Mini-Maker Faire project: Jade's Lunchtop

Obligatory warning: If you are fandom-averse, you might want to skip right to the photographs.

Some months ago, a good friend of mine dragged me kicking and screaming into the Homestuck fandom by way of a novel length fanfic she and a friend are writing.

I won't tell you about Homestuck. That's not what this post is about. I will, however, tell you about the latest project to come off of my workbench, which was building as functional a replica of Jade's lunchtop computer as possible.

Cutting to the chase, after being infected with the Homestuck meme and searching for …

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Recovering.

Since v0.5b of Byzantium Linux hit the Net, all of us have been taking the opportunity to get a little R&R before proceeding to the fifth and final milestone, which is writing up everything that happened in the previous six months. That's going to be a lot of stuff, but we've got good notes, a bunch of blog posts, and no shortage of lessons learned through the development process. I think when we sit down and get to work, we'll get it knocked out, edited, and published in not a very much time. I'll also be in a …

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Byzantium Linux v0.5b is official!

A brief update before I go back to bed:

Byzantium Linux v0.5b is officially released. We've changed a significant number of things under the hood for the fourth ISC development milestone, such as completely revamping the build process by splitting the repository into a number of other modules, making the captive portal page more reliable, and updating packages to their latest stable version. All of us are kind of fried right now - that's why we called this release Sleep Deprivation - so we've made it available on the usual mirror sites as well as a brand-new BitTorrent tracker.

Give it …

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Project Byzantium: Milestone three in progress.

A brief post to catch everyone up while I'm at work:

Project Byzantium has been hard at work building a PTT (push-to-talk) circuit to support the third milestone of the ISC grant. What we're trying to do, in a nutshell, is this:

We have a couple of Baofeng UV-?R radios that we're trying to interface with laptops running Byzantium Linux. This is a known technology - ham radio operators have been doing datacomm over amateur radio frequencies for a couple of decades but this is a first for the three of us. What is posing a problem for us is …

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Project Byzantium awarded InformSec development grant!

Hit and run, because I'm at work:

The reason I haven't been posting much here is because I've been gearing up for this: Project Byzantium was awarded a grant by InformSec to advance the development of Byzantium Linux. The grant is for $10,000us across a six month period of time, during which we will accomplish the following milestones:

  • Port Byzantium Linux to the RaspberryPi.
  • Port Byzantium Linux to the Intel Macbook.
  • Develop a method for interfacing Byzantium Linux with existing amateur radio mesh networking projects.
  • Release v0.4.
Parties interested in joining the development effort are encouraged to join …

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Project Byzantium is an Access Innovation Prize finalist.

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.

Project Byzantium called to assist relief efforts in New York.

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 …

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International Summit For Community Wireless Networks 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 …

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Catching up on everything else.

I suppose I should talk about work a bit.

I don't ordinarily do that, because I think there's a conflict of interests between writing in a personal blog and talking about things I get paid to do, but sometimes it can't be helped. The last couple of weeks have been spent preparing for a fairly major server migration (e-mail service for a couple of offices and a couple of dozen employees), which for once didn't involve significant hardware wrangling (though that's going on in other areas) but does take a fair amount of time (most of it spent writing documentation …

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