Thursday, April 17, 2008
I’m sort of chickening out of the upcoming hardhack event, at least on friday, tomorrow. Mainly because it’s Josi’s and mine anniversary and this is not the kind of pastime she likes to be dragged to, even if half of hardhack’s speakers are women (which certainly helps with the “I can’t do that” problem, but no inch with the “I’m not interested” fact).
Additionally, I like that hardhack sets its standards pretty high, very much unlike e.g. MAKE magazine, which I still love, but where I sometimes feel that they have very very basic projects that should annoy anybody who ever held a screwdriver before. But, coming back to hardhack and the interesting workshop on how to hack your wireless router and use OpenWRT on it, this might be a little too much for me. Opening the thing and soldering a serial port to it – no problem, can do this all day. Compiling your own firmware and knowing what to do if it doesn’t work – problem, at least for me. And it seems the wifi component in the T-Com router I have here is not supported yet, anyway.
So, if not tomorrow, I definitely plan to have a look around hardhack on Saturday and I’d love to participate in Sunday’s nerdtour of the pneumatic tube mail system (aka. Rohrpost) that once existed in (or rather under) Berlin.