It's a little known fact that Ballmer visits random homes and throws chairs at people while they use Windows.
If you are un-lucky enough to know someone that runs RT, it is sad to watch. They get those cartoon safes dropped on them.
What's sad to watch is that they won't let RT or Surface die.
I just commented about this with a friend that is doing some testing with tablets (android and i-whatevers) for a wide roll-out of tablets, and the Surface and RT had not even been considered.
I'm a nerd and I like it!
Ever since we moved into the new house I've had trouble with wifi. I can't really move the main router, and I didn't like having to run two of them.
So I bought a commercial grade access point, a Cisco Aironet AP1242 on eBay for $50.
These things sell for pretty cheap because they're usually found "in the wild" with a dependency on Cisco's wireless controller hardware. But if you know where to get the right firmware, and have the skills to reload it, they can be turned into really good quality standalone access points.
Now I've got mine placed on a wall at the bottom of a stairway right in the center of the house. The cable from it is completely concealed, as it runs through the wall into the closet of my son's ground floor bedroom (yes I could have probably just put the AP *in* the closet, but I'm a nerd and I want my Cisco on display) and I even got a midspan PoE injector back in the equipment rack to power it.
The wifi radio in the router has now been shut off, the second router has been decommissioned, the whole house now has good coverage, and I am a happy nerd.
I could, but then I'd have a 5 GHz discone antenna, a small coax jumper, a receive pre-amp and a 5w transmit amplifier sitting in my stairway. I don't think the license would be the limiting factor.
Oct 27 2014 1:52pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
I could, but then I'd have a 5 GHz discone antenna, a small coax
jumper, a receive pre-amp and a 5w transmit amplifier sitting in my
stairway. I don't think the license would be the limiting factor.
The point was that it would no longer have to be in your stairway...
If I ever decide to take up ham radio, it'll be on its own terms and for its own purposes.
If I ever decide to take up ham radio, it'll be on its own terms and
for its own purposes.
If there is even the slightest bit of "prepper" in you, the time to "take up ham radio" is now.
There is a rapidly growing "movement" toward the establishment of a mesh network using commercially available ethernet routers that also do WiFi - on the shared band (WiFi and ham radio - I believe it is 5Ghz) where WiFi channels 6 and up actually lie inside the (primary service) amateur radio allocation.
There's ham-hacked firmware for the routers that qualify.
You can run up to the legal amateur radio limit in power output from the transmitter (1,000 watts).
You can build and use any antenna system your brain can conjure.
You are no longer limited to "what is legal" under WiFi or WiLAN rules.
And just about, if not all, linux distros have the AX.25/ham stuff either already built in, or easily installed via apt-get. (or your distro's equivalent).
And since your 'uncensored' Citadel is - for all intent and purposes - completely void of commercial content (meaning: nobody is buying or selling as a business; used stuff is ham-legal), you could even have your BBS accessable via ham packet radio.
Now, is THAT enough reason?!?! <very evil grin>
Interesting. Sort of the problem, though, is tricking your laptop, iPad etc out so that it has enough transmit power to talk BACK to your tricked-out base station from any distance... eh?
Oct 28 2014 12:02pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
Establishing an AX.25 presence for Uncensored is a super idea. The
only problem is ... Uncensored hasn't been run from my house since
The only thing "required" to be at your house is the ham transceiver.
So the problem is:
1. install AX.25 on your remote linux box
2. have the "ham login shell" talk to uncensored through a separate SSH connection (hamuser@ comes to mind).
3. inbound and outbound AX.25 packets can be routed to a linux box at your house which is then connected to a packet terminal node controller (TNC) which then connects to your (2 meter) transceiver.
Configure everything on the ham stuff at *your* house and *bam* **done**.
Oh, you'll need to contact the folks at Berkeley who administer the AMPR.ORG domain and get a nodename (I'll use me as the example.... k2ne.ampr.org) and routing. The rest is handled over the internet.
Easy. You'll of course, have to configure your remote linux box for a second interface to handle the .ampr.org in/out traffic but other than that it is a lot easier than it sounds.
Oct 28 2014 5:43pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
Yes, of course, but you were talking about it in a "prepper" context,
so one would presume that in a SHTF situation, the link between my
house and the data center would be offline.
Yes - but then you seemed enthused at putting the BBS online, which is when my emphasis shifted.
Later we did the same thing through UUCP using UUCICO, which also worked but was even kludgier.
We abandoned all that in favor of just doing it via dial-up which worked perfectly. For that era.
For a year or two before this site went onto the Internet full time, we were using UUCP over a demand-dialed Internet connection to pick up mail because it was (and still is) more reliable than any of the other methods available to coax SMTP into sending mail at the right time to a host that isn't always up.
Most people also don't know that we were providing free Internet mail to the entire Citadel dialup network. I made it clear that we created a node called "internet" and you could send mail to addresses like "foo%bar.com @ Internet" and it would do the right thing in both directions, but nobody paid attention because I wasn't part of the Minnesota in-crowd.
Honestly, though, your last msg is the *first* I ever heard of your mail forwarding schema. Neat! Wish I'd known of it in 1987.