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I've extolled the virtues of mesh networking as an alternative to the existing cellular network connectivity for mobile phones and SMS messaging on a number of occasions through this column.
The concept is that, instead of relying on an expensive network of fixed access points or cell-towers, a wifi-equipped device can propagate data (text, voice or video messages) by simply handing it down a bucket-brigade of other similar devices, until it reaches the intended target.
Why would you want to do this?
Well firstly it could be cheaper... requiring no monthly stipend to be paid to a mobile carrier.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, such a system would continue to work even in the event of major damage to the infrastructure of our communications network such as may occur during a significant natural disaster.
Well it seems that the protesters filling the streets of Hong Kong this week have proven just how effective such a mobile mesh network can be.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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