Archive | February 11, 2016

Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet — Screen Resolution & Battery Life Not Up To My Criteria.

by Anura Guruge



The 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I ordered from Amazon over the weekend arrived yesterday. Definitely a nice, responsive unit with NO BLOATWARE — and it was fully charged when it arrived. It even came with fairly comprehensive instructions and a very cute, ‘clingy’ screen protector with additional guidance. I was able to get it up and running with my core set of APPs — Chrome, Bank of America, Fidelity, ‘GPS’, ‘Home Security’ etc. — very quickly and with NO issues. I was impressed.

But, I have already printed the paperwork from Amazon to return it! I used it for less than 2 hours!

There were two things that were not up to my requirements and those were such that I would never be happy with this tablet. These being: screen resolution not good enough when using Chrome and battery charging/battery life.

The screen resolution is 1366×768. In theory that should be good enough. It is OK when you are using APPs so to speak, but not when trying to read Webpages on Chrome — in particular ‘marketwatch.com‘ (in desktop mode). Deanna had a look and agreed. Resolution way below par. Also the case when watching video. Given that I HAVE to read at least 30 – 40 minutes of ‘marketwatch.com’ a day, in order to be I, this was NOT going to fly. I need a tablet where I can read Webpages without the screen resolution getting in the way.

The second issue proved to be worse that I had hoped, given that I had already read, on the Amazon reviews that this could be a stumbling block. Though it can be charged via USB it is NOT ‘happy’ being charged as such. It, appears, though I did not bother to try, that it prefers to be charged using its dedicated charger. I had hoped that this would not be as bigger an issue as it proved to be. It was NOT fully charged after 7.5 hours plugged into my standard USB charger! That is not acceptable. Every room in this house is set up, one way or another, for USB charging. Plus when we travel I carry a pouch of USB chargers. I am not going to take another dedicated charger. IF it is not going to charge, fast and adequately, via USB, it is NOT for I. Alos noticed that battery capacity was going down in front of my eyes. Wow.

It also appears that I can’t get the magnetic sensor, used by non-GPS compass APPs to work. Not a showstopper BUT annoying. I like an ‘analog’ non-GPS compass on my tablet. Also not convinced that it had the latest and greatest Wi-Fi chips.

So the Dragon, alas, is going back. Shame. 

I have already ordered a 10″ Lenovo tablet:

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Click to access Amazon listing. It has a higher resolution HD screen. Smaller and a (slower) Quad-Core as opposed to the 8 in the Dragon.


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These Viagra-Effect Stock Price Charts Are Hilarious & Shows Fickleness Of Market.

by Anura Guruge


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From ‘marketwatch.com’. Click to ENLARGE and view here. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 stock market chart for Amazon.


These near vertical, if not fully vertical, stock price ‘take offs’ are getting silly — though to be fair we also see quite a few, stomach-churning vertical drops too. This is exuberant trading. The stock market in 2016 has been insane. I genuinely feel bad for those caught up in the bloodbath and THEN having to liquidate, at lows, either to pay margin calls or because they lose heart. I,as I have done for the last 8 years, will ride it out. I knew that we will see a few viagra-effect charts for AMZN, NFLX, GOOG etc. So unnecessary BUT good for us option traders. Thursday, Feb. 11 could be a good day to write some options IF this upward trend continues. 


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The Misleading Offers To “Name A Star” For A Loved One For Valentine’s For $58 by ‘Star Registry’.

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Good article from ‘Wired’ magazine from 2001. Price has gone up $10. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original ‘Wired’ article.


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Even Wikipedia has an entry. Click to ENLARGE and here. Use link below to access Wikipedia original.

Click here to access original ‘Wikipedia’ entry.


I heard the ‘name a star for your loved one’ commercial on the radio — ahead of this weekend’s Valentine’s Day — a few times tonight and it irked me. If not a scam outright, it is deceiving innocent people who don’t realize that you can’t pay for the privilege of naming a star. You probably could and should spend the $58 on something more tangible.

This article explains the clever wording around the ‘U.S. Copyright Office’ registration claim. They enter all the names in a book, and when they have a few thousand names in that book, they register that book! The name is in the registered book, but it is the book that has been copyrighted not the name per se.


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Now, as we talked about on January 24, 2016, David Bowie definitely has an asteroid named after him.
That is legit.

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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access Wikipedia original.


by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 11, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

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With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.







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