- We really need to work on the name, DollHouse, HARPE, etc. really stink. How about Smart Home Information Technology? Like I said we really gotta work on that!
- Both the Sheeva and the Pogo look the same, similar specs and IO. So use either (as I said hardware is not the issue).
- Those devices you mentioned about (e.q. snubbers etc.) are not going to be familiar to the end user unless your limiting your scope to engineers. Start small, think expandable and as much OTS (off the shelf) as possible. We might be able to take advantage of SparkFun's DIY hardware service (you do the design, they sell the kits).
- Try to move away from hard drives as much as possible. SD cards of class 6 or better give good performance and are quiet.
- The requirement on the hack for the Pogo can be a show stopper unless we can automate it for the end user.
1 yes lets get a name but for now we have to call it something (It's also been a closet project of mine for years, I used to call it Ladybug)
2 most of those NAS devices are similar, all should be capable.
3 I'll build and design the hardware, I'm good at it. I'll even offer it in assembled and kit form for folks that like soldering TQFP parts. Might even get a schmartboard version made.
4 no hard drives or much else in the HARP/E it's a peripheral with limited RAM / FLASH / MIPs, the HARP/C will have scads of that but no I/O.
5 agreed, hacking bad, plug in good, vendor supported best.
6 Cave folks still running exclusively IE6 probably have little interest in automating anything as they're too busy fighting virus's and BSODs.