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The Helping Hands Network can assist people in many ways. The list is long so we are posting it on the blog so it can materialize as we add to it. Our http://netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet website becomes crowded as we add lists so the blog is a simpler way to organize them.

 

We have a long list of partners and supporters. If your company would like to get involved and help others in need for reduced rates, please message us to work out the details.

 

We have divided our current SERVICES by categories below.

 

EMERGENCY SERVICES

-Fundraising

-On site visits

-Repairs

-Care Networking (Stranded in

-Legal Consulting

 

TECHNICAL SERVICES

-Smart Phone Service (Data backup, App training, Performance improvement, Selling & Buying assistance, Music/Media organizing)

-Computer Service (Data backup, Software training, Performance improvement, Selling & Buying assistance, Video/Media editing, Music/Media organizing, hardware repair, accessory/printer/camera consulting)

 

MECHANICAL SERVICES

-Car Repair (Purchase consulting, detailing, repairs, maintenance)

-Mechanical item repairs

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

-Business Planning, Marketing, Social Media design & management

-Business Networking and lead sharing

-Interior Design (Staging, product placement)

 

ARTISTIC SERVICES

-Art Creation, creative consulting, design (We upload pictures of our inventory for sale on our facebook pages at:

https://www.facebook.com/FreeHelpingHands/media_set?set=a.102400577164.121648.515817164&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/FrEnTzs-SeRvIcEs-211699098845102/?fref=ts

and sometimes our eBay store at http://myworld.ebay.com/Frentzs )

 

WELLNESS SERVICES

-Yoga instruction (currently in Texas but available through WEB CAM sessions)

-Meditation

-Fit Training

-Reiki and Crystal stone energy sessions

Updates are posted at: https://www.facebook.com/FrEnTzs-SeRvIcEs-211699098845102/?fref=ts

 

HOME SERVICES

-*See our latest blog for all our home building, remodeling and maintenance services at:

https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/building-remodeling-tips/

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#1 Clamshell Ultra

Acer Aspire s7 191 or 392-9890 $400

Pros: Best screen; lightest/thinnest 11″ 2.3 lb; 180 open; back light keyboard

Cons:  Battery life 6-8hr but other Aspire models reach 9hrs; price

http://www.computershopper.com/laptops/reviews/acer-aspire-s7-391-9886

Acer V5 has only a 4hr battery, 155 lux dim screen

Acer VivioBook has a 15″ screen

s3 has i5, 13″ screen, 4hr battery

 

 

#2 Clamshell Ultra

HP Spectre 13 $450

260 lux Bright screen; 8hr battery, expanded side wing touch pad;

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/hp-spectre-13t.aspx

 

ASUS s200E $300

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/laptop/3464350/asus-vivobook-s200e-review/

Pros: Polished aluminum casing

Cons: 5hr battery, dim screen not good for outdoors, 100mb wifi card super slow

 

#3 Samsung Series 9 $500

http://ultrabook-review.toptenreviews.com/series-9-review.html

Pros: Quality design,

Cons: HDMI/VGA dongle port needed, only 2 USBs

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Lenovo Helix, Acer Aspire s7; DELL XPS; ASUS Transformer; HP Elite Book Revolve; ASUS Taichi Dual Screen; Lenovo YOGA 11s & pro2; Lenovo Twist; MicroSoft Surface

After being hit by a semi and having my ASUS t100mt Hybrid Swivel touch screen laptop thrown from the truck and getting ran over, I was left scrambling to discover the best replacement model of 2014.

I put this guide together to organize all of research on the latest models. In order to narrow down the field I set some basic requirements that the ASUS t100mt was close to matching.

First, lets examine the t100mt in comparison.

The Pros: multi function touch pad; touch screen w/ stylus; durable swivel with square chassis in tablet mode; hackable unlock version of Win7; great audio out; multiple ports (duel audio out, SD, VGA, HDMI, USB3); hot swap RAM/battery

The Cons: Drive is not hot swap (must dissemble chassis); the VGA video out board works 80% of the time (dual monitor FAILS often); the Battery is only available from Asia sources and costs $70+ and it starts dropping from 7 hours to 3 hours once you reach around the 1500 hours mark of use; the weight strains your wrist when holding with one hand in tablet mode due to the swapable battery; 1.7ghz single core CPU

Hardware Spec charts:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401515,00.asp

*Windows RT systems not included because the RT OS requires additional apps and very limited 3rd party non Microsoft programs will work on them. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-rt-faq

TOP PICK of 2014

*IDEAL specs include Bright screen for sunlight use; haswell 4th gen Core i5 CPU; 14 hr swapable sheet battery (SONY) Dell XPS/Acer Aspire 9hr, swivel with removable touch tablet; back lit keyboard with small touch pad; 120gb+ SSD; 4g Ram;  VGA/hdmi out; <2.6lb;  Bluetooth/NFC/Widi;

dell-xps-12

WINNERS:

Battery = DELL XPS removeable 5-7hr / SONY VAIO Pro 11s dual batteries 14hr+ / HP Envy 7/7 dual /

Display = Lenovo Yoga 320 Lux Flip 11″ / DELL XPS 259 Lux Swivel 12″

Weight = Sony Vaio 1.9lb / Acer Aspire s7 2.3lb / Dell 3.2lb

Keyboard = Dell XPS / Aspire s7 both Backlit

Hardware Durability = NOT DELL XPS (faulty screen cable/power down bios)

*pricing based on eBay

#1 Convertible Samsung 700t $300

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416024,00.asp?tab=Specs

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#1 Hybrid Lenovo YOGA 11s $400

Pros: 180 flip screen; 320 LUX bright for sunlight use; $400 avg price for 128gb; easy upgrade, good support

Cons: keyboard is exposed to damage and dirt; battery swap requires disassemble; 128gb drive max

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Windows-based-Tablets-and/Lenovo-Yoga-11s-SSD-and-RAM-Upgrade-Great-Results/td-p/1195545/page/5

 

#2 Convertible Lenovo Thinkpad Helix

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/6/3844010/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-convertible

Pros: Dual battery, removeable tablet with laptop power

Cons: Avg price $600

#2 Hybrid DELL XPS 12  

Pros: Longest Battery of Hybrids (6-7+hr); 259 Lux Display; 3.2lb is avg; $350 avg price

Cons: the flip screen chassis is prone to damage and may become unstable after any minor bang; requires video out adapter; rear side headphone jack; touch pad drivers are unstable; rubber coated casing peels; faulty speaker and display pixels errors have been reported; Faulty Screen Cables are largely reported for causing boot up failures due to shorts and power saving bios settings also!

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/dell-xps-12-2013.aspx

#3 Convertible HP Envy x2 (2012)

Pros: <2lb; 5hr main keyboard battery & 7hr tablet battery

Cons: 2g Ram; 64gb SSD; IPS Screen not good in sunlight; the Atom Z2760 CPU is almost three times slower then Intel Core i5-3210m and playing streaming video is not good because it uses up 100% of CPU and drains the battery faster!

*View the latest HP Convertible 2014 models

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/detachables/compare.html

#3 Hybrid SONY Vaio Pro 11s

Pros: Battery life extended to 15+ hrs with swappable sheet battery; 1.9lbs; HDMI out,

Cons: Noisy fans can be minimized in control panel; main battery not swappable; screen is just a basic clamshell; $800 avg price

http://www.computershopper.com/laptops/reviews/sony-vaio-pro-11/(page)/2#review-body

#4 Hybrid?

#5 Hybrid HP Elite Book Revolve

Pros: Durable 3.1lb chassis meets military use standards;  Swivel touch screen;

Cons: High avg Price of $600; NO Video Out for Dual Screen w/out display port adapter; Third- instead of fourth-generation Core i5 CPU; Screen does not detatch; sub par video; variable battery life

ASUS Taichi Dual Screen

Pros: 2.8lb

Cons: inside screen is not touch — only outside screen

Lenovo YOGA Pro2

Pros: has backlit keyboard

Cons: 13″

Lenovo Twist

Pros:

Cons: only in 12″; the screen swivel is not square with the chassis; the keyboard is only 50% of the surface so it is uncomfortable;

CONVERTIBLES (most tablet minded models do not house enough Ram, CPU power or HD space for business users)

MS Surface Pro2

Pros: light weight; smallest keyboard and durable;

Cons: limited drive space; limited features; requires a flat surface to keep the screen upright without a solid keyboard chassis

ASUS Transformer T300

Pros: good design; 128gb drive; 4gb RAM (not upgradeable)

Cons: No backlit keyboard; Keyboard and Tablet need to be charged separately; No WACOM digitizer support; tablet tilt is minimal 110deg; low LUX

ASUS

Ux31A Zenbook $375

13″ ; 128ssd; i5 1.7ghz ; 4gb RAM

ux21A $400
11.6″ ; 128gb SSD ; i5 1.7ghz ; 4gb RAM

X202e $250

11.6″ ; 500gb ; i3 1.8ghz ; 4gb RAM

Aluminum body

NEG- cheap hinges

 

x200CA $150
11″ ; 320gb ; 1.5ghz ; 4gb RAm

Plastic body

 

Q200 $250

11″, i3 1.8ghz

NO review found (international model)

low battery life expected

 

Lenova U430 Touch (14″) $450

The same guts as the Flex 14 but lighter (at 4.2 pounds) and thinner (0.8 inches) with a higher-res touch screen (1600×900). It also has 16 GB of solid-state cache, a backlit keyboard, and better build quality.

 

UPGRADE INFO

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269.html

There are some frustrating and unique changes to the STARTER version of Windows 7 Operating System.

A lot of customization settings have been removed and Microsoft claims the purpose is to minimize processor use on the newest line of Net Books which come with an average sub 2GHz processor and below 2GB of memory.

This results in the need for the following 3rd party programs and OS kernel changes to acquire the desired results.These problems just add more support to my recommendation of using Linux instead.

http://www.ubuntu.com/netbook/get-ubuntu/download

But if you insist on Windows 7 …..

You will want to upgrade it ASAP. Do this by:

1.) Research what memory (RAM) chips work with your laptop. I use the ASUS eeePC T101mt Tablet Netbook. It can only add (1) RAM chip with a max size of (1gb) because it has 1gb attached to the motherboard and a 2GB max capacity. It also has a speed max of 533mhz. I use the Corsair D2 700mhz chip for $20 on Amazon. You NEED 2GB ram to run Windows 7 Home or higher. In my case, any TOUCH TABLET netbook needs Windows 7 Home or higher to use ALL touch screen features.

2.) See this tutorial for updating to Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate

http://tamsuper.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-make-windows-7-genuine-illegal.html

Run a windows loader program to validate a found key and then run the Windows Upgrade Anytime program preinstalled on Windows 7SE.

There are a few Serial Keys to pick from on the net.

 

IF YOU STAY WITH 7 STARTER (SE) … HERE is what you face:

 

Changing Desktop Background:

Download Oceanis Background from

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/47294-desktop-background-change-windows-7-starter.html

Set Screen Saver:

You have to unlock the settings panel by following the directions found here.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/56880-screen-saver-settings-shortcut-create.html

Fix WiFi disconnect by updating the drivers first then if that still does not work try renewing IP:

Open the search panel and enter “command prompt”. This will provide a link to open the command prompt. Drag the window over your taskbar to “PIN” a shortcut for 1 button access in the future. Then enter “ipconfig/renew”. If this does not reconnect your connection, I have not found another solution to avoid restarting yet… For me I just needed to update my driver.

Run  Windows Defrag:

There is a short way to open Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter. The short way is for advanced users. The short way is discussed below:
Hold Windows key and press R key of your keyboard and the Run window will be opened. Type dfrgui and hit Enter key. And you will see the Disk Defragmenter opens within few seconds.

Extend the Desktop on to Secondary Monitors?

So far the only solution I have found is to unlock Start Edition (SE) by hacking the Full version registration. Unfortunately all resources cite that the deadline was June 1 2010 to pull it off. Let me know if you find out otherwise.

Source: http://www.megaleecher.net/Windows_7_Activation_And_Serial_Key

More Notes to be added as I go in the near future.