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Hello,

Anyone who is looking for a new keyboard for HTPC use might find this of use, looks pretty good smile.gif

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/all-in-one-media-keyboard

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Hello,

Anyone who is looking for a new keyboard for HTPC use might find this of use, looks pretty good smile.gif

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/all-in-one-media-keyboard


 

 

Excellent find, John! 

 

Thanks for sharing this with us.  I have ordered one of these from Amazon.com (USA) and I will report my pros & cons feedback to you, and this forum after giving it a good "test drive" on my Sony VAIO VGX-XL2 and VGX-XL3 systems.

 

For any of you interested, here are hyperlinks/URLs for a couple of informative videos from the Microsoft Products YouTube webpage:

 

Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard

http://youtu.be/kOxKrXdizeY

 

Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard USB Port

http://youtu.be/Oov50zCcZBE

 

And here are the Product Guide and Technical Data Sheet .PDF hyperlinks/URLs:

 

Product Guide:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/E/9/AE96A8F2-B778-44F6-952F-6AC466A93FAF/Microsoft%20Product%20Guide.pdf

 

Technical Data Sheet:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/B/1/CB1EDF17-F7C7-47B3-AC1D-5D40DB1767BB/TDS_AllinOneMediaKeyboard.pdf

 

 

Cheers!

Robert.

 

PS. Love your new avatar, John:D

 


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SELF-INFLICTED ANGST and DISAPPOINTMENT -

( WHY YOU SHOULD IGNORE the WINDOWS EXPERIENCE INDEX, and STOP FRETTING! )

 

Hello all,

 

Many of our fellow VGX-XL* system owners who have recently upgraded their systems with modern video/graphics cards, super-fast SSD primary system hard drives and the fastest Pentium D dual-core and Core 2 quad-core processors which are supported by these systems, after updating with our Mr.Big BIOS Update, have expressed confusion about the Windows Experience Index (WEI) scores they are getting. Maybe you too are one who has felt some degree of disappointment from your WEI scores. This confusion, or downright bewilderment, suggests that many of us are misinterpreting the purpose of WEI, or thinking that it is something that it is not.

 

Here's the bottom line:  Windows Experience Index (WEI) is NOT a performance benchmark of your system, .... period!

 

It is important to understand what WEI actually IS, and what it is intended to tell us. The Windows Experience Index (WEI) merely measures the relative capability of components. The WEI only runs for a short time and it does not measure the interactions of components under a software load (which is "where the rubber actually meets the road" in real-world pc use), but rather it measures the characteristics or your hardware. Thus the WEI does not measure performance of a system, but merely measures the relative hardware capabilities .... running Windows. Get it?

 

This is why the little utility is called "Windows Experience Index" rather than something like "Your PC's Performance Rating." :rolleyes:

 

A well-written article about "the WEI" can be found here, for those interested in learning more:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/01/19/engineering-the-windows-7-windows-experience-index.aspx

 

 

In Windows Vista, the WEI scores ranged from 1.0 to 5.9. In Windows 7, the WEI range has been extended upward to 7.9. The mere fact that there is no available WEI score below 1, and no available score above 7.9 (regardless of how rudimentary or advanced the hardware you install), reflects the fact that WEI is not an open-ended linear-arithmetic score but is rather based on a set of algorithms. So rather than being disappointed with less than the improvements in your WEI scores you expect -- after you have spent a lot of money for your hardware upgrades -- I suggest that you forget all about Windows Experience Index, and instead download and run an actual performance benchmark software application ( which will lift your spirits when you compare your old hardware scores to your new, and make you feel better about your upgrades investments).

 

For this I recommend and use Passmark Software's excellent "Performance Test 8" (for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows). The utility is FREE for a 30-day evaluation, which should be long enough to cover your needs. And personally I have always felt that FREE is a pretty good price. HA! :D

 

Here's the "Performance Test 8" download URL/hyperlink:

http://www.passmark.com/download/pt_download.htm

 

Have fun, and as always ...

 

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AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Windows® Released ...

 

Hello all,

 

For all Sony VAIO VGX-XL* owners who have upgraded our Digital Living Systems with RADEON HD5000 series or above video/graphics cards, AMD has just released its latest "CATALYST SOFTWARE SUITE 14.4" update drivers.  Following are the Release Notes and Downloads page hyperlinks/URLs :

 

 

AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Windows® Release Notes:

http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDCatalyst14-4WINReleaseNotes.aspx?sp_rid=NzI2ODU1OTQ2ODkS1&sp_mid=20664157&spMailingID=20664157&spUserID=NzI2ODU1OTQ2ODkS1&spJobID=301473298&spReportId=MzAxNDczMjk4S0

 

 

AMD Graphics Drivers and Software:

http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

 

 

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Hello all,

I have a VGX-XL201 that I'm having a problem with and I'm hoping anyone can help me please.
After carefully running the Mr Big Bios update a few days ago Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
now boots to the tune of "Your PC has ran into a problem and needs to to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you." the message quickly vanishes to restart the PC only to display the same message and restarting again, this continues in a loop.
For a split second before restarting I saw the message "If you'd like to know more, you can search online later for this error: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Booting from the Windows 8 32-bit CD allows me to select "Repair your Computer" and to Troubleshoot.
Refreshing my PC displays "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.

System Restore displays "System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.
Details:
Sytem Restore could not access a file. This is probably because an antivirus program is running on the computer. Temporarily disable your antivirus program and retry System Restore.
An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070005)

I get the above message on all eight system restore points available.

Automatic Repair displays
"Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC
Log file C:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt"

Any tips, tricks or suggestions even if it's to tell me I may as well give up would be most appreciated, Thanks
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Is this our next HTPC Media Collection library storage method?

 

 

Sony develops tech for 185 Terabyte tapes: 3,700 times more storage space than a Blu-ray disc

By James Plafke, for ExtremeTech - May 5, 2014

 

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/181560-sony-develops-tech-for-185tb-tapes-3700-times-more-storage-than-a-blu-ray-disc?utm_source=howtogeek&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

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185 Terabytes of storage should be just about enough, right?  :D

 

 

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SSDs Expected to Outpace HDD Storage Density -

SanDisk announces 2.5-inch 4TB SSD with 8TB in the pipeline

Written by Andre Yoskowitz, AfterDawn - 04 May, 2014 
 
 
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"We see reaching the 4TB mark as really just the beginning and expect to continue doubling the capacity every year or two, far outpacing the (storage capacity) growth for traditional HDDs,"  Manuel Martull, SanDisk's product & solutions marketing director said.
 
 
 
SanDisk announces 4TB SSD with 8TB in the pipeline
 
 
 
 

 

It's a 'brave new world'!  :)

 

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Sony forecasts another year of losses

Written by Andre Yoskowitz - AfterDawn.com - 14 May 2014

 

Sony has reported another massive loss this year, USD $1.3 billion (138 billion Japanese Yen), thanks to the write down for its sold VAIO PC business.

 

Read the article: 

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2014/05/14/sony_forecasts_another_year_of_losses?utm_source=newsletterENG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20140516

 

 

Sony forecasts another year of losses 
 

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INTEL XEON X3230 2.66GHZ QUAD CORE CPU's
[ Sorry. 260 units sold out ]

Hello everyone,

For fellow owners of Sony VAIO VGX-XL201, XL202, XL3, XL301 or XL302 model Digital Living Systems who have upgraded or plan to upgrade your system to our "Mr.Big BIOS Update Project Version 1.05 or Version 1.1", the Intel XEON X3230 2.66GHz Quad Core CPU is the fastest, best performance CPU that is supported by our updated BIOS for your systems.

This USA reseller currently has multiple working server system pull XEON X3230 CPU's for just $44.99 each with free shipping within the USA ( the seller also ships to the UK and Europe ).

This is a terrific buy. Good luck scoring one of these for your "Mr.Big BIOS Project" updated system.


Intel Xeon X3230 2.66GHZ 8M/1066/05A Quad Core CPU Processor SLACS Qty Available:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-X3230-2-66GHZ-8M-1066-05A-Quad-Core-CPU-Processor-SLACS-Qty-Available-/261479819798?pt=US_Server_CPUs_Processors&hash=ite m3ce1696a16





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Logitech TK820 Wireless All-In-One Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad

 

Hello all,

 

Here's another replacement alternative for our OEM Sony VAIO wireless keyboard. Lots of features, a VERY large touchpad and numerous programmable special hotkeys.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oegk8qlF7Jg&feature=youtu.be

 

And it also uses Logitech's nifty "unifying" USB Nano dongle receiver, which allows for multiple compatible Logitech devices to be connected to the PC with just one populated USB port:  http://www.logitech.com/en-us/promotions/6072?wt.ac=ps|6248|Unifying

 

 

 

 

 

These currently retail for approx. USD $99.00, direct from Logitech (with free shipping)

 

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-all-in-onekeyboard-tk820?WT.mc_id=AMR_DR_Q4_FY14_SERP&WT.srch=1&ci

 

 

 

... or about USD $75.00 from online retailers like Amazon (also with free shipping)

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DR9V1T0/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=4162003188&ref=pd_sl_8r285kfhsy_bb

 

 

 

They are also currently available "refurbished" for about USD $59.99 (with free shipping) from Meritline.

 

http://www.meritline.com/logitech-tk820-wireless-all-in-one-keyboard-with-built-in-touchpad---p-125600.aspx?strcoup=MLCKX20QNL1&dealid=7&sectionid=T1&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter140520&hq_e=el&hq_m=2884558&hq_l=23&hq_v=7b4a22c833

 

 

If any of you acquire one of these for use with your VGX-XL*, please give us your usage feedback 'pros & cons', here.

 

Cheers!

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Windows 8 will not get true Start Menu with next update, as rumored

Written by Andre Yoskowitz June 3, 2014

 

Windows 8 will not get true Start Menu with next update, as rumored
 

According to ZDnet, Microsoft will not be including a true Start Menu (as rumored) with its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2. The next update is expected to be released later this summer, likely in August.

Allegedly, the software giant will wait to add back a Start Menu until "Threshold," the code name for the next major Windows release (maybe called Windows 9 eventually) is released in April 2015.

It is unclear why Microsoft is delaying the feature (which was unveiled officially at BUILD), but of course it was always just a rumor to begin with that it would be part of the update. The rumored new Start Menu will be different from the familiar XP/Vista/7 menu as it will incorporate the "Metro" theme and screen concept.

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Another interesting new alternative wireless keyboard for our Sony VAIO VGX-XL* systems. And this one is illuminated and rechargeable!



Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830


http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/living-room-keyboard-k830?crid=26






Backlit keys:





This feature-rich wireless keyboard has a 33-foot (10-meter) range, a large trackpad with "gestures", and is retailing for between $75 - $99 USD, with free shipping from major online retailers, and direct from Logitech.


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VAIO PCs return after Sony closes sale of brand

Written by Andre Yoskowitz
July 3, 2014





The VAIO PC brand has returned!


Earlier this year, Sony agreed to sell the brand as it continues to focus on core products including gaming, smartphones and tablets. The willing buyer was investment fund Japan Industrial Partners. The fund specializes in acquiring assets from companies that are looking to shed unwanted or poor performing divisions to help cut costs.

As promised, the deal has closed as of July 1st, and the fund is already selling two new VAIO laptops, the Fit and Pro, both for sale in Japan.

The devices are still available through Sony's online store, although it does not have Sony branding any longer. Sony is a five percent owner of the new VAIO Corp.





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