I shun Microsoft products, partly for religious reasons but mostly because I have to deal with that shit all day and I don’t like to bring my work home with me. But I’d always assumed that it was just the software side of things that I really couldn’t stand; Microsoft also makes hardware. They make very fine mice, for example. So maybe on the hardware side, they’re OK.
Or maybe not. I bought a Cardbus NIC/Router box set, because the card contains the coveted Orinoco chipset (where “coveted” means “known to work with Linux with a minimum of agony”) and the price of the set was right.
Fellow citizen, do not purchase this product.
To make this as clear as possible, if somehow your life ever brings you to a point where your only options are purchasing this product or getting kicked in the face by a Clydesdale, go limp and try to roll with it. Otherwise you can expect that you’ll have to reset it anytime you’re doing something the designers of your wireless router didn’t expect like, say, connecting to it wirelessly. Or downloading stuff. Bunch of losers.
Let me reiterate the point about this fucking thing breaking under load, which it has a habit of doing while I’m backing stuff up. Which is what I was doing five minutes ago.
Update: Failed, for the third… no, wait – fourth… consecutive time, on one large rsync job. Christ on meth, this irritating. This fucking thing is definitely going to the curb. Dear Redmond, do you bitches test anything before it goes out the door? Anything at all? I own a router, with your company’s name embossed on the side, that seizes up and needs to be unplugged every gig and a half or so of traffic. It is a router that does not route, and I get “no route to host” errors for two computers that are actually touching each other. It’s no wonder your legal department won’t even guarantee a “workmanlike effort”. What do you assholes do with your time?