I only have the original Model B -- not even the B+.  It's a bit slow for running Raspbian, which is why I stopped using it. [....]  Now that there's a Pi 3, I want to use that old "original Model B" even less. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, actually.  Maybe I'll find a use.
Raspian on a 700 MegaHz ARM (11?), equipped with the 256 Megabytes RAM of what I've seen identified as the "Raspberry Pi 1" "model B rev 1" [...]?
The original model B had 512 [MB] RAM, which is truly a minimum for trying to run a GUI like Raspbian.  [...] I realize we used to get by with much less (the first PC my family owned -- when I was old enough to drive -- was a 386 16 MHz with 2 MB RAM.  I used [PC|MS-]DOS though, I didn't even bother with Windows 3.1 since the machine couldn't handle it.)
Ah, yes: The reduced-capability unix
language (as laundered thro' CP/M) for PC|MS-DOS
, possibly as far back as its version 3.3 (1987), altho' maybe not until ver. 5.* (1991--). And I'd be really surprised if in your years of using linux to develop & operate Web sites, GUI shells had become so dominant that you'd avoided gaining substantial experience with unix
-derived line-oriented shells
Would it be worthwhile for you to configure your "model B
" of undisclosed
"-number so that you could set it aside as an (emergency) server for CathInfo?
Perhaps stripped down for the primary--or only--purpose of answering all
HTTP requests to CathInfo by serving a very simple Web page that presents little more than a straightforward "out of service" message
.[My XHTML & SSI code to illustrate the simplicity of the Web page I had in mind, as originally drafted, ran afoul of 1 of the new server's security rules, so I've extracted my recoded version for posting separately in a few minutes (just in case the combination of Matthew's response and my recoding doesn't completely resolve both sides of the problem).]
This fall-back server would be useful only
when whatever caused the failure of the CathInfo site left you with this:
· operational downstream & upstream Internet connection
(unlike the failure Tue., May 31
· operational A.C. power
from the public grid
Could your "model B
" run any of the reputedly light-weight servers (e.g.: lighttpd
) efficiently enough to handle the above fall-back response to the amount of traffic that CathInfo typically receives?  Could it handle what might be your all-time record of traffic (the day "Benedict" Ratzinger resigned, wasn't it?)?  If you obtained a GUI-free only
-line-oriented-shell port of linux to the Pi 1 (or stripped out
the Raspbian GUI
, leaving or installing only a command-line shell), you might be able to operate the "model B
" well enough to avoid the power demands that would be imposed by an HDMI monitor. I'm assuming that you could run rsh
on the "model B
" from a linux
-bootable laptop, or maybe--just maybe--from an android smart-phone
(if any of the latter are equipped with adequate external connectors).
I'm assuming that you'd write a shell script that uses linux sed
for modifying & updating the message provided on the fall-back Web page. It'd be desirable
to have for the fall-back Web page to display a time-of-day dynamically updated
in each instance of the Web page (thus most of my SSI syntax [to be posted shortly as indicated above]
), so site visitors could plainly
see that they weren't repeatedly pulling your fall-back page from their own browser caches.
Once CathInfo members became comfortable with--or at least become conditioned to avoid panic from--unexpected appearance of the fall-back Web page, especially reässurance from observing ETR guesstimates
that are reliable enough for the free
forum that you're providing, it might reduce your occasional stress
as owner-admin, such as what you reported recently when you needed an opportunity to install the newer replacement power supply in your new server (Wed., May 25 [##]).
Note *: Matthew: <http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php/Raspberry-Pi-3-model-B#p1
>. Posted "Mar 11, 2016, 7:05 pm", &seq.
Note #: Matthew: <http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php/Expect-some-CathInfo-downtime-15-min
>. Posted Wed., "May 25, 2016, 12:30 am".
Note ##: Matthew: <http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php/Sorry-about-the-outage-Texas-monsoon-season
>. Posted Tue., "May 31, 2016, 7:11 pm".