A’s Baseball: Gone, but Not Forgotten

Well, it’s still several months till preseason baseball starts up, but there is still some baseball news going around. The Athletics scored free-agent Esteban Loaiza in a 3 year, $21 million dollar deal. This has sharply increased speculation that GM Billy Beane means to deal Barry Zito in an attempt to get an offensive right-handed bat to complement Eric Chavez.

Names like Frank Thomas and Mike Piazza have been kicked around, but honestly, I can’t really imagine that Beane will cough up any significant dollars to sign either one of those guys. They are getting up there in years, and if you ignore the single steroid laden counter example, most hitters ramp off pretty sharply once they hit 37 or 38.

If I was a gambling man, I’d say that in all likelihood I’ve seen Barry Zito’s last game as an Athletic. Who will they get in exhange? I haven’t a clue.

See Mychael Urban’s column on mlb.com.

Linksys continues to court Linux Hackers

Linksys has sold a bazillion of the old WRT54GS routers. It’s probably due in some small part to the many alternative firmware upgrades you can put on the device to increase its capabilities in a number of innovative directions. The most recent versions of these devices are somewhat less hackable though. The series 5 devices have shifted from using Linux to using VxWorks, and have cut memory down to 2MB of Flash and 8MB of RAM, instead of 4MB of flash and 16MB of RAM for earlier Linux based devices. But to placate the hacker market, Linksys has released the WRT54G”L” which retains the larger memory spaces of earlier models. How long will it last? Hard to say, I’ll be watching this experiment to see how it goes.