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(Real Tech News)   The world's smallest web server: runs on a simple $89 USB flash drive   (realtechnews.com) divider line 41
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j z
2006-02-08 02:57:54 PM  
I want one but I'm not sure why.
 
2006-02-08 03:06:10 PM  
me too. i have no intention to run a website, but i think i need one of these.
 
2006-02-08 03:07:28 PM  
Put me down for three.

What are they? Do you eat them?
 
2006-02-08 03:08:33 PM  
I can think of some nasty possibilities for those.
 
2006-02-08 03:08:42 PM  
I'll bet if I did eat one that my website would be the sh|t.

Heyooo!
 
2006-02-08 03:13:13 PM  
NyQuiLlama: I'll bet if I did eat one that my website would be the sh|t.

Heyooo!



They did that on tech TV a while back
 
2006-02-08 03:13:49 PM  
That just might be the coolest thing evar....
 
2006-02-08 03:16:03 PM  
Loki009

Are you sure that was Tech TV that you were watching and not some Dutch porno?
 
2006-02-08 03:17:50 PM  
All of the functions, content, and programming remain in the USB plug and will transfer to whatever PC it is plugged into.
Is this actually a web server, or is it just a USB drive with a webserver program (and storage for the schtuff to be served up) stored on it?
 
2006-02-08 03:18:41 PM  
meh. I can't find it now but I remember reading a story on Slashdot about some guy who ran a Web server off of the hardware inside his keyboard.
 
2006-02-08 03:23:16 PM  
j z: I want one but I'm not sure why.

Same here. Weird.
 
2006-02-08 03:30:49 PM  
I run a web server with my dick.
 
2006-02-08 03:37:12 PM  
I wonder if you can ghost this and copy it onto standard USB flash drives?
 
2006-02-08 03:39:16 PM  
I ordered one and still don't know why. Must have....
 
2006-02-08 03:43:34 PM  
Their "LIVE DEMO of this product in action" is FARK'd. Guess they've found the litle toy's limits.
 
2006-02-08 03:45:11 PM  
Now wait, seriously, what's the difference between this and "running a server program on your computer"?
 
2006-02-08 03:53:37 PM  
WRONG!

This is NOT the world's smallest web server. It still needs an entire PC to run stuff! What a misleading article!

If you want small, check out this:

http://www.digi.com/products/embeddedmodules/digiconnectme.jsp

A true "web server" with imbedded OS, etc and all fitting inside an RJ-45 jack. Live demo server linked in article.

/No I do not work for Digi..
 
2006-02-08 04:00:40 PM  
According to the article, this is merely an OS with a webserver on a USB drive. So in other words, you're just paying for a really expensive flash drive.
 
2006-02-08 04:00:54 PM  
So I'm not just a grouch for not getting the hard-ons, markie_farkie? 'Cause, yesh, this is just a USB drive with a server program on it.
 
2006-02-08 04:01:11 PM  
All of you are beat. Smallest web server is a smartcard's chip with embedded Java:

http://smarty.citi.umich.edu/ (actually running off that card)
(If it's farked, go to the google cache of their page)
 
2006-02-08 04:07:06 PM  
orrinbloquy: Smallest web server is a smartcard's chip with embedded Java


Which still has to be connected to something to read the smart card, with an Ethernet interface, and a protocol stack, power supply etc etc.

The Digi box is powered off the voltage already present on existing Ethernet cabling, so it's truly a self-contained web server in the purest sense.

Granted, the Smartcard might have the smallest guts, but it still relies on large amounts of external stuff to make it usable. The cache makes reference to an entire server running BSD, which just acts as a packet forwarder.
 
2006-02-08 04:21:52 PM  
Damn Small Linux
Even more functionality.
 
2006-02-08 04:23:46 PM  
stevarooni [TotalFark]

Now wait, seriously, what's the difference between this and "running a server program on your computer"?


right... pay $80+ for this thing... or download apache for free... hmmmm... thats a tough one
 
2006-02-08 04:23:49 PM  
Actually, this is the smallest web server that I'm aware of.

=Smidge=
/Voting?
 
2006-02-08 04:32:31 PM  
Smidge204: Actually, this is the smallest web server that I'm aware of.

I call shenanigans. Developed at UMass and I didn't see the words "Bong," "Packy run" or "Sully" anywhere in the article.

/thanks for the link
 
2006-02-08 04:35:50 PM  
This is what I boot on my USB drive:

www.puppylinux.com

How is this thing different from any of the hundreds of small, bootable linux distros out there?
 
2006-02-08 04:37:37 PM  
Smidge204: the smallest web server that I'm aware of.


Still it relies on EXTERNAL STUFF to connect to an Ethernet network, therefore making it incapable of functioning as a "web server" in and of itself.
 
2006-02-08 04:42:12 PM  
markie_farkie

What external stuff? Wires?

"The chip is connected directly to an Internet router"

=Smidge=
 
2006-02-08 04:49:29 PM  
Smidge204: What external stuff? Wires?


The point is that all of the devices listed (besides the Digi link I posted) do not have the ablity to serve up web pages over an Ethernet connection by themselves. They still need other external devices, or in some cases, entire PC's running an OS to enable them to deliver content.

The link I posted was to a fully self-contained web server, with network connectivity, storage, an OS, etc all built in. This would qualify it as a "web server" unlike the others, which range from simple storage mechanisms, to glorified serial terminal devices which need outside help to work on an Ethernet network.

/off soap box now. thanks for listening.
 
2006-02-08 04:50:01 PM  
copy tiny.exe a:

WOW it's a web server on a floppy disk. That'll be $89 - $399 please!

/Vote for me!
// Voting enabled because....?
 
2006-02-08 05:48:30 PM  
markie_farkie

The device I linked to connects directly to an internet router in exactly the way the device you linked to does. The only extra "component" it has is an external EEPROM for storing additional web documents, which it does not require to operate as a fully functional, self-contained, directly connected web server appliance.
=Smidge=
 
2006-02-08 05:57:51 PM  
Sorry to be a pest, but from your article:

The iPic demo server is connected by a serial link, which is currently experiencing a load upto its full design capacity.

Serial link is not Ethernet. They've implemented PPP or SLIP or something elese and still rely on the external router to make the connection to a LAN.

Oh well, enough of that... What's to drink this evening??

:)
 
2006-02-08 06:23:32 PM  
Loki009 [TotalFark]
NyQuiLlama: I'll bet if I did eat one that my website would be the sh|t.
Heyooo!

They did that on tech TV a while back

Tech TV is no more. It was on the dreadful G4tv channel.
/seriously the only watchable show on that network is Xplay
//well they do show Star Trek TNG now, so they finally have a good show on
 
2006-02-08 06:33:03 PM  
markie_farkie

Serial link is not Ethernet.

Well dang, you're absolutely right! You've never seen a router with a serial connection before? Or do you honestly think it has to connect via a Category 5 unshielded twisted pair cable with a RJ-45 connectors to qualify as a "local area network"?

They've implemented PPP or SLIP or something elese and still rely on the external router to make the connection to a LAN.

...and your device connects to a LAN via what, telepathy? What do you think is at the other end of that ethernet cable?

=Smidge=
 
2006-02-08 07:00:24 PM  
tcal.net
 LAME!

Buy a $30 USB key from egghead and load up apache, etc. yourself... I mean $399?!?!? It'd better suck me off for that price...
 
2006-02-08 08:37:43 PM  
Smidge204: ...and your device connects to a LAN via what, telepathy? What do you think is at the other end of that ethernet cable?

hahaha.... telepathy... is that the next wi-fi protocol?
 
2006-02-08 09:19:34 PM  
stevarooni: Now wait, seriously, what's the difference between this and "running a server program on your computer"?

$89-$399
 
2006-02-08 09:43:28 PM  
er... so it's a server APP that has to be run from a PC... and as such if you have it on a thumb drive it is actually LARGER than just the app on the PC.

/bah
 
2006-02-08 11:09:03 PM  
These have been around for years! What do you think those sites that get farked after just 150 hits are running off of?

/Voting enabled?
 
2006-02-09 12:01:13 AM  
Lots of people have server CDs with a small linux distro and an apache build on them, this is the same thing only on a flash drive. Now if only there were a good use for such a thing...
 
2006-02-09 05:15:06 AM  
i've already done this on a 64MB flash drive a year ago.
apache/mysql/php/ftp that ran on an autorun script in windows.

i guess i could look for a good mail server for win32 and run that...as well as some scripts in cURL to login to routers with default passwords to open a port to the outside and a phone-home script to update a dns entry so i could type usbstick.mysite.com :)

yawn.

/no really, i did this
//mysql/apache/php in 45MB of space, fully featured.
 
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