Beelink S1 and Mi Notebook Pro Windows 10 Drivers

The Beelink S1 and Mi Notebook Pro (15″ 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U with 8GB RAM) are two of the computers I own. Finding Windows drivers for these devices are hard to find, especially after reinstalling the OS. That’s why I’m sharing the drivers I got saved here, hope you’ll find them helpful:

The Beelink S1 drivers are also applicable to Beelink models AP34, AP34 Pro, M1, and AP42.

Notion Windows App is a Memory (RAM) Hog

Evernote has brought me so much disappointments that I wanted to ditch it as my primary note-taking app in favor of Notion.

Recently, I got a new computer (an i7 Intel NUC 11), and I opted to have 32GB of RAM installed. Now, coming from an 8GB-RAM laptop, I didn’t expect this new Windows machine to hit its memory limit anytime soon with my normal usage. Until I installed the Notion desktop app.

A quick check of my Task Manager reveals Notion app eating up almost 17.5GB of Memory.

A few moments after installing Notion, Continue »

When I’ll be ready for another round of Distro hopping

I’ve been a Distro-hopper, like 14 years ago, especially when I was new to Linux. I’ve tried and tested a good number of distributions: if you found them on the front of Distrowatch back then, there’s a good chance I have tried them out. Since then, my computers may have become a lot more powerful, but if I really needed to install one, I limited my selection to more reliable systems, like Ubuntu and its derivatives, like Xubuntu, Lubuntu and Mint.

But now, I’m inclined to do another round of Distro-hopping once again, and here are the distributions on the top of my list:

  • Manjaro
  • Pop!
  • Zorin
  • Elementary

Any other distros I’ve missed?

OnePlus 8 Pro vs. iPhone 12

FactorsOnePlus 8 ProiPhone 12
Dual SimYesMaybe. Globe has eSim, but that fact will affect the flexibility of using that sim. You cannot just simply swap out sims and transfer to another phone.
Torrent downloadingYesBig NO!
SyncthingYesNo

How to subscribe to Smart Magic Data

Magic Data is Smart’s take on GOMO that offers fixed data volume without an expiration period.

The fact that Smart doesn’t have a dedicated web page outlining the mechanics of their Smart Magic Data addon speaks volumes about its commitment to keeping the addon available to its regular customers in the near future. The option to register/subscribe disappeared recently from its Gigalife app as well.

Last option to subscribe to Smart Magic Data is via USSD code. Here are the steps to subscribe »

Airtable Creator Plan, are you one of the lucky few?

Sometime in the middle of 2020, Airtable made available to select new users the Creator Plan. It was not available to everybody. No announcements were made about it. No documentation whatsoever.

The Creator Plan is a totally different workspace account than Free, Pro Trial, Plus, and Pro.

Brief Description

So how to describe this plan? One user emailed the dev team, and this is what she got in response:

The Creator plan is a current experiment that gives a new solo user almost all of including blocks, without the usual time constraints of a Pro trial.

Once the person adds collaborators to the Creator workspace, it morphs into a 30-day Pro trial, to experience the power of Airtable Pro with others. Once users are added to a workspace, all users will have 30 days of premium use before payment is required.

*If no collaborators above read-only are added, the Creator-plan (Pro features) will remain in effect indefinitely.*

If I were to describe the plan briefly: it would be closest to the Pro Trial plan without the time constraints. Yet, let me breakdown the features and compare the Airtable Creator Plan to the other plans the best I could. I’ll update this post as more info come my way. Continue reading Airtable Creator Plan, are you one of the lucky few?

More Spam Text Messages as Election Day Nears

Expect to receive a lot of these type of text messages as election day draws near. Some messages could even get nastier as we approach that day.

Fortunately, I’m using Android Messages app, for my SMS/Text messages. I can report this as spam, and this belongs to my spam folder, never ever to see again the light of day.

Key takeaways: use Android Messages app, report this as spam, together we can stop the spread the stupidity in this country!