John Gilmore was looking around for cool things to play with and
found what he thinks is the next big wave in home and personal
lighting, LEDs. Most of us know LEDs as dim red or yellow status indicators on
computers more recent then about 1975, well things have been
John found the coolest, lightest, brightest LED toy around, and then
discovered that it's well beyond a toy, it's a tool! Ah, the
perfect geek/hacker synthesis, the
Photon Micro Light II.
We went and gave a small bag of these away at the great (fantastic!)
event summer 1999 and
every one who got one loved it. We found out that in a dark
outhouse a little light is a precious thing! We came up with new
games to play in the dark with our friends, so long as we did not
throw the lights too hard! We marked our tents with them (the Green lasts a whole weekend) so we could find
our tents after not quite too much partying!
The great folks who make the Photon Micro Light II will also put
custom stickers on them, so now we have some lights that say "LINUX"
and "FREESWAN.ORG" on them with Randy Asplund's swan that you see on
our web page, and they turned out wonderful. Every now and then we
get a few more of the lights, if you see one of the team you can ask
if we have any to give out, we just might have one left!
We may be out of lights though, they go quickly after all (most
folks like the Blue or White ones, though astronomers love the Red ones for night time work while not hurting
ones night vision!). So your best bet is to buy your own lights
directly from PhotonLight
themselves and any any number you want in any color! Here is a
picture of one of the lights: