We live in a world where we are accustomed to being connected at all times. It's almost impossible to go out without wanting to have Internet. Between email, social networks, settling arguments, and chatting with friends, we all feel like the Internet is not optional at this point. I am not here to debate whether being connected at all times is a good or bad thing for society as a whole.
Hack Attack: Turn your $60 router into a $600 router Of all the great DIY projects at this year's Maker Faire, the one project that really caught my eye involved converting a regular old $60 router into a powerful, highly configurable $600 router. The router has an interesting history, but all you really need to know is that the special sauce lies in embedding Linux in your router. I found this project especially attractive because: 1) It's easy, and 2) it's totally free.