this is part of as days pass by, by Stuart Langridge

There's this plan. It's a plan that has been on the cards for some considerable time. What's going to happen is this: I'm going to buy a camper van, or something like that, and I'm going to turn it into a technolgical marvel. So you can go away on holiday in this van, and your laptop will plug into one of the ethernet ports scattered around it,or work from the wireless hub within it. There could be three or four of you in there, all connected to the net. There will be all manner of electrical and electronic equipment -- satellite dishes? microwaves? -- installed, so it's like a dream for techie people. And you'll be able to drive it around.

The idea first was spawned at HiP'97, the Hacking In Progress conference in 1997 (since then we have also had its sequel, HAL2001, and I attended both). At HiP, we had a tent, but it occurred that it would be excellent to have a comfortable place to sleep and be able to hook up to the conference network. And thus the plan for the Octobus was born. The feel of it wants to be like the old Chinese place in Tomorrow Never Dies; doesn't look like much from the outside, but crammed with cool technology. I'm entirely open to suggestions as to what cool things should go in it.

Might have it by the end of the year. Maybe I'll take it to trade shows and so forth.

© Aquarius, June 2002