Linked by David Adams on Tue 9th Jun 2009 16:28 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems What is it about gadget geeks? If there's one obsession common to all the generations of geekdom, it's got to be the desire for unification of all needs into one tool. It started out modestly. Maybe with the guy who fashioned his flint so he could easily both scrape and cut the animal hide. Then there was the guy who first put a nail puller on the back of a hammer, and on to to the combination compass/signaling mirror, the Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman, and an astounding array of multi-purpose hand tools. But it was with the advent of electronic gadgets that things really started to get out of hand. Read on for a rumination on multi-purpose gadgets and a review of a combo DSL/Wi-Fi/VoIP router.
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Maybe a Soekris box ?
by Lennie on Tue 9th Jun 2009 23:41 UTC
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I would think it's this:

It's just a PC, but without the moving parts (passive cooling, possible with sd-card), etc. it can do: dsl, voip, wireless, automation/lighting, I guess it could do home security.

The other device probably lifes in the livingroom a harddisk recorder, with media-center-like/filesharing abilities.

That leaves a small 5 or 8 port GB-switch and a UPS which keeps the Soekris running.

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