Routed

I only bought it last year, and already my Netgear WGR614v2 router is crapping out. It worked OK in Cambridge, but the new faster net connection seems to be giving it trouble, and if I open too many HTTP connections–say, to check a whole bunch of RSS feeds, or use BitTorrent–it crashes. This sucks.

About the last thing I want to do is spend more money right now, but it’s really looking like I need a better router. The Linksys WRT54GS seems to be the top choice, as it runs embedded Linux and hence is pretty reliable (plus, Linksys is a division of Cisco). Reviews suggest that the customer support is hopeless and the configuration is arcane, but I can live with those features as long as the damn thing actually works.

Recessionwatch Update

Job losses over the last few weeks:

  • Motorola: 4,000 jobs today, for a total of 22,000 since December.
  • Lucent: 16,000.
  • Verizon: 10,000.
  • Nortel: 10,000.
  • Compaq: 5,000.
  • Intel: 5,000.
  • Xerox: 4,000.
  • Gateway: 3,000.
  • Hewlett-Packard: 1,700.
  • Dell: 1,700.
  • Amazon: 1,300.
  • 3com: 1,200.
  • Oracle: 800

It’s also rumored that Sun are planning to ditch 10% of their employees, and Cisco are giving 5-10% of their staff unmatchable targets so they can force them to resign without calling it a layoff.

Conventional wisdom is to say that it’s just a “market correction” as technology stocks fall and overblown high-tech companies downsize. So how about:

  • DaimlerChrysler: 26,000.
  • Proctor Gamble: 9,600.
  • Sara Lee: 7,000.
  • Whirlpool: 6,000.
  • J.C. Penney: 5,300.
  • Compaq: 5,000.
  • Xerox: 4,000.
  • Schwab: 3,400.
  • Time Warner AOL Turner: 2,400.
  • Sears: 2,400.
  • Electrolux: 2,000.

And don’t forget, the US balance of payments deficit is now the highest it’s been since the 1980s, and expected to get worse.