3 more videos

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2 videos of V showing us his semi-off grid living arrangements


And a short video on air rifle shooting and safety.


Combat Shorts: Landie Intro

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R4nger5 Combat Shorts – Firemaking Made Easy

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Courtesy of Meyou



A New Look

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Installed a new theme for the site. The old one was very dingy and dark and we ran into an issue where all the categories weren’t showing up on the top bar.

Hopefully you will all agree (already got one dissenter) that it looks a hell of a lot nicer. If you have a better one, let me know.

Combat Shorts: PMR446 Introduction

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R4nger5 A2Z ep 0

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R4nger5 A2Z is a show to help with basic everyday emergencies and annoyances. Practical solutions to minor impractical problems.

RA2Z is intended with people who do not have a lot of basic survival skills, and help them through rough times while keeping those folks as comfortable and safe as is possible without having to spend a lot of time or money getting ready for a possible world changing even that may never arrive.

Hopefully it will teach people some basic skills, and give them the tools to figure out how to deal with the kind of problems that crop up on occasion in our modern lives.

Download it here!

or download it here


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this weeks show

Audio coming thick and fast!

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r4nger5 bravo

V and Graafen bring out the detailed history of everything r4nger5ist from how to start a fire with only water all the way too surviving on air alone.

download ep1 here

download ep2 here

You Can’t Say That On The Radio – 08 FEB 2012

with Kevinisageek recording Graafen, neodemi, Ironangel and harlequin sat around the meta physical fireplace and talked shop…well that’s if shop includes furry fandom and pauling!

download here YCSTOTR – 08FEB2012

r4nger5 oz edition – 09 FEB 2012

harlequin gives you all the gossip, news and reviews from the antipodean fantasy land.

download here r4nger5 oz edition 09FEB2012

r4nger5 radio oz edition

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So after the discussion on the forums about getting a bit more media out there I present the 02feb2012 edition of r4nger5radio – oz edition.

No flashy gooness i fucked up the archive.org upload but you can download it here

http://r4nger5.com/r4nger5mirror/r4nger5 oz/r4nger5_radio_oz_edition_02_FEB_2012.ogg

Byzantium Linux aka Banananet

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This is pretty much V’s idea for the Banananet. Server provides! Copied from here.


UPDATE: Due to a critical bug in Byzantium Linux v0.1a, a file containing the mesh routing and application software was omitted from the .iso image. The code which makes Byzantium, well, Byzantium isn’t there. To fix this, please re-download the .iso image from one of the mirrors linked below and try again. We humbly apologize for our screwup. QA processes are being put in place to ensure that this never happens again.

We’re sorry.

Project Byzantium, a working group of HacDC (http://hacdc.org/) is proud to announce the release of v0.1 alpha of Byzantium Linux, a live distribution of Linux designed to fulfill a crucial role in the evolution of the Internet. That role is a rapidly deployable ad-hoc wireless mesh network which can augment or replace the current telecommunications infrastructure in the event that it is knocked offline (for example, due to a natural disaster) or rendered untrustworthy (widespread surveillance or disconnection by hostile entities). Unlike other mesh networking projects Byzantium was designed to be run on any x86 computer with at least one 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless interface. Byzantium can be burned to a CD- or DVD-ROM (the .iso image is just over 300 megabytes in size), booted from an external hard drive, or can even be installed in parallel with an existing operating system without risk to the user’s data and software. Byzantium Linux will then act as a node within the mesh and will automatically connect to other mesh nodes and act as an access point for WiFi-enabled mobile devices.

THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE! Do NOT expect Byzantium to be perfect. Some features are not ready yet, others need work. Things are going to break in weird ways and we need to know what those ways are so we can fix them. Please, for the love of LOLcats, do not deploy Byzantium in situations where lives are at stake.


  • Binary compatible with Slackware v13.37, so existing packages can be converted with a single command.
  • Able to act as a gateway to the Internet if a link is available.
  • Linux kernel v2.6.38.8
  • Drivers for dozens of wireless chipsets
  • KDE v3.5
  • LXDE (2010 release of all components)
  • Mplayer
  • GCC v4.5.2
  • Perl v5.12.3
  • Python v2.6.6
  • Firefox v4.0.1
  • X.org v7.4
  • Custom web-based control panel


  • Minimum of 512MB of RAM
  • i586 CPU or better
  • CD- or DVD-ROM drive
  • BIOS must boot removable media
  • At least one (1) 802.11 a/b/g/n interface

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (for persistent changes)

  • The above requirements to use Byzantium
  • 2+GB of free space on thumbdrive or harddrive


  • Developers.
  • Developers!
  • No more Bill Ballmer impersonations.
  • People downloading and running Byzantium to find bugs and tell us where the problems are so we can fix them.
  • People filing bug reports on our Github page (https://github.com/Byzantium/Byzantium/issues). We can’t fix what we don’t know about!
  • People submitting patches.
  • People booting Byzantium and setting up small meshes (2-5 clients) to tell us how well it works for you with your hardware. We have a hardware compatibility list on our wiki that needs to be expanded.
  • People who can help us translate the user interface. We especially need people fluent in dialects of Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu.
  • People to help us write and translate documentation.

Homepage: http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Byzantium (website coming soon)

Download sites: http://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/Downloading_Byzantium

Get to it people!