Not only do we have an incredible amount of added fees thanks to the idiots who manage Reno- with gas taxes over 20c higher than every other county bordering us, but we’re now paying more sales tax than Las Vegas.

Washoe County Effective April 1, 2017, the Sales and Use Tax rate for Washoe County increased from 7.725% to 8.265*%. *Clark County Effective April 1, 2017, the Sales and Use Tax rate for Clark County increased from 8.15% *to 8.25*%.

I seem to be carving out a nice little niche of repairing still-useful devices. Most recently, a friend said they wanted to turn a lower end router into a fileserver- which makes sense, really. Long gone are the necessities of hot and power hungry hardware to stream, save, and share.

I’ve got a WNR3500Lv2- and it had bad firmware flashed onto it. As usual, I broke out the PL2303 USB->TTL adapter, and was pleasantly surprised to find actual headers populated. Nice.

Not so nice is just how neutered the CFE build is. Even for NetGear, this is pretty bad. I performed a nvram erase, set a new board id, and reset it.. and lo and behold, there’s the missing NIC!

CFE for WNR3500Lv2 version: v1.0.9
Build Date: Fri May 6 11:54:17 CST 2011
Init Arena
Init Devs.
Boot partition size = 262144(0×40000)
NFLASH Boot partition size = 524288(0×80000)
et0: Broadcom BCM47XX 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Controller 5.60.136
CPU type 0×19749: 480MHz
Tot mem: 131072 KBytes

Device eth0: hwaddr 10-DA-43-90-1C-E2, ipaddr 192.168.1.1, mask 255.255.255.0 gateway not set, nameserver not set
Startup canceled
CFE> ^C

Now that it has network functionality, I TFTP’d over the most recent firmware offered by NetGear, fed it a DD-WRT CHK enabled binary, then upgraded from there.

Every time Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” is on the radio (which is surprisingly at least weekly-when I have the radio on) I find myself remembering a question posed to me “What does a tailor have to do with ripping someone’s lungs out?”

It always just made sense to me that a tailor- who takes rather intimate measurements would have to be incredibly willful to take those of a werewolf. Warren has been gone over a decade now, so it’s far too late to ask.

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