My MyBook World Edition II Fun 😀 - PreludeFeb 19, 08
So, with the recent announcement of CompUSA’s closing, I have been swinging by there on occasion to check out the deals on whatever stuff there is. I recently purchased a MyBook World Edition II 1TB model and have been having a lot of fun with it. They were down to 299 which isn’t ridiculously cheap, but it’s far, far below the retail of… whatever it was. Something crazy like 450 i think. I found them several places online for around 320ish. I went by the other day and they are now down to 257 which is a pretty sweet deal.
So, I thought I would read up about my purchase and it turns out that this device is actually quite configurable. It is equipped with ~200MHz processor and 32MB of ram, from what I have read online.
cat /proc/cpuinfo shows the processor as a ARM926EJ-Sid(wb) rev 5 (v5l) and meminfo shows 30032 Total. So, definitely not winning any speed awards, but more than adequate for what it’s shipped to accomplish.
With my major goal accomplished, I had some hope that I would be able to ‘hack’ the device a little. A very little bit of searching on google revealed this page, among many others.
cat /proc/version shows I’m running Linux version 188.8.131.52 (firstname.lastname@example.org) (gcc version 4.1.0) #1 PREEMPT Mon Mar 26 12:36:33 BST 2007. Armed with my little research, I decided I had the following goals for this device:
- Serve as a mirrored storage point for all files I wanted to manually backup.
- Automatically download torrents from a directory I would put torrents into
- Automatically download predefined lists of videos and convert them to various formats
- Consume schedule video from my PCTV2GO and convert it to various formats
- Download predefined lists of blogs etc I wanted to read and convert them to audio.
- Serve as a print server? Maybe print out predefined documents for consumption.
As you can see, a lot of this revolves around creating custom media to consume. I’m not a big fan of pirated video/music. I personally buy all my DVD and CD media I want to consume. I do believe that torrenting broadcast television is not illegal, however I want to stream the video from my PCTV2GO for my broadcast shows and record them from there. Once this is complete, I have thought about purchasing something with a little more streaming power to perform something similar to what Orb does. I’m not sure I want to make that kind of investment, especially if I can have this converting all of the information I want to consume in ways that are friendly to me and my devices. I’ll let you know how it goes. 😁
PS. I recently spoke to a manager at my local CompUSA about this announcement and confirmed both of the Jacksonville, FL stores will remain open under the new deal.