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What amounts to ‘Proof of Concept’ for the New Tablet I am Considering! Win 10 on a dual-core Notebook running a VM in Linux!

VM is working great!
VM is working great!

So once again this evening I did a bit more testing using my Asus X553SA Notebook to see how well Windows 10 with a VMware server, running on Linux Debian would work.

There were a few minor glitches, such as having to install the php5-gd library and Imagemagick so I could edit images inside WordPress and crop headers, etc.

However all seems well at this time as I write this directly to the Asus notebook based server.

Below is a short video I recorded using my BLU Studio Energy2 phone via screen capture.

So someone buy my Asus Z580CA so I can test this all out on a nice Windows 10 Tablet!

The video below is for those who never visit the Tablet Test site, because by the morning this site will be back in the Dragon Touch X10.

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Did Some Playing This Evening on The Asus X553SA Notebook, Using Linux. Quite fun!

Sure Does Look a lot like Winderz, but it's not!
Sure Does Look a lot like Winderz, but it’s not!

So I installed Linux Lite 2.6 a number of weeks back and decided to play with it a bit. I’ll point out that this is running inside a virtual machine and only using 1.4 gb ram of the 4 gb ram available to the Windows 10 system.

It works quite well and this very post is being written inside Linux on the VM. I have to admit that I really enjoy Linux Lite more than Winderz 10!

The image at the top of the screen was screenshot/edited using the GIMP photo editor.

Everything I have done on the web tonight was via Linux in a virtual machine. Folks really ought to try this stuff out!

That is all….

Tim


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A short follow-up on the Asus X553SA Notebook I Recently Purchased. Yes, not Everything on this Site is Purely Tablet Related.

1-Asus-laptop-sneak-peekSo while I am happy with the Asus X553SA Notebook, I did finally get tired of the hard drive running for roughly 6 min after every boot-up. So I decided to go in and kill everything that looked even remotely like bloatware. There were roughly 4-5 programs that fit the bill. I did not kill anything like sound or graphic hardware related items, (that’s a hint kiddies, don’t go crazy when uninstalling stuff!)

I killed off virtually every frivolous Asus program on the machine and then proceeded to get rid of the Trend Micro anti-virus. Boot-ups are now roughly 50% faster. It was worth the 25-35 minutes of uninstallations. I replaced the Trend anti-virus with the AVG Free  A/V and only installed the basic A/V protection.

In the end I freed up roughly half a gb of disk space by getting rid of apps that I would most likely never use. I am sure there are a lot more tweaks for Windows 10, but since I don’t use the thing very often, I can learn those at a later time. There is one other minor issue on this notebook/laptop and that is the absolute lack of documentation! You can upgrade it, but, there are no manuals available to let you know where the ram and hard drive are hiding.


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First impressions, Asus X553SA Laptop

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So yesterday I picked up the new Asus laptop from Best Buy. I am happy to report that it works very well. Setup was a matter of charging it for a few hours and hitting the on button.

Windows 10 ran a few updates and then I immediately installed Chrome as the browser and removed any bloatware that was pre-installed.

As far as speed goes it is quite fast and considering the price of $199 the sound and display quality are well above average! It could use more than 2 USB ports but I can always add a USB hub.

The keyboard has nice large keys and a huge trackpad which works great. It picked up my Logitech wireless mouse and the HP printer and those function perfectly with no setup issues at all.

So all in all I would give this product a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

(I apologize for the video quality, since I failed to set a decent frame rate while screen capturing).

This video has a better frame rate! The music still stinks, but this ain’t Hollywood…


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Uh oh! Tim now has a Laptop!

1-Asus-laptop-sneak-peekToday I ordered myself some super high tech computing gear, also known as a laptop!

So don’t be surprised if I spend a few posts singing the praises of my new 15.6 inch Asus…..

But that is a tomorrow story as I have to drive to Tennessee to pick it up from a normal city where everyone doesn’t know everyone and the streets are busy and there is a White Castle and a Krystal’s!

So bottom line is I shall pick up my new Asus laptop, eat far too many burgers and probably post something about it tomorrow night!

This also means that the Dragon Touch server will be offline during the day 2morrow!

 


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