Download, burn, and boot: doing disaster IT with a shelter lab LiveCD build

Ars Technica put up another thorough article detailing the needs of computer stations and labs setup after hurricane Katrina for the survivors. Hannibal goes over what he learned, talks about current solutions, and details what needs to be improved.

One of the most unexpected and least visible aspects of hurricane Katrina’s aftermath was the critical role that information technology played in the relief effort. Throughout the Gulf Coast, shelter workers and residents built and used improvised computer labs consisting of donated, Internet-connected PCs and printers.