I live in DuBois, PA.
I'm currently working part time as the Assistant to the CTO at DuBois Business College.
I'm a Gentoo geek.
Mark Montgomery II
My Portable Stuff
- Work Laptop: Compaq V5101US dual booting Gentoo and Windows XP (that I rarely need to use fortunately)
- Cell Phone: Audiovox Snapper
- Cell Provider: Virgin Mobile Prepaid ($5.30/month with taxes charged every 90 days, $.18/min - I don't use my phone much)
- Media Player: Cowon iAudio X5 dual booting RockBox and original firmware (that I rarely use since RockBox is just plain awesome)
- GPS: Garmin Etrex
- WiFi Scanner: Zyxel AG-225H WiFi Scanner/USB Adapter (uses the zd1211 driver) - I also use this as my WNIC for my laptop most of the time since the internal antenna doesn't see the AP very reliably from my desk in the corner.
My Interest in OpenMoko/Neo1973
I think FLOSS should be used wherever possible and I love the idea of a fully open phone.
I don't appreciate companies that use FLOSS in their devices yet restrict the user from doing anything, thus showing a lack of respect for the community and philosophies of the software they are profiting from.
I have recently started looking into WiFi web devices, and the Neo1973 Phase2 should be perfect (assuming WiFi is fully up and running for it).
I want to use it as a WiFi SIP phone as soon as there's a client written for it (the idea of using it as a SIP handset for the computer is interesting to me as well). :)
Assuming a good interface is made for it, it should make a much nicer (not to mention just plain cooler) GPS device than my old Etrex.
My ideal would be a program with multiple tabs/pages with varying info.
- Map/Driving directions page.
- GPS info page - current coordinates and elevation and such.
- Movement info page - current heading and speed and such.
Maybe configurable to be able to set how many pages and what is on each page?
Wireless Network Analysis
Wardriving/Warwalking! (or just plain Wireless LAN mapping/troubleshooting in general)
(Come on, admit that you've all been thinking the same thing!)
Since it's running a good WiFi chipset and gpsd already, I'm assuming it would be trivial for someone in the know to port kismet to it.
And of course make sure it works with gpsd and the GPS interface program.
No more driving/walking around with a laptop and GPS for wardriving/warwalking or testing out your corporate WLAN - Just fire up your Neo1973 and go!
I don't know if I would use it as a cell phone or not.
There's only one GSM provider in my area (Cellular One) who apparently is probably being acquired by AT&T.
AT&T and T-Mobile both look like their networks cover here, but they don't offer service here (I wonder if that would change if the AT&T/Cellular One buyout goes through...).
If the quality is good, I might consider using it as a media player (ogg of course!) if I can get a nice big card for it.
My OGG collection is a bit under 4GB as I recall.