High-tech nomadness, circa the late 80s

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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Steve Roberts, the “high-tech nomad,” posted this awesome image to his Facebook page. He writes:

Thanks to Dan Burden for this image from the Deep Archives, taken during a 1988 photo session with him in Florida. I’m aboard the Winnebiko II, which used a hacked Radio Shack Model 100 in the console, along with a binary handlebar keyboard processed by a 68HC11. It also carried packet radio, operable while riding, a speech synthesizer, 20 watts of solar panels, 2-meter ham radio, and full touring gear. This was my favorite of the three bike versions.

I vividly remember the images of the Winnebikos and the BEHEMOTH, subscribing to Steve’s email newsletters, and learning A LOT about “gonzo engineering” from him.

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