I love my Chumby

I have been wanting a digital photo frame for a while, so I could see the same pictures I send to the other digital frames in my family. I post pictures of Elio to Picasaweb, and my family sees them via Toshiba digitical frames with built-in wireless and FrameChannel clients.

Here in Switzerland, the digital frames with wireless are super expensive, and don’t even have FrameChannel. Separately, I’ve always liked the Chumby, but considered it’s puny screen kind of pointless. I mean, what’s the point of a Linux machine with a 3 inch screen? If it’s not a phone, I mean. So when I saw the review of the new Chumby 8, I found the solution to my problem!

My out of box experience with the Chumby 8 has been great, and I’ve already enabled the ssh daemon, and now I am getting ready to compile the IPv6 kernel module for it.

Yes, IPv6 on a Chumby.

Insane? Yes. Insanely great? You bet.

Update: I managed to compile the ipv6 modules with no problems. When I put them on it, they don’t work. When I put a new kernel on it, I bricked it. So I had to do an upgrade to get it unbricked, and now I’m scratching my head wondering how to get moving again.

No IPv6 from CityCable of Lausanne

My home ISP is CityCable of Lausanne. While I have nothing bad to say about their IPv4 offering (fair price, good service, no noticable speed problems) I’ve got nothing good to say about their IPv6 service… because they don’t support it yet.

Shame on you CityCable. You should support IPv6: it’s not so hard, and it’s important to help your customers move forward, at least those of us who want to learn about native IPv6 connectivity before it becomes an emergency. Also, as a not-for-profit service of the city of Lausanne, it’s not like you can argue “there’s no business in it for us”. Part of your job is to enrich the city; that means leading instead of following on technology! Too bad you missed this chance.

CityCable, you’ve got a network assignment already. I contacted your tech support and got a rather impolite blow-off from a tech support guy who clearly had no idea what I was asking for. I contacted your network engineer (listed in the Whois records), who gave me a polite “no we don’t do that yet.” I offered to be part of an early trial; too bad he wasn’t able to take advantage of a clueful user who wanted to help him check his system.

Since I can’t native IPv6 from my ISP, I have a tunnel and a subnet from the great folks at Sixxs.net. I heartily recommend them to anyone who asks how to get IPv6 at their house.