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Friday, September 2nd, 2005

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9:30a
Update on Photos
Persuaded by Filkentist and Z_Sero, and having researched a bit further, I delted the journal entry n the Looting v. Finding photos.
10:11a
The delightful moments of parenthood
This morning, SethCohen was picking up the kids for carpool. Since I'm actually trying to exercise in the mornings these days, on days Seth and EstherChaya carpool, I dress and daven after Aaron gets picked up. So I was dressed in my workout clothes (shorts and t-shirt) and bereft of house key when Seth arrived.

(You can all see what's coming, can't you).

Sure enough, as I am helping Aaron out the door, he pulls the front door closed behind him. And I get to experience one of these awful moments of parenthood because I am now locked out of my house. And not only is it not Aaron's fault, but we have been working very hard on making sure he actually closes the door behind him (he usually forgets). So this morning, of course, he actually remembers, and is pleased that he remembers because Aaron likes remembering to do the right thing.

I managed to keep it down to one strangled groan and an anguished "you didn't close the door, did you?" Before I recovered myself to say "it's not your fault sweetie. I'll be fine. You go to school."

I'm pleased to report my house is secure and all the doors stay locked.

Happily, my housemate Greg heard me tap on the window (he was working on his computer using headphones to listen to Wagner) and let me in.

Current Mood: amused
4:35p
URGENT CALL FOR TECH VOLUNTEERS FOR KATRINA!
Please distribute this broadly.

At 2 p.m., I participated in a conference call hosted by the FCC Chief of staff on how network operators providing service with license exempt spectrum can assist in re-establishing critical voice, data and video service in areas devestated by Katrina.

Part-15.org is taking
the lead in organizing volunteers and donations of equipment from individuals,
WISPs and community wireless networks. Comapnies such as Cisco and Intel are
also heavily involved.

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS OF EQUIPMENT AND VOLUNTEERS FROM THE TECH
COMMUNITY WILLING TO TRAVEL TO THE AREA EFFECTED BY KATRINA. Interested parties
can volunteer or describe contributions through www.part-15.org (there is a link
on the front page).

There is freely available software and instructions on how to convert a computer and wireless router into a mesh network node from the Champaign Urbana Wireless Network. Their website is http://www.cuwireless.net/

The FCC will remain open throughout the holiday weekend to address the crisis. Coordination efforts are ongoing, but part-15.org hopes to have a preliminary asset list for coordination with federal authorities by Noon Saturday 9/3/05. It would therefore be enormously helpful to hear from people who can donate equipment or time, even if they cannot provide the equipment or time until a later date.

Harold Feld
Seior VP
Media Access Project

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