A slow updating blog I write for no particular reason.

Packet loss gifted by the gods of hate.

So after I spent an entire day cleaning my room and dismantling a old bunk bed, I was able to free up 40% of my room back.  This means I wont be sleeping on the floor but in a real bed.  It also means that I will be able to actually move around my room and store all my shit in an orderly fashion instead of my current Jenga like method where I need to pull the item I need carefully out of the giant stack I have been forced to store items in.

With all this new space on the right side of my room I could not keep the left side looking as bad as it was.  With two decomissioned servers being used as impromptu tables and old PC cases and a large 19in CRT monitor that had not seen the light of day in 8 years in a dust covered grave under my workbench, I decided to clean up everything on that side as well.  Starting with my workbench, I was able to strip and dispose of three PCs/cases and the monitor cleaning up all of the space under the desk and almost all of the workbench.  After a quick trip to Walmart to grab some plastic storage containers and I was able to tuck away all my spare parts and cables out of the way and out of sight under the desk.  Then it was a simple matter of re-arranging all the miscellaneous junk around and on my computer desk into a neat little set of drawers.  So while I had all this space and my two online servers in the same area I decided to relocate my 24 port Gigabit switch and my little embedded wrap board running pfSense.  So after some wire-fu I was able to get everything neat and clean looking but Oh No, I can’t hit anything with my browser.  A quick couple of pings confirmed that I was experiecing massive packet loss in the range of 50% – 75%.  I eventually narrowed it down to either the WAN port on the pfSense device or the ONT outside where the fiber terminates.  I luckily have two different ONTs outside each with a Cat5e handoff.  One was from residential TV server back in the day when they could not server TV VOD data over an account with a static IP.  I ran outside and swapped the network cables between the ONT’s and ran back upstairs to see if the cable was the issue.  I received the same massive amount of dropped packets.  Just to ease my mind I re-crimped the the shoddy job done on the Cat5e cables running outside to the ONT’s but no change in connectivity.  At this time it was 3am and time for me to give up for the night.

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We are going back.. to the future!

Hello and welcome back.  We had to take a short break due to the COMPLETE AND TOTAL LACK OF INTELLIGENCE of the Verizon billing robot.  That’s right!  The service that hosts this here site was suspended because some asshole at Verizon decided I would like the automatic billing I had setup to be disabled and my bill provided in paper form (which was never actually sent to me).  Of course the Verizon Retard Billing Bot 9000a said “okie dilly okie” and made the unwanted change to my account.  It then, like the dumbshit system it is, failed to notify me that the change was made (which would of allowed me to correct the situation with a simple 2 hour phone call) and I went along with my merry life thinking that my bill was in order as it had been for the last two years.

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Samba security and AD

I finally decided to get my two Linux servers integrated with my Windows domain. It was pretty straight forward if you follow the tutorial found here. I had to add an additional line of code to /etc/pam.d/login to have domain user home folders properly created when logging in via SSH. Edit the login file in /etc/pam.d/ if you recieve the “could not chdir to ‘homefolder'” when you login with a domain account via SSH. Place the line below before any other session entries. Thanks go out to rjerrido over at for helping me out with that one.

session    required skel=/etc/skel/ umask=0022

Once you have everything setup and working fine and you can list domain groups and user accounts with:

> wbinfo -u

> wbinfo -g

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Major overhaul of the Gibb’s home network.

Well I finally sucked it up and purchased a business account for Verizon Fios internet service. I’m forking over a pretty penny every month but I am coming out of the deal with a static IP and massive upload speeds. The package I ended up getting was the 15/2 mb/s Fios Business service with a static IP. That alone is around 120$ I believe but if you sign a small contract stating you agree to 2 years with Verizon’s service they bump the price down to $99 a month.

They also provide you with an Actiontec router. They will do the job for home users who surf the web and check email. But for users who are making a large amount of connection via web hosting and other services, these routers fail. They have a very small NAT table and after a certain amount of connections, the router will stop transmitting data and will need to be rebooted to wipe out the table holding all those open connections. If your going to be hosting websites or even downloading data via Bittorrent go spend some money and get a decent router, or build your own. But that is for a later discussion.

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Organize your data :o

I finally received my replacement NAS from They originally sent me a 320GB Lacie Mini NAS inside the box of the 500GB model. I tipped them off to the issue and they provided me with everything required to get the item back to them so they could issue a replacement. I shipped it out on a Friday and go it back a week later on Monday.

Now that I have a working 500GB model in my custody, I have begun to organize my data which currently spans multiple internal and external hard drives. I plan on putting all movies and TV shows on this 500GB Lacie NAS with Gigabit Ethernet. My 10/100 Ethernet NAS will house my music, pictures and games as well as any miscellaneous documents and files that don’t require the speed provided by Gigabit Ethernet.

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DD_WRT == Awesome

I decided to postpone the construction of a firewall until I get GibbTV fully up and running. So I decided to checkout DD-WRT, a free 3rd party Linux based router firmware commonly used in place of factory shipped Linksys firmware for their WRT45G/S routers. It can be used with other brands of routers as well. Check out the DD-WRT Wiki for a full list of supported hardware and installation procedures. If you have a router that is supported by DD-WRT and you think you are capable of following direction then go for it. Take a walk on the wild side and risk bricking your router. If you succeed then you’ll get access to features you only find on expensive business class routers.

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Construction on the box that shall become GibbTV has begun. It is a HP PC854n Media Center PC that I’m stripping down and throwing in this box to make everything pretty. Then since it came with a cheap no-name brand tuner card that isn’t supported by MythTV (the DVR software that I will be running on this box), I am adding a new Hauppauge PVR-150 MCE Tuner Card. The I thought to myself “Hey! This new DVR box is gonna look pretty snazzy. Why do I want to disturb the overall coolness of it by using it with a shitty 13″ Samsung TV?” So I went ahead and purchased a TV worthy of becoming the forefront of GibbTV, a 27″ LCD HDTV from Olevia.

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Dream Server

dl580I was thinking about what I would blow my money on if I had money to blow and I decided on a DL580. I can’t say that I would need a DL580 but I’m sure I could think up some server roles that it could play.

In a perfect world I would transfer the roles of my current tfluxbox to the DL580. Run a DC on it and turn tfluxbox into an exchange server. Oh well, I’ll see if I get offered an appropriate raise before I start defining the specific roles of my dream server.