hackaday monday sipping and contest

monday sipping

OH my! What a busy and great weekend! As you may or may not know, I was with Jason, Brian, and Karina over at Live8 behind the scenes blogging about Live8 with them. It was a wonderful time and experience. Then I had the balls to go and see War of the Worlds after such a long day, and I reccomend you rush out and see it. Twice. It’s wonderful.

But back to hacks. We’ve made a final decision. Hackaday meetups will officially be once a month and on a thursday. The last thursday of every month to be exact. If you’re in Philadelphia, the meetings here will be insanely awesome. We’ll be renting out hotel conference rooms or something like that, having contests, giveaways, prizes, and discussions. Almost like a mini-defcon each month!

The shirts will also be ordered this week which rocks, so be on the lookout on how to score those aside from Defcon.

Oh! Podcast 03 will be out this week as well! We’re getting our RSS feed up and running soon but if it’s not ready by Friday, we’ll still post the podcast on here and iTunes.

MIT’s infamous disco LED-ridden floor is available for purchase now. Wicked.

And it looks like Brazil is finally getting around to building those $100 laptops. My question to YOU guys is

57 thoughts on “hackaday monday sipping and contest

  1. I can see it now:
    20 years in the future every linux user in the world will flock to Brazil, where hundreds of Linux prodigy’s have completely changed the idea of Linux. Or they all move to America.

  2. vi is a word processor. How is pico a word process and vi not? You should lose your hacking license for that comment. All true hackers use vi!

  3. Why does nano never get any love? It has more features than pico, and it’s GPL’d. Emacs is pretty good, but I find vi’s control system to be really unintuitive.

  4. I hope that those 100$ laptops reach a commercial market after a short while, the reason? Although the power inside one won’t be that great … bunging in an OS like Symphony OS (www.symphonyos.com) would make it a great laptop for students / parents.

  5. Ooh, Vi vs. emacs! Vi vs. emacs! WOOO!

    I’m a vi user myself. I like it just fine for command line stuff, but when I’m using a GUI I prefer OOO for word processing, and am currently using nedit for text editing.

  6. How to build a laptop for under $100:

    Step 1:

    Buy used laptop on ebay for $50

    Step 2:

    There is no step 2.

  7. The display will be the most expensive part. Since MIT is going for electronic ink to drive the display costs below $25, I highly doubt us simple hack-a-dayers can recreate this expensive part. :) But good luck to all! :)

  8. buying a $50 laptop off ebay isnt going to work. It’s gotta be able to access the internet through ethernet etc. However, consider this:

    Find a dead laptop with a good screen. Get it. Then go searching.

  9. Looks like the control board is for sale, not the actual floor. So take the time to wire thousands of LEDS and then use their board/software.

  10. I dont care how you power it, the display does NOT have to be color. and the size doesnt matter.

    and vi is not a word processor folks. it’s a text editor. pico and emacs do a bit more (esp. the latter). vi is shit. final word. :)

  11. emacs forever! w00t!

    Oh, and I got Palm for the OS, then I went back and changed input device from touchscreen to mouse and got Mac OS X…

    Damnit, there’s no “trackpad” option! That is my favourite input device!

  12. I’m windows XP. Yet i’m a slackware user.

    A guy i know, who is a big microsoft guy, ended up as slackware.

    I think the quiz is broken!

  13. I’m windows XP. Yet i’m a slackware user.

    A guy i know, who is a big microsoft guy, ended up as slackware.

    I think the quiz is broken!

  14. this is way off topic, but i was thinking…

    with the commonness of home networks, people are beginning to realize that they have more resources than they can use. printer servers, file servers, media servers, etc, there should be a way to distribute the computing power of all the systems in the house.

    the reasoning behind the public not seeing the potential of their home network is because they generally do not have the software to put a burden on their current systems.

    another reason could possibly be that computer manufacturers do not want people to learn of this possibliity, as it would jeopardize their ability to sell computers.

    it is my goal to use all the processors in my house together. to make them work together and distribute processes between themselves automatically as they require more power.

    as far as i have seen, the biggest application of home network clustering is in media conversion. recently i have been trying to do some video recompression for my family, and i have found it to be so slow that i would like to harness the power in the rest of my systems.

    why has nobody developed a way to do this yet?

  15. re: post 17 vince veneziani:
    “I dont care how you power it, the display does NOT have to be color. and the size doesnt matter.”

    You’re almost making it too easy.

    Just to double check does “hard drive” means any HD like device, like a Disk On Chip or a compact flashcard?

    re: post 27 Brandon:”why has nobody developed a way to do this yet?”

    http://www.openmosix.org It’s been done.

  16. i’m hp-ux! That works out because I’m a big fan of a clean, command prompt based *nix server box. Who needs UI, give me [root@server /]# anyday.

  17. “and vi is not a word processor folks. it’s a text editor. pico and emacs do a bit more (esp. the latter)”

    pico does more than vi? LOL! Someone doesn’t have the slightest clue how to use vi.

    If you learn to use vi, it is many times more powerful and more efficient. pico/nano are decent for newbs, but they really lack any sort of fuctionality. Extremely basic.

  18. sweet, i like what came up for me :P

    “You are Amiga OS. Ahead of your time. You keep a lot of balls in the air. If only your parents had given you more opportunities to suceed.”

  19. i ended up being OSX…but im dual boot slackware/winxp….?

    just gald im not anything built by that money sucking microsoft…

    anyway…ive got a question about meet ups…i asked this on the irc channel (#hackaday on efnet for those of you who dont know)…

    question: any possible west coast meet ups in the future? if not then i would be happy to start one…im about 1.5 hours away from L.A. and about 45 min. from bakersfield…some other possible locations?

  20. yeah, i’d be up for a so cal meetup, and last time the irvine spectrum was discussed, possibly under the big ferris wheel. That was more of as an orange county meeting, so I don’t know how far you are from there. If we need a site to post information on, i’d be happy to put it up on mine. Send me a line at DNordbak@cox.net to talk about it more.

  21. who cares how cool it is if its doesn’t work its useless. Like a car, ill take a car that never breaksdown or stalls over a “I have every option” car that cant even go 2000 miles before needing repair. Go Slack

  22. not sure if it’s possible but I don’t have the time to mess with it, could you run a laptop off of a flashdrive instead of a hard drive?

    if you’re looking for dead laptops try freecycle.org

  23. I’M APPLE DOS 3.1 TOO! SHA-BOO-YAH!

    I WAS KINDA HPOING FOR OSX (BECAUSE… I’M *RUNNING* THAT…) BUT, HEY, AS LONG AS IT’S APPLE.

    IF THEY HAVE ALL THOSE WINDOWS FLAVORS, WHY ARE THERE ONLY 2 APPLE OS’ES? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SYSTEM 7.5?

    … SWEET SYSTEM SEVEN….

    AND WHY *THOSE* FLAVORS OF WINDOWS? WHAT ABOUT ONES THAT MATTER, LIKE NT- AFTER ALL, 98 AND 95 ARE BASICALLY THE SAME KERNEL.

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