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01/11/12

  11:24:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1720 words  
Categories: Stuff, Software, Networking, Cox HSI

I almost needed to buy a new router...

Link: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028ACYEK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=la34thdr34chs-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0028ACYEK

...and I've been eyeballing the WZR-HP-G300NH (not only 300Mbps N instead of 150MBps N, but also gigabit ports...also 64MB of RAM and 32MB of Flash ... up from 32MB & 4MB. Not clear on performance difference between Atheros 7240 and 9130...hopefully something).

Because while the current WHR-HP-GN is a step up from my WRT54GS...the QoS still impacts my throughput by a significant amount. Though not enough to turn off QoS in the meantime.

There have bunch a new builds of dd-wrt last month, but no 2012 releases yet. Big thing seems to be 3.x kernels. But, I tried one of the releases...and it was significantly slower with QOS than the last summer release (Build 17201), which has been doing adequate for me. Seems to get laggy over time, so back to rebooting my routers weekly...which can be annoying, because it takes a long time to become responsive again...and connections get dropped sometimes, especially if its long enough to trigger a new IP. So, I reverted back to 17201, which many other people seem to feel is the current best release. Not sure what functionality future builds are shooting to acquire. I think what I have does almost everything I want. I just want it to be less of a bottle neck when doing QoS.

IE: with the WRT54GS, ~5.5MBps down was the best I could get. And, when I started, I only had 6Mbps down service. But, Cox has been upping the speed on upstream and downstream over time. And, its supposed to be like 20MBps and up to 2Mbps up now. But with QoS on....~5.5Mbps was all I continued see, so I dismissed such claims from Cox.

I'm sure all the college students in the area are don't much to things. At least my DSL is more consistent. Though its only 6Mbps/768kbps, the maximum service tier for DSL here. Apparently, certain units in unit B can get U-Verse...but not all of them and I'm in unit A, so no go. Probably means they're on the box next to Chase Manhattan apartments to the south..rather than the box near CAUMC across the intersection.

I had made my own customization to QoS rules on the WRT54GS, and I had largely developed updated equivalents for the WHR-HP-GN's....the only thing missing is 'connbytes' feature in iptables. The kernel supports connbytes, but the provided iptables command does not. The behavior had changes since Iast used requiring the '--connbytes-dir' and '--connbytes-mode' paramers, but soon figured out that the iptables command had been built standalone, and without the feature.

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01/07/12

  10:03:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1643 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, Safety & Security, Android

I got a new phone, and it's ... bricked, bricked ... rooted!

There was a time, when people bought their own phones and then bought service....I did that twice. First was a 'fancy' candy-bar phone....it was nice, but it was hard to use for data. Second was a Motorola flip...where modems and such for it could be easily had...so with great complexity I found ways to be online while mobile.

Then they came out with digital...and I got one of the first digital only phones, it was sprint and coverage was poor. Though they only needed 1 year contracts back then. Later I got wise, and got phones that were both digital and analog. Along the way, 2 year contracts came into play. Now analog is pretty much gone. I've spent time on various major carriers and then some over the years.

More recent history...I had an iPhone 3G. I waited and waited to see if something newer than that was coming, and they didn't. I was on a blackberry before that, and now working a job where those aren't popular....iPhones were....and it was with Sprint...where reception at home is poor and none at work. Though with AT&T, reception at home was poor and work wasn't much better. There was reception by in the bathroom by my office. Fortunately, for visitors the conference room is next to the bathrooms.

Eventually, Apple came out with the iPhone 3GS, and a new iOS that turned my old iPhone 3G into a bear. But, it hadn't even been a year with it yet. So, along comes Credo Mobile, offering to buy out AT&T contracts....they credit the ETF to my account. Well, that was good...though its back to Sprint.

Then a couple months ago, my phone fell off my desk at work...and turned into one more piece than expected. Though it mostly worked after I snapped it back together. I used to get phone insurance back in the beginning...but since it became new every year, and then new every 2 years....I hadn't. Don't know if I should reconsider.

The phone continued along....though it developed a problem where it would just turn off expectedly, or spontaneously restart. The self-restart was a big problem, with my recent traveling...there have been 3 separate occasions where the phone had turned it self back on while all such devices are supposed to be turned off. Only once, did it do so soon after I had turned it off...that I heard it turn itself back on before I had stowed it for the trip.

And, then there have been days were I've been walking around not knowing that my phone was dead.

I wanted to go back to T-Mobile. I knew they had pretty good signal at home, though they didn't have much service at work. There was service...but it was a CellOne (GSM) tower....which later got moved. For good service, it was US Cellular. And, it was good when work was reselling their service. But, just before I was considering jumping to them on my own...they changed all their plans around, and I didn't like it. All this emphasis on voice minutes...in proportion to data usage. IE: I don't want to pay for unlimited voice minutes to get unlimited data.

There was a time originally, where I had a Blackberry...where I paid for unlimited blackberry data service....and had 0 minutes and 0 texts on my plan... minutes were only like 10 cents each.

Cell phone is still largely for safety & security.... And, when I switched to Credo Mobile...I opted to go with a 'feature' phone. At first I didn't want anything, though being able to tweet on the road might be useful. Though initially I signed up as if it was going to replace my work phone. Since they weren't reselling US Cellular anymore, those phones were going away. I ended up getting a Droid 2 with VerizonWireless service as work phone.

The Droid 2 was nice in the beginning, but its been getting pretty frustrating to use lately....and I was torn about wanting to go back to T-Mobile for personal service. While they'd would be good most areas of town, except right around work. I figured on benefiting fromt here WiFi calling feature. But, these days that's pretty much an Android phone....though there was this whole AT&T wanted to wipe them out...and not sure why I would want to be with T-Mobile without that one key feature.

So, I limped along on work phone that was getting less and less stable, and slower and slower....but Android. And, feature phone for personal...that was becoming unreliable. While watching the T-Mobile site for free phone offers.

A few times I saw their Sidekick 4G come up as free. And, it was a good candidate in most areas, except one. It has a physical keyboard (a 5 row to boot), and 4G. But, its only a single core phone and only 2.2. I wanted at least 2.3, and it seemed dual core was likely to be a requirement for longevitiy.

And, then finally...the AT&T takeover was gone....and discovering that the cell phone that I had been traveling with for safety, was useless. It was time to take the plunge. Though I waited until the last day of the sale period.

I went with ordering a MyTouch 4G Slide - Khaki - for $99.99 from T-Mobile on December 29th, 2011. It arrived on January 3rd, 2012. A few days before I took the plunge the old Samsung Seek had once again died on me, but I didn't notice that it had until after...and it didn't last to see the arrival of my new phone.

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01/01/12

  05:00:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1412 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

Orac Lives

Back on December 18th, Orac went down unexpectedly....it was shortly after I turned on the heat that morning. So, at first I thought it was a heat problem. I directed fans at it, dropped in a slot cooler, scaled back BOINC (eventually suspended it). But, Orac would suddenly stop. I watched thermal monitoring in cacti, and it CPU temps weren't hugely different than before. After a while, I had to go to work...so I left it off while I mulled options.

I tried changing the rear case cooler (when I had it open to add a slot cooler and check the other fans), I had bought a 92mm fan with the plan to replace that...but I discovered that I had bought the wrong kind. Probably could've made it work, but opted to try again. I don't recall if I ever checked if the CPU fan was okay. Last time I had cleared out a lot of dust from it....it wasn't full of dust this time, is all I recall.

After some more fiddling I started to suspect power supply, I had been thinking of getting a bigger power supply for it for a while...so I went ahead and got one, a Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - CMPSU-500CXV2, along with different 92mm fan (a Zalman ZM-F2Plus 92mm Silent Fan). Mulling things some more and reading other online articles...I then added some more items to my order, like new thermal compound and a CPU cooler -- a Thermaltake TR2 M21 RX A4021 CPU Cooler for the Intel Processor 115W LGA775-Prescott -- which later turned out to be the wrong kind....need a 4 pin fan for CPU. Though wasn't convinced I needed a new cooler.... But, the stock cooler was rated for 95W, and Intel's website says my CPU does 105W.

Even though I got the new power supply on 22nd, and I took the 23rd off from work...I didn't get around to actually working on it until late on the 24th (after it was too late to get anything one-day Prim for the 27th.) It was quite an ordeal getting the power supply in...had to pop the fan off the CPU heat sink to get access to all the connectors and stuff. Put the fan back on too soon, so had to get it off a second time. This time it broke. Well, I guess I swap the cooler after all. Except then I discover that the new cooler I had gotten was the wrong kind. So, I go to Amazon to see if I can quickly get a different one. No luck there....so order one by regular 2-day Prime. I went with a Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 - 92 mm - 130W.

Original fan and the previous one I ordered, were the kind that blow to the CPU. This one has heat pipes and blows across. Reading reviews, I saw warnings about how much taller these things are and whether it would fit...so I decided that 92mm something was probably the safe maximum to consider. After narrowing through the choices via Amazon Prime...it came down to the one I got or the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Cooling - 200W. Since, I had about 72 hours to place the order...I held off, to see if there was anything else I wanted to add before ordering. Mistake. Later on Christmas day, the prices on lots of things...specifically these CPU coolers went up. And, the 13 went out of stock (by Prime.) Though I had decided the 7 was the more likely choice, since I didn't know which way I should position the cooler and it had four way flexibility. Though I suppose others would have the flexibility too...its been so long since I've done this kind of thing...I don't know.

Anyways...I finished putting orac back together with its new power supply, moved the slot cooler to the bottom. Removed the old heat sink/cooler (should've kept the parts though) and cleaned off the CPU. And, set Orac aside for later work.

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  11:48:59 am, by The Dreamer   , 79 words  
Categories: General, Stuff

Happy New Year....the move is on

Well, its 2012....how will this new year go?

Not really off to a great start...but its time to tackle some changes.

The first is the transition off of my dashed & .net email domain, to my new .com one. &#59;D

The other hmmm, only been putting that one off for over a year now....and the provider I was going to go with has since gone away, which was unexpected...since it was Google. Guess I'll have to go with Microsoft.

12/25/11

  04:39:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 386 words  
Categories: General, Home, Safety & Security, Healthcare

Merry Christmas ... Home Sweet Home.

Merry Christmas....

So, other than sleeping in past 11am...and a frantic search for work phone (turned out it was exactly where it was supposed to be, I had just put my Kindle on top of it last night.)

I remembered that there was one very important gift to give on Christmas Day. New batteries for my smoke detectors.

Even though one of them ran down early back in November...I replaced batteries in all 4 of them. With new batteries I had picked up a couple of weeks ago.

But, before I got to...I ended up hitting a few other chores that I needed to do, like laundry, dishes, and cleaning my CPAP stuff. (not in this order...)

Think my Intellipap AutoAdjust just might still have its original filters in place....so I swapped it for the pair of foam and white filters that came with it, threw out the white (which didn't look that bad, considering neglected white filters in my old CPAP would look pretty dark....perhaps time of year plays a part). Knew I had bought extras, looked around a bit...but couldn't find them, though I found a package with one remaining white filter for my old machine (as well as a packages with 24 or 30 new ones.) I had dug out the old machine on Friday to do a download, but had already put it back....so I had to dig it out again to replace its filters. I some how manage to keep losing foam filters now and then after I wash them. Probably because I leave them near room fan to dry, and when they become dry they take flight. Well, I have a few new ones...so that went into the old machine and I put it back in its travel bag.

Someday I should replace the hose in the travel bag....

I then took mask cushion and went to clean these items.

Not sure if I'll get to a laundry load today or tomorrow where I run headgear through. There was something else I was going to do this break laundry wise...not sure if I'll get to it now. That's wash my winter jacket. Perhaps I'll try to do that after the whites are done. And, leave colored and hand wash loads to tomorrow. Not sure if I'll do that other special load this weekend....

12/24/11

12/23/11

12/18/11

  12:51:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1268 words  
Categories: General, Hardware, Computer, Home, Appliances, Storage

Getting dry in my condo, cooler too.

Winter has been weird this year...but there's a winter storm alert finally? Though its the rain and snow kind with ice accumulation and inches of snow type. Just as long as it isn't another icepocalyse of 4 years ago.

Though seems interesting that the computer I bought to replace the one I lost during the icepocalyse, died on Friday. Almost as if it was designed to die after 4 years. Annoyed, because its orac, my backuppc/file server. There's 16 drives on the machine, a total raw storage of 23TB....though only about 11.5 usable TB. And, a whole lot less in TiBs.

I'm hoping its something simple though....was looking at the hardware monitor in the BIOS screen...where it reads out voltages...and the lower voltages are low....though are those from the supply or are those generated on the motherboard? Seemed to me that motherboard generates some of the values, but not sure what I'll do if that's the case.

Also seems odd that it died shortly after I turned on heat Friday morning. Anyways...I had been considering getting a new power supply for orac for other reasons, so I jumped over to Amazon and took the plunge to get a new one by Amazon Prime. I had also been meaning to upgrade the case fan on it orac....I mentioned this before....stock fan is 80mm, but there's holes for a bigger fan. I had/have some extra ones around, so I had tried those...except that my extras are too big...so not 120mm. So, I had looked at 92mm, and I did end up with one, but failed to notice that it wasn't a 3-pin fan. So, maybe I'll add one of those to.

So, cart is adding up...and I'm looking at items I have 'saved for later'....and well, new humidifier is among there. Its pretty expensive....~$88 Its an Essick Air Tower Humidifier, though its about the same price as what my old Essick Air unit...though thinking the tower form would work better with where I've been using the old one, plus the old one's fan has become the issue... Though I guess its only 2 years old. I wish I could find something like the humidifier I had back when I was in Medicine Hat....while it eventually got nasty inside, that thing worked well for years and wasn't that expensive as I recall. And, it was easy to fill too. Since, then...I guess the Essick Air is the first one that I got more than one season out of....two whole ones, in fact (though some debate as to how well near the end.) And, it did a good job too. Plus the tower I'm looking at, uses the same wicks as the old one...so I already have an extra set somewhere.

Though having an extra set of wicks isn't a requirement for what I get...though footprint and output are...and pretty much I think wick types are the only kind I'll consider now. And, brand isn't necessarily a requirement...though past experience with other brands has made me leary of others. Plus there's feature differences. Some do take less space, but only have one tank. But, I'm running this single humidifier to try to humidify my entire condo...so it does have to be big as well... But, have time before I have to complete the order...so reviewing all the results....wouldn't be so painful if amazon's search was so fuzzy. I'm searching for just "humidifier", and its showing me things like cribs, pillows, swaddles, bassinets, dehumidifiers, evaporator coolers, air purifiers, bottle brush, nipple cleaner, heaters, bonsai tree, air conditioners...though the cigar related humidifiers probably aren't out of line, though I don't really think they should be in the department I'm searching under. And, the further out...finding humidifiers becomes less and less likely, but sometimes there'll be one here and there....though I'm sure if they weren't so fuzzy, I wouldn't have 10x the results to wade through....though sometimes the result is way near the end. But, not this time.

Anyways...that's pretty much what should just be in my amazon cart. But, if I add a few more items, I can get 6-month do not pay on my Amazon card....and I've already put off getting the humidifier too long already.

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12/05/11

  09:08:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 135 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Travel, TV

Chicago TARDIS 2011 Photos

Here are some of the pictures of me at Chicago TARDIS 2011, with some of the special guests that were there. I'm wearing my usual attire, where I'm dressed as my own Doctor, though this year I added a bow tie on Saturday. Because bow ties are cool.

Me with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse. Wearing my Dr.E.Amer lab coat, regenerated Tilley TH4 hat, and bow tie.

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