Turnigy 4×4 Mini Trooper and Monster Beatle ESC Upgrade or Replacement

The ESC in my Turnigy 4×4 Mini Trooper seemed to break and as such I was requiring a replacement.

If you need to replace and/or upgrade the ESC in either of these Remote Controls you can use the one below as a direct replacement. However, it won’t come with any connectors for the motor or battery, so you will need to order those items too and get them soldered on. It’s also a good idea to buy some of the heat shrink tube too.

And I would also highly recommend purchasing the programming card for the ESC, as the programming of the ESC for changes via the button on the ESC is difficult at best. It’s the part number below;

HobbyKing HK-30A ESC

HobbyKing HK-30A ESC

Axial SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition

I’ve previously owned a Traxxas Revo 2.5R and Taxxas Brushless Revo, however I sold off the later unit to fund the new car.

Have always wanted an Rock Crawler, so decided the time had come to switch.

Purchased an Axial SCX10 2012 Jeep Wranlger Unlimited C/R Edition.

Problem I now face is what upgrades to do and in what order to perform them. This will be a sequence of future posts covering all aspects of the transformation from an RTR to a custom setup.

For now I’ll post some pictures of it out of the box on its maiden use.

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Linode continues to be a powerhouse VPS provider

I’ve used Linode in the past and continue to hold them in high regard. If you need a bullet proof VPS provider who continues to listen to customers and provide exceptional value, I highly recommend them.

I’ve still got my account with them, just don’t have any active services at the moment, but I am sure I will again in the near future.

Be sure to sign up via the link here.

The talk of the past year in hardware has been the Intel NUC, and I’ve been wanting to get my hand on one for the last few months, since the Third Generation module was released.

In the end I decided to purchase an Intel Celeron based one (Model: DN2820FYKH) and to load it up to run Windows 8.1 Pro.

For more detailed information about the specification, hint up the link here.

The Celeron model has some notiable differences (lacking features) between the i3 and i5 based models.

  • Only one memory socket (max 8GB ram) (vs i3/5 16GB max in 2 sockets).
  • Ships with wireless (vs i3/5 not shipping with it).
  • No MSATA support, as the socket for it don’t exist.

Despite this lack of feature between it’s more powerful siblings, I figured that Windows 8.1 Pro on a machine where you can install 8GB ram and a 2.5″ Laptop SSD drive would be adequate for the footprint.

Sure enough, it runs very well. Reasonable and capable little computer. I paired mine with a powered USB hub and a 19″ monitor I had spare.

Pictures;

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lxc on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I’ve done a quick install of lxc on Ubuntu 14.04 and the only difference I have found so far since I did this back on Ubuntu 12.04 per the post here, is that lxc-list is no longer applicable and been replaced by lxc-ls instead.

I find lxc-ls doesn’t give much information at all, if ran without any switches, as per the example below;

root@papa:/var/lib# lxc-ls
web1

However, if you run it with the -f switch it outputs more information which clearly shows important details about the lxc containers.

root@papa:/var/lib# lxc-ls -f
NAME STATE IPV4 IPV6 AUTOSTART
------------------------------------
web1 STOPPED - - NO

Will continue to test this out further, but so far so good. Pretty impressed with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS so far.

Ubuntu 14.04 Server and LXC

I am going to revive some older posts and attempt to perform similar work against Ubuntu 14.04 Server and LXC. Previously I had tinkered around with LXC on older Ubuntu release, now I want to do the same thing but on something newer.

So if things to go well, I should post some more content associated to Ubuntu 14.04 Server and LXC.

Abandoned Microsoft Surface RT

I’ve abandoned the Microsoft Surface RT, mainly due to lack of usage. I didn’t mind the interface, however I must say the lack of applications was a certainly a failing point in my opinion. I’ve since gotten rid of mine, as once I got my new MacBook Air I found I hardly used it.

I bet I am not the only person who has done this to be honest.

New Game Ordered – Watch Dogs on PS3

Was surprised to see that Watch Dogs was available for pre-order and releases in a few days. I remember seeing the videos for this game during the E3 in which it was originally shown/presented.

Since I don’t yet own a new console, still have my PS3, figured it would be a good purchase until I get a new console. Have decided that I will probably buy a PS4 sooner or later, may get an Xbox One eventually too if I can justify the purchase much later on.

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WordPress Comment Spam

I must say, in recent weeks I have seen a massive spike in the amount of comment spam that seems to be getting through the blog here. Most of it still is getting blocked by automatic methods, but seems I’ve had an increase in those items that seem to leak through the automatic phase.

Certainly getting a bit annoying.

Carnival Spirit – 8 Day cruise

Just got back today from a cruise on Carnival Spirit. We went for 8 days and it was good cruise. Had a good time, got to relax a bit and see a few ports I’ve seen before. Will be posting more pictures from the trip in the coming week, however below is a quick tease.

Captured this one from Noumea, where the Spirit docked in the Freight Terminal, as it cannot fit into the Passenger Terminal.

 

Freight Terminal - Noumea

Freight Terminal – Noumea

I’ve parsed the photo via a filter to give the picture a miniature look.