December 2nd, 2004

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Looks like OpenWRT turns up the transmit power to 255 when it starts up on the Linksys WRT54G. Not good...

WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:“theinternetco.net” Nickname:“acrux” Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:0F:66:E3:FC:A8 Bit Rate:24 Mb/s Tx-Power=31 dBm Sensitivity=20/200 Retry min limit:8 RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B Encryption key:off Link Quality:255/0 Signal level:-41 dBm Noise level:-7 dBm Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

Good strong signal ... outpaced several orders of magnitude by noise.

After a wl -i eth1 txpwr 40...

WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:“theinternetco.net” Nickname:“acrux” Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:0F:66:E3:FC:A8 Bit Rate:54 Mb/s Tx-Power=31 dBm Sensitivity=20/200 Retry min limit:8 RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B Encryption key:off Link Quality:16/0 Signal level:-55 dBm Noise level:-126 dBm Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

Nice and clean!

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French Onion Soup, Hearty and Vegetarian (but by no means Vegan)

Five onions, half a stick of butter. Slice the onions thin, and sauté on medium heat for a bloody long time — about forty-five minutes, making sure it doesn’t stick. The onions will be distinctly brown after treatment such as this.

Add a quart of water, three-quarters of a cup of pearled barley, half a dried serrano pepper, five allspice, two tablespoons of soy sauce, two drops of liquid smoke (quite optional but delicious), a pinch of rosemary, and a teaspoon of salt.

Simmer until the barley is tender, half an hour or so.

Serve with a grating of goat gouda or gruyère cheese, broiled if you can get it to float that long.