I just had a real dumb idea.
What's the cheapest x86 package I can get?
Like, I'm not concerned about size too much, but I need hdmi out, wifi, at least three full size USB ports, and a price under $100.
Does it exist?
@ajroach42 There are quite a lot of POS and thin client systems out there with the connectivity you're looking for but as far as I know the cheapest ones are in the $100-150 range. Below that you have to give up on wifi and storage, basically.
I'm curious though: what's the project?
@jkb A while ago I wrote a bunch of scripts to form the UI and launcher for a game console built around an ARM board. It works, it's cute. There's still some polish to be done.
A co-worker was working an a game, and he was complaining that the hardware was too esoteric for him to build for.
We got to talking about the difference in price between this and an x86 board, and now I want to try the same basic software on a cheap x86 board and compare.
@ajroach42 Just type ‘Mini PC’. There are some affordable computing sticks: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B073QL5NRG/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1510166402&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=awow%2Bcomputer%2Bstick&dpPl=1&dpID=41tcGJrhhlL&ref=plSrch&th=1&psc=1.
Has 2 regular USB ports & Micro USB. Or this one here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01CZT0XAK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510166761&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=wintel+pro&dpPl=1&dpID=41YBnoilUzL&ref=plSrch.
Sorry! That post came off far too harsh. Sometimes I forget this isn't Birdsite, and that most people ehre are actually trying to be helpful. I just assumed it was a troll comment.
I apologize for being rude, I need to work on it.
The Pi's are all ARM based. I'm using a Raspberry Pi and an Orange Pi in my current tests. I'm curious how the same software would perform on something with an x86 in it.
@ajroach42 so there's this really cool project I found.. I forget what it's called, but it broadcasts a WIFI hotspot, and is a sort of self contained Intranet with file sharing.
Problem is deciding a good place to put it with enough foot traffic to keep things interesting. I might run it out of my backpack next time I travel.
I'm also building my own Amazon dot :)
@Secstodon That's probably Piratebox, or Library box.
I've run a couple of those over the years (it's something I've written about in the past https://medium.com/@ajroach42/a-modern-bbs-reviving-the-local-distributed-weird-precursor-to-facebook-4b3db93f742d)
I ran a store for a while, and had our piratebox derived project there, with another one at my apartment complex, and one at a local coffee shop. We'd manually sync them every once in a while.
@Secstodon Slowly but surely.
The newsletter covers all kinds of stuff, not just that project.
@djsundog and I and a few others here will occasionally toss around ideas and info.
We haven't made any serious progress in a while because I moved half way across the country and I haven't had as much free time (but that's changing this year!)
@Secstodon You could add a battery pack and carry it around with you. Nothing illegal about that, although I'm not sure how much of a response you'd get without a fixed location and a little bit of an explainer.
We had fliers, and heavily modified the internal pages to better explain what was going on.
We ran in to a problem because mobile devices really hate intranets/captive portals. So that was kind of a bummer.