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Feb. 2nd, 2007 | 07:35 am

Every time I walk into the MySQL office here in Machester by the Sea
I find myself eyeing the WRT54G and thinking to myself "Hmmmm I have
the latest image of DD-WRT on my laptop, and this router is a version
3,... it is such a shame its running that lousy firmware."

Thanks to age, and the wish to not become IT staff, I never flash it.

But is is tempting.

At Antioch I taught a class in operating system design when 386BSD
had just been out for a year or so. Learning "UNIX" was hot then and
there was a demand for the class. At the time 386BSD, which
eventually became FreeBSD, was the only route to go for a PC that got
you an un-crippled version of a UNIX like OS.

It came on 54 floppies. My students would download it, and run off to
find PC's to play with. Since Antioch had almost know Intel machines
at the time, almost everything was a Mac, this was not easy to do.
The only PCs that were easily accessable where in the library.

This lead to the librarian at the time hunting me down to ask me to
inform my students that formatting the library computers to "improve"
them was not not ok (it was in conflict with the other students who
kept putting Civilization on the computers to play games).

Needless to say my students took the message to heart. Which means
that they formatted even more machines and set up a local mirror to
make the process even faster :)

The wireless router is safe for the moment.

...and I still have one copy of 386BSD left on 5 1/4 media.
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Patrick Galbraith

WRT is very nice indeed

from: capttofu
date: Feb. 2nd, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I have 'freed' my router and have been very happy about it. I have to keep an eye on the wireless network I help out with at http://www.nhwisp.net. The alvarion radios can be ssh'd into and you can run statistics on them such as what sort of signal to noise ratio you have. Before I flashed the router with a working wrt dist, I couldn't do this. Now, I can ssh into my linksys, and from there to the internal network and see if any sites are down. Saves me a trip to the top of the mountain (read: hike, this time of the year!). It took me a bit of tinkering even though I'm using the WRT54GL from Amazon. I had to unbrick it once, but after that was able to get it to work. All worth it.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: WRT is very nice indeed

from: krow
date: Feb. 3rd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
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You should really blog about what you are doing... and for that matter put in a paper at some O'Reilly conference on it.

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Re: WRT is very nice indeed

from: anomic_event
date: Feb. 4th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
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Hey - Thanks for posting this note for several reasons.

DD-RT looks really interesting. I am just learning about router os'es and have an WRT54G connected to my DSL modem, an Actiontec. I have been on-and-off again learning how to get into the BusyBox linux distro of the Actiontec as documented here: http://www.accessdataservices.com/blog/actiontec-gt701-wg-port-forwarding/.

I also enjoy your mentions of Antioch. AS a RSS subscriber to your blog - hey I am huge MySQL fan - and a tech worker for Antioch University/College in Ohio, I can only say more! more! You were both a student and a teacher there?

Keep on rockin'!

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: WRT is very nice indeed

from: krow
date: Feb. 4th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
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I was a student there in the early 90's and I taught an operating system class there as well. I've not been back in Yellow Springs since.... I think it was 95 or 96 when Mike and Yazz where still there.

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Re: WRT is very nice indeed

from: anomic_event
date: Feb. 4th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
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Yeah - I actually work from Iowa now & have not been invited back to Ohio in 18 months even though I still work full-time for them; may go back this year...

mm'ky - Yazz and his site I am familiar with.

Which Mike are you referring to (?) - perhaps I should troll your comments a bit..

a big fan,
Gare

ps. Visit http://www.antioch-college.edu today! :)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

Re: WRT is very nice indeed

from: krow
date: Feb. 4th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Mike Smith, he is "krong" on lj (and about everywhere else).

Most know Yazz though there are two Yazz's for AntiochSucks. There is the one that runs the site, the fellow that posts all of the time.

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