Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

NeoTV 550 with WNDR3700

My new WNDR3700 router has a USB port called ReadyShare that can be shared within my home network. Together with a newly bought Netgear NeoTV 550 media streamer and a large 2 TB external HDD I now have a nice setup that allows me to put all of our DVD's on a single HDD and view those while they get streamed over my humble home network. Now that I'm (nearly) finished all our DVD's are contained in a box not larger than 3 DVD cases combined. Ripping 150+ DVD's is tedious work though...

Next up: synchronise the external HDD with iTunes, that's 5000+ songs...

Friday, June 24, 2011

How to deal with a 419-scam

I received a business proposal via email from Dr. Philip Ezoma. Philip works at the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), and needs me to free up US$83.5 million sitting in a bank account. For my cooperation I am entitled to 25% of that sum. Yeah right...

I sent Philip this answer:

Hi Philip,

Your business proposal comes at time I can really use the money well. My
car broke down and is in need of urgent repair. With my share of the
money I can finally buy a new car! See the picture of my car in its
present state.

So I sent back an email with a picture. But not a picture of my car. No, as with all scammers, I sent him a gory picture. Wanna know which one? Search Google Images for 50 cal headshot. You will know which one if you see it... Please note, not for the faint of heart.

Usually they never bother me again but this time I got back a reply!

i dont like the picture you show to me... and i am not doing this business with you anymore..
Mission accomplished!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

M9P

Forget about the M9, I'm lusting after this one now...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Eau de Grey Flannel

A really nice fragrance! Apparently difficult to find in bricks-and-mortar shops. Luckily there's the Internet.

If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it

How much is it? Anyone wanna swap their M9 with my 1992 M6?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

WNDR3700

I bought a new WiFi router this week. After some searching I settled on the Netgear WNDR3700v2. A powerful router that's able to run DD-WRT.

My old WRT54GL is showing it's age, it has difficulty keeping up with the ever increasing bandwidth my ISP is supplying. It also hasn't enough memory to effectively run the ad-blocking script. I bought my WRT54GL to run DD-WRT on it which I did for a few years. Eventually I installed Tomato on it and had a very stable router. Tomato is a lean router firmware that I like very much. Too bad development of Tomato isn't going further, there's no Tomato for new routers like the Netgear WNDR3700.

So I said goodbye to my trusty WRT54GL and welcomed the shiny new WNDR3700. The WRT54GL isn't going to end up on the scrapheap though. I'm gonna give it to my mother so she can have her own WiFi network. I'm gonna let it run on Tomato 1.28, the one that has served me so well. Since my mother isn't computer savvy I'm gonna enable remote management on it.

I spent yesterday evening installing and configuring DD-WRT on my new WNDR3700. Flashing the new firmware went well, no nasty surprises. Right now I've set it all up and am doing some tweaking to achieve maximum performance while still being stable.