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Useful as a Google Cloud Print server
on February 9, 2015
I replaced the Pogoplug software with Debian Linux to transform it into a Google Cloud Print server, because our HP inkjet printer wasn't Cloud Print ready. A couple of things to note about this device:
* The SATA hard disk drive slot on top (once you manage to pry off the cover) is pretty much useless. It uses a connector called USM (Universal Storage Module), which Seagate briefly supported. USM drives are rare and overpriced. Figure on using a USB drive, if you want to use this as a NAS server. It'll be cheaper and you're not locked in. I'm not using it as NAS, so I plugged a thumb drive into it and run Linux from there.
* The USB3 ports don't provide much advantage, because this is not a very powerful device to begin with. You run out of CPU first.
* Don't expect to use this as a Google Cloud Print server and a file server at the same time, without some side effects. As a print server you're generating PostScript, and that pretty much eats the little thing's brain for several minutes.
* Not much RAM. Only 128MB, so lots of processes are going to put you into heavy swap.
Upsides: It's very cheap, quiet, draws little power, boots from any USB device including a thumb drive, has multiple ports, and is easy to hack into and replace the existing Linux with a well-supported Debian ARM distribution.
Google "qui technology blog pogoplug debian" and "cloud print python" for the necessary bits.