1. Red Hook Relief Effort Pictures.

    06 December 2012

    A couple of weeks back Project Byzantium was called to New York City to assist with relief efforts in the Red Hook neighborhood. While we were up there I took a couple of photographs while on the job. Here they are.

    I still find the most disturbing thing of all how much of Manhattan was still without power. It's a little unnerving to see huge corporate towers completely dark - nobody working late, nobody fixing them up, just... nobody home.

    Read more...

  2. Some friends of mine are in trouble.

    03 December 2012

    This is probably one of the hardest blog posts I've ever tried to write. It's hard to write something like this so that it's not all drama, not all pathos, not all "holiday tragedy human interest story" (which is its own unique flavour of article, to be sure), and yet not come across like I'm trying to manipulate people by tugging at their heart strings. So, to that end, I've opted to write only the facts as I understand them, with a minimum of linguistic ornamentation.

    Mylia, Chey, Mika, and Cindy are old friends of the family, and rented a …

    Read more...

  3. Project Byzantium is an Access Innovation Prize finalist.

    30 November 2012

    I don't have a lot of time, so I'll be brief:

    A few months ago Project Byzantium sent an application for the Access Innovation Prize, an initiative that will award five $20kus grants to projects operating in five problem spaces (Blackout Resilience, Making Crypto Easy, The Bounty, The Golden Jellybean, and the Access Facebook Award).

    We were recently notified that we are finalists in the Blackout Resilience category and will be attending the awards ceremony on 10 December 2012.

    Read more...

  4. Project Byzantium called to assist relief efforts in New York.

    14 November 2012

    As a result of the damage done to New York City by Hurricane Sandy the week before last, Project Byzantium was contacted by representatives of several NGOs and non-profit organizations we've been in contact with as a result of our work on community wireless mesh networks. We were asked if Byzantium Linux might be useful in assisting relief efforts in New York City by restoring communications on the local level. As this is one of our primary use cases, we responded in the affirmative, and were told that we might be asked to go to New York City to help …

    Read more...

  5. Lyssa has just opened an Etsy store.

    05 November 2012

    I don't mention it very often in this blog, but my lovely wife and partner Lyssa Heartsong has been both knitting and spinning her own yarn for the past few years. In recent weeks, she has been setting up her own Etsy store to sell her work. Right now she has some of her private stash of hand-spun yarn up for sale as well as a few jewelry pieces and more will be on the way shortly.

    If you'd like to take a look at what Lyssa has for sale, here's a link to her store. She would appreciate it …

    Read more...

  6. Presentation to ISOC-DC, 20121016.

    22 October 2012

    I wound up not giving the whole presentation to the DC chapter of the Internet Society last week because the format got changed up at the last minute. But anyway, here is the presentation I would have given in PDF and OpenOffice Presentation formats.


    This work by The Doctor [412/724/301/703] is published under a Creative Commons By Attribution / Noncommercial / Share Alike v3.0 License.

    Read more...

  7. International Summit For Community Wireless Networks 2012.

    21 October 2012

    A little over two weeks ago Sitwon, Haxwithaxe and I made the trek to Barcelona, Spain for the International Summit For Community Wireless Networks, partially because we thought that we might get some useful things out of it for Project Byzantium, but also because Project Byzantium had been invited to attend and present some of our work and ideas for the community at large at the conference. So, arrangements were made in due course, and our journey took us from Baltimore to Philadelphia for a layover, and then an eight hour transatlantic flight carried us to Spain. Sitwon was traveling …

    Read more...

  8. The DC Cryptoparty was a success!

    17 October 2012

    A couple of weeks ago I announced that a cryptoparty would be held at HacDC in the first half of October. If you haven't been watching hashtags on Twitter, a cryptoparty is a party where people get together to eat pizza and learn how to install and use strong cryptographic software (like GnuPG and Truecrypt) safely. These parties began in Australia as a result of the government there passing a bill which requires mandatory recording and storage of all net.traffic, just in case someone living in Australia is doing anything illegal. Almost immediately cryptoparties began springing up around the …

    Read more...

67 / 206