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Another $8 SBC...
 
The NanoPi NEO is another fun board developed by FriendlyARM for makers, hobbyists and fans and costs $8. It is based on Allwinner H3, Quad-core Cortex-A7 Up to 1.2GHz and comes with DDR3 RAM: 256MB/512MB versions and USB and Ethernet connectivity. NanoPi NEO is an $8 Ubuntu board – [Link] RELATED POSTS22 October, 2012 Cubieboard:Read More
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Another disk server!
 
Possibly the biggest, badest retro disk server is Drivewire 4, (originally to serve disks for the Tandy Color Computer.) It's written in Java and serves far more than just disk. It can take about anything that's a serial data stream and serve it to its client. MIDI, telnet, printer... And of course, disk.

This one took a little fiddling to make it work on CHIP. The full SWT GUI in Drivewire 4 seems to have issues on CHIP, so the config.xml has to be edited by hand to specify DeviceType as "serial" and SerialDevice as "/dev/ttyUSB0"

(Basically use the Raspberry PI instructions for CHIP :)

Drivewire fortunately also has a lightweight GUI built-in so once the serial port specifics are good the liteui is sufficient.

As far as the SWT issues go, I think it needs a file called swt-pi.jar to complete the SWT to GTK interface. I've found instructions on building this jar (step 1: install eclipse. Nope.) but nowhere it can just be downloaded.
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SBCs supporting retro computers.
 
One great use for a tiny SBC like CHIP is a disk server for obsolete but well loved machines. The TRS-80 Model 100, for instance. The Model 100's most popular disk drive was an intelligent drive called the Tandy Portable Disk Drive (PDD). The Desklink Plus PDD server is written in C and compiles and runs and runs flawlessly on the CHIP.

There is also the LaddieAlpha PDD server but that requires the Mono runtime which I haven't installed yet.
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I'm silly, I forgot that DL Plus and LaddieAlpha are actually at http://bitchin100.com/
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Here's another one for you...
 
MicroPython is a lean and fast implementation of the Python 3 programming language that is optimised to run on a microcontroller. Apparently it's been around for 2 years, but I just heard about it. And there is a MicroPython board that runs MicroPython on the bare metal.
MicroPython - Python for microcontrollers
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If I buy it, I certainly will :)
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I've discovered C.H.I.P.! This thing is awesome! I mean, the computer is dwarfed by the mouse!

Get C.H.I.P.. C.H.I.P. does computer things! Surf the web over WiFi, play games with a Bluetooth controller, and save your files to C.H.I.P.'s onboard storage. C.H.I.P. is made for making too! Program your project on C.H.I.P. and pop C.H.I.P. into your project!
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New release of TRS-80 Model 100 roguelike game.
 
Amazingly a new release of ROG, the TRS-80 Model 100 roguelike game, less than a month after the last!

For the fist time ever I got Internet feedback about ROG and this resulted in a fix to a long-standing "documented feature": On every dungeon level, it is possible to move from staircase to staircase. Previously this was guaranteed only on Level 1.

The new version can be downloaded from sdc or my personal library on http://club100.org
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10 alternatives to the Raspberry Pi http://flip.it/7Ji-3
The Raspberry Pi might be the name that springs to mind when people think of single board computers for homebrew projects, but there are other boards out there worth considering.
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My bad. I've just seen that VoCore is the first one in this list :)
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Possibly the biggest, badest retro disk server is Drivewire 4, (originally to serve disks for the Tandy Color Computer.) It's written in Java and serves far more than just disk. It can take about anything that's a serial data stream and serve it to its client. MIDI, telnet, printer... And of course, disk.

This one took a little fiddling to make it work on CHIP. The full SWT GUI in Drivewire 4 seems to have issues on CHIP, so the config.xml has to be edited by hand to specify DeviceType as "serial" and SerialDevice as "/dev/ttyUSB0"

(Basically use the Raspberry PI instructions for CHIP :)

Drivewire fortunately also has a lightweight GUI built-in so once the serial port specifics are good the liteui is sufficient.

As far as the SWT issues go, I think it needs a file called swt-pi.jar to complete the SWT to GTK interface. I've found instructions on building this jar (step 1: install eclipse. Nope.) but nowhere it can just be downloaded.
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One great use for a tiny SBC like CHIP is a disk server for obsolete but well loved machines. The TRS-80 Model 100, for instance. The Model 100's most popular disk drive was an intelligent drive called the Tandy Portable Disk Drive (PDD). The Desklink Plus PDD server is written in C and compiles and runs and runs flawlessly on the CHIP.

There is also the LaddieAlpha PDD server but that requires the Mono runtime which I haven't installed yet.
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Link to club100 is all well and good but DL Plus and LaddieAlpha are at http://bitchin100.com
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I can now develop for my Arduino... on my CHIP. :-)
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It's fun to see how nowadays you can have a $8 computer with Wi-Fi, that does (maybe more slowly) what a normal computer does. Raspberry Pi Zero would also be interesting, if they did have a minimum stock allowing a decent number of people to buy it. Also Orange Pi has developed several boards around $10 (One, PC and the Wi-Fi OPI-Lite, that we'll soon feature here on Google+). Nobody would have thought of this five years ago. I remember that before Raspberry Pi, the only development boards available were about $150, and had very limited power. But, honestly, I wouldn't have expected these boards to be so cheap. And some people built clusters with big quantities of these boards. Impressive.
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X at NTSC. Man oh man I haven't seen X at such a low resolution since I gave up trying to run it on my 386sx-16.

OTOH at least the CHIP can keep up with X. :-)


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Help! Network goodie needs power supply!

So, I salvaged this: Xircom EE10BU external Ethernet adapter. I don't know if it works and I can't test it without a power supply. And I can't find anything that says what power supply it needs. Please help!
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It probably wants 12v. You could open it up and look at the power circuit.
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Raton High UberGeek, New Mexico Tech CS nut, collector of old computers, programmer, writer, linux+CoCo+CPM+m100 nut, shadetree mechanic

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Official maintainer of the OS-9/6x09 C preprocessor, creator of ROG, the TRS-80 Model 100 roguelike game.
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