Moar Gigabit!

Out to look at yard sales this morning, as usual for a Saturday. Nothing in the way of video game stuff of any interest, but I happened to find a WD LiveWire kit, A Powerline Ethernet bridge, each end including a 4-port switch which a cursory Google search suggested might bit gigabit. I asked how much they wanted, and it was $5AUD so I thought it was worth the gamble.

It turned out it wasn't, but I'll likely still find a use for them even though the PLE portion does not work in our house. On the way home though, I spotted a Telstra Gateway Max 2 - a rebranded Technicolor TG800VAC to be exact, which certainly does have gigabit. I seem to recall these Technicolor modems having security issues, but I'm disabling everything on it (including the wireless) and using it purely as a switch so I should be OK. After doing so and verifying it worked, I swapped it out for the fast ethernet switch that's got Duncan's desktop, Sabriena's desktop and our NAS hanging off it, and now everything but my office and behind the TV is hooked up to gigabit ethernet, and my laptop will happily do rather high speeds on Wifi on the kitchen table.

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Super Storm?

Duncan and I were supposed to head out to Mum and Dad's today, but Mum sent me a message last night that it might not be the best idea because of this big storm that was supposed to hit our state. Indeed Horsham took a fair beating on Thursday night, but it largely cleared up by Friday, with only a bit of rain on Friday and very little Saturday. Mum's place was a different story though, they're still getting rain on Saturday, and they can hear the creek roaring (though it hasn't busted the banks so obviously has quite a bit to go before their house becomes a concern).

Given that a flood would likely mean being stuck there, and with their internet unlikely to be suitable for me to work from at the best of times, much less during a natural disaster, it seemed the smartest thing to do would be to stay home. So we'll head out there next weekend instead.

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Hello Vultr

It's that time of year again, I went to apply FreeBSD updates last month and 11.0 is EOL, so I upgraded my couple of VMs to 11.1-RELEASE... and my IRC box at DigitalOcean never came back online. Check the console (tremendously buggy compared to Linode's!) and sure as fuck, I'm bit by the same bug that I got caught by last time (though I don't appear to have written about) where their symlinks point to the wrong place and networking fails to come up. Why they can't just use DHCP or at least edit the configuration in a more resilient manner, I have no idea.

It just so happened that me getting angry at DO came in around the same time as my friend Avi setting up his anycasted IPv6 netblock using Vultr's BYO ASN thing, and I noticed that they not only still had their Sydney location, but their Sydney location was no longer hampered by only Fast Ethernet port speeds. How they do 500GB for $2.50 in Australia, I have absolutely no idea, but it seemed pretty attractive, so I set up a Vultr account and spun up a VM in Sydney to have a look.

The setup was pretty painless, so I updated the box, installed my IRC stuff then copied the configuration over and I'm away. It's been a couple of weeks now and so far the network has seemed pretty good - I lost connection to it once from my AussieBB connection, and it briefly flapped on two IRC networks (one connected in Europe and one in Western Australia, presumably both routing through the same internet exchange) for about 10 minutes, but two other networks (in the USA) were not affected. For the price, I'm pretty happy, and things are a lot snappier without 180ms or so of additional latency.

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Casemod time!

I've been itching to customize the hardware on my PC again for a while now. Not anything insane like I used to do - god, I cringe at some of the things I thought were cool ten years ago. Ever since just before Halloween though, I've been feeling orange and black for a color scheme. I found a great case I want to pick up, but finances won't allow (and it's rather expensive), so what can I do in the mean time?

Sabriena mentioned the other night that the flashing blue power LED from my desktop keeps her awake. I don't want to shut my office door, because I have no fly screen on the window, so the room won't cool down over night if the door is shut. But I can probably do something about the LED, no?

My case is old. A CoolerMaster CM 690 - the original one... right around ten years old if the review dates are accurate. it came out when blue LEDs were all the rage, and consequently manufacturers put them everywhere. Blue LEDs are fucking awful, really unpleasant to look at under any circumstances now they're not rare. So let's replace the blue LEDs with orange ones, for my pumpkin-king theme! (If you'd told me ten years ago I'd be ripping out blue LEDs and replacing them with orange I'd have told you you're insane).

The power LED is a 3mm blue LED, and the blue-lit fan on the lower front of the case uses a further 4 3mm LEDs.

Orange fan and power LED!The place I used to buy LEDs from has ceased trading, so that sucks. I checked eBay, but they weren't particularly cheap either even coming from Hong Kong, and considering I have the attention span of a goldfish that just wouldn't do. In to Jaycar this morning and I found out they've got exactly what I need for 50c each, considering I only needed about 5 of them that's not outlandishly expensive, so I bought 6.

I came home, and over the course of about an hour replaced the power LED and the four (one of which was non-functioning) in the shroud of the fan and I quite like the results. Not only is orange a much less harsh a colour, but LEDs other than blue and white are also much lower inensity for the same voltage leaving the entire effect rather understated. I like it.

I've still got more stuff that I'd like to do with the case (or I'd like to replace it eventually) but for now I'm pretty happy with the results, considering the cost and effort involved.

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