One day, somewhere in the north of The Netherlands, two boys
decided that they needed more space for their computer networks. A
small room in their parents' residence became to small within
moments after they started with a new hobby, poking around with
Linux -- so they had to move on.
This time they got their hands on a nice appartment which would
be suitable for an older couple. At least that's what the real
estate agent thought. The Cyberflat crew did not, so the started
wiring the house with meters of cat-5 cables, phonelines and other
data connections. Starting with a few computers, basicly running
Linux, the boys had good fun on their network. But after a while
Juggler and ||meg got bored so they thought they needed something
new in their flat. With a few bucks they earned helping other
people around with networks, they went to the hardware shop to get
the parts they needed. Finally they could practise their
school-knowledge. The boys were happy again.
Building stuff was a good distraction of their daily misery of
life. A local isp decided to support them with some webspace and a
good domain name (www.cyberflat.nl). In July the boys connected a
few webcams to the internet. From then on they shared their fun
with the rest of the world. There's only one problem: miss
Girlfriend doesn't like webcams at all ;-)
The CyberFlat consists of 18 computers which run the
CyberFlat 24 hours per day. They control everything from MP3 to
lights and the measure everything from doorbell to temperatures.
Most of the computers run Linux Slackware. The kernels vary from
1.2.3 to 2.2.16.
The homemade MP3 player runs under Linux Redhat, this machine is
connected to 14 speakers divided over 3 amplifiers. That's why even
the CyberFlat has angry neighbours. Unfortunately, because of a
lack of good webcam software and electronic banking software, our
workstations run Windowze 95 and 98. Everything connected through a
10 Mbps network causes a continuous power consumption of 631 kWh