Category: Blog

Links for Week 2

Here is a list of links to information I discovered this week. Thought this would be a better way to keep track of things that I find.

Hyper-V now has Virtual Machines with Batteries

Debian buster on Raspberry Pi 3 (Update) 2018-01-08

Bamiga Sector One – The ADF Collection

Cisco IP Phone & ATA Firmware Downloads

Cisco 7945/7965

Virtual Cloud Desktop Using Apache Guacamole

Hugo – They even have static binaries for Windows 64bit and other platforms here.

Beautiful Hugo – Theme for Hugo

Hyde – Theme for Hugo




Tube now water tested

We purchased a tow tube thing for the boat some many many months ago. It was only over the break that we got a chance to use it for the first time. It’s safe to say it is now water tested.

Pictures below mark this occasion.

Mikrotik RouterBoard RB3011 purchased

Been looking at a future purchase of a Mikrotik RouterBoard RB3011 for home. Lucky for me I noticed someone selling one of these units 2nd hand and thus was able to purchase a year old model at a reduced price compared to the new retail price.

More information here on this router.


Mikrotik RouterOS 6.41 changes

Been a little busy the past week, but did notice Mikrotik RouterOS 6.41 released on 22nd Dec 2017.

It has some significant changes that I wanted to highlight from the changelog and quickly show the changes in the winbox interface.

!) bridge – implemented software based vlan-aware bridges;

!) switch – “master-port” conversion into a bridge with hardware offload “hw” option;

!) detnet – implemented “/interface detect-internet” feature;

The switch changes is the one that got my interest, as this is the one that I have known and used since I first started to use Mikrotik hardware. So now I have to get my head around the fact it has changed.


You can see from the images above that Master Port is no longer used and/or available under your interfaces to group interfaces together as switched ports. This is now done differently.

Upgraded one of my routers and I think I understand how this change impacts future configurations and setup process.

Intel 7th Generation Desktop vs Laptop CPU sample

Intel Core i3 7100 (Desktop CPU) RC5-72 workload sample – 80 packets.

[Dec 27 09:41:10 UTC] RC5-72: Summary: 80 packets (80.00 stats units)
                      0.00:37:47.78 - [149.06 Mkeys/s]

Intel Core i7 7500U (Laptop CPU) RC5-72 workload sample – 85 packets.

[Dec 27 11:04:28 UTC] RC5-72: Summary: 85 packets (85.00 stats units)
                      0.00:46:22.95 - [128.69 Mkeys/s]

Surprised that the i3 Desktop has the slightly better throughput on this workload. I somewhat expected that the i7 to win. The interesting thing to note though is that of course the i7 laptop CPU would be using way less power, thus generating much less heat. It makes me wonder though… how would an i3 laptop CPU perform in this test when compared to the i7 laptop CPU. Unfortunately I do not have one to test.

New Magazine Subscription

I always get a magazine subscription every year. But honestly haven’t been enjoying the magazine I would typically get in Australia. Linux Format recently got my interest, and they had some specials over the Christmas period which has help to sway me over. Tonight I noticed they had even further discounts – another 20% off. So I jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for a 12 month digital only subscription.

New Tablet – Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Merry Christmas everyone.

Today I got a new tablet. My wife purchased me a Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) model. This will enable me to use it in situations where a laptop doesn’t really allow. The tablet is very handy when on public transport and relaxing on a cruise ship. Will give me a chance to load it with content and consume as needed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″ (2017) – Specifications

A Dog’s Purpose

Finally got around to seeing this movie. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, as I hadn’t even seen any promotion material for it. Perhaps I should of looked first and understood that perhaps this might cause some emotions.

Despite the feelings it produced, I really did enjoy this movie. The story was a wonderful one and it makes you wonder that perhaps this could be true. Perhaps be prepared with some tissues, as it’s likely to pull some strings for the older audience members who have had a dog before and had to say goodbye.

You can read more about it on IMDB.