A few years ago, Tor developer Jake Appelbaum
told me about putting tor on a chumby. I didn't think much of it until recently when woot.com had a chumbys for sale. Seeing the chumby as a new toy to hack i got one.
I must say i didn't know quite what to do with the chumby besides make it tell me the time and the weather. Thinking back, i decided to make my chumby into a tor node so those using the tor network can use it as a relay. What is Tor?
Tor is a system intended to enable online anonymity, composed of client software and a network of servers which can hide information about users' locations and other factors which might identify them. Use of this system makes it more difficult to trace internet traffic to the user, including visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms. It is intended to protect users' personal freedom, privacy, and ability to conduct confidential business, by keeping their internet activities from being monitored. For more on the details of how tor works check out this link.