Category Archives: Technical Stuff

The Basic Premise Of THE TABLET SERVER Is Relatively Simple, But In Case You Missed it Please Read This!

The Original Tablet Server

The tablet server web site has been around since August of 2014 in one form or another and occupying a few different domains. It has been moved and shifted and adjusted to meet the demands of traffic and also to allow for easy access.

We have changed the name over the years from a freebie dynamic domain name from ChangeIP .com to a full fledged “real” domain name. One thing that has never changed here is the desire to prove that a tablet can be a viable web server and that notebooks and laptops can do the same! (and yes, we have even run it on a smartphone a few times!)

Considering the fact that this site has run on an Asus Memo Pad HD7,  then an Asus ME572C, (which was incredible), and a Dragon Touch X10 and an Asus Z580CA to start with, I think our point has been proven. Since late 2015/early 2016 we have been on a HiBook Chuwi tablet or a Chuwi Hi12. Sure we have even run the site off an Asus X553SA notebook and it worked great!

We have been on Android, and Windows 7, using a Linux VM and currently Windows 10 with a Linux VM. (Yes, Linux makes a superior and far more cross device system than Windows itself).

I mentioned in a post a few years back that if you had a cable connection you could easily run your own web server. These days, with the faster connection speeds and the fact we have tablets like the Hi12, that I have let run for 22+ hrs as the server, there is no need to purchase expensive hardware or pay expensive hosting fees.

You can run your own back-ups and if needed rebuild your small business server in literally an hour or so if it gets broken, which does happen. All it takes is half a brain and the willingness to think outside the box.

You might be wondering where all this is going and now we get to the meat of this post. That is the simple fact that you need only look for one thing when buying a new tablet/notebook or even a smartphone and that is to decide which will get the job that YOU need done without issues!

Don’t be fooled by the thinner is better crowd, nor the metal is premium jabber. Yeah, those all sound good, but how many of you have a metal dashboard in your car? Let that sink in, the answer is, unless you belong to the metal and heavier and more power is better crowd, well then the answer is none!

Do you buy the latest fashions? I certainly hope not, because do not blue jeans and a t-shirt work as well as a Brooks Brothers suit? Yeah it is sort of like that, do not be a sheep, do not buy what the media describes as bleeding edge, just read, watch, learn and then decide what gets the job done.

I will never recommend anything that the average Joe can’t afford and I will never, ever, tell you something is worth buying without either thorough researching or having owned said product myself (and usually having tried to kill it).

That is all I have on a Monday,

Tim

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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: The Essential Phone PH-1 Unboxing And Review

Today’s video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers the Essential Phone (PH-1). A 5.7 inch, bezel-less smartphone built of premium quality materials with a few nice features.

Unfortunately one of those nice features is not the price tag which is a staggering $699 for a not quite ready for prime time device. However this phone might appeal to a certain segment that wants very decent battery life, good gaming, plenty of storage and a good display.

On a personal note here, I know that a bezel-less display sounds great, but in reality it just means you will be accidentally touching the screen all the time. My BLU Energy 2 phone has some mighty tiny side bezels and I am still constantly hitting the screen with the edge of a finger or thumb.

Keep in mind of course that I use a phone primarily to check email, watch the radar and occasionally go to my work web site when I am on the landline with a customer.  Oh yes, I also use it primarily for…wait for it…yes, you guessed it, making phone calls. So obviously I am not the guy who is going to recommend that anyone purchase a phone that costs what a very good laptop costs.

All that being said, let us see what Andrew has to say about this particular device.

That is all I have at the moment,

Tim

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The HiBook News, This Edition: An Update to Google Chrome Has Fixed My Screen Issues!

A number of weeks back I wrote about a memory issue where when running Chrome  on the Hi12, if my screen went off it wouldn’t wake up. This annoying issue has forced me to use Microsoft Edge which is, to put it mildly, garbage.

Now this issue only affected my Hi12 and not the HiBook, but since I use the Hi12 as my daily driver at work, this was a very annoying issue. So every day I check for Chrome updates on the Hi12 and yesterday it updated and lo and behold the issue has virtually disappeared! Sure it went to sleep once in the last 24 hrs and did not wake up, but it used to be every time and even using the Edge browser it would happen occasionally.

Sure the Hi12 still has issues with the BIOS being non-writable and     the memory only running at 1066 MHz rather than the full 1600 MHz, but it is still faster than the HiBook and of course has the killer 2160 x 1440 display. Let us not forget the absolutely fantastic battery life of about 10 hrs of normal heavy use!

As for the HiBook, it continues to be the primary server for this site and works flawlessly in that capacity. Sure I have to keep a handle on files that I store on it because the Hi12 gets the big 64 GB microSD card and all the HiBook has free is about 10 GB. Keep in mind that the server Virtual Machine itself sucks up 12 GB of disk space, so in truth I would have all sorts of room if I wasn’t running a server on it.

This is the primary reason that my next device will have easily expandable, SSD type storage. Of course that is the reason I am looking so hard at notebooks and have yet to decide upon one. Of course we are all still waiting on the Chuwi LapBook Air which, if it has an easily accessible SSD expansion slot like the Chuwi LapBook 12.3, would probably be my first choice.

By the way you can still find an Hi12 for only $215 on Gearbest and the HiBook Pro with a larger battery and the Z8350 processor can be found right here for about the same price of $215.

That is all we have for today,

Tim

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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: UmiDiGi Z1 Pro Smartphone Unboxing and Review

This is a pretty  interesting smartphone considering the specs and the price. The video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers all the details.

The specs are pretty basic, but the fact that it has an AMOLED display is a bonus.

The basics are as follows:

● Display: 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel AMOLED screen
● CPU: MTK6757 Octa Core 2.3GHz 
● System: Android 7.0
● RAM + ROM: 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
● Camera: 5.0MP front camera + 13.0MP + 5.0MP back camera
● Sensor: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Touch Sensor
● SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. Nano + Nano SIM
● Feature: GPS
● Bluetooth: 4.1
● Network:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

So let us get to the video.

This smartphone/phablet is available at Gearbest for $253.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Smartphone

I don’t get all that excited about smartphones, but this particular phone/phablet includes a huge 5300 mAH battery and that makes it worth sharing.

This smartphone has a 1920 x 1080 display on a 6.44 inch screen. It also packs 4 GB RAM and a 64 GB ROM. It is a dual SIM device or you can install a microSD card to add even more storage.

With a 3 day battery life this one is well worth a look, especially considering the price. This video is courtesy of Andrew over at AMDTech.

So let us get to the video here.

This device is current available at Banggood for $269 which is a decent deal considering the specs!

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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