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Did Some Playing This Evening on The Asus X553SA Notebook, Using Linux. Quite fun!

Originally posted 2016-02-09 02:26:18.

Sure does look like Windersz...but it is not!
Sure does look like Windersz…but it is not!

So I installed Linux Lite 2.6 a number of weeks back and decided to play with it a bit. I’ll point out that this is running inside a virtual machine and only using 1.4 gb ram of the 4 gb ram available to the Windows 10 system.

It works quite well and this very post is being written inside Linux on the VM. I have to admit that I really enjoy Linux Lite more than Winderz 10!

The image at the top of the screen was screenshot/edited using the GIMP photo editor.

Everything I have done on the web tonight was via Linux in a virtual machine. Folks really ought to try this stuff out!

That is all….

Tim

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What amounts to ‘Proof of Concept’ for the New Tablet I am Considering! Win 10 on a dual-core Notebook running a VM in Linux!

Originally posted 2016-05-13 01:21:49.

VM is working great!
VM is working great!

So once again this evening I did a bit more testing using my Asus X553SA Notebook to see how well Windows 10 with a VMware server, running on Linux Debian would work.

There were a few minor glitches, such as having to install the php5-gd library and Imagemagick so I could edit images inside WordPress and crop headers, etc.

However all seems well at this time as I write this directly to the Asus notebook based server.

Below is a short video I recorded using my BLU Studio Energy2 phone via screen capture.

So someone buy my Asus Z580CA so I can test this all out on a nice Windows 10 Tablet!

The video below is for those who never visit the Tablet Test site, because by the morning this site will be back in the Dragon Touch X10.

Tim

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Just 1 Day on Craigslist and The Asus Notebook Records Its First Scammer!

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

As usual when selling anything on Craigslist you will run into scammers. They are as prevalent as flies near a pile of dog poop.

So just a day or so after putting the Asus X553SA up for sale on Craigslist I was rewarded with my first text from, you guessed it, a scammer with an area code from far from the local area and someone who apparently had never read the ad which clearly states, cash only, in person.

I guess there are people who fall for this crap but after explaining that yes, I did still have the notebookthis idiot asks if I will take a cashiers check. Normally I would have strung him along just for giggles, but in this case, well, I am tired of these assholes, so I said no, told him to read the damned ad and added a few other choice expletives to my reply.

The point is, when selling a product on Craigslist, you should assume all inquiries to be from a scammer until proven otherwise. Always accept cash only, in person and never, ever fall for the cashiers check scam, which will be followed up by how they will pay you more than the asking price and send their “pickup person around” to get the product. That then devolves into a complex web of them sending you a thousand or more over and a request to return several hundred by Western Union, etc.  Occasionally they will lead you along as interested first, then pull my grandpa/aunt/mom has passed and then go into the aforementioned scam.

No legitimate buyer will ever offer to pay more than you are asking. Only an idiot takes a good deal and says to himself, oh, wait, how can I pay too much?

So bottom line here, the Asus X553SA is still for sale and do not waste my time if you are a scammer since I forward all those scammer text phone numbers to the FBI.

Incidentally, here is a video of the Asus in question…

Tim

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It’s Almost Official, The Asus X553SA Is For Sale!

Since I am pretty much hooked on getting myself one of those Chuwi HI12 tablets I wrote about last night and because I am not willing to part with the nifty Chuwi HiBook, I have decided to offer up the Asus Notebook, that occasionally runs this server, for sale.

Note: Yeah, if folks who visited this site actually clicked the adverts and links here and bought stuff, I would get to keep my notebook, but that simply isn’t the case.

In this case however, this may take awhile because I am not going to settle for less than $200! The specs are decent, the notebook, (laptop if you wish), is reliable, reasonably fast and does day to day computer chores as well as anything I have ever owned.

It is not by any means a gaming device, but it will suffice for basic Office type tasks such as browsing the web, watching videos and movies and editing spreadsheets, etc. In a pinch you can also install a Virtual machine on it and run Linux to edit videos, etc.

I just checked Amazon today and this model is still for sale at $270, so $200 is a fair price. Below is a quick picture I shot to show screen size.

Specs are as follows:

  • Asus X553SA 15.6 inch laptop/notebook
  • 4 gb DDR3 Ram
  • 500 gb Hard Drive
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI out
  • VGA out
  • SD card reader
  • Webcam
  • DVD ROM
  • RJ45 Lan, 10/100/1000 mbps
  • WiFi /b/g/n (max 150 mbps)
  • 4.5 hrs avg battery life
  • Windows 10 Home 64 bit
  • Charger/power supply included

If you live in my area, you might be interested in the Craigslist posting. If not, do not waste my time…

Below is a short video:

Tim

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A Look Back at 2016 From a Mobile/Server Perspective…Or How We Ended Up With HiBook Labs!

So here at HiBook Labs we test tablets. Uh, we also run servers off of tablets and notebooks and anything else I can lay my hands on that is web server capable, and yes I have even run a web site off of a smartphone.

So the year started with the Dragon Touch X10 being the primary server for this site, which was yet to move to the tabletserver.com domain. That was really an eye opener for me as far as inexpensive tablets went. The DT X10 performed rather well as an Android based server and even better as a little notebook when running along with my K480 Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and a wireless mouse, of which I tried 2 and settled upon a Logitech, because it just plain worked.

Of course we also had the Asus X553SA,(this post is being written on the Asus notebook server), running part time as the web server also and it is still here and doing daily duty about 50% of the time as my work laptop.

Lastly we had the Asus Z580CA which was incredibly fast, super efficient and all I could want from a high-end tablet that beat the hell out of any Apple or Samsung product at twice the price. The downside to the Asus was their failure to update Android until roughly a month after I sold it. That of course set me to looking for a replacement for both the Asus and the Dragon Touch X10. The result ended up being the Chuwi HiBook 10.1 inch tablet, which I still have and intend to keep for a bit.

The HiBook is usually the server platform for this domain, hence the references to “HiBook Labs”. For what I paid for it, which was about $184 it has been the best tablet I have ever owned!

Of course I am looking at a 12 inch class replacement for the HiBook, but as usual I have yet to pull the trigger and decide on one and so for the immediate future we shall continue to see articles with the HiBook Labs image at the top.

At this time we are also running a Zotac ZBox Mini PC which is super fast, was dirt cheap and has replaced my primary PC, a Dell Optiplex 745.

Hopefully a few folks will click the ads I run here and buy a few products so that we can buy and test more cool stuff.

That being said, I can totally recommend a few products based on over a year of testing.

  • The Dragon Touch X10, 10.6 inch tablet
  • The Asus Z580CA, if you can find one
  • The Asus X553SA notebook
  • The Logitech K480 keyboard

That’s all for now,

Tim

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