Archive for November, 2006

WRT54G with OSX 10.4 DHCP problems

November 13, 2006

For anyone who has the problem that their 10.4 macs are unable to connect to their Linksys WRT54G router. then check out this thread in the linksys forums.

I upgraded my router to the latest firmware, everything was working fine, until I had to shutdown all my machines (for a pg&e scheduled power drop), on restart all the boxes came up but the macs couldn’t access the internet. Some time spent on frakking around revealed I was able to manually assign IP’s and DNS settings which pointed to a problem with DHCP.

It turns out the 1.01 firmware is broken for macs running OSX 10.4. you can downgrade the firmware in the router. to 1.00.9 but that might be a risk to some folks. so I have went with the alternative solution of manually assigning IP’s.

the firmware should be available from here. no news yet as to when Stinksys will be releasing a fixed version.


Continuous Glucose Monitoring moving towards closed loop therapy.

November 5, 2006

The Beeb is running an article on plans to start testing an ‘artifical pancreas’, the title of the article (and the article itself) is a little misleading, what they are talking about is a software update to existing technology to better simulate the delivery of insulin based on glucose levels. it is not a new device.

The first picture shows a very ‘old skool’ finger test, nowadays most folks use a lancet device that take less blood. ALSO the finger test in the photo is drawing blood from the wrong place on the finger as blood should be taken from the sides where there is less chance of causing nerve damage to the finger over time, which is especially important as blindness is common long term complication of diabetes, and you’ll be needing the nerves in your fingers to read brail!

The pump device shown in the second picture is the same pump that I use, i’m currently waiting on my continuous monitor. although there wont be a ‘closed loop’ as the device shown takes glucose readings from interstitial fluid rather than blood and has about a 20 minute delay from the actual hemo-glucose levels, which makes automatic adjustment of insulin therapy much more difficult.

The article also ignores Carbohydate Counting which along with glucose monitoring is required to maintain good control.

This overall approach is an incremental improvement over existing therapies, and I understand the idea that the more complex aspects can be made simpler for young diabetics as currently there is an overwhelming amount of lifestyle decisions that have to be factored in when determining the dosing you need for a particular time (amount of food, exercise, fat content, sugar, time of day).

Macro photos of insects

November 5, 2006

Amazing macro lens images of insects. far beyond the wildest dreams of sci-fi make-up artists. they range from the disgusting to the beautiful.

The Odditorium

November 4, 2006

You can now download, an mp3 of my weekly ‘odd’ music show on freeradiosf.

Ted Haggard – Richard Dawkins interview.

November 4, 2006

Richard Dawkins, interviewing gay Meth-head preacher Ted Haggard.

smell the hypocrisy.

For the record. I am a strict creationist. I have faith that man created god for a reason. The most likely reason was maintenance of tribal authority structures.