15 Jun 2012 01:24
Off Topic: If you have a Chumby Internet appliance, please read this if you want to keep using it!
PFIR (People For Internet Responsibility) Announcement List <pfir <at> pfir.org>
2012-06-14 23:24:13 GMT
2012-06-14 23:24:13 GMT
Off Topic: If you have a Chumby Internet appliance, please read this if you want to keep using it! http://j.mp/MDHinJ (This message on Google+) You may be familiar with the wonderful little "Chumby" Internet audio/radio/video/widget appliance. I won't try describe it here, there's lots of info to be found. Unfortunately, the company no longer has any employees and is in the hands of a trustee. The servers that support the various Chumby (Linux-based) systems are still running, with apparently no immediate plans for shutdown, but no guarantee of how long they'll run, either. That's the bad news. The good news is that key folks behind Chumby and the really quite amazing Chumby user community are working to keep things going, with alternate plans for the Forums, widgets, etc., and perhaps most importantly alternate firmware already available that can be easily installed to make the Chumby units independent of the Chumby servers, for continued functionality. That is, they don't have to turn into bricks the way some devices do when their companies falter. A primary Chumby ex-employee is even trying to informally help people with exchanges in case of problems, since their warranties can no longer officially be honored. Chumby and its users are demonstrating the best of the Linux-based community in action, even when times aren't good. Here is a link into the (still running) Chumby Forums for the standalone firmware suitable for the common Chumby One and related units. You can explore the Forums for similar firmware for other Chumby and Insignia devices or other aspects of Chumby's past or ongoing situation. Since I've been a Chumby user for quite some time, I'll try help with questions to the best of my ability. http://j.mp/MDHJ1p (Chumby) --
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