[MLB-WIRELESS] Introduction Letter

sanbar sandbar at ozemail.com.au
Wed Feb 19 01:35:28 EST 2003

On Wed, 2003-02-19 at 00:12, Robert Tchia wrote:
> This was taken from syd-wireless list. Maybe we can mod it to suit our
> purpose. Well I think it's a good starting point.

Let's dumb it down a bit, eh?

> <snip>
> Dear Neighbour,
> Shortly a Sydney Wireless access point will be online in your area.
> Sydney Wireless is a community-oriented group. We are creating an
> inter-connecting wireless network which will allow members of the
> community at large to provide information and the means for free
> communication for others to experience, while making use of new
> technologies at little or no ongoing cost.

Members of the community at large? I think they mean the public.
Community-oriented group? I think they mean community group.

Melbourne Wireless is a community group providing a public wireless
computer network in your suburb. It's free to connect, and uses low-cost
computer equipment. A public node is already (let's not make promises we
may not be able to fulfil and say "will soon be") in your area. 

> Participants in this are very demographically diverse and utilize the
> network for various reasons, some of which include voice conversations
> (similar in nature to telephone services), game playing, community news
> distribution, and countless other diverse opportunities we hope to
> explore.

You can use this network to do things including talk to friends, play
games, and help build an online community. As the network grows, it
should be able to do more.

> This is all possible due to advances in radio and computer technology
> that allows Sydney Wireless volunteers to link up between homes, all you
> need is a personal computer and the appropriate wireless network
> hardware available off-the-shelf from most computer stores.

See the first par. LMR-400 isn't available off the shelf from computer
stores. N-type crimps are not available off the shelf from computer
stores. Pigtails are not available off the shelf from computer stores.
The nous to set up a computer for an external wifi connection is not
avialable off the shelf from computer stores.
Let's be careful about what we claim. Wifi still is not cheap. It's
cheaper than it was 12 months ago, but not cheap.

> If you are interested in being part of this exciting endeavour or want
> more information we encourage you to visit our web site at
> www.sydneywireless.org or email your local co-ordinator at
> email at address.com

If you would like to be a part of the network ... people can make up
their own minds if it's "exciting" or not. We'd direct people to a
monthly meeting, right?

- Barry

> best regards,
> Sydney Wireless
> http://www.sydneywireless.org
> http://www.nodedb.com
> </snip>
> NOTE: According to Craig Mead...
> <snip>
> Sydney Wireless is not creating a network. Sydney Wireless is a news
> website. The Australian Wireless Association is creating a network.
> </snip>
> I copied this in for clarification.
> Cheers
> Rob

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