extremely bright led blinking at you. I have also used it on my HiBook with a full USB to USB C adapter and it works fine.

For less than $10.00 this is a very good deal. It should be capable, according to the specs, of 600 mb/s but with my home router I get about 433 mb/s which is still much faster than wireless “n” speeds. Speeds will obviously be dependent upon the router you use it with.

It does have a few downsides, which are quite minor. The first being the incredibly bright blue police cruiser intensity led, which if you plug it it with it facing away, then it is not an issue. The second one is that on a tablet with a small battery you will notice the extra battery consumption. On my Hi12 it makes no real dent in the battery life, but we are talking an 11000 mAh battery, while on the HiBook with a battery half the size, I do notice it.  So that is all of the downsides and as I stated not major at all.

So all of the above being said I am giving this one 5 out of 5 stars on my review scale! You can find the product right here currently at $9.99.

Tim

The author of this post is not connected in any way with the creators of the product reviewed and all opinions are strictly his. No guarantees of performance or reliability are either given nor inferred.


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Your old GameCube controllers now work with the Nintendo Switch

By Kyle Orland

Enlarge / If you have these lying around, dig them out of the closet for some Switch action!

Classic Nintendo GameCube controllers can now work with the Nintendo Switch via a USB adapter, following a version 4.0.0 system update released late last week. While Nintendo didn’t list the feature in its official release notes, the new controller support was discovered and spread on Twitter yesterday, then quickly confirmed by others.

GameCube controllers show up on the Switch controller-calibration screen with a “USB” label when plugged into the system dock via Nintendo’s official GameCube controller adapter, which was first released years ago alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (third-party adapters may not work as well, from reports). The controllers seem to work with every available Switch game, though the GameCube controller lacks an equivalent for the Switch’s “minus” and “ZL” buttons, limiting the functionality in some titles. Other USB controllers, such as wired Xbox 360 game pads, still aren’t recognized when plugged into the Switch.

The surprise controller addition will be welcome news for the many longtime Nintendo fans who think Nintendo never really improved on the oddly shaped GameCube controller design and for those who want to use bigger analog sticks on the system without having to invest in the Switch Pro Controller.

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