Category: Technology

Rack Consolidation: Finale

May 19, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

Finally, it is completed.  I won’t use finished because the implies it will never change…and we all know life is all about change.  So what’s the final product look like? The rack is full.  Sure if I wanted to I could squish everything together and get a couple of more U’s worth of gear..but i… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 4.3

May 17, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

Well got everything installed and completed the initial data replication.  I went upstairs and removed all of the servers from the rack.  I then removed all of the rails.  I then re-installed the rails and then re-racked the servers.  The r210 did not make it back as it was dead anyway.  The order is now… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 4.1

May 15, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Software Storage Technology 0

Just like that.  Another day arrives and the eBay shop where i bought the hard drives did me a solid.  Instead of putting the two pairs of drives into two boxes he jsut shipped all four in the same box.  I’ll be giving all the eBay vendors that were involved in my build excellent feedback… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 4

May 14, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

Finally got some parts in for the 520 that allow me to start getting it put together.  I have half of the SAS hard drives, the SD card connector(don’t want to say SD card card..<G>), an extra 64 gigs of ram, all of the drive caddies, and of course the SD cards themselves.  Read the… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 3

May 10, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Storage Technology 1

The project continues..:)  I was able to take the ram, CPU’s, and HBAH310 (reflashed to base LSI IT mode) out of the 420 and put them into the 520.  I now have the rest of the parts inbound:  8 x 6TB SAS HDD’s, SD card adapter, 8 x 3.5″ HDD caddies are all inbound.  I… Read more

Education during a manufactured crisis

May 8, 2020 Covid-19 Family Frederick County Health Technology 0

(This is the first post in a series…i will go into greater detail later) For a while I never though I could homeschool..but covid has shown me something: I think for students and families that can do it distance learning should be an option. If 25% or more opt in the amount of money that… Read more

Rack Consolidation: part 2

May 6, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

I got the 520 in and began poking around. First of all I fired up the machine as a test and it booted fine. I then ran the lifecycle controller’s firmware updater. This machine was far far behind so i told it to install all of the updates. I stuck with it for a few… Read more

Rack consolidation project finally begins

April 29, 2020 Freenas Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

  I had recently purchased a Dell Poweredge R420 to replace my aging R310 server that acts as my central storage node.  I began to have need to have the ability to run virtual machines and FreeNAS does support running virtual machines.  I found out my R310 CPU is too old to run vm’s under… Read more

Gamecache Update: All Games Operational.

January 12, 2020 Gamecache Gaming ISCSI Technology 0

Remember that one game that refused to run on Gamecache?  I decided to disable the onboard nic(Realtek) and order a PCI-E 1X nic for the girls computer.  I ordered 2 on eBay for a total of 12 bucks for two of them and they shipped via the boat so they just arrived a couple of… Read more


December 30, 2019 Freenas Gamecache Gaming Hardware Open Source Technology 0

So i ordered a  couple of pci-e network cards one for my machine and one for the girls tower.  Let’s see if that helps the eldest’s one game not crash the entire networking stack…:)  Realteks are decent if you aren’t doing heavy networking stuff like I am will take a couple of weeks for… Read more

All Goes Well With One Exception

November 23, 2019 Gamecache Gaming Open Source Storage Technology 1

So far my eldest has all of her games on the gamecache drive.  Unfortunately ElderScrolls Online refused to run on the Gamecache drive.  It would hang up the network card causing all network connectivity to go away.  Only a restart of the machine would fix it.  However the fact that all of the other games… Read more

GameCache Project Updates

November 22, 2019 Gamecache Open Source Software Storage Technology 0

It is working out better than I anticipated.  Right now the eldest has been installing all of her games on the G drive.  I found out one of her games is nearly 200 Gigs in size.  Holy crap batman.  She can easily chew through more than 400 gigs of storage just with the games she… Read more

One Thing i like about zfs

November 19, 2019 Open Source Software Storage Technology 0

*Game Cache Update* Is the built in compression.  For vm’s you can sometimes get 5-10x compression because vms are mostly empty space.  ZFS does compression transparently.  Right now as part of the eldest’s game cache her system thinks it has written 75 gigabytes of data.  ZFS compression has reduced that down to 52.5G in the… Read more

Game Caching update

November 19, 2019 Gamecache Software Storage Technology 1

I made an earlier post about an experiment I am running.  So far so good.  The eldest is having to put her games onto the new G drive her computer sees.  The magic of ISCSI makes it appear as a local hard drive even though it’s on a network server.  I am a HUGE fan… Read more

An interesting FreeNAS Experiment

November 19, 2019 Gamecache Hardware Software Storage Technology 2

I came across an interesting use case for FreeNAS.  My eldest daughter likes games that are huge.  Like 100-250 gigabyte huge.  I simply cannot afford to keep adding SSD storage to her machine.  I will not do hard disks as main storage..under Windows 10 it’s too painfully slow.  What Lawerence had done was taken a… Read more

An Open Letter to the FCC RE: “Net Neutrality”

March 20, 2019 Technology 0

More 737 MAX details emerge(Long post warning)

March 19, 2019 737 Aircraft Software Technology 0

Get ready for a long post folks with embedded links.  For previous posts please look in the 737 category.   Yesterday’s post gave some details about the 737 MAX issues.  Karl’s post yesterday goes into greater detail: Let me note up front — I’m not a pilot.  I am, however, a software and hardware guy with a… Read more

The 737 MAX is not the first aircraft affected by computer issues

March 18, 2019 737 Aircraft Software Technology 0

Quantas flight 72 nearly crashed after one of it’s sensing computers got inconsistent data from it AOA(angle of attack) sensors.  It seems that AOA sensors also cause a freekout of the MCAS software system aboard the 737 MAX series.  The reason the MAX has MCAS is the engines.  The engines on the MAX 737 are… Read more

the world grounds the 737 max aircraft, the faa doubled down to leave them flying so trump forces groundings.

March 13, 2019 737 Aircraft Technology 0

The 787 was grounded after battery fires and there were no fatalities.  While I think the rest of the world grounding or denying airspace to the 737 MAX series is partially anti-Trump,  I also think it is partially because for whatever reason two of these brand new jets have crashed within 5 months of each… Read more

Is there a problem with the new 737-8MAX MCAS automation?

March 10, 2019 Technology 0

Two new 737-8MAX aircraft crashing within 8 months of each other.  I have been warning folks closest to me about the horrid quality of software these days.  Frankly even if i could fly right now I wouldn’t.  Self-driving cars?  No way.  My favorite operating systems(Linux and BSD) are not immune from poor coding.  It’s everywhere. … Read more

HOw much pain in moving to a single FreeNAS setup?

March 7, 2019 Technology 0

Not that much actually.  I looked around here and realized i now only have two machines utilizing a 12/core 24 thread monster server.  Because my FreeNAS is unix based like my Linux webservers I do not need to run a linux vm at all.  I have my firewall setup to only allow SSH connections from… Read more

Server Changes

March 7, 2019 General Technology 0

I have been trying to figure out how I want to change the rack to save power and reduce complexity.  Given i am switching away from ETC Maryland i do not need the massive amount of computing power i have sitting upstairs.  It just hit me..:)  My FreeNAS machine has the capability to hold everything… Read more

QSL contacts

November 26, 2011 Amateur Radio QSL 0

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New QSL Contacts

November 26, 2011 Amateur Radio QSL 0

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The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th |

October 25, 2011 Amateur Radio 1

The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th |

I am now a licensed HAM radio technician!

March 27, 2011 Amateur Radio 4

Only missed one.  They don’t tell you which one but I don’t care I passed.

Immediate Plans

February 23, 2011 Amateur Radio 0

I’m looking to start with a hand unit. Once I get my Own vehicle then i intend to mount a fully sized mobile unit in wife would skin me alive if i mounted a radio in our only car right now..

Here comes a New Amateur Technician

February 23, 2011 Amateur Radio 0

I FINALLY was able to rangle some time and get into a Ham Radio Technician Element 2. There’s a tons of studying to do. I’ve already jumped in. I can’t wait to get my license so I can finally help with the New Blue Ridge Baptist Association’s Mobile Communications unit. I’ll keep folks posted. I’m… Read more

Ars Technica Addresses the Looming IPV6 Transistion

February 19, 2011 Internet 0

More Church client news

February 8, 2011 Church Linux NPO's 0

Radio Support

February 8, 2011 Linux NPO's Radio 0

IPv6 addresses – how many is that in numbers? – Our Latest Discovery

February 3, 2011 Internet 0

New privacy concerns for Facebook over phone numbers, addresses

January 17, 2011 Internet 0

Google Chrome Delivers Enterprise Deployment and Management – Web Services Web 20 and SOA – News & Reviews –

January 13, 2011 Internet 0

An Interesting Revelation

December 21, 2010 Linux Open Source 0

Comcast Issues Continue

December 5, 2010 Internet 0

The Real Story Behind the Comcast-Level 3 Battle: Tech News «

December 1, 2010 Internet 0

The Good Ship Level 3 Sinks…but Comcast screws the pooch too

November 30, 2010 Internet 0

More on the Comcast-Level 3 spat

November 30, 2010 Internet 0

Comcast: Pay Or No Play(Not Really)

November 30, 2010 Internet 0

Further Explanation of Why We Need to Move to Postgres

November 10, 2010 Linux Open Source 0

It’s time to move to postgres

November 4, 2010 Linux Open Source 0

More Casualties of Oracle’s Purchase of Sun

November 2, 2010 Open Source 0

IN Support of Another NPO

October 26, 2010 Linux NPO's Open Source Radio 0

Server Donation Part 4

October 14, 2010 Church Linux NPO's Open Source 0

Zimbra is about ready to go

September 15, 2010 Church Linux NPO's Open Source 0

What to do with a major server donation

August 15, 2010 Church Hardware Linux NPO's Open Source 0

Sometimes Virtualization ISN’T the Answer

July 29, 2010 Open Source 0

Windows Security Issues Causing Increasingly Diffulcult Malware Removals

July 28, 2010 Linux 0

The New York Times Goes Nuts, Says The Government Should Regulate Google’s Search Algorithm (GOOG)

July 16, 2010 Internet 0

Intel will ship x86 android 2.2 this summer – The Inquirer

June 25, 2010 Linux 0

A case for Linux on the Corporate Desktop

June 21, 2010 Linux Open Source 0

When Cloud Computing Can Help Security

June 21, 2010 Linux 0

Windows Server vs. Linux…which is better?

June 9, 2010 Linux Open Source 0

MS SBS is rapidly loosing its luster.

May 30, 2010 Linux 0

Terremark vCloud Express: First month «

May 12, 2010 Linux Open Source 0

More Railing aginst a non-existent monopoly

April 22, 2010 Open Source 0

MIcrosoft Exchange and Outlook may have met their match

March 8, 2010 Open Source 0

Yahoo’s Search to Become More Useless

February 18, 2010 Open Source 0

NewsFactor Network | MagicJack’s Next Act: Disappearing Cell Phone Fees

January 11, 2010 Open Source 0

How Open Source software can help save costs in our medical system.

December 15, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

MIcrosoft Forgets Basic Security in Bing.

November 11, 2009 Open Source 0

A huge Weapon Against crapware

October 28, 2009 Open Source 0

Some Basic IT Security Steps ALL People Should Follow

October 13, 2009 Open Source 0

Why IT Stereotypes Really Exist

September 13, 2009 Open Source 0

Vendors Start Releasing TCP DOS Flaw Patches

September 10, 2009 Open Source 0

August 2009 A/V Failures

August 12, 2009 Open Source 0

Microsoft August 2009 Black Tuesday Overview

August 11, 2009 Open Source 0

Firewall Server Offerings Set

August 2, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

Centos Comes off of Life Support..But is the Project Truly in Recovery?

August 2, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

Anyone Can Get Compromised

July 30, 2009 Open Source 0

Business Banking Should Not Be Done With Insecure Browsers

July 30, 2009 Open Source 0

What the BOOM post means to ECC clients

July 30, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

When an OPen Source Project Goes BOOM!!!!

July 30, 2009 Linux 0

New Server Location

July 18, 2009 Open Source 0

Security issues with sudo in Ubuntu

July 18, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

Oracle Could be Sending Solaris to the Great Bit Bucket in the Sky.

July 13, 2009 Open Source 0

A MIsguided Attempt at Reducing Security

July 11, 2009 Open Source 0

Things are Moving Quicky now

July 11, 2009 Open Source 0

Microsoft Fixes a Long Time Bug

March 3, 2009 Open Source 0

Narrowing Down My Firewall Server Offerings

January 17, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

A New BSD Based Firewall Distro

January 15, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

Is Apple/Linux Arrogant or Secure? Both..for Good Reason

January 11, 2009 Open Source 0

Linux Distro Timeline

January 5, 2009 Linux Open Source 0

SSL Cracked? The sky if falling!!!!! The sky if falling!!!!! The latest security overreaction

January 4, 2009 Open Source 0

Google’s Andriod Already A Netbook OS

January 2, 2009 Linux Open Source 0


October 23, 2008 Open Source 0

Microsoft extends support life of XP(the non-story) and a rebuttal of Leo Laporte.

June 25, 2008 Open Source 0

Security Through Obscurity Debunked

August 27, 2005 Open Source 1

Security Now!: MS and other closed source vendors like to say because their source is closed they are more secure. In other words the fact that others do not have access to the code any zero day vulns will be kept under wraps and not pose a danger to the userbase. Listen to this podcast… Read more

Defrag my linux?

August 27, 2005 Linux Open Source 0

BS’ Blog: Bryan J Smith devles into the MS file systems and compares then against Linux/Unix file sytems and digs out why MS needs defragmenting but Linux does not. *UPDATE* Bryan has updaed the post with more XFS and clarifications

Huge Cisco Mess

August 2, 2005 Open Source 3

*NOTE*” If i forgot to trackback you and i used your post let me know and i will correct it as soon as possible. Everyone i have linked to deserves proper credit..:) Cicso and ISS have created quite a mess for themselves. First, Mike Lynn showed at the BlackHat conference how to get the equivalent… Read more