How To Install LEDE on a Linksys WRT1900ACS.

This post will guide you through a LEDE Linksys WRT1900ACS installation. It’ll show you how to install LEDE on a WRT1900ACS fresh out of the box.

Understand this: Always flash firmware using a wired connection, never via WiFi. Failure to adhere to this substantially increase the probability you will brick your router. I’ve only included instructions for flashing via an Ethernet below. If you chose to use a wireless connection instead, you’re on your own.
Warning: Flashing third party firmware will void your warranty. I will not be held responsible if anything goes wrong. Flashing a device’s firmware is always a risky operation, especially when you’re dealing with custom, unofficial firmware. By following this amateurish guide you understand that you might end up with a brick – a useless piece of hardware.

Flashing a router with third party firmware isn’t a trivial thing to do, even with the help of this step-by-step guide. Make sure you read through the entire guide at least twice before you start so you get an overview of the steps.

With that out of the way, let’s get started.

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Finding the Best Router for OpenWrt, DD-WRT, and LEDE.

Let’s find the best router for OpenWrt, DD-WRT, and LEDE.

OpenWrt, DD-WRT and LEDE are all Linux-based, custom firmware for your router. They give you a whole lot more features than your average stock router firmware, and they are more often than not better maintained than the firmware provided by the router vendor. From what I can see, OpenWrt, DD-WRT, and LEDE have enough in common that if one of them works well on a router, it’s a fair chance it’ll also work on the other two. OpenWrt and LEDE, in particular, have a lot in common. LEDE is an OpenWrt fork that was started because of internal disagreements among the OpenWrt members. Now they’re all friends again, and LEDE and OpenWrt will merge again soonTM, using the more actively maintained LEDE code base, and keeping the well-known OpenWrt brand.

But what router works best with third party firmware? It’s not easy to figure out. All three projects support, to various degree, a large number of routers, from a wide range of vendors. But some routers are better supported than others, in particular when it comes to WiFi support. The reason for this is that router vendors use different WLAN chipsets in their routers. How easy it is to obtain drivers for the different hardware varies, with Broadcom in particular being a hard nut to crack.

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The Smartwatch Hunt.

My Pebble Steel smartwatch is quickly heading for retirement. Is there a proper replacement out there?

The watch has been with me for about three years now. It’s starting to show signs of wear. The battery life is slowly decreasing, and just last week, the screen began to suffer from static lines and artifacts. The latter problem is something that has troubled quite a few Pebble owners.

When I first bought the Pebble, I was sure I’d use it for a lot of different thing. But in the end, I’ve mainly used it for viewing notifications, checking my calendar, and – surprise, surprise – as an actual clock. Notifications are a massive time saver when the phone is in my bag, pocket, or stowed away somewhere else. The calendar extremely convenient whenever I’m on my way to a meeting, my phone is at my desk, and I can’t remember in what room the meeting is. And that happens surprisingly often. The battery life is also excellent, at least compared to your average smart phone, and most other smartwatches. Fresh out of the box, the Pebble Steel managed a good 7 days on one charge. Now it’s down to 5, which is still more than most other smartwatches.

Lately, I’ve also been looking at getting an activity tracker. It’s not features that I really need, but I’m a sucker for statistics and graphs. And let’s be honest: I don’t need a smart phone in the first place, either.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: The Yeas and Nays.

Yesterday morning, my LG G4 decided to call it quits. In what would probably be described by the casual observer as a pretty desperate chain of actions, I had purchased a replacement a mere four hours later. The hasty choice fell on a Samsung Galaxy S7.

I’d only used the the now defective G4 for less than a year, but demanding a new phone from the store was never a realistic option. I voided the warranty within hours of purchasing it by installing a custom ROM, CyanogenMod. Voiding the warranty is something we nerds do, not only with cell phones, but pretty much everything that runs on electricity. It’s a risk, but definitely worth it. Tinkering like that has taught me a lot about how stuff works – and the importance of making frequent backups.

There’s usually a lot of research involved whenever I set out to purchase something. We’re talking days or weeks of poking around on the internet, reading reviews, guides and whatever else I come across that might be relevant. But this time I was in a hurry because I’ve simply grown too used to having the phone. It’s my public transportation ticket, my music library, my books, my news source, and the main reason I survive the two hours I spend commuting every day.

I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S7 for about a day now. What’s the first impression like? Should I have gathered all my mental strength and commuted without listening to music for a couple of days, and done some proper research instead? Here’s a quick list of the phone’s most obvious pros and cons:

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Two Days with Jolla Phone & Sailfish OS 2.

Following tech news, you’d think that Android and iOS are the only mobile phone operating systems available1. But when you buy a new smart phone it doesn’t have to run Android or iOS, there are other options to chose from.

One of them is Sailfish OS, a Linux-based operating system. It’s the successor of MeeGo, an abandoned operating system created by Intel and Nokia. MeeGo had some success in a core group of tech-savvy users, but never managed to achieve main stream acclaim.

The same seems to be the case for Sailfish OS. Despite the fact that it’s been around for two and a half years now, it’s only officially available on a handful of devices that you’ve never heard of, like the Oyster SF, and the Intex Aqua Fish. The best known Sailfish OS phone is the Jolla phone, which was released in late 2013 as a reference device for operating system. Asked in January 2015 how many units Jolla had sold of their phone, the company’s head of communications, Juhani Lassila, had the following answer:

Unfortunately we can’t answer your question in details, since we are not disclosing total sales numbers in public. This is because we have several sales partners around the world, and we’ve agreed not to give this information out on their behalf.

So, based on this statement, and that I have yet to see a Jolla phone used by anyone in the wild, it’s safe to assume that the device hasn’t been a raging success in any market. But even if something isn’t immensely popular doesn’t automatically mean that it sucks salty chocolate balls.

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