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The HiBook News: This Edition, Rumors And Poorly Written Software

By Tim

So not a whole lot to report on this week at HiBook Labs. However there were  some interesting developments along the software front.  I will get to that in a moment.

We also have a very interesting rumor from the folks at Chuwi concerning a 14.1 inch, all metal, super thin notebook that they are presumably going to be marketing as the LapBook Air At 6mm thick and only 1.3 kg,  it sounds like a very thin and light notebook.

We should have more details on it soon, but I haven’t found out any more real details as of this morning.

Now onto some issues I had with the Hi12 and some software that just doesn’t work all that well. The software in question was the Intel Driver Update Utility. Which when I first installed it worked fine and installed the latest video drivers onto the Hi12. Friday morning however was another story.

I had left the Hi12 running the server and taken the HiBook to work. So I started a backup on the Hi12 server before I went into work. Normally a backup takes roughly 20 minutes to finish. Not this time, it was 2.5 hrs. before I finally saw the “backup complete” on my browser on the HiBook.  So at lunchtime I headed home to do a quick switch over to the HiBook as the server, which took roughly 6 minutes to restore. Then I looked at the Hi12 and I must have had about 200 notifications from the Intel Driver Update Utility and it was pushing out a new notification every 4-5 seconds.

I rebooted the Hi12 and still the same constant driver update notifications, non-stop. So to make a long story short, I un-installed the Intel Driver Update Utility. Right after that I ran another backup just for grins and it took a mere 19 min. to compress and upload the files.

This may be just an issue with the Hi12, but this is the reason I normally stay away from any automated update software. Incidentally you can still get an Hi12 for $232 on Gearbest.

That is all I have for today,

Tim

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You May Have Noticed That Both Of My Tablet Related Sites Were Down This Morning. I Found The Issue After Stepping Back And Thinking a Little While

By Tim

THE Tablet Server was down hard this morning.

Sometimes an issue can appear to be one thing and then if you walk away and just let your mind explore the possibilities you realize that the issue is relatively easy to fix.

The first thing I noticed when I awoke was a server down email from not just this site but my other site, Tim’s Tablet Web Site.  That is 2 machines suffering the same Apache 500 errors. Alas, I was short on time and shrugged my shoulders and headed off to work, knowing I can remotely access either machine from there.

Of course my first thought was that I had been hacked. Why anyone would do this is beyond me, but as they say, “shit happens”.  I was thinking some sort of DD0S attack or the like. But then I tried the yourfreewordpress.com site, which is on the same server as tablets.yourfreewordpress.com and it worked just dandy!

So I stepped back and began to think, what is different on the 2 sites, besides the fact that I rarely visit the yourfreewordpress.com site?  Next I looked at the logs on The Tablet Server site and I saw what was causing the error (see the image at the beginning of the article).

Of course it was the Shield Plugin and it was being hit over and over by 2-3 IP addresses, which simply turned out to be search engine spiders.  But I was still thinking “hack”. I had developed tunnel vision. If you are troubleshooting you have to avoid this and think out all the other reasons that your particular issue may be occurring.

Once again I walked away and actually concentrated on my job. I was getting nowhere and simply didn’t have the time to reason the issue out. Nearing lunchtime it hit me! So I took a peek at both machines  in FTP and yes, the folder with the Shield Plugin had been modified about 2:07 am CDT. Then I checked the emails concerning servers down, and, yeah, same moment within a minute or 5.

So I checked the WordPress.org site and found a brand new update from the Shield folks at about 11:30 am CDT. It was 45 minutes old. I downloaded it and manually installed it on the tabletserver.com site first. 30 seconds later I got an email telling me the site was up.

I repeated the process on Tim’s Tablet Web Site and all has returned to normal. Of course the bottom line here is that the HiBook tablet server functioned as the test bed and was an invaluable troubleshooting/testing device!

That is all I have for this evening,

Tim

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Running a Second Test on The HiBook Using The ComFast Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

By Tim

Tomorrow morning, (06-21-17), I will be using the HiBook as the server again and running it via the ComFast CF – 913AC Wireless Dual Band Adapter.

I still think it is a great addition for anyone needing some WiFi ac  (5ghz), capabilities or having connection issues with an all metal tablet.

The previous test caused the server to drop down to 16% battery which for the HiBook is not only rare, but has made me rethink the previous results. Occasionally it may have a solid LED as far as charging goes before I pull the plug, but I have seen Windows cause it to only charge up to about 45%. I don’t know the whys of that, but I thought I would give it a second shot.

I am seriously thinking that no matter how bright that annoying LED on the adapter is, that it just isn’t going to kill the battery that much in only 8 hours…maybe 9 hrs at most.

So stay tuned for tomorrow’s HiBook Labs report…and yeah, it is still $9.99!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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Did Some Disk Speed Testing on The Hi12 This Evening

By Tim

I was kind of at a loss of what to test next on the Hi12, especially after those amazing results from running it as a server for a bit over 24 hrs and still having 17% battery when I shut down the test!

But tonight I decided to to check out my USB 3.0 Sandisk Ultra flash drive and compare it to my internal eMMC drive. So the Sandisk flash drive was plugged in to the USB 3.0 port and did okay, although I would not call it stellar.

The internal eMMC drive was a bit better, but nowhere near the speeds of an SSD, which I, of course, certainly did not expect.

Below you will find the results of these tests:

HI12, Sandisk Ultra 3.0 Flash Drive
Hi12 internal eMMC drive

Lastly I ran a test on the Zotac Mini-PC with the same Sandisk 3.0 flash drive and the results are below.

Zotac Ci323 Mini-PC with the same Flash Drive

So the Flash drive was actually a bit faster, (on reads),on the Hi12, which is a curious result, but the Zotac is also being used for a lot of other stuff at the same time, including running at least 3 web sites.

That will be all for the evening,

Tim

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More Testing on the Hi12 With the ComFast Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter.

By Tim

Yeah, that is 72% AFTER 9 hrs on time!

Today I took the HiBook to work and left the Hi12 here, all day, as the server. I wanted to see if the Hi12 would get as drained as the HiBook did after 9+ hrs of running the web server.

The answer was an unequivocal: no problems! Upon arriving home I was greeted with 72% battery life remaining! Obviously the huge battery in the Hi12 is a bonus.

Now please do not think that these are normal results of daily use. When running as a web server, the only thing running is the VM (Virtual Machine) server and there is zero screen on time.

The point of the test was to show that if you have a large enough battery the Comfast dual band wireless adapter won’t be an issue at all. So if you need wireless ac (5Ghz) speeds, then this little device is worth the investment.

Last note here, the Hi12 is on sale right now for $225.99! 

That is all for now,

Tim

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