- InfoQ: Keynote: From Margin to Mainstream – Innovation, Disruption and the Future of the Web – In this keynote, Mitch Kapor, looks back at disruptive technologies, like the PC, and derives insights which he then uses to project a possible future for the Web, including the "social web," 'data scarcity and data abundance," and "startups on the cheap
- Maia Reaches Its First Milestone | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog – We’re happy to announce the first Milestone release of upcoming IntelliJ IDEA 9, nicknamed Maia.
This release delivers a fresh preview of features and improvements we’ve implemented so far for IntelliJ IDEA 9
- Open Group Releases Eclipse Tool To Ease TOGAF Development — Application Development Trends – The Open Group, a technology agnostic consortium focused on open standards and interoperability, this week released a tool intended to simplify use of TOGAF 9, a standard framework for enterprise architecture.
- Coding Horror: The iPhone Software Revolution – I wrote this because I truly feel that the iPhone is a key inflection point in software development. We will look back on this as the time when "software" stopped being something that geeks buy (or worse, bootleg), and started being something that everyone buys, every day
- Red Hat: Bad economy is good for open source | The Open Road – CNET News – Both Oracle and Red Hat are doing well, and Oracle is obviously dealing with much bigger wads of money, but it seems clear that Red Hat's open-source model is the big winner in the recession.
- Create More Value Than You Capture – Tim O'Reilly at O'Reilly's Twitter Boot Camp, June 15, 2009, New World Stages in New York City.
- Apple’s iPhone 3GS: What It Costs to Make – BusinessWeek – The 16-gigabyte iPhone 3GS actually costs slightly more to build than last year's iPhone 3G—$178.96, a difference of $4.63. However, that is much lower than estimates for the first-generation iPhone, which pegged the cost at $220.
- Cisco launches Linux powered Wireless-N router – News – The H Open Source: News and Features – Cisco has announced the launch of a new Linux powered Wireless-N broadband router with Storage Link and media sharing functionality, the Linksys WRT160NL. The new 802.11n draft 2.0 router includes dual antenna with R-SMA connectors, a 400Mhz processor, 8 MB of Flash memory, 32 MB of DDRAM and a USB 2.0 port
This is something I have been meaning to do for many years now but I finally took advantage of the Christmas break to put my Linksys Wireless Router (WRT54G) on steroids. Since I was upgrading my Windows machine from XP to Vista and my Linux machine from Dapper to Edgy (Ubuntu), I figured why not break – I mean upgrade everything.
First a little background – Linksys had used Linux as the OS of its network products including the ubiquitous WRT54G router. When Cisco acquired Linksys in 2003, they were forced to open source all of the Linksys code because of the GPL. This led to people to create updated versions of the code for these Linksys routers and soon people started adding features to the $60.00 router there were available in network devices costing a lot more than $60.00. Linksys (and Cisco) continued to make these Linux routers for a while and then switched to another real-time UNIX variant, VxWorks which removed the requirement for Cisco to release their software into the open-source community.
So I’ve been thinking about upgrading my existing Linksys router to another with Gigabit ports and so upgrading and potentially turning it into a brick didn’t seem that big a deal. In fact, a part of me was hoping the upgrade wouldn’t work so that I would have the excuse to replace a perfectly working router with another with additional goodies. There are a lot of different software packages out there for your Linksys router but I decided to use DD-WRT because of the features. I wanted to add WPA/WPA2, QOS and the ability to boost the radio transmission power. The default Xmit is set to 28mw and I bumped up mine to 70mw as the Xmit site suggested and I noticed a HUGE improvement in my wireless performance. Before the upgrade, the wireless was really weak in the other end of our house but know I get perfect connection that really awesome throughput. In fact, the strength of the signal was so high, I had to switch to another channel to let me neighbor’s wireless routers and phones work. The enhanced security was also a nice bonus – The other features like the ability to run a wireless business don’t interest me but the ability to VPN in really does. I haven’t had a chance to use that yet as I typically use a SSH tunnel to setup a proxy to securely access resources when I am using a public network but it’s a nice feature to have if you need security or as just paranoid of open/free/public networks. (As you should be)
To me, the coolest thing was the ability to SSH into my wireless router and browses the directory structure. The DD-WRT upgrade turned my router into an SSH server and so I can SSH into it to check out the configuration or even SSH out from the router itself.
Here are some screenshots taken from the interface – Before you decide to upgrade your router, please remember that there are no warranties and you could end up with a $60 brick.