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#1 OldPhil

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 09:11 AM

Super interesting may be all the average Joe/Jane should need for every day use.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/

 


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 09:29 AM

You forgot to post the link, here it is:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598272670/chip-the-worlds-first-9-computer

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 09:38 AM

Worked fine for me, just waited a few seconds for it to appear then clicked on project.


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 09:39 AM

Your first post is linking to the KickStarter website, not the project on it:

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 03:51 PM

Sounds cool, but after googling "1GHZ Allwinner 113 Compatible SoC", unfortunately it seems it uses an ARM CPU rather than X86-32/X86-64 which is a turn off to me, but for $9 it could still be kinda interesting so I signed up for kickstarter, and pledged my $9 USD + Shipping.



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 05:55 PM

Cute little devil!  @hollowface, keep us posted when you get this super charged dude! Let us know if it's as easy as reported to hook up and use!



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 09:26 PM

Originally I ordered 1 CHIP, but the shipping was a bit high, lots of people were complaining about that, so NTC (the makers) found a better shipping service. They let people use the difference to get more CHIP stuff, or more CHIPs. I considered getting a VGA cable with my savings, but ultimately decided to get a 2nd CHIP instead. Fast forward to the present. Today my CHIPs arrived. I haven't had a chance to do anything with them yet, aside from turn one on to make sure it worked.

 

It doesn't come with a power cable. I knew this, but wasn't clear on which cable I would need, so I had my fingers crossed I'd have the right type handy. Luckily it uses the same type of USB cable that my BlackBerry does (the really tiny tiny ones), so I was able to plug it in using that.

 

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I'm not sure what my next step will be...



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 09:36 PM

WOW!!!! @hollowface!

 

If you don't mind: what did the cost of shipping end up? And, was the original price of $9.00 remain?

 

Careful..this new friend might get  lost under a spoon! What browser does it use?

 

Oh...and did it come with a 'leather case' :hysterical:

 

Fun...fun...W10..move over. :-)



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:58 PM

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what did the cost of shipping end up?

Original Pledge: $29 USD ($9 USD for the CHIP, $20 USD for shipping)
New Shipping Cost: $12 USD ($8 USD now usable for towards other CHIP stuff, or more CHIPs. This was not a set a price, it varied by country. This is just what it cost to ship to where I live.)
Additionl Payment: $1 USD (because $1 + $8 is enough for a second chip, and since I chose to get a second CHIP they did not charge for additional shipping, because they could be shipped together. If I had chosen to get other CHIP stuff, I would have been charged for additional shipping, because the other stuff would ship at a different date than the CHIP did.)
Total Spent: $30 USD (for 2 CHIPs and shipping. Of course, I live in Canada, and the Canadian Dollar was down at the time.)

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 04:27 PM

If that thing is really just $9.00 its probably the cheapest computer in the entire world.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 12:53 AM

Before I get too carried away with my CHIP, I've been wanting to make a backup of the drive, and a backup of the operating system partition. This way I can restore OS if I get myself into trouble, or clone it to an external drive for testing stuff out. I setup an Ubuntu VM on my main computer, and did some tests to figure out my approach. Obviously some things will be different since CHIP-Linux is based on Debian ARM, but it should be similar enough, and I can re-write the steps as I go. I got part way into this process, which involved using rsync, but then the mouse, keyboard, and screen all went dead. I ended up having to unplug the CHIP from it's power cable, and plug it back in. Now when I boot it up, it hangs at the loading screen. :( This is why I can't have nice things. :P

I think I've done enough fiddling for one day, and I should probably give CHIP some time to cool (well...at least that's the excuse I'm going with).  I'll have to trouble-shoot my boot issues before I can get back to making my backup. Worst case senario, it sounds like you can reflash your CHIP using another computer (if I'm reading the docs right), and that might be interesting to try just for the fun of it.

 

Long term, I will probably want to install VNC, or SSH on it, because having to disconnect my: keyboard, mouse, and usb-hub from my main computer when-ever I want to use CHIP, is a bit irritating, but I don't have spares. Plus my TV isn't ideally positioned for computer usage. I'm getting ahead of myself though.

 

Anyways, that's what I've been up to. :)



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 04:16 AM

Interesting computer :) but i know a lot of similar things are now being developed.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:20 PM

Pretty impressive that thesedays a computer can be built for less than the cost of sending it from the supplier to the buyer. I mean I often buy books which are cheaper than their shipping cost, but wow, a computer cheaper than it's shipping cost.
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