[flv:http://www.yesh.com/video/MerakiMinis2.flv 320 240] Three Meraki Minis just arrived. I’m going to place them around and see how well they work. Supposedly they’re easy to install and set up. This could be key for rapid network deployment. Man.. they are really small! More video about this project later.
Note: I shot this video using my Canon Elura 100. It was recorded to a 4GB SD card. (no tape) I then uploaded it to my laptop. Trimmed it. Then converted it to an flv file. (flash video) Thanks to the FLV Embed plugin and WordPress publishing this video was pretty quick.
Yashna of the Durham Literacy Center has set up a new blog for students and tutors. It’ll be an interesting read I’m sure. Its wonderful to see folks using blogs as a tool for adult education. Check out DLC Adult Literacy Community.
Orange County Commissioner Mike Nelson lets me know that the Orange County Commissioners passed a resolution against HB1587 last tuesday. They join a growing number of North Carolina municipalities fighting this bad bill. I am so proud of my local governments. Orange County you rock! Thank you Commissioners. [PDF of the OC resolution.]
Tomorrow night the Chapel Hill Town Council will hear a staff proposal for a WiFi pilot project. This project has been a long time coming. One of the first reasons it was proposed in 2005 was to increase equal access to the Internet for all citizens. Former Council Member Edith Wiggins made it clear that if WiFi were to be offered to any part of the community it should include Pine Knolls and Northside. Here is a video of all five locations that will be proposed. None of them are in Northside or Pine Knolls, none will be available indoors, and three of them are in parking lots.
G.A.T.E. Greater Access to Technology for Everyone
I’m really happy to see the Town of Chapel Hill promoting their opposition to HB1587. They stood up to a really bad bill in the NC House of Representatives. The Town of Chapel Hill passed a resolution opposing HB1587 on June 11, 2007.
Here is the TOCH agenda and here is the resolution.
Last night the Greensboro City council passed a resolution opposing HB1587. That brings the count of communities opposing HB1587 to
seven nine. The others are the City of Wilson, City of Fayetteville, City of Rocky Mount, Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill, Polk County, City of Monroe, and Rockingham County. There are also several entities that have opposed this bill such as the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and Fayetteville Public Works Commission.
Here is one of my favorite WHEREAS in the resolution from the City of Greensboro:
WHEREAS, the re-combining of telecommunications companies (such as AT&T and the â€œbaby Bellsâ€) continues to result in planned layoffs, the inability to meet the demands of new and re-locating businesses for true high-speed broadband results in such businesses locating elsewhere, and the fact that there are telecommunications designers and equipment manufacturers and suppliers located in North Carolina who will be negatively impacted if local government is not allowed to provide needed communications services mean that North Carolina will stand to lose more jobs by not investing in top-quality broadband infrastructure than it will lose due to government provision of such services.
You can find a copy of the City of Greensboro resolution here. [doc]