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Just “Ironsides” Now

Yipes! What a mess…

I am not going to get all computer nerd technical here. I want to say I just finished that upgrade to my oldest office computer I call “Ironsides”. It was named “Old Ironsides” before I did the upgrade.

Almost all new computers are using solid state drives (SSD). All our cell phones and hand-held tablets all use a form of solid-state drive. They have no moving parts and are very dependable. Price has come way down, and sizes (capacity) has increased. Multi-Terabyte drives are available today.

That’s as technical as I will get.

I bought a new 500 GB drive I installed as the […] Continue reading » Just “Ironsides” Now

Dual Keyboards

Logitech Keyboards

Today is the day I gave the NUC computer keyboard the desirable lower pull-out tray location. It is the lowest and most comfortable keyboard location in my home office. The NUC uses a K800 Logitech wireless keyboard and MX Anywhere 25 mouse so the clutter of the wires on the pull out is gone.

Ironsides (the older, original office Windows computer) uses a wired K740 Logitech keyboard and is now located on the desk surface above the pull-out tray. Still easy access but a bit less comfortable user position. I can move it back and have some front edge desk access.

Ironsides is alive and well […] Continue reading » Dual Keyboards

Seems Logi-cal

Dongle

I have a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse on the NUC computer. I installed the tiny USB dongle on the backside of the NUC case. All seemed to be working well but occasionally I could see the mouse and even the keyboard would act a bit wonkey. I think wonkey is the official term.

The mouse pointer would hop, skip and jump. I was doing PhotoShop editing and it was driving me crazy. I thought perhaps the mouse and keyboard need a fresh charge.

I put them both on charge then started to do a bit of research. I discovered there is a known problem with Logitech […] Continue reading » Seems Logi-cal

NUC / GTI Performance Update

My tiny but high performance Intel NUC has been performing very well since the fan (blower) transplant. It is everything I need for the job I ask it to do.

There is no worse feeling when a new and expensive item suddenly goes sour. The fan is probably one of the least expensive components in the computer. It was an easy fix. Probably a low bid component selection by Intel.

It’s that sort of thinking that tarnishes an otherwise good product. The extreme performance space shuttle fails because of a lousy rubber O-ring.   No disaster here…

The NUC and Linux

The internet and search engines can bring instant information […] Continue reading » NUC / GTI Performance Update

Intel NUC Fan

Intel NUC

The cooling fan on my Intel NUC minicomputer suddenly went berserk. Sounded like it threw a bearing. A coffee grinder making espresso grind would have been quieter.

I did some Internet research (Intel NUC fan noise) and it seems like the fan has been a problem for these machines. The noisy fan is not an unusual problem.

There is a three-year warranty on the components, so it can be covered by warranty. Two options it seems. Intel can send a fan and you change it yourself, or in my case (pun intended) since I have one of the “kit” version built up by a vendor, I […] Continue reading » Intel NUC Fan