Sam Hotchkiss

Open Source Traveler, Automattician

Sam was the founder of BruteProtect, a distributed brute force attack protection tool which was acquired by Automattic in August 2014. Sam is now hard at work on integrating BruteProtect into Jetpack, and exploring the future as an Automattician.

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Almost ready to hit the road– gear report

We’re hitting the road in 9 days, and we’ve got the mobile office ready to go! Read more for information on our rig and how we’ve set it up.   If you’re thinking about going on your own RV adventure, here’s some info about our gear: The Trailer We went with a 2014 Dutchmen 257RBGS — this trailer hit the sweet spot between weight (just under 5,000 lbs dry, safely towable by my diesel BMW X5), price (under $20k after negotiations), and layout. A lot of trailers are set up to take 4-6 people out for a few days. We needed something that would be comfortable for 2 people (and 2 dogs) for 4 months. That meant that we didn’t want space wasted on bunk beds, we wanted to make sure there was a real oven (many just have a microwave/convection oven) and a decent fridge. We also wanted to make sure that we’d be able to comfortably camp off-the-grid for 4-6 days at a time (known as Boondocking or Distributed Camping), so we had the dealer add an extra battery and we bought a Honda EU2000I generator that we can run for a few hours a day to top off the battery. Internet  Obviously, our biggest requirement has been the ability to get online.  If we park somewhere and can’t get a reasonably fast (I’ll define that as at least 500kbps with sub-200ms pings to google.com) internet connection, then we can’t stay there.  Which would be a big bummer if we found a beautiful spot, got set up, then had to move! So, here’s what we came up...

To visit in the WordCamper…

I am definitely planning to check out Tony Hseih’s downtown Vegas revitalization project and all the tech activity coming out of San Antonio. What else should we be sure to check out as we travel the country?

Finalizing our purchase of the WordCamper today!

After months of browsing, we’re headed in to the dealer today to plop down the check and get the title for our brand new WordCamper!  The preparation starts now for our maiden voyage, when we’ll be hitting the road for St. Louis in late...