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Being the Weekend IT Warrior

Ever have one of those weekends where it seems like all you’re doing is being the household IT manager?  It’s one of those for me. 

  • Memory upgrades on PCs.  The main machine I use at home has become very slow ever since I put multiple accounts on it for the rest of the family.  More memory seems to be the ticket.
  • New router.  Routers have just been a pain for me, recently. My Linksys WRT54GS been flaky for a while — some kind of memory leak it seems.  Every three or four days it would hang, and as a result, my phones (all IP) would also be dead. I’ve just been ignoring it.  Sometimes it’s nice to not have the phone ring!  However it’s been screwing up Janice who has a new job, and needs to be on call, so I decided it had to be fixed. I chatted with David Beckemeyer (of Phonegnome fame) who suggested replacing the Linksys, which I did last weekend.  I bought a Netgear WGR614.  Turns out it was a bad choice.  It lasts all of 24 hours before it hangs.  At David’s suggestion, I am now on a DLink DI-524.  Needless to say, it’s a nuisance.
  • New Capcha for the blog.  We’re getting as many as 40 new SPAM comments a day.  I’ve spent a bunch of time this morning upgrading Boriel’s Captcha on both Saunderslog.com and Simplyrelevant.com.  Hopefully that will solve the problem.

Now it’s off to Staples to return the Netgear router.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • JP Hebert May 7, 2006, 2:13 pm


    I had a Linksys and a D-Link 614+ wifi router and one day I saw the 3Com 54G Wifi router on sale and being fed up of the DLink, I got one and has been the best router I've ever owned. (3CRWE554G72T)

    You may wish to give it a whirl!


  • Alec May 7, 2006, 2:54 pm

    Thanks for the tip JP. If the DLink turns out to be a poor choice, I will definitely check this one out.

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