Sometimes an Idea is So Damned Simple That You Can’t Believe You Didn’t Think Of it Sooner.

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The spoon amplifier!

Occasionally my videos that I post have awfully low audio output. That of course is because the microphone on a phone is on the end of the phone and I of course am back a foot or so looking at what I am recording.

So the cure is pictured at the top of this article. Yes kiddies, I taped a plastic spoon to the back of the phone to act as a sort of parabolic sound collector to direct sound to the microphone.

I am sure I could use a bluetooth mic or other electronic means, but this method cost virtually nothing and is of course removeable.

I know, it isn’t earth shattering, but if someone tries selling this idea at least I will have proof that I thought of this first.

Give it a try if you have the same issue. No need to thank me, just send me your donations.

Tim

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Site Migration Should be Pretty Easy Right? Well, Not Really.

multitask_headerLast evening I began to migrate my primary server onto a larger partition with a much newer version of Debian Linux. Of course moving WordPress sites is cake. You just run a backup, install the latest WP onto the new server in the same directory structure, create a database with the same name and then install and restore from backup.

That part is amazingly easy. But then you remember, oh wait I have a demo site with a php database script running…okay, so you move that entire site, setup the database, export the old database and then pray it works.  So one issue down. Then you realize you have not one but 2 versions of Revive adserver running and you don’t have a clue what the original database username/password combo was.

After several hours you get one of the ad servers back up and running but today, which is day 2, I am still trying like hell to remember the database user combo for the second ad server.  Once that is completed all or most of my websites will be moved over and then it is simply a matter of transferring the Virtual machine from my laptop onto the Dell server.

Yeah, migration is easy…not!

Tim

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Tablet Market is Down Again This Year, But There Are Things Retailers Could Do To Increase Sales.

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Making sales go up

There are reports every month about the slowing of the tablet market. The primary reason is because phones, or more properly phablets can sort of duplicate the function of a tablet and the other reason being that 2 in 1 type machines have become more widely available.

So here is my take on what needs to happen with the tablet manufacturers and the retailers. Some things are obvious others are a bit more subtle.

First of all keep making dual-boot, 2-in-1,  tablets that can be attached to a keyboard.  However if you are going to create a slate with a USB-C and a micro-USB port which is fine, make damned sure to include an adapter to attach to a standard wireless USB or plug-in type optical mouse. It is that simple folks. If folks are purchasing a tablet with Windows 10 along with the usual overpriced keyboard, they will want mouse connectivity.  Trackpads barely hack the program on a full sized tablet keyboard let alone on the smaller tablet keyboards.

Next item, for the retailers. I am sure you want to or even must, offer the optional keyboards with the latest tablets that can use them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t push a lower cost bundle with an inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard/wireless mouse included. Just make folks aware that they can use them with their next tablet purchase!

Now of course I am no marketing genius, but these seem to be rather simple ideas that would increase sales when marketed correctly.

Just my 2 cents…

Tim

 

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So How Does the Chuwi HiBook Do as a Small Notebook When Used in “Logitab” Mode?

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The Chuwi “LogiTab”

The answer to the above question is pretty damned great! It fits into the slot on my Logitech K480 keyboard perfectly, hooks up just about instantly when the keyboard is switched on  and also deals well with a wireless mouse through either the USB C port or micro USB port.

There really isn’t a whole lot else to say that can’t be covered by a video, which we have, courtesy of my BLU Studio Energy 2 phone.

As usual, do not expect Hollywood here folks….just watch the video.

 

Tim

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Just Another Battery Test on The Chuwi HiBook Today.

gas-guageLast evening I left the HiBook plugged into the USB port on my Dell PC and let it charge all evening. Of course the current out of a standard USB port is woefully inadequate for charging, although it will eventually charge a battery.

This morning I switched the server here back onto the Chuwi, after firing up the VM inside Windows 10. The charge level was at 85% when I unplugged it and left for the day at 7:57 am CDT. When I arrived home I was greeted with 35% remaining battery. So as far as I am concerned the battery on this device is perfectly adequate for web server duties.

I have had similar results on previous occasions. So for now I am done worrying about battery life at least related to use as a web server.

Tim

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