Dnsmasq, an addition to occupy.here?

Dnsmasq is a lightweight, easy to configure DNS forwarder and DHCP server. It is designed to provide DNS and, optionally, DHCP, to a small network. It can serve the names of local machines which are not in the global DNS. The DHCP server integrates with the DNS server and allows machines with DHCP-allocated addresses to appear in the DNS with names configured either in each host or in a central configuration file. Dnsmasq supports static and dynamic DHCP leases and BOOTP/TFTP/PXE for network booting of diskless machines.

via Dnsmasq – a DNS forwarder for NAT firewalls..

Two Occupy.here nodes created!

I made two occupy.here nodes today. It was very easy thnx to the great documentation.

Each Occupy.here router is a LAN island in an archipelago of affiliated websites.

Anyone within range of an Occupy.here wifi router, with a web-capable pokedex or laptop, can join the network “OCCUPY.HERE,” load the locally-hosted website http://occupy.here, and use the message board to connect with other users nearby. The open source forum software offers a simple, mobile-friendly interface where users can share messages and files.

Although it is pretty neat, I have some improvement ideas:

  • An online map with current nodes (maybe on occupyhere.org)
  • Documentation on how to change the design
  • Syncing between nodes: if two nodes come close to each other it would be cool if they sync messages
  • Documentation on translation possibilities

Further: The current version requires you to go to the exact webpage. Currently http://occupy.here. This is a problem because, although people connect to the network, they might not know what the site is. Also omitting the ‘http://’ makes modern browsers believe you are just doing a search for occupy.here and redirects you to an https page of google.
Ideally you get redirected to the correct page as soon as you attempt to go to any site. Just like when you are on on of these public wifi’s where you first have to agree to the terms before they allow you to use their net.

At any rate, keep your eyes open for suspiciously named networks when I am near.

NinjaCat v1.0

Welcome to NinjaCat application!
NinjaCat is a simple realtime, channel based chat service with an optional encryption support. NinjaCat is anonymous and does not keep a serverside copy of your conversation. You should also note that if you want a better anonymity, you should use TOR or equivalent. Please, be aware that NinjaCat is provided as is and that we don’t provide any warranty of any kind. Use it at your own risk.

via NinjaCat v1.0.

Discourse forum software

What is discussion software?

To us, discussion software is a group of people interested in a common topic who are willing to type paragraphs to each other on a web page.

Yes, there is Twitter for very short form, there is web chat and IRC for real time with limited persistence, there is Tumblr for micro-blogging, and there are blogs for, well, blogging.

But we believe discussion software is a fundamental building block of web community.

via Discourse – About.

Where do I sign up for the next Practocalypse?

On a bright Saturday morning earlier this month, about thirty people gathered inside a large, dimly lit warehouse in Chelsea, hunched over smartphones, hand-drawn maps, and computer-networking equipment. Members of the group were briefed on the situation that would confront them: at about one o’clock, the Internet would go down. After that, they would be able to communicate wirelessly only through a network that they were about to create themselves.

via How to Survive an Internet Apocalypse : The New Yorker.