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Offline cast-fish

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$7 computer
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:22:34 AM »
http://ow.ly/zmy0B

did you see these cheap computers at $7.......somebody on an amazon review
said the Pogo company had removed the "ssh" checkbox when you register your
new box on their web page. (not sure if this is relevant or stops you running this as a debian or arch server.

Vince.

This is NOT relevant. As long as you take care when buying your Pogoplug. SHould you choose to register your box with them, then to revert back to using the box as a Linux desktop....you'd need to LOG IN at their webpage and tick the SSH checkbox.....(if you never registered the box at all,....it won't be an issue....but registering the box DOES allow you to use the box with Pogoplugs custom NAS arragnement....which works pretty good.   (Though you can just make your own Linux NAS)

summary

it's not an issue

1) Choosing to register your new box with Pogoplug DOES allow you to use their custom NAS web page....but you can just make your own Linux NAS for that.

2) Therefor, not registering your box with Pogoplug does not highlight the SSH issue. You can put Linux arch onto the box and xfce....etc  rdp
« Last Edit: July 22, 2014, 10:33:33 AM by cast-fish »

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 09:27:03 AM »
I've been using dockstar, iomega iconnect and the original pogoplug, all based on marvell kirkwood, and I recommend all of them (especially over rpi) for NAS scenarios.
You can open them up and connect a USB-TTL or so, perhaps then you might be able to circumvent the lacking SSH?

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 09:31:17 AM »
Visit the official pogoplug WEB site for prices:

http://pogoplug.com/devices#pick

No Pogoplug Mobile there. For (historycal) info see http://blog.pogoplug.com/pogoplug-introduces-new-hardware-pogoplug-mobile%E2%84%A2-763/



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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 09:44:20 AM »
The official web site is irrelevant, I see it with shipping to germany from amazon.com for 7$.

http://www.amazon.com/Pogoplug-Backup-and-Sharing-Device/dp/B005GM1Q1O/

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 10:18:10 AM »
ye, the official web site is irrelevant.


They cost $7 with shipping.

You can install a "window manager" also...like XFCE....they are nice full blown linux computers.

THey also perform nicely, as intended...the Pogoplug NAS idea.

To use them as a dekstop computer, you need to "remote desktop connect" to them from some other laptop or internet connected cafe computer.

This computer would service many needs of regular people like social networks, web browsing
listening to streaming internet radio (via a USB soundcard)

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2014, 10:21:22 AM »
ye

 i think the "mobile" version was disscontinued....but large retailers like amazon may have 10's of thousands stored...

will maybe get one...because you can leave it plugged in at home to your router.....and it's a great NAS or "remote desktop computer"....

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2014, 10:23:24 AM »
appartenly....if you order one....but use it's official proper name ___ Pogoplug BLACK or "m1" name or something....they actually send you a Pogoplug e02 version....which is the upgraded model with 1.2ghz marvel soc and 256 ram.  (for 7 dollars)


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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014, 11:09:55 AM »
i didn't know they have any possibility to add a display? where do you see that?

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2014, 03:59:01 PM »
not sure how to add display? gpio?

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2014, 04:06:14 PM »
oh... I wouldn't want to do that. rpi has HDMI port.

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2014, 04:29:51 PM »
It's not an rpi. You could ssh -X into it and display on your local X server or run a remote desktop like vnc.

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2014, 09:03:07 AM »
Hello,

You know when your Linux box does not have a video out socket....

does this mean the SOC chip inside does not have a video core?

if so...


is it true to say that a tool like VNC simply goes down a network
cable into your box and kind of arrives at the pathway ending
of where a SOC would normally have had a gateway into it's video
core. That gateway is closed because the SOC chip does not have
a video core. So VNC-X simply opens that gate and says " hi, i am a video
core for you....please walk this way". In other words, VNC is a software
video core type thing?....

or....

 VNC somehow uses the signals from the
Linux box and the video core of it's host machine to reproduce the
Graphical desktop of the headless Linux box somehow?

thanks  VInce

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2014, 09:14:22 AM »
The vnc client running on your machine talks to the vnc server on the headless machine.
The vnc server accesses the video frame buffer on the server and sends changes to the vnc client that displays it on your machine.
The frame buffer has no hardware displaying it. It just holds the graphical image that the missing hardware would have displayed.

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2014, 03:59:55 PM »
right thanks.

clever things really. right

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Re: $7 computer
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2015, 05:24:57 AM »
Gerald

with regard to vnc and the comments above.

Must you install "X server" and a window manager into the hedless server for the client VNC
to give you a full gui desktop (via remote desktop) of the server OS?

Say you begin to run a gui styled app on the server, such as "abiword" and want the app
 displayed on the client Vnc "remore desktop"....

Thanks

Vin