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We Are Nearly 11 Months Into Using The HiBook As a Server And It is Still Great! :HiBook News Edition, Oh Hell 30?

By Tim

So after almost 11 months of testing I have reached several conclusions on the Chuwi HiBook tablet. They are exactly what one would expect from a pretty damned great, better specs tablet these days and that is, if you want a great  10 inch class, Dual Boot, tablet, buy one of these!

I am uncertain if you can find the original HiBook like this one but the Pro is better has a better display and a larger battery. The 10.1 inch screen on the original version is bright and to be frank, quite stunning when watch movies! It has it glitches here and there, but over all it is an incredible buy if you can find one on a flash sale at either Gearbest or Banggood.

The battery life is good and it can easily function as a notebook if you get the add on keyboard or use a Bluetooth keyboard available almost anywhere. I do like the K480 Logitech,  but there are a lot of decent Bluetooth keyboards available these days. Grab yourself an OTG adapter and you can use any wireless mouse out there.

No it isn’t a gaming machine, although N.O.V.A 3 does work well in Android. But if you are buying a 10 inch tablet for gaming I personally think you need to get a life.

The HiBook is certainly not as nice as the Hi12, but it is lighter, the ram runs faster, (BIOS tweak), and it doesn’t have nearly as many glitches as the Chuwi Hi12 that I am typing this article on. The HiBook has a USB C port the Hi12 doesn’t. On the flip side the Hi12 has  2 full size USB ports, 1 x 2.0 the other 1 x 3.0.  I am not entirely thrilled with USB C because it means if you have some older devices to connect you need to have an adapter.

The bottom line is that I am totally happy with both of the tablets we have here for testing and  including any adapters  and the super fast ComFast WiFi dual-band adapter I purchased, I am still about  $500-700 dollars below the cost of a single MicroCrap or Apple product, and yeah Samsung also!

That is all for now,

Tim

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How We Do Things On The Cheap Here At HiBook Labs: Or Why We Don’t Feel The Urge To Follow The Crowd

By Tim

Here at HiBook Labs we run on a super tight budget. Mostly because no one out there clicks on our adverts and the fact that we don’t get all that many hits.

That is okay, because it has led me to realize that you DO NOT need the latest in ports, such as USB-C, which, while handy, is not a must have under any circumstances. You also do not need wireless ac capabilities, ( 5Ghz), no matter how nice they are. In fact if you choose your hardware wisely and have some dirt cheap adapters you can simply add a wireless dual band adapter for about $10.

You do not really need that keyboard for the latest tablet because that $45 will buy you a very nice K480 Bluetooth keyboard that will work with any tablet that has Bluetooth. Yeah, imagine that, your other tablets or even your phone can work with Bluetooth and the next tablet you purchase can work with Bluetooth. So for the $3.50 you will spend on batteries for the next 2 years you will have saved a bundle! Of course if you must have a pretty looking tablet/notebook combo, by all means purchase that keyboard and be a sheep and go for looks over common sense.

My HiBook tablet has USB-C and while it is handy, if you are too lazy to look at how to plug-in a standard size USB adapter then there simply is no hope for you, you are part of the sheep herd, always following the latest trends.

I specifically was attracted to the Hi12 because it has 2 standard sized USB ports, (1 being USB3.0) and a micro-USB port since I already owned a std-micro USB adapter. Let’s not forget it can run about 20 hrs as a server! The battery is killer!

Obviously, the latest tech can be great, but always ask yourself, what do I need? Then compare the cost to what you want.

Then take a step back and make an informed purchase rather than buying the latest pretty device!

That is all for now,

Tim

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It Is Saturday and Once Again Time For The HiBook News: Today, Interesting Videos And a Rare WiFi Glitch

By Tim

Things here at HiBook Labs have been running quite smoothly all week and I have managed to share a few great videos on several great tablets recently.

Later today I will be posting another video from Chis over at Techtablets.com on the internals of the Chuwi LapBook 12.3. But that will come a bit later this afternoon. I am seriously liking this little laptop/notebook!

The only issue I have had with the HiBook in the past 7 days was this morning when I switched the server back to it from the Chuwi Hi12. It ran for about one hour and then the WiFi simply dropped. So the server was down for about 2 hrs. Not a big deal, but it does do that on rare occasions. The only way to get the WiFi adapter running again is a shutdown and a restart.  It has happened perhaps 3 times since I have been abusing it as a server.  Of course it only happens when I am at work and can’t reset it, but considering my web server/tablet cost me only $184 that makes it a non-issue.

The Hi12 is still rock solid as my daily driver and can  still be found on Gearbest for a mere $219 for about 1 more day!

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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Just a Few Thoughts on The Hi12, BlueTooth Keyboards and Some Great Review Channels on YouTube (Video)

By Tim

Tonight I was at a loss on what to post, so I decided we needed another video. Of course Microsoft decided that I needed a reboot in the middle of uploading the aforementioned video, but it appears to be on its way right now.

This video is nothing special, just shot on the Hi12, in Flashback 5 and shared at the lower 720p resolution. However, I do go over some of my thoughts on the Hi12 and of course there is a bonus…wait for it.

I have added a  few plugs for what I consider to be the two best places on YouTube to find reviews of tablets, laptops and notebooks. They both also do some smartphone reviews although I would never pay for any of the latest smartphones, because in general they are overpriced beyond sanity! That and my BLU Studio Energy2 still gets 4+ days of battery life with a Super AMOLED screen!

I do offer a bit of constructive criticism about what I see as silly tests such as expecting a notebook with a screen that weighs about the same as the keyboard to open with one finger. That is a pet peeve of mine, because the laws of physics say that won’t happen, yeah it is that whole leverage/arm and moment thing unless the notebook has a crap hinge! I have posted a follow up that will appear here shortly but has yet to be published. It will be available at this link and later on  this site.

Incidentally the Chuwi Hi12 is still available on flash sale at gearbest for $219!

That is pretty much all I have for this evening,

Tim

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How Stuff Works Relatively Smoothly Here At The Tabletserver Site. Just a Bit of Insight.

By Tim

In case you were wondering just how I manage to keep an up-time of about 98% running a server off of a tablet, here are the secrets. Actually most of it involves a whole lot of common sense and just a bit of forethought.

First and foremost is that ANY tablet or laptop I get my hands on gets tested as a server. That means that normally I have about 2 tablets on hand and occasionally more if I am in possession of a laptop/notebook.

This also means if everything goes to hell in a handcart on one device I can easily switch to the other and lose at most a post or two that was created after the last backup.

So an average day here at HiBook Labs begins when I get home from work and generally plug in the HiBook to recharge it. Most days that doesn’t take long at all and while that is happening I will run a backup using a plugin called Updraft Plus which is easily configured to send the files up to Dropbox. Surprisingly, a full backup only takes up about 550mb.

Next, I merely fire up the Hi12 or any other device I may have on hand, and start up the Virtual Machine. In less than 1 minute I have a server up and running and then I merely change my port forwarding over to the recently fired up server IP.  These IP addresses are reserved and I know them by heart.

Next, I go into the dashboard in WordPress, go to the Updraft Plus plugin and re-scan remote storage. The latest update will be there, I click restore, tell it to do everything and after downloading and processing and restoring I am rewarded with the same identical site that the HiBook was showing.

Lastly I change the header image to let folks know which server they are actually hitting. Yeah, it is that easy.

Occasionally I will run into a corrupt file and that can sort of blow up the server. Not a big deal, go into the Linux Webmin page or phpmyadmin, and drop the entire database. Then dump the config file, re-install WordPress from the setup menu, activate Updraft Plus which should still be on the drive, configure it and either try the same backup once more, or change forwarding back to the previous device, run another, and then restore.

So as you can see, it ain’t rocket science kiddies. It is all about planning a few minutes or perhaps an hour ahead and then keeping track of what you are doing.

That is all for now,

Tim

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