I got to play with the Norm Smart Glasses – here are my thoughts

I have always been a huge fan of wearable technology. Many people know that I have been a long time Google Glass owner but my love for wearable technology actually goes back a lot further than that. My first wearable device was the Fossil Wrist PDA that ran PalmOS nearly 15 years ago!. I have since owned over 10 different generations of SmartWatches as well as Google Glass. There have been several smart glasses entering the market over the past year such as North, Vuzix and Norm. While Vuzix, and North have a established brand, the newcomer, Norm has got something special on their hands and I got to spend a few hours playing with it on Sunday. Here are my initial thoughts.

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Creating a Windows Recovery Disk for the GPD Pocket MicroPC

I published directions a few days ago detailing the process of installing a larger hard disk into the GPD Pocket MicroPC however i have gotten a few emails asking for instructions to create a Windows Recovery Image. I wanted to take a few minutes to write a quick step-by-step guide to creating a recovery image that can be used to re-install Windows

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Upgrading the M.2 Solid State Drive on the GPD Pocket MicroPC

If you are a backer of the GPD Pocket MicroPC, you should start getting your shipment details in your email by now. Some people have already received their units and are beginning to experiment with it. One of the major perks of the GPD Pocket MicroPC is that you can easily upgrade the built in hard drive with something a bit larger than the build in 128 GB SSD that comes stock. Here are the instructions.

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Deal Alert : Core i5 128 GB Pixel Slate + Type Cover Prime Day Deal

If you are in the market for a high end Chromebook and an Amazon Prime Customer – They are running a Prime Day Special on the Google Pixel Slate. This is the higher end version complete with an Intel Core i5, 128 GB of Space and 8 GB of RAM. This version of the Pixel Slate is normally $1000 alone however Amazon is selling it for $899.99 for Prime Day. To sweeten the deal, Amazon is also throwing in the official Type Cover for free which would normally add another $200 to the price. Sadly if you need the Pixel Stylus, you will need to obtain that separately

ChromeOS 77.0.3849.0 Fixes Android Application Connectivity Issues and Restores Crostini Backups by Default

If you are on the ChromeOS dev channel, you may have noticed that network connectivity has been hit and miss over the past few weeks and if so, you may want to start mashing your check for updates button now to update to ChromeOS 77.0.3849.0 while reading this post. I am still working my way through the changelog for this build and it is pretty lengthy. Here are the notable changes that I have been able to find so far. This is also the first official beta for ChromeOS 77

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Upgrading the MINIX NEO Storage M.2 SSD from 250 GB to 1 TB

After spending some time with the MINIX NEO Type C Hub with a built in 250 GB SSD, I can say that I both love this device but I wish it had more storage. Sure 250 GB of storage is fine for most people but I would not categorize myself as “most people”. Officially, MINIX does not support upgrading the SSD in the MINIX NEO Storage Type C hub and to make matters worse, you cannot officially buy a version of the MINIX NEO Storage with capacities greater than 250 GB… With all that said, lets try to unofficially cram a 1 TB M.2 SSD into this thing. Here are the steps

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Review : MINIX NEO Storage – An Aluminum USB-C Hub with 250 GB SSD Storage Built In

If you are the owner of a modern Ultra-Portable Laptop such as the Google Pixelbook, you likely already carry a USB Type C hub to allow you to connect to classic USB devices. Most USB Type C hubs often pack features such as USB-PD Pass-through and HDMI output to allow you to use the hub as a docking station when you need to share your laptop to a full size display. I have a growing collection of USB Type C Hubs and when I got my hands on the MINIX NEO Storage Type C Hub, I could definitely say that it stands out from the others by packing a 250 GB M.2 SSD inside.

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Your Web Hosting Rates Are About To Get More Expensive – Here is why

It seems the era of inexpensive web hosting options may be coming to an end in the next few weeks. If you are a customer who uses the cPanel control panel to manage your web hosting accounts, you may start getting notices from your providers of price hikes. These hikes may be anywhere from a few dollars per month to potentially hundreds of dollars a month to those with large reseller accounts. Here is why…

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An Open Letter to cPanel : Re: Announcing Account Based Pricing

Dear cPanel Management,

I would like to think that I am on good terms with you but that may change after reading this later. I have been an outspoken fan and evangelist of your product for years as well as a customer. I have also had the pleasure of meeting many cPanel staff members in person on a few occasions. I am also a very outspoken and respected voice in the web hosting community on sites such as WebHostingTalk. I am not only writing this letter to criticize your decision to introduce a new pricing structure that will cripple the web hosting industry but to also offer a compromise.

The raw costs of developing a quality produce has been increasing over the years as you work to recruit some of the best talent in the industry. cPanel has to your credit not increased prices in years so I completely understand cPanel’s need to increase prices on order to further grow and improve on the product. I just feel that the new pricing scheme is a disaster and will hurt your customers and in many cases either cause them to close up shop or migrate to competing products which would decrease cPanel’s revenue as a result.

Many web hosting providers are freaking out at the moment worried about the backlash of announcing the impending and sharp price increases to their customers. Many web hosts are understandably concerned that this announcement will cause outrage and possibly cause many of them to loose customers as a result. Some other providers are already exploring the options to move to a competing product to avoid this increase – which is an insane amount of work. Many web hosting companies that offer reseller hosting are even contemplating closing shop as this business model is unsustainable. These changes will also impact many budget hosts that service impoverished communities by offering affordable hosting to small businesses who are struggling.

Hosting providers are understandably outraged and have lost trust in cPanel due to these changes. These changes are clearly disastrous to the industry as a whole and I cannot see any new web hosting companies running cPanel being able to revitalize the industry. It is really hard to rebuild on the corpses of larger hosts who have folded.

I would like you to re-consider these changes and come up with a compromise that will both allow you to raise your rates by a nominal amount. Instead of a “Per Account’ licensing structure, why not consider a “Per Core” licensing structure. I can honestly see a $5.00-$10.00 per CPU core being a sustainable option for most web hosting providers an still increase your revenue. This will create a nominal increase of ~5.00 to those on a typical VPS and potentially an increase of $300+ on providers who densely pack a 32 core server with thousands of accounts. Of course there should be a maximum cap.

If you would agree to re-consider, I will even offer to help with damage control and talk companies out of jumping ship.

Keith Myers

Keith@KMyers.me