Category Archives: Networking

Creating a limited access network.

We have my partner’s sister staying out the back in the flat for a short while, and she wants to have some access to the internet. We have plans to eventually remove that building, so paying Telstra $300 plus wasting … Continue reading

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Cisco PPTP VPN

I wanted the ability to access resources such as my LAN POP3, SMTP and files from another location. I was getting tired of setting up SSH port forwards and thought about using VPN, given I have both a Linux server … Continue reading

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Broadcasting over the LAN

I had an issue recently where I wanted some data to get to all machines, all at the same time. The data would not be requested – I needed the data as it came in – from my CurrentCost meter … Continue reading

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Serial over wireless

I spent much of yesterday afternoon and night trying to locate a RS232 or RS485 to bluetooth circuit that needed to be, cheaper than $50 (the cost of running the cable myself), could be powered by a 9V battery or … Continue reading

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MySQL Upgrade 5.0 to 5.1

A boo-boo! (See the end, I found a solution). I was testing an upgrade for MySQL, from 5.0 to 5.1, to gain Row Based Replication instead of Statement based replication (as statements are a cause of SBR breaking, and it … Continue reading

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Hardware Failures

After travelling 460KM today, I’ve discovered how annoying a hardware failure can be. My colocation box is a HP DL360, G3, so it’s not exactly bleeding edge, but it’s a fantastic server, does it’s job and does it reliably. Last … Continue reading

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Squid: Intercept traffic

I was bored this weekend, so after finding some YouTube traffic occurring from one of the PCs on the network, I decided that I’d play with Squid, which is a very powerful, and flexible proxy server. It has many different … Continue reading

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Cisco Access Lists

For a while this afternoon, the wireless network was being used and the user was a victim of an MSN virus – this is easily identified by the links to ‘naked pics of me’ – as if they exist on … Continue reading

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Stop spammers!

One of the reasons I can see spammers continually trying to connect to a server, is because they get rejected quickly, and have more than one bot to go and retry. I think the better solution to this issue (and … Continue reading

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Nearly Diploma Certified

At the end of last year, I concluded that I would want my Diploma in IT, and was certain to acheive that. I enrolled into the course then, and have found that I have a total of 800 hours (in … Continue reading

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ADSL2+ Dropouts improving

For some reason the drop outs we were experiencing nightly on the ADSL2+ service have improved, such that we haven’t had a drop out since 7AM, and before that, it was 6PM the night before. That looks to be improving, … Continue reading

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Virtual Machines – Lowering the rise.

Virtual Machines are a great way at hosting multiple services, and keeping your overall costs low. Computers have become very much so beefed up that the grunt they have spends a lot of time idle, and only peak loads when … Continue reading

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Outdated Hardware: When do you say no?

I think that when you look at a computer, you are looking at a rapidly devaluing asset. Technology evolves very quickly, so quickly that what is the latest and greatest quickly becomes the oldest. I was working with an old … Continue reading

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Internet Censorship – A fix for a non existent problem

There was an article published in Australian IT, located here: http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,23021828-15306,00.html Essentially, the author claims that filters are ‘needed’ to battle child pornography. I disagree, it is not filters that will stop the distribution of child pornography, and it is … Continue reading

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What a fun day!

This morning I woke up intent on a lot more progress with my work on a server. And, it happened. I set out to complete something, and for the most part, it is completed. I started today from yesterday, working … Continue reading

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Apple Airport, Securing the wireless network

… Or so I meant. Today, I was discussing with someone, how to connect a router to their ADSL modem, and then setup wireless. I figure that’s not really that hard, so set about helping him out. The PC was … Continue reading

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RAID Resizing

I can’t find any reliable information on how to ADD larger disks to a SCSI RAID array. Essentially its only capable of 2 disks, and it has 2 disks. I’m unhappy with the sizing of those looking long term, so … Continue reading

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Raw power test results.

I didn’t really post these up before, didn’t consider them relevant, and was too busy getting a licence to drive to actually run the tests. But today, out of curiosity, among others, I decided to determine what uses how much … Continue reading

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Optus fuses up Fusion plan pricing

News out of the Optus pricing arena, seems to suggest they are trying to fight an inevitable network saturation issue. Recently, the optus website has new conditions added which state that you will be charged excess usage on new signups … Continue reading

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I did it. I F*@kin did it! I got my license in just 6 weeks.

That’s right. I did it. It took a fair while, but I finally did it. I went to the RTA today, and got my provisional license. There was no bribery involved. So it’s real. I do have my licence, and … Continue reading

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Flawless system changeover

The excellent part of having identical (or near identical) hardware is when something cops a nice drink of Sprite, you can simply swap the components over, and power it up and your good to go again. You can’t generally do … Continue reading

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OzVoIPStatus: Update Delayed

Unfortunately (and its very unfortunate), the update I planned to release tonight isn’t going to go ahead as planned due to an issue with a particular provider. The particular provider issue wasn’t determined until just recently, but has been fixed. … Continue reading

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Server Hardware “Failure” causes delays

Recently, we had a item of hardware fail in my internal server (my in house server). Essentially that was just my older 2 year old machine, which unfortunately, had an accident. It wasn’t the servers fault however. Unfortunately, a Pop … Continue reading

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Election 2007 – The Next Telstra Scam?

There was three seperate topics I wanted to write about tonight. Problem for me is, writing three seperate topics would take considerable time that I could be doing other things with. I’ll do short recaps of the two items I … Continue reading

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Billion VoIP Routers are Australian Broadband Friendly?

Participating in a whirlpool thread recently, as to whether a Linksys WRT54GP2 is better than a Billion 6404VGP, I chose the Linksys over the Billion, for a few clear reasons. 1. Many Linksys devices have Open Source firmware available, so … Continue reading

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The Broadband Future

Is our broadband future fixed? Or are we going to move towards alternatives? I thought I might cover a few possible outcomes! 1. Nationwide WiMAX The possibility of Nationwide WiMAX networking immediately sparks up with the consideration of the Unwired … Continue reading

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Telstra Structural Seperation: Advantages / Disadvantages

Tonight I thought I’d look at structural seperation, the advantages and disadvantages of tearing a Telstra’s thorax away from the rest of its body, and what that might have as flow on effects.. Now, I’m not a corporate pro (far … Continue reading

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GoDaddy – Extremely poor service!

I’ve been in the process of setting up a Windows Hosting setup. The idea here is that I can host a few sites of people I deal with seperately so that they aren’t affected by NetLogistics email issues and so … Continue reading

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GoogleCode, GoogleMoon, GoogleSearch, GoogleEarth.. and now…

… Presenting the next possible Google, GoogleCable. Google are believed to be investing in a undersea cable running over the Pacific Ocean. The cable project, which apparently has a project name of “Unity” is expected to be completed and launched … Continue reading

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An OPEN Faster Than Telstra’s Network (FTTN) broadband proposal

I figured I will put something different out on the FTTN proposal I put up last night, simply because where I got to, I thought.. Wouldn’t it be good to try and answer the majority of the questions based around … Continue reading

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