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nmon showing partitions

Dirty code hacks: removing partitions from nmon

A little code hack to prevent “nmon” from displaying disk partitions.

Latency Server Map USA (United States)

Matt’s geolocation, anycast, and server location notes

Aiming for low latency: Notes I made while setting up an Anycast + Geolocation + Latency Based Routing configuration for worldwide traffic.

TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 (v5) - modding with some heatsinks

Don’t you go dying on me! Modding the TP-Link Archer C7 (v5) (AC1750)

Making sure the new router will work cool and reliably for years.

8 port SATA (PCE8SAT-M01) - Exposing the Marvell 88SE9215 and JMicron JMB575

8 port SATA on a PCIE 1x lane! Looking at the PCE8SAT-M01 expansion card.

Trying to find an 8 port SATA card that ran on a PCIE x1 slot didn’t result in many options. Fortunately, the lowest-cost option seems to work pretty well!

Olmaster MR-8802 - top shelf pieces removed

Modding the Olmaster MR-8802 (5.25 to 3.5/2.5-inch bay adapter) to hold four 15mm drives

It’s surprising how difficult it is to find a 5.25″ adapter that lets me jam four 15mm 2.5″ drives in it. Also surprising: how long it’s been since I intentionally melted plastic with a soldering iron.

Shucking the Seagate Backup Plus 10TB - opening it up with guitar picks

Bigger shucks! Shucking the Seagate Backup Plus 10TB (STEL1000400 – ST10000DM0004)

Buying external hard drives is kind of like buying *internal* hard drives except you can often save upwards of $100. Also you get a free enclosure for your old hard drive.

The Canon G6020 ready to be set up

Cheap Ink: The Canon Pixma G6020 – My Early Impressions

Gone are the days of buying 10 printers on Black Friday, pulling the ink out, and leaving the printers themselves by the dumpster!

The ASRock J4005B-ITX

9w idle: creating a low power home NAS / file server with 4 storage drives

Putting together a NAS with low power draw, and thus low operating costs.

Brother MFC-J995DW Resetting Purge Count for Ink Pad 01

How To: Resetting the ink absorber pad on the Brother MFC-J995DW

Usually I tape reset instructions for Brother printers to the printer. This one is a little more complex, so I took some pictures.

Brother MFC-J995DW vs Canon PIXMA G4210 vs Epson ET-2700

Brother MFC-J995DW: why not Canon or Epson (reviewish)

One of the reasons I want a printer to last a long time is that comparing printers *takes* a long time! This time I ended up with a Brother inkjet!

OpenVZ 7 and Ubuntu 18.04 VPS Shutdown or Restart hangs SSH

Fixing SSH hanging on VPS restart (OpenVZ/Ubuntu)

One of the (few) benefits of OpenVZ is that your instances reboot very fast which can make for a quick workflow… unless of course reboots hang your terminal window.

Stellar Labs 32-2476 Deep Fringe High-VHF Antenna

A quick look at the Stellar Labs 32-2476 Hi-VHF Deep Fringe Antenna

UHF for the fringe? Lots of options! Hi-VHF for the fringe? Well, there’s Stellar Labs…!

4" duct booster fan pressure mod with caulk

Quick/dirty 4″ duct fan mod: increasing the pressure

Sometimes the best way to find out how well X will work is to give X a try and see!

Geo DNS vs Anycast

I tested GeoDNS vs Anycast for websites – seeing which one is better

Making websites load lickety-split! Combining what I’ve learned with a Geo DNS setup and an Anycast setup into a comparison.

My Vinker T01-A “manual”

The down side to some of these cheap-yet-complex devices is that if you lose the manual and can’t find one online, your garbage bag often ends up with an extra item in it.

Route 53 Pricing (1 of 2)

Geo DNS: Cloudflare vs Route 53 – a look and short test results

Looking at 2 of the lowest-cost contenders for Geo DNS. Which should you choose? I spent the money and spent the hours of set-up time so you don’t have to!

Ubuntu 18.04 - Cannot assign requested address in nginx over IPv6

Fixing “Cannot assign requested address” for NGINX + IPv6 on Ubuntu 18.04

The workarounds to get nginx running over IPv6 on a fresh install changed a little in Ubuntu 18.04.

Intel Integrated UHD 620 - game performance of various RAM combinations

Faster gaming on Intel UHD 620 (Kaby Lake R) by upgrading RAM

Intel integrated graphics is a “slow potato” you say? Fair enough. But let’s try to make this slow potato as fast as we can.

Dell Inspiron 5570 - removing the side and top bezel clips

Inspiron 5570 Adventures part 2: IPS display upgrade

The Inspiron 5570 didn’t come with an IPS panel as an option. But can we put in an IPS panel for… another model…? (admittedly a bad teaser – obviously the answer is yes).