An organization of hobbyists who run an alternative DNS network, also provides access to domains not administered by ICANN.
The Polyform Project is a group of experienced licensing lawyers and technologists developing simple, standardized, plain-language software source code licenses. Polyform aims to fill gaps in the menu of standardized software licenses, like non-commercial, trial, and small-business-only terms.
They're basically trying to do a modular Creative Commons-like license, but for software.
dn42 is a big dynamic VPN, which employs Internet technologies (BGP, whois database, DNS, etc). Participants connect to each other using network tunnels (GRE, OpenVPN, Tinc, IPsec) and exchange routes thanks to the Border Gateway Protocol. dn42 can be used to learn networking and to connect private networks, such as hackerspaces or community networks.
The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily available components for under 10 Euros in parts, or mass-produced for even less.
An Open Streetmap effort to build maps of places that are underserved. Humanitarian effort to fill in the blanks where companies don't or won't reach.
How to use conductive ink and a capacitative interface kit to make a touch sensitive DJ controller that works with Linux.
How to manage resources in Solaris 10 and later using the /etc/project file. Very handy if you want to limit the number of concurrent logins to a single machine.
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Ronja is a free laser data communication project that runs at 10 megabits per second over a range of 1.4 kilometers. A lot of information is available on this website so be prepared to spend some time reading.
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How to build your own non-destructive book scanner to archive texts. Total cost: less than $300us. It's pretty speedy, too - on the order of 1200 pages per hour.
How to turn an Android device into a Piratebox. Sharing is caring!
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How to turn a simple plug computer into a portable box that uses ARP injection to run man-in-the-middle attacks against wireless users at coffee shops and edit their newsfeeds in realtime.
The DIYLILCNC is a fully functional, open source 3-axis CNC that you can build with basic tools and parts that can be locally sourced. The idea is that you develop a 3D design in a CAD application, put feedstock into the CNC, and print your design to it, and it cuts and grinds away everything but what your design is supposed to be. Total cost of construction is about $700us. You can download the plans and DXF template files from the website for free (they have a CC-BY-SA license).
The Media Lab at MIT has published blueprints for an open source GSM cellular phone. It's supposed to work with any GSM provider. Accepts any SIM card, uses a GSM module from Sparkfun. Sports a TFT display. The repo includes source code for the firmware, Eagle design files for the circuit board, and Inkscape design files for laser cutting the casing.
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Where and how to download mirrors of Wikipedia (or any of the Wikimedia projects, for that matter). You can put the copies up someplace to set up mirrors, put up local copies, archive them, give them to people, set up your own instance, use it for research...
wikipedia -download -mirror -offline -project
The Novena is a completely open source laptop (free and libre') based around the 64-bit quad-core Cortex A9 CPU and Vivante GC2000 GPU. Every single aspect of the project is NDA-free - no licensing fees, no restrictions on what you can do with it or say about it. Full accessible documentation. Tops out at 4GB of RAM. Not available yet but keep an eye out.
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lowRISC is an open source RISC-based system-on-a-chip and accompanying development board. Based on the 64-bit RISC-V instruction set and architecture. Designed to be a fully open source and very low cost general purpose computer.
CellF is the world’s first neural synthesiser. Its “brain” is made of biological neural networks that grow in a Petri dish and controls in real time it’s “body” that is made of an array of analogue modular synthesizers that work in synergy with it and play with human musicians. It is a completely autonomous instrument that consists of a neural network that is bio-engineered from my own cells that control a custom-built synthesizer. There is no programming or computers involved, only biological matter and analogue circuits; a ‘wet-analogue’ instrument.
OpenStreetmap wiki page on making custom layers for the map itself. Say, locations of amateur radio repeaters. project
website for a project that teaches you how to build a weather monitoring station using a raspi and a couple of sensors. citizenscience environment howto FOSS