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20 December 2011

Asus Transformer Prime TF201 available in the UK

The #2 tablet after the iPad, the Asus Transformer has been updated and many reviews of it are saying that this could be the game changer for Android tablets in the same way that Android phones are now outselling iPhones.

The replacement to the Transformer is the Transformer Prime and as of 17th December, it is available to order on, see the following link:

Asus EeePad Transformer Prime TF201 10.1 inch Tablet with Keyboard/Dock

Where does this win over the iPad 2?

  1. It has a bigger screen with higher resolution (1280 x 800) 
  2. It's 5% thinner
  3. The tablet without the keyboard is lighter than the iPad
  4. For more or less the same price  as an iPad it comes with a proper (detachable) keyboard so you can use it like a netbook, if you want.
  5. Without the keyboard, you get 12 hours of battery life. The keyboard gives you another 6. That's a whole day of constant use without needing a power supply, a first for a tablet.
  6. It has a quad core 1.3GHz processor, as opposed to the iPad's dual core 1GHz.
  7. It has 1Gb of memory, the iPad has 512Mb.
  8. It has expandable memory, you can add another 64Gb to the base configuration of 32Gb or 64Gb. NO mobile Apple products have expandable memory.
  9. It can play blu-ray quality video at 1080p (ten-eighty-pi)
  10. It is the first tablet to support the Tegra 3 processor, with 12 GPU cores and hardware support for games consoles. This makes it around 1/3 faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab
  11. It has a standard USB socket (no need for adaptors)
  12. It has an 8MP camera with flash and autofocus on the rear and a 1.3MP camera on the front.
  13. The display is brighter than anything else on the market 584cd/m2, so you can use it outdoors with ease and read it in sunlight
  14. It's got gorilla glass, making it very resistant to scratches etc
  15. It runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich really well.
  16. It runs flash, if you want.
  17. It has GPS. iPad doesn't.
  18. And of course, it isn't made by Apple so you're not locked into their one size fits all ecosystem.
The main drawback of the Asus versus the iPad is the lack of built in 3G. However, consider this.
1. It has Wi-Fi so with a Mi-Fi type device you can share your data connection across multiple devices rather than paying for a contract on each of them separately.
2. It has a USB port, people have got USB modems to work on the original transformer.

This page is also available via the memorable or

But DONT FORGET TO REMOVE THE RUBBER STOPPERS as the instructions on doing this are non existent and they are very hard to remove.

Here's a link to the PDF of the English Transformer prime user manual as ironically the Asus site javascript doesn't support the Asus browser for downloading the manual
Once again, the product link is at
Asus EeePad Transformer Prime TF201 10.1 inch Tablet with Keyboard/Dock



Disclaimer re Apple: Apple once paid me some money when I won a top prize in their national UK competition "Young Programmer of the Year". That was back in the day when you could take Apples apart and mess about with them.

03 December 2011

How to migrate Thunderbird mail and settings from one computer to another

Tested with Thunderbird 8 on Windows 7

On the old computer:

1. Menu option: Tools->Options->Import/Export Tools->Save All Profile Files.
(note: On Thunderbird 15 this is now Tools->Import Export Tools->Save All Profile Files)

2. Save it to your external drive/USB - recommended rather than using network as network may be slow - (mine was several Gigs)

3. rename the file folder to remove the date/time suffix on the file
i.e. the file should look something like .default instead of (example) .default-2011203-1014 

4. On the new Computer, install Thunderbird, don't set up anything. Exit Thunderbird

5. Copy from external drive/usb onto new computer into this folder:

6. Go to the C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird folder

7. Edit the profiles configuration setting file

8. Change the path setting to point at your migrated profile in the Profiles directory,
e.g. if your profile you copied was 72lotzvd then change the setting to

9. Close and save the file

10. Start Thunderbird

If you had an alternative appearance installed (such as Silvermel) because frankly the default one is appalling then

11. goto Tools->AddOns->Appearance, click on the new one and restart

How Thunderbird should do it.

  1. Step 1 above.
  2. Step 2 above.
  3. Install Thunderbird
  4. Asks if I want to import a previous account. Click Yes
  5. Browse for files on USB. Click Done.

Come on guys, this shouldn't be hard. Would also help if you defaulted the profile name to my windows login rather than 72lotzvd.

Additional info here:

Hope you found this useful. Hope the Thunderbird developers did too. Please +1 if you like.

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