Saturday, January 19, 2013

Corsair 32G SSD RIP

This SSD has been with me through several netbooks. This morning it failed to boot, or even be visible or mountable via Ubuntu Disk Utility.

January 2011 
January 2013

Kogan Atlas laptop [w Sandisk 120GB SSD]
Acer Aspire One AAO D270 netbook laptop [w Corsair 32GB SSD]
Asus Eee PC 1015PX netbook laptop [w Corsair 32GB SSD]
Acer Aspire One AAO 543h netbook laptop [w Corsair 32GB SSD]
Asus eee pc 701 netbook laptop
Acer Aspire laptop
OEM laptop
OEM desktops

Monday, January 07, 2013

Android stick

I've been itching to try one of these tiny computers on a stick for a few months now, and the end of 2012 is the time.

This is an Android on a stick. It just plugs into your TV's HDMI, a source of USB power (via micro USB), and a wireless mouse (via USB) -- simple. It was also easy to connect to WIFI and get on with browsing the web etc.

One thing that does annoy me about this stick is the lack of a typical Android screen. Instead you get a simplified screen that does not look so pretty and compels some extra playing around with. Said that, I assume that this workaround was needed to add extra features and make them easy to find as relevant to TVs.

This product is amazing value. It demonstrates yet again that the price of computers is still dropping and the internet is everywhere. I would not mind to see a kind of standardised Nexus 0 from Google. Or otherwise the normal Android screen, where you can get to stuff in a consistent way, without workarounds.