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Access your Puppy PC from anywhere on your LAN
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rufwoof

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Nov 2015, 13:33    Post subject:  

I like the option of running a frugal (burnt) CD read only booted puppy inserted into a old PC perhaps with no HDD's connected (nor keyboard or mouse) - such as Wary XVesa http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=871518#871518 that boots to desktop and net connected and might have its VGA output plugged into the TV's VGA socket.

Being read only, with all servers VNC/RDP etc activated at bootup, if that PC is set as the DMZ PC in the cable modem/routers setup, then its accessible from anywhere (globally), but where there's limited scope to 'hack' things, as a reboot resets things back to as-intended. Whilst that opens up the opportunity to include a web server ... or whatever. Remote login from your smartphone/office PC and perhaps kick off a download of a film or whatever, and upon returning home the downloads finished and ready to watch. Or login from your laptop/phone whilst at home and the TV's your monitor/screen. Web cam or two and you can check out your home/local area remotely. Or maybe even PC controlled power sockets so you can turn lights on/off remotely or perhaps kick off the cooker to have a hot meal ready for you when you arrive home.

I guess there's the issue however that a hacker could perhaps remotely break-into that PC and do something with firmware though ??? So you'd have to be mindful to keep it outside of the LAN and treat it as a insecure system. More suited to a old PC that was picked up as a thrown-away (for nothing). But then there's the issue of leaving a old PC 'always on' (fire risk).

For me a old wireless keyboard (paired to the PC) with integral rollerball mouse is looking the more attractive choice. Pick up the TV remote control and switch to VGA display, keyboard next to armchair to access the DMZ'd Puppy PC - and maybe update your web pages for the day.
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gcmartin

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Nov 2015, 13:46    Post subject: Utility allowing logon to this thread's PC from anywhere  

4 client methods to access remotely to this thread's service on the PC. Via:
  • rdesktop (command line)
  • pdesktop (use to exist in all PUPs)
  • grdesktop
  • Remote Desktop (built into Windows/MAC PCs)
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rufwoof

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PostPosted: Mon 30 Nov 2015, 14:39    Post subject:  

gcmartin wrote:
Another option is one that I am looking at; the Intel Stick. That turns a TV into a full CPU such that you can easily switch between the TV's channel entertainments or to run as a full PC.

I am choosing the stick instead of the Pi because of the support and todays distro provisions on x86's 4 decades of applications available for my use. Further, it bypasses the TV manufacturers who do not make an Android Play Store or MAC store available to the TV owners like one gets from a Google TV allowing me to load/side-load apps into the TV experience; like the "Remote Desktop".

Interesting little device, just been reading this review http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/intel-compute-stick/. In particular There's also a model that runs Ubuntu Linux, which is slightly cheaper, so presumable also maybe Puppy instead. 4 core atom 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, USB port and WiFi for net connect. The wi-fi connect is a bit restrictive and a hard wired option would be better, especially as most routers are near the TV (where the device would be) such that hardwiring to higher speed connection would be available, but that could perhaps be achieved ?? via a USB/ethernet adaptor.
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Nov 2015, 14:59    Post subject:  

Around our way the neighbours are pretty good at taking in delivered packages when you're not at home to receive such yourself. However a thought comes to mind that with a DMZ'd puppy you could have a webcam/mic/speaker and doorbell monitor, and be alerted remotely on your smartphone whenever the bell was rung ... then use your phone to see/talk with the person remotely. With a pin number secured parcel storage box outside you might then ask them to open that and leave the parcel inside that box before closing (to lock) it again. Signature required deliveries would be a problem .. at least until the idea perhaps caught on more and email acknowlegements became commonly accepted.
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