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Monday, 19 November 2012 08:56

Chumby inventor, Huang, to keynote at LCA

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The inventor of the Chumby, Dr Andrew "bunnie" Huang, has been named as the first of four keynote speakers at the Australian national Linux conference next year.

The conference, better known by its acronym of LCA, is scheduled to be held at the Australian National University in Canberra from January 28 to February 2.

Dr Huang holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in the US, and is also well-known for his hacking on the Xbox. He has written a book on the subject, titled "Hacking the Xbox: An introduction to Reverse Engineering".

The Chumby is an embedded computer which provides internet and LAN access through a wi-fi connection. It can run various software widgets through this connection. The hardware is open source and is customisable by users.

Dr Huang is at present a research affiliate of the MIT Media Lab, a technical adviser to several hardware startups and MAKE magazine, and writes about his experiences on manufacturing hardware in China through his blog.

According to the LCA organisers, Dr Huang "takes what he calls a 'push-and-pull' approach to open hardware. He contributes original open designs, as well as liberating closed designs. He recently released an open implementation of a man-in-the-middle attack on high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP), a method of copy protection used by many media outlets, which enables overlays on encrypted video without circumventing copyright controls".

His keynote will be titled "Linux in the Flesh: Adventures Embedding Linux in Hardware" and it revolves around the idea that Linux is omnipresent in our lives.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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