Hacking the Linksys WRT54G to build the world's first "hot spot blog"
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How about we create a hacked "hot spot blog" version of the WRT54G? The file system out of the box has somewhere between 2-5M. We could have the units broadcast their name and IP address (something simple like - "blog: blog site name: ip address: optional GPS location") as they quickly hand out DHCP based temporary IP addresses to the travelers/users entering their "hot zone".
The units could act as mix between a blog and a wireless/electronic billboard. Having these along the nation's highways would be great fun for long trips. Bloggers along main highway exits (location, location, location) could use it for marketing and to syndicate some thin and quick local content (remember the user will be only "in the zone" for a moment - no time to check email or web surf - just some very quick content pulling at G speeds) like the local weather forcast, theater info, restaurant reviews, aggregated local blogger content, etc. Gives a true, respectible use to war driving. Kids and parents alike would love it. We could call it "blog driving". I'm sure we could come up with other uses and a better name.
Do I have any buyers for the first unit that I build and sell? The initial unit will be an alpha test unit aimed at early adopters, potential content and software developers and/or any one that is just curious of where this may all go and wants to get in early on helping to shape the idea.
Update: 6:45PM: I just purchased a LINKSYS WRT54G from Best Buy for $99 (not including tax). I purchased the unit for the "hot spot blog" project stated above.