[kwlug-disc] Asterisk/OpenWrt on router presentation

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Mar 3 01:17:06 EST 2009


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Raul Suarez wrote:
> I'll name my response "About black boxes and the meaning of the universe"
> 
>> Black boxes, vs. not, e.g. LinuxMCE vs. OpenWRT:
> 
> - We cannot know it all. It is even frequently dificult to define our needs, let alone understand the solutions.
> 
> In this FLOSS universe the key is that you can either
> - Get a clear box and DIY or 
> - Just underestand the need a get something that's a black box to you along with support from someone for whom it is not a black box or
> - Somewhere in between.
> 
> I see the KWLUG presentations as that "somewhere in between" due to the 2 hours limit.
> 

The two hour limit puts an upper bound on what can be done in a
presentation.  Of course, the saturation point for almost everyone is
reached well before that.

One objective of my presentation tonight was to lay out the how-to for
the modifications I made to my router in a permanent, accessible wiki
for interested people to consult at their own speed.  It took me more
than two hours to figure out how to get the job done and I'm the one who
gave the talk!  Maybe someone will get hours of entertainment starting
off on the same path and make the black box a little more transparent.

In a presentation you are trying to "sell" something in the sense that
you motivate people to go afterward and investigate options they never
considered before:  hack a router, try your software, go to your
website, read your paper...  The talk is not the whole package. For it
to be successful, it has to be just the start of the process.
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