wsfii-discuss | 21 Feb 04:58 2016
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Fw: new important message

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New message, please read http://j5construction.com/paper.php

 

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Diderik van Wingerden | 8 Dec 12:53 2015

Invitation to (remote) talk at our next open/tech/innovation meetup in The Hague, the Netherlands

Hello fellow open knowledge enthusiasts!

My name is Diderik, I am a Pragmatic Idealist and Social Entrepreneur (amongst others): we started a "Union of Makers" a year ago which is about developing innovative technological products for a better world, based on Open Hardware and Free/Open Source principles. So far we have initiatives in Energy, Health and Education, we received a grant from the EU, were finalists of UNICEF Wearables for Good and won a local "Medical" award with our Open Hardware Wearable Device. See for more: http://openhealth.wemaketotem.org/

But this is not why I am sending this e-mail. I am also active in the local open/tech/innovation community in The Hague, The Netherlands. Last week a friend pointed me to Guifi.net, which I find to be a very interesting initiative and would love to learn more about.

Is there someone on this list who is an insider of Guifi.net or knows someone who is and who would be willing to do a remote presentation/talk at our next meetup?

It is scheduled for 7 January: http://www.meetup.com/haagsemakers/events/226002670/
Our local community is quite active and even though we just started this meetup, already 30 people showed up at the last one. We expect about the same at the next one.

The reason why I think Guifi is relevant at the moment in The Netherlands is the huge success of The Things Network (http://thethingsnetwork.org/, LoRaWAN) as a community-based free/libre network for Machine to Machine (Internet of Things). So there could be good momentum now to also start a 'Human to Human' network here in a similar fashion.

Let me know what you think! Thanks in advance for any reply.

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Warm regards, hartelijke groet,

Diderik van Wingerden
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http://www.think-innovation.com/

Totem Open Health won Medical Delta Proof It Award
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Juergen Neumann | 29 Sep 18:27 2015
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Blog Post on Freifunk - It's do or die now!

Dear all,

we have worked on a rough translation of my recent blog post on
Freifunk. I hope it is not too bad!? Please halp spread the word:
http://blog.freifunk.net/2015/its-do-or-die-now

Thanks!

JuergeN

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Ramnarayan.K | 6 Sep 11:03 2015
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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH and how to get involved

So what implications is this going to have on the Open Source Firmwares for wifi routers and all the associated software / methods.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/05/fcc_software_updates/

The aricle is a fairly long one , so am not posting the text.

Seems to me this ia a fairly direct attack on any method of altering any computing device in anyway. First we had UEFI and now this.

While it seems centred on the US, it doesn't take much time for certain other parties to jump onto the bandwagon, and also in places where much of the equipment is drawn from US sources.

ram
(India)
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Armin Medosch | 23 May 13:55 2015
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Online book on Network Commons

Hi,

over the past year, I have written a draft book on the notion of the
Network Commons. I have made this a kind of experiment, by publishing
early and quite rough drafts. This is now the last chapter, which
contains a lot of the experiences of a recent trip to the Wireless
community weekend in Berlin, Germany
http://www.thenextlayer.org/node/1323

The whole experiment can be found here
http://www.thenextlayer.org/NetworkCommons

In coming weeks I will be revising earlier chapters. I would still be
happy to include more examples of the network commons from around the world
best regards
Armin

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Carole Hubinon | 17 Mar 19:20 2015
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guifi.net in Matarraña

Hello, 
Do you think it is possible to connect the Matarrana area to guifi.net and what is neccessary ? the cost ??
Thanks for your help ...
Caro

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Ramnarayan.K | 10 Jun 06:20 2014
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Out in the Open: This Super-Cheap Cellphone Network Brings Coverage Almost Anywhere | Enterprise | WIRED

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/openbts/

For you kind info

Apologies for multiple cross posting
ram
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Jonathan A | 10 May 14:48 2014
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Steve Song | 8 Apr 18:47 2014

Congralutations to Mahabir Pun

on his induction into the Internet Hall of Fame.  


Well deserved!

Cheers... Steve

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Ramnarayan.K | 4 Apr 06:47 2014
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Wireless Mesh technology - FireChat ignites new way to communicate on phones

FireChat ignites new way to communicate on phones

http://news.yahoo.com/firechat-ignites-way-communicate-phones-160939070--finance.html

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

In just two weeks since its release on the iPhone, FireChat already has provided a flicker of hope for people pining for more effective, secure and affordable ways to communicate. That's because the free messaging app harnesses a technology called wireless mesh networking, which might someday allow a myriad of devices to connect like links in a chain.

The technique might someday be used to tie together thousands of devices with built-in radios and make it possible to be online without having to pay for the access. It could also enable online communications in remote areas or disaster zones without Wi-Fi or cellular signals. Furthermore, the conversations in these so-called "off-the-grid" networks can't be easily hacked into by spies and mischief makers or shut down by governments trying to stifle free speech.

"We trying to create networks built by the people for the people," said Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, maker of the FireChat app.

Open Garden, a San Francisco startup with just 10 employees, is taking another step toward its ambitious goal with Thursday's release of a FireChat app for Android phones.

FireChat could be an even hotter commodity on Android given the demographic differences between that platform's user base and the typical iPhone owner. The app already has been installed on more than 1 million iOS devices.

Many smartphones running on Google Inc.'s free Android software are cheaper than Apple Inc.'s iPhone. That has made Android phones the top-selling mobile devices in less affluent countries, including in regions where Internet access is inadequate or expensive.

Google is among the big Internet companies intrigued with mesh networking's potential to bring more of the world online.

Sundar Pichai, Google's executive in charge of Android, has touted mesh networks as a way to connect wearable computers, such as the company's Glass eyewear. Mesh networks also could be used to bring a wide variety of everyday appliances online, helping to build an Internet of things instead of just websites.

FireChat's reach so far is limited. When connecting off the grid, iPhone app users have only been able to send text and photos to other FireChat users within a range of 30 to 100 feet.

Later this year, Open Garden plans to upgrade FireChat's iPhone app so off-the-grid users will be able to hopscotch through a daisy chain of devices to extend the reach of a local network. If this works, a FireChat user sitting in the right-field bleachers of a baseball game would be able to text with a friend on the other side of the stadium if enough other iPhone users in the ballpark also are on FireChat.

This extended range will be available immediately on FireChat's Android app because Open Garden released a mesh networking app for that operating system nearly two years ago.

FireChat's iPhone app piggybacks on an often overlooked feature called the Multipeer Connectivity Framework that Apple Inc. included in its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, released last September. Apple says more than 80 percent of people using its mobile devices rely on iOS 7.

For now, Android phones and iPhones with the FireChat app won't be able to engage in off-the-grid conversation. Open Garden, though, believes it will eventually be able to make mesh networking work on phones running on different operating systems.

As the mesh networking software improved, Benoliel realized Open Garden needed to come up with application to demonstrate what the technology could do. In that practical sense, FireChat is similar to the word processing and spreadsheet programs that Microsoft released decades ago to help broaden the appeal of its Windows operating system for personal computers, said Christophe Daligault, Open Garden's marketing chief.

FireChat's development was driven by the popularity of other mobile messaging apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp that enabled smartphone users to text and send pictures to their friends and family without having to pay smartphone carriers.

Like texts and photos sent on Snapchat, nothing transmitted through FireChat is saved. All content evaporates once the app is closed. FireChat also allows all its users to remain anonymous, another feature that is becoming popular on a variety of mobile messaging apps, such as Wickr and Rumr.

There still aren't enough people using FireChat to ensure users will find someone nearby to message. To pique people's interest in the app, FireChat offers an "everyone" option that allows users to enter a digital chat room with up to 80 other random users located in the same country. This option requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

Dailigault concedes FireChat's chat room isn't as high-minded as mesh networking.

"We are finding a lot of people are using it when they are just looking for something to do for a few minutes," Dailigault said. "Some of the discussions there are turning out to be more interesting than anything they can find on Facebook."

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Ramnarayan.K | 26 Mar 17:46 2014
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Strange issues with partially functioning wifi hardware

Hi

Am facing some strange issues with our broadband internet. Served by BSNL India.

First a range of the DSL / ADSl modems have partially functioning ports.

Second one of the devices allows only some sites to work (like all google sites)

I have two adsl routers
The first a ZTE ZXDSL 531B 4 ethernet port and wifi router - this allows only some sites to be accessed. It seems like a known problem.

The second a Dlink -DSL- 2520U has a malfunctioning (single) ethernet port but its usb port continues to work.

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Its a Catch 22 situation - the ZXDSL routers allows wifi and limited internet - but many folks (4 of us) can use it to access gmail , google news, some banking sites, some government sites and some others _- there is no pattern, _ ihave changed dns' both on the modem as well on local machines but it does not help. 

The Dlink router allows only one person - sitting really close to a short usb cable to use the net.

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It is possible to get a replacement but our location is such that the replacement modem will take atleast 10 days to reach. 

So temporarily was wondering if the following is a workable solution
 
A laptop running Linux (Linux mint 15) is connected to the Dlink 2520U via the usb cable. 
The internet connection is shared (how is what i aim to ask) and via a ethernet cable i feed a linksys wrt54gl wifi router. 

If this is a workable solution may i request the following
1. If yes, How to i get a laptop that is accessing the internet via the usb connection to pass on the internet via an ethernet cable to the linksys router 

If its not possible - would you have any suggestions 

Would be grateful for your suggestions

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Its possible that tomorrow I may sit next to the dlink router and download the openwrt version for the zte zxdsl router - but that will take some time. and a lot more time to install and configure the device with i guess a chance of bricking the device all together.

However if someone can google drive the said files and instructions maybe i can try and install them. I think the firmware upgrade is in two phases - first to install some cfe file and then install the openwrt firmware

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I have another router that seems to not work 
which is also a Dlink GLB-502T-V2  

I don't think there is any openwrt firmware for this - if there is,  then am willing to give this one a full go because as of now its just a piece of junk.

Again if there is , may i request, that the firmware (and instructions) be google drived (as it seems i can access that)

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thanks and looking forward to your suggestions and advice

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