Monday, July 01, 2013

Vitamix a bit loud ?

Finding yourself covering your ears, or just leaving the room when making your morning smoothie ?

Rather than purchasing one of those somewhat pricey acrylic sound reducing enclosures, another option might be to just place your Vitamix in the cupboard.  Mine is actually under the kitchen sink, with an outdoor electrical outlet mounted on the inside wall.  Now when I turn the Vitamix on to the loud Smoothie setting, I just shut the cabinet door .. and the volume reduction is quite dramatic.   And I know there's plenty of air inside to keep it cool.  A bit inconvenient to have to bend down while placing the container on the unit, but not bad.

strings: loud vitamix | noisy vitamix

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Linksys WUSB54GC Wireless USB Adapter -- install on Debian 2.6.8 kernel

Most of this info came from posts on Ralinktech.com forums

  • my base system consisted of a "minimal" debian install from debian-31r1-i386-netinst.iso
  • apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.8 kernel-headers-2.6.8-2-386 unzip gcc-3.4 gcc make wireless-tools

  • cd /usr/src
  • tar -xvjf kernel-source-2.6.8.tar.bz2
  • mv kernel-source-2.6.8 linux-2.6.8
  • get linux driver from RaLink web site
  • wget http://www.ralinktech.com/drivers/Linux/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.0.tar.gz
  • tar -xvzf RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.0.tar.gz
  • cd RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.0/Module
  • cp Makefile.6 Makefile
  • vi /usr/src/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.0/Module/rtmp_def.h
  • ... after the #define RTVID3 and RTPID3 lines insert:
     
    #define RTVID4              0x13b1                 // Linksys WUSB54GC
    #define RTPID4              0x0020
    
    ... after the "{USB_DEVICE(RTVID3,RTPID3)}, \" line insert:
    
     {USB_DEVICE(RTVID4,RTPID4)}, 
    ... save and exit
    wq!
  • make

  • cp rt73.ko /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-386/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/
  • insmod /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-386/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rt73.ko
  • depmod -a
  • modprobe rt73 (should be redundant ?)

  • vi /etc/modprobe.conf
  • alias rausb0 rt73
  • vi /etc/network/interfaces
  • auto rausb0
    iface rausb0 inet static
      address 192.168.0.20
      netmask 255.255.255.0
      gateway 192.168.0.1
      broadcast 192.168.0.255
    up sh /etc/network/do_wep &
  • vi /etc/network/do_wep
  • #!/bin/sh
    ifconfig rausb0 up
    iwconfig rausb0 essid eeeeeee key restricted xxxxxxx nick nnnnnnn
    ifup rausb0
  • chmod 755 /etc/network/do_wep
  • /etc/init.d/networking restart