Tuesday, October 23, 2007

First the serious (nerdy) bits:

The firmware loading for the DWL-650 Rev P1 can (and should) be pulled out of the /etc/network/interfaces file and made into a udev rule. This is the preferred way to load firmware. With the firmware loading pulled out of the interfaces file, you are free to configure your adapter using Network Manager without hosing your network configuration. In my case, my udev file is

/etc/udev/rules.d/85-hostap-firmware.rules

# 85-hostap-firmware.rules - udev rules for loading firmware for hostap-driven network adapters

# DWL-650 Rev. P1
PROGRAM="/bin/uname -r"

KERNEL=="wlan0", SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTRS{modalias}=="pcmcia:m000Bc7110f06fn00pfn00pa1A424A1Cpb6EA57632pcDD97A26Bpd56B21F52", \
RUN+="/usr/sbin/prism2_srec -gs wlan0 /lib/firmware/$result/prism2-pm010102.hex"
KERNEL=="wlan0", SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTRS{modalias}=="pcmcia:m000Bc7110f06fn00pfn00pa1A424A1Cpb6EA57632pcDD97A26Bpd56B21F52", \
RUN+="/usr/sbin/prism2_srec -gp wlan0 /lib/firmware/$result/prism2-pm010102.hex"
KERNEL=="wlan0", SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTRS{modalias}=="pcmcia:m000Bc7110f06fn00pfn00pa1A424A1Cpb6EA57632pcDD97A26Bpd56B21F52", \
RUN+="/usr/sbin/prism2_srec -rp wlan0 /lib/firmware/$result/prism2-rf010804.hex"
As you will hopefully note, the firmware files should be placed in /lib/firmware/(kernel version)/, and in my case are renamed to prism2-pm010102.hex and prism2-010804.hex. The files can be named anything, so long as the udev rule points to the correct files. You will need to remember to copy these firmware files to the new directory created every time a kernel upgrade comes down the pipe. I have a feature request in to include this udev rule and the firmware as part of the restricted drivers package, and have had correspondence regarding this.

Now, on to less serious (but not exactly less nerdy) topics:

HOLY CRAP, the B-52s songs are LOADED with sexual innuendo! I was listening to the "Cosmic Thing" album way back in '89-'91 and was far too young to pick up what most of the lyrics were actually saying. Here's an example (from "Bushfire"):

On the horizon, the landscape's burning red
Bushfire---smoke in your eyes... smoke in your eyes
If you feel something, that makes you warm all over
If you got a fire and you can't put it out---got a bushfire

Rolling through a field of molten flowers
Burning in a field of molten flowers
There's a bushfire---there's a bushfire burning---yeah

Bushfire! Bushfire! Bushfire!

My mind's been going places without me lately
I need your arms to take me down, take me to the ground
But I hold back! Get away from the heat
Hold back! In my field of vision
Hold back! Baby burning---fire

Fire in a field of molten flowers,
Fire in a field of molten flowers
There's a bushfire burning---yeah.
You better hold back! Hold back!

Bushfire! Bushfire! Bushfire!

Well I'm movin' to the beat of a big bushfire
I'm dancin' to the beat of a big bushfire
And the flames are warm and getting brighter

Well everybody loves to dance around the heat and fire
Oh lightnin' strike twice
Hey everybody bask in the afterglow---Bushfire
Naked light shining over my bed, been lying here too long
I need your arms to take me down, take me to the ground

But I hold back---get away from the heat!
Hold back! In my field of vision
Hold back! I see smoke---smoke in your eyes

Bushfire! Bushfire! Bushfire!
The landscape's burning, red hot
If that isn't about hot sex, I don't know what is.

-sin613

P.S. - The "Cosmic Thing" album is one of my favorite albums. Some day I will cover "Deadbeat Club" and everyone will love it... but only an elite few will know it wasn't an original tune.

1 comment:

ohbobva said...

Thanks man. This is just what I needed. Spent lots of time looking about until I can across this.