Skip to main content

ASUS Flip is not for work

I've had my flip for 2 days now and I've come to the conclusion it's not for work. In fact it's passable for email, video, music and some social media.

My experiment

I had to take my car in for basic maintenance. So I took my ASUS Flip with me in order to get some work done. The dealer offered nice tables and some refreshments. They also offered wifi so I did not need to tether to my phone. (even though my phone is a Nexus-6 tethering is unreliable and the carrier has terrible service in my city)

I have a bug in my current project.  I have a good idea where and why so it should be pretty straight forward.  The workflow is common to work I have performed in the past.

review the logs


As a programmer my development environments vary from project to project. In it's most encumbered mode I use Visual Studio or XCode. This would require some sort of remote desktop software. Regardless of whether I was to use RDP or VNC the outcome is the same.  The Flip display is simply not big enough. Alternatively, I also spend a lot of time in the terminal or console of remote machine. Sometimes I need multiple terminal sessions into the same and different servers. As a result, many times I'll use tmux or GNU's Screen with mixed results because the Chromebook or it's terminal application seem to dump idle sessions and because of the server config I might lose the entire session (remember to save often).

The wifi stuttered from time to time. This was probably the provider. The keyboard repeat and delay settings are still not satisfactory. The screen is small and when on battery power the back light is low, promoting glare, and resulting in eyestrain.

I'm not a touch typist but fairly proficient... I type as fast as I think... usually.  The keyboard is too small.


This is a well finished machine but it's not meant for work unless you have an external KVM. And for those times between marathon editing sessions the system is just fine as-is.  However, I did find myself wondering about a Surface 3 now that Windows 10 is around the corner. Shhh, don't tell my Mac friends.

wifi can be unreliable. While this is not an bug report against the Flip but more of suggestion that I should have checked the wifi performance before making my purchase.

As a side note, ChromeOS' VPN tools are very limited and while simple for non-technical people it's still not robust enough for slightly more technical configurations which is more commonplace.


Popular posts from this blog

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

UPDATE 2017-10-30: With gratitude the CoreOS team has provided updated information on their pricing, however, I stand by my conclusion that the effective cost is lower when you deploy monster machines. The cost per node of my 1 CPU Intel NUC is the same as a 96 CPU server when you get beyond 10 nodes. I'll also reiterate that while my pricing notes are not currently…

Agile is still dead and has been since 1991

[updated 2011.09.30] yet another response to Agile is good.
When you have so much of you career invested in something like Agile, XP etc... it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. I had a consulting job in The Haag many years ago. IBM was the incumbent contractor at the customer site (a bank) but after 5 years on the job they had not written a single line of functioning code. In the office there were two teams of software people... both behind closed doors. The first team was the Data team and the second team was Functional. They rarely spoke and they never shared information. I was there for a week, introduced the client to OO and we had a functioning prototype. Smart people do smart things, You cannot make an underachiever exceptional by using Agile. Either they get "it" or they don't.
I just commented on a blog. I'm sure there is some validity to his post beyond observing that Agile Scrum is broken. It certainly is not what it was originally intended but for…

eGalax touch on default Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

I have not had success with the touch drivers as yet.  The touch works and evtest also seems to report events, however, I have noticed that the button click is not working and no matter what I do xinput refuses to configure the buttons correctly.  When I downgraded to ubuntu 10.04 LTS everything sort of worked... there must have been something in the kermel as 10.04 was in the 2.6 kernel and 4.04 is in the 3.x branch.

One thing ... all of the documentation pointed to the wrong website or one in Taiwanese. I was finally able to locate the drivers again: (it would have been nice if they provided the install instructions in text rather than PDF)
Please open the document "EETI_eGTouch_Programming_Guide" under the Guide directory, and follow the Guidline to install driver.
download the appropriate versionunzip the fileread the programming manual And from that I'm distilling to the following: execute the answer all of the questio…