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Flashing a Router

Monday, September 1, 2008 | 0 comments
Kamikaze 7.09 on a Linksys WRT54GL.

Today I finally installed an alternative firmware on my Linksys WRT54GL router: Kamikaze 7.09. While I had flashed BIOSes before, even the BIOS of a graphics card, some time ago, I was somewhat anxious to flash my router. However, since I had a spare one, a D-Link DI-604, I had no real excuse to postpone it any longer, also because I had two good reasons to upgrade the router:

  1. I need DHCP with fixed IP addresses, so that I could be sure that my development machine would have the same IP address, no matter if Esme had turned on her notebook earlier on or not, and
  2. I want a hosts file on the router, so I can access some of the virtual hosts on my development machine from other computers in our local network.

Since both are not possible with the default firmware of my Linksys WRT54GL and upgrade to an alternative firmware is the only solution.

In the evening Alice lifted the glass cover of the Pandinus imperator terrarium - housing a mother Emperor scorpion and her offspring - and dropped it back, somewhat in place. Immediately I warned her: "No Alice, no, scorpion"; pointing at the terrarium. Alice knows that scorpions are not to be touched. And then she repeated after me "scorpion" (well, at least it sounded close enough). So she has added another word to her ever growing vocabulary. Alice will probably not use the word for several days, and then she will start to use it more and more.

In the evening I carefully read the print-out of the comic on Google Chrome: a browser created by Google announced earlier today. I had downloaded the scans someone had made of the comic using wget in a Perl one-liner. After I had downloaded the 38 images I added each scan to an Open Office Writer document, one by one, for easy printing. I also converted the document to a PDF file to be able to share it with several online friends. More on Google Chrome tomorrow.

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