[Imc-oxford] Re: [Imc-uk-outreach] mobile imc workshops
mrdemeanour at jackpot.uk.net
Sat Sep 11 06:27:08 PDT 2004
radged01 at fastmail.fm wrote:
> am still adding to the outreach resource page here:
> one part describing resource possibilities reads:
> * Mobile computer setup 1. WiFi equipment and laptops for networked
> cluster 2. other tech setup for mobile IMC workshops
> does anyone on the list have any information about how to best sort a
> small, temporary and mobile computer capability?
What we did at the Cowley Road Carnival went quite well; we set up a
stall away from the street, in a fairly well-populated pedestrian zone,
and got an internet connection off a local business (The Zodiac Niteclub
- credit where it's due; they also gave us a power-feed). We put two
notebooks on the stall, neither of which was IMC property. They were
both wireless-capable, but I think that we used a wired connection and a
cheap residential router - we had the CAT-5 to hand, and it's marginally
easier to set up a wired network than a wireless one, if all the kit is
on the same table! Set-up took less than half-an-hour, including putting
up a banner etc.
Personally I'd have preferred all-wireless; it would have been easier to
hook someone in ad-hoc if they had brought their own wireless-enabled
We were uploading almost-live material from a few minutes after we set
it up, and we were able to show visitors how to upload their own news.
The adjacent "stall" was the stage for the Hammer&Toungue radical poetry
slam. It would have been super-cool to have been able to do a truly live
audio feed of that; but Oxford isn't geared up for internet radio yet.
I don't know how effective it was as outreach, but it certainly was fun.
> also, one suggestion on the page is that regional imcs all appoint an
> outreach liason -someone signed up to this list who reports back to
> their regional list. are there any regional outreach liasons already
> doing this?
I'm on the list, but I have no reason to think anyone in Oxford regards
me as a liaison. I don't know if we already have a liaison.
Since I'm here already, I'll therefore volunteer: x-posted to imc-oxford
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