gig wireless on The 4th Floor

From: Nate Hill 
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Hey all,
I just wanted you to know that as of yesterday we've got gig wireless in
the 4th floor library space.
The doors still aren't really open to the public just yet; it's still a bit
of a mess.
Does anybody feel like organizing around some kind of laid back hardware
hack up there in the next couple of weeks?
I've got some old machines... connectivity... the desire to take stuff
apart and put it back together differently...
Sounds fun, right?
If enough people are into it lets set a date and we could put together a
few little teams to do specific projects!
Nate

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http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

=============================================================== From: Garrett Gaston ------------------------------------------------------ Sure. So what kind of laid back hardware hack do you have in mind? Date: Thu=2C 13 Sep 2012 09:08:56 -0400 From: nathanielhill@gmail.com To: chugalug@chugalug.org Subject: [Chugalug] gig wireless on The 4th Floor Hey all=2CI just wanted you to know that as of yesterday we've got gig wire= less in the 4th floor library space.The doors still aren't really open to t= he public just yet=3B it's still a bit of a mess. Does anybody feel like organizing around some kind of laid back hardware ha= ck up there in the next couple of weeks? I've got some old machines... connectivity... the desire to take stuff apar= t and put it back together differently... Sounds fun=2C right?If enough people are into it lets set a date and we cou= ld put together a few little teams to do specific projects!Nate --=20 Nate Hill nathanielhill@gmail.com http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/ http://www.natehill.net

=============================================================== From: Bobby Burden ------------------------------------------------------ Sounds fun. Have a project in mind?

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ I'd love to get a crew together to play with making an open source self check out machine. There's code here... http://code.google.com/p/open-source-self-check/ and why stop there, if someone wanted to try something different we could go with it. Or, more basic... I have old desktops that we could wipe out and install Ubuntu or Mint on and see if we could squeeze some more life out of them. There's always a need for more public computer terminals here. Or, of course, I'm totally open to other ideas... N

=============================================================== From: joshua johnson ------------------------------------------------------ Interested.

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ What do want to do with those desktops? I've long said that for you catalogue lookup all you need is a an openbox desktop running opera in kiosk mode. Not saying that they can't do other stuff. It doesn't take much for light web access. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Jason Brown ------------------------------------------------------ Depending on the application wanted, this kiosk management system looks niceish. http://openkiosk.sourceforge.net/index.html --Jason

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ Another cool thing to work on would be setting up the least possible hardware necessary from the junkheap upstairs to make library catalog access stations. The library catalog is just available at a URL, http://www.lib.chattanooga.gov/polaris/ (yes it looks like it is 1997, we are working on that) It'd be fun if some folks were to help set up a station that gave folks as access to that URL and nothing else... no Facebook or other stuff. We currently have the same computing power behind a catalog station that we have for every other setup in the building. This strikes me as wasteful. Help would be welcome.

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ Like I said your fav distro running openbox. http://openbox.org/ The bonus even if the get to the desktop it so unlike windows or mac most would be lost. autoload opera in kiosk mode with your URL. http://www.opera.com/support/mastering/kiosk/ ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ ps kudos on having an rss feed! ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ dang, I should have taken vacation NEXT week ;-) I'd still love to have a chance to build a beowulf cluster someday... why? just to say "we did it". After we play with it for an hour, we could tear it down and turn it into something useful.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Hey all, I just wanted you to know that as of yesterday we've got gig wireless in the 4th floor library space. The doors still aren't really open to the public just yet; it's still a bit of a mess. Does anybody feel like organizing around some kind of laid back hardware hack up there in the next couple of weeks? I've got some old machines... connectivity... the desire to take stuff apart and put it back together differently... Sounds fun, right? If enough people are into it lets set a date and we could put together a few little teams to do specific projects! Nate Well, I've got a couple wireless NICs I'd be willing to donate. Problem with them is, you have to hand-compile a kernel because there's no driver built into the kernel for these devices. I got 'em cheap, so no loss if I donate 'em. :D

=============================================================== From: Michael Scholten ------------------------------------------------------ Sounds like fun! I'd be interested in poking my nose around some old computers and to watch over the shoulders of the wiser gurus, which is just about anyone else... Nate, I like how your using our (and your) interest in tinkering to gain free technical help. Not denouncing it at all, just makes me chuckle. -Michael

=============================================================== From: Zachary Garvelink ------------------------------------------------------ I would be interested to help. Zac