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PirateBox: an "artistic provocation" in lunchbox form

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When NYU art professor David Darts shows people his lunchbox, "a smile just starts creeping up on their face."

Painted black with a white skull-and-crossbones, the metal box doesn't hold a pastrami on rye; instead, it's stuffed with networking equipment and batteries, and it hosts a Debian Linux install running a barebones Python-powered Web server. The goal of this "PirateBox": to create an open file-sharing network in any public space, and to do with total privacy.

Inside the PirateBox sits a Free Agent Dockstar, an Asus WL330GE wireless router, and a SanDisk 16GB flash drive. The software, including Debian Linux and the DD-WRT open-source router firmware, is all free. The total build cost is under $100, not counting the lunchbox enclosure and the optional battery pack (the PirateBox can alternately run on AC power).

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re: Piratebox

I hope this really catches on - and people start putting those boxes out everywhere.

Then I can collect the boxes and have a endless supply of free WiFi Routers.

And remember, when I do so, it's not stealing, it's SHARING!!!!!

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