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Plug computer
« on: October 04, 2010, 10:22:06 AM »

Discuss. ;)

Ok, seriously, ever since I dropped in daily activity on GTF, my serious gadget knowledge has suffered! There are too many farms to tend and mafia members to off to just do the searching myself! ;)

Does anyone here have a plug computer and how do you like it? I'm considering getting one because they seem to be cheaper than NAS or home-built file servers -- and the fact that they're rather small is just too darn cute. ^_^

If you don't have one but know of them, well, wotcher think? Though Christmas is some months away but I want to drop this hint to my siblings about my biggest wish list item :D

Thanks!
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 01:35:09 PM »

Hmm, plug computer...  never heard of it til now... interesting...  *strokes his beard
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 02:21:13 PM »

Personally when I buy a computer, I spec it for a specific purpose. I wouldn't know what the purpose of a wall computer is, so it would be hard for me to say if it works well. I hear they're good for routers, low-load webservers / important secret file storage, and home automation. As for a NAS/fileserver, I just build those out of whatever old computer components I have lying around (probably parts from computers that got upgraded).

Now that I think about it though, I could plugin a usb monitor and have a functioning... whatever.
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010, 05:44:59 PM »

Yah, I'm thinking of using it for non-critical file storage but at the same time, if it ends up being reliable, I'll finally have automated backups. I like the fact that it consumes less power than a full-blown laptop (or desktop, for that matter!) but am wary of the reliability since it's fairly "new" technology (as it is, there are already heat problems w/ the CPU)... I guess I'll wait until it becomes more popular :)


Oh, here are some links:
http://www.plugcomputer.org/

Guru Plug Plus!
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-32-guruplug-server-plus.aspx
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 07:55:12 PM »

I've definitely heard good things about the SheevaPlug.  I have considered getting one myself but I would not use it for a NAS, but rather to try and use it in in a car.  If you like small but would like more power + more expansion then you may want to check out the BeagleBoard xM or the IGEPv2.  All of them are capable of running a build of Linux like Ubuntu and all are extremely low power.  Compare them for power, size, and flexibility.  Maybe one catches your eye more than the others.
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2010, 12:14:47 PM »

It should be reliable. It would be linux running on an arm processor.
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2010, 11:57:45 AM »

Thanks, guys!

I'll also check out that BeagleBoard xM, Mr. Frisch ^_^
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2010, 10:19:48 PM »

I've always wanted to learn how to program on a beagleboard or an arduino but A) i have no idea what i'd do with one and B) i'd have to learn from scratch.
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2010, 07:31:36 PM »

I've always wanted to learn how to program on a beagleboard or an arduino but A) i have no idea what i'd do with one and B) i'd have to learn from scratch.

I think the first hurdle that you'd have to get over is that an Arduino is an extremely low-powered board with only a 16MHz CPU, analog/digital I/O, and a basic programming language that is based off of C.  A BeagleBoard is full-blown computer with an ARM CPU rather than an x86 CPU; it's low powered as well but nowhere near on the same scale.
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Re: Plug computer
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2010, 08:35:20 PM »

i guess my point is i'd like to try programming on EITHER of them. but same drawbacks apply, where to start and do what with it.
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