The dorkbotPDX mailing list recently posted a link to a 25 dollar arm linux based nas called the PogoPlug. It was pink and ugly but it was $33 with shipping, so I bought one. It was stashed conspicuously under the rug by the nice people at UPS yesterday after I signed a slip saying they could leave it.
Using the thing was scary. I plugged it in but it didn’t show up anywhere. When I went to the pogo plug site they told me to download their software and when I did I was able to enable any disk that I plugged into it and then i could let it sync and share my personal files with some cloud thing in the wild blue yonder. This wasn’t done in any transparent and secure-able way but through a software wedge that made the thing show up as a drive locally. The scariest thing was that when I logged into the web site it was able to figure out where my device was (I assume because it was on the same lan as the computer I logged in from) reset the password and enable ssh on the weird looking box. Yeah it cut a hole into my lan.
There was only one thing to do with the scary pink beast. Name it Bradley and put another operating system on it.
So, after figuring out which particular pogo plug I had, I dug up a flash drive and followed the bouncing prompt from http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/armv6/pogoplug-provideov3 and less than an hour later I had a relatively usable linux box.
Now to figure out what to do with it.