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Today’s Chuwi Testing Report, A Bit Mundane But Testing Nonetheless.

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Boring,but needed testing

Today’s testing on the Chuwi HiBook was pretty mundane. For the most part I used the tablet as a basic Windows 10 tablet for roughly 7.5 hrs.  After that I charged it and put it back to work as a server.

However after that recharge/server reset I installed my Office Enterprise 2007 onto the tablet while running the server and via a network drive and all went perfectly! Remember that this was on roughly 2.3 gb of available ram to the Windows side of things since the other half is used by the Linux server VM.

So all went well, the server did not crash, Windows installed Office no problem, and the world is all good. Like I said at the start, pretty damned boring, but a Windows 10 tablet needs to do everything  a notebook or PC does or you might as well stick to Android right?

Tim

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What are the specs on the Chuwi Version of The Tablet Test Server?

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You may be curious to know what the specs are on the Linux VM running inside of Windows 10 when the Chuwi HiBook is doing server duty. So listed below are the basic specs.

  • VMware Workstation 12
  • Debian Linux 8.4 LAMP Stack from Turnkey Linux
  • 10 gb partition
  • 1.7 gb ram assigned to the VM
  • The network adapter is set to bridged with a reserved IP
  • Processors are set to 4

The system takes roughly 30 minutes to setup, after which you can use Webmin to setup your Apache server and you are ready to go. Then you upload your WordPress files, install  the UpdraftPlus plugin, connect to your backup location and  run a restore from the last backup.

So even after the server is up for several hrs, the memory usage is rather impressive. No swap file in play at all.

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That’s all I have for today.

Tim

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Occasionally You May Need to Upload a Large File to Your Server. 8mb too small? Of Course, Read on For the How-To.

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This particular server is running on the HiBook at the present moment and will soon become one of only 3 servers available to me, (the Android boot, the Asus Notebook, or using the primary Dell server).

So in the spirit of testing tweaking and generally learning new shit, I came across an issue with adjusting my Max File Upload size. This can not only affect your uploading of media files, but lets say you wanted to import an SQL file using the WordPress import tool. Yeah, 8mb would be a rather small database, so it needs to be increased, right?

Now I had done this several years ago on the Dell primary server and totally forgot how. So of course the first thing I tried was a plugin and it did not work, so next I resorted to two hours of trying suggestions off of Google.  Not one was the right one, but that could have been just me, but, I did find out how to do it using the good old try and try again method.

What actually needs to be changed is the php.ini file located in: /etc/php5/apache2.  This in in Linux of course, on Debian 8.4. So I merely downloaded it and edited the 2 lines needed.

  • changed max_file_uploads to 32M
  • changed post_max_size to 32M

You have to change both entries folks. Changing one will cause the media uploader to still report the lower of the two values in WordPress.

I know it isn’t rocket science and probably seems intuitive to most Linux gurus, but for the rest of us I certainly hope this info helps.

Tim

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If you are following along with the whole Virtual Machine Scenario on a Tablet, You Should Read This.

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A simple adjustment can make all the difference

Previous posts here have alluded to the fact that I am running a Virtual Machine, (hereafter known as a VM) on the Chuwi HiBook, inside of the Windows system on the tablet.

The basic install of a VM is incredibly simple when using VMware, but there are a few settings to watch for. First off, when running a server make sure to select bridged adapter in settings so you can assign the MAC address a reservation.

Now in the case of running Linux Lite 3, which I highly suggest trying out you can use NAT for the adapter. However today upon trying out Linux Lite again, I noticed that the system was extremely slow. It couldn’t be the ram since I assigned 1.9 gb to the VM. Sure a tablet processor such as the Intel Atom X5 is nowhere near as powerful as  a notebook or PC processor, no matter how many cores it has, but still, it seemed awfully damned slow.

Of course, at first I blamed it on the fact that I had installed the VM onto the SD card, but after accounting for the roughly 10% lower speed of the SD card it still did not explain how long apps were taking to come up.

Then I realized that I had overlooked one setting on the VM, yeah, this is a quad core PC (Tablet) and by default VMware selects 1 core. I changed it to 4 processors and boom, it now runs super fast! So to those who have tried this and are cursing me because Linux Lite seems really, really slow, well, try changing the processors in settings to 4!

The little things can really bite you sometimes, but attention to detail and never giving up can produce some serious satisfaction! Incidentally this post was written on the Linux Lite 3.0 VM inside of Windows 10 on the Chuwi HiBook.

Tim

 

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BLU Studio Energy 2 Phone Got an Update Today.

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Still 79% after 1 full day of use.

So my BLU Studio Energy 2 received an update to. Nothing all that exciting. The Android is still at 5.0 and based on the update description it is just a few performance tweaks.

Who knows, maybe I can squeeze even more battery life out of this thing? Doubtful considering the current 3-4 days average battery use time. But I won’t complain. This is still the best device I own when it comes to battery life. It simply lasts forever and I rarely even worry about “will the charge last?”.

It does everything I need a phone to do and performs well, so being stuck at Android 5.0 is no big deal, considering what a low cost I paid and how great the specs are on this phone.

Tim

 

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