A Bluetooth Speaker For Under $30 That Has Me Sold

March 24, 2015

To compliment my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Tablet, I went on the hunt for a bluetooth speaker. Never having owned a bluetooth speaker, I soon found that there are so many different models and types of these speakers to the point that you can easily get lost in the hunt.

What I was looking for was something that was reasonable in size, sounds good, and is under $50.  If you are not familiar with these little speakers, they are primarily used to wirelessly connect (via bluetooth technology) your smartphone or tablet so that you can listen to music, podcasts, videos, etc… It actually adds a whole other dimension to your handheld devices.

After researching bluetooth speakers at various sites on the internet, I ended up at Amazon where I could make cost and feature comparisons and get a good feel of where a particular speaker stood based on the customer reviews (which is a strong point at Amazon).

What I found was a bluetooth speaker called the DKnight Magicbox (for under $30), that in my opinion, deserves a 5 star rating. As a matter of fact if you look at the customer reviews on this speaker you will find that the DKnight Magicbox has had over 5500 customer reviews and is carrying a near 5 star rating.

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DKnight Magicbox

Straight out of the box I was able to seamlessly connect my tablet to the speaker. The first time I heard the sound, coming from such a small footprint, I was totally amazed. Yes, you can spend a lot of money for a bluetooth speaker, but I am telling you don’t do it.  Give the DKnight Magicbox a try before you do.

Here is what I liked about this speaker:

  • It just plain looks nice (with a rubber top and rubber bottom)…
  • There is an “on and off” switch on the side of the unit and controls on the top of the unit (for volume, to move forward/backward in your music que, to pause and to answer your phone)…
  • When charging, a red led light is displayed.  When the speaker is fully charged the light will go out.
  • There is a micro SD card slot on the unit.  Load your MP3’s on the SD card and speaker will play them…
  • It has two highly powerful 40mml total 6W acoustic drivers that produces a wide spectrum of audio…
  • It is less than $30…

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Best Sellers In Desktop Computers (at Amazon for March 20, 2015)

March 20, 2015

If you are looking for a computer, a great place to start is at Amazon’s Best Sellers in Desktop Computers. I often visit their best sellers section to get a good feel as to what is most popular.

Reflected below are the top ten (in no particular order) out of the top 100…

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An Asus 24 Inch Computer Monitor With Over 3000 Buyers Giving It A 5 Star Rating For Under $160

February 18, 2015

The ingredients were right when I saw this monitor: An Asus 24 Inch Computer Monitor With Over 3000 Buyers Giving It A 5 Star Rating For Under $160 …  I was making my daily rounds on Amazon when I came across the Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor and thought this is a computer monitor that one of my readers may be interested in. I do not know how long the pricing will stay on this…

Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor

The Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor has actually been reviewed by over 4500 buyers with an average rating of over 4 stars (per the Amazon rating scale). If you have any questions in regards to this monitor it is likely your question(s) has been answered HERE.

Key Features:

  • Full HD displays for amazing high-definition visual clarity (Learn more)
  • 2ms response times for smooth motion playback
  • LED backlit for energy-efficient operation and brighter luminance
  • Built-in power adapters for space-saving yet still slim design
  • 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio for more defined images in dark colors (Learn more)
  • Advanced connectivity for convenient ways to connect your PCs and notebooks (Learn more)
  • Splendid Video Intelligence Technology quick image presets for your preferred task at hand (Learn more)
  • Corporate Stable Model certified for one year guaranteed supply (Learn more)
  • ASUS Rapid Replacement service for quick product replacement should a unit be sent for repair (Learn more)

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Hurry! Good Deal On An Acer Chromebook 11

February 16, 2015

At the time of this posting, this Acer Chromebook was at $159.99 at Amazon, which is at an excellent price point for a Chromebook. Also, check out the near 5 star customer reviews

Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670 (11.6-inch HD, 2GB, 16GB)

Acer Chromebook 11

  • Intel Celeron N2830 Dual Core 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Internal Storage
  • 11.6-Inch Screen 1366×768 Active Matrix TFT Color LCD, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome, 8.5-hour battery life

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HP 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs For $5.99 With Promo Code (Limited Time Offer)

January 23, 2015

Newegg has a 50-Pack Spindle of HP 4.7GB 16x DVD-R Discs (DM00070B) for $16.99 – $11 off with coupon code EMCAKNP76 [Exp 1/29] = $5.99 with free shipping. Has certified speeds up to 16x and each DVD-R holds up to 4.7GB of music, video or other data. Perfect for backing up your data at a cheap price…

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What were Amazon’s top three selling computers over the holidays?

January 4, 2015

PCWorld posted this interesting article about the top three selling computers over the holidays? Guess what they were…  CHROMEBOOKS!

Chances are that if you shopped for a cheap holiday PC on Amazon for the holidays, what you ended up buying was a Google Chromebook. Again.

Amazon said Friday the top three computers it sold between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25 were all Chromebooks, a first for the Google-powered computer. (Two of the three most popular computers Amazon shoppers bought during the 2013 holiday season were also Chromebooks—the third being a Windows-powered Asus Transformer. Amazon didn’t break out holiday computer sales for 2012.)

Amazon said the three most popular computer items were the Acer C720 Chromebook(11.6-inch, 2GB); the Asus (C300) Chromebook 13-inch with Gigabit WiFi (16GB, 2GB), an updateto the C200; and the HP 11-2010nr 11.6-inch Chromebook (Snow White). None of those are priced at higher than $250, at least on Amazon’s site… READ MORE @ PCWorld

A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing “in the cloud”. (source: Wikipedia)

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Having Problems Cloning A Windows 8 PC Hard Drive? Read These Articles, Download This FREE Software and Watch This Video

December 2, 2014

I recently purchased a new Windows 8 Box (see this article) and decided I wanted to make a bootable cloned drive. Being old school I went to work using the cloning software I had on hand and I immediately noticed something different in the drive partitions. The free software I was using was not getting the job done; and the drive, after the cloning process, did not boot. My tech instinct told me I was missing out on something and went to work researching terms I was seeing, such as GPT and UEFI.

I had been out of the field for nearly 7 years, have kept up with things (more as a hobby), but was not real familiar with the new GPT and UEFI terms that I was seeing. I had heard of the terms, but really did not pay any attention to them. Besides I always was a more of a software guy than a hardware guy (so it really did not hit high on my priority list, until now).

I soon discovered that all Windows 8 machines nowadays support the new GPT and UEFI ; AND, that it is real important to know what GPT and UEFI are when you get into the hardware side of a Windows 8 based computer.

In real simple terms GPT is the new replacement for MBR – Master Boot Record and UEFI is the new replacement for the BIOS – Basic Input/Output System.

To define GPT and UEFI in more complex terms (and to get a full understanding), I went to Wikipedia for a definition and found two really good articles that will bring this all together.

GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Although it forms a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard (Unified EFI Forum proposed replacement for the PC BIOS)…  source: wikipedia:GUID Partition Table 

If you read this article “What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive?” you will see that MBR is old school and GPT is new school… source: How-To Geek

If you read this article “UEFI boot: how does that actually work, then?” you will see where the author adamantly is telling us UEFI and BIOS are two completely different beasts. This article in my opinion really nails down all of this stuff to the point where I found a lot of what I had been reading was off base due to people using the terminology incorrectly.

You do not have a ‘UEFI BIOS’. No-one has a ‘UEFI BIOS’. Please don’t ever say ‘UEFI BIOS’. BIOS is not a generic term for all PC firmware, it is a particular type of PC firmware. Your computer has a firmware. If it’s an IBM PC compatible computer, it’s almost certainly either a BIOS or a UEFI firmware… source: AdamW on Linux and more

Getting back to my original problem of cloning my Windows 8 hard drive, I now knew I needed to find cloning software that supported GPT and UEFI. This is where I found Macrium Reflect (FREE Edition), which supported the cloning process for GPT and UEFI based systems. Macrium Reflect is a free disaster recovery solution for your home computer that primarily specializes in making drive images.

Also, during my research, I came across this instructional video “How to Clone Windows 8” , where the person in the video will clearly walk you through the cloning process using the FREE Edition of Macrium Reflect…

When it comes to cloning Windows 8 or 8.1 you need to use the right software for the job, whats even better you don’t have to pay. Here is a free option that lets you clone Windows 8 or 8.1 with ease. The program is called Macruim Reflect, it supports the new GPT and UEFI BIOS that all windows 8 machines come with now days.

In the end, once I educated myself about GPT and UEFI, had the right software, and watched how to do it; I walked away with a successfully cloned (and bootable) hard drive. Due to my real life experience working through this, I decided to help others out in the event they start pulling their hair out, like I did…

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