Tue 22 January 2019
Sat 15 December 2018
The HP Envy 13z is a lightweight, reasonably high-performance laptop with a relatively low price tag - under $600 for the 1080P 13" touchscreen, flip-hinge to tablet, backlit keyboard, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD, Ryzen 2300U four-core system weighing a little over two pounds.
(Those were the specs.)
It generally compares favorably …
Mon 22 October 2018
Several people have asked me recently what hardware I would buy today for use as a home firewall.
- Partaker N3050 B5
- N3050 CPU
- no RAM (1 slot DDR3L up to 8GB)
- no SSD (room for mSATA + 2.5" SATA disk)
- 2 x gigE + wifi 802.11 b/g/n
- 2GB DDR3L RAM
- 2GB RAM
- Kingston 120GB mSATA SSD
- 120GB mSATA SSD
for a total of $176, including shipping. Links were accurate as of October 22, 2018.
This gets you a tiny box, similar in size to random commercial house router/firewall/wifi access points, which can run a standard Linux operating system with a complex firewall running at 1 Gb/s in and out, more RAM than strictly necessary, and an SSD which is both very large (and therefore can last a very long time) and boot the system quickly enough that you can do a reboot without losing TCP sessions.
I would also recommend a medium-sized USB thumb drive to set up as an emergency booting and backup device. Call it another $15 or so.
Mon 09 July 2018
Someone on the
debian-user list just discovered that
gpt partitioning allows you to put 128 partitions on a disk. They got really excited at the granularity that would allow. They weren't thinking about the exciting maintenance procedures that would inevitably follow -- not enough space here, too much space there, backups …
Wed 28 March 2018
Sun 12 November 2017
Wireguard is a new open source VPN system being initially developed on Linux. I have two major use cases for such a thing: site-to-site protection, and backhauling traffic from a laptop or phone to my house.
Small codebase, because there are very few options. For example, there is …
Mon 15 May 2017
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Fri 13 January 2017
Thu 15 January 2015
Tue 18 November 2014
Let's quote a Debian Developer, who I will not name:
"Oh, and by the way, systemd bloody works on my system. I can't even remember when I switched to it. It Just Worked."
The problem with systemd is that he's got one system, not five hundred, and he somehow thinks that makes it a representative sample.
I don't have any such confidence.
Sun 09 November 2014
Tue 14 October 2014