As relevant as Sang Nila Utama and the band of 40 heroes (sic)
There will be support for Linux, *BSD and Android 9. The preorder starts on 25th July 2019 but only for those who had registered in the Pinebook forum prior to 1st July 2019.
I say PINEBOOK had stolen the thunder from Apple on innovation for developers!
Started to look through e27 and techinasia and found this ditty on PropTech. This caught my eye as I was exploring some ideas on buying and selling Singapore property six months ago.
Lets see what techinasia wrote.
“Proptech startup secures $1.47m to improve how agents earn commissions
UrbanAgents, an AI-powered platform that links up home sellers to real estate agents, raised about US$1.47 million in seed investment from FarSight Capital, APAC Realty, and angel investors.”
The target audience are real estate agents… Hmm… Right, I’m sure the home buyer and seller will be very pleased to pay more commission out of their own pockets.
I say good luck to FarSight Capital, APAC Realty and angel investors, and tough luck to all these VCs’ backers.
Thought to share this ditty.
Managed to get Linux dual booting on an old but high spec’ed MacBook Pro using rEFInd. This was the second time I had Linux on the same machine and i’m still puzzled why the laptop runs cool to touch in macOS but quite warm in Linux.
I had disabled the discrete AMD Radeon GPU which caused display problems in macOS, via nvram.
$ nvram fa4ce28d-b62f-4c99-9cc3-6815686e30f9:gpu-power-prefs=%01%00%00%00
I’ve also reloaded AMDRadeonX3000.kext on login via the following:
$ sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions-off/AMDRadeonX3000.kext
High Sierra boots up perfectly with the laptop running relatively cool.
But this was not the same for Linux…
I’ve loaded lm-sensors which shows Linux regularly hitting 80+ Celsius while laptop fans spun at 2000 rpm (default speed). Something wrong there, don’t you think?
BTW, I’m monitoring the temperature of CPU cores and the fan speed using sensors
$ watch -n 1 sensors
I decided something needs to be done to bring up the internal fan speed – looking around found tlp.
tlp stands for TLP (duh!) and can be found in many distribution’s repositories. I used this to change the radeon power profile and dpm states by changing the states from default to low.
Followed by restarting tlp with
$ sudo systemctl restart tlp.service
No change to the internal fan speed of 2000 rpm. 🙁
After some googling, I loaded macfanctld.
Right off the bat, sensors started to show the correct fan speed. By pushing additional load (multiple Youtube and Vimeo channels) on the laptop, I can hear the fans working harder and sensors is showing higher internal fan speed.
But this still hadn’t brought the temperature of the MacBook Pro to macOS level of temperature. I’ll continue to update this once i find out why and how.
I received a Gillette ProGlide which stopped functioning after couple years. Recently it resurfaced after a house clean-up. It had a leaking AAA battery which was removed and disposed off. With the gunky remainder, I squeezed out juice, from a lemon hiding in the fridge, onto a cotton bud then rigorously swabbed until the innards were clean.
It still didn’t power up. 🙁
Then i thought of disassembling the entire device. I found the two metal clips on the blue holder, seen only by removing the end cap. By pushing the two metal clips inwards, the entire motor and switch assembly can now be removed.
Pulled out the entire metal assembly to find the following:
The blue pushdown switch in the centre of the PCB is the on-off switch. Sticking in a fresh AAA battery, the motor on top, spun continuously until the switch was depressed again.
So this works!
Reassembling was pretty easy. The ProGlide did not require the two metal clips to be put back into place, as the bulbous end cover held the entire assembly tight. I just made sure the motor and switch assembly could slide into the housing. Rather effortless.
Then tested the razor assembly one last time by pressing the blue switch before covering the hole with the silicone button.
Razor assembly repaired! 🙂
Recommendation from Jamieson – I downloaded Libby and found it to be chockful of ebooks and audio books! More importantly, Libby can sync across devices using its internal sync function!
Try it if you have not!