Friday, April 29, 2016

BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu (Linux) Edition Tablet Computer

FHD Model- Full HD edition (Black)
$279.90 Euro ($319.85 US as of 4/29/2016 -
Price based on exchange rate on a particular day)
Shipping is Free (Included in the price)

HD - HD Model (White)
$229.90 Euro ($262.72 US as of 4/29/2016 -
Price based on exchange rate on a particular day)
Shipping is Free (Included in the price)
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet

There is a new tablet on the market as of April  20, 2016.  It is the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Linux addition.  Canonical the makers of Ubuntu and Spanish tablet maker BQ have teamed up to bring us this tablet.  It has been a couple of years coming.   My opinion is the tablet to have.  You can connect it to a HDMI compatible  monitor, blue tooth keyboard and mouse and it becomes a full fledged desktop computer if you want to use it in that mode.   I assume you could also connect USB devices like a keyboard, mouse, and external hard drive for more capabilities.

The down to this tablet is you can't buy it here in the U.S at this moment.  You have to order it from the BQ Store (shipping from Spain).   I also think the price is a thing that will hinder sales of this tablet.  Based on specs it is a little on the salty side as far as price goes.  Although, it is comparable to a lower end Ipad in specs and price.  

I have been a user of Ubunu Linux since November of 2011 (Version 11.10). Ubuntu gives their operating system releases version numbers based on month and year of release so 11.10 came out in October (10) of 2011 (11).   The current release is 16.04 (April (04) 2016).

Most people think of Linux as share ware, but this particular version like Red Hat has actual support behind it and the best thing of all is it is free to put on as many computers as you want to put it on.   It runs a lot, lot, lot, better than windows.  It also does not have the popups and viruses that Windows has.   You can still run this on some fairly old computer hard ware as well (used computer equipment works great).   Also most likely there is a free piece of software to do what ever you want to do.  So how can you beat that.

The FHD model is a 10.1 inch screen at 1920 x 1200 -  224 ppi with a 16:10 aspect ratio.   The GPU is a Mediatek Mali-T720 mhz up to 600 Mhz.  The cameras are 8 mp rear and 5mp front.

The HD model is also a 10.1 inch screen at 1280 x 800 - 149 ppi resolution.  The GPU is a Mediatek Mali-T720 mp2 up to 520 Mhz.  The cameras are 5 mp rear and 2 mp front.

The rest of the specs between the two models are exactly the same.   Currently running Ubuntu 15.04 (I assume can be upgraded to 16.04).  It has 16 GB of internal memory with 11.2 GB free for user applications.   You can add a micro sd card for more memory up to 64 GB.  It has 2 GB of Ram.   Applications can be retrieved from the app store (new for Ubuntu 15.04 and up).  The battery is a LIPO 7280 Mah.  The HD model the battery lasts up to 11 hours and slightly less for the FHD model.  It measures 246 x 171 x 8.2 mm.  It weighs only 0.47 Kg (1.04 lbs).



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DIY: Laptop screen replacement (Dell Inspiron 14z-N411z)

 I am a do it your self person where possible.  About six months ago my son came home from visiting his mom with a broken laptop screen.   The laptop has sat on my project pile since then.  Last Tuesday (1/27/2015) I finally had the part to tackle this project.  The first thing I did when he brought it home was look to see if someone had done a video on how to do the screen replacement on YouTube.  I then looked to see if I could locate the appropriate part and made sure the part matched the one installed on the laptop then ordered the part. I have I have found many good how to video's on YouTube.   Found the video and reviewed it to see how complicated the  process of replacing the screen was.  Wasn't complicated at all very easy.  One connector and four screws.  The hardest part was gently removing the protective covering to get at the screws.  Then reinserting the tiny connector into the screen.  The how two video is listed below:

Here are some of my screen replacement pictures from Tuesday January 27, 2015.  This laptop is now up and working again.

Laptop screen cover removed and screen (on right) removed.  Back of screen is visible. 

New screen in place without protective cover over screws and connection. 

Protective cover replaced and ready to start back up. 

Laptop booted to Windows as was expected. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to make a 4 to 1 balun cheap and easy

This is for a Ham Radio antenna project.  This device is used to match impedance between a wire antenna and the feed line (coaxial cable).  When completed will include a place to connect the wire antenna and the coaxial cable.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Google Drive -- Building Forms

I had been looking for a way to add a contact me form to my website.  Today I was working on updating my site when I stumbled on a video on YouTube that discussed creating a form using Google Drive.   I followed the instructions for creating the form, but I also wanted to be able to be notified via email that someone left a message.  The messages get stored in a spread sheet.  I also found another YouTube video on how to setup the email notification.  This has been on the list of nice to haves on my website for a long time.  Finally it is done.  View the two videos below for how to set this up.  The form can be embedded in your website as a HTML fragment. Works great!

Tutorial: Video on how to create the form using Google Drive. 


Tutorial: Emailing Results from a Google Drive Form. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy 14th Birthday to my Son Dakota

Happy 14th Birthday Dakota!

I want to wish my son Dakota a very happy 14th birthday. He will be on his way to Detroit Michigan today with his mom to watch the Red Wings play at Joe Lois Arena in Detroit Michigan.  I hope he has fun and enjoy's the game.


Detroit Red Wings