Next week we will continue with our freshly installed XMPP servers :).
We will use the day to create different channels and write scripts/bots
that will process the images, texts, links, etc. that are sent to the
channels into webpages. We will use these channels as research channels:
streams of material that capture your current interests and questions
around the topic of network infrastructures and federated publishing.
Please gather a couple of things, files, notes, text, etc. before
Tuesday to work with. Also think about one or multiple channels you
would like to start.
A couple of things to consider: What are the questions that a channel
explores? Are there shared questions in the group that can come together
in shared channels? Can a channel be formed around a disagreement? Is
the material in the channel a collage, a timeline, a conversation, or
If you want to send images to your channel and your image-upload
function is not working on your server, please subscribe an extra
account on another server (either Artemis' server or a public XMPP server).
Something else, there will be a little change in the schedule!
We will push the scheduled collective discussion of next week further to
Tuesday the 12th of February, starting at 16:30h.
The discussion will focus on the question "What is federated
publishing?". We would like to use this collective moment to hear your
responses to this question. What triggered you in the last weeks? How do
you understand federation? See it as a deadline to present (web and
xmpp-based) prototypes, documentation and research questions, but most
of all as a moment to try things out! Please prepare your material in
such way, that we can put in on the table, look at it and discuss it
together. This also applies for questions you would like to share,
please print them out, that will make it easier to discuss them.
In the same week, you will also have a session with Lidia during Steve's
class on Wednesday the 13th. And the first seminar day with Florian on
Thursday the 14th.
See you soon!
Roel & Manetta
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I've setup a 24 ports switch in the studio yesterday (against the wall,
at the end of the room on the right). It seems to work fine for now,
let's use this space to plug whatever RPis, SBC and similar things that
needs to be on 24/7 for projects and your own experiments.
JUST MAKE SURE YOU DISABLE SSH ROOT LOGIN AND USE A STRONG NON-DEFAULT
(The academy has a system that scans for weak passwords and easily
exploitable out of date services and web applications, and we already
got into trouble with the XPPL RPi).
Right now, the switch is on the floor, might be good to put it on a
table or something before it becomes a mess. Any idea how we could tidy
it up? I think we're out of small tables/furniture.
To prepare for tomorrow's session we're gonna ask you to open some more
We will play around with chatbots as publishing interfaces and for that
we will set up an xmpp server called Prosody on your homeservers!
Prosody needs at least the following ports:
5222 (for client to server)
5269 (server to server)
5281 (default https port for prosody)
In case you share a router, you can invent the other three ports.. just
make sure you write them down :)
Then also make sure you make another two (sub)subdomains:
one called uploads and one called groups.
So for example this means that you should also have:
Then as an extra you can try following this guide to install prosody:
That could save us some time we can spend on prototyping tomorrow :)
see you tomorrow!
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Next Tuesday during the Special Issue day, we have a guest lecture from
Aditya Mandayam. Adi will be around the whole day as part of further
developing the prototypes and will give a lecture after lunch.
The reading list is a bit heavier than usual, so after talking to
Manetta and Roel, we decided that you can pick 2 references each.
- homebrewserver.club, Have you considered the Alternative?
- Zach Blas, Contra-Internet
plus one of:
- Ulises Carrion, The New Art of Making Books
- Peter Blasser, An Essay on Worldmaking in Plumbutter
- Aditya Mandayam, Crux of the Ooze
Just don't all pick the same two obviously :)
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Tomorrow we're meeting again to have a closer look at online network
topologies and do some hands-on experiments with federation.
Now that you've had an introduction to python it will get exciting :)
We will be joined by Lidia Pereira who will be joining as a guest editor
from time to time.
Some things to keep in mind:
*Please make sure you have your servers online for tomorrow's class* and
take note of your external IP addresses :)
Some of you had questions about last week's readings, please bring these
to class so we can discuss them tomorrow!
Then we asked you to take some documentation of last week's tour, please
bring that along as well.
Last but not least:
After last week I started writing down a guide about port forwarding for
the homebrewserver.club. It would be really great if we could use some
of your router interface screenshots for that. It is not done yet, so
now that you have gone through the process yourself, please have a read
and let me know which parts are unclear
see you tomorrow!