Tiernan's Comms Closet

Geek, Programmer, Photographer…

Continuous Integration and Blogging

by . Tags: Blogging , Announcements , Jekyll .

Back in August of 2012, I started this site using Git and Jekyll. I hosted most of it at home, pushing to a server in house. Then, a few years back, I moved to pushing the files to Amazon S3 and had Cloud Front doing distribution. The last moved had me hosting the files in NearlyFreeSpeech.NET and Cloud Flare doing the content distribution… Well, that changed over the last few days… again…

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2 Cable modems = Double Internet Speed? Well… not really… Part 1

by . Tags: Networking , Projects , IPv6 , Double_Internet .

[NOTE] This part 1 in a series of posts. The rest can be found here. First, a bit of background, and then I will explain what I am currently running in Part 2… For the last 15 or so years, I have had at least 2 internet connections in to the house… 2 of them have always been Cable Modems from NTL, which became UPC, and now is Virgin Media. When I started, i think the modems where 150/50kbit/s and 600/150kb/s, and have steadily increased in speed, currently at 360/36Mbit/s each… But they have always been somewhat separate, and single thread downloads have always been limited to 1 of the connections… I have been looking for ways around this for years…

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Announcing B2 Uploader and Hubic Testing 2.0

by . Tags: Announcements , Code , Hubic , B2 .

I have 2 new side projects to announce on the site today. First has been running for a while (first check-in was December 28th) and it’s called B2Uploader. Its a fairly simple Windows application to upload files to BackBlaze B2. If you are not familiar with BackBlaze, they provide unlimited backup storage for the low price of a fiver a month. They are the guys who design the BackBlaze storage pods (I want one, by the way!

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Edge Router, Sophos UTM, DMZ and LAN Networks

I have been using an EdgeRouer POE as my main router for most of the network (some of the network still uses PFSense as a router, but thats being removed soon) for the last few weeks, and i am quite happy with it. I also have a second router, a Sophos UTM VM between my first LAN (essentially a DMZ) and my client LAN (there will be more “LANs” over there soon).

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Network and HomeLab V.Next (Part 4)

by . Tags: Networking , PFSense , Hardware , HomeLab , Ubiquiti .

So, after some messing, tweaking, and thinking, I have made some progress with the home lab… or at least broken some stuff… I mentioned previously that i had a Ubiqititi networks EdgeRouter POE in the home lab. Originally, the plan was to use a Virtual PFSense box for my core router… Given the power usage of the current PfSense Box (I have 2 MPower Pro’s watching power in the lab) I am now thinking of moving to just the EdgeRouter for, well, edge routing… below is the usage of the ProLiant for the last 12 hours or so:

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Windows Server 2012 R2 returning to The GodBoxV2

by . Tags: Hardware , GodBoxV2 .

After a few months of running Sabayon Linux on the GodboxV2, i am going back to Windows Server. Back around October of last year, i installed Windows 10 Preview on the GodBoxV2, and, well, there where issues with graphics drivers, etc. Then, some time after, i cant remember off hand when, i moved to Sabayon Linux. Its based on Gentoo but has a lot of the components pre-built. Gentoo is a “Build from scratch” sort of OS.

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ZFS Home storage pool

by . Tags: Hardware , Storage .

Over the weekend, my BTRFS pool for my /home directory on Linux failed… Not sure what happened, but it made me do something i wanted to do for a while: Build a ZFS pool for my home dir. First things first, the pool consists of 4 2Tb hard drives and 1 128Gb SSD. Its setup in RAIDZ1 (equivilent of RAID 5) and then the SSD is set for caching. To create the pool i ran

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Ubiquiti EdgeRouter PoE in the lab

by . Tags: Networking , Ubiquiti , Hardware , HomeLab .

Today, my Ubiquiti EdgeRouter POE arrived in the house. I got it hooked up to both UPC connections (as secondary connections) and all seems to be working grand. Some notes i wanted to put up here: out of the box, the install was quite simple. set my Ethernet connection to a static ip in the 192.168.1.x/24 range, using as gateway and dns, and then point at for admin.

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Network and HomeLab V.Next (Part 3)

by . Tags: Networking , PFSense , Hardware , HomeLab .

So, this part of my article set will be talking specifically about the router and wireless network. At the moment, my router is way overkill: Old HP Proliant ML110 G5 Intel Core2Quad Q6600 8 Gb RAM total of 12 Gigabit network cards (of which 4 are currently used…) 500Gb HDD I have been playing with some networking in the house and have managed to build some VLANs. The modems are connected both directly to the Router and to a dedicated switch port for a given VLAN.

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Network and HomeLab V.Next (Part 2)

by . Tags: Networking , PFSense , Hardware , HomeLab .

So, in my last post i talked about the requirements for the home lab, and in this post, im going to talk about a few more updates i have made in the last few weeks. First, the processors: in the first post, i talked about Xeon D or Xeon E3… Well, i missed one… The Xeon E5. I have 2 of these in GodBox 2, and you can get them into a microATX board.

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