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 Post subject: $100 Linux wall-wart launches
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:45 pm 
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SheevaPlug

- 1.2GHz ARM CPU
- draws 5 Watts
- come with Linux
- 512MB each of RAM and Flash
- gigabit Ethernet
- USB 2.0
- size of a wall-wart

A SheevaPlug DevKit is available for $99 and it looks like some products based on it are coming out. I'm tempted to get one to play with; might make a decent NAS server.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:26 am 
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I don't like the idea of a brick that big plugging directly into a mains power socket. Makes adjacent sockets inaccessible. It also means that they're specific to the electrical socket type. Putting all of that weight on a pathetic set of NEMA pins doesn't sound very secure either. At least here we have a plug type which I would be happy to put that kind of weight on.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:58 am 
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*grin* All solved with a power strip or a small battery backup.

Hrm. I might just get one of these to screw with IT at work. I never did top the black felt stickers on the bottom of a black mouse; you'd be amazed how long one person could spend trying to fix a mouse without actually looking at it. No IT was harmed.


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This might be old news, but is certainly the winner regarding coolness factor: http://www.chippc.com/thin-clients/jack-pc/


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:06 pm 
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Yeah. Those had made the rounds a while ago. Heh. And so has the one I posted; after catching up on the forums. Doing a search for Sheevaplug before posting didn't help much.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:07 pm 
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What's the verdict on this? I'm looking for an NAS solution... but don't know jack about Linux and would to buy one of these configured.


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If you're doing a lot of 'writes' flash is NOT the way to go for an Network attached storage system. That and it's only 512MB. For the same price you can get a 500GB-1TB NAS if you shop around.

If this really only draws the power of a nightlight though I can think of some wonderful applications for it. Personally the 1st thing I would use it for is for a hardware firewall. If the specs are open I'd be looking into building my own firewall/router with it. (need more network ports though and wireless) That's a lot more hardware power than most home routers come with for the same price.

These would be great for car computers as well.

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