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SubjectRe: hardware panel control
Hi Jens.

> I have a spare machine that I would like to do some simple tasks
> here, for which no terminal (and access control) is really
> needed. For this, I thought it would be easiest to have one of
> these small numeric panels that sell for a few dollars,
> connected to the parallel port or serial port, and execute
> arbitary commands for each digit (e.g. according to a
> configuration file), controlled by a daemon or some user-space
> program.

> The question is, before I start reinventing the wheel, has
> anyone done this already, can I have a look at it, and how
> expensive would the extra hardware be? I don't think it would
> be just the panel...

I would suspect that networking the two machines together and just
doing a `telnet` through to the one without a display or keyboard
would be the cheaper option. I know that my network consists of a
total of 9 machines, with only one monitor and two keyboards between
them - and the second keyboard is plugged into one that won't boot
without a keyboard, but is otherwise unused...

> "Bastard Operators from Hell" anagrams to
> "Shatterproof Armored Balls"


Best wishes from Riley.

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