November 5th, 2005


crazy voices

Linus on shooting the pope and other things:

When you hear voices in your head that tell you to shoot the pope, do you do what they say? Same thing goes for customers and managers. They are the crazy voices in your head, and you need to set them right, not just blindly do what they ask for.


Wifi stupid w/ Linksys WAP54G

Follow up to Missing AC adapters and no wireless in my house:

-- bought a new Wifi access point (now I have three!)

-- found my old AC adapter for Wifi AP #2. damnit.

So I dropped a new NIC into a computer central in the house, named its interface, setup a NAT/firewall so traffic can go out but not access the internal network (my NFS, etc), setup DHCP/DNS for the AP.

All works, etc.

But how the hell do I rename the AP's ESSID from "linksys"?

I thought I remembered these things having an IP address, webserver, and passwod, not being just a bridge.

This came with no instructions. What's this "One Touch Setup Button"?

Wireless Update

I'm posting this from the lazyboy, looking out over the city.

This is the first time since February that I've use WiFi either on the weekend or in my boxers (which are pretty much the same thing)

I now have the ESSID set to "FitzPublic" to advertise to the world that this AP is open. (there are already five other networks in range, but pretty low signals...)

The DNS configuration is wonderful:

-- my DNS on my laptop now is going to (my gateway), which is running bind, forwarding DNS to:

--, my linksys router, which has 3 DNS servers setup: first,, my home server, which does all my *.lj fake DNS for dev servers. second, the two Speakeasy DNS servers, in case my home server is down.

-- also runs bind, doing *.lj and then forwarding to the two Speakeasy DNS servers.

The firewall on the wifi gateway doesn't allow me to connect to anything on my house's internal network, UNLESS it's destination is tcp port 80, which lets me connect to the *.lj http services, which are really rinetd port forwards to a ssh -R reverse tunnel from the office that terminates on my house server downstairs.


C:\Documents and Settings\Brad>ping brad.lj

Pinging brad.lj [] with 32 bytes of data:


I can't ping brad.lj, but I can access http://brad.lj/ (www.*, pics.*, pix.*) and do development.