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Old 05-14-2003, 08:08 PM   #1
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home for summer- no internet- what to do

so i'm home for school for the summer and that means that the only internet access i can get is 56k aol. i've been doing linux for about 6 months now and i'd say i'm pretty profficient, so what do i do for the summer with no real internet access? like, what projects would be fun to do on my machine?

i guess i could go outside. oh wait. theres a tornado outside. dammit.
Old 05-14-2003, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: home for summer- no internet- what to do

Originally posted by bandofmercy
like, what projects would be fun to do on my machine?
Learn a new programming language?
Practice using a database?
Read everything you can lay your hands on?
Buy the Knuth books and do all the problems?
Gee, there's tons of stuff...

And, hey! 56Kbps ain't so bad. A couple of years ago I used to have to use a 33Kbps (max) modem to do remote support. And a few of the applications were X-based. You can imagine what the latency was like. :-/ Give lynx a try (see how far things have come).
i guess i could go outside. oh wait. theres a tornado outside. dammit.
That'd likely place you somewhere in the central Midwest. Watch those winds. We were on the edge of those storms and I thought the roof was coming off.
Old 05-15-2003, 12:45 AM   #3
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Buy a wireless card and pray your neighbors don't know anything about securing a wireless network. WEP keys aren't hard to crack.

Go learn
Old 05-15-2003, 08:25 AM   #4
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1 - get a new ISP (I was joking, but now I'm thinking...seriously, why can't you have your own ISP account? Any ISP in the area that would let you pre-pay a month or two? you dialup access that you could set up for yourself on your linux machine?)

2 - If 1 doesn't work out for you, or even if it does...use linux daily and follow the suggestions above...learn a new language, practice a language you already know...the possibilities are endless!
Old 05-15-2003, 09:52 AM   #5
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Write your own kernel

If I didn't have internet I'd probably take something apart. So there's an idea, find something odd to do with a computer (without networking) and do it. Maybe try to setup a media box for your TV. A mobile box for your car to play ogg's and if you are really handy, wire in an LCD (A full color type) and have your box play movies as well.

Um, Game. Hard corps gaming always keeps you busy for at least a few weeks. My suggestion, NeverWinter Nights! Woohoo, I'm very addicted to that lately...

Let's see, what else? You could always see how many really cheap/old boxes you can get/find and install linux on em. Test out different distros on different architectures. You could download a bunch of seti units, string a bunch of old PC's together and have them process the units (maybe even build a beowulf cluster ).

Uh, you could take a keyboard apart, reroute the keys to spell out people's names by just hitting the (previously defined as) asdf keys. That'd be fun, and quite a bit of work...

I'll think of some more, that's it for now though

Old 05-15-2003, 10:39 AM   #6
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Something I always like to do is install a new and different OS. Try BeOS, AmigaOS, etc. Sure, you'll probably never use them, but it sure helps you understand OSs much more than just installing Linux once and just reconfiguring the user environment could ever do. . .
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Hack on free software? There's a lot of work to be done. A modem is fine for writing and submitting patches.
Old 05-15-2003, 04:27 PM   #8
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Gosh .... I must be getting old! 56k = no internet!

I'd suggest taking up a sport or exercise routine this summer. Keep the body as healthy as the mind.
Old 05-15-2003, 04:55 PM   #9
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As a serial dialup user here are my 3 cents (pence or whatever !!)
Perhaps write some documentation, code, or anything that doesnt require a large amount of speed (i.e. downloading distro's etc)


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