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Review: Windows 10 Computer Stick

In 2015 Intel introduced the Compute Stick or Computer Stick – the product has been around ever since. The idea is simple and eligant. Intel wanted to create an HDMI dongle computer which can run Windows 10.

There is no confirmation, but our suspicion is that Intel wanted a ultra-cheap and portable solution to run Windows for embedded applications like set-top boxes (DVRs) and other IoT (Internet of Things) products. If our assumption is correct, it’s a wonderful product and is a great solution for its intended purpose.

PCWorld did a fantastic review of the compute stick back in 2016, and a link to that article is at the footer of this post. The PC World review outlined the specifications and performance levels of the Intel based product. We will let that article do the heavy lifting for the tech people out there, but today we want to talk about the applications one might have for a computer stick.

For only $120 (ish) off Amazon, this is an excellent solution to run Windows 10 for a host of specific applications.

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Several quick talking points before we move to examples of usage out in the field:

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VGA, DVI and HDMI to USB Trifecta Power House Adapter

On the heels of announcing the EVGA USB to VGA or DVI adapter comes USB Fever with their power house trifecta USB to VGA, DVI and HDMI adapter.  I believe it’s the first USB video adapter with these three options. So with the news of USB Fevers multi-display adapter we can revisit the idea of boosting your video space.  For me, this product is of special interest as I’m currently running a 19″ wide screen off my laptop dock station.  Unfortunately the laptop doesn’t have enough video processing to push two monitors.  The USB Fever multi-display USB adapter solves this problem.

usb to vga dvi hdmi adapter

It appears EVGA has an edge on higher end resolution, but the USB Fever will still get you a max 1400×1050 resolution.  This is ideal for 19″ wide screens.  The VGA, DVI and HDMI video adapter can string up to 6 monitors together and will work through powered USB hubs.  I would venture to say this solution isn’t ideal for hi-end graphics applications like 3D modeling or gaming, but would be a good product for use of viewing spreadsheets, email, word processing, web surfing, blogging, Photoshop and TV. Continue Reading

Myka: BitTorrent Set Top Box Is King Of The Hill

Set Top boxes have a big limitation in that you get Pigeon Holed into one device such as AppleTV or the forthcoming NetFlix unit, but the Myka could change the landscape forever.  The Myka is a BitTorrent device which will work with anything the web has to offer and can download/play MPEG2, H.264, WMV and DivX media.

myka bittorrent

As Wired reports, the Myka is userfriendly because it takes the nerd out of the BitTorrent process.  The Myka is intelligent enough to provide content (legal or otherwise) from a Peer2Peer network without all the advanced skills often required to pull off a BitTorrent download.  The Linux based box is a simple connection to the TV via HDMI, composite (ouch), S-Video or SPDIF and connects to the internet via eithernet or WiFi.  The Myka comes with a variety of internal hard drive configurations (80, 160 or 500GB) and includes an external USB port for additional storage or future connectivity / peripheral options.
“There’s no way the content providers will allow this pirate box on the market, right? Wrong. Myka already has the official BitTorrent service on board, which means it will carry legitimate content from 20th Century Fox, MTV, Warner and Playboy, amongst others.”
Wired posted a full interview with Myka’s president Dan Lovy, so if you’d like to learn more about the Myka set top box which will rule them all, jump. Continue Reading

GetUSB Dealz: P.H.A.T. HDTV Connection Kit

This “everything you needHDTV connection kit is one Pretty Hot And Tempting deal from Buy.com for only $22.49.  I’ve seen just a single HDMI cable at BestBuy for more than $50 so this deal is off the hook.

hdtv connection kit

What you get for just over $20 bones:
  • 6ft RCA Type Audio/Video Combination Interconnect
  • 6ft Component Video Cable
  • 6ft RCA Type Audio Interconnect
  • 2m HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interconnect 2m TOSLINK Optical Digital Cable
  • 6ft S-Video Interconnect
  • HDMI to Male DVI Inline Adapter
All the cables have 24-karat gold plated connectors for optimal performance and quality.  The gold plated connectors also ensure long lasting quality without degradation for connect and disconnect sequences.  The cable ends are molded for ease of use, handling and comfort during installation AND these cables come with a lifetime warranty.  You can’t go wrong.
However, BUY.com did say the quantities are limited and this GetUSB Dealz will only be around for a short while.  $32.49 with $10 rebate.  Free shipping so total is $22.49.
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