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After spending a lot of time falling into hole after hole trying to shut the SBC down gracefully by monitoring solar power output, I decided to try another approach and make it OK to just “unplug” the computer when it ran out of power (without wrecking the file system, etc.).

I found that the Alpine Linux distro has a slick solution to this (run everything in ram), but it only supports raspberry pi (not the rock64 which I’ve been using).

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No problem, just replace it with a raspberry pi right? Wrong, they are out of stock everywhere.

Then I remember I have a model A inside another project. I really didn’t want to pull it out because it’s arguably the best packaging job I’ve ever done for one of these, but…

@jjg Have you ever had a computer or drive have any issues from being unplugged? Seems like an old wives tail at this point.

@jim I’ve seen it pretty regularly with SBC’s that use SD cards, not sure why it’s common there but it’s real 😁

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