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Another Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

Yesterday I received another Intel DN2820FYKH NUC computer.

I had ordered another one with the intent of running a Mythtv Backend and Frontend using a Realtek USB tuner.

I’ve installed Mythbuntu and got everything working, however I really like using Debian itself, and will look at doing a more custom install with Debian. So the plan is work on a Debian 7.7.0 x64 install.

I’ve configured this new Intel NUC with the usual 8GB ram (max it can take) and Dual Band 802.11ac wireless (as it’s only a $24 upgrade to buy the card), and I had a spare 500GB laptop drive, which I installed too.

Will be sure to post more about my progress regarding the Debian installation and tweaking it all.

G434 – Carnival Legend – Pacific Islands – Green Eggs and Ham

My wife and kids attended the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, which is new thing for Carnival and  has been first rolled out to Carnival Legend cruise ship.

Below is a few pictures of the food from the menu for this event.

PA260054 PA260058 PA260057 PA260055 PA260053

Unfortunately my wife tells me that eating them for her was near impossible and after several bites had to get something normal. Believe she was referring to the Green Eggs and Ham.

Intel DN2820FYKH NUC Update

Thought I’d do a follow up post on our Intel NUC (Model: DN2820FYKH).

The little machine is running fine and has only had one software crash since we started to use it. It is turned on 24/7 and gets used everyday. At the moment it has an uptime of 44days or so.

Still very impressed by the machine in day to day use. It does exactly what we need it to do with minimal  footprint on a desktop.

Would certainly buy one of them again. Really do want an i3 or i5 based model some day.

Repairs complete on Monster Beatle

I sat down last night with the parts and managed to change out all the parts that required.

The rear diff would have to be the most difficult part of the job, as I couldn’t remove some screws that holds the motor plate from below the car. I suspect if these need to be removed sometime, I will need to drill them and replace them.

I also noticed previously some of the c-clips that hold the pin for the front and rear carriers had dropped off. I ordered the only c-clips you could get and these are too big. I noticed during work last night that a larger c-clip sits on the drive shaft just behind the slipper clutch. So the ones I got would be for that.

Can’t see any spare for smaller c-clips that I require, so will need to do some more research.

Truck can run, we will just need to monitor that the pins don’t drop out.

This repair took me 3 hours, and I also noticed that the rear shock tower broke on lower section when we screwed bottom right screw back in, so this will need repair soon enough.

Now my son has his truck to use again.

HobbyKing Spare Parts Order Arrives

The HobbyKing Spare Parts Order I made in the last 2-3 weeks arrived. Now I will be able to do the pending repairs against my son’s Monster Beetle.

Ordered duplicates across a number of parts, as the spares are very cheap and since I was making order good time to double up on common items that might break again.

Will post additional details on the ordered items in the next few days. Soon as I catalog what I got and what it’s used against.

Budget Dash Camera

I’ve been interested in a purchase of a Dash Camera for my car. I have long time kept an eye on a few models that contain so many features, however have a very high price tag.

I noticed recently that a budget model came up with a good discount via OzBargain site. It was posted here, via one of the newsletters. Thought it was a perfect time to purchase one of these budget models, since the footage looks good and the footage is what I am most interested in currently.

Will be sure to post back my experiences with this Dash Camera, however it’s a back order item for now and I don’t expect to get the unit for at least a month or more.

Unit purchased is a;

G1W-C 2.7inch 1080P Full HD Car DVR Dash Cam Capacitor Model

 

Linux bash vulnerable on most modern Linux distributions

Came across an interesting post today from VentraIP which outlines that Linux bash is vulnerable on most modern Linux distributions. You can read more about it directly from them here.

I ran the command on a Raspbian install I have on a Raspberry Pi that hasn’t been updated for a few weeks and surprise surprise. It was vulnerable.

Before upgrade:

root@zulu:~# env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
vulnerable
this is a test

After upgrade:

root@zulu:~# env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
bash: warning: x: ignoring function definition attempt
bash: error importing function definition for `x'
this is a test

Best we all go do a sweep of our systems and upgrade those all that would be impacted by this. Best to close the problem now before it gets exploited.