That was interesting. I at least annually wipe my windows boxes to keep the Windows bitrot in check. Over time windows just gets cruft built up. Stuff gets installed, uninstalled or never updated and starts causing problems in the background. These problems can be anything from weird errors, to occasional crashes to the system going… Read more
I had a Asus Xonar dg sound card from the money I had when my wife died. I have had that for quite some time. i finally started having problems with that card not working under windows 10 because the drivers were pushing 5 years old and the windows driver architecture had quite a few… Read more
I have been posting bout my gamecache setup here at the house. Well it just got even more important as Comcast has announced data caps across the remainder of its footprint where it had not been enforcing cap. I now have nearly 1 Terabyte of data on this gamecache drive. What this means is that… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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 doing..it will take a couple of weeks for… Read more
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
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
*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
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
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
The Net Neutrality Debacle: A Submission To The FCC* An open letter to the FCC, transmitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, the FCC’s comment address for their “Open Internet” rulemaking process. Dear Mr. Wheeler; The recent debate on Open Internet has been entered by stakeholders on all sides. Unfortunately, in my opinion, many of those presenting positions are failing… Read more
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th | TheBlaze.com.
Only missed one. They don’t tell you which one but I don’t care I passed.
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 it..my wife would skin me alive if i mounted a radio in our only car right now..
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
Ask Ars: How should my organization approach the IPv6 transition?.
Zimbra has been a bit hit. I’m currently trying to get the software lifecycles synchronized. Zimbra 7 has just been released.. unfortunately zimbra does not support Debian any longer. Centos 6 is about to be released and I’m not a fan of Ubuntu. Centos 5 expires in 2014 which is about the same time as Zimbra 7.… Read more
Got the new server online months ago..sorry for the lack of news. I wound up sticking with Debian. Everything went smoothly and now there are several domains running off of this box including multiple streaming servers. Now a bigger challenge looms…moving this station to a new location AND hooking everything up to it’s new location. will keep folks posted as I can.
First of all, he’s more precise with his numbers: 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 And he shows us how to say it: 340- undecillion 282- decillion 366- nonillion 920- octillion 938- septillion 463- sextillion 463- quintillion 374- quadrillion 607- trillion 431- billion 768- million 211- thousand 456 via IPv6 addresses – how many is that in numbers? – Our… Read more
Considering my earlier post about Facebook this isn’t unexpected. If you aren’t already paranoid enough to remove your address and cell phone number from Facebook, today might be the day. Facebook has decided to give its third-party app developers API access to users’ address and phone numbers as they collectively get more involved in the mobile… Read more
Google Chrome Delivers Enterprise Deployment and Management – Web Services Web 20 and SOA – News & Reviews – eWeek.com
I’ll be testing this first on my network and then pushing it to other networks(clients) that will follow my reccomendation here. Firefox is old and isn’t catching up. IE is even more current than Firefox. Google Chrome is the new star right now..:) Google Chrome Delivers Enterprise Deployment and Management – Web Services Web 20 and SOA… Read more
I just did my annual update to the Linux Counter Project which is located at counter.li.org. Once i finished my updates I was quote shocked at what I found. Out of all the machines I manage in one form or another(at least server wise) more than 90% are Linux boxes. Some of my clients have two Linux servers. Desktops are overwhelmingly… Read more
If you find you can’t surf on your Comcast connection they are having intermittent issues with their DNS server. DNS is the server that translates www.hotmail.com to the actual ip address. when those have issue you can’t surf. Comcast DNS is having issues again…which is the multiple outage they ahve suffered over the past couple of weeks. If you… Read more
Let’s get the Comcast hating blinders off. The Real Story Behind the Comcast-Level 3 Battle: Tech News «.
I found this great nugget on the nanog list again. You can read my opinions about this tussle here and here. In a message written on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 08:12:23PM -0600, Richard A Steenbergen wrote: > The part that I find most interesting about this current debacle is how > Comcast has managed to… Read more
Folks are piling onto Comcast but I am thinking they are wrong. There’s one section in this post that blows Level 3’s arguments so full of holes swiss cheese looks solid: So what’s the issue? Level 3 told the world that Comcast had hit it up for more money in order to deliver traffic from Level 3′s customers… Read more
Karl has this one nailed. Just because Comcast is the bigger of the two doesn’t make it automatically wrong. L3 is trying to push the colocation costs of CDN traffic to Comcast and L3 got Called on it. Here’s a post on NANOG I found that very well illustrates what’s really going on: Having been… Read more
This article says it better than i can. The GPL is actually now causing more issues than it solved. I would actually use the GPL to RESTRICT who can use my software and how..whereas the BSD license is truly a Free Open Source license. Internal Email on Why a Software Company Migrates Away from MySQL.
InnoDB Storage Engine Dropped From Oracle MySQL Classic Edition. Oracle owns Innodb and now MySQL. It’s time to move from Mysql to postgres. Not one of the mysql forks..but postgres. Oracle is beginning the squeeze of Sun’s properties.
Slashdot Developers Story | 33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org. Openoffice is for all intents dead. Libreoffice is where it’s at which is what i am going to be trying out for possible reccomendations.
I have been doing IT work as a volunteer for a local radio station WTHU for a few years now. Slowly but surely we have been moving along the technology track int he right direction. We have a stout server in wash state that handles our streaming. The costs for this are extremely reasonable but time have… Read more
Well i got the servers in and really didn’t want to wait for the 12u rack…mainly because it’s not int he budget right now. I took one of the servers and have installed untangle on it. I now have 4 network cards in the thing. One is red(internet), one is blue(free public wifi) and one… Read more
I just need to get the final list of current mailboxses and get the DNS switched over. Staff meeting this Monday to see if they’ll give the green light. I have found several extensions(called zimlets) that really extend the featureset of the Zimbra platform. I know have built into the platform: 1. Automatic detection of UPS and… Read more
You can read about the donation here. I have three IBM x335’s on the way with dual p-4 xeon 2.8 ghz cpu’s, dual 36 gig 10k rpm SCSI drives with hardware raid 1, 4 gigs of ram, all the cables needed including ILO, and rails. All for the cost of shipping. Why am I posting about it here? I run the… Read more
After some internal testing and research i can honestly say that virtualization may not be the best solution except for larger deployments. For the same money(or less) than either upgrading one server to be able to host multiple vm’s or the purchase of a new server that’s capable of doing that I can build two machines around Intel Atom d510’s… Read more
This is the primary reason Unix folks remove the computer, make an image for forensics, and then rebuild from a known good source. Windows folks have yet to figure this one out. I take the same philosophy towards malware that Unix admins do..nuke the box…because you can’t trust it’s clean once it’s been compromised. In one incident, a sports… Read more
I totally agree with SFGATE on this one..and the reasons given for opposition are totally accurate and standing within Constitutional principles. The New York Times Goes Nuts, Says The Government Should Regulate Google’s Search Algorithm (GOOG).
Intel will ship x86 android 2.2 this summer – The Inquirer. Now this would be interesting. If this is actually true then instead of me having to get a smartphone with the high price of the cell carriers scamming built in I can get a netbook running android….hrmmmm…I like this idea. If it works out I might just leave the notebook at home when i… Read more
The author makes some great points here. Take a gander. Not using desktop Linux? You’re wasting your money | Linux – InfoWorld.
Right now cloud computing isn’t a security enhancement..it’s a security nightmare. Most cloud apps actually require you to download and install an executable file that then connects to the cloud. The operating system requirements are? Windows…most of the time. I would like to see the cloud vendors support a truly web-based experience..like Google. Then you wouldn’t need windows..Linux would work. Your costs go through the floor. No high costs for server operating… Read more
Windows Server vs. Linux. There are some serious errors in this..i’ll address them inline. Text below: Windows Server vs. Linux by Ellen Messmer June 8, 2010 — Which is better? Microsoft Windows Server or open-source Linux? This debate arouses vehement opinions, but according to one IT consultant who spends a lot of time with both… Read more
The times really are getting smaller and smaller. You really need to have 5 or more machines active. Running e-mail out of house can be done but it’s not easy as exchange really wants to be the mail hub(which makes since as it IS a full featured mail server). The issues are the high cost… Read more
Terremark vCloud Express: First month « TechOpsGuys.com. Oucies. That’s horrendously expensive. I’m assuming he’s getting great service..:) There are less expensive options out there…like mine..:)
He said that with 70 per cent of the US market for Internet search, Google is the gateway to the Internet. How it tweaks its proprietary search algorithms can ensure a business's success or doom it to failure. via Consumer group calls for google breakup – The Inquirer. Give me a break. My business works… Read more
bfish.xaedalus.net » Stay in Sync with GCal and Thunderbird.. I have converted two of my domains to gmail via Google apps. I am now using Thunderbird via Secured IMAP to check my e-mail for those accounts. I also now have access to my business e-mail from my phone without having to get a higher priced… Read more
It’s very simple. Yahoo is abandoning their search. All of their search results are going to come from Bing. How bad is Bing? I can search Microsoft’s site with Google faster, with more accuracy, and more relevance than Bing can hope for.
NewsFactor Network | MagicJack’s Next Act: Disappearing Cell Phone Fees. If MajicJack doesn’t get sued out of existence this is an excellent value..that means you can drop your plan back since you won’t be using as many minutes. If it only worked for CDMA phones then i could relaly save some minutes on my Sprint… Read more
I am not normally a fan of anything gov’t but this time the VA has developed a system for electronic health records that is well-rounded, stable, highly customizable, has tons of features into which more can be added, and is recognized as a great package. It’s called VistA(visit a..not vista). I’ll be looking into this… Read more
Bing hit by costly security loophole | Technology | guardian.co.uk. Whoopsie so now it’s pushed into the underground who are most assuredly taking advantage of it. Sorry MS your usual security by obscurity failed many years ago.
Welcome | The PC Decrapifier. It seems you can’t buy a windows PC anymore without tons of crap on it that you never use and just junks up your computer. This FREE program now seeks out and destroys all the crapware that comes on most systems. This bad boy is going onto my thumbdrive now.
I am normally not a fan of government recommendations due to the fact they are usually outdated and irrelevant when they are released. However a paper releasede by NIST is the large exception to this rule. To security professionals these are no brainers but I still run into a ton of resistance implementing just a… Read more
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Vendors are finally releasing patches today for the TCP vulnerabilities first publicized nearly a year ago that affect a huge range of networking products, including any device running a version of Cisco’s IOS software, and a number of Microsoft server and desktop operating systems. Both Microsoft and Cisco released fixes for the vulnerabilities on Tuesday.… Read more
Symantec, 11 others, fail Virus Bulletin’s August 2009 test (Updated) – Ars Technica. Some of these are the BIG BOYS in the market…:)
oh boy. Get your mouse clickers ready and update Windows as this is a nasty bunch of updates. More than half of the patches are of the type that allow remote system takeover and most of the takeover udpates are in…..Drun Roll Please…..ACTIVEX!
It is going to be either Astaro or Untangle. Depending on what the clients needs are. Ipfire feels kludgey and ipcop isn’t really designed for modern hardware and is a bit too basic for my needs. Comixwall is a typical Debian distro..if you want to live in the cli go this route..:)
According to the Centos homepage: The CentOS Development team had a routine meeting today with Lance Davis in attendance. During the meeting a majority of issues were resolved immediately and a working agreement was reached with deadlines for remaining unresolved issues. There should be no impact to any CentOS users going forward. The CentOS project… Read more
When ‘Big Leaguers’ Get Hacked | threatpost.
Security Fix – The Growing Threat to Business Banking Online. NO clients of mine that have run Firefox instead of IE and followed my best practices advice have gotten infected with malware. If you don’t get infected online baking is perfectly safe from your end.
For the clients running centos I am going to be researching other alternatives. Right now no servers are in danger of being unable to update. I will keep everyone informed as to how this situation unfolds.
Read this site: Planet CentOS. It turns out the CentOS project is under the control of one person and that person has decided to disappear..for over a year. All monies that got donated did not go to CentOS but to the founding individual. This type of thing can happen anywhere but this type of thing… Read more
I have relocated this site to a new server. It is actually a virtual machine on a physical server. I have noticed a 50% increase in performance of this site. I hope you enjoy the new speeds.
Security issues with sudo Â« Mihai’s Weblog. I have always thought Ubuntu’s way of locking out direct root access was nonsensical.Â It now turns out it worse than that..it’s Microsoft-ish.
Is Oracle getting ready to kill OpenSolaris? – Computerworld Blogs. I think it’s beyond open Solaris I think it’s also Solaris as well as Mysql and Virtualbox.
Full Disclosure: imageshack – pwned for anti-sec.. They also hit an outfit called SSANZ. Full-Disclosure is not meant to make money.Â If full disclosure did not exist many security issues would never be known by anyone except the bad buys.Â Companies like Microsoft would never have had to refocus on the lack of security of… Read more
It’s very hard to keep up with things moving as fast as they are. I can relay them verbally faster than typing sometimes. Watch this space for some updates.
After CERT warning, Microsoft delivers AutoRun fix | ITworld. It’s about time.Â I have been trying to kill U3 forever among other autorun enabled garbage.Â ALL ECC managed network will get this patch pushed out to them.
There are so many out there it’s hard to sift through.Â I have narrowed things down to 4: 1.Â Ipfire 2. Astaro 3. Untangle 4.Â Comixwall Depending on capabilities and budget those are the 4 ECC is going to be choosing from for the foreseeable future.Â This makes it easier for my clients to know… Read more
ComixWall ISG – Home. Now this is interesting.Â Comixwall looks like what i ahve been looking for.Â I have been wanting to find a UTM that takes what i had with ipcop/zerina/cop+/copfilter and have it integrated into one package…and be free.Â Astaro is very nice but it’s free only for home use.Â Untangle is nice… Read more
CHR.DarkFiles.US Â» Blog Archive Â» Apple Arrogant or Secure. Their arrogance is partially justified due to superior design.Â The Unix system they use is multi-user by design…unlike windows which is not truly multi user.Â 90% of everything a user is going to do inÂ Unix system is done inside userspace..so unless the user intentionally runs… Read more
linux_timeline.png (PNG Image, 2888×2079 pixels). I found this interesting…enjoy.
SSL broken! Hackers create rogue CA certificate using MD5 collisions | Zero Day | ZDNet.com. The sky if falling!!!!! The sky if falling!!!!! There is a ton of heavy breathing going around about this issue and it’s not necessary at all. This is a non-issue for the majority of folks and the “solution” is only… Read more
Startup Founders Turn Android into Desktop OS – PC World. Now this is itneresting.Â Read on for full details.
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<a href=”http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/06/25/vole-extends-support-life-xp”>Microsoft extends support life of XP </a> This is no news. The 2014 expiration has been <a href=”http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=3223″ target=”_blank”>part of the plan for a long time</a>. Look at the updated on page…2005.Â unless the author has updated information this is nothing new. I also have a huge issue with <a href=”http://www.twit.tv/148″ target=”_blank”>Leo Laporte and… Read more
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
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
*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