Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Trial 2 – Android Powered Remix Mini

I cannot deny that I love the Android Operating System and could not wait to get my hands on the RemixMini Android Powered Computer. The most exiting part of this computer is not the fact that you can buy three of these machines for the same price as a standard computer monitor but the fact that the custom build of Android used on this machine introduces something new to Android, floating windows. Over the next 2 weeks, I am going to be putting the RemixMini to the test to see if I can use it as my primary computer as trial 2 in my Unorthodox Computer Challenge.

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Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Final Thoughts on the Vensmile Mini PC

I have officially survived the first of my 10 Unorthodox PC Challenges with the Vensmile Mini PC and wanted to do a quick up and review on how the Vensmile Mini PC did over the past two weeks. This challenge was designed to test several shortcomings of mine; I normally do not use Windows as my primary operating system and I am normally used to using more powerful machines.

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Unorthodox Computer Challenge Update : Gaming on the Vensmile Windows Box

It is a well known fact that all work and no play make Keith a grumpy Alaskan husky. The past few weeks have been incredibly busy and as I get ready to wrap up the first of the 10 Unorthodox Computers in the Unorthodox Computer Challenge, I wanted to end on a fun note – How does the Vensmile Mini PC handle gaming?

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Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Slow and Steady wins absolutely nothing

I am sorry that I have not posted an update to this site this week about my Unorthodox Computer Challenge but it is not because I dropped the challenge but because I have been working hard at resolving my storage woes that I wrote about last week. This process is going well however complicated due to my slow workstation. Continue reading

Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Storage Woes

My last 48 hours can be summed up in as little as 2 words “Storage Woes”. Between Microsoft announcing that they will be killing OneDrive Storage Plans greater than 1TB and the fact that the Vensmile Mini PC seems to have one of the slowest eMMC storage modules around, I am really feeling the pressure. To make matters worse, my Cloud Storage space is a mess of old, outdated and duplicate files scattered among a few hundred GB of important files.  Continue reading

An Open Letter to Microsoft about Trust and OneDrive

Dear Microsoft,

You have screwed me over plenty of times in the past and yet I decided to give you another chance earlier this year by paying for a yearly Office365 subscription for my household. When it was announced that Microsoft would be rolling out “Unlimited” storage, I signed up for the waiting list so I can consolidate a few other cloud storage providers into one. I am now not only regretting migrating my files over to OneDrive but I am also regretting my decision to give Microsoft a second chance.

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Unorthodox Computer Challenge Update : Google Chrome Let Me Down

On September 2nd of 2008 a web browser was released that changed my browsing habits forever, this web browser was known as Google Chrome. Shortly after it was released, it put a wedge into my monogamous relationship with Mozilla Firefox and caused us to separate after many years. I have been using Chrome as my primary browser for years with no complaints, that is until I took part in my Unorthodox Computer Challenge.

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Unorthodox Computer Challenge : Trial 1 – Vensmile Windows 10 Mini PC

I will be spending the next two weeks with the most orthodox of the machines I have selected for the unorthodox computer challenge, the Vensmile Windows 10 Mini PC. Dont let this fool you however, while this computer is technically a full fledged Windows Desktop – it is hard to find a great use-case for such a machine as it is not powerful enough to do much and the performance leaves a lot to be desired.

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