Technology For Traveling I Update

Major Update

We have recently had issues with some of our gadgets for travel that require an update to the post Technology For Traveling I.

The serious issue developed with the HP 2in1. My plea for help can be read here.

Just before our last trip I got out the HP to get ready  to travel. Hours after starting it up Microsoft seemed to be done with system upgrades and returned control of the laptop to me. After some playing it turned out the laptop (2in1) was virtually useless.

After receiving a number of articles forwarded to us via readers, it became clear that this problem is widespread. The fundamental problem is with the low-end laptops. A great many of these mini laptops and 2in1 units come with only 32Gb of storage hard-wired on the motherboard. Microsoft System 10 after a few system upgrades and security installations becomes too large to actually operate the computer. All the Microsoft apps and system software cannot readily be transferred to a thumb drive or SD card leaving the 32 Gb virtually full.

It turns out that Microsoft has published a complex work-around for this problem that requires root instructions, a thumb drive and SD card. Our youngest son is a computer engineer and , thus far, has been unsuccessful reviving this device.

As a result we are recommending against buying these low fixed-storage mini laptops and 2in1’s. There is an old Jamaican- Chinese proverb that says “good thing no cheap – cheap thing no good” that probably applies here.

Also one of the Android tablets went thru a system update recently that doubled its system storage usage. That made the tablet short on onboard space and caused serious problems with operation. We had no choice but to replace it. We bought an Amazon Fire 7 at a very good price, but on the next trip the Nook app became difficult to use (maybe Amazon didn’t like sharing a device with a B&N app) and consistently froze up the tablet. We have now settled on an iPad Mini and have set it up to sync with our other Apple devices. Both Nook and Amazon apps seem to work fine.

So again the moral would seem to be there’s a downside, especially in tech, to buying too cheap. That’s especially true if you need to depend on this equipment far from home.

We would also like to thank those people that forwarded articles on these problems.

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