For the last (almost) year, I have been running my Local Server on a netbook, that is running Linux Mint, and is primarily purposed as a security camera monitor beside my TV. This has been working just fine, but I wanted to try something different… and no… I didn’t put my Local Server in the shower
I have a couple of C.H.I.P. devices that are similar to the RPi (WiFi & BT enabled models), but also support full battery charging/monitoring built right in. So I tried testing a "hands off’ Server install method… but due to some “glitches?” where it seemed to install under root access only… I basicly fiddled around and did a partially manual install anyhow.
That result was a compact, and battery backed, WiFi enabled Local Server (but NOT the purpose of this topic keep reading ).
However, after some recent back and forth troubleshooting of server issues with the latest Java-8 version, I realised I would like a better way to monitor, and even tweak, my server as needed… without always needing to alternate between SSH at the workbench, and physical rebooting across the motorhome, where I had it mounted.
So, I realised that I could use my underutilized (AKA, dust collector) PocketChip… basicly a hand held, portable chassis with LCD, KB and battery for the C.H.I.P. Linux mini-computer.
After some work yesterday, and a write up about it (better documented on the C.H.I.P. forum) THIS is my end result.
The Blynk server is the
java process, the
blink.sh is actually a battery / shutdown monitor - and tied to the two status LEDs: WHITE flash for confirmation of active CPU and RED (with faster flashing WHITE) for low battery.
Perhaps in the future I will add the ability for a true portable (e.g. Access Point enabled) Local Server for real “out in the field” Blynking. And with a few GPIO ports still availed, perhaps some embedded Blynk Client options as well… a little flag waving servo? or perhaps put it on wheels and have it run away from me whenever I get close