This seems like the perfect place to talk a little about the latest hype in open technology that is the Raspberry Pi: It's minimalist, it's technology, it's super cost-efficient. I'm not a sales person by the way. I'm just genuinely intrigued by this idea.
And the idea is that for $25 you can get a credit-card sized computer (without a hull) operating on a Linux system with 256MB RAM and as much storage as the SD-card you give it. It's meant for schools to teach programming, but there are lot's of people getting one and building cool stuff with it. Just look around on youtube.
It even automatically starts an apache web server on boot. You can use it as a super minimalist web server - and it seems like it was made for evented programming like node.js as it supports a single execution thread very well. Also it has a lot of I/O pins that you could use for example to remote control all kinds of machinery with it.
I actually just got one of these. I haven't had the chance to set it up yet, but I'm pretty excited about it. I'm going to use it as an RV-PC. Not 100% sure what that means, but probably music/video server, maybe set up some security cams through it, and also thinking about setting up some way to control my lights with it. The most exciting part of it for my application is that it's so low power that I can leave it on 24/7.
What are you going to use yours for?
Yeah, using this for RV modding was my first thought too. Unfortunately this is still a distant dream for me. I'm excited to see your projects with it though.
I kind of enjoy being one of the prospectors as you say @War in Heaven. I don't really have any practical application for it but by god is it fun to just toy with it and build some low hanging fruit.
Aren't these powerful enough to run full computers from the era of approx. 2 decades ago? I remember owning a Mac back in the late 90's and using RamDoubler to try to extend my 64 MB of RAM to 128 (then later 192). Ahh good times.
I went on the site and read the articles at http://www.technologyreview.com/tr35/profile.aspx?trid=1307 and http://www.technologyreview.com/notebook/428894/incubating-programmers/
Some choice tidbits:
To keep Raspberry Pi small and cheap, the team wanted to build it on a single circuit board that could be stamped out, no further assembly required.
Ahh yes - dare to dream the dream!!!
No one is going to tell you an easy way to make money
In the beginning days of my gambling thing, it was very easy to make money. The system was basically foolproof and anyone with a credit card could make a good yearly income. I wasn't making money through any sort of skill, I was essentially exploiting a loophole. But here's the thing about loopholes: no one is going to tell you how to do them, especially not someone you don't really know personally. Because if too many people find out about a loophole, it closes. So if you want to make "easy money", you're probably going to have to stumble upon it yourself. If someone IS trying to share a loophole with you (especially aggressively, by email) it's probably a scam like a HYIP or a Forex trading scheme.
Most of the people who were gambling like I was now play poker. You can play poker online or in casinos and make six figures a year. But it's not a loophole, so it's okay to tell everyone. The barrier to entry is a few years of exhaustive practice, thousands of dollars to lose while learning, and the ability to sustain that lifestyle while you struggle to break even.
Whatever I'm doing, it's not working.
Here I am; 34, in serious debt to the IRS, fresh off a break-up and I work in the morning and it's 5am.
And I'm blogging.
Ya see, like many of you, I'm sure, I have so many things I want to learn about and do; eat Paleo, exercise more and better, learn new languages, computer programming and brain training, meditate every day to stop the feeling of your life casually passing you by... And like some of you, I believe, I end up doing very little. I want to live a more minimalist lifestyle but I'm buried under stuff. I shop for healthy food and it rots in the fridge. I tell myself how important rest is but here I am in front of my computer at 5am.
I know there's a better way, I've read about it. I can see this better version of me but I just can't seem to live up to it. Really kills me inside. The worst part about it is the vicious cycle aspect; inaction leads to depression leads to inaction. Maybe you've felt the same thing?