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We’re supporting Document Freedom Day, are you?

It’s just over a week to go to Document Freedom Day on 26th March and Bristol Wireless’ promotional pack – full of stickers, leaflets and a flag – has been received safely from the Free Software Foundation Europe (thanks πŸ™‚ ).

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Here at Bristol Wireless, we’ve worked since our creation with open standards and are glad to support the growing use of open standards for documents*. Open Standards are essential for interoperability and freedom of choice. They provide freedom from data lock-in and the subsequent vendor lock-in. This makes open standards essential for governments, companies, organisations and individual users of information technology.

More information is available on open document standards at Wikipedia and for more details of Document Freedom Day visit the Document Freedom Day website.

Women who do tech talk it too

An out of the ordinary email turned up on the Bristol Wireless mailing list today. Forwarded by BW volunteer Sean, it had originally been posted to the UK Riders list by our friend Laura Whitehead, who’s a freelance web designer.

Laura’s been in contact with Allyson Kapin who is organising Women Who Tech Telesummit which is taking place on March 31st. The telesummit’s sessions run from 11AM to 6:15PM EST which, Laura points out, is not ideal for London time: EST is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (after checking the times for daylight saving times in the UK and USA, the time difference should still be 5 hours – Ed.).

The telesummit will happen via conference call and webinar and will feature 2 one-hour long panels at a time.

Here at Bristol Wireless, we’re pleased to see there’s an open source software session. πŸ™‚

Full details of the telesummit can be seen at the Women Who Tech website.

Hello Tosh, gotta computer?

In the last few weeks, the lab has paid host to some newer versions of Toshiba’s perennial Satellite line of notebooks. Our mobile LTSP suite runs on donated Toshiba satellites that are over 12 years old! πŸ˜‰

The new batch is a bit newer – they’re mere youngsters of 3 or 4 years vintage. They’ve come from Bristol City Council via Connecting Bristol and have been sent to us for Linux installation for use on a forthcoming open source web development workshop being organised by the Scarman Trust.

Thanks to the hard work of Bristol Wireless volunteer Andy Sabel, this work has now been done and they’re due to be collected next week.

Acesabe & Scarman lappy

Of the original 6 machines supplied, 2 unfortunately were broken and cannot be used immediately: one had a dead screen, whilst another had a non-working DVD drive. However, the other 4 have had various Linux distributions installed, with 2 ‘flavours’ common to all – Mepis and Mandriva2008, the latter being the surplus from the batch of goodies Mandriva kindly supplied for our Social Source South West conference (news passim).

Andy says, “These were chosen for their general usability, software selection, familiar appearance and compatibility with the hardware. Each machine goodies will have an extra OS* installed purely to demonstrate the different range of available ‘distros’ available and one laptop will still have Windows installed to show it is possible to run both on a single machine, although we cannot support Windows in any way.”

The machines will be going back to Connecting Bristol following the Scarman Trust training, but will be available for Bristol Wireless to borrow for use on community projects.

* = the additional Linux systems are OpenSuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora Core and DreamLinux

DROID – Luke Vibert in a digital world

D.R.O.I.D; a club: big and heavy. An extraordinary occasion featuring a stellar cast of 21st century dance music from top draw live guests, DJs and some virtual avatar stars.

The line-up includes:

  • Luke Vibert: (Warp / Rephlex)
  • Various Production dj (Deep dub / Spooky beats / Dubstep)
  • Bass Clef (Dub / 2-step / Electronica)
  • Vexkiddy (Experimental / Acoustic / Electronic)

D.R.O.I.D is an event to challenge our reality, what we perceive to be the here and now and what we think of as the future-distant.

Second life venue

D.R.O.I.D will take place simultaneously in the digitised world of Second Life and, as a consequence of this, across the known world. At the Trinity huge suspended, back-projected screens will show the audience the virtual world of Second Life.

The aim is for the two audiences, the physical and the digital, to come together, meet each other, interact, know each other. How many technophobes out there have never spoken to their virtual brothers and sisters? How many of the new wired generation have never left the confines of their virtual reality interfaces to interact with the rest of us? Greater understanding is what we seek, together we shall stand, shoulder to digitised shoulder.

The line up is blistering in the bass end with super high end tweaks – be it filthy house, dubstep-not-dubstep, mutant breaks, electro-techno of course Victorian Acid House.

Click here to get your (£6.75!) ticket now! (more on the door)

For more info click here for the DROID website.

If you must stay in then at least log on and join us in Second Life on the night.

Please forward this info to your networks. Why not download a poster to print out and stick in your window.

The canned computer cometh

Earlier this week the first two of the cabinets for the lobby at St Werburghs Community Centre (news passim) arrived and we hope you agree they look very attractive indeed.

The cabinets feature a galvanised metal outer with a powder coat finish and the flat panel monitor kept safely away from sticky fingers behind a sheet of toughened glass. The cabinet front features 2 USB sockets for users to plug in portable storage devices, as well as being fully wired for sound with audio in and out sockets. In addition, the front can be unlocked for maintenance and servicing.

Desktop model Computer on a stand

As you can see, the cabinet can either be mounted on a stand, placed on an ordinary desk and can even be bolted to the wall in extreme situations to render them less portable.

The new cabinets have already drawn admiring glances. Indeed our old friend Ron Corbett, warden of Princess Royal Gardens in Redfield, would like to get his hands on some too, since people keep stealing the thin clients from his sheltered accommodation scheme’s LTSP suite!

Are you coming to Social Source South West?

Do you work in the voluntary or community sector? Do you want to learn how free and open source software (FOSS) can meet your ICT needs and save you money? Then make a date in your diary to visit the Social Source Conference (PDF flyer here) being hosted by Bristol Wireless at St Werburghs Community Centre on Tuesday 5th February 2008.

Social Source South West will include speakers from the National ICT Hub and Bristol City Council, plus workshops and demonstrations from individuals, organisations and companies already using or helping groups with FOSS both regionally and nationally.

Another element we’ll be looking at is recycling hardware and greener computing: FOSS can help you breath new life into your old kit extending its service life (some of our mobile suite laptops are now 12 years old and still going strong. Ed.) and helping avoid the pitifully short service life of most hardware – typically 3-5 years.

Preparations are advancing steadily and there’s detailed information on the Social Source South West page on the wiki. In addition, friendly Bristol Wireless techs will also be on hand to answer your queries and – if you give us plenty of notice – we could even arrange for you to collect hardware specially configured to your needs.

When asked who should come to Social Source South West, Sean Kenny of the event organisers said: “If you’re an IT technician for your office, you’ll want to learn about alternatives to the commercial software upgrade treadmill. If you’re a finance officer, come and hear about the cost savings and see workshop demonstrations of ways to boost productivity and cut support costs.”

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided, but you’ll need to register online. As we’re limited to 80 people for the venue (including speakers and helpers), registrations will be strictly first come, first served.

The event is being sponsored by the ICT Hub, Connecting Bristol and Voscur.

See you there!

A box for the Burg

The cabinets for the public terminals in the lobby at St Werburghs Community Centre (news passim) are getting nearer being finalised.

Yesterday John Chilcott, the designer, brought along the latest prototype for appraisal. It got more than that – as the pictures below show; its insides were given a complete working test under the steady hands of Ben Green and others.

Needless to say, although some may like the raw, boilerplate Soviet era of galvanised steel sheet, the completed item will be welded up (not held together with screws) and have a powder coating finish in Bristol Wireless’ very attractive shade of blue-green (or greeny blue? Ed.).

Chaos in Bristol

Germany’s Chaos Computer Club (CCC) is one of the longest established (founded 1981) and most influential organisations dealing with the security and privacy aspects of technology; and its links with Bristol are growing.

CCC PesthornBack in the autumn, Si, a good friend of Bristol Wireless and a couple of friends decided it would be worthwhile trying to establish a ‘Chaostreff’ (or ‘Chaos Meeting’) here in Bristol. Chaostreffs are Jim and your scribe from Bristol Wireless. According to the CCC website, Chaostreffs ‘are looser meetings of hackers who sympathise with the CCC’. Chaostreff Bristol will tonight be holding its regular monthly meeting at the Hillgrove Porter Stores in Kingsdown. Well done Si and everyone else for keeping them meetings going (and thanks for not clashing with Dorkbot Bristol for once! Ed.) – a first for any place outside the German-speaking world.

Just before Christmas when the rest of the country was settling down the torpor that characterises that part of December, Bristol Wireless had a visit from Elmar ‘mcfly’ Lecher of Darmstadt, who’s the CCC Board member responsible for local groups, who was paying a visit to Chaostreff Bristol after an earlier abortive attempt when his car broke down at Ostend. πŸ™

Over hot drinks (Bristol Wireless’ coffee got a good review), we introduced Elmar to the work of Bristol Wireless and compared our experiences to those of the various Freifunk projects in Germany: the major city networks mentioned – Hamburg and Berlin – seem to be making steady progress with mesh technology. Freifunk also takes the Bristol Wireless news feed for its global news service.

Elmar gave us a fascinating rundown of some of CC’s recent work, lots of which is of international importance. For instance, CCC members have been able to crack every voting machine ever presented to them, but more of that anon.

image of Elmar 'mcfly' Lecher with tin foil passport wallet
Elmar ‘mcfly’ Lecher with tin foil passport wallet
Other aspects of CCC’s work of particular interest to UK citizens in the light of privacy and technology are RFID chips and biometrics. Germany already has chipped passports and Elmar let us examine his (no, we couldn’t discern the chip by feel…). He keeps it in a tin foil wallet that has been developed by CCC (see photo). Strangely, HM Government seems to be interested in this aspect of CCC’s work: why else would the British Embassy in Berlin have ordered 100 of the tinfoil wallets? (Seems too few for a population of 60 million! Ed.)

Last week chatting to mcfly on IRC, he stated CCC needed a press release translating into English urgently. A team of 4 from the CCC Translate group – two of whom were in Bristol (Si and yours truly) – set to work via IRC and email, finishing the job in a matter of hours. You can see the finished result here.

Finally, we’ve had an invite to go to Easterhegg 2008 in Cologne, billed as a ‘cuddly CCC event with about 200 participants’. There should be a chance to meet the Freifunk folks there, talk about the translation project and give me something else to write about.

Another busy week

Here at Bristol Wireless, with most of us being advocates of bah-humbuggery as well as Linux and open source, we’ve been doing our utmost to avoid too much contact with the world of midwinter celebrations (e.g. Christmas, Hannukah, solstice, etc.*). However, we did crack a bit yesterday afternoon, succumbing to mulled cider and nibbles in the lab. We do have a valid excuse: it was Andy’s birthday – many happy returns mate. πŸ™‚

In spite of the end of year jollifications, work at Bristol Wireless continues as usual, so here’s a brief rundown of the last week.

The biggest change that will be noticed is a visual one. All but one of the lab’s LTSP thin clients now have flatscreen monitors, giving lots more space on the desks to add more thin clients or for volunteers’ essentials, such as hot drinks and biscuits. The image shows Jim hard at work with one of the new screens.

We’re also going to be improving the public internet access facilities on the hall at St Werburgh’s Community Centre in the near future. All the screens and clients will soon be enclosed in cabinets, for which we now have an early mock-up (see photo). When completed, all the terminals and other equipment will be safe from tampering, with only keyboards, mice and somewhere to plug in removable media (e.g. USB keys) being accessible to users.

Lu has been hard at work producing a piece for The Spark, a quarterly alternative guide to Bristol & Bath, on computer recycling and Bristol Wireless’ £50 refurbished computers (news passim).

On the server side, Sam has valiantly resumed work on the multimedia server previously undertaken by May, one of our former volunteers, but which has been in abeyance since May’s return to China (more news passim). The server can now be accessed from within the Bristol Wireless network to stream audio and video and it will ultimately be publicly available.

Acesabe, as our birthday boy mentioned above is better known, has set himself an interesting task with one of our old workstations. It originally started out running the Simply Mepis 3.x flavour of Linux and has been much abused since. Acesabe has upgraded it to the latest version of Mepis, a release candidate for Mepis 7.0. However, the workstation has several user accounts which need preserving – a quite challenging exercise. Anyway, it’s all been documented on the Mepis Lovers Forum.

Anyway, we’ll all have to be working without (and outwith) the lab over the Christmas holiday period, as our landlords, St Werburgh’s Community Centre, will be closed from next Monday until 2nd January 2008**.

In the meantime, enjoy the break.

* = Please insert festival of choice.
** = Bristol Wireless normally has its monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month: for January it will be held on 8th January instead.

How electronics companies measure up environmentally

Here at Bristol Wireless we do as much as we can to re-use and extend the working life of old computer hardware.

Through our Byteback partnership We are able to sell reconditioned machines for just £50.

We recognise that sometimes it is appropriate to purchase new hardware, and when new purchases are made it is worth considering the environmental credentials of the suppliers. Greenpeace have done some research to make this evaluation easier.

“We first released our ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV’s and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals and recycling.

The sixth issue of the Guide has been expanded to include televisions and game consoles. Market leaders Microsoft, Nintendo, Philips and Sharp enter at the bottom of the ranking of environmental performance with Nintendo being the first company scoring zero out of a possible 10 points. Philips and Microsoft performed little better, scoring only 2 and 2.7, respectively. Sony Ericsson has taken over the top spot from Nokia while Samsung and Sony have surged ahead to now occupy second and third positions.” Full report here.

Wi-Fi at the Count’s Louse*

News arrives from Bristol City Council that a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network has been installed to give partial Wi-Fi coverage of The Council House on College Green.

The network will allow anyone attending a meeting or event in the building’s committee rooms, Council Chamber and Conference Hall to call up agendas, reports and other background materials on laptops other wireless devices.

In addition, there’s now a wireless hotspot in the building’s foyer and other public areas that anyone visiting the offices can use.

The new network consists of 17 radio nodes placed in the main committee rooms and the foyer area. Each node offers 54 Megabits per second (Mbps) capacity, allowing secure wireless access for authorised users of the Council’s internal Virtual Private Network (VPN), as well as open internet access Cityspace’s StreetNet service, which already provides free internet access for web users in the surrounding city centre area.

For more details see the full council press release.

Author’s note: A rendition of ‘Council House’ in the local vernacular – more details here.

Training Course at St. Werburghs

At the computerOn 29th November 2007 we will be running a beginners’ training course from 7pm – 9pm at St. Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, St. Werburghs. The course will cover logging in and out, the desktop, the file system, word processing, setting up and using web based email and surfing the World Wide Web. Bristol Wireless members will be on hand to offer friendly advice and get you confidently using a machine and enjoying the internet even if you’ve never used either before.

If you are interested in booking or know someone who may be interested, or even if you require further information, please ring Bristol Wireless on 0117 3250067 or contact us here.

Saving Tech from Landfills

Author’s note: The following is an article I’ve written for an Easton newsletter being set up in the new year. I’ve posted it here because I mention Bristol Wireless and their contribution to recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment towards the end.

The Problem

More than a million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is created each year, and the amount is growing three times faster than any other type of waste. In July 2007 it was estimated that 90% of WEEE ended up in landfills, where its toxic components and non-biodegradable parts pose serious environmental concerns.

Computers in particular become obsolete quicker than any other consumer product. When Microsoft’s latest operating system (Vista) was released in January 2007, the Green Party suggested that “future archaeologists will be able to identify a ‘Vista Upgrade Layer’ when they go through our landfill sites.”

Vista uses more power than previous Windows incarnations because it scours your computer every few milliseconds to ensure that no ‘premium’ video or sound is being decoded. This means that new power-guzzling, costly hardware is required. The Green Party’s Sian Berry predicted that tonnes of perfectly functional monitors, video cards and whole computers would be dumped, due to lacking “the paranoid lock down mechanisms Vista forces you to use”.

Throughout the entire range, new versions of Microsoft have required twice as many system resources to run as their predecessors. Such resource-hungry programs are known as ‘bloatware‘.

The Solution?

European Regulations implemented in July 2007 mean that manufacturers and distributors of electronic goods will have to pay for the recycling or safe disposal of their products. Retailers will have to provide ways to return old gadgets when their customers upgrade and many civic amenity sites will provide facilities specifically for dealing with electronic waste. Initial UK targets require the safe disposal or reuse of 4kg of techno waste per person per year, approximately 25% of the total amount.

Good news? Well, maybe a step in the right direction, but a closer look at UK law shows that the legislation may not go far enough. Manufacturers are not responsible for their own products, but rather for their share of the market; they are able to join a scheme allowing them to pay a percentage of the total cost of recycling. “This means producers with better-designed products are financially penalised,” says Greenpeace, as savings from environmentally-conscious products benefit everyone, regardless of their own green track record.

UK law also allows retailers to contribute to civic amenity sites and inform customers of where they can recycle their WEEE, instead of taking waste back themselves. In fact they’re quite within their rights to charge you for any equipment they do collect.

What’s Going On Round Here

Byteback is a Bristol-based scheme that has been assisting companies in achieving their legal obligation to recycle IT equipment since 2001. They are fully WEEE compliant and operate under the guidelines of Environment Agency policy.

On receiving machines, Byteback irrecoverably destroy data on their hard disks, whilst Inside Out Trust collects the remaining equipment to be refurbished by inmates in local prisons. The hard disks and refurbished equipment are reunited at a depot in Cheltenham where they are packed ready for distribution via Byteback’s partners, IT Schools Africa and Computers for African Schools.

Computers that can’t be fixed are stripped for working parts; the remaining broken equipment is sent to specialist recyclers who recover raw materials from printed circuit boards, plastic and mixed metals. Byteback use some of the recovered parts to repair and upgrade PCs — a service available to anyone at the cost of Β£20 per hour. If they can’t fix your computer, they won’t charge you and any bits they use are thrown in for free.

Some of the machines recycled by Byteback end up with Bristol Wireless (a volunteer run co-operative who provided the internet connections at the Chelsea Inn and Easton Community Centre, to name but two) who install them with a Linux operating system called Debian; Debian is less power-hungry than Microsoft systems and is free to use. The computers come complete with web browser, email client, photo-editing software, anti-virus software and an office suite compatible with Microsoft Office, consisting of word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation software. These bloatware-free computers are available at the modest sum of Β£50 each (news passim).

So, with companies like that on the case there’s no need to get caught in an endlessly expensive software/hardware upgrade spiral! To get in touch with them, use these details:-


Phone: Tel: 0173706456, Mob: 07917166905

Bristol Wireless:

Phone: 01173250067

Chelsea Inn open access ‘net suite overhauled

The open internet access suite at the Chelsea Inn in Easton, provided and managed by Bristol Wireless, has been completely overhauled. The addition of an extra station brings the total to three now, all of which are newer-style Compaq thin clients providing access to the server upstairs via LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project). The new stations are smaller, so the whole install is now at desk level and therefore in much less risk of damage by the usual pub shenanigans. Built-in sound and accessible USB key access is now standard.. The wireless AP has been moved downstairs and is now mounted on the wall, correcting the coverage problems that were previously experienced in areas due to the thick concrete ceiling joists. Ben Green updated the software on the LTSP server, whilst Lloyd Cohen carried out the rest of the work.

New infrastructure coverage from The Cube, Dove St.

On Tuesday Bristol Wireless volunteer Lloyd Cohen installed an omni-directional antenna on the roof of The Cube Microplex, cinema in Kingsdown. The AP is to be used for the high-quality infrastructure-level connection of strategic points around the adjoining Dove St. flats, from which free open access wireless coverage will be provided to the residents via a local micro-mesh solution. Kudos to The Cube for hosting this and especially to their volunteer Marcus Valentine for cycling down to give me access and make me tea throughout the job.

A visit from Tim Erickson

On Tuesday 6th November, Bristol Wireless received a visit from Tim Erickson of, who have been helping encourage participation in the democratic process since 1994. We first me Tim on his initial visit to Bristol 2 years ago and were responsible for introducing him to West Country cider. πŸ™‚

Tim called by with MJ Ray, a friend of his from Turo Technology LLP, another co-operative (like Bristol Wireless) based in Weston Super Mare. Local Bristol area readers may know MJ, as he does attend BBLUG sessions.

We were very pleased to see how Tim’s IT skills had improved since his last visit – he’s now blogging and doing audio and video recording. As part of an organisation that encourages and trains people in using such tools to improve their skills and get involved in their communities, it’s only right and proper that the leading advocates should know what to do with them too.

As proof of his newly-acquired skills, he recorded a 10-minute interview with Rich Higgs and your ‘umble scribe.

Tim has recorded his visit on the project blog. His piece on Bristol Wireless can be read here, whilst those of you who are brave may like to listen to the interview.

Bristol Wireless distro reaches 0.9.4

Since its inception as a community wireless networking project, Bristol Wireless’ range of activities has expanded at a rapid rate. One of the newer lines of work – although the idea was first mooted a few years ago – is the development of our own Bristol Wireless Debian-based Linux distribution. Ben Green has today announced that our BW distro has now reached version 0.9.4.

Since the last announcement, the following changes have been implemented for this release:

  • the Bristol Wireless desktop background has been added as default for all users (regardless of a whether this is a new account or not);
  • printer GUI has been restored;
  • users-admin icon added to SLAB menu;
  • recoll search icon added to SLAB menu and set up sudo access;
  • bw_setup now changes the sources.list to an internet facing one by default;
  • ‘less’ has been added as a default package;

Ben adds that a new user must be created to make use of the new SLAB additions.

There are still a couple of items on Ben’s to-do list. At the moment these are:

  • adding support for madwifi;
  • adding a line to firefox plugins for divx to use the Mplayer plugin.

In a subsequent mail, Ben reports that we’re almost on the verge of having a version 1.0 ready for distribution. If anyone has professional CD printing facilities we can use for this forthcoming milestone, please get in touch.

Where Bristol Wireless leads, Tesco follows

Following on from Bristol Wireless’ sale of internet-ready Linux computers for £50, news reaches the lab that well-known supermarket chain Tesco, once described by a TV comedy programme as “the world’s first retail state”, has now commenced sales of entry level PCs with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed.

Tesco’s Linux machines cost slightly more than ours do, but two models – one with an Intel Celeron processor, the other with an AMD processor – are available from the retail giant at £139.93 and £189.93 respectively. Both are base units and come minus monitors. However, Clubcard holders will also qualify for points on these purchases.

However, if you want to support your local community wireless co-operative, Bristol Wireless is still selling internet-ready Linux machines for £50 if you don’t mind a refurbished machine: you may not get Clubcard points with our machines, but you do get a monitor. πŸ˜‰ Please contact us for details.

Farewell to Matt

At the start of the weekend Matt Toseland sent a message to our general list announcing he wouldn’t be able to make our monthly meeting in November. Apart from being a bit early, there’s nothing unusual in apologies from people unable to attend meetings. However, Matt has a good excuse: he’s moving to Scarborough (in God’s own county according to the locals – Ed. πŸ˜‰) – a slightly longer walk to the lab than his normal jaunt from Fishponds.

Back when Bristol Wireless was established in 2002, Matt was one of the first people to offer help and over the years his contributions have been invaluable, helping to keep the organisation focussed and true to its original principles.

When not acting as Bristol Wireless’ conscience, Matt works as a developer on the Freenet Project, with which he’s been involved for many years. Freenet is free software which lets users publish and obtain information on the internet without fear of censorship, which is very useful if one happens to live under a repressive regime or just wants to preserve one’s anonymity.

Although he’s off to t’other side of the country, we’re pleased that Matt will be remaining on the mailing list and retaining his membership of the co-operative.

It only remains to say: “Bon voyage Matt; please stay in touch via the list and drop in when you can on IRC, and thanks for all you’ve done to date and we all wish you well for the future.”

A laptop for Sarajevo

Bristol Wireless was recently contacted on behalf of the Healing Hands Network to see if we could help provide a laptop computer for Amir, a 27-year old resident of Sarajevo and Bosnian civil war victim, to enable him to turn his life around and help him gain the qualifications to find work.

After being nearly killed on his way to school by being shot on a tram when he was 14 years old, Amir’s life was saved by Bosnian surgeons working under fire and impossible conditions on the front line. Thirteen years later, he has grown up into a very sensitive, bright individual, speaking fluent English and French, with excellent practical and mental abilities. However, like most young Sarajevans, he has never had a proper job, although Healing Hands Network has arranged for him to take a proficiency English course that would enable him to teach English and has also been offered help to learn office skills. Nevertheless, Amir desperately needs a computer in order to do these.

After hearing of Amir, how could we not respond?

At the time of writing (Wednesday), the Pentium III laptop destined for Amir (and kindly provided by our recycling friends at Byteback) is currently being prepared by Bristol Wireless volunteer Andy Sabel. The laptop is running AntiX, a lightweight version of SimplyMEPIS, and is ready for use with the usual range of office, internet, multimedia and graphics applications. We hope Amir likes it. πŸ™‚

The laptop leaves for Sarajevo either on Thursday or Friday, having been collected by Colette Wadsworth of Healing Hands Network. We at Bristol Wireless wish you luck, Amir, and please let us know how you get on with your computer!