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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Is the window closing on Plug Computing? on: January 05, 2011, 07:59:20 PM
Good point, it IS a niche market.  And it will be a non-market  Sad  if Marvell doesn't act and soon...

However, with the right hardware at the right price point with a killer app that many folks want, it could   Tongue  become more than a niche
2  General Category / General Discussion / Is the window closing on Plug Computing? on: January 05, 2011, 07:49:47 PM
I guess I am just a little disheartened and disappointed, so please just consider this my $0.02...

Based on the incredible progress in ARM-based tablets and other similar devices at this years (2011) CES and the palpable lack of progress with new Plug devices, is the window of opportunity closing here?  I suppose it really depends on what the application is but still...   Why are there still very real problems with the GuruPlug and why are there no new vendors?   What happened to the $50 Sheevaplug?  Why are the few existing vendors out there so mickey mouse?  Sorry, but many would agree with me on that last point.   It seems to me that the lack of forward progress in the hardware area will encourage developers to jump onto other platforms that ARE making real progress (almost on a daily basis).  Granted I am referring primarily to standard consumer products like tablets, etc.   However, if you stand still, you find that others have BLOWN PAST, not just edged ahead.  It's time for Marvell to step it up and partner with some of the big boys OR subsidize and build their own plug's to jumpstart the platform.  Cheap and truly reliable plug's would change the whole equation and encourage a developer community (us really) to build those killer app's we know are possible. 

Feel free to agree or flame, as I probably deserve both...

3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Should a dev kit be unreliable? on: August 30, 2010, 05:46:06 PM
         Let be the first to say it:   "Well said".   You are 100% correct in your evaluation.  Having talked to Henry (from GlobalScale) at the PlugIN event, it sounds like there was a large dropoff in quality from his vendor (for the power supply).  OK, I can deal with that.   However, since there are so few other options (of vendors), that winds up affecting a very large percentage of the Sheeva/GuruPlugs out there.  And now most of our units are failing for the exact reasons that you discussed.

Without Marvell pushing the quality of the product and looking at the longer term (rather than how many ARM chipsets did we sell this quarter), this will take a long time to come to fruition.  And BTW, the Intel/Atom chipset IS catching up with regarding to power consumption Wink  To say otherwise is just naive...   The Asus EEE box only takes 15-16 watts at full chat and that is with a disk drive, wifi, output for a real display, etc.  (I know, I have one that I measured with my handy KillAWatt).  And that is with a (old, first gen I think) Atom N270.

4  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Anybody going to the "PlugIN"? on: August 18, 2010, 01:53:58 PM
I actually talked to Henry and decided not to give him a bad time  ;-)
5  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Anybody going to the "PlugIN"? on: August 16, 2010, 12:47:57 PM
GlobalScale will be attending. 
Anyone interested in backing me up when I ask how they let the GuruPlug out the door?
In other words, why they shipped a product they knew was defective...
6  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: GuruPlug Server Plus Heat Problems on: July 19, 2010, 11:49:31 AM

Please keep in mind that when there is that much heat (for the GuruPlug to reboot itself), there IS damage being done inside the device. 
That damage is cumulative and will cause the device to prematurely fail, often in a catastrophic manner.

As has been described before, the thermal design of the GuruPlug is highly flawed.  Those flaws MUST be corrected in order to have a reliable platform to base all of our wonderful ideas for groundbreaking applications.  Until that happens, any "real" application will be compromised by a terrible lack of reliability.  It is WAY overdue for GlobalScale (and any other vendors) to suck it up and do this properly.  And not sell us crap and call it a Baby Ruth   Angry
7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Beware GlobalScale! on: July 18, 2010, 01:27:36 PM

Actually, I don't think I will have much problem with my credit card company, but we shall see.
The transaction is of course "complete", but that is very common with internet sales and vendors lie all the time with "Oh don't worry, you will see a credit on your next statement".

I just want to warn the folks reading this that it CAN and WILL happen to them.  If you have a problem with GlobalScale (which many/most of you will have sometime), they will try to rip you off.

Don't let them!

Or even better, complain to Marvell, the BBB, whoever will listen


Whatever you do, DO NOT DEAL WITH GlobalScale. 

*** Full Rant alert ON ***

Why Marvell deals with such a criminal organization, I do not understand

On a related note, I dare anyone to defend GlobalScale regarding the GuruPlug heat problem.

All they had to do is plug one into the wall for 15 minutes to see there was a very obvious problem.

They shipped a piece of crap and they knew it.  There is no excuse for that, none.

And now they are saying that it is only a problem with gigabit networks, what a joke, just more lies.

Over the next few weeks, those of you with working GuruPlugs will be adding threads like:
"The capacitors on my GuruPlug just blew today" or something like that.  (Unmodified) GuruPlugs will have problems due to the excessive heat inside that box, it is just a matter of weeks, maybe a month or two for those lucky few.  What good is the product if it fails like that?  It needs to be a reliable as a toaster, THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT.  If it isn't, just stick with a good olde proven slug or NetTop or something similiar.

*** Flame Bait section ***   


Sorry, but this junk comes from the same place the poisons our kids and pets.  Or who feeds cardboard disguised as food to their own people (never heard about that one?, well it did happen) .  Why did I expect anything different in this case?  I shouldn't have...

8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Beware GlobalScale! on: July 17, 2010, 01:47:30 PM
Watch out for GlobalScale Technologies!!!

I returned/RMA'ed my Guruplug for the same (unsolved) heat reasons as everyone else is experiencing.

6+ weeks later and NO credit back on my credit card.

Freaking Thieves!!!

Now I get to contest it all with my credit card company.

Why oh Why doesn't Marvell DO something about this.   
Such a great idea for a product that  they are letting fail due to very poor choices in OEM partners.
Marvell, are you listening?  You'd better or you can kiss off a HUGE (potential) revenue stream...

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