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Chuwi Surbook review

As I said before in my GPD Pocket review, I don’t usually do reviews, but I need a posting for September. So, here is my Chuwi Surbook review.

I have always liked the form factor of the Microsoft Surface, but certainly not the price. When I saw this on Indiegogo, while the specs were not up to Surface levels, the price was certainly enticing, and it looked like they were far enough along that I didn’t have to worry about a lengthy wait for delivery. (My Fusion Guitar finally showed up, so now I’m looking at you, Jamstack.)

The durability and build quality of this device seem good, as it has withstood lugging back and forth to work for a month or so now without incident.

The screen is 12 inches in diagonal, and the resolution is very good, on par with the retina MacBook Pro computers.

This device does have a 1.1 GHz processor, so in terms of computing power, it is not the speediest, especially since it only has 6 GB of RAM. However, so far it has performed well for me on my light and medium duty tasks. I even installed Visual Studio 2017 Community on it, and I am able to do development work on a .NET MVC site that I have been futzing around with. There is a little delay when trying to run the application, but overall not bad.

The one big beef I have with this device is that the trackpad on the keyboard cover is very finicky, which led me to disable that mouse in the Device Manager, and then I use either a Bluetooth mouse or the included pen.

Kudos to Chuwi for adding a Micro SD card slot on this device.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Pros:

  • Solid build quality
  • Great value for the cost

Cons:

  • Keyboard case trackpad is very tempermental

BTW, I know I missed the actual date by a couple of days, but Happy 30th Birthday to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Totality

Well it has been over a week now since the Great American Eclipse, and I must say that despite the relative difficulty in witnessing it, it was well worth it.

We decided to make a western U.S. trip out of the eclipse, so on the morning of Monday, August 21, we found ourselves stopping in the little town of Guernsey, Wyoming. With just over 2 minutes of totality, this seemed like a good compromise between duration of totality and traffic.

So we found some street parking at the West River Park, settled in with our eclipse glasses, and were blown away when the the town slipped into the moon’s umbra. It was quite the rush.

Leaving the area was not a total disaster either, as I suspect that choosing to avoid the totality center line was a good decision. Our two hour drive back to Cheyenne only took about three hours, which is a lot better than some of the traffic jam horror stories we heard about.

We are already looking forward to April 8, 2024.

BTW, can it really be 20 years ago that Princess Diana was lost in a car crash?

They say it’s your birthday…

No technology related news or views today, just wanted to wish Joe Bonamassa a Happy 40th Birthday!

Advent of Code 2016

Well folks, it is the holiday season once again. That only means one thing… Advent of Code 2016 is upon us!

Once again, I have decided to do this undertaking in Swift to help me get familiar with the language and the transition from Swift 2 (that I used in last year’s exercise) to Swift 3.

It seems harder this year than last, as I am struggling to keep up. If you want to check out my lame progress, please visit:

https://github.com/Wave39/AdventOfCode2016

BTW, Happy Holidays everyone!

Reinforced concrete would be a pretty cool security feature

I was going to upgrade to Windows 10, but I don’t think I can trust any operating system that does not have reinforced concrete…

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BTW, a posthumous Happy Birthday to Steve Jobs.

Big Android BBQ Day 2

Well, the Big Android BBQ 2015 conference is in the books. I found the content on day 2 to be a bit more helpful to me at my current level of Android experience, with the highlights being sessions on lean layouts and fragments. A bit basic for the seasoned Android developer, but just right for me.

BTW, Happy Birthday to Omar Moreno, the great center fielder on the Pirates teams of the late 70s and early 80s, and leadoff man for the 1979 World Series champs.

 

Big Android BBQ Day 1

Well, day 1 of the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, Texas is in the books. The content was pretty good, with the highlight of the day being the Location and Context and Speed, Oh My! presentation. Also, I attended presentations on What’s New in Android Marshmellow, Android Performance at Scale, and continuous testing. Each of them contained some good takeaways.

BTW, to continue the theme from yesterday’s BTW, Happy Birthday to Christopher Lloyd, who most famously portrayed Doc Brown in the Back To The Future movies.

Busy day

Today is a busy day, as it is the travel day for attending the Big Android BBQ. I do not know what to expect from the conference, but I will post some recaps in this here space in the next few days.

By the way, today has been a busy day in several other very important ways:

  • Todd Richards gets fired as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets and gets replaced by John Tortorella
  • Joe Biden announces that he is not seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination for 2016
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 GM drops
  • Xcode 7.1 GM drops
  • iOS 9.1 GM drops
  • tvOS GM drops (it’s a full Apple download day I guess)
  • The Mets finish off the Cubs

In closing, Happy Back To The Future Day to everyone. I must live in a back water town, as I have not seen people wearing spiky metal hatsĀ or using hoverboards…

Gee, I would have never guessed that password…

A password so insecure, it is secure.

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BTW, Happy Earth Day to the citizens of planet Earth reading this message. (Which should be most of you.)

Shameless plug

Attention baseball fans! I’d like to take this opportunity to put in a shameless plug for an app near and dear to my heart.

I just released the 4.0 version of Pro Baseball Stats to the iTunes App Store. It is a free universal app for iPhone and iPad with iOS 7 or newer. If you are a baseball geek, please check it out.

BTW, a posthumous Happy Birthday to Jeff Healey, the fantastic blues guitarist who was taken from us far too soon.