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My preference would be to keep them separate unless you're severely space constrained.
My reasoning is that your modem is unlikely to need replaced unless it fails, while your router is going to be outdated every few years due to new wifi standards.
My cable modem is 7.5 years old and still works perfectly. In that time I've gone through 2 or 3 routers: possibly a wired only one (not sure if I futureproofed myself with wifi when I didn't have anything to use it at the time), next was basic 802.11g router, currently I have a an 802.11n (2 stream, 2.4 ghz only) model.
I plan to replace that one within a year to take advantage of 5ghz wireless on my next laptop. There's a fairly good chance I'll end up replacing that one in 2 or 3 years as well; 802.11ac still comes at a large price premium and (AFAIK) no current/near future laptops are going to support it. Under those circumstances I don't see much point in paying an extra $100+ today for a feature I won't be able to use for a while, especially since AFAIK none of the current models support the highest performance segment of the spec anyway: 80 vs 160mhz wide channels, 3 vs 8 concurrent spatial streams (at the cost of more antennas than a NSA listening post ).
Meanwhile my cable is still only 15 down; well within the 40 that Docsis 2 maxes out at. Based on past history it's probably going to be at least 3 or 4 years before my ISP increases my tier to a level that would need Docsis 3 support; longer if having to upgrade their hardware and replace lots of leased modems makes them delay farther.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I hate wireless. It has never worked well for me and the only reason I have one is to download content to my Kindle Fire (which I like a lot) and as long as it is sitting a couple of feet from the wireless, everything is okay. In fact, I only plug in the wireless when I really want to download content to my Kindle.
For Bruce Schneier, quanta only have one state : afraid.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. -- Voltaire
In most cases the only difference between disappointment and depression is your level of commitment. -- Marc Maron
I'm not going to buy it (I have it on CD and finished it a couple of times) but GOG are selling Die by the Sword[^] for just $2.99 for the weekend.
If you don't remember it, you use a mouse to control your sword (or a joystick IIRC) and the keyboard to move around, but you can pick up things and hit Orcs with them. One of the fun bits was hacking off an Orcs arm, grabbing it, and beating him to death with his own limb...
Well, it made me laugh, anyway!
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
I've been a bit discouraged with my career this week. I reached a point where I'd finished up some things and wasn't inclined to jump into the next project. I was kind of wrapped up in a malaise that I couldn't shake. This had nothing to do with where I work as the conditions are wonderful and the pay is more than I'm worth.
Then this morning I picked up a bit of work - a modification to a project I'd done a year ago - and I found a terrible, twisty, nasty little problem that I need to figure out. It isn't so difficult that I won't get it solved today, round about 5:00 I wager.
Now I'm happy again.
I think I like figuring out little problems.
I'm happiest when I'm looking at my screen and thinking what the elephant am I gonna do about this mess?
About an hour or so ago I announced to the office "I'm pissed off with all this stuff working, I wish something would go wrong so I can have a problem to solve".
We had a livation (I made that word up I think) event last Thursday and everything has been cleared from my desk to deal with the fallout of which there has been almost none, and none that wasn't utterly trivial.
I like problem solving, I like having to think, I like something new.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
I work on code at home, and try to include something that I've never done before. My current "big" task is my Media center PC software (I put that on the back burner when I developed an unnatural urge to re-do Anagrams as a WPF app). I'm back at it on the MAH project though, and am currently working on the back-end (SQL Server database with custom code instead of using bloatware DRM frameworks).
I do the manual coding because I like to, and see no reason to avoid it. After all, it's not like I'm on any real schedule, and my project manager is my wife, who isn't too terribly bothered by Media Portal right at the moment. On the other hand, I cringe whenever I use Media Portal, knowing full well it needs to be updated, but not wanting to deal with the process (and mostly because of the additional plugins I use).
In any case, I've gotten to the point where I can scan a "media source" (a drive on my network) for .iso and .mkv files, query an online movie database, and associate queried data with the selected file. I got to the point that I'm ready to save the movie info to the database, and realized I didn't have a database. I can also put additional DVDs into drives and usb thumb drives, on any of the systems on the network and watch those "on the fly" (they're not added to the database, but show up in the list of available movies under the genre "Removable Media").
All in all, I'm having a great time futzing around.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- "Why don't you tie a kerosene-soaked rag around your ankles so the ants won't climb up and eat your candy ass." - Dale Earnhardt, 1997
For me, I like building things. It's completely freakin' awesome that I can make something out of thin air. (Has that ability ever existed before in humanity's history?) Bonus if the thing I make is useful to me. Double bonus if other people find it useful.
And we live in a time in which those things I make can be put it in front of thousands of people instantly, for next to zero dollars.
Making things is fun. That's what keeps me interested.
I do believe you are one of the first people I've ever seen that spelled that word correctly in an online forum. I don't know how many times I've had to throw up in my mouth a little when someone's interest was 'peaked' or 'peeked' .
Intimidate is the word for me, whenever a new project falls on my lap. After researching and analyzing my approach, it becomes an adventure with highs and lows. What we do is pretty amazing. Turning nothing into something, that at least one person can’t do without. I’m a happy programmer.
If I don't have a new project lined up by the time I'm wrapping up an old one, I tend to get a little down. Of course the same applies to finishing up little nit picky stuff, thats more search and replace than working on an actual problem.