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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Fit PC TrimSlice: looks like a nice desktop ARM PC on: January 27, 2011, 12:10:58 AM
http://www.fit-pc.com/trimslice/

NVIDIA Tegra 2 @ 1 GHz (Dualcore ARM Cortex A9 CPU)
1GB DDR2-800
SDHC and MicroSDHC card slots, SATA SSD option
Gigabit Ethernet
802.11n, Bluetooth
NVIDIA ultra-low power GeForce
4x USB 2.0, line-in, line-out, 5.1 digital S/PDIF, 2x HDMI, Co-axial video-in, Ethernet, card readers
5.1 x 3.7 x 0.6 inches (WxDxH)
8-16V DC (external)
Average power draw: 3W



Alas, no price nor availability yet, probably April.
2  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: ARMADA-100 Plugcomputer on: June 29, 2010, 01:18:23 AM
change its powersupply and cool it better ?

more seriously (although....) stick it to the back of a monitor for a barebone web-access PC ?
does it have bluetooth and wifi ? sound in/out ?
is there a case option with VESA mount and internal HD
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Can you choose a darkless theme for the forum, please. on: June 12, 2010, 08:24:34 AM
you can change that in the preferrences.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Why use Sheeva? Looking for developers and entrepreneurs opinions…. on: May 14, 2010, 03:03:33 PM
What I like:
- Power consumption
- Full Linux, well supported distro and tools
- Well documented platform
- Active community

Issues:
- Reliability (general, USB HD power, Flash RAM... the new guru seems even worse ?)
- no self-contained, nor dust/water-proof units (would require internal HDD, or at least internal USB and Flash ports, and good port covers)
- Price can be higher than a much more powerful and versatile Atom netbook, depending on desired config
- no "desktop" form factor (with video out + internal eSATA HD, maybe VESA mount)

Suggestions:
- Much better PSU, possibly with a very short duration UPS (2-5 mins would cover 80% of my reboots)
- Desktop and Dust/Water-proof enclosures

Competition:
- Atom nettops, especially if you need video and/or a HD.
- re-purposed routers, some with ARM, some with MIPS, some with PPC. Build quality seems better.
5  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Filesystem Backup Strategy on: May 03, 2010, 10:32:46 PM
Raid is NOT a backup. A backup is
- off line
- off site
- tested
- multiple

Raid is none of that. Raid is:
- more speed
- more capacity
- high availability
- sometimes, ability to enlarge volumes w/o reboot.

Quick check: what does raid protect you against, among the following:
A- single-disk failure
B- System destruction or theft (fire, flood, power surge...)
C- Operator error
D- Virus
E- File corruption (App error...)
F- File system corruption (OS bug...)

Answer: A)... for ABCDEF), you need a real backup...
6  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Sheevaplug or Guruplug + what have I not thought of? on: May 02, 2010, 06:42:11 AM
I fail to see what's the usefulness of RAID is for your purpose:
- RAID (when well done) brings better performance (bandwidth and latency), which you don't need in that case
- RAID brings high availability, which you don't really need either
- RAID is NOT a backup (it is neither off-line nor off-site, thus vulnerable to power surges, viruses, theft, fire, operator mistakes...), which you do need more than the first 2 things.

Unless you really need 6 un-backupped TB, I'd go with a single large drive, and another one in an external box, for weekly backups, stored at work the rest of the time.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: List of SheevaPlug variants and other low-power non-intel servers on: March 26, 2010, 10:03:09 AM
thanks for the feedback.

I don't think the Apple Airport Extreme is rootable.

It's not about the Squeezebox software, but the Logitech Squeezebox-branded hardware. I couldn't find any evidence they could be rooted, so I'm glad to learn that they, indeed, can.

If I end up with too many gizmos, I might tighten the criteria a bit. We're not there yet.
8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Audio, the SheevaPlug and the Linux distros on: March 25, 2010, 05:34:34 PM
thanks
9  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Audio, the SheevaPlug and the Linux distros on: March 25, 2010, 09:46:28 AM
I don't know about specifics, but I had the worse issues trying to make a sound card work through a USB hub. In the end I had to plug it directly. Did someone manage to get it to work on a hub ? Which hub ?

Thanks !
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: GuruPlug Plus as a wireless router on: March 24, 2010, 01:03:42 PM
what else could the "mobile hotspot" mode be ?

This is not a troll, I'm really wondering... BT instead of Wifi ?
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: GuruPlug Plus as a wireless router on: March 24, 2010, 10:55:40 AM
The wifi chip is a Marvel 88w8688 (http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/t-guruplugdetails.aspx#block)

the tech specs say nothing specifically about Master mode (http://www.marvell.com/products/wireless/8688.pdf), but the marketing blurb (http://www.marvell.com/company/news/press_detail.html?releaseID=1237) does:

"The Marvell 88W8688 provides a Marvell mobile hotspot mode that can be used to transform any CE device with an Internet connection into a wireless hotspot; this feature is optimized for very low power consumption on battery-powered CE devices."

So the answer is probably yes. Probably ...
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Android on sheevaplug? on: March 22, 2010, 08:52:55 PM
@unaclocker

android is a very specific version of linux, with very specific APIs, interfaces, librarys, even a different kernel...

I don't know if your answer is supposed to mean that A) because the plug supports Linux, it automatically supports Android or B) because the plug has Linux, nobody needs Android on it

But you're wrong in both cases.
13  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: SqueezePlug -The Best And "Greenest" SqueezeBox-Server! on: March 22, 2010, 04:11:26 PM
Thanks. And congratz :-p
14  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Cannot automount a custom volume from USB drive at boot time on: March 21, 2010, 04:50:02 PM
1. if I got that right, it's a 10s delay before loading the root fs, which goes first, so everyrhitng else gets delayed as a result

2. always 10s, even if root fs become available before.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Marvell makes a $100 tablet computer on: March 21, 2010, 04:44:00 PM
vaporware
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