It appears I received a pinebook pro in the mail.

I don't remember ordering a pinebook pro.

I mean, it Seems like something I'd do, I just have no recollection of it.

I very nearly ordered on three days ago, so I'm glad I didn't order that (second?) one.

I guess I should figure out what slaps.

First thought:

Why the fuck is this AC adapter cord so tiny? It's Way too short to be useful.

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Second impression.

Damn. Everything about this feels polished and high quality. The keyboard has good travel. The screen looks good.

Third: well shit, what are the login credentials?

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It appears rock/rock according to Google. I'll try after nourishing my soul.

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The build feels better on first impression than my librem 15, tbh, but first impressions can be misleading and the devices aren't at all in the same category, so I'll only make that comparison once more and I'll do it after a few days of swapping between them.

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Rock/rock has worked. I will now attempt to use the pinebook as my main computer for several days. Wish me luck.

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As will I, when mine arrives.

.... though I think I'm too old to call @djsundog Grandpa.

@theartguy @ajroach42 don't let little things like numbers and time get in the way of doing what you wanna do - they're all made up ;)

@ajroach42 haha, i can barely sit in the chair and have it reach the wall. Amazing.

@tindall @ajroach42 we thought that too! we ended up putting the charger that came with it into service powering our Rock64 (they use the same connector and voltage, yay) and charging our Pinebook Pro with a USB-C cable.

we were using a USB-to-barrel cable, but we think that might be a bad idea because it makes the charger circuit emit an alarmingly loud coil whine and we suspect it's being undervolted.

@ellies @tindall If it'll charge over USB C, I'll just do that.

If not... Well, I have some lamp cord, heat shrink tubing, and a soldering iron.

@ajroach42 @tindall ehehehe, this sounds like what we did in college (extend the DC side of our laptop charger with a length of coaxial cable)

but yes, USB-C charging seems to work well! We monitored it with our current/voltage-measuring USB-C cable while charging from a common wallwart, and it was showing perfectly well-behaved characteristics - going up to the full current available with no voltage droop, which we think means it's negotiating correctly.
We don't have any USB-PD capable supplies now, so we can't say if it's capable of elevated voltage negotiation, but we're pretty sure it's supposed to be able to get 15 watts.

@ajroach42 @tindall @ellies Lamp cord? Just cut up a failed catV patch cable, the pairs will carry three amps.

@ajroach42 oh, good luck - there are still a lot of rough edges software-wise, but it's likely doable. A month from now (max), it'll be doable and comfortable too.

@ajroach42 wifi can be flaky, particularly at longer ranges from the AP. otherwise, I don't have anything specific and glaring to say about the default OS image, but I only used it for a few hours before I moved to an Ubuntu-based image from ayufan (which came with its own rough edges, but they were novel). Currently, I'm running Preview 1 of Manjaro ARM's KDE image for PBP, and it has no sound or bluetooth yet, but is running a mainline kernel.

@ajroach42 oh, the touchpad firmware needs some updating to be a little less touchy, but that just hit the pine64 desks for testing so should see the light of day in the next few days.

@djsundog Thank you for the feedback. I'll keep all of that in mind.

@ajroach42 oh, a couple more:

wifi is unusable after resuming from suspend, so you'll have to reboot anyway.

plugging in power while suspended also seems to resume automagically, which is annoying, so best to shut down if you're going to plug it in overnight (or leave it on - just don't try to suspend it until after you plug it in lol)

@djsundog That's good to know. I have a similar issue on one of my thinkpads,


@djsundog @ajroach42 for the factory image? password is "password"; username is... pine64? pine?
@ajroach42 I really want to get one of these and make it my main on the go development machine but the Haskell ecosystem just doesn't have that kind of first class support for ARM sadly, so I'm going to have to find another computer for that

@ajroach42 please let us know your thoughts on it, I'm really interested in these

@ajroach42 A while ago I ordered a Unihertz Jelly Pro, a cheap and very very tiny Android smartphone. They almost immediately contacted me to let me know that the postal method (Singapore or Hong Kong Post, I forget which) had often incredibly long delays when shipping to Canada, but if I wanted to pay $10 or so I could get it shipped via some fast international parcel deliverer. I said no, because a lot of the fun in ordering weird gadgets is in suddenly receiving an unexpected gift from my past self that I've since forgotten about ;)

@keithzg I'd never heard of #Unihertz before, and while their #JellyPro doesn't really look interesting to me, their latest #Kickstarted product, the #UnihertzTitan, does look quite interesting:
Especially since I do kinda miss having a #QWERTY #keyboard on my phone. Definitely something I should follow, so I'll see if I can find it on #Kimovil to add to a #phone #wishlist. :)

@ajroach42 That's impressive. You probably even ordered a 128 GB version, I bet.

I await your review! People are just finally starting to get their first orders and I've been holding off ordering one myself, to see early reviews (and to wait for the second run, in case there are any weird hardware defects in the first batch).

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