The purpose of this article is for me to capture my notes regarding the HP T5540 Thin Client. The hope is that they are of use to someone else. They are subject to change.Continue reading “HP T5540 Thin Client”
I have been wanting a better way to analyze the data that is recorded onto my CPAP machine’s SD card. The Philips Respironics mobile app leaves a lot to be desired. Especially, if you’re highly interested in looking at ALL THE DATA like I am.
I was hoping I would be able to take the RAW data and import it into Excel for analysis. Of course, upon inserting the SD card into my computer, I realized that was a silly idea. The data is in a format that is either proprietary or simply foreign to me.
Fortunately, for both you and myself, someone has already done the hard work and developed a desktop application (that works on all major platforms) that will allow you to import the data from your SD card and review the information visually.
For me, I had 1,275 days of sleep data stored on my SD card. I find it fascinating to be able to look at all of this information at once, in a visual format.
As recommended by the application, I do also highly recommend write protecting your SD card before inserting it into your computer. Some operating systems will add additional files to a drive when it is inserted. This may render the card unreadable by your CPAP device.
OSCAR is a fork of SleepyHead. It appears as though there was some contention between the original application developer and the ApneaBoard.com community. Therefore, SleepyHead development ceased and the OSCAR fork was created.
On Friday, October 19, 2018 I had an incredible opportunity to attend Clearwater Analytics’ Developer’s Conference (DevCon). They allowed their employees to invite a friend and thankfully, I have a great friend who works there who invited me as his guest.
The keynote speech was titled “Idaho Technology – Past, Present and Future.” It was a fantastic look at the big key players of technology in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Simplot, Hewlett Packard (HP), Micron, T-Sheets, Metageek, Cradlepoint, and of course Clearwater were just a few of the companies I remember getting a mention. Coming from a company that was spun out from Hewlett Packard (I currently work for Perspecta), it was great to see our heritage on display. However, I couldn’t help but think: “How are we going to get Perspecta on the radar like HP is?”
I thought I would take a moment to write about a few of the seminars that I attended and what I took away from them.
For us, no visit to Central Oregon would be complete without visiting Crater Lake. Day 6 of our vacation was dedicated to visiting this gorgeous lake.
When we arrived it was a little hazy, but as the day progressed the sky became a gorgeous blue with spectacular clouds.
Please, click the Continue Reading link below to see the photos from Day 6 of our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation!
On Day 5 of our vacation we drove from the coast back to Bend, Oregon. While we were waiting to be able to check into our hotel we drove down up Paulina Peak.
Please, click the Continue Reading link below to see the photos from Day 5 of our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation!
Don’t go looking for Day 3 of our trip. We were on the road from Bend to Lincoln City, Oregon. I would have taken some photos when we walked down to the beach after checking into our hotel, but after I got to the beach, I realized that I failed to put the SD card back into my camera. D’oh! Sadly, not the first time that has happened to me!
I do have some dashcam videos from Bend to Lincoln City and maybe someday I’ll go through them and post a couple. Ok. Let’s be honest. Probably not!
Day 4, we made a drive up to Tillamook, Oregon. With the main intention of visiting the Tillamook Creamery. Also known as Heaven on Earth! We love cheese!
Please, click the Continue Reading link below to see the photos from Day 4 of our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation!
Thankfully some rain during the first night we stayed in Bend cleared up the smoke. Our second day was much more picturesque with gorgeous blue skies and crisp air.
Please, click the Continue Reading link below to see the photos from Day 2 of our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation!
Every single year my partner and I find ourselves asking the same question: “When are we going to get to go to Bend, Oregon this year?” Anytime either of us ask: “What’s for dinner?” Inevitably, one of us will respond with a restaurant located in Bend. It’s our favorite vacation destination. Maybe it’s because it’s an amazing launching point to some gorgeous scenic vistas in Oregon. Maybe it’s because if we’re in Bend, we’re on vacation and not having to deal with the ins and outs of everyday life! I think it has a lot to do with the latter!
Please, click the Continue Reading link below to see the photos from Day 1 of our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation!
Why did I buy this thing?
I had been looking for an ultra-portable laptop to use as a thin-client computer.
Something that I could establish a VPN connection to my home network with and connect into my more powerful desktop computer. Something I could throw into my backpack and carry around with me every day if I wanted to. Something I could use around the house. I already have an HP Envy dv7 laptop, but lugging a 17″ desktop replacement laptop around the house just isn’t something I want to do anymore.
I had been thinking about buying a really old IBM ThinkPad or Lenovo laptop. I will occasionally see them on Craigslist or eBay for $25-50. I’ve always wanted a ThinkPad. There is just something about their styling that steals my heart!
In the past I purchased an old PowerBook G4 from a guy on Craigslist to do just this very task. I gave the man $25 for it (or was it $30 or $40, it was several years ago now and I’ve slept since then). I sat it aside because I didn’t feel comfortable using the power cable that appeared to be charred. I didn’t really want to invest the money into buying a new power cable considering it would have been more than I paid for the computer itself. One of these days I will revive that computer! I hate the fact that it just sits in the closet! Anyway, I digress (a lot)!
Ultimately, the problem with buying an old IBM/Lenovo or refurbishing the PowerBook G4 was that any of those options are old, heavy, probably need new batteries, and produce way more heat than I want to deal with.
To facilitate my need for an ultra-portable thin-client, I had been using my Amazon Fire tablet. Using an external keyboard and mouse it worked fairly well. However, I still longed for a true laptop form factor. I wanted something with more versatility and ports.
I had also considered purchasing the Pinebook, but, ultimately decided against that because I wasn’t sold on the build quality at the time.
Cut to me in Best Buy on Black Friday 2017 looking at a Lenovo 110S for $99. Unfortunately, they were sold out. However, after looking at it in store and falling in love with the look and feel of it I decided this would be a perfect ultra-portable thin-client computer. Sure, the specs were absolutely terrible. Sure, the screen is absolutely awful. However, the form factor was fantastic. The fact that it was running Windows 10 was even better. I decided to look and see if I could find it online for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to find it for $99 like I did in Best Buy. However, I was able to get it through my employer’s Perks at Work program for a little under $180 (after taxes and shipping). So, yeah, I paid for it twice. *SIGH* *FACEPALM*
One of my technological obsessions is thin client computing. I absolutely love taking one powerful computer and making it usable by multiple users on less powerful computers or devices. Whether those users are physically near that computer, or thousands of miles away. I think this type of solution is underutilized in schools, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and even homes. It upsets me when I think about a school struggling to put computers in front of students due to a limited budget. I fear that too many of them don’t have an understanding that there is a much more affordable approach. My goal for this post is to show you how I have implemented this type of solution in my home and to provide you with information on how you can implement it into your own home or office.
In this post I am going to present to you how to take one computer running Microsoft Windows and share it with multiple users. Each user will have their own desktop that can be used while other users are also using the system simultaneously, without interference. Each user will be connecting to the server (the computer running Windows) with a Raspberry Pi being used as a thin client.