I had it working. Had. Then I tried to load a particular web page. Just that, load a web page. While it might well be “heavy” it is not malicious – I regularly check it from various computers and even my phone. But it was, evidently, just too much for the ComputeStick. It wedged. It wedged hard.
I went back to the HDMI video to find… it had even hosed that up so bad it looks like I’d need to do a re-install of the Operating System. If a mere web page can do that, it is FAR too fragile to use portably for anything of note.
I am not above re-installing the OS, but the question becomes: To what end? It’s a fair enough machine – for several years ago, for some dedicated and relatively mild purpose. But since my (aging) phone out-classes it and unless I am working or bathing, the phone is handy.
Ah well. The Raspberry Pi 4 still looks interesting, but it also looks like it has a few issues to be sorted out. I’ll wait. The NexDock still looks interesting, too, but the number of phones it works with is limited at the moment and it would be another expense. Again, if I even do it, I can wait. I do have $HOUSEMATE’s old OnePlus 3T that might work with the Superbook. Evidently the Superbook won’t charge it, but maybe it will at least not discharge it. I’ve not yet gone far into checking that out. And the 3T might be a good replacement for the Honor 8. It would lack the IR port (so no remote control) but I’ve found I didn’t really use that after the initial burst of enthusiasm – I simply don’t use IR-remote controlled devices to any significant degree anymore. And some that I do use, are so old that the “universal” controllers do not include them – and seemingly cannot be convinced to, either.