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Pirateboxes - Post apocalyptic file sharing

 
Huzah!
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09/08/2012 04:03 AM
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I've been buying these pretty little boxes to tinker with. I think you guys will dig them too. I have 2 now, and 2 more on the way. I broke one though. Boo. It was my fault. I'm trying to customize mine too much. Anyways..

Here's the breakdown. A piratebox is a piece of software that can be installed on a router. And this router also has another particular piece of software called OpenWRT.
Thats about as technical as I'll get.
It basically means that everything on the device is open source.
Which means that it's CODE is open to the public to read/edit and use. Awesome. No hidden monsters.

Anyway, there are a lot of projects that are circulating around this concept. But this particular project revolves around being able to chat and transfer files freely to anyone that can see the wireless network. The boxes don't track logs or ips either. Because they aren't connected to the internet actually. This little box is sending out a wireless signal, and any computer nearby can connect to it without a password. The little box then digs through the USB drive and shows the users the files that are on the drive. Users can chat in a little window, and/or upload files of their own. The boxes are small enough to carry around in your pocket! Take a look.

I bought a portable battery as well. It works well. I love it. The entire process takes about 20-30 minutes once you have these two pieces.

Purchase:
1.) [link to www.amazon.com] ($35)
2.) [link to www.amazon.com] ($15-$60)

Instructions:
[link to wiki.daviddarts.com]

Note:
You will need to know your home router's ip gateway address. This does not mean that the piratebox needs to connect to the internet ALL THE TIME. It just needs to connect to the internet ONCE so it can download the software. Then you unplug it and it's a free bird!

I'll bookmark this thread incase any of you guys try it out. I'll help with troubleshooting. It looks complicated, but you'd really be copy and pasting those lines of code until you're done.
Anonymous Coward (OP)
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09/08/2012 04:15 AM
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Re: Pirateboxes - Post apocalyptic file sharing
Pin to boost awareness?

Similar projects include:
[link to freedomboxfoundation.org]
"We're building software for smart devices whose engineered purpose is to work together to facilitate free communication among people, safely and securely, beyond the ambition of the strongest power to penetrate. They can make freedom of thought and information a permanent, ineradicable feature of the net that holds our souls."

Which is sponsored by the same groups that bring us a whole bunch of awesome open source stuff. I'll post a list in a second. I'm still searching for the full list.
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09/08/2012 04:20 AM
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Re: Pirateboxes - Post apocalyptic file sharing
Wireless intranet/subnet ?
Anonymous Coward (OP)
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09/08/2012 04:28 AM
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Until they get the ad-hoc network together. Then each of these little guys can talk and relay data to eachother. But that set of features are being handled by other developers.

That type of project usually goes by the name of meshnet or darknet. And that could potentially replace the internet. Making it free to use, and free of gov control/regulation.
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09/08/2012 08:15 PM
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bump!
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09/08/2012 08:29 PM
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cool info op, thanks for sharing. I am going to look more into this intranet...At first I thought it was going to be a treasure chest where you put paper treasure maps to hide them, lol a pirate box, ya for real, i'm high
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09/08/2012 08:45 PM
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haha! Enjoying the weekend with yah ;)
tuuuuur

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01/01/2013 06:32 AM

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Re: Pirateboxes - Post apocalyptic file sharing
Downloading the livecd for use with any laptop now.

Anyone here that uses it already? Care to share experiences?
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01/01/2013 06:45 AM
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Most of the people on here are Windows users who aren't very computer savvy in the first place and will probably end up getting their boxes pwned if they start opening themselves up to services like telnet.
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01/01/2013 06:54 AM
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sounds more and more like john titors future every day.
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01/01/2013 10:56 AM
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That's pretty neat, OP!

Definitely would want to have a splash page so that when people connect they get some instructions on what they can do.

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