Real fucking cyberpunk isn't an overpaid security guard with more toys than a personal best buy. THIS is.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art Ignored By Big Telecom, Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet

Follow

@Birdmachine everything old is new again. Fidonet?

Remember ideas of wifi community usenet servers. Raspberrry pi. bit of storage, battery, solar power. Or the linux computer in a power wall wart. Just plug it into a socket in a janitor's cupboard and walk away.

Remember throwies? Ecologically unsound but fun little packages of magnet, battery, led[1]. These things should have some IoT smarts by now.

Throwies really needed a joule thief circuit and a timer. Years of once a minute flashes.

@jbond @Birdmachine

Old tech still very much valuable. Pakistan is being shutdown again, phones still work so dialup has a lot of value. Dunno if anyone still running modembanks though.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mastodon

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!