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Bill Morgan
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So how about having Martin Sargent do a weekly show? You could cancel it each week just to be consistent.

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KEYBOARDS?

I'm about to dump a lousy tablet with a great keyboard for an Android tablet, most likely a Pro, with no keyboard. I'm scared.

I will be using the keyboard a lot. All that is available with Samsung tablets are Bluetooth, so it's another battery to keep charged, another wireless connection to deal with, and another thing to carry around. The one I've seen for the Pro is also a cover, so that's good. I'm looking for good news about the other things.

Is anybody out there having a good experiece with this keyboard, or any Bluetooth keyboard. The only one I've ever used is the thing that my wife uses with her iPad. it's dodgy, there's lag sometimes, the layout sucks, and well, it's on an iPad so I'm already biased against it.

I need some positive vibes or serious warnings, please.

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Made post (review) with pics now - as promised 😇
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Here I am.

I've tried ALL of the "Office" clones--paid, free, new, old, dead, bad, really bad, and even worse. My goal all almost all along has been to make my Transformer Prime productive enough to replace everything else I take when I travel.

All of them have had the typical software suite disease: At least one of the fuctions was terrible. All of the other ones, anywawy.

This one is hanging in there so well, I've finally rated it in the store and I've decided to really work at learning how to get more productive with it while dumpting almost all of the others.

The almost has to do iwth PDF readers. I'm using a slightly more capable paid app over the Quikoffice reader. Everything else is doing the job. I

I'm looking forward to hearing some really cool tips and stuff here.
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Is it more natural to just let something go extinct or to keep patching it until you run out of band aids? This is an important question!


I recently got another little hint that my Transformer Prime might just be getting ready for assisted care. This time it was the keyboard dock--wouldn't take a charge, and wasn't getting along with the tablet well at all. Some keys worked, some didn't. Some worked so well they pressed themselves and that sort of thing. Not good. When I plugged it in with the keyboard and tablet docked, the little yellow light would flash for awhile, then stop. No green light. No charge, either. They keyboard went clear dead, and I couldn't get the tablet to charge while the keyboard was attached. The tablet charged up just fine by itself, but the keyboard just wasn't up to it.

The Transformer Prime has been a bit of a disappointment overall for me. The radio problems, the lag problems, the tech support problems, even the GPS problems which I don't really have a use for, all of this has let me down. The letdown came as a result of high expectations. The form factor seemed just perfect to me, and it was. It still is. Apparently, that is a signal to the tech industry to stop making things.

The TF201 is the thing I've wanted instead of a laptop for years, and Asus did a really nice job of it. Not perfect, but nice. Nice enough that I waited a long time for fixes that didn't happen. Asus, it seems, had got the signal.

I finally gave up on Asus a few months ago and started tinkering myself. I have mixed feelings about the results.

The only reason I haven't dumped the thing and moved on is the keyboard. I got it because of the battery in it. You can't have too many batteries. Maybe because my expectations for the keyboard were so low--it's the smallest I've ever bought on purpose, and there's a point where a keyboard is too small to be worth the trouble. That's what I expected. What I got was a really tiny little chicklet keyboard that looked like it wouldn't be worth the trouble. To my surprise, it is totally worth all the trouble, including what I've had to do to keep this old jalopy running. Maybe it's the way the keys are designed and spaced, maybe some mechanical magic.. I don't know, but it's something. I'm using it now, and I prefer it to my full sized keyboards. The bad part is that I think Asus abandoned it along with the Transformer Prime. I've heard some of their new stuff has this keyboard, but I haven't tried one. All I've seen are chrome books or full on notebooks, not Android. Whatever. I'll wait until the smoke gets out of this one before I go shopping.

Beside the keyboard getting a bit touchy about working with the tablet from time to time, the tablet itself had problems and was developing more. So I didn't get the GPS dongle, but they apparently thought I did, and whatever the class action deal was for the WiFi problem, I ended up with a check for fifteen bucks or thereabouts. Asus did upgrade to Jelly Bean fairly quickly, and popped out a couple of updates to that in a timely manner--but that's the end of the good news in that area. I waited through a season or two of rumors, then faced up to the truth. My tablet and I were orphans, and would have to fend for ourselves.

So I went to the source of all tech solutions: Google. I searched for something like "transformer prime lag freeze fail frustrate more beer please" and started cruising through the results. From that, as well as some great tips and answers from forums and Google+ communities, I got some things that have fallen somewhere between the keyboard and the tablet as far as my satisfaction with them.

One set was sort of obvious and I should have thought of them myself--cold booting Linux occasionally, clearing out the cache occasionally, "trimming" the SD memory, getting rid of a few trillion apps I didn't use. Stuff that's kind of generic geek. Then there was one that still seems like magic to me: the tin foil hat.

TIME OUT: To cold boot to Linux, turn the tablet off, then hold the power and the volume down buttons until it reboots. It will show a screen with four boot options--at least one of them will wipe everything, so be careful. If you don't do anything at all, it will do the cold boot in a few seconds.

I use App Cache Cleaner Pro to blow the cache out (this one doesn't require root access--the rest do) And "LagFix (fstrim) Free" to do the trimming. This one requires root, as I recall. Trimming is a Linux command that ought to be in Android but isn't. It basically does the same kind of thing defragging does to a mechanical disk drive.

TIME BACK IN: Tin Foil Hat

I saw a tip online that said I could really seriously boost the WiFi performance by taping a piece of tin foil over the upper right hand corner of the screen. This was not on the Onion, and there wasn't even a hint of sarcasm or anything--and nothing to buy. Beyond that, it sounded exactly like those useless decal things to "boost" cell phones. Because I didn't think it could make the WiFi any worse, I tried it. That foil is still taped up there, and it's still giving me a consistent 30 to 50% boost. I don't care what anybody says, it's staying.

There were some slightly geekier things I learned about and did through a cool utility named "ROM Toolbox Pro". This thing let me adjust the cache size for the file system the SD memory uses, fool with CPU Governors and I/O Schedulers, which I'd never heard of before, and run benchmark tests to see how it was all doing. Nice, and "every day you should learn something." I'm a little smarter, and the tablet is measurably faster and snappier.

Then there was this totally incomprehensible thing I have given up on understanding. It lets the user adjust the amount of entropythe randomness-- that the system uses for something that makes no sense to me. I don't know why it needs it, or what it really does with it, or why adjusting it reduces lag, but reduce lag it does. The app that does that magic is sEFix.

All of this free and/or cheap tinkering has made a huge performance difference. I didn't do any careful measuring when I first got it, so I can't say for sure how much better it is working compared to when it was brand new, and I can't exactly, you know, document that it is any better at all, but it is. I'd say it's a lot better. Probably a hell of a lot. So I have mixed feelings.

The larger feeling mix is about Asus. I mean, I spent maybe ten bucks on some apps, a few hours tinkering, and taped a piece of freakin' Reynolds Wrap to my tablet and fixed almost every annoying bug involved. Every complaint I had or read about except for the GPS thing. It was fast, cheap and easy.

So why didn't Asus do it...or at least refer users to the solutions they could do on their own? How can the outfit that took a chance on this cool form factor, and who created the greatest little bitty keyboard in the universe, not solve the problems that turned those innovations into crap?
Now that so many of what were essentially software problems are fixed for me, the hardware is showing its age, and hardware is harder (by definition) and generally more expensive to keep alive. I'm enjoying the ride, but I worry about parts.

I'll just file that question away with other mysteries of the universe and go on keeping this sucker going as long as I can. On the bright side, I bathed my keyboard dock in contact cleaner and blew it out with canned air, and now it's working fine again. I'm getting used to the way that tin foil looks up in the corner, too.
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WHY does this work?

Any antenna or radio people out there? I get a speed boost right around 25-35% in dl/ul with this insane thing. Wifi Analyzer goes from - 60 avg to - 45 dBm.

Technical details: that is a piece of freakin' foil, taped to the upper right hand corner of my Transformer Freakin' Prime.

I'm no engineer (thank God) but this strikes me as really stupid.

Unfortunately, it works. Anyone know why? 
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+PAUL WHALEY Not yet. I'll have to reinstall drivers to get past the "waiting for device" thing, and I do things in fits and starts these days. I know enough to not start that kind of thing until I can stick with it through whatever complications it may throw at me. It'll be soon.
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Cool picture. Taken with actual film...

For any children reading this, cameras used to open a real mechanical shutter to expose stuff called "film" to light. Film was a thin plastic-like material with complicated and dangerous chemicals on it. The chemicals reacted to light, and created a latent image on the film. You couldn't even see it until you developed the film, and even then you weren't done. They had to be printed. It was great fun.

The end product was better, really...not online so much, but back when people used this film stuff pictures were normally viewed by looking directly at the print... Right there in their hands.

I guess you had to be there.

Regardless, this is a good one. I wish I was there.
 
Fantastic views along the narrow Going-To-The Sun Highway over Logan Pass. Taken with ancient Mamiya 6x7cm film camera with Fujifilm Velvia in 1998 by Brad Weis.
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TOUCH SCREEN or what?

I'm shopping, and replacing a Transormer Prime. After abandoning me and my tablet, I'm afraid ASUS is dead to me, but all other options are open. I'd like some advice from folks who have switched to a Chromebook from almost anything else.

Most important to me is the terrificness of the keyboard-I do a lot of typing. I'm all wrapped up in Android, but it's not all that hard to unwrap, so Chromebooks are definitely high on my list-and I'm close to totally ignorant of the geek reality of the things.

I have two big questions, besides any gushing praise for particular keyboards.

First is about touch screens. Is there any particular reason to have one on a Chromebook? Do you miss anything without one? Bear in mind I only recently realized most of them didn't have a touch screen.

A larger question is what, other than lots of games, can an Android tablet do that a Chromebook can't. It appears to be almost nothing, but I'm almost totally ignorant.

Anything that will help me reduce that ignorance level will be appreciated!

Bill Morgan(way the hell out and gone in New Mexico)
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+Bill Morgan The keyboard on the new Lenovo 11e series is my absolute favorite. This is in comparison to the Acer C710, C720, HP11, HP14, and I daresay it even rivals that on Lenovo's T-series Thinkpads. So there's my bit of gushing praise for a keyboard.

In terms of the touchscreen, we are getting touchscreen devices for our HS 1:1 program, but this is only because there are specific applications we would like students to be able to use that are more effective with a touchscreen (certain drawing and annotation and whiteboarding apps, in particular). For general browsing and navigation, I find the trackpad swipe gestures to be more efficient than raising my hand up to the screen.

Of course, there's the looming potential of Android apps on Chromebooks that may usher in a significantly greater usage for touchscreens in the future.
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ONE MORE SHOT

Before I convert this thing into a picture frame or a coaster or something, I'd like to get the opinions of what's left of this community. Also looking for suggestion as to the replacements I should check out.

This is headed for the Lost Great Idea Burial Ground. There, with the Edsel, the Beta Max, the Segway, and all the rest, it can sit around and dream of what might have been. As with some of the others there, the Transformer Prime must take some of the blame itself, but can also spread the blame to completely avoidable things the rest of the company did. Makes me want to start attennding VFW meetings again, almost.

ANYway:
So I totally love this about my TP: The keyboard is freakin' wonderful. Also, it has ports and places for things and really does quite will getting along with whatever I plug in.

Then there's the bad news. The WiFi is so bad I suspect it is intentional sabotage. It is legendary in it's badness, and over time I have learned that it tends to make a lot of other stuff bad as well. I think it causes problems by trying really hard to be decent WiFi. Whatever it is, the breath-taking epic badness of it is apparently fatal and spreading. I can improve the experience a great deal by turning WiFi off--for movies, music, or to work on local copies of stuff. As long as I'm not doing anything important, then, it's fine. Sad.

The other legendary stuff is still true: GPS reeks, Bluetooth is somehow slower on th Prime than on any of my other stuff.

There's lag.ll There's freezes. Now that I've rooted and done some minor gooseing it also reboots from time to time. Just about any time I try to use this wonder device I thought had such incredible potential, I have to fix something.

The rest of the stuff is sort of neutral. Works just fine, nothing to write home about, though.

I have concluded that the stuff that sucks sucks so bad it overcomes the good stuff and that the tablet as a whole, therefore, sucks.

So I've done the tweaks (and I've posted them on this forum), and I've given up on the thing. Whatever else I do with it will be for entertainment only (ROMs, whatever) Unless, of course, someone has a way to heal it.

The newest Transformer I've heard of, the little $300 job with, apparently, this same great keyboard, only has one problem I am aware of: ASUS.

The way the company has dealt with the Transformer Prime problems tells me not to get any more of their stuff. I'm open to being talked out of that. I also remember that this was not a cheap device, and that I would still be pissed off it it had cost a third of what it did.

From what I've heard, they've just decided to cut and run from the mistakes and problems they had with the Prime, and to get on with life. They seem to be focused outside of the US...at least the customer service anectodes seem to be more positive everywhere but here. Regardless, while I understand all that and it's certainly their right and all that crap, I can't trust them any more--so to overcome that, this new tab will have to work super duper good right out of the box, and it will have to be compelling enough to get me to go back in there. Hard sell, but I sure do like what I like about this damn thing.


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hello well about my tf201 I went for about $ 250 (tablet + keyboard) in peru. on the inside of the bluetooh was this great work all that well, the wifi goes great while this close moden about 3 feet even I possess good signal and high speed (in the open) but if you place a wall in the middle ... bye bye wifi ... on the other hand goes great gps google detect my location without any problem forever. but the weather widget (stock) is the only one that captures me the location but no other third-party apps do a great ... now by the lag ... yes sir that is discussed but not going to settings and app for app (system) set disable (apps but zinio, tegra zone, etc) has improved a lot. then forget to websites chrome on android 4.1 has way too lag. very fast switching to dolphin and zero lag. well that's my experience if all games so you see I have worked with a couple of pulls but it has worked. all with the rom stock 4.1.1 no root jelly beam

greetings ;)
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You are to appear in court or forfeit the case

There is an excellently social-engineered bit of malware spreading vie email. It appears to be a notice from a well known local (to you) law firm advising you that you must appear in  court or forfeit your case. It says you must bring the forms attached, filled out.

IT IS SPAM. DO NOT OPEN

1: Notice you are being sued comes in person or by certified letter. NEVER BY EMAIL
2. The case name is missing
3. The particular court ("Federal Court" is not particular ) isn't listed
4. Ask yourself: Why, if they have your email address is this the first you've heard of it.
5. If you're computer savvy, check the headers. the sender IP is not that law firm; the email server isn't theirs either.

If you can't resist worrying about it, then do this instead

1. Search SNOPES or other sits that list and describe various kinds of spam
2. As a last resort, call the law firm listed (but really, don't do this, they're all just incidental victims being swamped by mostly irate callers.
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