=?windows-1252?q?Open_Chattanooga_Hack_Night_=96_Mesh_?= =?windows-1252?q?Network_Party!?=

From: Mike Harrison 
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On Oct 18, 2014, at 7:09 PM, Sean Brewer  wrote:
> We'll use off-the-shelf hardware to build a mesh network isolated from th=
e internet. Curious to see how it works, applications of it, or maybe test =
an idea you have? Come on by!

Which hardware/software are you using/supporting ? I will probably not be a=
ble to make it, but I have a collection of gear that might be useful. I=92l=
 like to setup a downtown mesh network if I had someone else to connect to.=
 We are at 701 Broad, 2nd floor. Not line of sight to the library, but if w=
e could bounce a few other people or use bigger/directional antennas we cou=
ld get a nice downtown mesh up and running. I=92d even donate use of =93cha=
ttmetro.net=94. It would be interesting to make it an =93anonymous encrypte=
d darknet=94 with multiple entry/exit points. A couple of =93library/pirate=
=94 boxes on the net would be useful. =


Ok.. so I rambled.. sorry.. =







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From: Sean Brewer 
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Special hack night: James McNutt and Jake Brown will show us how how to
build a mesh network, which they will also be demonstrating at MozFest in
London later this week!

During periods of civil unrest like the Arab Spring, civilians organized
and spoke openly on social media, and subsequently the involved governments
sought to limit access to the internet. In a typical model with an ISP,
this is as easy as cutting a cord. Mesh networking doesn't allow for this
because it's never reliant on a single point of access, it heals itself if
a point in the mesh goes down, access to local resources on the mesh always
remains open, it=E2=80=99s open source and freely available, and accessible=
 by
anyone with WiFi.

We'll use off-the-shelf hardware to build a mesh network isolated from the
internet. Curious to see how it works, applications of it, or maybe test an
idea you have? Come on by!

There will be food!

The event will be this Tuesday (October 21st) on the 4th Floor of the
Chattanooga Public Library downtown at 5:30pm.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/302582936612674/

or just show up.

Library 4th Floor hiring a part timer

From: Nate Hill 
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Lookit!

http://chattlibrary.org/jobs/library-assistant-2-part-time-0

The Chattanooga Public Library is looking for special people with that rare
combination of superb customer service skills and electronic wizardry to
help us transform the library.

As one of our "Smart People," you will be an expert who troubleshoots
gadgets and answers questions to help our customers make full use of our
resources.  Your problem-solving and people skills will ensure swift
resolution to technical problems.  You also educate team members about
products, while independently keeping your own technical know-how up to
date.

You will begin your work on the Library's 4th Floor, our public makerspace,
civic laboratory, and GigLab, but your services may be needed in other
library departments as well.  While your primary responsibility will be
providing excellent customer service to 4th Floor visitors, you are also
expected to engage, contribute, and participate in the development of new
ideas and new services.  You will assist the public with tools you may not
be familiar with yet, including but not limited to 3D printers, vinyl
cutters, and more, so curiosity and an interest in experimentation is
essential.

You will provide insightful advice and friendly, hands-on support to our
customers in need.  Difficult situations are no problem, as you explain
situations with patience and empathy.  You offer solutions quickly to help
our customers use their devices and our resources.  Juggling customer
needs, you keep aware of their time demands as well as your own.  You
fulfill our service commitment with speed, skill and grace.

Qualifications:

   - Strong people skills, with a knack for problem-solving
   - Ability to maintain composure and customer focus while troubleshooting
   and solving technical issues
   - Ability to juggle appointments for assistance with unceasing demands
   for your time
   - Both an eagerness and an aptitude for acquiring skills in technical
   areas
   - Ability to make decisions quickly
   - Ability to work a flexible schedule - work hours will be based on
   library needs



This is a part-time position, twenty (20) hours per week (including weekend
hours) and is based at the downtown library.  Be advised, however, that you
may be scheduled to work at any library location. The pay is $15.00 per
hour, with no benefits.  All library employees must be Tennessee
residents.  For further information, contact Jim Cooper at
cooper

LibraryBox wins Excellence in Education at Chatt Startup Awards

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Woohoo! See blog post announcement at 


http://tinyurl.com/pbovh77 


A hearty congratulations to Jason Griffey and others who have 
supported the LibraryBox project. 


phil 






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


My two Knight Foundation library newschallenge proposals

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi Chugaluggers, 


Here are two short proposals I submitted to the Knight Foundation's library newchallenge -- which seeks to fund initiatives that get more community members involved in civic participation via library initiatives. 


https://www.newschallenge.org/profiles/605988335 


If either (or both) of these initiatives resonate with you, kindly leave a comment with your thoughts underneath the proposal(s). As you might expect, both of my proposals have a strong open source component. 


The Knight Foundation will be choosing several proposals from the 680 that were submitted. $2.5 million of grant money will be applied to the selected proposals. The Knight Foundation is hoping to identify those ideas that can bring the greatest value to communities. 


Many of the other submitted proposals were equally intriguing to my eyes. I love how the whole process is out in the open -- as it should be. Some astute high school English teacher could potentially assign his or her students to search for three proposals that resonate with the student -- and then write an essay describing the upside and downsides of those proposals. That would be a real world writing assignment that would bring benefit to students and communities alike. 


phil 

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

Lacie external drive crashed

From: Nate Hill 
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Hey all,

Something terrible has happened... I have one of those Lacie rugged 1TB
external hard drives that I've basically used as my photograph junk drawer
for the last few years.  **Everything** is on there.

And it just crashed, it won't mount, and disk utility cannot do anything
with it.

Don't judge me for how stupid I was to put my faith in this one device.

I need to do some data recovery work here, and while I'd normally start
tinkering, the stakes are high and I don't want to make things worse.

Any thoughts, other than "way to go, idiot", are greatly appreciated.

Nate

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nathanielhill@gmail.com
http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

Any used these Powershell solutions to manage a nix box?

From: Rod-Lists 
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Good Morning sports fans,

Once in while we nix users get this issue, you have a nix box you need to connect to but the other company has a winders centric vpn.
So you have to use a winders box.
I know about putty and cygwin. But I was wondering if anyone had tried these commandlets or modules in Powershell to manage a nix box?

http://www.powershelladmin.com/wiki/SSH

Hardware donations for library

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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I'm working on a project to get some Linux machines set up for the
Rossville Public Library with some programming tools and possibly open
source media editing. I was wondering if anyone on the list might have
some hardware they would be interested in donating or if anyone knows
of a project that helps to get hardware with open source software into
places like libraries. Also, I'm considering a crowdfunding campaign,
what would you recommend for something like that? I appreciate any
suggestions or contributions, thanks.

Sincerely,
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Open Chattanooga Civic Hack Night - Trails!

From: Sean Brewer 
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All,

Tomorrow we will have an Open Chattanooga hack night, for trails!:
http://www.meetup.com/cfabrigade/Chattanooga-TN/1188522/

It will be on the 4th Floor tomorrow night starting at 5:30 until whenever
the library decides to kick us out.

Since we finished mapping the trails on Enterprise South Nature Park in
OSM, we will begin creating an interactive webmap from that:
https://github.com/openchattanooga/enterprise-south-nature-park-webmap/wiki/Develop-Webmap

We also want non-devs involved as well! With the ESNP interactive map we
could use feedback, testing, feature request, UX help. You don't need to be
a dev to do that.

Also, there's not a central location where ALL of the local trails are
documented. Chattanooga has a localwiki that folks can edit:
http://localwiki.net/cha/ where those trails could be listed

If you have any other trail related hacks/ideas, bring those and show up!
We'll try to break into teams by project interest.

Chattanooga library 4th floor in the WSJ today

From: Phil Shapiro 
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I've written to the Wall Street Journal complaining that they can't keep featuring the Chattanooga Public 
Library in all their upbeat human interest news stories. Other libraries in the country are also innovating. 
Other libraries in the country also love Linux. 


http://tinyurl.com/nzoxfn3 


Please let other libraries at least have a chance. (heh) 


phil 

New York City is a backwater. You wouldn't expect it to be as advanced as Chattanooga. Give 
it time, though. Give it time. 




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http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html 
http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

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

Extending Chromebook use after cracked screens happen

From: Phil Shapiro 
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These days twenty percent of all laptops sold are Chromebooks. http://tinyurl.com/lg5t6bk 


Quite a number of these end up with cracked screens just because that kind of thing happens sometime. 


Most folks might throw away their Chromebook with a cracked screen. It sure isn't worth paying money to get it fixed. 


But wait, could you donate your cracked screen Chromebook to the public library so they could resuscitate it in some way as a "Chromebox" desktop for some family that needs a computer? 


Why, yes. I'm so glad you asked. 


This little $15 HDMI-to-VGA adapter might be all that's needed. Donated 17-inch LCD monitors are quite plentifully available for free these days. Even a nice CRT monitor could be put to use. 


http://tinyurl.com/keerczy 


I don't know if the Chatt library is the right place to try such an initiative. They're already doing a ton of great things. There might be some other organizations in town interested in bridging the digital divide that could take this on. 


What would be amusing is to get a story written about such an initiative on Slashdot -- and then folks from around the country would start sending Chromebooks with broken screens to Chatt. Give me your poor, your tired, your cracked screen Chromebooks yearning to breathe free. 


It's not what resources you have access to that matters. It's what resourcefulness you have access to that matters. 


phil 

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


New blog post - "Open storytelling to boost literacy"

From: Phil Shapiro 
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This was a fun blog post to write. 


http://opensource.com/education/14/7/content-open-source 


Nate, feel free to grab any of these video files, throw them on the Chatt library 
web site, link to them from the library blog and then link to related readings ( 
such as biographies of Walt Disney or Louis Braille.) 


Anyone within Chugalug know which literacy organizations in town we can get these 
public domain files to? 


Jason Griffey, you're always welcome to use any of this stuff for domestic or international LibraryBox projects. 


phil 

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

Learn about OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps, at this Tuesday's Maptime on the 4th Floor!

From: Sean Brewer 
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Tim Moreland, from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning
Agency, will be giving a presentation on OpenStreetMap at this Tuesday's
Maptime meetup at 5:30pm on the 4th Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library
downtown.

More info here: https://github.com/maptime/chattanooga/issues/4

The local chapter of Maptime here in Chattanooga has a meeting with talks
every second Tuesday on the 4th Floor at 5:30pm and hack nights every
fourth Tuesday at the same time at the same place.

Outside the Lines -- public library event coming up in Sept, 2014

From: Phil Shapiro 
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There may well be a role for Chugalug members to play in supporting the Chatt library in this upcoming event: 


Outside the Lines is a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Sept. 14-20, 2014. Follow at @ GetOTL (via @ ilovemyanythink ) 


I'm in favor of lazy action, because laziness is what makes communities strong. If enough of us can be lazy together, we can change the world. 

phil 


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

Book - The Art of Tinkering (in the Chattanooga library)

From: Phil Shapiro 
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If there's some youth or adult in Chugalug who'd like to review this book, it would 
be a great book review for Opensource.com Those folks are very encouraging 
of submitted blog posts - and they even provide free copy editing. 


See http://catalog.lib.chattanooga.gov/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&pos=1 


See also 


https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering 


Maybe Nate can also post your book review to the Chatt library's blog. 


phil 





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http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

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

Fried Thunderbolt monitor

From: Nate Hill 
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Hey all,
I have a 4-5 year old Apple Thunderbolt monitor that needs a new
motherboard.  It is cooked, that is a pricey fix, and I'm not going to make
it happen.
If someone wants to make me a reasonable offer it is all theirs.
If nothing else, that is some sweet scrap aluminum...
-Nate

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nathanielhill@gmail.com
http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

Web developer at Huntsville public library loves Inkscape

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugalug community, 

This web developer at the public library in Huntsville loves Inkscape. (He follows Inkscape 
on Twitter.) 


https://twitter.com/webdev

If anyone in Chugalug wants a cheap Chromebook

From: Phil Shapiro 
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This previous Vista laptop is being sold cheap by someone in Chattanooga. It can boot Chromium OS from USB flash drive, 
or you can install Chromium onto the hard drive, too. (You would need to supply the hard drive.) 


See http://tinyurl.com/lsbhfnv 


See http://nickfarmer.me/chromium-on-the-dell-inspiron-1545/ 


and http://nickfarmer.me/installing-chromium/ 


My prediction is that this laptop will sell between $50 to $70. The reserve price (the lowest price the seller 
will accept) is probably $50. Free shipping (since it's being sold in Chatt). 


If you're interested in bidding on this, please let me know so that we don't have Chugalug members 
bidding against each other. I'll put interested bidders in touch with each other so they can figure out 
who wants to be the one to snag this. Hmmm, this might even be a group purchase in Chugalug -- 
with occasional loans to the Chatt Public Library to showcase how older laptops can be turned into Chromebooks. 


Mmmm, Core2Duo Chromebook. You could get a speeding ticket with this thing. 


phil 


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


Yahara Music announced at Madison Public Library

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Whoa -- local library system supporting local musicians -- using open source software. 


http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/new/yahara-music-library 


This is interesting. Thank you, Madison, Wisconsin. 


phil 




http://www.yaharamusic.org/ 


https://twitter.com/yaharamusic 








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

Find of the Day: ArrestDB

From: Eric Wolf 
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I was looking for an easier way to work with MySQL data and came across
ArrestDB:

https://github.com/alixaxel/ArrestDB

One "index.php" and a little Apache configuring now I can query, insert and
delete using Python requests library instead of hassling with a MySQL
library. For that matter, I can use curl to manipulate the data as well!

-Eric

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