[Chugalug] Harvard learns from Chattanooga open source librarian Griffey

Jason Griffey griffey at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 02:53:36 UTC 2013

Making this into a sellable product is def something that's been rolling
around in my head for a bit. Just gotta find the right way to make it
happen and see if it's manageable (and profitable) enough. Your numbers are
within the ranges I've come up with, but there would need to be a more
streamlined production mechanism...ie, not I-build-them-all-by-hand.

The files are loaded onto the drive by pulling it and throwing them on via
computer. There is no remote upload on LibraryBox, although there IS for
the original project this is forked from, PirateBox. PirateBox was designed
as an art project to illustrate the inability to control piracy, so if
you're looking for that sort of thing, PB will get it done. The idea with
LibraryBox is that physical control of the hardware is necessary to put
content onto it, so yes...teachers are using it for exactly that,
currently. Lots more use-cases on the website:


On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yes a buy it now button with a device that is ready to go out of the box.
>  The router and the USB stick with all the software on it you need
> (OpenWRT, PirateBox, & LibraryBox - latest compatible versions) installed.
> Just throwing numbers out there, (based on your numbers from the Equipment
> Needed page)... I'd say $75 for a one with 8GB, $95 for 32 GB plus another
> $10 ~ $15 for shipping.  Include at least a postcard "QuickStart" guide
> and/or a small printed manual.  Of course, it would all be in your 3D
> printable container.
> You could also just sell the pre-flashed router, and/or the USB drives
> with the software on them.
> Also - a question.  How does one put the files to be shared on the drive?
>  Do you have to take the drive out of the router and stick it into your
> computer? Or can files be added remotely?  I can see pros and cons to both.
>  Biggest con to remotely adding would be that there's no authentication by
> design (as I understand it) so students could upload things that the school
> doesn't want them sharing (pirated stuff, test answers, fake class notes,
> pron, drawings of the teacher with devil horns and a Hitler 'stache.)
> I could see this being used in classrooms where the teacher puts the
> assignments / reading lists / syllabus / notes on the drive before class
> and the students grab it during the lesson.
> *- Chad W. Smith*
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Jason Griffey <griffey at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A new logo is in the works, along with many other upgrades for the 2.0
>> release sometime this summer. The existing logo is a play on the PirateBox
>> logo, from which the project is forked. You don't have to use the logo at
>> all, of course.
>> When you say "pre-packaged solution", could you expand on what you mean?
>> Literally a "buy it now" button where you get a pre-flashed router heading
>> your way? Or something more?
>> Jason
>> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I can haz pre-packaged solution, pleeze?
>>> Preferably without a skull-inspired logo...  It makes it a bit easier to
>>> present for use in educational facilities if it doesn't look like something
>>> used to pirate movies and music.
>>> *
>>> *
>>> *- Chad W. Smith*
>>> > http://librarybox.us/
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