Literally, after months of jerking around with my PiTop, I finally think its running correctly. Started with the SD card being hosed. Once I figured that out, I came to a battery usage issue that I think
got remedied. Either way I am going to claim victory, Baghdad Bob style.
All in all, its a cool toy. But holy ^&*^&^
& #^#$*$) ! The amount of screwing around to get this thing functional... The one trouble ticket (the SD card issue, yeah kinda a noobish to pi's question regarding the no card VGA test screen) took two weeks to get resolved, and I see from last night when I logged in, that it was closed 97 days ago.
I see how some people can use this as their daily driver. Light usage is not bad at all on it. And the battery (when it works for people) lasts forever it seems (12-14 hrs of real usage). The keyboard and trackpad are janky though. Havent had a chance to play with a USB or Bluetooth keyboard yet, but the USB mouse is far better than the trackpad. Strange thing is that they are both USB bus entities. Those not familiar with the design, the PiTop is a laptop RaspberryPi (2 or 3) where there is a board that handles the battery, screen, touchpad, and keyboard and takes the HDMI from the PI and sends it to the LCD. There is a USB cable,HDMI cable and the GPIO cable that are connected up to both this board and the Pi. Weird eh?
I am also looking into what this is actually ideal for. Sofar at the same price, my ASUS Flip chromebook is more usable and not janky, although somewhat less battery life (around 9-10 hrs).
But this is cool nonetheless. I am thinking this is going to be the f-off end table laptop. I can have the charger back there and have it plugged in for when needed. Since the bootup is stupid fast, its about as useful in that situation as a chromebook, but running full Linux (X2go rocks on here).
And on the SBC note, +Joe C. Hecht
both have excellent podcasts that they individually do. If you are not aware, you are now. No excuses :P and go follow them, as there is useful data dissemenated daily from each of them.
I have in the box a few other SBCs I haven't toyed wit yet. Got a BananaPi Pro, and an Odroid. I think there are uses for them :D Thinking that the BPP is destined to replace my Netgear router's routing function and curse that proprietary beast into being an AP. That said, I am not certain what I want to run on it. There is no RHEL for it, so that means looking into SuSE flavors or OpenBSD (other crutches that have served me oh so well when RHEL is not an option).