Cyrozap's Tech Projects

Computers. Circuits. Code.

CloudFlare is Awesome!

I've been trying out CloudFlare to try to speed up the site a bit and so far, it's working great! It's also handy because I can use it to bypass 1and1's 5 subdomain limit because I'm using CloudFlare's servers.

Unfortunately, this means I've had to reconfigure a bunch of stuff. I've already noticed that some things are breaking (https stuff) and I'm trying my best to fix them, but sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint the source of the problem.

Random Thought

I wonder how much faster my server would be if I ran it off of a 64 GB SSD... It would only be a $115 upgrade. Though, site speed would still be limited by the 3 Mbps upload rate. I long for 25/25 FiOS...

Server Upgrade Finally Complete!

I finally did it! The new server has all the parts that used to be in my old gaming machine, but it has the same HDDs as before (because I'm too lazy and cheap to get it a 1 TB SATA drive and image it from the old drives). For some reason, one of the NICs on the motherboard is present in the OS and activated in the BIOS but doesn't light up when a network cable is inserted. Oh, well; it has two, so it's no big deal. It also decided not to keep its network settings after a reboot, so I put the dhclient command in the /etc/init.d/rc.local file. Everything works now. There's a possibility that this will also be a TF2 server in the near future.

New-old server specs:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
  • ROG Crosshair II Formula Motherboard
  • 2 GB DDR2 667 RAM
  • 10 GB 5400rpm OS drive
  • 80 GB 7200rpm Data Drive
  • 430W Antec Earthwatts 80 Plus PSU

I'll definitely be posting to the blog a lot more now that the server won't hang every time I publish a post!

Speed Increase?

Well, I've recently had my Internet connection upgraded to 24 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream from 3 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. I love it. Can you see a 3X speed increase in the blog's loading time? No? It's the stupid slow server's fault. That will soon be remedied, however, because I almost have sufficient funds to upgrade the server. We so excited. ;D

P.S. Follow me on Twitter—I post there when what I'm posting is too short to justify a blog post. If you already are following me, you know about my fancy new old 60 Hz analog oscilloscope.

RepRap Motherboard Idea

I just thought of an amazing alternative to the RepRap motherboard that doesn't need a computer to drive it: the BeagleBoard! This way, you could have it interpret the G-code directly and quickly (as opposed to MakerBot's way of doing that work on the computer and then sending different, simpler commands over the serial lines, keeping the heavy-lifting off of the ┬ÁController). In my hypothetical setup, the stepper drivers would be run directly from the computer, like how most CNC machines are run (over the parallel port). This also, in the case of the MakerBot, could allow the BeagleBoard to be integrated into the MakerBot with the BeagleTouch screen from Liquidware. This way, you could download, Skein, and print an object all from the MakerBot. Mmmmmm... Standalone MakerBot. Of course, with the RepRap motherboard at $59.00, the BeagleBoard at $149.00, and the BeagleTouch at $258.33, this becomes a bit unfeasible.