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

miloh froggytoad at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 15:47:33 PDT 2012


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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