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[#] Thu Jun 23 2011 17:48:55 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Welcome to being old.
I don't have any more x10, no more answering machine, no more turn-on-the-a/c-from-my-phone-remotely, and whatever else.
I don't run my own mail system anymore, and finally I've come to realize, I don't even use this kick ass machine I built to do any development (although today I got this itch to try and get rc5 to run on my G1, we'll see how long that lasts).

So I've got a big ol' box and all I do is get my email and .... yeah... get my email.
Oh, and I remote to my office machine.
Kinda sad really.

[#] Thu Jun 23 2011 17:51:32 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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The only thing that I still do, which doesn't involve very much doing is I have a linux machine at my dad's house that serves as a webserver for him and one of my domains I think.
It doesn't require very much doing because for wahtever reason, the thing won't die.

[nixo@ip nixo]$ uname -a
Linux ip 2.4.18-14 #1 Wed Sep 4 11:57:57 EDT 2002 i586 i586 i386 GNU/Linux
[nixo@ip nixo]$


[nixo@ip nixo]$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2 1.7G 1.2G 389M 76% /
/dev/hda1 97M 9.0M 83M 10% /boot
none 30M 0 30M 0% /dev/shm

That's right folks, a kernel from 2002, with a 1.7 gig hard drive.
And the thing just keeps humming endlessly.

[#] Thu Jun 23 2011 18:37:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh, I've still got plenty of stuff running, I just don't have much of it at *home* anymore. It's all behind the glass now.


In fact ... you're soaking in it :)

At home I still like my X-10 and my Asterisk, but I'd be interested in seeing if I could move it to a computer that doesn't suck down quite so much power.
Something with a flash drive for its primary storage and a big disk that spins up only when needed when I do my nightly remote backups of my stuff at the data center.

[#] Thu Jun 23 2011 21:29:22 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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realize, I don't even use this kick ass machine I built to do any
development (although today I got this itch to try and get rc5 to run

on my G1, we'll see how long that lasts).

Well shit me timbers. It builds and runs.
Took a little work, but wasn't I stunned when the damn thing fired up on my g1.
It doesn't seem to be able to do the network connection, but the fact that it does everything else (configure, and make up blocks and run them) stuns me.
I know nothing of the sockets layer on the g1, but it did compile so something must be there.

[#] Sat Jun 25 2011 00:59:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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what is the benefit o running rc5 now that they took the prize away?

[#] Mon Jun 27 2011 12:25:18 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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they didn't. prize is still available from last I read.

[#] Mon Jun 27 2011 12:25:45 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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and cmon how fucking cool is it that I got it to run on my g1.

[#] Mon Jun 27 2011 16:08:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ah, I see now -- RSA Labs discontinued the prize but distributed.net managed to find enough money to fund the prize themselves.

Ok, this makes it that much cooler if your G1 manages to hit the winning key. :)

[#] Sun Jul 24 2011 11:40:38 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Di Jun 21 2011 00:16:20 CESTvon IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

I feel so ... ORDINARY.

After 15 years of having my home server directly attached to the Internet and acting as a gateway for the entire home network, today I switched things around and put the Verizon router out on the public side of the network where it is in "normal" installations.
Hehe, I had this kind of setup only for 5 years, but did something similiar too, recently. Only that I have an AVM Fritbox now (yes, those guys we were talking about, with their GPL lawsuit in another room) and kept the big machine as centralized media storage and development machine.
These Fritzboxes can be modified with some freetz [1] software and you get a firmware with as much cojones as you want. If you get one of the fatter boxes, it runs your VOIP setup too, and it also will be able to have usb disks attached for your backup purposes. Or, if you prefer a raided backup, you could WOL your backup server in the basement. They are also digging into home environment control and the freetz guys are rather nerdy and digging into that themselves. It is kind of a dd-wrt with built in adsl+ modem (maybe they have vdsl, too, not sure.) [2]

[1] http://freetz.org/

[2] http://www.wehavemorefun.de/fritzbox/index.php/Main_Page#FRITZ.21Box-Modelle

PS: Tinkering with your modemrouter lets you feel a little less ordinary ;)



[#] Sun Jul 24 2011 21:27:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sadly, being a little more ordinary was one of the goals. I'm trying to eliminate complexity where possible, so that if I get hit by a bus, the usability of electronic gadgetry in my household won't grind to a halt the first time something needs maintenance.

Aside from that, these routers also have a special port on them that allows the set-top boxen to have Internet access without having to plug in a separate Ethernet connection. Since this is FTTH and not cable, there is no DOCSIS ability due to the main video channels coming in on a one-way wavelength.
There are no open source drivers for this port, otherwise I would have switched the router to open source firmware a long time ago.

Finally, there are certain features of this system, such as Caller ID on your television, and the ability to program the DVR from the public Internet or from a mobile phone, that are only usable if you are using the original router with the original firmware.

Even with these limitations it still blows away what the cable company is offering.

[#] Wed Jul 27 2011 12:10:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hooray for me ... my $99/month contract price for FiOS was expiring ... I called Verizon and they applied enough "discounts" to get me back to that price for another year. I didn't even have to pretend to try to cancel my service to get the "customer retention" department.

Either they're trying harder in the down economy or they've figured out that it's easier to price match the cable company (or the phone company, if you *are* the cable company) the first time the customer asks.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2011 06:49:25 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'll have to remember that. I had a great deal at my old house but when I moved I had to buy new and now my good price is temporary.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2011 09:00:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hp now offers a wlan mouse? WTF? and... they say its lasting 9 months without recharge, which is a double their bluetooth counterparts?



[#] Sun Jul 31 2011 11:40:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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How lovely -- after decades of standardization in the area of mouse drivers, once again you can return to the days when something as simple as a mouse requires a proprietary driver that only runs on one operating system! (Only runs on 'doze 7: see http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02915517.pdf for info)

Does anyone even make laptops without built-in bluetooth anymore?

[#] Wed Aug 03 2011 15:43:35 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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But it does make the point that somebody other than me asks the question why do we have bluetooth AND wlan when you only need wlan.

[#] Wed Aug 03 2011 18:30:43 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Mi Aug 03 2011 15:43:35 EDT von Ford II @ Uncensored
But it does make the point that somebody other than me asks the question why do we have bluetooth AND wlan when you only need wlan.

yea, now that you can buy wlan mouses from HP... (with double battery life than their bueloot counterparts; 9 month instead of 4)



[#] Tue Aug 23 2011 21:15:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Free wi-fi" at the bowling alley. Except they got lazy, and instead of deploying a wireless router connected to their cable modem, they're just using the cable company's hotspot access; there happens to be one just outside the building.

Sign posted in the bowling alley:

FREE WI-FI
Network: optimumwifi
Username: xxx
Password: yyy

It was quite useful for me today when I found my cell service a bit lacking while eating at a diner, in a completely different town, which also happened to have one of those hotspots nearby.

[#] Wed Aug 24 2011 17:20:05 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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well.... what was the user and pass?

[#] Wed Aug 24 2011 18:06:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The error message "There are currently too many clients connected using this account, please try again later" indicates why I won't post it in a public forum :)

[#] Wed Aug 24 2011 19:16:23 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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And here I thought the username and password were "xxx" and "yyy." :P

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