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« on: January 20, 2008, 12:38:26 PM »

whats peoples reccomendations - i need to buy a scraper that sits local to me here and runs all day and night 365
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008, 01:20:05 PM »

i bought a shuttle miniatx case and got the assorted parts. its very quiet. The only problem I faced is if you plan on doing linux, some of the built in ethernet sockets on the shuttle motherboards dont get recognized and make linux a royal pain in the ass.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008, 01:30:56 PM »

hmm thanks for the warning - another plan bites the dust
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2008, 01:55:41 PM »

let me clarify. You can install Linux, you just need either the "right" shuttle case/mobo combo, or you can install a NIC that would have drivers in any Linux install, like intel for example. That's what I resorted to. Eventually I will try to get the built in NIC to work, and yank the installed NIC.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2008, 03:42:12 PM »

If space is not at a premium, not sure theres a great deal of value in going for a shuttle. Kinda limits future options without many benefits.

Are you looking to do a self build or buy off the shelf?

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2008, 05:40:05 PM »

Buy a used laptop on ebay and install linux.
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2008, 05:56:48 PM »

DM is right. the shuttle option does limit, but it is small and quite, which was what I wanted. Also, upgrading old machines seems to be getting more and more difficult with the constant changing of form factors and such, so I dont worry about it anymore.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2008, 06:02:23 PM »

DM is right. the shuttle option does limit, but it is small and quite, which was what I wanted. Also, upgrading old machines seems to be getting more and more difficult with the constant changing of form factors and such, so I dont worry about it anymore.

huh?

My cases and power supplies that I have used for years still work for upgrades. Granted I buy modular power supplies though.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2008, 07:37:57 PM »

I suppose for some of my stuff that is true as well.
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2008, 10:09:53 PM »

I came across one of these this morning;

http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3829

http://eeepc.asus.com/global/product.htm

Solid state disk, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB. WiFi

Low power consumption, effectively silent.

Says in the article they should sell in the US from $250.

The one I was working on had xubuntu installed with KDE3 running and was connecting to a corporate VPN using Kvpn (?) and a NextG (3G) card so the user could RDP into a Windows machine. Screen res is a bit of a bitch but that shouldn't both you NB, don't even put a GUI on it for what you want.

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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2008, 07:51:45 AM »

Yeah TD, I've been preaching the gospel of the eeePC for months now.

The 16GB SSD version is like 400$ I think.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2008, 04:03:57 PM »

why buy when you can rent.
go find cheap vps for like $10 a month.
already has linux on it Cheesy

put on desktop ssh etc.
if u know how to use and set up certificates, if ur net now shit like mine etc, you can access vps just as if it ur own puter.
you can even do piping over ssh
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2008, 09:57:37 AM »

Sorry, late to the party - I have a bunch of Shuttle minis and they all Linux up great and easy. For $300 + RAM I have dyno little machines that do my bidding.

I have had more trouble with Linuxing ex-Windows laptops. I have done it, and have a few that are that way (one sits beside me all day long) - but all things being equal, notebooks have a tendency to be slightly more proprietary than bigger clones IMO. When I do this sort of thing I go as generic as possible.
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