Tue 20 August 2019
Fri 12 July 2019
This is a reminder that spinning storage is still useful for large data dumps, media, backups, and other bulky things that you don't need to change continuously.
But mostly, it's cost-effective. The two current sweet spots for capacity/performance (assuming brand-name, non-sale, 7200RPM SATA3 3.5" disks) are at 4TB (about $75) and 10TB (about $270).
I also remind you that you want RAID for reliability, but it's not backup by itself.
Tue 25 June 2019
Via Rick Thomas on the Debian Users mailing list:
In any case, the solution I came up with is
apt-get --purge install -y sysvinit-core dbus- glib-networking- libgtk-3-0- apt-get --purge autoremove
Note the trailing minus-signs on dbus- glib-networking- libgtk-3-0- These packages need to be deleted in the same pass as sysvinit-core …
Wed 15 May 2019
It seems increasingly unwise to allow an Intel-made CPU to talk to the outside world. But the NUC-style machines are almost exclusively Intel. What should we do for a new firewall?
You'll recall that I prefer firewalls to run Debian Stable, so that security updates are available promptly. While there …
Wed 17 April 2019
I recently ordered a dozen things from Amazon from six vendors. All the things were pretty technical -- ethernet switches, fiber optic cables, transceivers, things like that. This is normal.
Four of the six vendors asked me to review their products. Two asked me multiple times over the same order.
Here's my policy, and I urge you to consider the same one:
I will only leave a review on a commerce site if I have an unusual experience to report. An unusual experience is either surprisingly good or exceptionally bad. I won't give any feedback for a transaction in which I paid the agreed amount of money, received the product in a reasonable time, and the product worked as expected.
Adding reviews outside of that policy has two negative effects: it adds useless noise to the review section, and it tends to inflate star-system grades.
Thu 21 March 2019
Tue 26 February 2019
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 …
Wed 12 December 2018
Sat 17 November 2018
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.
Sat 20 October 2018
Wed 10 October 2018
All email disclaimers are utterly useless -- except, possibly, one that a lawyer sends you that, on that particular message, reminds you that you are not in a privileged relationship.
Here's the proof:
This message (including any attachment(s) hereto) is confidential and may also be privileged. It is intended solely …
Fri 21 September 2018
One problem: we have built an immense network of supercomputers that is essentially a Commons. An abuse of this Commons that would be ridiculously unprofitable if it had to be carried out by humans -- say, an expected return of one one-hundredth cent per attempt -- is highly attractive to unscrupulous actors …