We made it so if you check in to Apartm.net on Foursquare the door unlocks. Well, not you. Us. So you can't steal our stuff. We did it with Foursquare's Alpha 2.0 API, a local push notification service, an industrial web-enabled relay device, some speaker wire, and knowing about electricity. Then we made a video about it to invite you to our New Years party.
We wanted to share all this crazy stuff we have in the apartmnet, as well as the extra space and great view from the front room. So we got a bunch of desks and found some cool people to use them.
Our coffee table is a web server. You're loading this website from it. If we knock over a beer on it you might not be able to load this website anymore, but we try not to think about that too much. It's an Xserve G4 we got for a couple hundred bucks off eBay. First we just put it on top of a box and it was a pretty good table. Then we got a guy named Joe to build a table around it.
We put a touchscreen on the wall to control our TV, which is a Mac Mini Server connected to a 1080p projector. It works okay, but we're going to need to replace it with an iPad soon.
The camera at the Apartm.net is less interesting than the flash. The flash for the camera is three Alien Bees strobes totaling 1280 watts of power. We normally use them on a 9-foot seamless backdrop mounted on Manfrotto Autopoles in the office. Our friends come over to get their pictures taken.
One normal internet connection wasn't enough to power the Apartm.net, so we have two internet connections, aggregated together with a HotBrick LB-2. One is a Wideband cable internet service from Time Warner. The other is a T1, delivered via microwaves from the Empire State Building. That's right, our internet is beamed to a weird little dish on our roof from a weird little dish on the Empire State Building's roof.
Our living room is a Nintendo museum. It has every Nintendo console ever released, including Famicom and Super Famicom, which were only released in Japan. We also have a Game Boy, and a Game Boy Printer, and a Game Boy Camera, and everything else. Except the robot. If you have the robot, give it to us.
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