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Tonight I Did My Taxes And My Return Will Be Okay, But….

Originally posted 2018-02-01 23:36:08.

As the title states, I did my taxes, filed electronically and hopefully should see a return that will pay the cable bill for a year and perhaps a month’s rent.

Yeah, living on your own ain’t cheap and we need to have stuff to test as usual, this being tax time I would have already ordered the Chuwi LapBook Air or the tiny GPD Win 10 or perhaps another 2-3 devices except cash flow here is at a minimum!

So here is the deal, the folks who donate to the site at a level of a whopping 1 dollar, will be entered to win the legendary HiBook Tablet! I of course will come up with the giveaway videos, etc in the next few days. Who knows, if you were to share this article, perhaps we would have enough donations that I could give away more cool stuff.

I want to bring testing back into the home here and have total control of the server(s) and test the crap out of whatever device I can get my hands on! It might appear to be a strange thought to you, but think about this, what other site on earth has run most of its life on a tablet? Yeah, go check, we are the only idiots doing this stuff!

Tablets, notebooks, anything mobile gets put into service as a web server. So click the damned donate link and help us reach our rather minimal goal of $1800, or if you happen to be a manufacturer send us your product and we WILL beat the crap out of it and offer unbiased reviews!

So click here to donate and I will ask no more of your time!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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The Chuwi HiBook News: Sept 17th Edition.

Originally posted 2016-09-17 13:33:12.

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The HiBook and Logitech Keyboard

For the second week in a row the Chuwi along with the Logitech K480 keyboard has become  my go to notebook! To put it simply, it does everything my Asus X553SA Notebook does but with a brighter screen and faster response times.

This is truly one of the best little tablet notebook combinations I have ever owned and tested. It does everything well.

I do however recommend buying the HiBook Pro version because it has better resolution along with a larger battery. Gearbest has it at a very reasonable price.

Tim

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It’s the Weekend And Time For More Insanity Here at HiBook Labs! Testing out More Linux on the HiBook Tablet. (video)

Originally posted 2016-12-04 01:52:53.

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It’s Linux Time Again!

Tonight I decided to try out some more Linux distributions on the Chuwi HiBook Tablet. This of course meant that I needed to dump one of my virtual machines so I could have extra space on the microSD card for anything new. It really is amazing how quickly one can use up 64gb of storage space.

My first distro install was called SparkyLinux and it was very good. The new (to me) windows manager had me searching all over for what I can easily find in Linux Lite 3, but it was a very decent lightweight distro, unfortunately it didn’t play well with the audio recording portion of SimpleScreenCapture and was quickly deleted. It’s too bad I had to move on because it actually allowed me to install Chrome rather than Chromium and the performance was extremely fast! Alas, because it wasn’t good for videos, it just had to go. Below is a picture I snapped of the basic desktop.

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Next on the list was Puppy Linux. It did work but the mouse pointer kept disappearing. Although it was just a bit glitchy and it worked well otherwise I simply decided to scrap it and move on.  Having used Puppy previously I can attest it is rather stellar on a PC with older hardware, simply not so good in a Virtual Machine.

So not to be deterred I am currently exploring the wonders of Ubuntu-Mate. This is a lightweight version of Ubuntu and so far is working nicely. The install took roughly 30 minutes and now I am adding the items I need/want, such as Chrome or Chromium, SimpleScreenRecorder and of course the Gimp graphics editor.

After a bit more testing we have some screenshots and a short video! How about those screenshots first? Click any image to see the gallery, (click outside the image to return here, if you have a high resolution display, you will see the X to exit the gallery).

I now have the video uploaded and ready for viewing. This was all shot on the Chuwi HiBook, in a VM, and all editing and uploads were done from the tablet. Capture was done using SimpleScreenRecorder and the videos were stitched together and processed using Openshot. In the video below I mention an install of Chrome, not Chromium, but the same program that impressed me when testing SparkyLinux. The link to a site with easy instructions is right here.

So ends another night of testing…

Tim

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The HiBook News: OBS Studio Running on a HiBook? Can This Be Real?

Infinity Screen Captures?

Today I ran across a video on YouTube about running OBS Studio on an old, low powered tablet PC called a HiBook! I said to myself, well this can’t be true, but then I remember of course it is!

After all it was me who spent literally hours, to finally get OBS to work on High End Cheap Tech!

So after about a few dozen tries, I figured out how to get a decent screen capture (display capture) video on OBS on a supposedly obsolete/under-powered tablet.

The best part is, after shooting this in two segments, I edited the video on the very same, lowly X5 Z8300 Intel Atom tablet.  Yes, Openshot failed to add a transition at one point, but I’ll take success over disdain anytime!

The video below will mention how to remove background noise and show you that sometimes hardware decoding can get the job done even when you are saying to yourself, “hardware decoding, are you fuc&%$g kidding me?”

That’s all for now kiddies, maybe later I will try this again on the HI12? Leave a comment on YouTube if you want me to try it also!

Tim

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Time Again For The HiBook News! Yes I Am Selling The HiBook! (video)

The HiBook has basically outlived its usefulness as a test bed and I need to find another new High End Cheap Tech tablet to carry on the work! (see how I subtlety mentioned our new YouTube Channel?)

The HiBook has served me well and I still use it to watch videos and play the very occasional game in Android. However, since what I do is test tablets/notebooks as servers, etc, it has gone well beyond its useful life although it can still get the job done. But since we need an infusion of stuff to test here, I need to sell it to get something else to test.

Of course if folks would donate a wee bit to the site here, I could keep the HiBook, but in reality, I would love to move on and test new stuff!

These little thin and light tablets are perfect these days for use by children and even adults who simply want to watch videos and surf the web. The dual boot feature is great because there are things you can do in Android that you can’t do in Win 10.

So all that being said, here is the latest video on the new channel and please do like and subscribe and share. Note here: this was all shot on the super cheap Blu Studio Energy 2 at 1080p and edited on Openshot in Win 10 on my Zotac Ci323 with an N3150 processor and 8 GB ram.

That is all I have for this evening,

Tim

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