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Comment: This sounds great (Score 1) 155

by amix (#41321213) Attached to: Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card Schematics Completed

This sounds so great! Personally I would go for two boxes, since I may want to have the router running 24/7 but not the file-server/backup-server. I find all-in-one solutions also to be more and more a pain to administer. Maybe even three, since a media-client is also a need, though I backed the OUYA, so I will see. What about Linux? Is this simple? Possible at all?

It's great to see such a product targeting this at the home market.

What about video? I am not set up, yet, but I plan to use some networked DVB-receivers (you may know them, all they do is grab the signal from the antenna and offer them on some port for the network to get). I don't know the technical background, but I think this is not as simple as supporting the four major condecs in two major cotainer formats, like most Chinese boxes do. Also, they have performance problems with real HD, meaning bitrates >20Mb/s. I guess this is also one of the problems, the XBMC guys are facing for their Allwinner A10 port.

Am I right in the assumption, that, as a consumer, I could not simply order or even use your product, since it would still require some hardware work to be done, mainly the I/O and require orders >1 piece?

Comment: Re:Summary (Score 1) 155

by amix (#41297613) Attached to: Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card Schematics Completed

All of those things sounds like they are awesome ideas that will greatly appeal to the .1% (or whatever) of the population that are hardcore geeks. The millions of units they are talking about? (...)

Either way, the vast majority of the world can't even upgrade the RAM in a desktop, much less a laptop, much less open up a tablet or phone to dig around. (...)

So while this sounds like a neat idea and can probably gain some traction, you're talking about the wrong usecases for the sort of volume they want to move. Think industrial level here.

Wholeheartedly agree! This is never going to make it. However, the Brits do have a special taste by times, which may seem bizarre, but work out nicely. Remember the ZX 81? Or the Spectrum? Rubber keyboard? 4 colors. Slow? It was a huge success! And this is a British effort. If they can saturate the market in GB only, we have a winner. This is the only hope for any "mainstream" market, that I have. I also would try to target young people, who have little money and may be interested in a device, they use over their teenagehood. Getting a tablet/laptop for Christmas when you're 13 and keeping it all way up till university, only updating the CPU card. This could work out in GB, I assume.

However, while it may find application in industry, I think that market may be saturated pretty well already. What I see (for myself) is DIY niche-products. I wish for a network computer with 3x Gb LAN, Flash (SDcard) and 1x/2x SATA, WiFi in order to have a green, noiselss firewall/router/VPN/tor-box/ldap running. An always on, that delivers more than the routers with modified firmware (mainly more RAM and faster CPU) and is using less power than cmparably powerfull Soekris systems ( ALIX being less powerfull, anyway). Then a server board (for the home) with as much IDE and SATA ports as possible for software like Unraid and relatives (redundant, hot-pluggable JBOD volumes). This would allow to throw the old disks at a backup server. Another thing could be some little radio device implementing home-control protocols. Actually everywhere, where nerds live and standard computers don't fit. But this would not be a multi millions market.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 1) 155

by amix (#41296253) Attached to: Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card Schematics Completed

Does this mean, that 3x GB LAN and 8x SATA + 4x IDE would be impossible with the current ARM architecture?

I would be so happy as to have two low power, low heat, low cost ARM boards. One having 3x GB LAN and WiFi (router, firewall, TOR and Torrent box), the other one having as many SATA and some IDE ports as possible for an Unraid (et al) system, to which I could hook up old disks, or even adding some older SSD for a small solid stat home-server.

Comment: Let's start collecting! (Score 1) 36

by amix (#39317237) Attached to: For Sale: Internet Spying Business Developed For Gaddafi
So, let's get our hands on this. Maybe the EFF will jump in and we can turn the steering wheel. It most probably has been developed to spy on fellow citizens and suppress their human rights, but who said billion dollar companies would have them? ;-) We could use it to find out, what Grand Inquisitors Google and Facebook is doing exactly with our data.

Comment: I would even pay... (Score 1) 554

by amix (#37027638) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

I dislike the idea of running a server. Either it is

  • a server you rent (high responsibility, legal accountability)
  • on your LAN (too much private data, too dangerous, see above)

I dislike Google more and more. Since a few years I am wishing there would be some initiative by privacy aware people, who offer something similar like Google's docs, cal, mail, picasa, +, etc. but on a commercial, or semi-commercial (non-profit) base. I would be willing to shell out a 120€/year for a liberal concept, that even has an API.

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.

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