Sunday, September 27, 2015

USAS Bonebook - just like the ASUS Chromebook Flip

So it seems pretty clear that this Bonebook that Jimmy Poon got me is pretty much an exact duplicate of the ASUS Chromebook Flip - except for ASUS' attention to detail, build quality, and reliability.

I'm still working out the kinks, figuring out how I am going to use this thing on the road.

The battery life of the Bonebook is supposed to be an astonishing 10 hours. With the new Bluetooth mouse I got, and with wifi on as well as bluetooth, I imagine I will get somewhat less than that. But still!

Not only does the Bonebook feature a pretty crisp looking screen, it's also a touchscreen. And for the 'flip' part of the equation, you can fold the keyboard back 180 degrees (or maybe its 360 degrees - I don't know, I was never any good at astrology) and use the thing as a tablet. When you rotate it from landscape to vertical, the display re-orients itself accordingly.

This means you can also use the Bonebook in 'tent' mode to watch movies on the plane - it becomes its own stand.

The keyboard on this thing is pretty much useable - I am still getting accustomed to it and I make a few more mistakes than on a laptop - but not many. So I don't see any problem there.

And, I picked up a fancy schmancy bluetooth mouse to use and it works just fine.

So let's see if we can get some pictures into this thing. I can go one of two ways here - use the cable method to plug my piPhone into the Bonebook, copy the photos over, resize them, and post them. Or, I can use something like Google Drive to upload them to wherever Google Drive is, and then go from there into the blog.

I don't know what happened from before - but the Bonebook is seeing things from the piPhone. And offering to backup stuff to 'the cloud' wherever that is. Maybe the change is that I logged into the piPhone before plugging in the cable. Or maybe the Bonebook updated itself and now it magically works...

So let's test this out.

I see a number of folders of pictures and I can see a list of them or thumbnails. It's actually easier to find the latest pics than on a Windows laptop - on Windows, the piPhone photo folders appear as indecipherably named crypto-baffling folders. I have to use extreme tech savvy just to locate the latest pics.

Let's see if I can easily bring one into the blog.

I tried dragging and dropping from the photo list to Blogger. No joy there.

In the Files window that popped up when I attached the piPhone, I told it to back up the one new file it found. Now that picture appears in Google Drive, which Blogger can access directly.

Bored yet? Believe me, you'll care when I have all kinds of Vegas action photos to share!

And here it is - some form of success!