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by bthylafh
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I see a great need: someone should take the case and keyboard on a dead Apple //c and put modern guts inside, including an integrated LCD panel. That would technically be a luggable, but the keyboard was pretty good aside from the arrow keys' layout.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 967

Re: Midwest blizzard

Very windy and a little rain here in southwestern Missouri. Tonight's low will be just below freezing. Nothing else out of the ordinary.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 681

Re: Post Your Old Games!

MichaelJD wrote:
GTA and Minecraft are the oldest I have played and reviewed.

I hope I wasn't born late :lol: :lol: :lol:


Pong on a real dedicated piece of electronics, in the early '00s. Space Invaders on an Atari 2600 in the early '80s. Now get off my lawn.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

And here's how to set up DNSCrypt-proxy inline with Pi-hole's resolver:

https://github.com/pi-hole/pi-hole/wiki/DNSCrypt-2.0

So now I've got a DNS blacklist *and* a little privacy from my ISP for those in my house who can't conveniently use the VPN.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3989
Views: 646012

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Last new-to-me in that batch of bottles: Achel 8 Blond, another Trappist. It's almost as good as the La Trappe.
by bthylafh
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

It transpires that the Orbi can be set to use a LAN-based DNS server after all. It's completely non-obvious: the config page for setting upstream DNS looks like it would apply only to the WAN port, but on that page I can specify the RFC 1918 address my Raspberry Pi has, and it works.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3989
Views: 646012

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Arrogant Bastard, bourbon-aged: rather more bitter than I care for - maybe I just don't like hops? It is well that one of the local vice shops lets you buy beer by the bottle instead of having to buy a whole six-pack. I had a couple Westmalle Trappist ales from the same expedition, a dubbel and a tr...
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

... or until I can't leave well enough alone and something breaks. Ah well, it was surprisingly fun; pfSense has a lot of buttons and knobs to twiddle.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

Got my phone working with it, though somewhat manually. Had to give it a locally-set static IP, set the gateway to the pfSense VM, and DNS to the Pi-hole. Both VMs' LAN ports are now bridged.

This will probably wind up being reverted once I want to watch something on Netflix badly enough. :-?
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

ProtonVPN, which uses the OpenVPN protocol.
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

Got it done. Switched the pfSense VM to having one NIC bridged (WAN interface) and another on VBox's host-only network, and Pi-Hole's only NIC also on host-only. The remaining step was to disable VBox's DHCP server and let pfSense handle that. This doesn't help my phone, of course, but it was a dive...
by bthylafh
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

I'm making progress: instead of torturing the Pi-hole VM, I reconfigured a pfSense VM that I'd been playing with previously. The latter will connect to my VPN provider as its upstream and can tell VMs downstream of it to use the Pi-hole for DNS, so now I need to decide how I want the host computer t...
by bthylafh
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

Imma just have to go off-label and bodge that VM into being a router, which will involve reading dnsmasq documentation. Or maybe there's a Debian-based router project out there already and I can install Pi-hole to it instead.
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Stupid Pi-hole tricks

The preliminary answer is "no". Maybe I can set the VM to serve DHCP over one of VirtualBox's internal interfaces and use that adapter as the host's gateway?
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Stupid Pi-hole tricks
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Stupid Pi-hole tricks

I'm faffing around with a virtual machine that runs Pi-Hole. It, in turn, runs on the Windows machine in my signature inside VirtualBox, using a bridged adapter. I want to configure the VM to connect to my VPN provider and then use the VM as a gateway and DNS server for my phone and possibly the hos...
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3989
Views: 646012

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

I decided to try out some Trappist and/or Trappist-style beers & ales since I've heard good things about them. This one: La Trappe Dubbel (an ale) from De Koningshoeven. I like it! It's got a nice light wheaty flavor.
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 945

Re: /boot too small

Yep, that did it. Thanks for pointing out that entry in the Arch wiki - the Grub module for LVM wasn't loaded before.
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 945

Re: /boot too small

LEEROY JENKINS!
by bthylafh
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 945

Re: /boot too small

It is not. /boot is a plain ext2 partition.
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: /boot too small
Replies: 12
Views: 945

/boot too small

For reasons that totally made sense at the time, my Linux server has a 250 megabyte /boot volume. This is now uncomfortably small (InitRDs are stupid big now) and I want to switch to just / without a separate /boot. The current / is ext4 and an LVM volume. The OS is Ubuntu Server 16.04. Can I simply...
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4422

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

To add on to JBI's point from earlier: while there isn't any technical reason I know of for why a chip from ARM couldn't be successful on the desktop there also isn't any reason I can think of for why one would be particularly suited to the desktop. I have a hunch that for ARM on the desktop to rea...
by bthylafh
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3989
Views: 646012

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

A Glenmorangie expression that was aged in port casks. Not bad. I like it better than their Nectar d'Or, but I've never been one for wine. My wife got me a 4-pack of taster bottles.

I'm still super impressed with their Astar. It's a real shame it's not a mass-produced whisky.
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4422

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

To add on to JBI's point from earlier: while there isn't any technical reason I know of for why a chip from ARM couldn't be successful on the desktop there also isn't any reason I can think of for why one would be particularly suited to the desktop. I have a hunch that for ARM on the desktop to rea...
by bthylafh
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4422

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

We reached "good enough" computer for most tasks, especially media consumption back in the Haswell era. I was thinking Core 2 Duo. The i5-2500K was a big step over the dual core C2D's. Now the C2Q like the Q6600? Maybe. Oh yeah. Sandy had a ton more IPC than C2Q did, to say nothing of the...
by bthylafh
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!
Replies: 183
Views: 4422

Re: Apple Dumps Intel: CONFIRMED!

I wouldn't mind a shift to ARM style processors. x86 is pretty locked down with patents and such on the hardware side and windows/directX monopolizing the software side. ARM is a lot more open which is something I can easily get behind. It's Apple. In practice they'll lock the things down as tight ...
by bthylafh
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 681

Re: Post Your Old Games!

RickyTick wrote:
Countless hours playing Soldier of Fortune, and later Soldier of Fortune II Double Helix.


The random mission generator made SoF II surprisingly replayable, even if there wasn't all that much difference between generated levels.
by bthylafh
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post Your Old Games!
Replies: 19
Views: 681

Re: Post Your Old Games!

PC: OG Doom & Doom 2. TIE Fighter Collector's CD-ROM. Aces of the Pacific. Red Baron. Age of Mythology. Descent. Apple //c: Epyx's Destroyer. Deep Space: Operation Copernicus. Operation Frog. The Body Transparent. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Wings of Fury. Some of the old Microzine ga...
by bthylafh
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 1709

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

Surface RT was way ahead of the hardware of the time. Tegra 3 and 2GB of RAM was not going to cut it. 2GB in Windows 10 tablets like Surface 3 was also a travesty. I used 8 on a tab with 1GB of RAM and it worked surprisingly well. Not something I'd buy again, but the storage was the only thing abou...
by bthylafh
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire
Replies: 46
Views: 1709

Re: Windows 10 on ARM Check-In: a smouldering dumpster fire

LostCat wrote:
Why do you even care? You seem very angry that this even exists when it's not meant for you.


He's acting out for attention.