Coders, creatives and entrepreneurs in Atlanta should be interested to know that Freeside hosts a free open house every Tuesday beginning around 7:30 PM.
Located in The Metropolitan warehouses, Freeside is the largest markerspace in the the southeast. We’re talking 6,000 sq/ft, featuring 3D printers, an electronics lab, a classroom, workshop, media lab, two auto bays, a ton of co-working areas and Ripple Free WiFi throughout the building.
Stop by on a Tuesday night to see what it’s all about, and consider becoming a member. The monthly rate is just 80 bucks ($40 for starving tech students), which includes a bunch of benefits like 24/7 access to the building, dedicated storage space, members-only wifi access points, etc. Even if you’re not sure you wanna join up, the open house nights are a great way to meet collaborators, creatives, and some really smart people doing some really cool things.
Another Ripple Free WiFi hotspot is available for use at Freeside Atlanta. Not familiar with the Freeside building? It’s 6,000 sq/ft space that features a classroom, 3D printers, an electronics lab, co-working areas, a media lab, a workshop, and and two auto bays. The community is composed of just about every type of creative: hackers, designers, artists, developers, and entrepreneurs. Members and non-members alike can make use of the space for various projects, art initiatives, and general education.
Freeside Atlanta hosts a ton of classes and projects to help people network and make their ideas a reality. And now they’ve got Ripple WiFi to support the entire operation. Check out the space the next time you’re on or near Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta, and tell ‘em Ripple sent ya.
Oh, and if you run a nonprofit organization like Freeside, or a business where the creative community gathers (ahem, Octane), and are interested in finding out more about our Free WiFi service, just click the button below and fill out the contact form on the next page.
When traveling for business, on vacation, or visiting family for the holidays, it’s important to be cautious with your gear. That includes everything from your luggage to your laptop. We Ripplers have a few tips to help you avoid the traveling blues by keeping your technology safe and secure.
1. Save the updates for at home
Before hitting the road, make sure your operating system and apps are completely up-to-date. Don’t update at the hotel, even if prompted to do so by the hotel’s Wi-Fi. The reason? Well, this “update” could allow cybercriminals to install malware that monitors everything you do on your computer—including when you type in email addresses and passwords. Hackers might jack your email account and send unsavory spam to your listed contacts and others. And some malware can even turn on your webcam and record whatever is going on in the room. Really.
2. Turn it on
While this isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get a virus while on vacation, making sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and running will go a long way toward protecting your computer and private data. If you have an internal firewall, turn it on as well. And for Mac users, if you really want to go the extra mile, turn on Filevault. None of this will guarantee a virus-free vacation, but it’s a heck of a lot safer than doing nothing.
3. Back it up
Just in case something does happen to your computer while on vacation, you’ll want to backup the data on your computer to a hard drive or the cloud before you leave home. This way, you won’t lose everything should your computer get stolen or get infected with a virus.
Some people might wonder what a semi-automatic espresso machine is doing in the office of an IT company. The truth is, that silver beauty says as much about our values as a company as it does to our roots as an Atlanta startup.
During Ripple’s formative years, Mike met Tony Riffel, a fellow transplant to Atlanta who was starting his own small business: Octane Coffee Company. Mike approached him about Octane being an early adopter of Ripple’s Free WiFi campaign, and explained that it would benefit Octane as much as it would Internet-hungry Atlantans, who were eager to have more WiFi-enabled places from which to work. As a former employee of Octane myself, and a current Rippler, I was able to get Tony to spill the beans (horrible pun intended) on those early years.
Eight to ten years ago many businesses added WiFi networks to their offices using what was ubiquitous at the time. Namely, inexpensive access points like the Linksys WAP54G (don’t take that the wrong way, it’s a great WAP and we still have love for this venerable old workhorse). Many people had similar devices installed at home, and since they worked fine there, well why not the office too? And for most folks they did work fine at the office. If you had 30 people in the office but only 3 of them had laptops, an inexpensive consumer-grade wireless access point could keep up just fine.
Fast forward to 2012 and these days most small businesses (well the majority of small businesses we service anyway) run predominantly on laptops. Some are 100% laptops, with no desktop computers in sight. Heck some of our clients don’t have assigned desks, they just have work spaces that employees float into and out of, and in places like that everyone is all wireless, all the time.