Another techie post…

Bad News: Gallery is broken again. I know, you are totally frustrated by it, right? Honestly, why does this keep happening? I’ve reached my wits end with this software and it may be time to ditch it for something more robust and simple to use. Is there anything else out there? If you have any ideas internet, let me know. In the meantime, sorry about the busted gallery.

Good News: I’ve been having difficulty with Bittorrent ever since I installed DD-WRT (v23 SP2) on my Linksys Wireless Router. For some strange reason, every time I run Bittorrent, Suzy’s wireless connection on her laptop slows to a crawl and eventually stops working entirely. This has severely hampered my downloading habits – which for me has been pretty painful. Initially I had searched the internets for a solution, but came up with nothing. After that first attempt, I gave up and just stopped using Bittorrent altogether. Yesterday, I decided to give the debug effort another shot and discovered a forum post which pointed to a potential fix. They suggested turning off the DHT (Distributed Hash Tables) in the client application which potentially can overload the router. Sure enough, that was the trick. After disabling the DHT, we’re back in business and I’m currently ratcheting up a my ratios again. Woot!

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Work continues to drag on. This marks my third consecutive weekend of work and the days seem to blend together now. I dream of the office, with it’s grey walls and carpets. Breathing the outside air, seeing the sun, enjoying my time away from the office are all but memories. My body is tired. My mind is numb. I think I’m coming down with strep throat, or the flu, or something. I need some time off.

I finally did it. I finally “hacked” my router at home with the DD-WRT firmware. Why it took me so long? I haven’t any idea. But had I know it was so darned simple to do, I would have done it much sooner. So far I really haven’t had time to play with any of the new features. I can say that it has a much cleaner no-frills user interface which I really like. It has all the base functionality that my LinkSys WRT54G had before, plus more. If I wanted to, I can boost the signal strength beyond the factory settings, breaking FCC rules, but giving me much more range. Apparently you can enable “Afterburner” which is some kind of speed enhancement for devices that support that. Not sure if I’m going to bother with that. I’m really looking forward to enabling OpenVPN. Although it looks a bit complex, I think it will be really cool to securely log into my home network.

Too… much… apathy… to continue… sigh.

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Well, I’ve been really, really, really busy at work lately. I’ve spent the last two weekends in the lab, working for a good portion of the day. This is a rarity really, that I’m pulling 7-day weeks, with 12 hour days. But doggone-it, if I’m not getting burnt out. I wish we could just wrap this project up and move on. We’ve got other challenges to tackle and I can’t be burdened with this fire-fighting nonsense. Enough of that…

Upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon late last weekend and so far I am highly impressed. Lots of people are complaining that the fancy graphics (read: compiz) are a burden, but my system seems much snappier since the upgrade. All the software I regularly use has been updated to the latest and greatest versions and there are bug fixes galore. One important bug fix is the ability to do remote desktop with the desktop effects enabled. I’ve been taking full advantage of that feature, in fact, sitting on the couch as I type this VNC’ing from my laptop to my desktop. Beautiful. Gotta love free software.

My next challenge? I want to install DD-WRT on my Linksys router. Why do I want to do this? I want to have the ability to remote-terminal into my desktop at home from work. There are some times when it would be nice to have control of my desktop machine without having to physically go home (for example if I want to remotely shut down my bit-torrent client, eh-hem). Anyway, it looks really easy to do after reading through the wiki. That might have to be a project for next weekend.

Just received a copy of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen. I read an article in Wired magazine recently about this guy who was once a meth-addict and is now being hailed as the new savior of business productivity. I just had to read this book. I’m going in with an open mind, but I will remain skeptical of “instant” results that it promises. Wish me luck. Maybe it will give me more time to write updates to the site.

How’s that for a disjointed post? It may be a while, but until next time…

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