[FoRK] laptop repair in the bay area?

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sat Mar 8 12:01:40 PST 2014

This is a nice, complete unit that ships with Ubuntu, has a full recovery partition to start over, and has everything but the 
monitor builtin.  Low end atom processor, but fanless, low power, and comes with a back of the monitor mount.  Add a wget/curl 
accessible script that updates the system, installs the right packages, configures network and users, and restores data from 
Ubuntu One or Drive or SparkleShare etc., and you'd have a 3 or 4 step remote recovery solution with practically zero maintenance.

I'm using that unit as a high density closet mobile device network adapter for testing or development, which can also be a Linux 
dev box for those working on Windows or for the few things that OSX isn't as nice as Linux for.


Lately, I've found that sshfs is easier to use for simultaneous multi-system development than NFS/SMB as it allows me to ignore 
the problem of UID synchronization.  Also, given ssh access, there's nothing else to set up on the server.  That way I can build 
on 8 or 20 core Linux or OSX systems, then push / log / debug the binaries locally / from Linux.

I haven't run a GL test on it yet.  Apparently this 1-2 year old chip has a PowerVR engine.


On 3/4/14 9:18 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> The only reason to get a laptop is to play games.(*)
> Greg
> (*) In gamification theory, everything is a game.
> On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 7:38 AM, Tom Higgins <tomhiggins at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Funny Two DBD OSs people. Depending on the complexity of use, religious
>> dogma and branded app requirements there are options to be had
>> Two months ago my 72 year old mom's tablet went dark. I replaced it with a
>> refurbed laptop with Ubuntu on it. Not only is she using it more she has
>> started using other apps, games mostly, with ease.
>> Fanless options for replacement of this could be a Chrome Book or on the
>> other end a Ben Heck style RPi mod.
>> -tom()higgins
>> .

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