When the install was finished I was left with wondering what to share. Books are the main media I share with friends, so I bundled a few books like A Brief History Of Time and The Hobbit.
Socially though, my project/experiment is a failure. I left the PirateBox running several days at home with not one upload from anybody. I think the problem is that my home is located in a ordinary town, in an ordinary suburban cul-de-sac. Tech savvy geeks don't exist here and the ipad kids and smartphone addicts will run away from anything labelled "Pirate". In the end I got bored, I changed the SSID name from 'share box' to 'starbucks wifi' in the spirit of gizmodo.com/5984909/whats-the-best-wi+fi-network-name-youve-ever-seen.
Tricks and tips I found.
Change the SSID via SSH terminal.
uci set "wireless.@wifi-iface.ssid=<enter your ssid here>"
You can also edit the landing page via /opt/piratebox/www/. I slimmed mine down and tweaked it here and there.
Things to do:
- Make it portable and take it to a busy public place.
- Try out repeaters.