Cyrozap's Tech Projects

Computers. Circuits. Code.

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.

MakerBot Fixes and Upgrades

Well, I just bought some new parts for my Makerbot. First, because my build platform broke, I bought the MakerBot Heated Build Platform Kit. I decided that, since I was switching back to ABS, I should be using a heated platform. I also didn't want to pay for a normal build platform now and pay for a heated build platform later when I'll really want it. Second, I bought the Magnetic Rotary Encoder PCB. I got 3 samples of the chip a while ago, so I just bought this because it may come in handy in the future. Also, I wanted to practice soldering SMT parts by hand. Finally, I bought the MK5 Drive Gear Upgrade Kit because it's just so much better than the current one.

I fixed the blog!

Yay me! I downloaded the entire database as a .sql file, opened it up in gedit, did a Find/Replace for cyrozap.blogdns.com to cyrozap.com, restored the database with that file, and I was done! I'm sure I could have done a similar thing from the command line, but I don't know MySQL very well.

Mission accomplished! ;D

Strange happenings with the blog...

For some reason, it only works in Google Chrome—all other browsers that I've tried (Firefox, IE, Safari) don't show the theme. I've changed the theme, repaired the database, but nothing works. Maybe if I didn't change the domain and upgrade Wordpress at the same time, this would have been easier to debug...

Domain name change!

Woohoo! I successfully switched the domain name from cyrozap.blogdns.com (DynDNS) to cyrozap.com! I got a really good deal with 1and1.com ($8.99/year or something like that with the first year free—that's $.25 per month), and if you click on an individual post, you'll see that below the "Submit" button for comments, I switched the ad from Amazon to 1and1.com's affiliate program ad.

Well, now I can have subdomains, like store.cyrozap.com!

I also got the DynDNS name to redirect to the new domain name, so all the old links work.

Is there a noticeable speed difference?

I just installed the WP Super Cache plugin to prepare my site in the event that something I do actually becomes popular on Hack a Day, Digg, etc.

I was just wondering: do you see a speed difference? My server is a bit underpowered, so I was wondering if there was a noticeable speed difference when the page is loaded.

Let me know in the comments (I also want to see if commenting automatically updates the cache).

PuSH

I just installed the PuSHPress plugin for Wordpress.org. It should increase the speed at which feed readers are notified of new posts from the blog. This post is pretty much testing the plugin.

Storage upgrade!

I just installed an 80 GB HDD into this server. It's mounted to wp-uploads on boot, so whenever I upload a file to the server, it goes directly onto the 80 GB HDD. I think it's 7200 RPM but I don't know for sure. It's also not from the 90s (like the 10 GB HDD that contains the rest of the filesystem). Accessing files on it seems faster than from the 10 GB HDD. This also means that I have 80 GB more storage space than before, so I don't have to upload everything to Picasa and then embed it. I'm really excited, considering that I got the HDD for free.