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Thursday, April 18 2019
On the way home, I went out of my way to visit the Tibetan Center thrift store, where I quickly found something I always buy: a Linksys WRT54G router. It was a Model 3, which I knew to be reflashable with the DD-WRT firmware (unlike the dreaded Model 7). I also picked up a 12 volt wall wart. It produced a respectable 1.5 amps but wasn't switching, and I later discovered it produced AC, not DC. Interestingly, the Linksys router was able to rectify this current and did not die in a cloud of acrid smoke. My Ahmed Mohamed clock also survived being connected to it, but it made a scary humming noise before I came to my senses and unplugged it and looked closer at the wall wart's specifications. I've gotten to the point where I write the voltage and AC in large letters on such wall warts so I can see immediately what the danger is. It's hard with my middle-aged eyes to always make out the tiny embossed print on the backs of those things.
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