March 08, 2005
One of today's news items on the Danish version of Computerworld, has been the warmapping of Copenhagen on wifi-sikkerhed.dk. Of a total of 4,224 networks found, 2,039 were found to be open. Whether secure equals MAC address filtering (semi), WEP encryption (somewhat), WPA encryption/authentication (mostly) or 802.1x/EAP is not clear, but the numbers are not stunning.
Plainly, as Microsoft and many others have proven with great certainty over the years, convenience prevails over security in corporate and home settings alike. Security is a tough sell unless you were born paranoid (or actually know what is going on).
While it's unfortunate (quote from journalist: "are these guys serious?") that the wifi-sikkerhed.dk crew does not seem to be willing to let their identities be known (Googling Stevie Laux (found in whois) returns two hits, including his membership of FCPornstarz), it nevertheless increases the value of Organic Network's proposition that people are pushing these numbers.
We are committed to solving Wi-Fi security in a social way which rather than restraining users gives something back. Our commercial WirelessOffice solution is well underway and we are now preparing the launch of our home offering; Organic Community, a free service to secure and share your home Wi-Fi network. Stay tuned...
February 24, 2005
Our soft-launch yesterday was by our own measure a great success. Nearly 60 people showed up to listen and talk back. 17 people ended up going home with a Linksys access point flashed with our firmware, ready to run a community network node.
As a clear proof of individual participation, Niels Hartvig has done a way better job in documenting the setup of a new Organic network in his screencast (rewind the video if it does not play first time around -- shockwave error?).
Hey - this is getting fun!
February 17, 2005
Remix Your Network
This year's theme at O'Reilly's Emerging Tech Conference (Etech) is Remix. I have to say I outright fell in love with the word from the first time Rael mailed me about this year's conference in October.
Remix has the potential to reach a much wider audience than hack, due not only to the negative connotations of hack and hackers among ordinary users, but also because remix -- and the capacity/power remixing assumes -- is in the vocabulary of any record-/MP3 spinning (ex-)teenager around.
Rael Dornfest, Tim O'Reilly & co. have put on a great line-up of speakers and sessions, to which I'm naturally honored to contribute.
I'll be speaking about how we at Organic have remixed central services with software components on Linksys' commodity wireless routers
DJ, put a record on...
February 15, 2005
Organic Network Show-and-Tell
[Update: Apologies to those who have tried to comment in vain. Hereby fixed.]
While it's our clear intent to make some noise by announcing interesting partnerships over the next couple of weeks, we'll be hosting an informal soirée next Wednesday in Copenhagen, for a show-and-tell of what we've been up to..:
Hope to see you there (please ping me (nikolajn [at] organicnetwork.net) or comment this post if you're coming!
ps. We’ll be doing a similar launch in Amsterdam as soon as we have found an appropriate venue (ping me if you have one for loans).
February 14, 2005
Organic Network Soft-launch
A significant reason for starting to blog again is simply my need for a venue to communicate on developments at work. As most of you who know me personally know, I have for the last 21 months been shifting my time and energy from Ascio/Speednames to Organic Network.
It's been a tough birth. While our team has been turning out prima quality technology and solutions, our initial assumptions of the market and its readiness clearly failed. The interest among ISPs and telcos for our technology was initially overwhelming but quickly waned as budgets and timetables for implementing new WiFi projects suddenly shrunk.
Late November we took the decision to confront the market head-on with our own set of services. The first of these, WirelessOffice, a secure and manageable WLAN service based on cheap commodity Linksys wireless routers and a hosted service, went online two weeks ago.
We’re trying to target the lower-/medium-end segment of the market largely ignored by solutions from Symbol, Nortel, Cisco and the like, all capital-intensive once you add up hardware, software, integration and maintenance.
By rewriting the firmware for the world’s most popular WiFi router, the Linksys WRT54G, we’ve kept hardware expenses at a minimum (as low as €50/$65).
And by running WirelessOffice as a hosted service we’re able to couple the minimal incremental cost of adding each new WLAN with the benefits of rapid central software/feature updates.
We’re currently hard at work adding new features and signing on customers and partners, of which we hope to be able to announce significant news over the next few weeks. Stay tuned and until then have a go at a free trial..!