The ailing Routerboard 411 in one of my previous posts has been sitting in a plastic tub under my bed awaiting replacement capacitors, a sudden level-up in my soldering ability, and a dramatic increase in my level of confidence in not destroying things by jabbing at them with a giant heating element. I still have none of the three; however, one of my friends donated his time and effort and replaced the four dead capacitors for me. (Thanks, Will! I owe you a gift card.)
Now that the capacitors have been replaced, I’ve put OpenWRT on the device for good. The instructions here are dubious. I did things the manual way according to this blog post, starting from the point after I had booted into OpenWRT’s ramdisk image as detailed in my previous post about this router.
So, this is more than a little late, but I’ve been wanting to make this blog post for a long time.
I went to IDF2014 this year. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Computer Science department sent out an email to all CSC and CPE undergrads offering 1) A free one-day pass for any student who signs up (worth $499, I found out later!) and 2) Free bus transportation to the first 56 students that responded.
I responded, and I’m very glad that I did.
I ended up being one of the first 56 people to respond, which meant I got the free bus pass. I wouldn’t have been able to go without it–the price of gasoline and all that. Waking up early enough to get to the bus at the campus by 7AM was a small price to pay. Skipping classes was more painful, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to San Francisco.