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Sep. 26th, 2002 | 01:30 am

Reading Nicholas Negropante's vision of community networks distracted me for a good chunk of today.

A few days ago I was trying to see if there existed any decent (open source) multi-platform voice over ip (VoIP) applications.

Combined reminded me of a small vision of being able to get rid of my telco providers. Imagine if you will, a PDA with a wireless card, microphone, and speaker. Suddenly you have a replacement for the cell-phone, using reasonably cheap infrastructure.

So I was working some on trying to provide some authentication on my Linux access point. However needing to have a web browser always open to refresh the authentication token seemed annoying. So I wandered off looking into IPv6 and IPSec.

I need the authentication before I can add an antenna so I can have easy coverage of my apartment building. (Unfortunately apple's titanium powerbooks don't have very good range.)

It is tempting to get some others interested in this project and move forward.

Now if someone could come up with a way of producing microelectronics on a small scale, large mega-corporations become largely unnecessary.

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from: wig
date: Sep. 28th, 2002 06:15 am (UTC)

I like reading about your techie ideas, though I don't usually understand them (especially this one - I am very ignorant about computers).

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 3rd, 2002 11:18 pm (UTC)

Most of the time I try to explain my little tech fantasies for a wider audience. For that post I was playing with obsessive footnoting.

Mostly I'm trying to figure out if I can make my computer and the internet replace my phones. If wireless networking because broadly available it might even be possible to replace cellphones with some type pocket computer.

Which makes me happy as that's one less mega-corp I have to pay.

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