10.7.14

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.

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10.3.14

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.

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10.1.14

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.

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09.29.14

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

 

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09.25.14

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.

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09.9.14

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

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09.6.14

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.

IMG_1095 IMG_1093

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08.17.14

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.

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08.5.14

Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

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;

NUC_01NUC_02NUC_03

 

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06.11.14

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.

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