[HOT] Computer Lab Tech Ideas. Haiti.

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 17:34:28 GMT 2012

>From what I understand, later boards will be sold with an enclosure -
presumably early adopters are expected to improvise their own. I think
I'll hang one off the back of my TV, sans casing; time will tell how
long any of them last.

As an almost related point, I've deployed 150+ Android handsets to the
Great British outdoors where they've been working for around 2 years;
most have survived the constant dust and harsh winters better than
expected. Hopefully the Raspberry Pi will show similar resilience.

Cheers, Joseph

On 15 March 2012 08:06, Tim McNamara <paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:
> One thing I've wondered about the RasberryPi in informal situations is
> their longevity. That is, how will they be protected from dust and
> being dropped if they don't have an enclosure?
> On 11 March 2012 02:33, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I was asked off list to expand on my previous email. I've not written
>> anything about Puppet yet, but I wrote a brief post about the
>> potential use of Raspberry Pi here:
>> https://plus.google.com/u/0/107090347156325880485/posts/T3AZKd3H5gm
>> I think it could be quite a powerful little board - comments appreciated.
>> Cheers, Joseph
>> On 5 March 2012 14:29, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Brian,
>>> I see you've got a number of replies already, but I thought I'd chime
>>> in briefly. My original thought would be to use a Ubuntu desktop on
>>> every machine you're running (and to provide virtual machines to any
>>> guests or visitors you might have) and run the standard HOT tools from
>>> that. For system management and deployment I would use Puppet; I've
>>> used it extensively and am a big fan, Wikipedia have also made a
>>> recent noise about their use of it.
>>> I've pre-ordered a Raspberry Pi and will be testing it by network
>>> booting a Ubuntu image with the standard HOT tools. The goals of the
>>> Raspberry Pi foundation are potentially very relevant to HOT and I
>>> look forward to seeing how low cost, low resources, computing may
>>> impact OSM creation and dissemination.
>>> All best, Joseph
>>> On 25 February 2012 02:56, Brian Wolford <worldwidewolford at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hey Hi Ho,
>>>> This is mostly an exploratory email looking for ideas.
>>>> I am helping to put a wish list together for a "living lab" in Haiti.
>>>> Specifically for the communities of Site Soley.
>>>> I want to put out some ideas of what would be good so I can get some others
>>>> thoughts suggestions back.
>>>> Ideally this space will be used as a center where communication and
>>>> information technology can be accessed, as well as a public education,
>>>> exhibition space.
>>>> Thoughts on equipment:
>>>> -There are plenty of Garmin etrex at disposal already
>>>> -Perhaps android phones would be a good investment. These allow for use as
>>>> GPS, digital camera, video, and internet access ($20 a month for unlimited
>>>> 3g wireless that can be shared with 5 devices). How confident do people feel
>>>> with this move. This allows for one device to fill the role of a couple
>>>> devices that would otherwise need to have been purchased. Suggestions on
>>>> models if yes?
>>>> -Digital cameras. Redundant with android phones?
>>>> -Flip cams.
>>>> Computers
>>>> -5ish new laptops. Ideas on type, OS, proctoring, ect.
>>>>   Is anyone out there knowledgeable in creating system images and applying
>>>> them to computers. Getting computers set up is a major obstacle for most OSM
>>>> projects, as wel as recovering funked up computers. It would be nice to have
>>>> a standard OSM mapping OS image, especially if it was hardware independent.
>>>> -1 mac computer station for editing videos. Are Macs still necessary for
>>>> doing this well?
>>>> -Projector. For educations as well as exhibition-ing video projects.
>>>> indoor/outdoor.
>>>> -Printer. We have plenty of letter size printers around. I think it would be
>>>> cool to print things like community newsletters if possible. So that needs
>>>> larger size, ability to print large quantities, and hopefully not
>>>> costly maintenance.
>>>> -Internet connection. I am tempted to push toward just using 3g in USB keys
>>>> or phones USB plugged to computers, and then using a comuter with wifi
>>>> sharing to create a network. It is allot cheaper and just as fast as most
>>>> other options. And more flexible.
>>>> -Pelican Cases for storage and security.
>>>> Hopefully some of you guys have some ideas, models, specifications, or
>>>> missing equipment to suggest. I look forward to your input.
>>>> And I will send out a version of this email to talk-ht in the next couple
>>>> days as well.
>>>> -brian
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