September 2006 Archives

I'm once again thinking of replacing my aging Asante router here, and am leaning heavily towards the Linksys WRTSL54GS, it has a lot of great features, and best of all can run an alternate (and customizable) firmware, which sounds like a lot of fun. I've been exploring several options over the last week or so, and right now this guy is leading the pack. More info in a week or three on this front.

What is really bugging me though is that I've also been searching for info on turning my web/mail server box (running Mac OS X 10.4.x) into a router, I can easily throw another ethernet card or two in there, and I can find these little embedded Linux devices everywhere that function as routers, and I know that OS X has to have everything I need in there, but docs are pretty sparce from what I can tell. Of course, I'm also looking for a fancy front end so I don't have to figure out all this IPFW stuff on my own, but is that too much to ask?

As promised, what follows is my review of the CoolGear eSATA HDD Enclosure (3.5"), not a terribly snappy name, but relatively descriptive. The drive is available from as well as, and possibly other resellers, is apparently CoolGear's own retail site from what I can tell, and they do offer the drive at a slightly lower price, though CoolDrives' site has prettier pictures.

This enclosure uses the newer Oxford 924 chipset, most other SATA drive enclosures that I found were based on the older 922 chipset, or even older versions. The specifications indicated that it supported both SATA I and SATA II drives up to 750Gb capacity, most other enclosures I had checked out seemed to top out at about 500Gb, so this one definitely seems a bit more cutting edge than the others, so playing a hunch, I gave it a whirl.

It looks like my search for a functional Serial ATA enclosure that supports Spread Spectrum Clocking enabled drives has finally paid off. After contacting numerous manufacturers and distributors and even an email to Oxford Semiconductor themselves, I've stumbled across an enclosure which does in fact support SSC SATA drives.

Despite the fact that several of my emails went unanswered, and that no manufacturer would admit to making an enclosure that supported SSC, it turns out that CoolGear does in fact make such a beast.

I played a hunch, and ordered this puppy from, also available from I've only had a short time to test it out, but so far it's two thumbs up. Stay tuned for a full review.

After playing around with SquirrelMail for a while, I ended up not being terribly happy with it, mainly because it was all text based, no fancy icons for functions, etc. After a bit of web searching I came across the RoundCube Webmail Project, which I liked a lot, as it looked somewhat similar to Mail in OS X.

Roundcube was very easy to get installed on my OS X based mail/web server, and even though the software is only beta2 currently, seems to be running just fine. There seems to be a pretty healthy user base already running this, so I have high hopes that it will continue to be developed to a 1.0 release and beyond.

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