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Intel Compute Sticks!

A Windows 10 computer that’s smaller (in area) than a cell phone (although chunkier). Pretty cool!

The ones that sell for less than $140 would be slow pieces of cr** because of the underpowered Atom processor, and only 32GB of storage of which 20GB would be used up by Windows 10.

However, the $389 Compute Stick has decent specs, with a Core m3 microprocessor and 64GB of eMMC storage. The Core m3 is just as powerful as a Core i3 you might find in a cheap laptop of approximately the same price. Although I’d say you are paying a $100 premium for the coolness factor of the compute stick.

What’s the use case for such a device?

You hate using laptop monitors and keyboards, but still want to be able to take your computer to the office and then take it home. One solution, of course, is laptop docking stations, but the more elegant solution is the Intel Compute Stick!

Or maybe you just want the world’s smallest Windows PC.

The compute stick would work best with a monitor like the Dell Ultrasharp U2415 which includes a powered USB 3.0 hub and an audio-out port.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 31, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. I want to go back to 1995 and show this to people

    Economic Sophisms

    May 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    • And they’ll be more interested in it than your time machine?


      May 31, 2016 at 10:13 pm

  2. Even more elegant solution will be the upcoming Surface Phone. It will be a Windows 10 computer that will also be a phone. You can dock it and use as desktop/laptop, or you can run your Windows 10 apps right on the phone. If you work with Windows you won’t need any other device.


    May 31, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  3. “You hate using laptop monitors and keyboards, but still want to be able to take your computer to the office and then take it home. One solution, of course, is laptop docking stations, but the more elegant solution is the Intel Compute Stick!”

    I just don’t see this. The compute stick does not have a display or keyboard. You can plug it into monitor keyboard and use it. You could have another monitor keyboard for it at home, but it is only usable when plugged into something that provides display and keyboard. A notebook or tablet can be used anyplace.

    I can see this used in a home theater systems and some other application, but I don’t see it as a replacement for business notebooks.


    May 31, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    • Most work laptops get used in exactly two places, desk at work and desk at home.

      Not a bad idea, but Windows 10 with a low-mid range laptop processor, minimal ram? No thank you, sounds very laggy.


      June 2, 2016 at 8:18 am

  4. I don’t like the Windows operating system. In fact, I don’t really understand why it is even used at all. Why doesn’t everybody just buy Mac’s and use OSx?

    Otis the Sweaty

    May 31, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    • In days of yore I bought Windows 3.0 thinking it might be a better multitasker than DESQview. It wasn’t. I switched to OS/2. Now I use Linux (for work) and OS X (for fun). If I ever thought about using Windows again I would turn into a pillar of salt.


      June 1, 2016 at 7:08 am

    • Because osx sucks


      June 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  5. You know you are getting old when you can’t even begin to imagine why an OS would take 20 gigabytes.

    May 31, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  6. Micro computers are pretty cool to hook up to newer televisions. It turns a tv into a good media center that can do more than an AppleTV and doesn’t have the lag of a chromecast.


    May 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    • So you’re watching porn on a large HDTV.


      May 31, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    • I was struggling to see the point of this. I was thinking of solid state IPS on your ISP connection (is building your own IPS prole?).

      But maybe the application is running Udacity to your tv.

      Lion of the Turambar

      June 1, 2016 at 7:49 am

  7. USB thumb drives became prole and obsolete not too long ago. This is a resurrection.

    A pill that represses a man’s sex drive, would do wonders, given the legions of thirsty young men out there, who have trouble with modern day women.

    As Americans become more deraign in this upcoming robotic age, in the Aquarian age in Astrological terms, (Aquarius rules the future and technology), robots and technology will mitigate the primal urges of humans.


    May 31, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    • USB thumb drives are not prole and obsolete.

      • Aren’t they mainly for beta males? You rarely see alphas with USB thumb drives. I think they use something else or have the betas carry the USBs for them.


        May 31, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      • Who plugs in a thumb drive into a laptop nowadays? Everything is store on a virtual google drive.


        May 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      • Thumb drives will be useful when Google starts searching your virtual drive for hate speech. Don’t people in tyrannies like Cuba trade USB drives full of forbidden American rock music and sitcoms?


        June 1, 2016 at 10:54 am

      • You have to be connected to the internet to use Google drive. Also, to have more than 100GB of storage you have to pay ten bucks a month. Cloud drives are wonderful, but they have some major limitations.


        June 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

    • With the advent of the information wars and stuxnet style viruses, the US government turned against USB drives in a big way. It is actually against regulations to use them with US government computers (I remember when the directive came out). This is when you stated to see CD drives disappearing. This carries over into the private sector. As far as the US government is concerned, everyone should be storing on and downloading from “the cloud”, which they can also more easily monitored.


      June 1, 2016 at 11:18 am

  8. OT: Good, long, article by Rueters on cheating Chinese college applicants to US schools. I’m sure some of these Chinese cheaters graduated and got jobs at Intel (and, perhaps, one of them got the job offer I didn’t get back in ’00!). 05/25/16 – How an industry helps Chinese students cheat their way into and through U.S. colleges

    At my MBA program at the University of Florida in the late ’90s, 15% of the class was fresh-of-the-boat mainland Chinese students w/ abysmal English skills. Many of my American classmates were dumbfounded as to how they could get through the material. I suspect they got some “special” assistance from the administration.

    E. Rekshun

    June 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

    • The large contingent of foreign Asian students in the college campuses throughout America, is an eyesore to the White demographic. I could see it in their faces.

      America is a pressure cooker waiting to happen, with all the bottled up frustration and anger, as this country evolves into a full sandbox or pigpen.

      I don’t know what liberals are thinking…


      June 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    • I’m sure they were paying full freight.


      June 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  9. OT: There was a thread here some months ago about how women had never accomplished anything meaningful in science and/or business. Sure they could make money off a talk show, or a clothing line, but not anything that contributed real value to the species. I mentioned the case of Elizabeth Holmes. Well, after being in the news for a couple weeks (none of it good), Forbes today downgraded her estimated net wealth from 4.5 billion to zero. Their website has a stupid pop-up blocker, so here’s an alternative link:


    June 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • Obviously, Lion should set up some kind of contest as to what Holmes’ next job will be. Panera waitress or Secretary of the Treasury?

      West Coast IA

      June 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    • Panera waitress or Secretary of the Treasury?

      The press would surely love an Elizabeth Holmes back comeback story. But how to engineer it…

      The Undiscovered Jew

      June 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  10. This is great and thank you for bringing it to my attention. As someone mentioned above, it would have an incredible amount of utility and applications.

    It includes everything, even bluetooth. With a BT keyboard, mouse and headphones/sound system, you can have a pretty nice set up in your home, free from wires.

    There are touchpad keyboards too, to cut down on clutter and wife complaints.

    If needed, EBAY has many inexpensive BT devices, from mice, keyboards, headphones and even BT adapters for your old-tech stereo.


    June 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  11. I bought a Lenovo netbook last xmas for $130 from Best Buy. It’s the same size and weight as a MacBook Air. Which is $900. I’m just web surfing and email, so for my uses; both work the same. It already has a screen and keyboard. Unlike the 3x more expensive option. Only bitch is it’s Win10 that won’t allow you to turn off the auto updates; like I need 40,000 updates to the German-English dictionary. I keep it for travel and when my main laptop gets a virus and I need to research how to fix it. Otherwise, it isn’t used.


    June 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm

  12. I lose thumb drives constantly. Nothing important on them fortunately. I’d prefer not to lose a $400 computer.

    Yes, I could put it on my key chain, but THAT is what people are talking about looks beta-geek. Nothing wrong with having one in your pocket.


    June 2, 2016 at 8:15 am

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