Archive for June 27th, 2005

why do some people need extra explanation?

That’s why I don’t want to have much to do with news sites anymore. Many of its readers are just terribly rude. I posted a story on osnews tonight and they all started going berzerk: oooh, eugenia is back! oooh, I knew it wouldn’t last!

Why this reaction? I ask! I am NOT back, I am simply contributing!

I STILL have access to the osnews backend (and I will continue to do so), and I clearly said both on my blog and on the osnews commenting section on my last story as editor-in-chief that I WILL be posting stories from time to time!

I guess people thought that I went away for good? That I died or something? I am not the editor in chief anymore, I am not into the daily posting thing, and I unsubscribed myself from the internal osnews mailing list.

But this doesn’t mean that I won’t be posting every now and then when a truly interesting article comes along, or when I have an original article to publish. In fact, today I posted a QNX interview, the interview was done before I left, but it will still be posted under my name, because I personally conducted it, and because, heck, my editor_id is already in the database.

But OSNews does not run my life anymore! THAT’S the difference, not that ‘Eugenia has dissappeared from the face of the earth’. FAT CHANCE!

OSNews used to take 90% of my WAKING moments. It now takes 1%. THAT’S a resignation on my book. But OSNews is not a company with real employees, and so when you ‘resign’ from your post (in my case: all around developer, maintainer and editor in chief) doesn’t mean you can’t come by on lunch time and bring some doughnuts with you to eat with your ex-collegues.

Since last Friday, I am and I will continue to be, a simple, occasional *contributor*. This much was CLEAR on my previous posts.

OSNews is dead for me in terms of running my daily life. It now is a site that I happen to have access to it and to *occassionally* contribute when I feel like it or when I feel it’s important to say something. Is this so hard to understand?

My new hobby revolves around fighting with NetGear routers! 😛

The WiFi adventures continue

What a freaking worthless products are out there… The people who release such crap should go to jail.

I decided to instrall our other wifi router last night, a NetGear WGT624v2 (I managed to sleep at 4 AM because of its crap). Well, the fucking thing wouldn’t get an IP address from our cable modem. I tried everything, I resetted the modem, I even updated Netgear’s BIOS, no good, it’s just not compatible with our RCA DCM215 cable modem that Comcast gave us.

Someone said online that Comcast keeps the MAC addresses on file so if you change the MAC address to the device connected to the cable modem it wouldn’t work. So, I even spoofed momentarily the Netgear box to pose as our previous LinkSys router, to no effect. The thing won’t connect to the RCA modem.

And then, I placed the Netgear router BEHIND the Linksys router (so it would need to get DHCP info from the Linksys instead of the cable modem). And guess what: it worked flawlessly! Which means only one thing: that the Netgear WGT624v2 is not compatble with the RCA DCM215 cable modem from Comcast. Its DHCP client fails to get the data from the RCA modem.

So, we are back to the LinkSys box and we are thinking of using the Netgear behind the linksys box, but in our living room. This means that we will have two WiFi wireless systems in our house, both interconnectable. It would increase our wireless signal spread in our area.

On the good side of things, the new OSNews commenting system just achieved RC1 status. More on this soon, after a beta server is up for the public to check out.