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1  General Category / General Discussion / Goodbye from a very satisfied Sheeva owner on: December 23, 2013, 05:45:59 PM
Heya guys.. It's been a good 4 years with my SheevaPlug. I got my SheevaPlug for Christmas 2009. It's been running 24/7 ever since, as my fileserver (NAS), webserver, and firewall. I used the same 8gb SD card the whole time, though I managed to fill it all the way up a year or two back and have been kind of cramped ever since.
I just wanted to thank everyone here for the great help. Especially cbxbiker61 for continuing to release pre-compiled kernels for the unit, I upgraded several times along the way and it was always a relief to have a kernel that Just Worked. Smiley
In the end, I'm retiring it because I wanted to play with something new. My new server is a budget PC running FreeBSD.
If anyone would like my Sheeva, let me know.
2  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Fresh install of Wheezy on: May 04, 2013, 10:33:03 PM
So my SheevaPlug is getting pretty old at this point. Or, at least, it's install is. It started out with Lenny. Stayed there till I couldn't download updates anymore, and moved to Squeeze. Now Wheezy is out so I imagine Squeeze is on it's way out, much like Lenny was. Either way, my install must be about 3 years old now, I'm rather amazed at how well it's held up. The 8gb SD card I put it on is nearly full, I'd like to step up to a 32gb this time, they've certainly come WAY down in price. I'd like to do a fresh install of Wheezy, what's the ideal way to do that, nowadays?
I've already got the unit set to boot off the SD card, and the kernel is still in the onboard flash (I've kept that up to date, updating it every couple months or so), so it should just be a matter of putting a fresh Wheezy image on the new SD Card.. I don't think we ever had a system as simple as the Raspberry Pi where I just download a .img file and DD it onto the card, which is a shame, that technique is quite nice.
So how do I do this?
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Smile Plug Now Shipping on: February 18, 2013, 04:34:51 PM
It's a shame they don't seem to get the part of Moore's law where it both becomes more powerful AND CHEAPER.. It's been what, 3, or 4 years since the SheevaPlug came onto the scene. It was a huge success at it's price point and what it was capable of. Since then, they seem to keep coming out with ever more expensive devices. Notice the Raspberry Pi's success right now? It's ALL about the price. $35 is about where the SheevaPlug should be after 4 years of technological evolution.But really, at least hold the line on the $100 price point with new products. $200+extra for the JTAG is a real shame. And where's the eSATA port? Needs to have either eSATA or USB3, or both, to keep up with the times. USB2 is way too slow for modern hard drives, especially if I want to actually feed that gigabit ethernet.
4  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: sheeva/dream 3.6.6 new kernel available on: December 29, 2012, 06:54:59 PM
I've got your 3.7.1 kernel running on my Sheeva. Seems to be working just fine. Should note, I couldn't find a README-xxxxx.sh anywhere on your server, it seems to be called UPDATE-SHEEVA-KERNEL.sh
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Texas Instrument's LAUCHPAD - Wow --> $4.30 including shipping on: May 24, 2012, 02:13:34 PM
If anyone here is going to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire next week (June 2nd and 3rd) I'll be manning the Tacoma Robotics booth, stop in and say hey. There are several of us that are into these plug computers there. (I spread the bug).. Smiley
6  General Category / General Discussion / SheevaPlug vs Raspberry Pi on: May 16, 2012, 11:44:25 AM
I posted a YouTube video with the benchmarking. I think you'll be surprised with the results.
7  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Enabling Esata on V1.3 Sheeva Plug - Progress Report. on: February 26, 2012, 08:37:08 PM
Yeah, it doesn't seem like the through-hole version of the ESATA connector exists anymore. I spent a week or two digging all around the net and failed to find it. It's a real shame. Aside from that, I'd have completed this mod already. If anyone can find me that connector in stock, in single quantities anywhere, please let me know.
8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Guruserver plus ESATA bottleneck? on: February 26, 2012, 08:34:37 PM
Ok i tried what you suggested and found the following

dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/esata/test bs=1M count=256
256+0 records in
256+0 records out
268435456 bytes (268 MB) copied, 34.1654 s, 7.9 MB/s


Good to see you got your problem worked out. Just for curiosity's sake, I tried the same test on my 2TB USB connected external HDD, here's what I got:
una@sheeva:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/monster/test bs=1M count=256
256+0 records in
256+0 records out
268435456 bytes (268 MB) copied, 8.86686 s, 30.3 MB/s
Not too bad for USB, I imagine. Mine is set to async.
9  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: 3.1 new kernel available on: November 03, 2011, 08:27:09 PM
For the record, I ran the script, it updated without a single hickup. Thanks.
10  Linux Stuff / Kernel / Re: 3.1 new kernel available on: November 03, 2011, 07:59:21 PM
I have an original SheevaPlug with Debian Lenny on it, at one point I updated it to one of cbx's kernels,, can I just update to 3.1 now without any drama - ie, just run the script and reboot?
11  General Category / Success stories / Re: Great uptime on: October 30, 2011, 03:53:16 PM
Still going, it's up to 257 days now. Wink Aiming for 365, then I'll probably go ahead and reboot for a kernel update. Smiley
12  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Enabling Esata on V1.3 Sheeva Plug - Progress Report. on: October 23, 2011, 11:15:16 AM
This is a good old thread. I still want to do this mod to my Sheeva. Smiley
13  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: A Kick-Butt Replacement Power Supply on: August 21, 2011, 09:11:50 AM
Very cool unit. As for a CPU to use, look into the "Teensy++", it's an Atmega that has native USB, mounted on a DIP40 sized PCB for easy connecting. Has oodles of IO. And it's really cheap.
I haven't read through your blog to see the fine details yet, but definitely will later. Are there enough details there to create one of these myself? I've got my Sheeva/External HDD/Cable Modem/Router all hooked to a small UPS with a large battery (well, 18ah), and I've always wanted to take the DC-AC part out of the loop, and just do a DC-DC like you've done. Do you have battery voltage feedback into the Sheeva so that you can do a controlled powerdown when the battery finally runs down?
14  General Category / Success stories / Great uptime on: August 16, 2011, 06:12:32 PM
I just hit 6 months of uptime on my Sheeva. Could have done it a dozen times by now, but I had trouble getting my UPS to be reliable. All better now. It functions as my media server, file server, firewall/router, and web server. Runs off an 8gb class 4 Sandisk SD card. Aside from a power supply failure about a year ago, it's been impeccably reliable.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: SheevaPlug PSU Failures on: February 16, 2011, 08:05:06 PM
Mac: 00 50 43 01 40 7D
SN: 0951-0000063
Purchased on November 27th, 2009, but wasn't delivered till December 31st, 2009
Purchased from GlobalScale directly
Failed on November 8th, 2010
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