[occupyaustin-it] Gathering Status + Questions
jsalbre at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 00:53:01 CST 2011
I have set up several domains on my Dreamhost account and Boyd has the
keys. I don't believe we discussed hosting Chili on my space but I'd have
no problem with that, just need a domain to put it on (I'd rather not use
my existing domains).
The MySQL problems have been resolved. They appear to have been caused my
some permissions issues on the sub-account I created.
On Nov 7, 2011, at 18:11, Gregory Foster <gfoster at entersection.org> wrote:
Weigh in where you have points of information, clarifying questions, or
perspectives you'd like to share. I'd like to get all of this summarized
for publication to the list by early AM tonight or tomorrow morning.
1. *DreamHost Status.* Boyd was working with Jeremy to secure some
slice(s) at DreamHost, one of which would be used to provision an instance
of Chili for project/task management for the IT team. Rod was prepared to
manage the installation. Last I heard there was a problem installing MySQL
which hung up the effort. Where are we at? If necessary (and just good to
know), do we have alternative hosting options for this important function?
2. *Mailing Lists.* I want to setup dedicated mailing lists for
established working groups. If these resources are not
needed/wanted/redundant then please chime in.
1. *FreedomTower Operations* (Magnets: Charles).
FNF<http://freenetworkfoundation.org/>already provides a national
a FT builders
This new list would be dedicated to the Austin occupation, our efforts to
collaborate/coordinate with the burgeoning network of FTs at occupations
around the country (see also proposed interocc working group at 2.8), and
our push to become a production hub for FTs for other occupations.
2. *Support* (Magnets: Jim, ?). This new list would be dedicated to
ensuring physical security of IT-related equipment, enabling connectivity
and computing resources at the occupation, and maintaining on-going
operational security. This group should also serve as the IT team's
primary interface w/ the on-the-ground occupation. I was also thinking
this group could take responsibility for managing donated assets
3. *LiveStream* (Magnets: John, Boyd, Jim?). Dedicated mailing list
for the livestream team. John, I'm just going to go ahead with this for
4. *Sustainable Power Generation* (Magnets: Charles, Alan). For our
efforts towards enabling solar, pedal, & wind power to get off
grid. We are already getting lots of traction & support in this space.
5. *OccupyApps* (Magnets: Nolan, Brandon *maybe*, ?). Per the last
email, application development.
6. *OccupyRadio* (Magnets: Lance, Boyd). Since we will be liaising
with the existing OccupyRadio team, I'm going to hold off on
mailing list for this working group until I talk to Lance & Boyd about
7. *Balloon Mapping/UAVs* (Magnets: Greg, John?). Per
the list about this subject, I am making sure this project happens.
It's too cool and too easy not to make it happen.
8. *Interoccupation Communication/Coordination* (Magnets: Greg, ?).
Per an earlier email
we have initiated dialogue with other occupation IT teams. Based on that
interaction and anticipation of how things are headed, I believe this
function warrants a dedicated working group. There are a LOT of
uncoordinated efforts occurring at this time so there is an important
synthesis function that must occur here, separating the wheat from the
chaff. This working group will only become more important as the
occupy movement as a whole becomes more coherent. We need to be
so we know how best to position ourselves. There is also a
to be served when it comes spreading the FreedomTower message
other IT teams. Consider this an open call for help in this area,
especially to those who are remote and may not be able to meetup
frequently, or for those who may be less technical and/or more
especially for those who recognize just how important a piece of
this can and will be.
3. The IT team magnets receive notification when new members join
this mailing list. I've been tempted to email those folks to ask them to
introduce themselves here on the list, outlining their areas of interest
and availability, so we can help get them plugged into our efforts sooner
than later. What say ye to this practice?
4. Speaking of magnets, I would like to formally ask if we would like to
consider the working group magnets as "official IT team magnets." Perks of
that designation include association w/ the IT at occupyaustin.org email
alias (often first point of contact), ability to speak on behalf of IT team
at GAs, responsibility for our welcome at AllCity, and a heightened sense
of responsibility/engagement with this team's efforts. The call for
magnets at the team and working group level should be considered always
5. Tex Mitchell, owner of AllCity Technologies, has provided the IT
team with donated space and, as of Sunday, a room full of rather impressive
server hardware that Tim began going through. We can use help going
through the server hardware, DBAN <http://www.dban.org/>ing the drives,
and cobbling together working systems for our use. This is one way we are
helping pay our freight at AllCity. Incidentally, AllCity is looking for
part-time help cleaning virii from systems and doing site calls at
$15/hour. Contact me if interested and/or come on out Wednesday night. A
question for Tim and others here: how should we handle the somewhat
surprising influx of donated equipment? I feel this work should logically
go under the "support" working group. If we're in agreement - Tim, would
you be comfortable acting as a magnet for that working group?
6. Open Forum. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at this point.
Honestly, I was disappointed we didn't have more people show up on Sunday.
So I think it's important to emphasize the following: this is a work in
progress and we are making this stuff up as we go along :) I do not have a
good sense for the best way to activate the 48 people who are on this
mailing list, but I know for a fact that we haven't even begun to scratch
the surface of what we are collectively capable of. Even so, we're WAY
ahead of the game as compared to the other occupations, and they are
beginning to turn to us for guidance and leadership (another reason the
interocc function will be so vital and interesting). SO: please help guide
this vessel in the right direction by contributing your perspective on what
we could be doing better, what we're doing right, and what we should be
planning for the future. We need to improve how we're operating, and we
need your input on that.
Reminder that our next AFK meetup [
Hackerspace <http://www.atxhackerspace.org/wiki/Main_Page> tomorrow night
(Tuesday) to introduce the IT team to that microsociety's amazing resources
and get enough of us signed up for
This is on our radar as we will need access to tools such as welding
equipment (for engineering sustainable power bikes), laser cutters
(lightweight UAV frames), etc.
Thanks so much for your patience and participation -
Gregory Foster || gfoster at entersection.org
@gregoryfoster <> http://entersection.com/
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