Subject: [NYCGA Internet] ows.offline
From: Dan Phiffer
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:53:30 -0700 (PDT)
To: internet working group

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to introduce myself and my project, ows.offline. It's
very simple forum software I built to run on an autonomous wifi router
running OpenWRT. It's designed to be used independently of the broader
internet, thus narrowing its audience to those within range of the
wireless signal. I'm hoping it might serve as a useful resource to
folks in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere.

Here's a diagram that might explain how it works:
http://mlkshk.com/p/872D

I've written about it in more detail here:
http://phiffer.org/writing/proposal-for-ows-offline/

Source code is available here:
https://github.com/dphiffer/openwrt-forum

And there's a test installation here:
http://phiffer.org/cgi-bin/forum.cgi

I'm curious what you guys think -- if it's relevant to the working
group, or if you know anyone I should get in touch with. I think the
biggest challenges are making sure it stays plugged in and out of the
elements, and getting the word out to people who might benefit from a
local (offline) forum.

(I did a test run on a router in the park a few days ago, but it seems
to have gone missing in the shuffle. I do have another one, but I'm
hoping to be a little more careful with deployment in v2.0.)

Thanks!
-Dan

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