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2012-02-06 21:20:27.706098+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

Hmmm... PogoPlug makes a $50 device with 4 USB connections and an ethernet jack, and officially supported pogoplug hackery.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-06 22:18:36.151952+00 by: Dan Lyke

Apparently it hosts Git repos nicely: http://www.gennard.net/blog/2011/11/building-a-better-pogoplug/

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-07 06:17:27.726241+00 by: ebradway

Looks interesting... Four USB 3.0 devices can provide a lot of storage. Might be a nice alternative to Dropbox/Box.com.

For less money, you can get the Linksys E3000 which adds a four-port Gigabit switch, dual channel Wifi to the USB.

Hackable? Yep.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-07 14:36:36.999874+00 by: Dan Lyke

My main use case vs a NAS is running Perl (or bash) scripts in a cron job, which sends me back towards this single-use direction.

Though the idea of something with a few sensors and a shload of GPIO might solve a few microcontroller projects I have on my desk.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-07 18:28:37.111216+00 by: ebradway

I didn't see that the PogoPlug provided IOs. Is it via a USB GPIO device? I wonder if the Linksys can pull that off?

Cool to have so many cheap Linux devices out there. I like my Chumby8. I especially like being able to ssh to it!

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-07 18:39:47.031453+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

I don't think the PogoPlug does, I'd have to USB those. dd-wrt on my WRT54GL has been fine, but doesn't seem like it's got a whole lot of room for Perl and cron jobs and such, which is why something that just does that, headless, with ArchLinux is very attractive.

Oh, and I still think my Chumby is cool, but I haven't really found a use for it. It's like there's a lot of potential there, but I'm still hoping to find it.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-16 08:32:58.040141+00 by: Shawn

I've been really liking Tonido which can be installed on Windows/Linux/Mac for free. There's also a Pro version (with extra apps bundled - see below) or you can buy a TonidoPlug if you don't want to mess with all the installation & setup. It's not as cheap as the PogoPlug ($120), but it comes with an internal hard drive and can be a wireless access point (beta at the moment) as well.

There's an app SDK (under the Apache 2.0 license) and a good set of starting apps (more with the Pro version). I couldn't find a license for the Tonido software itself, but it's primarily a combination of PHP and binary libraries.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-16 16:14:47.250372+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks, Shawn! I just bought a server box on special from NewEgg that I'm configuring, and I knew I'd run across something like this and then forgotten about it. I thought there was also a mature app that was based on Git that I was impressed by, but maybe I haven't dug into Tonido far enough to find that magic keyword yet. Or maybe it just doesn't matter.

As soon as I finish working out some disk space issues (holy crap, hard disks leaped in price after the Thailand floods!) I'll be putting this on everything.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-16 20:28:28.599458+00 by: Dan Lyke

In the "Software only solutions" department, see also Sparkleshare.