WW: Colo Vending Machine

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Feb 21 03:50:15 CST 2012


On Feb 20, 2012, at 7:34 AM, Jon Lewis wrote:

> On Sat, 18 Feb 2012, John Osmon wrote:
> 
>> At my $JOB[-1] they laughed at me when I pulled a Wyse out of the
>> trash bin and stuck it on a spare crash cart.
>> 
>> Then I fixed something while they were still looking for USB-Serial,
>> etc.
> 
> Speaking of that sort of thing, I'd really LOVE if there were a device about the size of a netbook that could be hooked up to otherwise headless machines in colos that would give you keyboard, video & mouse.  i.e. a folding netbook shaped VGA monitor with USB keyboard and touchpad.  I know there are folding rackmount versions of this (i.e. from Dell), but I want something far more portable.  Twice in the past month, I'd had to drive 100+ miles to a remote colo and took a full size flat panel monitor and keyboard with me.  Has anyone actually built this yet?
> 

Actually, everything necessary to do that is present in the new Macbook Pros with Thunderbolt.

It would just take a dongle with the VGA input and the USB outputs and some minor changes to "Target Display Mode" Software.

Owen




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