September 19, 2014

Asus Tranformer and Specs

I love my Asus Transformer!! I wrote some of this blog on the Asus Transfomer, so I have tested it in every conceivable way in the last few weeks since I bought it.

The market is flooded with all sorts of new tablet computers since the advent of the iPad.  iPads are nice, but they are simply too expensive for what you get (or what you don’t get, frankly).  Don’t forget, when you buy an Apple, most of what you are paying for is the glowing Logo on the back of the device.

Of course, with the advent of iPad, there have been several contenders to the tablet market.  Blackberry has had an entry as well as the ill-fated HP with Web OS.  Neither of these were contenders in the way that the Android Operating System from Google has been.

I have been using Android since it came out a couple of years ago, on the old G1 Machines.  Before that, I used Windows CE (Windows Mobile 5.0) which, for its day, was a pretty good OS in its own right.  But I have really enjoyed the flexibility of the Android OS, and have even dabbled with making some apps.

So when the tablets started coming out, I got taken (that is another article) by a manufacturer that promised more than they tablet could give.  And then, one day, I walked into Best Buy, and there is was, the Asus Transformer.  The Asus Transformer sat there with the other tablet computers, and specifically Android devices.  There the Asus Transformer was right beside the Motorola Xoom that I had been reading about for a few months.  The Xoom is a little lighter and has a higher Res screen, but what I saw next to the Asus transformer was nothing short of beautiful: a full sized clip on, Qwerty keyboard.

Sure iPad has keyboards, and you can plug USB keyboards into most devices coming out these days, but this Keyboard was MADE for the ASUS Transformer.  It easily clips right in, and then it looks like a normal laptop.  The keyboard is beautiful and easy to use too!  Like I said, I typed many of the posts on this website using it.

Together, the Asus Transformer and the keyboard are a little heavy, but not any more than a conventional laptop.  It is fast as lightening too- it came out of the box with Honeycomb, but had an instant upgrade waiting when I hooked it into the wi-fi at home.  It runs the apps beautifully, it has a great screen, and it is extremely fast.

Here is the absolute best part- aside from the fact that the Asus Transformer has HDMI ports, USB ports, a 5 MP camera in the back and a nice camera up from for Skyping with your neighbor, the best part is the battery life!  I have yet to run my Asus Transformer down with a normal day of use.  I have used it for two days straight, sometimes playing videos on it for hours through Wi-fi.  That is because the keyboard dock of the Asus Transformer has a battery in it too- and without a hard drive, the battery life seems limitless.  (Of course, nothing is limitless, right?)

The only complaint is that the audio isn’t great from the Asus Transformer.  The speakers are weak (weaker than my EVO Android phone) and the Mic isn’t anything to speak of.  However, you can hook earphones and a mic in.

I am very happy with my Asus Transformer.  If I need a tablet, I grab it and go- if I need something to type with, I make sure it is hooked into it’s keyboard dock- it is great to go to a place without havgin to worry about plugging into a socket for hours and hours!



Here are the Technical Specs of the Asus Transformer

Asus Transformer Specs:

Brand Name: Asus
Color: Espresso
Item Height: 0.51 inches
Item Width: 6.97 inches
Screen Size: 10.1 inches
Display Resolution Maximum: 1280×800 pixels
Processor Brand: NVIDIA
Processor Count: 1
RAM Size: 1000 MB
Memory Technology: SO-DIMM
Computer Memory Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Maximum Memory Supported: 1 GB
Hard Drive
Hard Drive Size: 16/32 GB
Hard Disk Description: Flash
Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA
Graphics Coprocessor: No Information
Additional Specifications
Hardware Platform: PC
Operating System: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Battery Description: 1 Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
Average Battery Life (in hours): 9 hours
Lithium Battery Energy Content: 24.4 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Packaging: Batteries contained in equipment

Here are the Asus Transformer Specs for teh Keyboard Dock
Input/Output: 2 x USB 2.0
Card Reader: 1 x 4-in-1 Card Reader / MMC / SD (SDHC/SDXC)
Battery: 24.4 W/h Li-polymer battery (up to 6.5 hours)1
Dimensions: 10.67″ x7.28″ x 1.1″ inches (W x D x H)
Weight: 1.41 lbs (with battery)
Color: Espresso

List of Love Poems

My True Love Has My Heart by Philip Sidney

Song: To Celia by Ben Jonson

My River by Emily Dickinson

The Ragged Wood by William Butler Yeats

Love by Robert Browning

The Lake by Edgar Allen Poe

Why Is The Rose So Pale by Heinrich Heine

Come Fill The Cup by Omar Khayyam

My Love Is Like to Ice by Edmund Spenser

Love Poems: From Marry me to I Love You

Love Poems have always been a way that a man can express his love for a woman, or a woman for a man. Many love poems have been written throughout time, some of the best known by Shakespeare, Keats, and even Mark Twain! Some love poems come from the heart, while others should probably be thrown into the toilet!!

Click here for a list of Love Poems!  From Marry Me to Emily Dickinson!

What makes for good love poems? Well I would guess that the answer would be different depending on who you talk to. For a professor of English literature, the answer to good love poems might be found in the meter and the verse. The technical aspects such as metaphor or deeper meaning. I know that I have taken a few classes from professors like this in my life, and what they consider to be great love poems are sometimes confusing at best. Of course, academics have a way of yanking the life out of a piece of art as they over-analyze some loves poems.

What is best is when you find a professor that is not only good at the technical aspect of love poems, but can dive into their deep meaning- the meaning that the author intended. This is when we see both sides of the love poems that we might be studying, both the technical and the meaningful. A professor like this can make the love poems come to life and kindle the fires of love within the heart of the person that hears the love poems.

Of course, we can look past all this technical stuff to get to the heart and soul of what makes love poems truly touching. Modern day love poems manifest themselves in the form of music on the radio, rap songs, and even speeches made from the depth of a character’s heart in the midst of a romantic movie, or even better, a romantic comedy. This is where the singer or the character in the movie sings and declares of the virtues of love.

What I think makes good love poems are the depth which they can touch a persons heart. Even if the rhyme and meter aren’t perfect, love poems have their most effect when they are written from the heart, recited from the heart, and touch the other person’s heart who hears them. Good love poems need to be read out loud, even if one is reading them alone because true love involved the whole body, mind, and soul. How deeply can we understand the famous soliloquy by Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and his love that he has for her as he sees her on the balcony. These are the type of love poems that ignite the soul of a man and woman who not only hears them, but says themselves

So, no matter how love poems are manifested, they should proceed from the heart- they should be said with passion and vigor, they should be said with meaning. Even if the love poems are simple declaration of the love of a child for their mother, no mother can reject love poems from the heart. Likewise, if a man wants to win a girl over, love poems, even ones that he didn’t not write himself, saif from the heart, can open the heart of even the most difficult woman.

So go, be inspired! Read, recite, and be enlivened by the greatness of love poems! Be they song, poem, monologue, or simple words from the heart.

My Love Is Like to Ice by Edmund Spenser

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How come it then that this her cold is so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which is congealed with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.

Come Fill The Cup by Omar Khayyam

Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of spring
Your winter garment of repentance fling.
The bird of time has but a little way
To flutter – and the bird is on the wing.

Why Is The Rose So Pale by Heinrich Heine

Oh Dearest, canst thou tell me why
The Rose should be so pale?
And why the azure Violet
Should wither in the vale?

And why the Lark should, in the cloud,
So sorrowfully sing?
And why from loveliest balsam-buds
A scent of death should spring?

And why the Sun upon the mead
So chillingly should frown?
And why the Earth should, like a grave,
Be mouldering and brown?

And why is it that I, myself,
So languishing should be?
And why is it, my Heart-of-Hearts,
That thou forsakest me?

The Lake by Edgar Allen Poe

In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less–
So lovely was the loneliness,
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound
And the tall pines that towered around.

But when the Night had thrown her pall
Upon that spot, as upon all,
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody–
Then- ah then I would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.

Yet, that terror was not fright
But a tremulous delight–
A feeling not the jewelled mine
Could teach or bribe me to define–
Nor Love- although the Love were thine.

Death was in that poisonous wave
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring
To his lone imagining–
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake.

Love by Robert Browning

So, the year’s done with
( Love me forever! )
All March begun with,
April’s endeavour;

May-wreaths that bound me
June needs must sever;
Now snows fall round me,
Quenching June’s fever…

( Love me forever! )

The Ragged Wood by William Butler Yeats

O, hurry, where by water, among the trees,
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh,
When they have looked upon their images
Would none had ever loved but you and I!

Or have you heard that sliding silver-shoed
Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky,
When the sun looked out of his golden hood?
O, that none ever loved but you and I!

O hurry to the ragged wood, for there
I will drive all those lovers out and cry
O, my share of the world, O, yellow hair!
No one has ever loved but you and I.

My River by Emily Dickinson

My river runs to thee.
Blue sea, wilt thou welcome me?
My river awaits reply.
Oh! sea, look graciously.

I?ll fetch thee brooks
from spotted nooks.
Say, sea,
Take me!