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).

CPU Timed Benchmark Tests

Performance Improvements: Undervolting Kaby Lake (R) Mobile

It used to be that *over-volting* was the way to get more performance. Then throttling came along. How times have changed…!

WoW BFA client running on Wine via Lutris

WoW BFA-prepatch, working on Linux through Lutris

A Windows game running really well on Linux. Notice I said “running” and not “installing in a hassle-free manner”. I chose my words carefully.

Dell 5570 Canadian Keyboard

Adventures with the Dell Inspiron 5570 (i5 8250u, 15.6″, 1080p)

Opening this Dell up and checking out components. The fight I had getting it open. Hackintoshing. Linux. Undervolting. Bios modding. Compliments. Complaints. It’s all in here!

Coleman 100W solar panel cracked diode

Coleman 100W solar panel – voltage but no power/current – quick fix

Since the panel had a 25 year warranty, I expected at least 1 hassle-free decade. 3 years was a little quick to be pulling things apart. Oh well.

Civilization 6 on Ubuntu Linux using the Intel HD 505

Civ 6 performance on the Intel HD 505 (N4200 processor) – Ubuntu and Windows 10

A heavier game on this little laptop with a 6W TDP. Seriously, I have LED light bulbs that use much more power than this laptop. Let’s see how this goes…

Starting terminal from Mac install DVD

Reducing the 30 second delay when starting 64-bit Ubuntu in BIOS mode on the old 32-bit EFI Macs

Just in case 64-bit Linux on a 32-bit EFI mac wasn’t complicated enough on it’s own…

Ubuntu Terminal Setting up Tabs 1

How to make the Ubuntu terminal more like the Mac OS X terminal

Making the GNOME Terminal look and feel a little more like the Mac Terminal.

ASUS X541NA Keyboard

ASUS Vivobook Max X541NA – First Impressions and Beyond (reviewish)

I like ASUS. I also like really low cost laptops. The X541 kind of marries those 2 things. Let’s see how this marriage worked out.

Seagate STEA4000400

How to shuck the Seagate Expansion 4TB portable (STEA4000400), and why…

Low heat, power consumption, and price… what’s not to love!? Oh right, using sharp knives to get the thing out of the enclosure.

Arduino custom backslash

Arudino workaround: backslash (\) shows on LiquidCrystal as the Yen symbol

Solving an odd little issue where instead of printing the backslash character to my Arduino-connected LCD, it was printing the Yen (¥) symbol!

1.5 years later: My Gudcraft aka Aleko Wind Turbine (WG600/WG700)

Looking at this small scale wind turbine. Does it generate power? Yes. Does it generate *lots* of power? Well…

Arduino Wind Turbine MPPT charge controller

MPPT sucks for wind – making my own wind turbine charge controller with an Arduino

After buying/trying tonnes of controllers in an effort to try and utilize all the power my wind turbine can generate, I found a solution: Design and build my own controller!

BougeRV 30A Charge Controller (Front when powered on)

BougeRV 30A – a very poor solar charge controller (review)

A “30A” charge controller that struggles to provide 5A.