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The HiBook News Delayed Edition: The HiBook is a Workhorse for Everything!

This edition was delayed because I was a bit busy this weekend but here we go. I have been using the hell out of the HiBook and even after a year the battery life is excellent and watching videos on it is a pleasure!

The last 6-7 days I have been using it as the web server here AND to watch videos on Kodi or TV channels such as CBS All Access and  a lot of YouTube stuff.

Now considering the fact that the web server is using up 1.8 GB RAM out of the 4 available I have a real appreciation for this device. Sure it is only a 10.1 inch tablet and doesn’t have a super hi-res screen, but 1920 x 1200 is perfectly adequate for movies when viewed from roughly 3 feet away. The battery can get me through about 2 movies or 4 TV episodes and still be sitting at 40% or more.

I can only imagine how good life could be with the HiBook Pro model which can still be found at sites like this. This is one of the best tablets I have ever owned and worth every penny I paid for it. If you are looking for a 10.1 inch tablet, this is the one to get!

The HiBook Pro features a larger battery and a Z8350 processor and a 2560 x 1600 fully laminated display. Bonus here it is on sale again, this time for $170!

That is all for today,

Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition Stopping Hackers, Chapter 3

Last week my primary server was a mess. It was completely infested with something that was causing redirects to some not so reputable sites.

So finally I rebuilt the server on the Hi12 Tablet from a backup that predated the infections. So far that new copy of the VM seems pretty clean.

I ended up changing every password on those sites to something ridiculously long and impossible to remember and far more difficult to hack. So for the time being we seem to be okay. Of course there are never any guarantees on the internet, but for the last several days my primary server seems to be a-okay.

I can still see a lot of attempts to hack the server in the Apache logs, but as I spot them I add those IP addresses to my firewall. So far I have roughly 100 IP’s blocked and end up adding more each day.

So that about covers that issue for the present, so onto the HiBook. It had an issue yesterday where it simply shut down. After arriving home and plugging it in and trying to restart it the tablet suddenly decided to not respond at all. It would not charge or fire up.  It was stone cold dead. So I set it aside for about an hour and tried it again using the reset to defaults start procedure and it fired up and began to charge again.  Of course I had to go back into the BIOS and change the memory speed back to 1600 MHz and it is running just dandy again.

The lesson here is not to give up, but be patient and wait and think it through and sometimes it is just luck and others it is simply going back to the drawing board.

That is all for now,

Tim

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The HiBook News, Today’s Edition: A Plugin Is Driving Me Insane!

If you are new to this site you won’t have a clue what I am talking about, but if you read the previous few posts you will get the idea what this is all about.

The bottom line is that this site runs on WordPress and I do a backup quite frequently because since we are actually serving this from a tablet…yeah, let that sink in, it requires moving from one device to another. That means doing a backup and a restore on an almost daily basis.

So the other day the folks at UpdraftPlus updated their plugin to coincide with the latest WordPress update and to put it mildly it was a clusterfu#k.  As of now I can’t do a restore, although the backups work fine. Now I actually can do a restore via a process of downloading the backups from Dropbox and then using FTP to put them on the other device and then restoring from a local backup in UpDraftPlus. You can find all the steps for that in my previous post.

I have tried totally removing the plugin and reinstalling it and there was no joy there. However I know what the problem is and that is the backup zip files are stored onto the server with a file size of twice what they should be, so of course they bomb out.  Dropbox itself shows them at the correct size so this is a restore portion of the plugin that is totally screwed up.

Worse yet I found after a bit of research that when one deletes the UpDraftPlus plugin the database entries all stay put. I have tried this on 3 different machines and same result each time. I am not a PHP guru so looking through the plugin code did not tell me a damned thing.

If the error is in the database I can’t find it. I dumped every entry in the MySQL database that had “updraft” in it and yet after a reinstall of the plugin the exact same number of entries were still there!

Sure I could reinstall from scratch but then we would lose everything on the server. All the posts, all the media, everything! So that is unacceptable, so what I need is a guru that can figure this out since the only help I have received from the UpDraftPlus folks is a request for the restore logs which I have complied with. Have an idea, post a comment!

Other than that, everything is working perfectly on the HiBook and the Hi12 (which is what I am writing this on).

That is all I have right now,

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: Stuff That Works For Me!

Today’s video is informative but was also a test of the new little app I got for my phone. You see I did a similar video the other day using one of those cheap mics I purchased and the audio was simply horrible.

So I poked around and found an app for my phone called Wo Mic. It allows you to connect your Android to your PC/Tablet/Mac via WiFi or Bluetooth or even USB. I liked it enough to purchase the Pro version and get a few extra features and remove the ads for $3.99.

Since the best mic I have is by far the one on my phone this has proven to be well worth the download!

So the audio was really excellent in the test video here using WiFi via the Zotac PC.

Here is the video…

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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