I got a new server for Dandandin and I kept it open from all sides while I was doing tests. Average disk temperature 23 ° C. When I saw that was stable, I closed, placing fans on the front and on the back, to have a positive airflow. Disk temperature lowered a couple of degrees, and the disk has much more activity than last week!
So, even if it might seem that an open case will have “more airflow”, you will have a better airflow with a closed case.
update: looks like smartctl is not reporting accurately the hdd temperature. I need to do more tests with hddtemp.
Some time ago I bought a motherboard with an m2 SSD connector. I only noticed this connector after purchasing it, so I did not bought a suitable drive, I just used a regular SSD.
Then I read a review, a comparison between a SATA 3 SSD and an NVMe SSD. Astonishing performances, up to 4 times faster! Whoa!
The review mentioned the Samsung 950 Pro but it has a problem for me: it’s 3 times more expensive than a regular SSD!
I found the Crucial MX300 m.2, for just 15 euro more than a regular SATA SSD. Yes! I Bought it immediately!
The installation was easy, just open the case, insert it into the slot and tighten the locking screw.
Windows starts but… I can’t see the drive anywhere! Where is it?
I go into the BIOS settings (ok, EFI) and it’s not shown! Did I install it wrongly? I take it apart and I install it again, but… nothing!
What happened? I assumed that m.2 (the form factor), also meant NVMe (the data protocol), but it’s not . The Crucial MX300 is an m2 SSD m.2 SATA, so it (should) seen by the system as SATA!
In my board it’s not compatible, so I have to return it.
Next time: if you want to buy an m.2 SSD, check that’s it’s NVMe, otherwise, at least in a desktop PC, it’s better to buy a regular drive.
On my first article wrote on Dandandin in the 2009, I talked about the “new” 3D phones fron Japan. We never got them, we got an autosteroscopic 3D screen 2 years later with the Nintendo 3DS and only one smartphone, the HTC Evo 3D, which I never saw in stores.
Now, it’s trendy to make waterproof phones, but while Sony says that’s better to don’t get their waterproof phones wet, Kyocera in Japan launches the DIGNO rafre, the first smartphone washable with warm soap.
See the ad:
The official page doesn’t go in deep detail over the specs, but tells us more details: foam-resistant, scratch-resistant, and so on
Incredible! Today I went to the city hall to get a certificate. When I got in, I saw the waiting room… I had 30 people waiting before me… boring… I hate waiting in line. Then, I read a notice, using the Qurami app it’s possible to take a number and book the spot on the line. Cool!!! This is what I love about tech!!!
I always hated to waste my time waiting for hours for my turn! Now I can get on a virtual line and focus my time on something more important for example this:
As an April Fool’s Google Japan made a Flick physical keyboard.
Designed for those who, accustomed to a flick keyboard on Android / iOS, is no longer able to use one for traditional computers. The website introduces it very well, even though he exaggerates with the functionality, with a laser tracking system that would look unrealistic even in science fiction movies.
What’s really interesting thing is that they made available the source code: one could actually make this keyboard at home with Arduino, although it lacks a fundamental thing: the files for the 3D printer. Yes, I can recreate it at home, but the little box and cute keys? You have to design them yourself.
With the “recipe” that have published, what comes out is something like this:
Which it is quite different than the cool prototype shown in the video.
However, it works. With 12 analog nubs from a PS2 pad, they convert the 24 analog inputs to digital using three MCP3208 ICs, using only 5 digital inputs on the arduino nano, while the nub click is directly connected to the remaining 12 digital/analog inputs. After that, the program communicates via serial port with a card, and is seen as a bluetooth keyboard.
Despite the cool looking prototype, in my opinion it’s actually awkward to use. If each key is using a PS2 analog stick, the click is much harder than one key on a standard keyboard, ok, maybe you can write a sentence, but a longer text? Best wishes!
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I wanted to buy an ebook reader, from a long time, for two simple reasons:
The battery lasts for weeks and weeks
You can read the screen very well in the sunlight
When I saw that the basic Kindle was in promotion at 59 euro (now it sells for $79) I almost ordered one, but then I didn’t, for the following reasons:
It shows ads, unless you pay an extra $20. I tried it in a store, and those ads on the home and the screensaver were really annoying
I have to convert every single ebook in the Amazon proprietary format
I have to convert every single manga in the Amazon proprietary format
You can’t install apps
The screen is unreadable in the dark
My ideal reader would be based on Android, so I could install Dropbox, Pocket, an epub reader (ebook) and a CBR reader (manga).
You can find them on the market, but they all suck, with exorbitant prices (the e-ink screens are very expensive at wholesale) and have poor performance.I saw that it was possible to hack the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight and install Android 2.1.But I didn’t really like this idea. First of all I would have paid $90 for a reader that was discontinued three years ago, and would have a low screen resolution, then surely customs would give me another 50 Euros of tax / duty / taxes “gift”, and then it the end all I got would be an obsolete “hybrid” tablet with Android 2.1, and all the apps would be discontinued also: how long could I continue to use Dropbox, Pocket and other apps before a change of API would kill them?
I eventually found the KOBO GLO HD, which in Italy is sold directly on Amazon for 10 euro less than the official price (119 euro).
Can you install apps on it? No, but its operating system based on Linux is very nicely done and I don’t need to hack it.
It can read CBR and CBZ comics, without conversion, just copy the files via USB
It can read EPUB and PDF ebooks without the need for conversion or special sync programs
It natively integrates with Pocket and syncs everything for automatic offline reading.Instead of reading a webpage on the PC, I click on the Pocket icon in my browser, and boom, I get them on the Kobo. Awesome!
The screen is very bright
The screen resolution is incredibly high
It would have been much more perfect if it had physical buttons instead of being 100% touch, but you can’t have everything in life.
Yes!!! It’s here!!! Finally, after one long year, BB10 for the PlayBook it’s here!!! Here are the new additions:
Runtime Android 4.2
USB Host and Dropbox/Box/Onedrive support
+ but still the same PlayBook design!!!
Quick, download it!!!
Update: this is an April’s fool. The BlackBerry PlayBook has been declared EOL and won’t get any more updates. Killed, will ever have this “half-baked” operating system. What a pity. 😢 But after more than 3 years, how we can pretend to get an update? Other brands stop giving updates after a few months…