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2013-07-25

Not much happened today. I received a call from HP Support which I inquired of something, and was told that they will get back to me. In this case, this was regarding extended warranty. While a $400 PC would not normally warrant the extended warranty, the only reason I am looking into it is due to the effort required for me to purchase a new PC, and the issue of the SD card reader I had with the previous one.

The person offered me a discount on the warranty which I will definitely wish to attempt at getting. If possible, I will like to get a 3 year ADP which will protect from normal defects, but also accidental damage.

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First Impression: HP 2000-2c20NR

The HP 2000-2c20NR was purchased to replace my current HP Pavilion G62. The reason of why is the current PC was essentially going on its last days. It lost all of its feet, and lost one bumper for the monitor. The power button is temperamental, the SD card reader is not functioning, the F4 key is only on the keyboard due to a piece of scotch tape. The system will overheat, and the Shut Down has errors with it. On top of that, it has failed to even pass beyond the BIOS boot which is essential for any PC a few times. With this in mind, it is understandable of why I felt I should have got a new PC. For now, my G62 is still functional (considering), however it can not serve as a primary PC any longer. It will be demoted as a guest system, and hold my iTunes resources which I still use until I can find a competent replacement and move over to Android entirely (retiring the iPods).

The HP 2000 (the noted model) has an Intel Pentium Mobile CPU running at 2.4Ghz dual core. This is not the i3-i7 series CPUs. It has one 4GB SODIMM, and is upgradeable to two 8GB memory slots. It has a 720p resolution webcam, and integrated Intel series graphics. Drives include an SD card slot, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, and a DVD Writer. Ports include 1 VGA, 1 HDMI-out port (plugs into a TV or monitor), three USB2 ports, an RJ45-1GBPS and a VGA port (because we live in the 90s). It has Wifi-bgn support, but no Bluetooth. The screen size is 15.6” diagonal. There is also a speaker, and microphone jack, but there are integrated speakers, and mics.

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First Impressions: Windows 8

I received a new computer today, and of course, there came a new Operating System. This will be Microsoft Windows 8 Standard Edition. This will be a 64bit version which will have better memory support especially if the notebook should be upgraded to 16GB of memory.

I would admit if I had a choice, I would have continued to use Windows 7, especially since this new PC does not have a touch screen. The OS has two environments. The first one is a tiled style environment which is very similar to the front end of Windows Phone. The second is a lesser version of the previous layout of the former 32/64 bit OSes from Microsoft which included a taskbar for frequent and current programs as well as a button to start programs or control system services. This layout has been around since 1995, but in Windows 8, it has been drastically reduced. And as with most operating systems, there is also a dedicated application store. However, being the x86 version OS, it will also have support for programs that would run in previous versions of Windows (XP or better)

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Two in a Row, Good Enough

A few years ago, I purchased an HP Pavilion G62. This was to replace an incompetent Acer PC that was running Vista. However, after a few years, my system has been acting in a manner that does not give me confidence it will continue operating at any reasonable quality. For example, I do a full shut down at night time before I go to bed. I will turn the PC on, and while the PC is booting, I will get the two ready for their walk. I will log in before I walk the dogs out the door. Why, because it literally takes 20-30 minutes for the system to boot up fully.

In addition, some keys are not as good as they should be, the power button is finicky, and the SD card drive is non-functional. Since I had 3 years of this system, I will expect that it is not going to operate in optimum condition. On top of that, the system didn’t boot the BIOS which means that it could go anytime between now, and another year.

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Android on Desktop PCs

My brother asked me a question in regards to his daughter’s friend. She is not from a well to do family, and asked me about a cheap desktop. She goes to the library for most of her homework that has  to be done, and the local library has time limits. Unfortunately, there are no real cheap notebooks – at least for the United States Market. So, I looked into the possibility of a desktop system. However, all of the ones that would out price the cheap refurbished notebook are legacy in many ways, and therefore not really worth it for a long term investment.

Then I remember the possibility of an Android based computer the size of a thumb drive. So, what if this PC is available, and would it meet the needs of someone that needs a PC. Well, first, one would need Internet service at home, and I mean broadband. Dial up will simply not be functional in today’s modern world. Also, one would have to make some compromises, and I mean a lot of them. Android is great, although not that great as a desktop replacement system. There are a few things that will be a concern though for recommending.

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2012-05-07

Not much happened today. I took the dogs for a walk, but they seemed to be more interested in resting than playing – which I am guessing is from the heat. The ceiling fan helped some, but as the evening rolled on, it started to rain. The fan went off, and windows (with screens) opened to let fresh cool air in.

Not much else happened today. I don’t have any plans for tomorrow. I will have to go to the grocery store on Wednesday to go grocery shopping, but otherwise – not much for the week. All of my bills with the exception of a $5 bill that is at the end of the month has been paid, so the money in the bank will be used to pay for the food, and other needs for the month.

Ultimate Birthday Present – 2012

While I am not a big holiday person (including my own personal one), I figured I will write this post nonetheless. Now, as for the ultimate birthday present, my choice might be a surprise to those that will know me. While the surface of the gift is no surprise, the actual details  will be a bit of a surprise. My ultimate birthday present will be a complete notebook/desktop replacement. Now, in my opinion, a desktop replacement is more than just the PC, but also a full size keyboard, monitor, and storage.

Now, this system will come in a number of parts. This is again because a true desktop replacement needs to be more than just a PC. Also, this system will be very expensive. It’s not any run of the mill $500 PCs I am used to having, so this will be a sticker shock when one reads the price at the end. However, this is why it is called an ultimate birthday present.

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HP Now Has the Most Expensive Body Part!

Original Article ( http://fsp.tw/22 )

About an hour ago on Ars Technica, it was posted that Hewlett Packard (aka: HP) who also owns Compaq, and Voodoo PC has bought Palm for $1.2Billion. Actually, it was a surprise to me, and I didn’t see that coming.

Now, the question is what would HP do with Palm? Ars Technica suggested that they would use it for their slate PC. However, I don’t think so. Palm was not up for sale when the Slate was unveiled as a future product. This would mean that HP would have to develop relatively bug free drivers for the slate to include in to the WebOS platform. I just don’t see it. Instead, they would most likely either use Android, or Windows 7.

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How Android OS can win in the Market?

Android OS is a very new concept. It is open source, and with reasonable requirements on smart phones, and even future phones would be able to have this OS. As we speak, some companies are trying to put this Smart Phone OS on Sub-Notebooks (aka: Netbooks). However, it has stiff competition. There is Symbian, Windows Mobile, RIM, and iPhone. So, how could it compete with those OS, and strive to dominate?

As for Symbian, it’s only real advantage is the application. While it is on a large range of phones, all of the good ones are in the higher end costs. ($700+). This is most likely because of licensing issues. Android has already on more successful phones in satisfaction with lower cost phones.

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Magic My Jack

On Monday 9th of June of 2008, I have received a special piece of hardware that utilizes software, and a service. This device and service is called Magic Jack. It is a special device that connects to the USB port of your Windows XP/MAC OS PC. The software installs on your PC, and you set up with an email address. You would than be able to select a limited line of phone numbers that are US based. Once you set everything up, you would be able to connect a telephone that has a standard US based RJ-11 jack into a the device, and you could make regular phone calls.

The device cost’s about $50 including shipping. It takes about 5 -10 minutes to set up, and it installed easily on a Windows XP Pro computer. It includes one year of service, and each additional year is $20/year. Continue reading Magic My Jack