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And then it burst into flames (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174158)

Moments after making it to the front page of Slashdot.

Re:And then it burst into flames (1)

dch24 (904899) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174270)

Tracking the damage... it's currently taking from < 1 to > 30 seconds for parts of the page to load.

Re:And then it burst into flames (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174830)

Cocksucking 503 AGAIN! Somebody please send in the navy seals to tell these assholes to fix their shit

Re:And then it burst into flames (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174296)

Flames? From putting a direct link to a lightweight server on the front page of slashdot? I think this is one of those situations best described by Egon Spengler [youtube.com] .

Re:And then it burst into flames (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174408)

That's a big twinkie..

Actually, no (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#36178576)

It went down before it made the front page - it was incommunicado when it was still a preview story. Hence either it was down before then, or it was taken down by just the traffic from slashdot subscribers who were able to see the link before the story was on the front page.

Kinda useless link. (2)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174160)

The links are pretty useless, if you're looking for more information. They simply put you on the actual site being hosted on the ATV. While that's interesting, and it'll be great to see if we can Slashdot it, it's not informative, nor does it really discuss the project or talk about a how-to.

Which is really too bad, surfing around Mac Mini Vault doesn't yield anything about the project, just -that- it exists. Can anyone else find info on the thing?

Re:Kinda useless link. (3, Funny)

muphin (842524) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174282)

umm, jail break it, install ssh, ssh into the box, install httpd server. done theres your how-to manual.

Re:Kinda useless link. (1, Troll)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174402)

The links are pretty useless, if you're looking for more information. They simply put you on the actual site being hosted on the ATV. While that's interesting, and it'll be great to see if we can Slashdot it, it's not informative, nor does it really discuss the project or talk about a how-to.

Which is really too bad, surfing around Mac Mini Vault doesn't yield anything about the project, just -that- it exists. Can anyone else find info on the thing?

Besides a DD-WRT based router will do pretty much the same job without having to fight the manufacturer every step of the way.

Not to mention it's half the cost and there's a long list of supported devices [dd-wrt.com] .

Re:Kinda useless link. (1)

muphin (842524) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174618)

so can a laptop, pc... thats not the point, the point is using an Apple device (locked down by manufacturer) to use it to serve files.
like using a toaster to fry an egg

Re:Kinda useless link. (1)

agentgonzo (1026204) | more than 2 years ago | (#36176066)

so can a laptop, pc... thats not the point, the point is using an Apple device (locked down by manufacturer) to use it to serve files. like using a toaster to fry an egg

Instructions for using a toaster to cook an egg (ok, I can't figure out how to fry it without ruining the toaster). Place egg balanced over bread slot on toaster. Push lever down without bread in it. Once the 'nothing' pops up, rotate egg 180 and repeat to cook other half of egg. Done.

But seriously, this got a link on the front page of slashdot because it's apple and no other reason. As mentioned, DD-WRT can do the same and routers are locked down by manufacturers in a similar fashion. It's just because it's apple that people go "Wow!".

"Man takes photo of something cool" doesn't make a headline on slashdot. "Man takes photo of something cool with iPhone" does.

Re:Kinda useless link. (2)

sixfive0two (1984966) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174614)

Quote from the first link if you didn't RTFA:
Helpful Hints:
Check out Seas0npass for an easy way to jailbreak the Apple TV
- SSH in and change the root password
- Use apt-cache and apt-get to find and install lighttpd
- Use SFTP to upload a /etc/lighttpd.conf config file for lighttpd
- Within /usr/sbin/ run lighttpd-angel -f /etc/lighttpd.conf to start lighttpd
- Write a plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons to launch lighttpd on boot

Re:Kinda useless link. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36177152)

Yeah, not very exciting.. I managed to do all that on the first generation iPhone.. my install could even run PHP and Python scripts...

Re:Kinda useless link. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36176762)

Mini HOWTO:

ssh your_atv2_ip_address
sudo apt-get install lighttpd

Running modified version of Arch on my Apple TV (1)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 2 years ago | (#36177770)

I have an old original version of the Apple TV (came with a stripped down version of Tiger, I believe, rather than iOS). Cracked it open, replaced the hard drive with a larger one, used atv-bootloader to create a bootable USB disk, and installed LinHES (MythTV distro based on Arch). It was a PITA to do, but it's working reasonably well now. Cool little machine - the original had both HDMI and component out, new one is just HDMI, and doesn't have a standard USB port, I think.

Re:Kinda useless link. (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 2 years ago | (#36182828)

On the main it says "Read our blog post about how we did it and why" and below that is a big blue button takes you to said blog post. Which, admittedly, is short, but there's not much to say: get an ATV, jailbreak it, put on lighttpd. The only thing that could use expanding is the step "Write a plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons to launch lighttpd on boot."

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174164)

..it was running before it got posted to /.

Well that was fun while it lasted. (2)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174190)

Future note: when putting apache on a toaster, don't post a link to it unless you want it to burn the toast.

Eulogy (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174432)

The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long and you have burned so very, very brightly.

Gentlemen, what we have just witnessed is the power of the /. effect.

Re:Eulogy (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174876)

Gentlemen, what we have just witnessed is the power of the /. effect.

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a glorified cell phone is insignificant compared to the power of the Force.

RTFA....or RTFS (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174490)

Present note: They didn't install Apache.

Re:RTFA....or RTFS (2)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174534)

Nor did they install it on a toaster. That's missing the point, though.

Re:RTFA....or RTFS (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 2 years ago | (#36175328)

Store the hosted files in memory, don't use server side scripted pages, serve tiny files, dump logs to /dev/null.

No problem.

Re:RTFA....or RTFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36176628)

I guarantee you the files it's serving are all cached in RAM, there is no reason whatsoever to explicitly put them there. I am so sick of people that won't let the OS do it's goddamn job. You're like the guys who use manually-managed arrays and C-strings in C++ because they think it's "faster" (while having done absolutely no profiling) and screw everybody with a buffer overflow.

Re:RTFA....or RTFS (2)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#36176660)

It all depends on your site.

Once upon a time, an AppleTV would have been thought of as very respectable machine to host a web server on.

Not slashdot certified (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174266)

How Many seconds till it died? Apple tv isn't ready for slashdot traffic

What a suprise!!! NOT (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174300)

If a commodore 64 can do it http://www.c64web.com/ [c64web.com] , i think an apple TV could do it ....

Re:What a suprise!!! NOT (3, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174720)

I did this several years ago with a Mac SE (vintage 1989). 8MHz CPU, 4MB RAM, 40MB HD, no built-in ethernet controller, no TCP/IP stack in the OS... but to be honest, it was no great feat, requiring only the right combination of off-the-shelf hardware and bits of existing gratis and libre software. Compared to the AppleTV, which ships with a an IP-enabled fork of BSD already pre-installed, I think it was a bit more of a challenge.

Upgrading another Mac SE to run OS X itself was even more of a challenge....

Re:What a suprise!!! NOT (1)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 2 years ago | (#36180910)

Upgrading another Mac SE to run OS X itself was even more of a challenge....

What, like this one? Mac SE/X [apptree.net] A project I did a few years back now.

Re:What a suprise!!! NOT (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#36181590)

My Mac SE X is similar, but not quite the same. A G4 Mac Mini was an essential component of the upgrade of course, in order to run both OS X (Tiger) and contemporary apps such as Photoshop 3. But I replaced the original 10" B&W CRT with a 10" monochrome CRT with VGA input (max resolution 800x600), which was a perfect-fit drop-in replacement. And {ahem} I used the case from an actual Mac SE, and an early ADB mouse and keyboard (via a Griffin USB/ADB adapter). :)

Re:What a suprise!!! NOT (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174734)

Just tried it, no reply... seems that a link from a /. article was enough to put this out of action. Shame. Poor little machine.

IRC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36174338)

Possible to make it be an IRC server?

Personal dropbox? (1)

sunfly (1248694) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174690)

How hard to use usb port (is it accessible?) or network port to add big hard drive and config for a personal drop box?

Re:Personal dropbox? (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#36174826)

I guess you could use a wall-wart, or some other small computer.
The key is a computer of some form.

Re:Personal dropbox? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36175516)

No shit. You could work for the USPTO.

Big deal. I installed Linux. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36175048)

http://code.google.com/p/atv-bootloader/

web hosting on apple tvs (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36175310)

Web hosting on Apple TV's isn't all that new.

http://www.mythic-beasts.com/appletvdedicated.html

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semon (1964650) | more than 2 years ago | (#36176798)

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