Two Years

Alot has changed since I last posted here,

Back then I was running the server on a 4 core with 8GB ram, the network relied on a SOHO off the shelf router.

Since then my network has gone threw a number of changes:

The main server was upgraded to a Dual CPU 6 core Xeon with 128 GB ram, I made the switch last year around this time to ZFS as my primary storage file system and wont ever look back at mdadm.

I had went through and made ‘compile cluster’ of three Gen 1 Raspberry pis running Gentoo, these ran relatively well but I never found a use for them outside of running AI battles of freeciv.

The above compile cluster was recently returned from the dead with a new batch of Gen 3 Pis all running 64 bit kernels. Two sit headless on a shelf operating my radius, dns and local ntp services, the third is my current workstation, and their shared portage repo. I also run Gentoo in a vm on the server ready to cross compile as needed.

The SOHO router started to over heat and shutdown, this was in the middle of a week I was working from home, I had just recently gotten the new server online and still had the ‘bones’ of the old one, Since then I have ran a few roll your own router distros:

4 core 8GB:
*pfsense wouldn’t boot
IPFire, longest and most stable for this run ran for more then a year without problems.

I also tested switching From my tried and true KVM to ESX as school would provide it for a year. After a month I changed back, ESX seemed slow on my hardware for all my Linux machines but seemed much more optimized for windows, to bad I don’t run windows.. I did how ever get Mac OSX to install.

Around six months or so ago, my wife’s father happened on a rack system that was getting tossed, the gentleman who ran it passed away and his wife knew nothing about it and just wanted it gone, he asked if I wanted it.

From that I acquired:
42U Rack
Powerconnect 5448 48+4 port switch
Supermicro ‘NAS’ server 4 core Xeon with 8GB ram (Upgraded to 32GB) with 16 2TB drives
i5 with 16GB ram

Dual Core AMD, cant remember the ram as I haven’t used it.

Since then I racked My Dual Xeon and the router, after having issues with the 4 core router, I decided to upgrade to the i5 For a router. as When I went to the ‘roll your own’ I started down the squid(av,cache), snort, etc.. route and it eats alot of ram if you let it.

i5 16GB:
IPfire again long run until a friend at work showed me..
PFsense, would run for a few weeks then suddenly loose wan/route and i couldn’t get it back without re installing this lead to going back to.
IPFire, around this time 114 was out and both the installer and upgrader had issues I decided to check out
OPNsense and have run it ever since.

Everything racked from top down:

Dual Xeon
Supermicro Nas (on the bottom)

Network topology changed aswell, given now with the ‘roll your own’ distros I can have completely separate networks I have and mainly for now kept with the IPFire schema:

LAN, for everything Wired
Wireless, Selfexplanitory
L I have three access points in the house now, the original 1750AC a gifted 1900AC
both running as access points WPA-Enterprise, using the PIs radius for auth, then
an old 600n for legacy WPA2 with a direct line to the internet and nothing else.
Excom, Servers and such

LAN can access anything and any of the three networks, but both Wireless and Excom(unicated) can only talk to the internet and themselves.

For now I will leave this as my update.

Server Migration and Wireless Fun

Having moved, the server and entire infrastructure had to be moved and adapted to the new home.

A day before we officially moved, I shutdown the server and took it to its new home, having internet service setup the week prior I connected the primary router, which had held fast the setting I had set up, connected the server and things worked. I hit the WAN IP, I saw the server, all I needed to do was update DNS and I was golden.

The new house unlike the old seems to have more of an issue with Wifi connectivity as I have a 1750AC router with 12db antennas in the basement with the server same as the old house, on the main floor though now the signal is halved what it used to be.

Nice thing is this house came pre-wired with Ethernet in nearly every room, including what the previous owners turned from a closet into a hide able computer/work desk area, this allowed me to pipe from the basement router to a converted router now access point on the main floor, also supplying a hub from the single wall jack for what ever I want to hard line.

Now I only need to put one on the third floor as it’s the same with the first two, signal on the third is strained at best.

Time will tell how many Access point I end up needing, Its been to cold to try sitting out on the back deck with a PC/Laptop.

Modern Entry to a Story Long told. Ch3

It took Jace a moment but he stood and looked up the train for a moment, there was a figured aways down it was wearing a long coat.. or was it a cloak? either way Jace now starting to get his footing he started forward, he looked over both edges slowly as he made his way, a misstep would end him from this height and he knew it.


When he got to the break between cars he took a deep breath and jumped the three foot gap, he misjudged the air velocity pushing against him and stumble, fell and rolled to the side of the car his hands sliding looking for anything to grab before he slid off and plummeted into the forest below


For a split second was looking through a window and locked eyes with a man roughly his equivalent in size dawned in what seem like a mix of plate, chain and bone mail who was standing at the window, only his eyes visible cold blue eyes, so familiar yet so distant, he walked to the door and it opened, brandishing a halberd the soldier boosted Jace back up onto the roof, before Jace could look back down or try to enter the car the doors shut once again.


Jace sighed and looked ahead the cloaked figure had made its way further up the train, Jace started forward again and at the next gap took a jogging start, bent into the wind and cleared the gap with barely a stumble, picking up his pace to close the gap and make up for lost time Jace broke into a run and started to vault the gaps.


When finally on the same car as the one he had been chasing it… He turned to face him.


“Jace Duke Alvejetti, You’re the first to arrive, though I shouldn’t be surprised, you came highly recommended.”


Jace stood and stared for a moment as the man, his back to the wind, the cloak covering all features but his immense size, the man was built like a nuclear bunker and looked twice as experienced.


“You know my name, may I have the… pleasure of knowing yours?” Jace said snidely.


The man smirked then chuckled.


“Mustang would be an accurate definition of you.. feral, small but built.. You will address me as Sir if at all”


Jace cocked an eyebrow in annoyance as he stared at the man for a moment, was this all a test, the man said he was the first to arrive, was he expecting more? and who had described him as a Mustang was it the same who recommended him so highly?


Sir.. are we to wait for the others, or is there something else to this?”


“That.. is up to you, Whats your gut tell you to do?”
Jace blinked, His gut? who spoke like that anymore.. His instinct told him to either fight the man or find a way to get beyond him to the front of the train, then again if this was a test of some sort it might be what they were expecting, but was that such a bad thing?

Modern Entry to a Story Long told. Ch2

It was nearly seven hours we spent alone on that train, and even that is only approximate as all technology had been stripped of us before boarding. I hadn’t had any to begin with but when the train ran relatively straight for a time I would try to judge from the sun trajectory and the shadows the current  time, the problem with this was when I announced this fact the windows were blacked out and interior light were brought up.


They were watching us, and listening as well.


At one point I approached a camera and poked it only to get a large discharge of electricity from it that knocked me on my ass, Soon I tried it again with a different camera, same thing. ‘So..’ I thought ‘They want to monitor us.. and we can’t take any liberties to stop them.’


“Who here isn’t afraid of a little electricity?” I asked knowing full well they had all saw me end up on the ground twice. The Psycho rose and walked over quietly followed by Daniel and his small click of Emo’s. “Form a chain with your hands and if you’re not too disgusted spit in them to up the conductivity, Daniel when I say go grab that camera” I motioned to the far end of the room to the other camera. Daniel nodded and the line was formed but before just trying to short the cameras a second thought struck, the door should be electric as well.


“Bend the chain, You schitzo attach to the middle of the chain, after I say go you wait a millisecond and place your free hand on the door” He nodded slowly and prepared to follow the command.


Jace reach up, the closer he got the more he could feel the hairs on his arm stand on end, he looked over and met Daniels eyes and nodded as he was in the same position…




He grabbed the camera, the shock flooded through his body but this time as it had a place to go it didn’t make him fly, He felt all of his muscles constrict as it flowed through him and into the girl next to him, then he heard a large Bzzzt! and Crack as the Psycho touched the door with his palm.

Everything went dark until a slit of light appeared from where the Psycho was should have been standing, Jace unclenched his hand from the camera as even though it was no longer shocking him his muscles still resisted relaxing, He slowly made his way to the door, He nudged someone with his foot who only groaned. He looked out the crack, placed his fingers in the crack and pulled it apart exposing the dusk light as the sun was going down, the train was on a track well above the ground, over one hundred feet jace guessed as he looked down at the tree tops of the forest they were seemingly flying over.


Jace leaned out and looked ahead he could see the rest of the train then tracks for as far as the eye could see, then something else caught his attention, someone else was climbing out of a car about five or six ahead of his, making there way to the roof, Jace watched for a moment then reached out and grabbed the top of the open door and began to climb up.


“Where are you going?” It was Daniel he looked back at him for a moment before responding. “I’m going to see what’s going on and where this thing is taking us, Stay here and keep command while I’m gone”
Jace hoisted himself up and out of the car and up onto the roof..

Modern Entry to a Story Long told.

I stood outside the train with a slight anticipation. All I knew was they were taking us, Kids, with no other place to go, or those who had been selected, there had also been for a time before the drafting started a signup but most who did signup did not make it.


But one, a friend named Zack signed up willingly without a care, the reasons were his own that I could only guess at, I had received a letter from him about two weeks later, at first I hadn’t the idea from who or why I had received it as all it said was:




Board the Train, You of all people will not regret it.


– Knight

So when the time came and they began drafting from the classes at school, a lot of students clung to their parents to which I have none or fled to which I have nowhere to run, Next thing I knew I was here standing before this sleek bullet train with others around me weeping, some fighting, others just in awe and silence, much like myself.


When the doors opened the men who came out, oddly dressed in what looked like a mix of medieval armor and military uniforms split us into different cars, their order not seeming to make sense, I was placed with a mixed lot, the train car wasn’t what you would expect, pads lined the walls, the glass was thicker, almost bullet proof if I were to guess, there were no chairs but one of the others, a classmate named Daniel found out that the mats could be pulled from the walls with relative ease as they were only velcrowed there.


There was four cameras that from there angles could be guessed could see the entire car. By now the doors to the train car had shut, people had gathered by their emotional status in the car, That’s when I noticed it. There were criers, those still trying to escape, the emo kids which Daniel had taken his liking to, But I was the only like myself. I was the only one standing as the car lurched forward, the only one looking around analytically.


It was then one of the escapees, Psychos I would call them seemed to break and make a dash for the door trying to pry it open then turned to me. “You’re in on this aren’t you?, that’s the only reason you haven’t said anything! The reason you’re not freaking out WELL FUCK YOU!” The Psycho, a smaller boy about five nothing still in his school uniform swung on me, connected with my jaw tossing me into the wall. When I got up the rest of them had taken to their feet and stood behind the Psycho, I spit out a little blood and looked at all of them. “First of all..” Slam another hit this time to the temple causing dark spots around the edges of my vision. I had had enough I straightened my head and looked in time to see the next fist already plotted trajectory for my nose, I moved my head to the side and with one hand grabbed his arm pulling it further past my head with the other balled it into a fist and drove it into his stomach, still holding his arm I swept his legs from under him and as he fell I raised one leg above him and let the heel of my foot drop into his chest causing him to cough blood.
I looked at the others for moment behind him and clenched my hands so hard my knuckles cracked “If any of you would like a shot at me as well now would be the time to do it, If not and seeing as no security has burst in to stop this I am here and until told otherwise the master of this car” to sign my own proclamation I kicked the Psycho in the head knocking him out cold.


Hello all.


So Its been a while and my updates seems to come at random and infrequently, but as is life.


You may have seen the site down a while back, I had two brand new Hard drive fail in succession, leaving my raid degraded, from which I will not risk losing my data so until one of the the drives came back I had shut down the server to prevent further data loss.


On a hunch I bought a UPS for the server as I am begging to thing the wiring in my house being as old as it is, is the cause of the failing drives, when any major appliance kicks on the voltage drops, the new UPS will compensate for that, Also got a daemon running on the server to monitor the UPS:

APC : 001,038,1006
DATE : 2014-03-31 09:13:26 -0400
VERSION : 3.14.10 (13 September 2011) debian
UPSNAME : home
UPSMODE : Stand Alone
STARTTIME: 2014-03-28 09:48:06 -0400
MODEL : Back-UPS RS 1300G
LINEV : 119.0 Volts
LOADPCT : 16.0 Percent Load Capacity
BCHARGE : 100.0 Percent
TIMELEFT : 39.5 Minutes
MBATTCHG : 5 Percent
MINTIMEL : 3 Minutes
MAXTIME : 0 Seconds
SENSE : Medium
LOTRANS : 088.0 Volts
HITRANS : 147.0 Volts
ALARMDEL : 30 seconds
BATTV : 27.2 Volts
LASTXFER : Automatic or explicit self test
XONBATT : 2014-03-30 19:27:20 -0400
TONBATT : 0 seconds
CUMONBATT: 8 seconds
XOFFBATT : 2014-03-30 19:27:28 -0400
LASTSTEST: 2014-03-30 19:27:20 -0400
STATFLAG : 0x07000008 Status Flag
SERIALNO : 4B1330P38519
BATTDATE : 2013-07-26
NOMINV : 120 Volts
NOMBATTV : 24.0 Volts
NOMPOWER : 780 Watts
END APC : 2014-03-31 09:13:36 -0400


After an update on my router I setup a new VPN, now I can access anything I need on the server from anywhere.


All for now



Hello once again,

Seeing as work has been owning my life lately with training for a new client I haven’t had much time to post or work on anything, the few things I have done are as follows:

Rasbmc, Headless with speakers, controlled by my phone is now setup around the kids room for bedtime music.

XP VM of the server with RDP, for Wife to access things that need an older version Internet explorer without the hassel of teaching her to use various VM tools/programs.

Shutdown the IRC Server due to lack of use and to save memory on the server. Should it ever be needed it still there.

Optimizing the server though various tweaks, I found out that EXT4 can be defragged and it can improve performance, specially on larger file like the virtual hard disks.

Upgraded phone to LG G2 and performing tweaks/modifications to it.

In Gaming news, Yes not all my time is spent on my systems. I am playing Final Fantasy 13-2 when I have screen time in front of the PS3 (We got the kids the Disney Infinity for Christmas) and Final Fantasy 6 on my phone. with spurts of Grand Theft Auto 5 and TES: Skyrim mixed in on bad days..

All for now.