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Anti-noise day [Aug. 30th, 2002|05:19 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Today is anti-noise day, where I eliminate computer noise, as much as possible.

* Vacuumed out a gallon of dust from my case.

* Realized it's my three disk drives making the high-pitched noise. The fan is loud, but low-pitch, so tolerable. hdparm -[yY] makes things so quiet! Three drives are system disk, and two for a RAID1 array.

* Decided to move guest room computer to entry way closet, being the dedicated boot & file server. My desktop won't have hard drives powered up at all.

* Bought a Linksys gateway/router thing, so I can turn off my desktop at night and still wake up at 3am randomly and use the wireless on my TiBook. Plus, Tivo will then be able to update whenever, even if my computer's off.

* Bought a 54" flexible drill bit to drill down into the crawl space and start running ethernet all around the house. Failed miserably there.... hit a truss the first time, hit something else the second time... gonna put that off for awhile. Have to stop making holes in my house. In the meantime, stapled 3"x5" notecard over the holes. Problem solved!

* Bought a bunch of ethernet ends, since I'd run out. Now I can make more cables to run through the hall.

I'm installing Debian now on the closet server. It had a scary OS on it before (no, not Windows) and I have to get back to sanity land before I setup all the DHCP/TFTP/etc stuff on it.
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[User Picture]From: chyee
2002-08-30 06:24 pm (UTC)
Isn't gallon only supposed to be used for liquid measurements?

- Curious in Beaverton :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-30 06:28 pm (UTC)
yeahyeah, if you wanna be all technical and shit. :)
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2002-08-30 06:59 pm (UTC)
According to dictionary.com, a gallon CAN be used to measure the volume of dry materials.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2002-08-30 06:35 pm (UTC)
Don't tell me you were running NetWare or OS/2 on your closet server... ;)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2002-08-31 09:05 am (UTC)
Hey, back in da-day OS2 warp kicked mucho ass.. Too bad nothing would ever run on it... And nobody made consumer grade software for it..

What OS were you running on your closet server? Slackware? (heh)
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2002-08-31 10:57 pm (UTC)

Wireless

I would think that you, of all people, would have just set up the entire thing wireless by now. Do you really need more than 11mbs?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-31 11:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Wireless

I have wireless, but it sucks a limp dick as far as reliability goes.

And that's ignoring security.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2002-08-31 11:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Wireless

I haven't had any trouble with reliability, maybe you have more interference than I do?

For security, Why is it insecure? If the setup has a good password on it, do you really think someone is going to hack their way through it. Do you know something about 802.11 that I don't?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-31 11:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Wireless

WEP sucks.

Everybody knows that.

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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2002-08-31 11:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Wireless

Ha. How do I respond to that.. There's no good way to do so.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-31 11:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Wireless

I'm serious, btw:

http://www.cs.rice.edu/~astubble/wep/

I've been considering using IPsec between my TiBook and a Linux gateway, and setting up firewall rules requiring IPsec coming in over the bridge.

Or, just use PPTP, which Jaguar supports, and running a PPTP server on my Linux box.
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-09-02 08:59 am (UTC)
Get one of those little stud finder things. You put it up against the wall and it beeps when it's over a stud... so you can drill holes into them for pictures and crap... or not, in this case.
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