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A PC Running Android: Tronsmart MK908 Initial Review

                       Well after two weeks in shipping, I received my Tronsmart MK908 Android Mini PC.  While Android is typically used in smartphones and tablets, someone got the idea of putting Android on a tiny PC about half the size of a deck of cards. Instead of having a built-in touch screen for operation, these devices plug into a standard HDMI port on a TV or computer monitor. The device itself came in very nice retail packaging and included the appropriate HDMI and USB cables. That was good because I was worried that cables were going to raise the total cost

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Roku 3 Review – Continued – Impressions after 50 days of use

I was fairly optimistic and excited about the Roku 3 ( affiliate link) when I first got it 50 days ago. I liked the channel selection, Wi-Fi direct remote capabilities etc. among the many features of the Roku device. The full in-depth review of my initial impressions can be found here [].   Over this course, however, I have been frequently annoyed with the number of times the Roku 3 hangs up and the number of clicks I have to make to view content. Hardly a couple of days go by before I have to unplug and reconnect the Roku

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Blogging from Windows 8 using Windows Live Writer 2012

It appears that the word “live” didn’t get removed from all the old Windows Live Essentials 2011 Apps when they upgraded the suite to Windows Essentials 2012 (WE2012).  I just installed WE2012 on a newly minted Windows 8 Enterprise Laptop (I am a Microsoft TechNet subscriber and the RTM version is available there now) to test the user experience and discovered that like Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger, the live brand has yet to be removed from Windows Live Writer (WLW).  Good, one less thing I have to change. Surface RT, now starting at $349 at Microsoft Store

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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Hybrid Drives, Drive Caching, Icy Dock Xpander, RocketHybrid 1220, Acronis True Image Home 2012 – RRPG011

Today I’m joined by John Zajdler MS WHS MVP and Mike Faucher of BYOB. Jim Collison is off today. So…John’s HP MediaSmart Server EX 490 has died (motherboard) so he’s modding it with plans to turn it into a port multiplier drive bay. Mike had an issue caused by a miniport adapter in bridge mode… Click for more / Podcast Player>

BBQ Turkey and Bacon? Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together! No Tech Required!

For the last 10 years or so, I have been trying to perfect the concept of the BBQ Turkey at Thanksgiving.  Since I love to BBQ, and of course, I love Bacon, putting the two together seemed very natural.  What a delicious combo they have become! As I have mentioned this creation to others, many of asked, “just how do you pull it off?”  So this year (2011), I decided to document it here and share it with anyone interested in reading about it.  Enjoy. For the second year in a row now, we have doubled the mess and cooked

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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media – RRPG002

From the Guys who brought you the Home Tech Podcast, and a production of the Average Guy Network, Rich’s RPG is a weekly show about the world of technology hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. Using Google+ hangout to meet up with technology guys and gals, they discuss whatever is hot, current or frustrating… Click for more / Podcast Player>