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

From: Phil Sieg 
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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.

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=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ 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! t nd I . ar a xt an a 0 r

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Y'all are welcome to check out the setup this week sometime. Nick Lombardy is the instigator of this particular setup. Adding Nick. Thanks, Tim u le ) and a . I s s. k far y t y r a ext can g o a f 50 or

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ 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-lapdoc= k-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 / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE www.snapfon.com phil.sieg@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 you mind sharing your research? Phone to play with. The lapdock would be awesome for this. Saturday. Not only that the space is fantastic. Just wish I could have = stayed all day :-( the "Maker" movement, PLEASE find a way to be a part of Chatt*lab. It = truly takes a village with these sorts of things... 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. 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. struck gold. 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. 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. 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. already ordered the "bionic" lapdock, and a Verizon "Droid Bionic" as my = test bed. 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. with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

=============================================================== From: Nick Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Sounds great Uncle Phil, dont forget me on your xmas list! ck-as-a-hdmi-monitor-and-usb-keyboard-mouse/ d u le ) and a . I s s. k far y t y r a ext can g o a f 50 or

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ That looks like a great solution for the server in my rack. I might have to change video cards, though, as I'm not sure it has HDMI (although I assume a DVI-D to HDMI adapter should work). Jeff.

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=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ Lynn, here is a local guy selling his setup. Says it is in new condition, if = so price is fair: http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/mob/4144366184.html Phil Sieg President SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE www.snapfon.com phil.sieg@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 you mind sharing your research? Phone to play with. The lapdock would be awesome for this. Saturday. Not only that the space is fantastic. Just wish I could have = stayed all day :-( the "Maker" movement, PLEASE find a way to be a part of Chatt*lab. It = truly takes a village with these sorts of things... 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. 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. struck gold. 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. 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. 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. already ordered the "bionic" lapdock, and a Verizon "Droid Bionic" as my = test bed. 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. with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Oh.. gawd. I really DO need one of these! I shoudl could have used it the last two weeks, been fighting over what the ONE spare monitor and good keyboard was plugged onto.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I have a lapdock that I bought months ago planning to do something like this using my tablet (which supports USB-OTG) but I never got it to recognize both the keyboard and the monitor at the same time. *- Chad W. Smith*