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I'm a Windows Azure MVP, the principal developer for OakLeaf Systems and the author of 30+ books on Microsoft software. The books have more than 1.25 million English copies in print and have been translated into 20+ languages.
My latest books are Cloud Computing with the Windows Azure Platform for Wrox and Microsoft Access 2010 In Depth for Que.
I'm also a contributing editor for Visual Studio Magazine, write for Redmond Developer News, and contribute to TechTarget's SearchCloudComputing.com blog.
Full disclosure: I make part of my livelihood by writing about Microsoft products in books and for magazines. I regularly receive free evaluation software from Microsoft and press credentials for
Microsoft Tech•Ed and PDC. I'm also a member of the Windows Azure Insiders and Microsoft Partner Network. View my complete profile
OakLeaf Systems is a Northern California software consulting organization specializing in developing and writing about Windows Azure, Windows Azure SQL Database, Windows Azure SQL Data Sync, Windows Azure SQL Database Federations, Windows Azure Mobile Services and Web Sites, Windows Phone 8, LINQ, ADO.NET
Entity Framework, OData and WCF Data Services, SQL Server 2008+, and Visual Studio LightSwitch.
Android MiniPCs and TVBoxes
The availability of low-cost HDTV sets with multiple High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) inputs, combined with the economy of Chinese CPUs, GPUs and manufacturing processes, has created a new category of miniature, low-power, computing devices without displays, keyboards and pointing called Mini-PCs,
PC-sticks or TV-boxes. These devices, most of which which cost between US $40 and $100 and run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or later, consist of an approximately 1.25 x 3-inch (30 x 75 mm) printed circuit board (PCB) with CPU, GPU, RAM, NAND storage and other integrated-circuit chips soldered to both sides. A micro-USB connector accepts 5V power, and a full-size USB connector accommodates input devices, and other peripherals. (Most Mini PC devices also support Bluetooth peripherals.) A micro-SD slot enables upgrading to a maximum 32 GB of additional storage. A male HDMI connector delivers 720P or 1080P video and stereo audio signals to a HDTV or conventional PC monitor. Built-in WiFi (802.11b/g/n with an internal antenna) provides Internet connectivity. You can use a USB Ethernet dongle to connect to wired networks.The "Android MiniPCs and TVBoxes" delivers up-to-date news and technical reviews of these devices.
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