Off-grid computing, low tech, and peer-to-peer web

last updated 2021-03-10


Tools and protocols

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In the spirit of {low tech}, and heavily inspired by others on the {^webring}, I sought out to simplify my dependencies, build something myself, and learn some new technologies in the process. 

~2019. In one of my earlier bouts of {low tech}, I sought to decrease all time spent on large corporations' social media sites. The minor irony being that I relied on Google cloud infrastructure for fast implementation. An acceptable concession.

Long shot 

Chief among these {low-techs}, especially due to its crucial role in extreme long-range communication, was radio. In order to boost decaying signal strengths, longs deployed buoys - radio transmitter and repeater satellites, which over time wove a net of coverage that stretched across the solar system. Time delays were still a major factor, but given the long, dark journeys longs pursued, the radio network was sometimes the only way to kill time as well as the only lifeline. In some cases, the buoys became lighthouses, stations crafted from multiple long ships or a combination of salvaged wreckage, assumed by outsiders to be the result of ill fortune, but treated by the lighthouse keepers as home, and by longs across the system as beacons of humanity - providing "local" news, music, the ramblings of solitary keepers, and updates on the latest max attempts.


Are webrings a recreation of a more user-controlled internet where information, creation, art, etc can be shared without mediation by corporate entities? This seems to me a big component of it. I can't speak to the precise genesis of the various webrings I've encountered, but there are prevalent attitudes rejecting corporate ownership over internet presence in favor of {low tech}, right to repair, and longtermism. Through sites on the webring, I've discovered many other efforts to replace popular but corporate internet services with open source, federated, and/or peer-to-peer systems and technologies.