AVOID: Intel Compute Stick

tl;dr => only runs software provided by Intel.  Will not boot anything but the software delivered with the unit.  This is crippled closed-source hardware.

<quote cite=”ref“> was able to load Ubuntu 14.04.02 64-bit using this method, as well as Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit. But WiFi didn’t work out of the box with either operating system.
Linux Mint 17.1 and Fedora 21 wouldn’t load at all.  was able to access the GRUB bootloader menu with these operating systems, but he couldn’t get the full OS to load.</quote>

Remediation

  • Full specs for all operating systems
  • Just sell the hardware; sell the bare machine (no installed OS).
  • No secret software drivers.
  • Must boot Fedora.
  • Must boot Ubuntu.
  • etc.

Concept

  • A Windows-only version
    • 2GB of RAM
    • 32GB of storage
    • $150
    • Available “now”
  • A Linux (Ubuntu-only) version
    • 1GB of RAM (only)
    • 8GB (only)
    • $110
    • Available “maybe June”

Source: Intel Compute Stick mini-computer (with Windows) review; ; In Liliputing; 2015-04-22.

Actualities

AVOID – MyHarmony, it is Windows-only, requires a Windows or MacOS desktop

WATCHOUT – this is a Windows-only product.
You will be required to use Windows to reflash the firmware before you can use it.
It does not work with Linux, only Windows

Recommendation: AVOID

previously


Logitech 915-000237 Harmony Ultimate Home Touch Screen Remote for 15 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices
Logitech 915-000237 Harmony Ultimate Home Touch Screen Remote for 15 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices; $350+SHT.

Logitech 915-000238 Harmony Home Hub for Smartphone Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices
Logitech 915-000238 Harmony Home Hub for Smartphone Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices; $100+SHT.

WATCHOUT – Harmony Home Hub is NOT compatible with any Harmony remotes at this time. Compatibility will be available in early 2015.

Previously

Experience

Still haven’t gotten the product to work. As in it doesn’t actually perform any actual function.. Just lots of configuration syncing and yak shaving culminating in it does not work. Using the Android app, it can turn on and off a Vizio TV from the cloud (where?) but that’s about it; the actual remote handset is DOA.

Folklore

There are others who claim that they have gotten MyHarmony to work.

Actualities

Ultimately they will give you some *.exe file to run on your Windows box, so all the Windows-only browser lockin guard rails ahead of time can be put down to user experience goodness.  But, again: AVOID.

setup.myharmony.com screenshot

Logitech Harmony – Home Automation Hub & Remote Control

WATCHOUT – this is a Windows-only product.
You will be required to use Windows to reflash the firmware before you can use it.
It does not work with Linux, only Windows

followup


Logitech 915-000237 Harmony Ultimate Home Touch Screen Remote for 15 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices
Logitech 915-000237 Harmony Ultimate Home Touch Screen Remote for 15 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices; $350+SHT.

  • Limtied to 15 home entertainment devices and unlimited home automation devices.

Logitech 915-000238 Harmony Home Hub for Smartphone Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices
Logitech 915-000238 Harmony Home Hub for Smartphone Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices; $100+SHT.

  • Limited to 8 home entertainment devices and unlimited home automation devices
  • Harmony Home Hub is NOT compatible with any Harmony remotes at this time. Compatibility will be available in early 2015.

Danger

  • There are items branded Harmony which are not compatible with each other.

Questions

  • What’s a home entertainment device?
  • What’s a home automation device?
  • Is this one of those “control your home from Harmony’s Data Centers (in the cloud, in EU?)” sort of a thing?
    Or is this one of those “control your home via your own LAN” sort of at thing?

MyHarmony Portal, Harmony API

Maybe accessible to “developers” (the consuming public).

Harmony API

  • Harmony API
    • RESTful
    • OAuth 2.
  • Control with Harmony badge.

Via: backfill.

Narrative Clip, still not ready

Recommendation

Avoid.

Currently

  • Stated in Requirements To Use The Narrative Clip
  • <quote>Not supported yet: Linux, Blackberry, Windows phone, etc.</quote>
  • <quote>The Narrative Clip can’t be used as a regular USB memory stick because it doesn’t mount as USB mass-storage device.</quote> [and not as MTP either?]

Scheme

  • Your photos are only stored in their cloud “for easy access.”
  • You have to buy a “Narrative Cloud subscription” to access them.
  • Technical Specifications

Reasonable & Prudent Thinking

  • Photos are timestamped and (GPS) geotagged.
  • No guarantee of continued access after the company folds.
  • Seems ripe for builtin backdoors [for improper elements].
  • They’ll build a map of your facilities based on your photos.

And … although Privacy Policies are silly because they are just that “policies” and they can change at any time for any reason, and for no reason … they don’t even seem to have hired up someone to write them a boilerplate.

When would it be ready?

  • Upload to my own gear, that I own, gear that is stored in my own house.
  • No ongoing operating fees.
  • No “cloud” access.
  • Standard USB access to the data on the device
    • MTP
    • Mass Storage
  • i.e. Supports Linux.

Anyone considered this?

Previously

Promotion

Via: backfill

Memoto, not ready yet

Memoto
Memoto Camera, Memoto OrangeMemoto Camera, Arctic WhiteMemoto Camera, Graphite Gray

tl;dr

  • Seems fun
  • Does Not ‘Work with Linux’

Problems -> What could possilby go wrong?

  • The data is not stored on your computers, your disk drives.  It is stored on theirs.
  • The business model apparently is to require you to pay for that storage monthly.
  • But it’s never stored on your gear; it’s only stored on their gear.
  • “Safe & Secure Storage” is by definition on my gear in my house.

Will there be Linux?  no, not yet, maybe.  “there is no interest”  FAQ  Even in translation, that’s “no.”

<quote>There will be a web application available as well. Most of our developers (all except one, actually) use OS X or Linux so there is in-house interest in getting Linux to work. It’s a matter of seeing that there is sufficient demand to make apps for other platforms.</quote>

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, S1500M on to the ScanSnap iX500

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PCFujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for the MacintoshFujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner (PA03656-B005)

Availability: Amazon, $420-$480 + SH&T.

But does it ‘Work With Linux?’

Maybe-to-Probably => SnapScan S1500 and SnapScan S1500M

Probably Not1 => SnapScan iX5002

Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner SANE Support List)

Analysis & Commentary

Based on information and belief. There are keywords “for Macintosh” is some of the product titles, but “for PC” in others; the latter usually means “Windows lockin.”.  But there could still lockouts, drivers, application manager software(s) for both Windows and Mac cultures.  Little version numbers matter in these things; c.f. the experience with ReadyNAS; vast differences in hardware and software internals across products that differ slightly in their naming & wording.

Brock Tice cites Warning <quote>I started with a Mac model (S300M I think? no Windows drivers?) and then moved to a Windows model, the S1500.</quote>
Therefore:

  • There are Windows versions of these products
  • There are Mac versions of these products
  • They don’t play well together
  • Or maybe that has been fixed ref ref
  • Or maybe it hasn’t in older builds that are still on sale; who knows: <quote> the biggest headache of previous ScanSnaps (and there weren’t many) was the fact that they were not cross-platform.</quote> ref
  • Beware.

Folklore

Notes & Issues

  1. No evidence that it does work on Linux; and plenty of evidence that Fujitsu does not support Linux
  2. In fact, the main use case for this product seems to be to route around the whole desktop culture lockin and work with iOS and Android tablet readers.
  3. But the installer/manager/controller/configurator application seems to be ensconsed MacOS-native culture.
  4. And it seems that the documents either must be received by the proprietary SnapConnect catcher or must must be shoved up into an open, unsafe, best-effort cloud service that will disgorge your documents to friends, enemies, governments and random scriptkiddies at the drop of but the nicest request. No mention of keeping your documents local and secure within the confines of your network. [TODO: find evidence to refute this]

Testimonials

  • The Guy; Scansnap Announces iX500 Scanner, the Best ScanSnap Scanner Yet; In His Blog; 2013-01-07.
    • Referenced: SnapScan iX500
    • Exhibition: WiFi transmission to a iPad on the local lan via SnapScan Connect (the proprietary receiver app)
    • Compatibilities claimed from marcom literature
      • Mac desktop required for installation & configuration
      • Native culture of the installer & manager is MacOS
      • Android referenced in product literature, in the voice of SnapScan marcom outreach
      • Cloud Services:
        • Evernote
        • SugarSync
        • Google Docs
        • Dropbox
      • Not Mentioned:
        • Bluetooth
        • Local WebDAV Receivers
        • Local HTTP, HTTPS POST Receivers
        • Local FTP, FTS, SFTP Receivers
        • Linux (at all)
  • Brooks Duncan; Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Review; In His Blog; 2013-01-07.
    • Referenced: ScanSnap iX500
    • Compatibilities:
      • Mac & Windows (only; but one model for both cultures)
      • iOS & Android (control interface apps; ScanSnap Connect review)
    • It’s a vertical solution; lots of proprietary device-specific/processor-specific software bundled with the unit.
  • Brock M. Tice; Finally I can use my ScanSnap S1500 in Linux!; In His Blog; 2012-05-09.
    • Referenced: unclear (maybe the S1500)
    • Declaration: Warning <quote>I started with a Mac model (S300M I think? no Windows drivers?) and then moved to a Windows model, the S1500.</quote>
    • Success Pattern
    • Reported Issues & Limits
      • gscan2pdf 1.0.6
      • Page Options Tab does not work accurately; requires odd settings; not all settings work
      • some success with double-sided scanning is reported
  • Micah Carrick; ScanSnap S1500 ADF Scanner in Linux; In His Blog; 2012-05-09.
    • Referenced: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500
    • Declaration: <quote>it worked in Linux right out of the box</quote>
    • Success Recipe
      • gscan2pdf
      • <quote>Change the ‘Frontend’ setting to ‘scanadf’ in the application’s preferences dialog.</quote>
      • <quote>Uncheck “Clean up images” and “OCR scanned pages” when scanning receipts.</quote>
  • Robin Clarke; The paperless office with Linux; In His Blog; 2012-04-10.
  • Some Dude; Some Ubuntu Forum Thread; In Ubuntu Forums; 2011-06-02.
    • Mentions: S1300, S1500
    • Testimony: <quote>To contribute some extra information on other scanners, I have been able to borrow an S1500 and that works just by connecting the USB cable and starting xsane (I’m running 64bit Ubuntu 9.10 and sane lists support for the S1500 as complete). It can scan front, back or duplex. It is however considerably bulkier and more expensive than the S1300; I like portability!</quote>
  • Sam Glover; Fujitsu ScanSnap s1500 Document Scanner FAQ & Followup; In His Blog; 2009-06-15.
    • Mentions: ScanSnap S1500
    • Disclosure (buried deep in the commentariat)
      • <quote>Fujitsu sent me the scanner to review.</quote>
      • He likes Windows scanning applications.
      • Not clear he spent much time in Linux
    • He bought one later, replaced it with a
    • Previous commentary
    • Testimony <quote>Does it work with Linux? Yep, with no problems. You can use it directly in Linux through SANE.</quote>
    • Success Recipe
      • None cited
      • General comments about “use SANE” as above
  • Brooks Duncan; Fujitsu ScanSnap in Linux; In His Blog; 2008-09-16.
    • Too old (4+ years ago)
      • References posts from 2007-09
      • Reminds about support existed by 2008.
    • References: S410 and S300M

References

Open Garden Mesh Networking

Details

Open Questions

  • That’s what 3/4G+WiFi is supposed to do on the telecom handsets (e.g. Android).
  • This does the same thing, but differently.
  • Does it work?

But does it ‘Work with Linux?’

No.

Cultures

Statement: <quote>iPads, iPods, iPhones, and Linux are not currently supported.</quote> ref

Who

  • Micha Benoliel, bizdev
  • Stanislav Shalunov, ideas
  • Greg Hazel, coding

Related

  • Skype, Skype-In, Skype-Out
  • Internet2
  • BitTorrent
  • LEDBAT (congestion control)

Other

  • Announced (launched) at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012-05.