Daily Archives: October 13, 2014

Life, That Bugger, Does This

Posted to YouTube days before he wound up suffering a stroke, there’s this ironic — prophetic? — image of writer Harlan Ellison from the video available after the break.


And yes, that’s an MRI of his own head, done years and years earlier.

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Surprise! Two Teclast X98 Air Tablets With Windows!

Thanks to Vladimir Burnin in Comments for pointing it out. It’s listed at the Chinese Teclast site.

They’re not calling it the Teclast X98 Air II With Windows, but it uses the same Intel Z3736F as the Air II, with a peak frequency of 2.16GHz.


This is the first 9.7-inch tablet Teclast has produced with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Prior tablets were Android-based and required an onerous firmware download and installation.

IMP3Net has some press material [Google Translate].

The official Tmall page (sales begin on the 15th).

And, hark! Teclast has also added a Windows edition of the X98 Air (non-3G version) to their Chinese site and Tmall. This model has the Intel Z3735D with a peak frequency of 1.83GHz.

My head is beginning to spin trying to keep straight all of the Teclast tablets.

Previously here:

Teclast X98 Air II Gets Bad Report
Surprise! Teclast X98 Air II


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Ebola Shit Hits The Fan, American-Style

Previously here:

Ebola: Makin’ Those Tracks
Ebola: The Ad-Targeting Facepalm
Ebola: The Facepalm
Trained Professionals Getting Ebola
Ebola Nightmares
CDC’s Frieden Makes Claim. This Is So No One Forgets.

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Teclast X89HD Gets Faster CPU, Drops HD In Name


It seems to be the same as the X89HD except the CPU has been upgraded to the Z3736F at 2.16GHz peak frequency.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Sneak Peek Of Theme?

ITV’s Thunderbirds YouTube channel uploaded a video with Richard Taylor and others talking about the new series.

Frankly, I hardly heard a word they said the first time I watched because it has background music.

Is some of the music from the series?

See the video after the break.

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Writer Harlan Ellison Hit By A Stroke

Harlan Ellison Suffers Stroke, Partial Paralysis

Aw shit shit shit shit shit.

Previously here and past blogs:

Harlan Ellison, August 2014
Harlan Ellison, September 2010
Saving Mr. Banks, Killing P.L. Travers
Harlan Ellison Vs. Fantagraphics: Ended
Harlan Ellison: Hyperactive Squared!
Harlan Ellison: Stop It, Already!
Harlan Ellison’s T-Shirt Rules Here
Free Harlan Ellison Classic Short Story
The Night I Called Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison (Again)
Harlan Ellison: Writers Guild Got Screwed!
Harlan Ellison
It’s Winter. It’s Cold. Time For Some Heat.

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Fake: Xiaomi And Apple Store

Aside from looking like MiBand Day here, it’s also looking like Fake Day.

Weibo communiqué:


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Reader Alert: Hit “Older Posts”

This blog’s template sticks ten posts at a time on the front.

Today is one of those rare days when I’ll be doing more than ten posts in a day.

So to see everything, when getting to the bottom of the scroll, hit the “Older posts” link.

The first post published today was: MiBand On A Kitten!

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Sina Tech Writer Analyzes Appeal Of OnePlus One Phone In America

Weibo communiqué:


This is a big deal over in China, since the OnePlus One phone is the first China brand to be just about universally praised in the top-tier American tech press.

The article is here (use Chrome or drop link into Bing Translator).

Previously here:

OnePlus One Phone Problems
OnePlus Tweets Then Deletes
OnePlus To Do A Tablet?
The New Plague: “Appointment Sales”

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Alleged Nexus 9 AnTuTu Score

Weibo communiqué:


That’s three days old, but I haven’t come across it anywhere else.

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