[Chugalug] Chatt*lab kickoff and my new project (linux webtop on smartphone with killer dock)

Nick Smith nick at nicksmith.us
Mon Oct 21 19:08:07 UTC 2013


Sounds great Uncle Phil, dont forget me on your xmas list!


On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Phil Sieg <phil.sieg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Lynn,
>
> Here is the page that got me started.
>
> Gotta modify a single USB cable so that it is no transferring power.
>
>
> http://weblog.mrbill.net/archives/2012/05/11/using-a-motorola-atrix-lapdock-as-a-hdmi-monitor-and-usb-keyboard-mouse/
>
> I would really like to get Puppy Linux to work on a motorola phone plugged
> in to the lapdock, it is very full featured while remaining small and
> lightweight.
>
> Phil Sieg
> President
> SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
> www.snapfon.com
> phil.sieg at seniortechllc.com
>
> Phone: 423.535.9968
> Fax: 423.265.9820
> Mobile: 423.331.0725
>
> "The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with.
> It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
>
> Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
>
>
>
>
> On Oct 21, 2013, at 12:56 PM, Lynn Dixon <boodaddy at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Phil,
> I'm interested in the portable KVM mod on one of these lapdocks, would you
> mind sharing your research?
>
> I have also been considering buying a phone that will handle Ubuntu Phone
> to play with.  The lapdock would be awesome for this.
>
> I'd be happy to collaborate with you on this as its right up my alley!
> On Oct 21, 2013 12:11 PM, "Phil Sieg" <phil.sieg at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Tim and Jason and the rest of the Chatt*labers did a hell of a job on
>> Saturday. Not only that the space is fantastic. Just wish I could have
>> stayed all day :-(
>>
>> If you are interested in, or believe deeply in the value inherent in the
>> "Maker" movement, PLEASE find a way to be a part of Chatt*lab. It truly
>> takes a village with these sorts of things...
>>
>>
>> No on to some *NIX geekery.
>>
>> At the Chatt*lab there was a Motorola Lapdock (netbook like dock for
>> about 10 different motorola android phones) that was hooked up to a little
>> ARM board (think Pi) and was doing a heroic job of running Lubuntu.
>>
>> These Lapdocks sell for $40-75 on eBay and are very high quality
>> doohickeys. I have been searching for a way to use one (so I can buy one)
>> and after seeing it in action, I just had to have one. I googled around and
>> found out with $20 of connectors and no soldering it can be turned into a
>> battery powered console/KVM for headless systems (of which i have a few). I
>> have ALWAYS wanted a super portable KVM solution for my "kit" and this is
>> the best option I have seen yet, so I ordered one, and all the connectors.
>>
>> Then I started googling the "other uses" that people had found and struck
>> gold.
>>
>> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1281528
>>
>> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1617684
>>
>> Both Ubuntu, and Gentoo running on the Motorola phone as a full desktop
>> when it is connected to the Lapdock. These are fairly advanced hacks. A far
>> easier solution is to use one of the  "chroot" linux installs on the Play
>> store and launch it from the "webtop" screen. These essentially run *nix
>> virtualized and allow you to VNC into it for desktop access. Prolly a bit
>> slower, but a lot easier to install on the front end without the fear of
>> bricking the phone.
>>
>> The coolest thing is that last generation Motorola smart phones with very
>> good specs are Dirt Cheap, especially if they are Verizon/CDMA units. For
>> $50-100 you can have a dual core with 16gb and a 4.3 inch screen that is a
>> very capable device. Buy one of these and a Dock and you have an Android
>> laptop/tablet for less than HALF the going rate.
>>
>> Further coolness: MOST of the Verizon Motorola phones (if they are 4G)
>> have GSM (think ATT & TMobile) compatibility if you hack the cellular
>> radio. This is a fairly easy hack and means you could have $45 a month
>> unlimited Talk/Text/Internet (through StraightTalk) with 4g speeds for next
>> to nothing (comparatively). Since the Lapdock is a "dumb" accessory you can
>> turn your phone into a 4g laptop for no extra monthly charge or tethering
>> hassle.
>>
>> If anybody is interested in collaborating on this let me know. I have
>> already ordered the "bionic" lapdock, and a Verizon "Droid Bionic" as my
>> test bed.
>>
>> A word of warning: There are at least 3 different Lapdocks, and a dozen
>> different phones that can "dock" but they do not all work together ;-) So a
>> little research is required. It is probable that I will order a couple of
>> more sets of these as presents for my nieces and nephews overseas. at $150
>> or less "all in" plus some hacking, they make kick ass Christmas gifts for
>> teenagers.
>>
>> Phil Sieg
>> President
>> SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
>> www.snapfon.com
>> phil.sieg at seniortechllc.com
>>
>> Phone: 423.535.9968
>> Fax: 423.265.9820
>> Mobile: 423.331.0725
>>
>> "The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with.
>> It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
>>
>> Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
>>
>>
>>
>>
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