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So What is Going on at HiBook Labs This Week? Actually a Lot! Tablets and Mini PC’s and More

Originally posted 2016-12-20 22:11:21.

For my tens of regular visitors you have been reading about my decisions about a new 12 inch tablet. I have found a few promising ones only to discard them after watching a video review or seeing a trend  towards bad quality control.

So in that department I have pretty much decided to go with the slightly less powerful but totally adequate Chuwi Hi12 tablet, primarily due to the great display and long battery life and lack of negative complaints.

That of course will free up a few hundred dollars for me to get an SSD for the Asus X553SA thereby increasing its battery life by a large margin. I might even upgrade the ram while I have it torn apart. That will be quite the adventure. Bottom line on the Asus notebook is that it is utterly reliable, reasonably competent at all day to day chores and works well as a backup server.

Now as to the reasons I am choosing the Hi12, to be honest, it is an economy move and quite logical. After all the Chuwi Hibook that I am writing this post on works great as a notebook/server, but a larger display would be quite handy. The only concession is that the Hi12 will need a case/stand, but it will still work fine with the Logitech Keyboard (K480) and my wireless mouse. Below is another gratuitous shot of the HiBook in LogiTab mode…incidentally you can get the HiBook Pro really cheap at this site.

Moving on here, the Dell that runs my “Tim’s Tablet Web Site” just might find itself getting replaced by a mini PC in the near future. There are some pretty nice ones out there, the first of which I have looked at being the Voyo V1 Mini PC. Which seems like a great unit based on an unboxing video I ran across. It has a faster quad core processor and is easily upgraded as far as RAM and the SSD are concerned. It is on flash sale right now for $219, not a bad price.

Below is a short video I found just this evening:

Last but not least, I may be combining Tim’s Tablet Web Site and THE Tablet Test Server onto a single domain, tabletserver.com, even though they will be hosted on different machines of course. That involves a lot of editing, so it might be a few weeks, depends on the feedback I get on the idea. That is simply to shorten the URL to the big site. That is a decision I will make in the near future. The URL for this site won’t change at all of course. Just the port 8080 will be removed for those visiting the Tim’s Tablet Web Site server.

On a final note here, if I order the Chuwi Hi12 I will be selling the current Tablet, (the HiBook), for only $170, with a 64 gb microSD included!

That is tonight’s HiBook News report,

Tim

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Finally I Have Some News on My Hi12 Tablet Replacement. It is in Chicago, Let The Countdown Commence!

The Chuwi Hi12 is in Chicago!

The countdown is officially about to commence on the delivery of the replacement Hi12! It went off the radar on the 27th of March, because I guess China tracks them as far as being processed by the shipper.

Today however I decided to use that same tracking number with the USPS and lo and behold, we now know where the new tablet is! It is in Chicago and should be here by Thursday! I am actually thinking it might arrive here by Wednesday, April 19th, but that is simply a gut feeling!

Stay tuned for updates, if you actually care…Thursday looks to be a busy night of posting, provided the replacement is functional.

Update here, the USPS is definitely faster than the Chinese! Delivery today!

That is all I have right now,

Tim

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The HiBook News: Edition, Aw Hell I Have Lost Track! : Today- What The Hell Is Wi-Fi Sense?

Once again I am writing my post on the LogiTab, (the Chuwi HiBook and the LogiTech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard), from my top secret location on the road a few miles from home.

Today I am in phone/internet hell! The WiFi here constantly drops DNS and then reconnects, causing Chrome to freeze up. To make matters worse it appears that I have no phone service in this area either. In the course of writing these first 2 paragraphs my connection has dropped 4 times.

So moving on to the technical stuff. Today I noticed for the first time ever that when I connect to the WiFi here it shows :WiFi, connected, Wi-Fi Sense. Apparently that is some sort of connection sharing built into Windows 10. However that has never appeared before and I can only assume it is due to the latest update I received yesterday.

I did Google it and it was apparently disabled over a year ago by Microsoft.  Now it shows back up? I noticed that the connection sharing option is no longer there and it simply refers to automatically connecting to open networks, but I am still wondering why Microsoft felt the need to add this to the connection info. In light of the fact that I can’t imagine why they would bring this option back I have of course switched over to Android. That is one of the great things about the HiBook and any other dual boot tablet, the ability to abandon Windows 10 and still have a useful operating system.

So it appears I shall have to do some research on this Wi-Fi Sense crap. Incidentally if you were wondering, lunch was damned good! For the curious, I am still waiting for my replacement Chuwi Hi12 to arrive.

That is all I have for today,

Tim

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Does The World Need a Site Devoted to The HiBook?

Originally posted 2016-08-11 23:52:34.

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A visual of what a HiBook site might look like.

My question to all who read this is that do I need to set up a separate site devote to the HiBook or can I simply continue using this site which will run mostly on the HiBook, and go from there?

Of course I do not have the answer…but I also wish not to waste the bandwidth.

So below, you shall find a poll…VOTE Please!

Do we need a fulltime Chuwi HiBook Web Site?

Tim

 

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It IS Saturday and Once Again Time For The HiBook News! Today: PC Stuff?

Originally posted 2016-12-31 15:52:48.

What? WHAT!! You might be asking what is up with PC news? Well, read on my 10’s of visitors and learn. The reasons for this post will soon become obvious to you…yeah YOU!

As you may already know from the previous post, we here at HiBook Labs never quit doing crazy stuff and this weekend was no exception!

I have tested 3 different operating systems on a Mini PC, (Zotac CI323), and I have moved a web server from a Dell Tower onto a tiny, silent, fan-less PC.

Let us put this all into perspective. Sure that tabletserver here runs on a mobile device almost 95% of the time. In fact it mostly runs on a tablet PC That is the key, a TABLET PC, meaning a small, supposedly under powered device that in truth can do far more than one would expect.

The Mini PC I am currently testing out is small enough to fit in my laptop bag and if I had a monitor at work to plug it into, it  would be every bit as portable as a laptop.

I won’t go into the details since those were covered in my previous post, but I will tell you that we will soon have some screen capture videos of the device in action. In the meantime you will have to settle for the usual crappy video below.

 

Tim

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