Skip to comments.Dead Drops 'How to' - (alternative communication)
Posted on 06/23/2013 2:20:48 PM PDT by Lorianne
Pity it has come to this.
Samizdat, coming soon to a country near you...
And when it rains or snows? Or if someone plugs in and discovers fag or child porn. No thanks, I’m choosy at what I download..
I don't know. It was the "I'm sick of your B.S." motivation that founded this country. It may very well be the same natural instinct that preserves it.
1) Really should have a cover on the end of the usb plug - far too much of a chance of corrosion building up and destroying your data store, especially when outside.
2) Pretty easy to break using this method. I would choose to make it a female plug inset into the wall; yes, it would require a user to have a cable, but those are pretty easy to carry around, and would likely cut down random vandalism destroying your dead drop.
3) OMG, I so want to do a series of these as a multi-cache for geocaching! Ahem, aside from that geek moment, it is funny how little people seemed to react to someone holding a laptop up to a wall. This is New York; you'd think someone would have said something about it, but I guess 9/11 isn't on people's minds much there...
In writing this reply, I looked around the room, noticed an old Android handset, and said ‘hmm’ to myself. I spent a couple minutes, hacked up a server program, installed a portable hotspot, and had it set up to serve files off of the internal SD card. In titling files, you can set it to survive on the card for one download, 1 day, 5 days or 30 days.
It seems to draw a minimal amount of power, probably would last with the ancient battery for a good 3-4 days on a full charge. Add in a little solar panel, or even better, simply hook it up to a USB charger, and you've got a stand alone file drop that doesn't require the user to be actually at any particular physical location. And with onboard storage of multiple gigs, it would probably never run out of storage space. Total cost, assuming I was buying used handsets, around $25 per unit.
I don't think we're anywhere near this point, but this just became part of my SHTF strategy for communications.
File this in the carrier-pigeon folder?
Thanks for that post.
Yes the geocaching would be fun
I’d rather do a discreet solar battery charged bluetooth device than a usb port. Too obvious as to who is connecting.
good point, but that could be intercepted too
Attaching your laptop to a wall is going to arouse lots of suspicion, even in NYC.
Even better. I don’t think QR codes were that common back way back in 2010 when this video was made!
FYI - May be of interest -See post 8
Outstanding and very intriguing idea.
We have now tested this... We used a custom build of Android, dropping all radio features except Wi-Fi. Using a three year old battery, we tossed it up on a bus stop.
43 people downloaded the constitution over three days, zero uploads, a total of 213 connections, over a 67 hour period. Battery finally died, but took seconds to reboot off of a solar panel lock box with magnetic mounts. We’ll leave this up for the next week, should be subjected to two high pressure washes over that time.