currently i agree, only because it's designed that way from the manufacturer.

A solid state machine with a reasonable interface feels like an extension of self, but i suspect that everyone's ideal interface is different, meaning the more mass-marketable something is, the worse it fits, resulting in everyone ending up with bottom tier experience on hardware capable of providing so much more than the user will ever know.


@eryn @selfsame @dredmorbius

I think that's one if the big selling points walkaway/solarpunk-ism can have over default: everything is a custom diy tool made of reusable and recycle-able parts and materials, which can be made to fit your needs precisely. This creates a higher skill requirement for obtaining high tech devices, but it also means that somebody you will have a deeper personal attachment to your tools. Either because you made it yourself, or because somebody you know made it for you.

@xj9 very much this.

I've upgraded servers often-ish through the years for selfhosting stuffs, but the one I care about the most is the one I'm hand-assembling of mostly secondhand/scavenged parts.

The unit (which is called a cybre-/cyber-deck) is large and slow by 2019 standards, lacks a builtin display, and mostly exists to help me disconnect from mainline 'nets.

Soldering the backplane from scrap copper gave me such feels, even though I wasn't actually making it work better (or technically at all), because my needs were being met in a way that merged art, technology, and minimalism in a tangible way.

Since learning about walkaway, I've wanted to contribute meaningfully to the movement, not just with the creation of a local community place of safety, but with my higher skills, engineer brain, and my underdeveloped-but-budding pencil art skills.

...still need to figure out how to share meaningful schematics/blueprints with the community at large.

@dredmorbius @selfsame

@eryn @selfsame @dredmorbius

I'm just dropping stuff in a git wiki for now. My wife and I want to move off grid and develop diy tech for covering basic needs like food, fuel, transport, and shelter. I have some ideas for handling coms as well. Being there in person, boots on the ground, will be very valuable I think. I want to see what can be done with seriously restricted resources..
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