I bought the HP Stream 7 for a couple of reasons. First, my primary PC is failing. The keyboard doesn’t work properly, and sound has been shot. With this in mind, I can only assume the system board (where everything is) will eventually go. This forced me to make my primary PC which is a notebook homebound. However, I never bought a notebook because that is what the cool kids are doing these days, I bought a notebook so I could be productive not only at home, but away.
In reviewing the HP Stream 7 to see if it would be worth the price, the biggest attraction was the price at $85 for a full Windows 8.1 system. Even though there is only a 7” screen – the system should at least be able to perform when away. However, I will continue to use the “homebound” PC for work done at home. The Stream 7 has an Intel Atom 1.3Ghz Quad Core CPU. This will handle basic tasks well enough, but don’t expect this to be a performer. There is 1GB of memory, and a 7” 1280×800 IPS display. Storage is 32GB of integrated Solid State Flash with a micro-SD card support for 64GB. The tablet has a 3000mAh battery, integrated mic/speaker combo jack along with an integrated mono-speaker, and micro USB which is for charging or connection to accessories. The front camera is .3MP (VGA) and a 2MP rear camera. There is Bluetooth and Wifi-N support with Miracast, but no cellular connectivity. For new purchases, there is a 1 year Microsoft Office 365 subscription which includes 60 minutes of Skype per month. Along with the purchase, I also acquired a Class 10 64GB micro-SD card which will hold content.
Continue reading HP Stream 7: First Impressions
Not much happened today. I tried to do some work that needed to be done a few days ago, but the multi-function center refuses to work (again). I gave up, and took the work down to FedEx Office. I will receive the money back, but it is still a pain in the behind. I will call Brother again about this failed machine when I have the patience and resources. I will likely have to allow them to hold a deposit while a replacement machine is in cross shipping.
Not much else is going on. Things are much the same, and the days are relatively quiet. I had a lot of Lindens which were converted to US dollars to pay for about half of my bill. This of course depleted much of my Lindens, but I haven’t been spending them much anyhow.
Continue reading 2013-07-26
On Wednesday, 2013-07-25, I have received an HP 2000 series PC. The PC is good for what I expected. It is in no means my ideal PC, and not even my first choice of sub $1000 PCs. It is a good choice as a sub $500 PC. However, one serious flaw of the HP is it comes with Windows 8. Now, is Windows 8 the same kind of fiasco as Windows Vista, no. But is is a completely different mess of its own.
If you don’t know the idea of Windows 8, the idea is that you have a fully functional OS that runs an x86 CPU. Windows 8 and Windows RT are very much alike with the exception of Windows 8 is able to run “legacy” programs or programs that are designed to run in the native environment of Windows 7 or earlier Windows OSes. This segregation is only a part of the problem.
Continue reading Why I Can’t Stand Windows 8
Today was a busy day. It also could have been better. There are good news and bad news. The good news is I received the new PC. The bad news is I received the new PC. Confused? So am I. I have been trying to deal with Windows 8 since I got the PC started. The tile UI is Play Skool or Fisher Price like. It is good for touch screen, but since I could not afford a touch screen PC, I am finding myself doing twice as much work to get the same thing accomplished.
On a benefit, the PC does perform well in comparison to my older system. it will be demoted as a secondary system. It will service the label printer I have, and host my iTunes library. I will eventually phase the need to use iTunes with the podcasts. This system will not carry as much demand – allowing the systems to share responsibility, and essentially allow me to keep my sanity with regards to the Fisher Price UI.
Continue reading 2013-07-24