Bringing my "TARDISBox" portable wifi hotspot; what else should I seed it with?

TMIBTMIB Registered User regular
edited September 2012 in PAX West
Editing my post again, since the moderator is still not happy with me. (I'm trying to comply, really!)

TO BE CLEAR: I AM NOT ADVOCATING PIRACY.


Internet connections via cell phone service at PAX has been pretty bad in past years, so this year I'm bringing my "TARDIS Box"; a portable wifi hotspot that hosts a messageboard, chat, and filesharing service. All of this is anonymous and non-Internet connected.

I figure I'll seed it with some useful PAX-related files, but also it'll be a fun experience to see what other stuff people post and share.

Here's what it looks like:

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(More pictures here.)

This is essentially a wifi hotspot that you can connect to openly (it shows up as "TARDISBox - Share Freely!"), so if you see me walking around with it, or spot the SSID in your wifi connection list, feel free to connect, chat and browse! It gets about 6 hours of run time off the battery, and I'll extend that by plugging it in where I can. It's got a pretty darn good wi-fi range too.

I've got some freely licensed content on there now, but for PAX I've also put a copy of the map, schedule, and a couple different versions of the "foodie locations" list in the fileshare area. What else would be useful? I'd love to see folks post random pictures taken at PAX, or maybe videos they took.

--TMIB

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  • edgeofbladeedgeofblade Warlock Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    Cool idea dude and I love the idea of a mobile message board and fileserver... but I have to point out that chatting with someone already within Wifi range is typically better achieved with transmissions in the 85-255 Hz range.

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  • TMIBTMIB Registered User regular
    Cool idea dude and I love the idea of a mobile message board and fileserver... but I have to point out that chatting with someone already within Wifi range is typically better achieved with transmissions in the 85-255 Hz range.

    Sure, but chatting with multiple random PAX folks? It's one thing to call up a specific person on the cell phone, another to jump on a mobile messageboard/chat server in range to see who else is participating.

    I don't know if this will get used at all; folks might not be interested. It's more of an experiment than anything else. It could also be a lot of fun if folks actively participate. :)

  • RichSoCashRichSoCash Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited August 2012
    How about 12 gigs of Nine Inch Nails ready for the taking?

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  • CrogothCrogoth Registered User regular
    i think this would be absolutely amazing for sharing photographs/videos of several people's PAX experience. can't be everywhere at once, but this is the next best thing =P

  • TMIBTMIB Registered User regular
    RichSoCash wrote: »
    How about 12 gigs of Nine Inch Nails ready for the taking?

    No can, do. That's not licensed.
    However, a good example of music that CAN be shared is some of Jonathan Coulton's stuff. He licenses his music Creative Commons by-nc (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/). JoCo is awesome like that, so if you like his music, you should hop over to his site and donate.

  • TMIBTMIB Registered User regular
    Crogoth wrote: »
    i think this would be absolutely amazing for sharing photographs/videos of several people's PAX experience. can't be everywhere at once, but this is the next best thing =P

    That's what I'm hoping. I'm not expecting that many folks will be lugging laptops around (though certainly some will) but the chat, message board and fileshare are all accessible by smartphones over wifi, so photos and videos will hopefully work well, and the messageboard & chat should be fun.

  • Xtian80Xtian80 Registered User regular
    This is an AWESOME idea in my opinion, I will definately look for you/the box of goodness and upload/download pictures

  • tessel8tessel8 Registered User regular
    it might be fun to put opengarden on it also :)

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