Harvard learns from Chattanooga open source librarian Griffey

From: Phil Shapiro 
Hi chugalug members, 

There's a nice blog post over at Harvard's web site about Jason Griffey's LibraryBox 
project being used at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, this week. 


Sure, Harvard knows a thing or two, but in no way can they match the ingenuity 
of Chatt tinkerers. 


Ain't that a gorgeous web site Jason Griffey has set up? It speaks of excellence 
in all forms. And I'll be using a LibraryBox in my day long workshop at the Cleveland 
Maker Faire next month. 



If anyone on this list happens to know open source enthusiasts in the Cleveland area, 
kindly contact me off list. I could use some help adding some more FOSS to my workshop -- 
in terms of showing the public the basics of OpenShot video editing -- or just showing up at my workshop with Linux laptops to make sure that Linux has an even greater presence at this maker faire. 



Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Phil, I live in Benton just about 20 minutes from Cleveland and I am an official Fedora Ambassador. I would be willing to help out any way I can. Can you give me some details?

=============================================================== From: Darren Breidigan ------------------------------------------------------ The URL points to Cleveland, Ohio.

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=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ Hats of to @griffey for his amazing work! The Librarybox is awesome. You all can tell him that in person when you come to Maker Day on the 4th floor next Saturday, he and the UTC library crew will be among those representing. www.chamakers.com for more info.

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Such a straightforward and brilliant idea.

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Such a neat system, nice job Griffey!

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ OOOHH!!! LARP Tech! ----- Phil Shapiro wrote:

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ 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*

=============================================================== From: Jason Griffey ------------------------------------------------------ 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

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ 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*

=============================================================== From: Jason Griffey ------------------------------------------------------ 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: http://librarybox.us/use

=============================================================== From: Matt Keys ------------------------------------------------------ This looks pretty cool Jason! When did you have time to build that?!

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ so chad can't bake? ----- Chad Smith wrote:

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I probably could. I've flashed firmware on a number of devices - and I've installed software on removable memory before, too. Doesn't seem overly difficult here, but I haven't tried, so idk for sure. My thought process for asking about a pre-packaged solution is: - Building one of these isn't on my "Things I really want to get done this quarter" list - I freelance for a private school, and I could see this being a large benefit - I absolutely don't want to tell them about it and end up having to "bake" one of these for each of dozens of classroom myself - I think offering a prepackaged solution could be a very profitable solution for Mr. Griffey - When open source software leads to profit for the software makers, more open source software continues to get created and maintained, so home bakers can still get their free recipes So, I asked - in LOLCatish. IDK that I am personally willing to lay down $75 for this myself - but if I knew it was offered, and going to be offered at least for the next few months, then I would be far more willing to move forward with sharing the knowledge. Perhaps seeing if the school wanted to buy one to try out. I personally have no immediate or easily foreseeable need for one, other than demoing it for the school. I do think it is a very cool project, and hope to see it flourish. Hence, my request. *- Chad W. Smith*