[Noisebridge-discuss] Laptop battery stolen / root login for public terminal?

Neil Golden neilgolden at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 23:12:59 UTC 2012

absoutely. but when I replace the battery on my netbook later this week
that would be moot, since I have everything I need on my ubuntu install on
that machine already. I was just kind of seeing what was possible with this
public terminal, and trying to figure out how hackable this machine is.

no worries - and I appreciate the responses, thank you.. I've started
writing it in C instead of LISP and this will do just fine, my C skills are
15 years old and I need to put some blood back in this muscle anyway if u
feel me

peace! and tyvm..


On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM, miloh <froggytoad at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Neil Golden <neilgolden at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> My name is Neil, I am a somewhat frequent visitor in Noisebridge. After
>> discussing it with a few people, it was suggested that I post to the
>> mailing list. Last Wednesday I left my netbook unattended in the kitchen
>> (it was playing classical music while I cooked some rice). I stepped
>> downstairs to smoke a cigarette, and when I came back to the kitchen the
>> laptop (netbook) was powered down and I discovered that the battery was
>> gone; someone removed it while I was outside - and I was outside for fewer
>> than ten minutes (closer to six or seven).
>> I'm not writing to pursue the matter, simply to publicly state that it
>> occurred to make the space aware of the theft. (they're cheap to replace,
>> I'm replacing it later this week. That's life :P)
>> In the meantime, I was hoping to do some coding on the public linux
>> terminal I'm on now (the one tucked away at one end of the member's
>> shelves). In order to do the programming I'd like, I need to install a few
>> packages; I was wondering if anyone knows the root password to this
>> machine? As I understand it, this machine is "hackable" inasmuch as no one
>> really cares what's done with it (as long as it still functions as a
>> terminal). So, if anyone can provide me with the name of someone who knows
>> the root login, I can ask them in person or whatever - I just need to
>> install some libraries and an interpreter.
> Neil,
> You're talking about the Hackshelves, not the Noisebridge member shelves.
>  Please don't confuse the two.
> Can you run a linux distro off a thumbdrive or external drive?  Then you
> could install any packages you like onto it.
>  -rma
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