Mesh/16 January 2014

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Attendees

  • Jenny, Marc, Jeremy, Daniel, Matt, MaxB, Angelica, Mitar

Updates

  • We now have a ~18 TB server! Thanks to Novato Unified School District for the donation and Daniel for coordinating! RAD@!
  • J Rad dropped off 1000ft of outdoor ethernet cable and $600! :o
  • Marc is building a spectrum analyst machine from an OLPC + an omnidirectional Bullet, a GPS, and portable power supply - https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Mesh/
  • Marc solved the MTU issue! (rearranged the layers :)
  • Daniel spoke with a landlord who's interested in supporting the project.
  • Jeremy spoke at SF New Tech on Monday! We should hack more startup events!
  • Marc's been testing the cheap TP-Link routers and made a firmware image (minimal OpenWRT) that's a tarball that can be unzipped right onto the router. Unfortunately, the cheapest ones are not approved by the FCC. However, he found a bunch of better routers (eg; Western Digital) for around $27 (plus a USB stick would be ~$35)
  • Jenny presented the mesh at the Mass Effect event last Friday: https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Mass_effect
  • Upcoming EFF event in Berkeley (including Daniel Ellsberg) on Jan. 23: https://www.eff.org/event/nsa-surveillance-and-our-almost-orwellian-state
  • Mitar and friends code-sprinted on nodewatcher! - https://github.com/wlanslovenija/nodewatcher
  • Angelica's going to do music for the videos \o/

ToDos

  • Coordinate server pickup with Pete (Jenny)
  • Make or procure antennae for the 5GHz nodes (Marc / Jake / Deekoo)
  • Coordinate with the Meraki guy (Daniel & Juul)
  • Connect to Angelica's friend who owns real estate in East Oakland (Angelica/Jenny)
  • Ironing out the last bugs in the firmware! (Marc / Max)
  • Sync with Ralf from Internet Archive (Jenny)
  • Poke Liberty until we receive real estate contact (Jenny)

Notes

  • As router resellers, we'd be responsible for replacing them when they break.
  • Computer Networks Coursera course study group Thursdays at 6pm before mesh!

Gratuitous Link Dump

  • https://github.com/richo/groundstation - Project used by Byzantium folks. From The Doctor: "It is a distributed Twitter work-alike that uses Git for its back-end and a lightweight gossip protocol to synchronize other instances on the network. It presents a regular HTTP front end (which is easily proxyable through Apache to add SSL/TLS for data-in-motion protection) and does not require that users create accounts to use it. Communication channels are set up on the server side, and users can interact with (read, post, comment) with them from the client side."