That is some impressive hardware. I might need to keep those guys in mind.
That's just what a lot of people need, though. I've got a Dell PowerEdge 2650 sucking down power in my basement 24 hours a day. Do I need all that power all the time? Of course not. I would welcome a box that sips power, especially during the 99% of the day when it's idle.
My understanding was that Intel was requiring contracts from Atom OEM's that had some pretty specific stipulations about what sort of laptops could be built with them.
Now that I think about it, there's really no reason why a home server needs to be x86-based. Most families just need them to be file servers and Internet gateways, which will run just fine on ARM. Even in a highly automated home like mine which adds things like X-10 and Asterisk, there's nothing that won't run on ARM with a mere recompile.
Hmm. ARM or Atom CPU, plus disks that spin down when not in use ... I'd really like that.
yea, always the same... unless you put the pressure of alternating solution, the big won't move...
As a bonus, the fact that all netbooks have WiFi interfaces in them means that it could also act as a wireless access point.
Netgear and Linksys(Cisco) ought to take advantage of their current positions in the "home router" market and start expanding that device's role.
my new netcologne router comes with usb-plugs and support for harddisks, so you can upgrade it to a dsk-station...
Now that I think about it a little more, there's really no reason why
you couldn't build a "cheap, low-power home server" using a netbook
Or with an off the shelf wifi router (one with the storage port option) that's been reflashed with Linux.
Somebody tried to give me, earlier today, the physically largest laser printer I think I can fit in the back of my SUV without cutting either the car or the printer, and for some reason I took the thing.
It was after I singlehandededly moved it into my room that I looked up the specs on the HP website. It's only 122 lbs. 32 ppm, duplexing, monochrome. 150k page per month duty cycle. 20k pages per toner cartridge, and mine is 80% full.
Not a bad acquisition for someone who runs through reams of paper like water.
My excitement in this acquisition was quickly crushed when I attempted to connect the said device to my FreeBSD workstation and set it up under CUPS. It turns out the device uses an HP proprietary parallel connector. I'm not sure why; they had enough space on the back of this thing to put about 50 normal parallel ports and a coffee maker. The "HP" connector is about 7/8" wide, and has a latching attachment. Looks kind of like a regular Centronics cable that's shrunk down.
Hitting eBay for one, I couldn't even find one for sale. Presumably I don't know what to search for. I'm sure this cable has an actual name.
The printer is a LaserJet 8150N. "Oh it's an N. It has networking! No need for parallel!" I think quietly to myself. Nope. Someone's robbed the JetDirect card.
It may be a totally moot point anyway since I did order a JetDirect for it, but does anyone know the name of the cable or happen to have one laying around?
sounds like you could now print enough to totaly change the look of your rooms once a week...
I pulled up the user-guide on HP's web site and it says the interface conforms to IEEE-1284. The guide lists the following cables:
3 meter, part # C2946A
10 meter, part # C2947A
Here's the URL if you'd like to download it:
And the info about the cables is on page 48.
I would agree that the JetDirect card is a better option. Ethernet uber alles.
So why is usb so proliferate.
If everything ran on ethernet, and then wifi chips got cheap, installing something would be as simple as getting it within range of your wireless router...
Some implementations are better than others. When we got our color laser printer, Mac OS X required a bizarre series of incantations and driver installs, but Ubuntu just said "hey, I see this HP printer on your network, I know what model it is and what driver it uses, do you want me to set it up for you?" and we were printing in about 30 seconds.
Thank you guys for helping me track down the proper cable. I will save that info for future reference :)