Tag Archives: Asus X553SA

While the World Slept, I Reinstalled Linux Lite on the Asus X553SA! Yes, It Does Work Great!

Originally posted 2016-10-22 13:43:32.

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Chromium and the Gimp, click to see full size

So last night and well into this morning, I reinstalled a VM of Linux Lite 3.0 onto the Asus Notebook. This time I made sure to remember my admin password and to carefully run all the updates.

All went well and I really am impressed how well it runs on just 1.9 GB of ram. Overall I must say that Linux Lite 3.0 is definitely the easiest to setup and use Linux distro I have ever tried.

Incidentally, this post was written on the Chuwi HiBook, running Linux Lite also in a VM, with the LogiTech  K480 Bluetooth keyboard

One more gratuitous screenshot…

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Full Screenshot, Linux Lite 3.0, click to enlarge

 

Tim

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Sometimes it Pays to Read the Details When Updating a Plugin in WordPress.

Originally posted 2016-10-14 06:53:16.

b-devil-is-in-the-detailsLast night I decided that I was going to move the server onto the Asus Notebook that I use every now and then as a server backup. Then I ran into a brick wall.

More precisely I ran into the results of not paying attention when my my plugins update. You see they always have a built in link to the details and changes that have been made and in this case, which I do all too often, I failed to check those details.

So I ran a backup on the Chuwi HiBook, fired up the VM on the Asus and proceeded to restore from the backup. Well for one reason or another I was greeted with “can not connect to database”.  So I reinstalled WordPress and then installed the Updraft Plus plugin. No big deal, right? I connected it to the database and the api connection screens looked different, really different! So then as I have done 50 times before I rescanned remote storage and was greeted with “you have not run a backup”.

Uh, oh, that’s an issue for sure! Hard to restore from a non-existent backup. So I disconnect and then reconnect and I get the same results.  So then I switch back to the HiBook and there sit the backups. I know that both devices have the same version of the plugin so I decided to disconnect and reconnect the Chuwi HiBook and run another backup. Of course I notice that the API connect screen is now different on the Chuwi and when I scan for recent backups, before running the new backup, they are gone!

So now it is time to look at the actual Dropbox account and there I can see it, there is a folder called updraftplus and a new folder called updraftplus.com. The backups are in the original updraftplus folder! So next I check the help page from the folks who wrote the plugin and find out that as of the latest version if you connect a new install, such as the Asus, or disconnect and reconnect an existing install you wind up connected to the new folder (updraftplus.com).

Problem solved, but would have never occurred had I simply taken the time to read the details before running the last plugin update.

Tim

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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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