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Well, I noticed that I had a little bit of traffic from e3.com.au, the home of the WA wireless freenet blog, so I jumped on over there, and sure enough, somone had posted a link to my site. The post was followed up by some comments relating to my lack of involvement in the freenet project here in Perth, so I thought I’d post a little about my reasons behind that.

Basically, I’d like to be involved, but I don’t have the resources at the moment. When I get around to getting a new desktop box, then it will be an option because I can have it running all the time, and it will be reliable, but at the moment I only have my laptop running on this WAP, so I can’t really act as any sort of reliable node in a network, thus there’s no point getting involved just yet. I’ll also need to get an external aerial, and figure out how I’m going to go about only semi-permanently attaching that to a rental property, but that’s a whole other issue.

In the mean time, I’d like to point out that there’s probably not a lot that I’m going to directly get out of being a part of the network (i.e. access to any extra information etc), but that I’d be providing my WAP as a repeater/node to help out the power of the entire network more than any sort of personal gain.

Now on to something that might interest other people.

I’m considering opening up my node and leaving it open for public use, for anyone that wants to get onto the ‘net, check email — whatever. I’d leave it completely open, because when I’m not here, it’s not even connected to my computer, so I don’t mind, and I have massive bandwidth quotas, which are paid for by my employer and that I’ll never use, so it’s of no consequence to me. All that I would consider doing is giving myself the ability, and reserving the right, to block users out if they abused it, or if I needed a large slice of my bandwidth for anything in particular at any one time.

What do you think of this? Anyone out there that’d be interested in using a public node once in a while in the Comer Street, Como area? Let me know via the comments and I’ll consider it further 🙂

Written by Beau Lebens

December 22nd, 2003 at 4:00 pm

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