2007 January

 

 BrainBench, or how to simplify recruiting a bit

January 28, 2007

I’ve been a brainbench.com member since 2004, way back when they still mailed you a paper version of your certificates for free when you completed an assessment. (This was cool).

I’ve just recently taken one of their tests again, out of curiosity, and I have to say: They still “have it”. The questions are difficult, to the point yet not insane. They have a real nice balance. I will definitely be using their corporate service again, when I need to recruit.

I’ve found it to be an amazing bull-filter before. Plus, the free personality tests are interesting…

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 Compex WP18/IXP425 Port Completed

January 2, 2007

I’ve spent most of December hacking on an Intel IXP425 device, and I must say, I’m rather amazed at the performance these little things pump out. Mikrotik needs to forget about the Mips architecture. It’s outdated and performs crappily. I’ve tested this little board clocking over 80Mbps ROUTED traffic between interfaces.

The PCengines WRAP, and Routerboard 532 is dead. Intel IXP425+ is where it’s at. You cannot find another chipset with integrated VLAN support, hardware crypto acceleration, integrated USB, I2C, and all the other fancies for the same price.

The device I ported to OpenWRT and registered in the ARM machine registry is the Compex WP18 a very nice general purpose network and wireless device.

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