* Listening station. Me and Erik from edlug/infoseed are trying to get hold of an old laptop which we can recycle into a dedicated listening station. We just need a working laptop with semi-decent sound and hard disk space that we can install a dedicated Linux setup on. Chris is off the rails, if he doesn't get a laptop in two weeks, he may buy a Forest ipod, or even a Zune!
* The Internet connection. Is such a mess. We need to replace the PC and the various modems, switches and routers currently above the kitchen with one modem/router within arms reach of the ground. The only thing preventing us from doing this is people who use our wireless connection and steal all the bandwidth. The PC above the kitchen currently runs a traffic shaping script that prevents the effect of these people from being too bad. So we need a modem/router with built-in packet shaping, or at least port blocking or limiting bandwidth per wireless connection or something. Find out if my router, the router in the office at the forest, or infoseed's router could be setup to do this.
* Sharing the Internet connection with infoseed. Both the forest and infoseed are throwing away money here. Collaborate with Tom from infoseed to run a cable from the forest down to infoseed, and have us both share one broadband connection from one router. Split the cost 50/50. Probably best to drop infoseed's current broadband account, not the forest's.
* The Linux computers. Are pretty much fine. Swithun said floppy disk access was not working. Get a floppy disk and test this. Maybe replace Epiphany web browser with Firefox as the default, confuse people less.
* The mac jukebox. Is running a proprietary operating system and music player. I want to get all the music on it backed up, then install Ubuntu on the mac, or replace the mac with a PC running Ubuntu, then put the music back onto the Ubuntu machine and play it using rhythmbox, which is like itunes. Rip songs using soundjuicer or goobox (if we need to rip to mp3). Questions: has the mac ripped all the Forest music into a file format that is compatible only with itunes? Any new PC we replace it with needs to be of decent reliability, many of the infoseed machines are a bit too old and unreliable to replace it.
* Propoganda -- the forest is using a fair bit of free software and recycled computers now, in part thanks to help from infoseed, edlug, me, and others who partly do it because we believe in the practical philosophy behind free software. I would like to have like an A4 piece of paper explaining why the forest computer software looks different and why we use it, and about reusing computers, put up on the wall somewhere. This is a starting point
* Organise a workshop at the forest or infoseed which people can come to to get a 30-minute to 1-hour tutorial on how to use Ubuntu Linux and ask questions. Lots of people have installed Ubuntu themselves or had us install it for them in recent months, others may be interested. Showing people how to use it is one really important thing that nevers gets done, because the install process always ends up taking so long. It will be more efficient to get lots of people to come to us all at once than for me to go to each of them. This may be more of an infoseed concern than the forest.
* Maybe more that I don't remember now
I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!