Episode 1: “Smol Computing” with John Pathfinder Lester
In this episode we talk with John Pathfinder Lester (~naltyc-wornes) about running Urbit on small computers. We also discuss the evolution of online communities from John’s experience in the early days of the internet, particularly on BBS’s, to the present day, and how Urbit has managed to capture once again the feeling of a community of people exploring new technological space together.
We talk Cult of the Dead Cow (hello, Beto) and how the convergence of crypto and John’s early internet days led him to discover Urbit.
Now, John is interested in seeing Urbit on small personal devices such as the Raspberry Pi. He tells us about meeting ~botter-nidnul and deciding to evangelize ~botter’s work building device-specific Urbit binaries, essentially playing Jobs to ~botter’s Woz.
Now John is experimenting with Urbit hosting with his star ~dasfeb, which is run on and serves 20 planets entirely from a Raspberry Pi.
Have a listen to discover why John is so passionate about the convergence of small, personal computing devices, Urbit, and cryptocurrency as a possible answer to the question of personal autonomy for the 21st century.
Join us on Urbit
John’s smol computing group: ~dasfeb/smol-computers
The Stack Podcast group: ~habsul-rignyr/the-stack-podcast
Andy’s Crypto Forum: ~libhut-samwes/crypto-forum-redivivus
For Urbiters in Asia or those who would like to be:
Ship: An Urbit computer. May be a galaxy, but more probably a star or planet. This is a deprecated naming system, still used by early adopters.
Planet: Another name for a personal Urbit.
Star: Name for an Urbit one level about a Planet. These are used for network services like OTAs (over the air updates) and peer discovery.