New Case – Ended up getting an Corsair Carbide Series Spec 02

I did end up buying a new case, I actually opted to buy an Corsair Carbide Series Spec 02. I might only have a mini-itx system, but I really wanted something that would be easy to work on, and besides I can always up cycle this case to my next PC build later this year.

Thinking of getting a new CPU, motherboard and ram. Not sure what yet, but will continue to monitor new things coming out and get something very quick.

Will post my thoughts on this case, after I start to move the machine over from the BitFenix Prodigy that it currently resides in.

PPP LCP EchoReq failures

It appears I got over 14 hour run out of my PPP connection with the new router, however it did end up dying, in a way that I believe is associated with my other router doing the same thing, as I did see this happen on old router too.

You can see a snip of the logs below, which I am running in PPP debug mode to catch the failures.

Jan 31 04:17:29 tp-link.home syslog: rcvd [LCP EchoReq id=0x29 magic=0xc7764cdf dc e9 00 04]
Jan 31 04:17:29 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoRep id=0x29 magic=0xf199fdc0 dc e9 00 04]
Jan 31 04:17:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf2 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:17:45 tp-link.home syslog: rcvd [LCP EchoRep id=0xf2 magic=0xc7764cdf]
Jan 31 04:18:15 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf3 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:18:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf4 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:19:15 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf5 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:19:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf6 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: No response to 4 echo-requests
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Serial link appears to be disconnected.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Serial link appears to be disconnected.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: attempting to reread config file
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Clear IP addresses.  PPP connection DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Clear IP addresses.  Connection DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: Couldn't increase MTU to 1500.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: Couldn't increase MRU to 1500
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: PPP LCP DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP TermReq id=0x3 "Peer not responding"]
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: resuming normal operation
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: received RA from fe80::706e:1fff:feb3:306f
Jan 31 04:20:31 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP TermReq id=0x4 "Peer not responding"]
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connection terminated.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connect time 23711299.2 minutes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Sent 409935162 bytes, received 406005108 bytes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connect time 23711299.2 minutes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Sent 409935162 bytes, received 406005108 bytes.

Exetel informed me yesterday that they had an outage on Thursday relating to some equipment relating to the above happening, and that Friday AM they performed maintenance to correct it. But guess what, looks like it is still happening, just not so frequently on this router. Maybe coincidence, but I couldn’t keep the old router on when it was flaking out so frequently.

Initial impression of TP-Link TD-W8960N wireless router

My TP-Link TD-W8960N arrived yesterday, and I cracked open the box. Configured it and installed it onto my ADSL service.

If you saw my last post, you will know I am having some ADSL sync issues, which suddenly came out of no where a week ago. Thought it might of been related to a recent tech visit and other problems, however it was also possible that the age old router I have might be responsible too.

So I got the TP-Link TD-W8960N to confirm if it too suffers the same issues. It’s now been plugged in for over 10 hours and stayed connected. My old router had dropped about 10+ times yesterday after lunch until the evening when swapped out.

Will continue to monitor this for another few days, but if this continues, I think it might be safe to say that my Billion 7800NL may be terminal, so I might crack it open and see if any caps have leaked that might explain the router being so unstable.

TP-Link TD-W8960N is not bad, I like the fact it has EWAN support, which means I will be able to use it as a spare/test unit for FTTH in the future. Assuming I find I need to replace it with something more powerful.

It’s menu layout and other options is nearly identical to the Billion 7800NL, which surprised me a little. I still can’t find where to change the routers hostname and domain suffix.

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 8.20.26 am

ADSL issues

I am having some ADSL connectivity issues, its got so bad I am loosing ADSL sync quite frequently. I only had a tech out not long ago, since that visit, it seems to have got better and suddenly worse. Loosing ADSL sync very often.

I’ve ordered another ADSL modem/router to test with, since my current router is very old, so I am not certain its the line or the modem/router. If the new device continues to have the same condition, the fault I have open with my ISP will need to be pushed back through to the field to ensure a tech attends.

Can’t wait to move, as the new house/land location is FTTH (Fibre To The Home). So will be nice to move away from copper lines that are impacted by every little thing.

Rebuilt Simpana Test Lab

I’ve been a little busy in recent days. Have been rebuilding a Simpana Test Lab I have running on a bunch of virtual machines. It’s still very much a work in progress, as it no where near back to the setup I original had, but getting very close.

I’ve opted to run it all on Virtual Box this time around, rather than VMware Workstation.

I’ve got a few more machines I need to build and software/applications to install, but I will be sure to post a few blog posts about some interesting things related to my tests as they come up.

Reconfigured my Dual 24 inch Display Setup

I was originally running a Dual 24 inch Display Setup at home, after only recently acquiring it several months ago.

However after about 2 months of running without it, I decided I should reconfigure it all back. Since I have the Dual matching monitors, a stand that can hold both monitors and my Intel i3 can drive up to 3 displays.

I’ve been a little inspired again to do a few things this year, so both my Intel NUC’s will be running Linux. The plan is to make a custom monitor stand out of some timber and eventually have that stand to be able to mount the Intel NUC’s on, underside of the shelve to keep them out of the way.

Will post pics when I complete that venture, in the meantime, you can look at the poor photo below showing the Dual 24 inch Displays in use.


I have a FitBit Flex

As of Jan 5th I started back on the healthy eating and trying to stick my daily calorie in take that would allow me to loose weight with health actives like walking and cycling (when I get the time and better weather).

On the Jan 4th I was 89.55kg and that is heaviest I have ever seen myself. Like all typical males we carry it like a spare tyre and/or donut as they call it.

I’ve been doing pretty good so far and seeing some modest improvements. It’s not easy, but helps when my wife also won’t go eating the foods I can’t have. So it helps a lot.

My wife bought me the FitBit Flex to give it a try and to see if it can promote additional motivation, which I think it will.

I walked from Central Station to the office near Circular Quay last week, just cause I had the time and thought the walk would be good to burn some calories. So now I have the FitBit Flex, I will be able to see how many steps those sorts of walks will generate.

I’ll be sure to post every so often how I am doing including a weight figure so you can see how I am tracking.

HTS Tvheadend 3.9.2332 screen capture

I reinstalled Ubuntu 14.04 Server on to my Intel NUC I have and hooked up my Realtek USB tuner.

I was surprised to see that HTS Tvheadend has changed a bit since I last had it installed. Was happy to see some really nice GUI enhancements. Great work done by the developers.

Screen capture below from my Finished Recordings tab.


Google Drive Direct Download of large files

If your in a situation like I just described on the subject, you will be thanking me and the person I am about to link too.

I was in a situation today where I needed to download some large files from Google Drive, but needed it to be done from the Linux command line with wget. I could see how it worked, but didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out exactly. After a bit of searching I came across a blog post here by someone else. They already did the hard yards and wrote a perl script.

All I can say is a big thank you to the author on that blog who wrote the perl script. It worked great. Saved me a few hours in fact.

In addition I also worked out that if you take the id=value from the Google Drive File Share link, you can data mine a bit of information associated to the file in question.

Check out the page here, and use the Try it link. Insert in you File ID and it will tell you from which account its being shared etc.


Case Change – Corsair

As per my last post here. I’ve been trying to work out what new PC case I should buy. After some consideration and further research, I think I will end up buying a Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03.

I plan on buying a new CPU, Motherboard, Memory and Corsair Liquid Cooling in the next 12 – 18 months, so I thought it might be possible that the case above could be used for that when it comes time, hopefully but only time will tell.