— 10:54 AM on September 8, 2004

Wow. IDF seems to be sucking up all the attention. News is pretty slow otherwise this morning. Did you see that the dual-core Itanium chip, Montecito, has 24MB of cache onboard and packs 1.7 billion transistors? This slide at AnandTech says so, and I had to do a triple-take just to be sure. Yikes.

Since I decided to play hooky from IDF, I spent yesterday recovering from a very long week and weekend of prepping the GeForce 6600 GT review. One of the things I did for a change of pace was look into problems I've been having with my home wireless network. I've been getting lots of disconnects on all three of the client machines on this network, despite placement of our Microsoft MN700 router near the center of the house. After tweaking all the clients and trying several different 802.11 wireless adapters, I decided it was time to try a different router. For 50 bucks, I figured I might as well give it a shot.

I decided on the Linksys WRT54G, in part because of its dual-antenna design and in part because I'd read something about its hackability. Less than a hour after getting it out of the box, I'd found and installed HyperWRT. This slightly modified version of the Linksys firmware allows one to crank up the transmission power on the router's wirless transceiver to nearly four times the device's default. Of course, doing so would make the device non-compliant with FCC rules, so I would never do such a thing here. But it is nice to know that if I ever move to a foreign country, there might be a fix for my wireless disconnects. I tend to think said fix would be very, very effective here in my house, too, but I can only speculate about that.

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