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[#] Tue Jul 29 2014 00:44:53 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Has anybody found a cheaper way to convert a laptop to a crash cart than the StarTech NOTECONS01?

It seems to be hanging out at around $330 (Newegg).  For that kind of $, I would be better off buying the cheapest / smallest usb keboard and monitor and putting them in every rack I visit (as it seems to be a dying way to make a living - ipmi is more fun and all).

 



[#] Wed Jul 30 2014 06:53:51 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Interesting piece of tech! I didn't even new such things existed, but I think it is a lot more mobile than your keyboard and display approach.

Computer extensions like these seem overprized in general, your average usb docking station is 150€ or more.

Somebody should use a raspi or something else to reimplement it cheaply.

 

Sidenote:

I went to our local art high school/university, lots of artists use raspis today for various funny and creative things.



[#] Fri Aug 01 2014 01:09:53 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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I was thinking the same thing.  Raspi, but I just could not get the vga capture bit cheap enough.  Low frame rate possibly, but not quick enough to do even a term window would be possible.  VGA is a strange beast to do well.  Too bad we had to give up serial so soon :-(  I learned NTSC, back in '84 and found out that HDTV was just around the corner in '86 (*ha ha ha ha) - Devo reference.


[#] Fri Aug 01 2014 12:09:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Find a single-port IP KVM on eBay, and connect it to the ethernet port on your laptop.

[#] Sun Aug 03 2014 00:13:56 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Thought about that and could not find a cheap single port ipkvm either.  Not to bother further, but if anybody has a way to cheaply convert the plethora of vga only (i.e. no IPMI - servers I have, I would appreciate it).



[#] Sun Aug 03 2014 10:24:12 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Sun Aug 03 2014 00:13:56 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

Thought about that and could not find a cheap single port ipkvm either.  Not to bother further, but if anybody has a way to cheaply convert the plethora of vga only (i.e. no IPMI - servers I have, I would appreciate it).



how'bout usb vga? you can switch it with that, and for the machines itself its like plugging it in/out...



[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 00:48:44 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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usb to vga assumes a bit on the server end of things (drivers, etc).  I kind of wanted to keep it as non-intrusive as I could (like a kvm).  It seems like an IP kvm is probably the cheapest option.



[#] Thu Sep 11 2014 14:01:14 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I don't know where else to put this. I noticed some odd wireless access points lately. At first I saw these
around the home but didn't think to much about it, then I noticed them elsewhere around the city. They all have
the same first three letters but the digits are different and they are password protected.

http://palmbeachpravda.com/images/wireless2.jpg

Any idea what these could be? This isn't a populated area, we are in the corner of a neighborhood and there are
fields on two sides of us.

[#] Fri Sep 12 2014 16:53:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Is it an area served by Time Warner Cable? They seem to use the DDW365 wireless gateway; maybe they pushed an update that changed their visibility somehow.

[#] Wed Sep 17 2014 03:28:49 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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how the non-techies try to grasp internet related terms:

http://mashable.com/2014/09/16/media-explains-internet/



[#] Wed Sep 17 2014 15:11:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow, it's those weird screens that don't have any input devices attached to them, that only show stupid people.

[#] Thu Sep 18 2014 00:23:50 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Better than the one I listen to in the car anyway.



[#] Fri Nov 28 2014 12:48:21 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm going to ask a stupid question that proves how ancient and out of touch I am. Hopefully someone knows the answer.

Last time I ordered from Digi-Key was in 1993. Back then, they had a minimum order amount (I don't remember what it was) and if your order didn't meet that amount they'd tack on a fairly significant fee.

As far as I can tell from some quick Googling, that seems to no longer be the case. Can anyone confirm that for me? Or am I the only one who even remembers Digi-Key from that far back? Is it true that I can now order a $2 part from them and only pay for the part plus shipping?

[#] Fri Nov 28 2014 21:51:14 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Looks like Digipee and even Mouser quit doing the minimum order thing:

http://www.digikey.com/en/terms-and-conditions

"7. Handling Charge. There is no minimum order or handling fee."

Not that I have purchased much from them in a while.   I have come close, but usually try another parts house locally or give up on a project these days.



[#] Thu Dec 18 2014 14:44:29 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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I'veo rdered small quantities from DigiKey and haven't had a minimum order fee tacked on in years.
Most of my orders from them are at least $100, so it's not usually a big problem for me...

[#] Fri Dec 19 2014 11:13:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok so really I'm just 20 years out of date on this subject.  (The last time I ordered from Digi-Key was May 1993.)



[#] Fri Dec 26 2014 07:55:47 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, nice whats possible meanwhile:

https://stackedit.io/



[#] Sat Jan 17 2015 08:06:30 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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fun with 3d printers:

http://fb-25.sfglobe.com/2015/01/14/3d-printed-sculptures-look-alive-when-spun-under-a-strobe-light

 

(I realy like the morphing of the SFG title something similar would be nice for us ;-)



[#] Sat Jan 17 2015 11:28:26 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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That's probably the seventh circle of clickbaiting hell, this SFG page!

I like the morphing, too, but I can not see it making sense here. However, this minimalistic design is what I tried in layout_rework branch. Which I will resume at the end of this year, I hope.



[#] Fri Jan 30 2015 09:18:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I watched the video. You won't believe what happens next!

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