cool tech posted by

PirateBox transforms any space into a open file sharing network


piratebox small PirateBox transforms any space into a open file sharing network

The technology news may be filled with talk of pirates, copyright and file swapping, but there are other variations on the whole network sharing paradigm which don’t get the same amount of sensationalist press. One example is the continued popularity of IRC, a communications channel which is heavily used by geeks to discuss special topics such as programming, and startup business life.

Another new example is the PirateBox, an open source software powered communications server built into a self contained and self-powered tin box of your choice. Sure the name is a little provocative, but the idea behind the box is to turn any ‘dead’ space into an area where people can log on and anonymously chat and exchange images, video and other documents.

piratebox2 small PirateBox transforms any space into a open file sharing network

The system works by embedding a WiFi router and a small Linux computer with a USB hard drive. The thing can be either mains or battery powered for ultimate portability, and they’re even exploring the option of solar power. Anyone can build the box using the free plans available on the site.

 

 PirateBox transforms any space into a open file sharing network

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



Comments are closed.

comments powered by Disqus

Chinese (Simplified)EnglishFrenchGermanItalianJapanesePortugueseRussianSpanish

Side Advert

Sponsors

Chinavasion
Discount cell phones
Brando
Baidu Anti-Virus

FB Like Box

Personnel

Managing Editor:
Nigel Powell

Associate Editor:
Dan Ferris
Ecological Editor:
Debra Atlas
Reviews Editor:
Kevin Evans
Features Editor:
Emil Ivan
Asian Editor:
Hu Ping

Write For Us

Red Ferret Video Reviews

Click Here to Win an Awesome HP Pavilion 15 Laptop Computer