Piratebox 1.0: anonymous, go-anywhere wireless file-sharing

Piratebox, a great project for making standalone wireless fileservers, has gone 1.0. The 1.0 has a slick 4chan-style message board, a responsive UI, and does UPnP discovery for your file-sharing needs. Combined with cheap wireless gear and a little battery, it's a perfect file-sharing boxlet that you can take anywhere in order to share anything -- for example, buskers could use it to distribute copies of their music to watchers. Piratebox is the technology that underlies Librarybox, a fork that is specialized for use by libraries and archives.

What is the PirateBox?
PirateBox creates offline wireless networks designed for anonymous file sharing, chatting, message boarding, and media streaming. You can think of it as your very own portable offline Internet in a box!

How does it work?
When users join the PirateBox wireless network and open a web browser, they are automatically redirected to the PirateBox welcome page. Users can anonymously chat, post images or comments on the bulletin board, watch or listen to streaming media, or upload and download files inside their web browser.

Where can I buy a PirateBox?
There are some things that money can't buy, and PirateBox is one of them! However, you can build one yourself by following our easy DIY instructions.

PirateBox (via O'Reilly Radar)

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  1. It's a shame they had to call it a piratebox. BBC in a can sounds less arrest-worthy and more fun. I'd fill it with old text adventures and rogue-likes to share. Maybe some ascii art?

  2. See it's the same thing with the Pirate Party. They have some really good ideas and values and I would definitely get out there and vote for them (I haven't voted in years). But your average Joe Public hears the word "Pirate" and immediately thinks illegitimate or unsavoury.

    Using that word is detrimental to all the intelligence and effort behind these initiatives.

  3. It's a shame they had to call it a piratebox.

    Which is odd, because the Geek Community is usually so good with naming things:

    Git - source control. Named after an insult
    Gimp - image editing
    Pentaho - ???
    Bloodshed Dev - it's a compiler!

    Then there's the fictional parasitenet. I (foolishly?) use it as my home network, and Every. Single. Relative expresses concern over the name.

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