Sunday, January 04 2009
Sunday, February 25 2007
I already assembled a list of hardware I'm going to buy this year. Of course
the list is not complete :-) I really like to get hints for all hardware
on my list, thanks!
1) NAS Box (or multiple)
I bought a NAS-4220 in March last year. I wanted to run it
as a backup device with raid-1 and crypto. But it turned out that not all
of the required software works good enough to be used for backup (a unstable backup system is useless in my opinion). So I'm going to sell it (the actual hardware and default software works just fine).
2) 802.11n Wifi router that runs OpenWRT
So I'm looking for a nice NAS box that runs Linux (or can be made to run Linux).
The devices based on the Orion SoC look nice. See here. Unfortunately the crypto acceleration is not yet
supported. Crypto is thing I really need in hardware as raid-1 works just fine
in software on Linux.
No research done yet besides a brief check on the OpenWRT site. Seems some routers
are supported but with out supporting the 802.11n part itself.
3) Internet Radio device for the kitchen
I want something that just works, runs Linux, and is hackable. Needs WiFi. Good looking hardware that is not too big.
4) Gaming Computer
Since 2004 I only own laptops (besides my media center/home server). From
time to time I think about playing/buying some games but since non of
my laptops can handle current games I will go and buy a gaming computer.
5) Android-based mobile phone
It will need to cost less then 1K Euro (without screen). I'll probably go
for a intel E8400 with 4GB ram and a nVidea GTX+ with 512MB. Is this
OK for most games this year? I mainly like real-time strategy C&C, WarCraft, StarCraft style games.
I ordered a Kogan Agora Pro in December.
6) Media streaming device (something like Apple TV)
I mainly ordered this one because it is really cheap in comparison with the G1.
Looking forward to play with it. It will be interesting to see how the whole
android thing goes this year.
I want a device to put audio/video into my living room without the need for
a computer (my media center is too noisy after all). I have a Zenega/S100 in my bed room which is really great but can't play high bit rate content.
I recently bought a T-Online S100 for
about 45 Euros on eBay. The S100 is the name for T-Online's version of the Zenega
VOD (Video One Demand) box. Actually I bought the thing to build a FAT wireless access point but
I discovered that some guy had build a real nice video player distribution for it called zenslack (obviously based on slackware). The distribution is made to be run from
a harddisk/usb-stick/usb-disk attached to the box but since I already had a Debian based system running
it via NFS I wanted to go this way. This way I can just switch the box off with out worrying about
filesystem corruption and such.
By the way the NFS server is my MythBox, so I really only use the Zenega as a viewing client in another room.
Setting up this thing is quite easy once you can get over your self and read the
Zenega User Forum (I hate forums!). Also you need to
get a user account since you need to request a download password for zenslack, which is kind of
stupid since it is all free/open source software.
So far I'm pretty happy with the whole thing. The IR remote works, the S-VHS and SCART connectors both
work. I was able to play all of my test content (mplayer really really rulez).