OpenWRT is a project that has amazed me on multiple occasions. It’s an open source Linux-based Internet router firmware project, compatible with large numbers of off-the-shelf home and SoHo Internet broadband routers. Re-flash a compatible router with the OpenWRT firmware, and suddenly your router can do far, far more than than simple home broadband and wifi routing.
I own an Amiga 1200. Well, it doesn’t really look like one. Back in the late 90s I put my 1200 into a tower conversation kit, so I could do things like fit in a full size hard drive (cheaper than the laptop drives that were required to fit inside the 1200 case) and a CD-ROM drive. However now we’re here in The Future, CompactFlash cards of massive capacities can easily fit inside the 1200 case, and trying to use an IDE CD-ROM on the 1200 always seemed to be more trouble than it was worth. The tower case is unnecessary, and now looks big, and dated and ugly. I’d love to put the 1200 back into its neat all-in-once case, but I’d foolishly thrown it out - case, keyboard, and a host of small internal parts. Take away the tower conversion kit and all I have is the mainboard and floppy drive.
Yes, it’s time for one of those “here’s how I configure my workstation!” blog posts! A colleague recently asked how what were all those strange aliases I was using - so here’s a full description of how I set up my developer workstation to my idea of near-perfection.