Two things going on here:
The story on Hacking the Actiontec 56k Modem/Gateway was a really good 'geek' story... a long while back I hacked a IA1 to run linux... it was a really cheap PC, with a 800x600 flat panel monitor built into the base with a wireless keyboard. It came with WinCE on it and was suppose to only use MSN for dialup... there was a version of Mandori linux hacked together by the community to run on it... it took a bit of hardware level hacking and then you had to use a compact flash to get linux on it... but then it would run this linux distro with opera and you could use any ISP...
I bought one for a 100 bucks, and set it up for my parents. Because the file system was read only, they could just turn it on and off at will... and when you turned it on, it started up opera and then auto connected to the net... total time to internet connectivity from turn on was about 30 seconds. It is the most basic, simple, and easy to use internet only computer I have ever seen. And because it is linux/read only, they do NOT have to worry about viruses, worms, etc... downsides: no flash or java. Price you pay for a OS that fits in 16 megs, I suppose =).
Anyway, what I'm going for has nothing to do with the Actiontec 56k Modem/Gateway... but in that article there was mention of the Linksys WAP54G. It is a wireless router 4 port hub... and I'm going to get one and hack the linux on it to do what I what. I esp. interesting in VPN. Now shit like that is why I come to
Topic two. I metamod everyday, I figure it really helps out the
I'm not saying slashdot is dying, but I think that metamod should require more education... esp. for the definition of what a 'troll' is. You can't blame people for being wrong when they don't know what they are doing.