Security and Sustainability have always been at the heart of everything we do as free men and women. Our quest to be secure in our persons, in our transactions, and in our environment has to always be at the forefront of everything that we do as a society. To this end I am reviving the Haven Project with the express idea of creating a secure and untraceable experience for any user who should wish one. This website will be slightly different than the previous version of the haven project as it will be a source for tutorials, articles on ways that open source computing can benefit you and ways that you can use open source software, specifically privacy software to enhance your life. It will also focus on ways in which solar power can be used to save money and help the environment.
Here is what I believe should be the goal of this project: essentially if you were stuck on a deserted island in the middle of the Atlantic and the only thing that survived was was your laptop and your charger – you should be able to get power, get signal and contact someone without the need for any other external source of energy or electricity. All of this would be powered by small solar panels and wireless technology so it would be similar to what you have here but with complete anonymity.
Essentially what I am conceiving is a perfectly mobile laptop energized via solar power, capable of being run at any destination on the globe with complete anonymity and ease of use. It would consume an extremely small amount of energy and would have a wide variety of uses.
I am going to be using Tor and Tails as a basis for the software along with a small solar panel array used to power the laptop.
You may be asking how does solar power apply to anonymity? No one can track the power that comes from the sun’s rays, therefore no one can tell where your taking power from and therefore you cannot be tracked by it.
Have you ever been to a construction site, I would be willing to bet that a lot of people have not. The fact is that construction sites are dirty, unhealthy and usually violate numerous health and safety codes. In order so that we may save the earth and protect mankind I would like to propose some changes that all residential construction companies make that would make a huge difference in saving our environment. The fact is that most homes waste more energy than they save and many homes do not use the energy saving power of roof mounted 12 volt solar panels very well. Just an array of 20 or so of these Solar Panels could help you save drastically on your home energy costs.
How much does a set of Solar Panels cost anyway?
A set of ten 12 volt solar panels will only run you about $1000 bucks and you can install the Solar Panels in a roof mounted solar panel array or in a separate portable array mounting in the backyard. If you really wanted to save money you could also buy multiple solar panels in bulk in order to save money. Either way the possibilities of getting solar power to your home and saving hundred on your electric bills, while saving the environment are endless. You could hire any number of construction contractors and agencies who will also help you do the job more efficiently.
How mobile homes benefit most from Solar Power
Mobile home owners have a unique set of circumstances. I mean, let’s face it, they live in a poor neighborhood surrounded by other folks who are usually struggling to make it as well. The fact is that these folks need to pinch every penny and would benefit most from a well placed solar panel array. The fact is that every mobile home owner who is thinking about upgrading and repairing their mobile home should consider having Solar Panels placed on top of the roof of said home. This would provide invaluable savings over the years and would even help keep the home cool in the dead of summer.
In any event a well thought out solar strategy could end up helping people save money and could also assist them in their fight to be better denizens of the planet.
One promise that I remember from the dawn of the current Computer age (yes, I am dating myself a little here) is the promise that we would live in a world with less paper because all of the worlds data would be stored on hard drives somewhere on the net. Fast forward to the current time and more paper is created now, it seems, than ever before. Of course we know that utilizing recycled printer paper can help.
Here are three more things you can do to help your printers run smoothly and help reduce the size of our landfills.
Step One: Utilize brands that help the environment such as Brother and Samsung printers. By utilizing good reliable manufacturers you can have a head start right out of the gate. Nationally recognized reliable printer manufacturers test their printers to make sure that they are running smoothly even before they leave the factory, therefore you are assured a quality product that has few mechanical failures even before you buy it.
Step Two: Keep all of your imaging devices in good repair. By keeping up on printer repairs and regular maintenance you can save hundreds in toner usage and paper usage. This in turn will create a better experience for your employees. Keeping your devices in good working order is always recommended especially when it comes to devices that can consume massive amounts of electricity and solid paper waste. Your toner, paper and all of your old hard drives should always be handled with care to make sure that you are taking the proper precautions for their removal.
Step Three: Utilize a company such as American Servco to handle all of your printer repair needs and services. Being in IT for almost two decades has taught me that having a great team is almost more important than having great knowledge. You can have the best knowledge in the world but if you cannot be everywhere at once then that knowledge becomes a moot point. Having a company such as American Servco Imaging Systems by your side can help when you are fixing a virus issue over at one desk, have to replace a computer at another desk and have a fax machine issue at another desk entirely. Companies like this provide contractual support for a very small fee every month and can help your machines in good working order.
Well there you have, probably my biggest post so far. Remember this site is as much about the environment as it is about “going off grid”;)
Building the perfect solar powered privacy driven laptop
When I started this site I believed I would have to start manufacturing the laptop’s I wanted from scratch, get manufacturers to design them, etc. Recently however I have decided to change my position on this and I found the perfect company for this: Solaptops.
The fact that there is a company out there that is designing portable solar laptops, placing open source software on them and designing them to be used in rugged terrain. Because this machine comes preloaded with Ubuntu I seriously cannot see any issues with utilizing this device with stock Tails or even my own forthcoming Haven Project Blend.
I will be ordering one of these shortly (God bless tax returns) and I will be reviewing it on the site. I cannot wait to work with this thing in action.
I still have some questions though and I will be addressing these with the people at the Sol corporation:
1. What type of built in Charge Controllers does this device utilize. How do I know if I am going to burn out the batteries OR WORSE the motherboard.
2. This thing looks like it was built for war, will it stop a bullet? Just kidding, seriously though how rugged is this thing?
3. What type of warranty does it have.
Well that’s it folks. I have found the laptop that I wish to put my forthcoming newly “reblended” privacy off the grid laptop on. I cannot wait for the fun I am going to have doing it. This is going to be an epic project and I will let you guys know when it is ready so that I can show it off. Until then, thanks for reading this blog/project incubator and please make sure to refer me to your friends. Good luck and good night.
UPDATE 2016: It is with a sad heart that I have to abandon this project. Unfortunately making a living and family obligations have taken first priority. I will still be writing articles for this site and will probably be giving it an upgrade in the very near future. Thank you all for visiting my site and please do not let this bad news stop you from coming back.
For an alternative please go to: http://store.solaptop.com/ and https://tails.boum.org/