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The HiBook News:Edition 5. All is Going Well With the Chuwi Both as a Server and a Notebook!

screen-capture-09-12-16Today’s HiBook News report finds me still happy with the HiBook as a web server and as a small notebook PC (also known as the LogiTab). I have pretty much picked the HiBook as my notebook over the Asus the last few times I had need for a notebook.

Sure, it is a bit tougher to tote around than my Asus X553SA notebook because it does not have an attached keyboard, but I intend to solve that issue soon, when I find a small case that will hold both the keyboard and the tablet.

Battery life on the HiBook is relatively decent when being used as a notebook. I get roughly 7.5 hours out of it when editing web sites, editing photos and posting videos up to the web. That is exactly the same duration as the Asus notebook battery performance, before requiring a charge.

When being run as a web server the battery lasts much longer because the screen is off the entire time and there is no Bluetooth active, nor a need for the wireless mouse.

The only thing that I have really noticed is that I am so happy with the Windows 10 part of the tablet that I can honestly say I have not booted into Android for almost 10 days. There is not one program in Windows 10 that runs faster on my Asus notebook than it does on the tablet. As a matter of fact the tablet has quite the edge when dealing with graphics and Office programs.

So am I still recommending this tablet? Absolutely! As of this writing it can be found on Amazon for just $179.99! However for a small amount more you can get the HiBook Pro on Gearbest.com, which offers a higher resolution display and a larger battery!

Tim

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Occasionally Battery Powered Devices Have an Advantage!

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Batteries are not necessarily a bad thing…

This afternoon I was away from home and of course we had a thunderstorm and the power, (as it always does here in less than-up-to-date Kentucky), dropped, which killed the primary server and the router also.

Of course when the power came back on the Asus Notebook, (which was handling server chores for this site, as I used the HiBook for Tablet stuff), reconnected to the router and this server came right back up, not the same story for the Dell which sat there waiting for me to arrive home several hours later to restart it and then restart the Virtual Machine that all my other sites run on.

It really doesn’t matter how good your battery backup is, after 1+ hours of no power you will generally go down, which is a downside to running a home based server. However the battery powered Asus notebook was still active and as soon as the router was once again up and running this site came right back online.

So yes, batteries are a pain in the ass sometimes, but at other times they are a blessing.

Tim

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Tonight’s Project on THE Tablet Test Server: Seeing if vLot Will Run on This Server!

vlot2I have a php/MySQL based car dealer script that I have modified quite a bit and actually have up on running on the primary server here. But what I am going to do this evening is to download and try installing it from the links I have posted on my personal blog page.

I’ll be following the instructions I wrote for it nearly 2 years ago. Since the original script is no longer maintained anywhere, I would just like to make sure it will run on absolutely the minimum in hardware and it doesn’t get much more minimal than a tablet.

I’ll detail the results here once I have reached any conclusions.

Conclusions, it runs just fine. In fact you can check it out right here, just click and see what happens if you follow the included instructions. You can also login as testuser with a password of testuser and try adding a car. The Administration link will be at the bottom of the page.

I did modify the instruction file slightly and remove the extra software that made it a rather large download previously. I don’t believe I need to provide anyone with an iso file of turnkey Linux, since it can be obtained from them in the latest version. So the download is now a mere 3.5mb and that includes some images for the demo sql file. Easily deleted once all is setup. Setup takes roughly 10-15 minutes if you already have a server/hosting.

You can download the files right here, or visit my personal blog page for alternate file locations.

That pretty much covers this test,

Tim

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17 Registered Users, All With Author Privileges and Not a Single Post From Any One of You.

idiots1As the title implies we have 17 registered users on this site and no one has posted a damned thing. The link at the top or in the menu if you are using a phone explains that you are allowed to post articles.

So because we have over 14,000 malicious login attempts and not a peep from the current crop of users it is once again spring cleaning time.

As of this evening I will once again dump all these obviously bogus user accounts and we shall start over again. Now of course if you went through the hassle of registering, you might want to post something, or leave a comment, or send me a PM via the PM system in the top menu.

That folks is up to you, but I hate to waste good database space on dead weight.

0145hrs 09-11-2016: As promised all users have been dumped. Sorry folks!

Tim

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Site Migration For My Primary Server has been completed! All sites now on Debian 8.4.

xserver-migrationI have now finished moving all the websites onto the latest Debian Linux 8.4 and have moved the whole damned Virtual Machine back onto the Dell PC here. Obviously The Tablet Test Server has it’s own VM either on the Asus or the Chuwi HiBook, but every other web site I maintain has been updated.

There have been a few minor issues as detailed in this previous post, but over all with the exception of one web site, which is sort of driving me nuts but currently appears functional, all is going well.

The primary issues occurred with settings in the php5 (php.ini) file. Because so many servers are running I had to increase the default max_memory setting to 128 MB which has alleviated all the error 500 type errors I was receiving. I also had to change the post upload and max file sizes to accommodate the larger sql uploads from the old databases.

The entire new server was built on the Asus X553SA notebook using just 2 gb ram to run the VM.  All the files were first pulled onto the Chuwi HiBook via ftp, then uploaded and chmodded a server at a time. It was time consuming but certainly needed doing. Both the HiBook  server and the Asus version have been on Debian 8.4 for sometime  so it was time to get all the other web sites up to at least a relatively new version. The newer version also gets a spare 9 gb more disk space and 100 MB more ram allocated.

I have no doubt that there will be minor issues such as directory indexing or a file permission here or there that wasn’t set correctly. But as of this moment everything on the Dell appears to be 99.9% functional.

Tim

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