EPD 300: Fan Mail Friday’s (04/29/2016) -“Part 2 of 2″ -Double Sized 300th “FMF” Edition-

April 29, 2016

Dear (CSW) Team,

How long in the work was (CSW) ?

Sent In By “The Big Hand Meets The Small Hand Over Midnight Redux

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How long in the work was (CSW) ?

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Remy’s Reply: 8 years for the blog and 10 and some change for the company. May 1st, 2008 is our official blog birthday.

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Matt’s Reply: On 1st May 2008, (CSW) will celebrate its 9th Birthday, but if you include Internet Savvy Weblog (ISW) then it’s around 10-11 years in total.

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Danny’s Reply: Well, Remy its actually 8 years for the blog. Maybe even 7 if you include Internet Savvy Weblog

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via Remy’s own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Till Next Friday,

Erin


EPD 300: Fan Mail Friday’s (04/29/2016) -“Part 1 of 2″ -Double Sized 300th “FMF” Edition-

April 29, 2016

Dear Remy or Erin,

How popular is Fan Mail Friday ?

Sent In By “TGIF CSW Redux

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How popular is Fan Mail Friday ?

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Remy’s Reply: Well not to get to technical we easily double or triple our hits on Fridays. That and we get a ton of e-mails to our new csw.fmf@hotmail.com account.

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Matt’s Reply: Fan Mail Friday is successful yes, hits are going up all the time, and the questions we get from the readership are amazing and thought provoking. It’s nice to connect to our readership, and answer these questions for them.

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Erin’s Reply: I’ll I really need to say is it is worth the time and effort. People tend to like the format and it’s free and you can ask anything. By anything I mean anything. But only the clean or appropriate FMF will get published. But were hell-a-liberal with our questions we answer. But if you are a loss for words no worries check out our FMF Achieves scroll tot he bottom of the features page and you should see the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, 2014, 2015 achieves.

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via Remy’s own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Till Next Friday,

Erin


SeriesGuide (29.0.4) – Android App Review

April 28, 2016

SeriesGuide (29.0.4)

Cost Of App: $1.30 CAD/USD (Google Play App Store)

App Description: (See Below)

Manage (re-) watching your favorite TV shows and movies.

– Track your watched episodes, keep tabs on new releases and your media collection.
– Check in, comment and rate with trakt to share what you are watching.
– Sync shows and movies between devices and media centers with trakt.
– No sign-in required, keep going without an internet connection.
– DashClock extension.
– Plug in extensions or build your own: http://seriesgui.de/api

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Get the subscription to unlock all features and support SeriesGuide! You will get more list widget options, notifications for new episodes and more. You also support continued fixes and new features.

http://seriesgui.de/whypay

NOTE: Dates and times are limited to the first release in the country of origin. You can’t watch episodes.

Are there in App ads ?: No

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – Super easy to use and set up. But it will take some getting use to to find all the hidden options & settings.

B. Security: No impact to smart phone or tablet security

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – Extremely useful for all the hardcore TV series watchers out there.

D. Smart phone Slowdown: Not tested

E. Tablet Slow Down: No lag, that I noticed.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: I recommend this app to anyone who wants to keep track of all their favorite and not so favorite TV shows. In great detail.

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


Nexus Media Importer (8.4.3) – Paidware Android App Review

April 27, 2016

Nexus Media Importer (8.4.3)

Tested On: Asus Nexus 7 (2013) (Model: ME37OT) with Android Lollipop (V5.1.1) Installed.

Cost Of App: $2.98 CAD (Google Play App Store)

Cost Of 100% (Necessary) USB OTG Cable: Which can run you anywhere from $1.99 CAD/USD to $20.00 CAD/USD. It all depends on which type of plating you go for. You can get a basic model with just a non-coated steel metal connector. And by the way that is basic steel for both ends the min-USB (AKA. Male End of the connector) and the Max-y USB (AKA. Female End of the connector). Or you can go all the way to the gold or platinum plated connectors. Now just because you go all expensive on your USB OTG cable. Does not guarantee the best fit for your device.

Now, I say this as I have bought 4 of these very handy USB OTG cables and have had very mixed results. The platinum or very high end connector actually fit my device on the very low end of the 4 I bought.

Now, I have to point out. I went very OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) here. I wanted the best fit regardless of the price tag. So, I went to my local computer store and asked for the top of the line USB OTG cable they had in stock. That would work with my Nexus 7. So after paying close to $20 CAD. I came back home and tested it out and it was a poor fit. The best fit was the the gold plated one from Amazon.ca. That cost me $6.99 CAD with free shipping. The second best fit was an eBay buy for $3.99 USD also with free shipping. Oddly, enough it did not mention a lot about the type of metal the connectors were plated with. But, if I were to guess with the price point and magnet test. I ran. (Please don’t run any magnet tests on anything electronic or tech related. You may in fact damage or alter your device. You may even render said device or devices unusable) It is just very common steel alloy mixture or perhaps pure steel. It was not a perfect fit. But better then the so called top end platinum USB OTG cable. At least in my experience. Some cables will be more still and other a little looser. Just don’t force it, nor should you leave the connector on while you are not using your tablet.

App Description: (See Below)

Nexus Media Importer allows you to stream and transfer music, video, photos and documents from a USB flash drive or card reader connected to your Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (G1 & G2), Nexus 10, Moto X, Galaxy Nexus, Xoom or other Android 4.0+ devices with USB Host support. See technical notes for a list of supported file types and file systems.If you have the Nexus 7 2013 or Nexus 10, make sure you update to Android 4.4+ to avoid problems.

1. An Android 4.0+ device. Known compatible devices include the Google Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 & 10 and the Motorola Xoom. Please try the free “Nexus Photo Viewer” first if you do not have one of these devices. Due to hardware limitations, the Nexus 4 is not supported.

2. An USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable. Costs range from $1-10 USD

3. An USB Flash Drive or USB Card Reader with a flash memory card inserted. Please see the FAQ on our website if you are trying to connect an external hard drive or other device.

To use:

-If you are using an card reader, put the flash memory card in the reader first.

-Attach your USB device to the OTG cable.

-Attach the OTG cable to the Nexus or other device.

-The application should launch automatically.

-Photos can be browsed by selecting from the list then swiping back and forth.

-Videos can be streamed with the Play icon.

-The Advanced tab can be used to manage and transfer files.

-Use the Connect screen to determine the viewed device and the destination device for the Copy/Move operations.

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IMPORTANT: To use NMI offline, you will have to activate the license by opening it online after installing.

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Are there in App ads ?: No

A. Ease Of Use: 4.5/5 – Very easy to use once you get use to it.

B. Security: There is the possibility of importing viruses and or other software / files that may in fact damage your device. So caution is advised when trying to important unknown files or software to your Nexus device(s).

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Very useful. It is an ever expanding application as each new update hits. You can now upgrade your previously non-upgrade-able “Nexus 7 32 Gig Wi-fi version G1 or G2 (Generation 1 or 2).” I still find that running TV shows and or movies off of a USB flash stick or a USB external hard drive. It does tend to skip and buffer like crazy. But if you decide to transfer it to your device and run it off of that. Then you are way more likely to have a buffer free experience.

D. Tablet Slowdown: No slow down, that I noticed.

E. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wants to drastically increase the usefulness of their Nexus device(s). Will find this app not only useful but needed.

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


What is a “Multi-Core Processor” ?

April 26, 2016

Multi-Core Processor – A single computing component with two or more independent actual processing units (called “cores”), which are the units that read and execute program instructions. The instructions are ordinary CPU instructions such as add, move data, and branch, but the multiple cores can run multiple instructions at the same time, increasing overall speed for programs amenable to parallel computing. Manufacturers typically integrate the cores onto a single integrated circuit die (known as a chip multiprocessor or CMP), or onto multiple dies in a single chip package.

Processors were originally developed with only one core. In the mid 1980s Rockwell International manufactured versions of the 6502 with two 6502 cores on one chip as the R65C00, R65C21, and R65C29, sharing the chip’s pins on alternate clock phases. Other multi-core processors were developed in the early 2000s by Intel, AMD and others.

Multi-core processors may have two cores (dual-core CPUs, for example, AMD Phenom II X2 and Intel Core Duo), three cores (tri-core CPUs, for example, AMD Phenom II X3), four cores (quad-core CPUs, for example, AMD Phenom II X4, Intel’s i5 and i7 processors), six cores (hexa-core CPUs, for example, AMD Phenom II X6 and Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 980X), eight cores (octa-core CPUs, for example, Intel Xeon E7-2820 and AMD FX-8350), ten cores (deca-core CPUs, for example, Intel Xeon E7-2850), or more.

A multi-core processor implements multiprocessing in a single physical package. Designers may couple cores in a multi-core device tightly or loosely. For example, cores may or may not share caches, and they may implement message passing or shared-memory inter-core communication methods. Common network topologies to interconnect cores include bus, ring, two-dimensional mesh, and crossbar. Homogeneous multi-core systems include only identical cores, heterogeneous multi-core systems have cores that are not identical. Just as with single-processor systems, cores in multi-core systems may implement architectures such as VLIW, superscalar, vector, or multithreading.

Multi-core processors are widely used across many application domains including general-purpose, embedded, network, digital signal processing (DSP), and graphics (GPU).

The improvement in performance gained by the use of a multi-core processor depends very much on the software algorithms used and their implementation. In particular, possible gains are limited by the fraction of the software that can be run in parallel simultaneously on multiple cores; this effect is described by Amdahl’s law. In the best case, so-called embarrassingly parallel problems may realize speedup factors near the number of cores, or even more if the problem is split up enough to fit within each core’s cache(s), avoiding use of much slower main system memory. Most applications, however, are not accelerated so much unless programmers invest a prohibitive amount of effort in re-factoring the whole problem. The parallelization of software is a significant ongoing topic of research.

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VIP Voice – Survey Site Review (April 2016)

April 25, 2016

Name: VIP Voice (Formally known as NPD Online Research Panel)

Link: http://www.vipvoice.com/Toluna.MR.TrafficUI/MSCUI/Page.aspx?pgtid=1&utcoffset=4

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Canadian & US Residence Only

Type of Award Or Payment: Sweepstakes And Auction House

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0 – 100 points

Sign-Up Time: Fairly Short

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 30

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: A really long time, if you want anything good.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 1.5 out of 5 – Still not worth your time or effort. So still a really STRONG NO on my part. But the site has improved in quality since my last review. They really seem to be upping the number of survey invites and community related activities with the promise of (25 x $25) dollar gift card give-a-ways for Visa and Amazon.

It peeks my interest, but I’m not into the whole be a part of a community and do community activity’s thing. In the end for me it just takes to much of my time. But if you do have the time and are willing to put in the effort. My score would easily go up to a solid 2.5 out of 5. And I imagine in a years time that could easily go upwards to a 3 or even 3.5.

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Till The Next Review,

Kirbe


Blog Update #422 – This Week (CSW) Reviews 2 Paidware Android Apps

April 24, 2016

Dear Readers,

This week the (CSW) crew will be bring you 2 paidware Android app reviews.

Till The Next Blog Update,

Erin


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