What's the cheapest way to setup Linux box?

Grant Shipley gshipley at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 14:30:35 MST 2013


On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at gmail.com>wrote:

> An alternative you may not have considered; I've been using cloud9 for my
> web-dev work for several days now.  It's free and runs on openshift (I
> think).
>

Correct.  All of cloud9 runs on top of openshift.com including the
deployments of your code.


>
> If you go this route, there is no need for SSH or a server at all.  Plus
> you can code directly into a really nice IDE embedded in the web-browser.
>  While testing/debugging, you can have it running on a fresh VM, in
> literally a few seconds.  Deployment takes a minute or two, and can be done
> from the IDE directly to all the most common "cloud" providers.
>
> Thus far I've only used it for node.js work, but I seem to recall it
> supporting Java, Ruby and a bunch of others.
> You also get a nice command line and CPU time and other resources are
> liberal.
> For instance, I've got a quicky app that's parsing the entire blockchain
> out of bitcoin and stuffing it into a MySQL database.
> So far my runtimes have been upwards of 4 hours without interruption, and
> I've never seen cloud 9 be the ones to kill my process.
> That should be plenty of time to test a rails app.
>
> Now I'm done, someone please shoot me for having drunk the cloud kool-aide
> and talking like this.  :)
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Grant Shipley <gshipley at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Wait?  People actually run their own home servers nowadays for
> development
> > and filesharing?  I thought that went away several years ago.  Kind of
> > kidding but not really. ;)
> >
> > I use www.openshift.com for all development (disclaimer: I work on this
> > project so I am biased).  Free to use.
> > I use dropbox for photo sharing
> > amazon cloud player premium for music storage (up to 200,000 tracks for
> > 25.00 a year)
> > Movies, I stopped storing and just use netflix and hulu.
> >
> > Total cost: 45.00 a year.
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Charles Curley <
> > charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:17 -0700
> > > Levi Pearson <levipearson at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > To restate my point a bit more clearly, buying a refurbished top-spec
> > > > machine with a bunch of noisy fans for a low up-front purchase price
> > > > means that you've probably bought a power-hog of a machine and over
> > > > its remaining lifetime the power budget is likely to play a
> > > > significant part in its ownership costs.
> > >
> > > I agree with your analysis, but will take it a step further. You are
> not
> > > the only person in the world to make it. I suspect the market has
> > > already discounted the discounted future cost of power to run the
> > > things.
> > >
> > > In a sense, buying cheap power hog equipment is a bet that fracking and
> > > coal will continue to be legal.
> > >
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