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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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It is Saturday and Time For The HiBook News! Today, Not Much New To Report, Except a New Sponsor.

As usual we have no huge news to report. We are awaiting the arrival of the Chuwi LapBook Air, which should have full specs announced after the contest on pricing  is over in a few days. Then we will see images, specs and the pertinent info along with the standard hype.

Of course the 2 tablets I own are not at all happy about me taking a serious look at a notebook. But let us face facts, some laptops are a bit easier to tote around that a tablet/keyboard combo.

So far I am leaning towards the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 or the LapBook 14.1, both of which can be upgraded to an SSD which means faster performance and lots of room.

My greatest problem is the lack of storage on both of my Chuwi tablets. Sure I can use the 64 GB microSD to store all sorts of crap, but it isn’t really worthy of running a server due to read/write speeds.

As mentioned in the title, we have added Geekbuying.com to our tiny list of sites we promote. Occasionally stuff on that site will be less expensive than on Banggood or Gearbest.

As usual I will always try to point you to the best place, but prices change fast on these sites, so do not blame me if you miss a super sale price.

That is about it for today…so far,

Tim

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The HiBook News: Doing a Quick Rebuild of a VM or How a microSD Card Is Your Friend.

Roughly 10 days ago I wrote a post on fixing a broken server and the details involved. I did that rebuild on the Hi12 using the microSD card to host the VM. Once that was done, before doing anything else I backed up that fresh clean VM to a folder on the microSD card.

microSD Cards are very handy!

Last night I decided to do the same thing on the HiBook version of the server, except this time instead of several hours, it took a few minutes. I simply ran a backup as normal, then moved the server onto the Hi12 and restored.

Step 2, remove the microSD card from the Hi12 and insert into the HiBook. Then copy the currently installed VM onto the microSD, just in case. Next delete the VM from the eMMC on the HiBook and move the new one over and set it up in VMWare.

Then run it, take note of the new IP address it was getting, reserve that IP in my router for forwarding. Last, move the server back to the HiBook via the router  forwarding settings and then login and run a restore from UpDraft Plus.

That whole procedure took about 12 minutes. Done, no outward changes to visitors, unless they happened to visit before the restore and all has returned to normal with the latest version of Debian/Apache. No posts lost, no problems at all.

I really do like microSD cards, they are quite handy!

That is all for now,

Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition, The Chuwi HiBook Is a Year Old And Still Going Strong!

So I looked back at all the posts on this site and although I knew I had received the HiBook in August of 2016, I hadn’t realized it was on August 8th! So this is a belated anniversary post written, of course, on The HiBook itself! As near as I can figure, this post was the very first post I created on the HiBook tablet in a VM on Windows 10.

Apparently I moved rather quickly from receiving the tablet to setting up a VM in addition to doing a crappy unboxing video that was posted on whatever, (most likely my Asus Z580CA tablet), was running THE Tablet Test Server, previous to the initial post on this device.

So now moving on to technical stuff! This week I noticed something that set off some alarm bells and that was the battery life remaining on the HiBook when I arrived home after work. Normally it sits at 46-51%, not this week, uh nope! It was sitting as low as 19% one evening and in the lower 20’s on the other days!

So I thought about it, it could have been happening for several reasons. Perhaps after roughly 365 recharges the battery had gone to hell in a handcart? Perhaps there was another hardware issue? After considering all those things, I took a peek at task manager and there was Flashback 5 running in the background merrily using up about 10-15% CPU! That is when I remembered that I had used it to see if the plugin mics I had bought would work using the headset jack. I never recorded anything, I was just checking the input levels and then I minimized it.

So last night I turned that CPU hog off, rebooted Winderz for good measure and today I arrived home with 49% battery remaining! So issue solved, never jump to any conclusions, think, explore all options, then act on the most likely cause.

I would also like to point out the reliability of this tablet. For the most part for the last year this tablet was on and running! When not in use as a server it has always been my favorite movie viewing device. So we are looking at literally thousands of hours of on time here!

And now a short word from the HiBook…

In response to the HiBook…No!

That is all I have at this time,

Tim

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The HiBook News: Edition 8000! Ok, Perhaps Not, But Today’s Subject Is Somewhat Important!

So as I begin writing this post on the Hi12 I really have no clue where it is going. Sure enough later this evening I will test it using OpenShot for Windows.

Of course I have no doubt it will work just dandy, although a bit slower than the Zotac Nano PC, but that is to be expected considering the difference in processors.

The whole idea here however is to see if an Atom X5 can do this. Of course if you have cheeked the welcome message on the right side of this site you would already know that the HiBook tablet thinks it can do this, so I expect more negative  chatter from the HiBook later today.

So at this moment, we are awaiting my arrival at HQ, so I can do a video on the Hi12 and add an audio track and perhaps a transition or three. Obviously pushing a tablet to its limits is the point here so I guess we have to also do it on the HiBook also, so there may well be 2 videos in this post.

Now having arrived home I shot a video or 3 or the BLU Energy 2 smartphone and also downloaded a bit of music. I created a project, imported the files onto the Hi12 and into the Openshot project and of course I was pushing the tablet to its limits and the result was a dismal failure!

Like all things on the Hi12, if the ram gets pushed a bit and I forget to set the screen timeout to a long enough period I simply can’t wake the screen. This is an ongoing issue with my Z8350 version of this tablet and I simply can’t update the BIOS at all, because it will not even let me change the boot order hence ZERO chance of updating the BIOS.

So try number 2:  I set the screen timeout to be 1 hr and all appears to have worked rather well. It isn’t a fancy super video, just what I do for the cars we sell at work each day. Incidentally, it processed the 4 min video in roughly 6 min. About twice the time that the Ci3123 took to do a similar video. Perhaps later I will repeat this test on the HiBook, but it is a bit busy being the server today.

And for those folks who choose not to view the full website, here is the HiBook Tablet’s take on this video edit…

That will be it on the video front for today…I hope.

Tim

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