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Planky's Doomworld Forums Blog

Mini-itx PC May 3, 2012, 6:54 pm
Its been a while since Ive had a mini-itx computer (ignoring the new commodore 64 I bought) and felt like delving into them again to see how things have progressed since several years ago. So a few weeks back I ordered various parts to build a small computer. Finally arrived the other week and have just built it



Love minimalist approaches to computers.



Intel D2500HN Mini-ITX Motherboard. Runs Dual core atom at 1.86Ghz. I threw in a 2gb SODIMM, will pick up another at some point. Only regret is not getting the next model up which had DVI/HDMI. Here you can also see the pico PSU. Has one molex and sata connector - more than sufficient to run the cpu/ssd and a couple of USB devices.



Circuit board in the bottom left is for two usb ports - hidden by the front bezel. The sata SSD can be seen under the drive/fan tray in the top left. Need to get a shorter sata cable.

Threw Ubuntu 9.01 on (hate Unity) and its happily running away. I have a couple options for it, one bolt it to the back of an old monitor and use in my bedroom for downloaded tv/movies, two use as a car PC with some free GPS software. Or build a couple of them and make a beowulf cluster :)
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XXVII March 19, 2012, 7:04 pm


March is a hot pot of birfdays for us DWers.
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Don't trust onboard RAID August 9, 2011, 2:29 am
Edit: May have been too quick to blame the RAID. I downloaded TestDisk and it was able to find the partition and rebuild the partition table. Reboot later, all of my data is back. Phew. Now to figure out what the hell happened to its partition table.

I booted my PC to find my RAID 5 array (4TB) gone - Windows reports the drive as unallocated/unformatted. No warning, no errors, just a missing drive.

I knew of disaster stories from people using onboard RAID, but figured I'd be ok (first mistake).

Thats a huge amount of data gone. Fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck.

Fortunately I stream most of my porn these days.
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Thinking of building a PC May 12, 2011, 6:56 pm
After many years of using laptops, I've started thinking of building a PC. I use to build PCs frequently and was up with the hardware back then. Over time I got sick of lugging large PCs/Monitors around and built a small PC (mATX, Mini Case), and a while after I switched to a laptop and didnt look back.

Why am I looking to build a PC again? I would like more storage with redundancy than what external drives can provide. There are also certain Steam games I can't play due to my laptops hardware.

So this is what Im looking at the moment:

Western Digital Scorpio 320G SATA 7200RPM 16M notebook HDD
Kingmax 8G(2x4G)PC-10600 1333MHZ DDR3
Lian Li PC-T60B ATX/Micro Test Bench Black
AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0Ghz AM3 95W
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 AMD SB785 4xDDR3 8CH Audio GLAN SATA3 RAID USB3,0
Thermaltake TR2 470W PSU
eVGA GTX550 OC 550TI DDR5 1G HDMI
Viewsonic VX2453MH 23.6"W LED 2ms DSUB SPK HDMI

You may ask why the notebook harddrive. The reason is the case I intend on getting. This will run the OS and leave me three bays for 3x2TB harddrives running RAID 5.

Of course RAID is not a backup, so will be looking to use my external drive for that and setting the drives up in a way so I can separate the important-must-backup data and stuff I can replace/redownload/etc.

The GFX card I'm not sure on - as I mentioned I stopped custom building a fair while ago and no longer up with recent developments. As far as I can tell, it will be more than up to the task of running what I want. I'm not concerned about running everything at max, but would like to play with an HD TV from time to time at the native resolution...

Any thoughts?
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Source Code May 6, 2011, 6:43 am
No, not that source code. Just got back from a "date" which involved seeing Source Code. Given the amount of dross at the cinemas lately (Thor/F&F5/Adam Sandler shitfest), this was a nice surprise.

I won't go into details to avoid ruining it for anyone, but there is a reason its getting favourable reviews. Jake Gyllenhaal pulls off his part convincingly (and who doesn't like seeing Michelle Monaghan in a short skirt). The action isn't over the top, does include thinking (not as much as Inception, but I had no problems processing that one) and leaves you wondering till the end. I thought I had it figured out part way through.

Really the only bad parts were the fact its called Source Code and the occasional utterance of "charging the drivers" made me cringe.

Hopefully I'll get another date with this girl though and find another decent flick.

Edit: Wow, Im a Senior Member now, despite being here since 2002. Wish these titles werent based on post count
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Moving May 3, 2011, 10:05 pm
Been in Brisbane for nearly 6 months now. Found a like minded individual while flat hunting and we've signed a lease for a newly built three bedroom town house. Will be nice having my own room and a fair bit more privacy than my relatives place.

I've also been in my job for 3 months, really enjoyed it. Up until they laid off their projects staff and dumped their work on me. Stress level went up and was fairly sure they were going to have some project failures as a result, but that has turned around (I can now add BlackBerry Migration/Upgrade and Project management on my CV).

Am looking to buy a second hand Hyundai Excel to enter at the local racetrack as they have a Hyundai class there. They only allow stock cars so the entry cost is quite low compared to the other classes. Basically find a car, strip the interior, get a roll cage (stupid not to get one) and a decent set of tires and thrash the shit out of it.

Also, never trust your aunty to "fix your sideburns"
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haX0rd April 5, 2011, 6:27 am
Two days ago I went to login to my gmail account. Rather than listing my deluge of spam and nonsensical emails, I was presented with a curious message: my account had been disabled. I thought, what strange happenings are occurring here?

After getting it reenabled*, I had a look around. Low and behold there were 10 rejected messages, messages I had not sent. I delved deeper and obtained the rejection message and the reason the account had been disabled - suspicious activity had been detected.

Checking the account activity, someone in Turkey had accessed my account and attempted to send the drug pharmacy messages (one to codeimp even).

It wasnt for another 10 minutes that I realized the risk of this intrusion - this was my main email account, with countless emails about accounts and other sensitive data. While it seems they only tried to send messages, they had access for an unknown amount of time and could have downloaded the entire content of the mailbox.

Whats to blame for all this? I suspect a malicious Android app, but I cant be sure, the only evidence was that it was accessed from Turkey on a mobile. Suffice to say all of my passwords are now changed and bad habits suddenly broken; Im a system engineer and should have known better.



*which was a strangely easy affair, just entering a code sent to my phone, that I also entered: what was to stop anyone else doing that and gaining access?
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Birthday Hotseat March 19, 2011, 6:41 am
26 today. Just for something different, I'm putting myself in a "hot seat" where you can ask me any questions and I'll answer them as truthfully as my 26 year old brain allows

The past year I've got sick of my job and life so packed up and moved countries, got a new job, potential love interests and generally having fun. Heres to more intrigue for the next 365 days.

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HTC Wildfire March 8, 2011, 4:52 pm
Awesome phone, quick and snappy. The screen is incredibly vibrant. I'm liking the Sense UI, though I am contemplating putting CyanogenMod on it. Miles ahead of the HTC Magic I had. Lack of physical KB doesnt bother me, but it rules out playing doom on here for now.

Loaded a ton of games on last night and became addicted to one called Air Attack HD; brings back fond memories of 1942 on the C64 and similar games.

I also pre-ordered Portal 2 on Steam. Nice to be earning enough to save/invest as well as having some play money for once.
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Odd logs from my web server February 13, 2011, 11:34 pm
I've been fairly busy with my web server, wordpress, mysql and particularly interested in the apache stats as of late. This caught my eye, which has started screwing up my vistor stats:

63.251.10.183 - - [13/Feb/2011:00:23:29 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/6.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.01; Windows NT)"
65.17.253.220 - - [13/Feb/2011:03:40:35 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.0" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)"
63.251.10.183 - - [13/Feb/2011:04:15:39 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Fedora Core 4) FC4 KDE"
63.251.10.183 - - [13/Feb/2011:09:07:12 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows NT)"
63.251.10.183 - - [13/Feb/2011:18:47:24 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows ME) Opera 5.11 [en]"
63.251.10.181 - - [13/Feb/2011:22:40:36 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; OpenVMS AlphaServer_ES40; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030826 SWB/V1.4 (HP)"
63.251.10.183 - - [14/Feb/2011:00:36:03 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/6.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.01; AOL 9.0; Windows 98)"
63.251.10.183 - - [14/Feb/2011:09:19:35 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/6.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.03; Windows ME) Opera 5.19 [jp]"
65.17.253.220 - - [14/Feb/2011:15:37:50 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.0" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)"
63.251.10.183 - - [14/Feb/2011:17:03:55 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Fedora Core 3) FC3 Gnome"
63.251.10.183 - - [14/Feb/2011:18:02:13 +1300] "GET /~carry/.login.php HTTP/1.1" 404 11158 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Fedora Core 5) FC5 KDE"


There are a lot more than that in the logs, this is just an excerpt. To me it looks like some automated software requesting '/~carry/.login.php' from the host with random user agent strings, but it doesn't exist and results in a 404 error. If you open the link in Firefox or Chrome, it gets reported as a phishing site.

As a result of the above, I've taught myself about iptables and blocked the IP addresses. I would like to figure out, when time permits, how to set something up that will automatically ban the IP of any machine that tries to access that particular URL. Though the last thing I want is for them to twig to my blocking them and change the url.

Edit: Wheeej, sidescrolling ftw
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