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I was running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on my 2012 Nexus 7 and it was awful.  Very slow response, app crashes, etc.  So I upgraded it to 4.4.4 KitKat and now it's great!
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"Hey, that's a nice rock on that ring there. What is it?"

"Grandma."
Algordanza, a Swiss company, has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed; They will compress and super-heat your loved one's cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished.
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that's....that comment.  it is so sad that our sense of humor is so much alike....
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The Apple Watch.

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They've adapted Samsung's product development methodology:  Throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.
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I picked up this version of the Acer E11 recently and have been quite pleased with it so far.  Not the fastest thing, but fast enough.  It only needed a few tweaks.  I installed Classic Shell so I don't have to deal with the Start screen and I found that the touchpad seems to work better after I uninstalled the Synaptics driver.

One of the things I really like about it is that it's upgradeable.  None of this RAM and storage soldered to the system board business.  It takes a standard, 7mm thick, 2.5" drive and has a single standard memory slot.  And installing upgrades isn't a chose because it's quite easy to open up.  Take all the screws off the bottom cover, it pops off rather easily, and most everything is right there.  Another nice point is that it's fanless.  Also, it comes with the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 so upgrading the RAM beyond 3 GB doesn't mean an OS change.  Speaking of the OS, it looks like it might take Linux without a lot of fuss.  The BIOS can be switched from UEFI to legacy mode if you want, and a test run with a Linux Mint 17 live CD went well and all of the hardware seemed functional.

All in all it's quite nice given the price.  No, it doesn't have an IPS screen but it's a good one considering it's a $200 laptop.  The keyboard is fine.  The touchpad is alright too.  Not the best, but functional.  Battery life is a little on the short side at about 5 hours, but did I mention it's a $200 laptop?  The only change I really needed to make was to replace the stock 2 GB card with an 8 GB one.  Running Windows on 2 GB is an exercise in patience, and I ran out of patience.
64-bit version - Intel® Celeron® N2830 processor (2.16GHz/2.41GHz w/ Intel® Burst) - 2GB DDR3L memory - 320GB hard drive - 11.6" HD widescreen ComfyView™ display (1366 x 768) - Intel® HD graphics - stereo speakers - HD audio - webcam - Precision Touchpad - full-size Acer FineTip keyboard - Wireless - Bluetooth® 4.0 - HDMI® - USB 3.0 - card reader - 3-cell battery - 1-year limited warranty. Color: Cool Silver
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That's fantastic. I sat in the pub and worked for a couple of hours today, then came home and spent a bunch more time in the couch, and only managed to get the battery down to 40%. To say I'm impressed is an understatement and if I switched to a ssd on top of that ... :)
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I think I've finally managed how to get Windows 8.1 to make sense:

On a desktop or laptop install Classic Shell so you never have to look at the Start screen.  The current version carries over shortcuts for all the apps that normally only run in the Start environment, so you don't need to go back there to run those.  It's kind of like getting Windows 9 early.

For a tablet do everything in the Start environment and stay off the Desktop as much as possible.  Try to find a Start screen app for everything you want to do.  If you use Office then get the 2013 version if you don't have it and set its UI to touch mode.  It will still run in the Desktop environment, but at least the thing will be usable without a stylus or mouse. 
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I'm going to take a crack at trying to make a Windows 8 tablet be useful. Wish me luck!
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I am unimpressed by this HP Stream 14 the tech media is bantering on about.  I don't see it as the the Chromebook killer it's getting made out to be.  If anything, Chromebooks have much more to fear from the Acer Aspire E11.  Especially when, in the US, you can pick one up at Best Buy for under $200.  Compared to the HP you get a faster CPU, the RAM is upgradable, and a 2.5" 320GB hard drive.  On better spec the HP might have over the Acer is battery life, and you could argue about the screen size, but that seems to be about it.  I have the Acer, and so far I've been happy with it, but it needs more RAM.  Trying to run Windows on 2GB is an exercise in patience at best.  Windows eats up almost 1GB of that just to idle.  I can fix that in the Acer by installing a 8GB RAM card.  The HP is stuck with 2GB.
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An interesting look at how Apple treats its suppliers courtesy of the GT Advanced bankruptcy.
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I approve.
Microsoft may have demonstrated its new Start menu earlier this year, but thanks to a recent "Windows 9" leak we’re now seeing every single part of the company’s plans for bringing back this...
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My Chromebook has spoiled me.  When you open the lid on a Chromebook it automatically turns on.  I got so used to that and now half the time I open up any other laptop I sit there and stare at it for a second until I realize that I have to actually push the power button.
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Windows 9.  It's how Microsoft says "We're sorry!"
According to new Windows 9 leaks and rumors, it seems we could be in for some dramatic changes by the time the first public preview of Windows 9 rolls around on September 30. The most recent leaked builds of Windows 9 (codename Threshold) indicate that Microsoft will finally fix the awful upgrade process that has plagued Windows for almost two decades, replacing it with a one-click upgrade system. Perhaps more excitingly, another source says that...
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In case anyone is planning to build a Giza class great pyramid.
Converting square blocks into dodecahedrons would have made them easy to roll, say physicists
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