WW: Colo Vending Machine

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Feb 21 09:50:15 UTC 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.


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