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Is this a clever idea?

22 July 2014

For quite some time I've been suggesting that the creation of ad-hoc mesh networks of WiFi-enabled mobile phones would be a great way to sidestep the mobile networks.

Why would you want to sidestep these networks?

Well in the case of natural disaster or network failure, such a mesh networking would allow traffic such as SMS-style messages to slowly propagate their way around until hopefully they reached the intended recipient. This would be a great backup for emergency scenarios.

In other cases, it would provide added security for personal messaging by bypassing the mobile carriers which, as we all know, are required to hand over the contents of your messages or calls "on demand" -- or perhaps even on a routine basis (do we really know for sure?).

However, there are some significant problems associated with becoming part of such a network.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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