madtom1999
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Carrington Event Machine

Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:37 am

With the Corona Virus epidemic running riot I have returned to address the possibility of it all going badly wrong and am thinking a Carrington Event Machine project might be a good idea after all. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859 for the naming of the project.
In the case of a major global disaster we can either try and rebuild from scratch or be bootstrapped by the knowledge we already have if we can access it and share it. To this end I am proposing a small computer, screen, keyboard and mouse along with a re-chargeable power supply and PV and hand generator and wireless comms and a manual in the local language all boxed up in a Faraday cage/waterproof box for when the ordure really hits the fan.
The idea being when its safe to do so the box can be opened and the PV set up and the battery charged if necessary at which point the computer (PI Zero with e-ink screen?) can boot up in the local language and take the user through an introduction to itself - such as how to set up the wireless comms to search for other nearby Carrington Machines to talk to - ideally this would set up mesh networking to allow ERP type resource managers to communicate with each other and optimise resources.
The box would also contain memory devices with a sort of Wikipedia of how to rebuild the world. And possibly higher power computing devices, wind generator instructions and inverters, short wave radio for long range comms etc...
While I would hope this would never be used it also strikes me as being potentially valuable in places hit by hurricanes etc. It would also be a valuable educational tool and if mass produced the cost would be low enough for it to be a useful comms/IT station for remote areas.

W. H. Heydt
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Re: Carrington Event Machine

Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:56 pm

Interesting idea. On the other hand, having various books to hand--such as De Re Metallica and a facsimile edition of Diderot's Encyclopedia isn't a bad start.

madtom1999
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Re: Carrington Event Machine

Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:31 am

Well they could be added to the information archive on the system. Ideally they need to be open-source/open-hardware and open-document - not that laws may apply after an event that makes this necessary.

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Re: Carrington Event Machine

Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:41 am

Books have the advantage that they don't require power sources to use.

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Re: Carrington Event Machine

Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:01 am

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:41 am
Books have the advantage that they don't require power sources to use.
But don't last long after the TP runs out.

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Re: Carrington Event Machine

Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:13 am

rpdom wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:01 am
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:41 am
Books have the advantage that they don't require power sources to use.
But don't last long after the TP runs out.
:lol: Best laugh yet since UK was shut down.
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