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Summer Solstice 2012

June 20, 7:09 P.M. EDT

lcExt

The other night I decided to write a simple little PHP5 script to force all file extensions to lower case — mainly because when I upload pictures from my Nikon and Canon DSLR I get pictures with upper case file extensions (as I do when I RIP a DVD) and that can create no end of headaches when I place one of those files on a Linux based Apache server.

The script is simple (rather brute force), but it works, and seems to work fairly reliably.

lcExt.7z

Originally posted 2010-07-11 22:00:27.

Polaroid PMID702c 7″ Android 4.0/ICS Tablet

I received the sale paper (like other Buzz Club members) early Saturday morning, and it had what looked like an interesting tablet.  I did some internet searches and read up on it and it seemed like it was well worth trying out — it appeared to be a much better buy than the Nextbook 7P S (resistive screen) 7″ table BigLots had on sale a couple weeks ago (that I tried on of, but quickly returned — and didn’t bother to write a review).

So I bought one of the tablets to play with at the sale price of $89.99 (normally $99.99) — it worked very well, I had no issue loading up Google Market and Google Apps (all of them aren’t working perfectly — but I think with a little effort that can be resolved)… so I picked up four of them this morning (all black — they had white ones but I figured that got dirty too easily) and four of the case/screen protectors at 20% off (I used a Buzz Club reward certificate I had) — $72.00 + $8.00 + $5.20 (6.5%) sales tax — so $85.20 for the tablet and “starter kit”.

The tablet has a capacitive screen, front facing camera only (like the Vizio VTAB1008s I have), uses a mini-USB for data and charging (in fact, I’m using one of my smart phone power adapters to charge it — it comes with a USB cable + charger as well), single core 1GHz processor running Android 4.0 ICS… and like the Nextbook they didn’t want to pay the Google licensing fee so it wasn’t much of an Android experience out of the box.  Unlike the Nextbook, it’s capacitive (not resistive — yes I already said that I’m just making sure you get the point), so the screen works with modest pressure, and the tablet comes rooted (which means you can install anything on it — not that it couldn’t be fairly easily rooted).

This tablet doesn’t have GPS or Bluetooth (those parts would have cost a couple dollars), nor does it have a rear facing camera (yes, I said already said it only has a front facing camera).

No problem with the SanDisk 32GB (Class 4) uSD card I put in it — worked just fine.  Though there’s no cover on the uSD card slot, it’s slightly recessed so there shouldn’t be much risk of the card being accidently ejected.

The tablet actually had a link for Amazon market — and all the Amazon apps work perfectly.

I installed the Google Market (and framework) plus got YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Calendar, Books, Drive/Docs, Music working — Talk and Chrome are having problems (so I’ll have to figure that out — though Chrome should be getting an update soon, so that might resolve itself).

Unfortunately, there’s no Clockwork Recovery for this tablet (yet) — of course there’s no custom ROMs for this tablet yet either.

Interestingly enough, this tablet didn’t have any issue with playing streaming music (like the Nextbook did). Though it only has a single speaker, so unless you put in head phone (which it has a standard 3.5mm  jack on the side with the uSD card slot mini-USB port, volume controls, and power button — and worked perfectly) it’s not really practical for music.  And a 7″ tablet is a little big to carry with you as an MP3 player — particularly when it doesn’t have Bluetooth so you can keep it in your bag).

The tablet isn’t a speed demon, but the screen is much more responsive than the Nextbook so it feels faster; and the 7″ size is very easy to hold in one hand.

I’m going to probably keep two of these to play with — I have some projects and I specifically wanted a low end tablet (though I really wanted on with a rear camera; but I can survive without it) and I have 30 days to return these.

I think the reason that BigLots has these is that the PMID703c was just released not long ago (Target had those in stock — but their web site indicates they are sold out at the moment)… pretty much identical specs — and the hardware in these are actually used on a fairly wide range of tablets (from what I’ve read the Allwinner A-10 uses the same hardware as do others) — I think the difference in the two models is the PMID703c shipped with ICS/4.0; the PMID702c was actually upgraded to ICS/4.0… so there was probably confusion in the channel about what people were getting causing lots of returns).

Anyway, I’ll do another posting with HOW-TOs about installing GAPPs and any tricks I figure out… but the bottom line, if you’re looking for a low end 7″ tablet, this is a good buy; but remember, there should be much better performing tablets out in a few months with dual core (or perhaps quad core) processors competing with the Kindle Fire in price (the Google tablet should be out soon).

NOTE:

Several people on the forums have had an issue figuring out how to get into recovery — I think the way you do it just hold down the “home” button when you power on the device (or use the reset button).

PMID702c User Guide (PDF) The same as the PMID703c user guide.

Product Features:

7″ Capacitive, multi-touch display
Connect to the internet wirelessly (Wi-Fi)
Web browsing & e-mail
Watch videos
Wirelessly download apps and eBooks
Supports games
Store and play music, videos and pictures
Built-in speaker
4GB internal memory
Micro SD card slot (for additional memory)
Video out jack
Rechargeable Li-ion battery

Specifications:

Operating System: Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
Graphics Accelerator: OpenGL ES 2.0 (3D game support)
Screen Resolution 800 x 480 (16:9)
Internal Memory: 4GB
External Memory: Micro SD
Networking: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion Polymer

Package Includes:

7″ Internet Tablet
USB Cable
AC Charger
User Manual
SKU: 810010443