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Question from a geek for geeks

I was in Walmart the other day and stumbled across this tablet on clearance for $54. Being a notorious impulse buyer I picked it up with a few thoughts:

1: It's running Android 6. If nothing else it makes a good portable browsing machine.

But most importantly what attracted me is that it is running an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. Architecturally it appears to be this tablet with Android loaded instead of Windows at half the price.

So I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to get Windows onto this thing. My thought is since this thing is an x64 based processor there has to be be a way to get into BIOS and change the boot order. Has anyone got one of these? Have you got into BIOS? How did you do it?

And most importantly does anyone see any technological impediment considering the processor architecture as to why I couldn't load Windows onto this thing?
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon May 1, 2017, 06:12 PM (7 replies)

China appears to be preparing for North Korean exodus

A Chinese town near the border with North Korea is "urgently" recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters, stirring speculation that China is bracing for an emergency situation involving its nuclear-armed neighbor.

The Oriental Daily, a Hong Kong-based news outlet published the story on Apr. 27, including a photo of a Chinese government document ordering the town of Dandong to recruit an unspecified number of Korean-Chinese interpreters to work at 10 departments in the town, including border security, public security, trade, customs and quarantine.

The document did not specify the reason behind the unusual, large-scale recruiting. But experts and local citizens said the move indicated that China was bracing for a possible military clash between the United States and North Korea.

This might trigger a huge exodus of North Koreans to border towns in China.

Whether this dismal scenario will become a reality is largely up to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon May 1, 2017, 09:43 AM (3 replies)

The Weight. The venue name would be controversial today. Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh. 1970

It's a Holiday Inn Express and parking lot today just off the University of Pittsburgh campus. I saw George Carlin there back in the 80's.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Sat Apr 29, 2017, 11:47 PM (3 replies)

We went to the strangest event today for a friend's birthday

A friend of our is is for lack of a better term, a Beer Snob. He and his wife invited us to a Breakfast (brunch) Beer and Doughnut paring. Many were really strange, but I have to admit this Coffee Stout we tried with the Maple Bacon Doughnut was actually an oddly good pairing.

Guess it goes to show be open to new things.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Sat Apr 29, 2017, 10:38 PM (5 replies)

I promised a review of this Windows Tablet, so here it is

I posted the other day about having decided to buy a $94 Windows based tablet.

Ignore the "Sold Out", graphic from another site

I must say after two days I am impressed. The screen is very vivid and quite bright. Considering there is only an Intel Atom processor in this thing it is pretty zippy. Full screen HD video works just fine. Battery life is good. I am getting several hours out of pretty heavy use. The keyboard case is pretty cool. Combine it with a mouse and basically you've got a very portable laptop.

The downsides? It comes out of the box loaded with Windows 8.1 which you either love or hate. I despise it. Not to fear! Windows does still have a free version 10 upgrade loophole. If you download it from their Assistive Technologies page for people with disabilities it is still free, no need to prove anything.

There is only one micro USB port, so you can charge it or use an external USB device, but not both at the same time.

The free Office 365 offer is expired, but if you have a copy lying around it loads and runs perfectly. I loaded the real, not cloud version (32 bit) with no problem.

I addded a 64GB microSD card for extra storage. It seems to work well. Word of warning: if you get one DO NOT insert the card until after the tablet is set up. If you do, it will not so much as even power on. The book does not tell you about this, I learned the hard way.

Bottom line: Is this a replacement for a good high powered PC or laptop? Obviously not. It is, however, a good backup machine that will do 90% of the stuff you do on a computer every day.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 28, 2017, 09:46 AM (17 replies)

Well I took the plunge and bought a Windows tablet

The price was too good to pass up at $94. We have a few Android tablets and several laptops. I needed a good portable travel Windows machine. When I get it tomorrow I'll update with my impressions.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Apr 26, 2017, 11:00 AM (4 replies)

Seriously, WTF??

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Apr 25, 2017, 08:29 AM (8 replies)

Alright, if true this is utterly stupid

Yes, I know, it;s zerohedge

Speaking during a first of its kind meeting dedicated only to members of the U.S. conservative media, including Breitbart News, OANN and Daily Caller, President Trump told reporters to expect a 20% tariff on softwood lumber coming into Canada.

“We’re going to be putting a 20 per cent tax on softwood lumber coming in — tariff on softwood coming into the United States from Canada,” tweeted Charlie Spiering of Breitbart Media.

Trey Yingst of OANN tweeted that according to Trump “Canada has treated us very unfairly” and also threatened a tax on Canada’s dairy industry.

According to the WSJ, Wilbur Ross said the tariff will be applied retroactively and imposed on Canadian exports to the U.S. of about $5 billion a year. He said the dispute centers on Canadian provinces that have been allegedly allowing loggers to cut down trees at reduced rates and sell them at low prices. "The determination that Canada improperly subsidizes its exports is preliminary, and the Commerce Department will need to make a final decision. In addition, the U.S. International Trade Commission will need to find that the U.S. industry has suffered injury. But even a preliminary decision has immediate real-world consequences, by discouraging importers from buying lumber from Canada."

Or, as a WSJ associate editor put it, "Blame the Chinese, but tax the Canadians:"

China, and to a lesser extent, Mexico are the primary abusers. Why go after the soft target for crissake?
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 24, 2017, 07:44 PM (3 replies)

Breaking: X-Files coming back again

Considering how Chris Carter left us hanging last year, he OWES us.

Just over three years after the last revival of the Chris Carter created series was announced, Fox said Thursday that a new 10-episode run of the Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny-starrer is set to start production this summer.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said Fox Broadcasting Company Prez David Madden today. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”

Technically, the 11th season of The X-Files, this new run will air on Fox’s schedule either later this year or early next year. Starting off with strong ratings, the six-episode last revival of the FBI conspiracy and alien tracking drama debuted on January 24, 2016 on the very revival friendly FOX. In my review of 2016 The X-Files revival, I said the latest show was “strikingly serious and silly at the same time, the six episodes are actually a lot like the original X-Files — you either go with it or you don’t.” I added, in my video review that, “and if you want to believe (to paraphrase the poster Duchovy’s Fox Mulder had up in the duo’s FBI HQ basement office in the original series), this X-Files is well worth opening up.”
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 20, 2017, 06:41 PM (0 replies)

Volleyball game spotted at North Korean Nuke site

US experts who analyse satellite images from North Korea say they have seen unusual activity at the country's nuclear test site: volleyball games.

The images were taken on Sunday by a commercial satellite amid speculation that Pyongyang was preparing for its sixth nuclear test at a time of growing tensions with the US.

The pictures were released by 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project at Johns Hopkins University, in Maryland.

The analysts gave two possible reasons for the unexpected activity at the Punggye-ri test site: either preparations had been put on "stand-by", or this was part of a "deception plan" by the government.

"Regardless," they said in a report, "the Punggye-ri nuclear test site appears able to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time once the order is received from Pyongyang."

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:51 PM (5 replies)
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