Jan 30 2015

Review: UCtech USB3.0 SATA Hard Drive Docking Station

Yes- I know; these are IDE drives.

A couple of week ago, I was approached by a friend of mine that wanted to know if I wanted some old SATA drives. The drives that he was offering to donate were older SATA drives and they didn’t have a lot of storage space, but he did have quite a few of them. It got me thinking about doing my system backups and if I had a docking station, I could easily use the docking station with multiple SATA drives to backup specific types of data. It’s not as convenient as having a singular large backup drive, but it was an option. and this was a great idea to recycle older SATA hard drives.

I went on to Amazon.com and did a little looking around to see what was available, as far as docking stations. Docking stations allow you to simply plug the drives into a station without the requirement of having an enclosure; like hot-swappable drives. One docking station found my interest because in addition to being USB 3.0, it also had the ability to do drive duplication off-line.

The USB 3.0 SATA hard drive docking station that I chose was from UCTech. It was only about $33 and with an Amazon Prime account, shipping was free.

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Jan 28 2015

YouTube Defaults To HTML5 For Their Videos


Since the time of Steve Jobs and the introduction of the iPhone, Apple made it pretty clear that the continued use of Adobe Flash was the wrong direction. Steve Jobs vehemently refused to have Adobe Flash on his phones; it was like a personal mission. Now, YouTube has announced that their going to default to HTML5 video for their streaming service.

What this means for most people is that they should be able to watch their videos through a standard web browser without the addition of a bloated Adobe Flash extension. But in addition to YouTube moving to HTML5 for their videos, I think we’re going to start seeing more applications, like video conversion software packages that convert directly to HTML5.

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Jan 28 2015

IRulu’s Phones Have Performance And They’re Affordable

Over the past couple of months, iRulu has been distributing some new android-based smartphones. One of the first iRulu smartphones that was offered was a dual core android-based smartphone, iRulu 1U. My initial opinion of that phone was that it was an entry-level phone. According to iRulu, it was one of the first phones that they had offered, but was going to be offering some newer ones in the future; they weren’t kidding.

Over the past couple of months, iRulu has been releasing several different smartphones and with each release their getting better. The iRulu 1U had a dual core processor, later phones had quad core processors and some of the latest phones from iRulu have octa-core processors.

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Jan 26 2015

Problems with Windows Movie Maker 2012?

It’s a bit entertaining to spend time in the Windows support forum for Windows Movie Maker 2012. It’s like watching a cycle of highly repetitive issues that are never getting addressed by Microsoft.

This past week, Microsoft announced that they’re going to be releasing Windows 10 and because Microsoft seems to be renewed on their efforts to make sure their products work great across every device that Windows will run on, I wonder if they’re going to make any improvements/corrections to Windows Movie Maker 2012.

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Jan 24 2015

"Windows 10 As A Service" Is What Everyone Remembers Most


In my opinion, the biggest news last week was that Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is going to be free for users of Windows 7 and above; the upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 is free. Microsoft has already said that there are some exclusions, meaning that users of Microsoft Surface 2 and Microsoft Surface RT will not be upgraded to Windows 10.

The biggest news from the presentation was the part where they said that Windows 10 was going to be offered as a “service”. It was probably the most awkward comment that was made during the presentation. If I was a reporter in that room, one of the first things I would ask was, “what exactly do you mean by that?”.

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