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A project I have been working on has finally come to be near complete. As a gift, I build a custom clock using an arduino, a Chronodot RTC, some bi-color 8×8 matrix displays and some other random parts. I hope to post the details soon. Till then, some pics: The Read more…


This is long overdue and I was reminded of that by a comment asking what the throughput looks like for this configuration. So, without further ado, here are some bandwidth numbers from iperf3 passing through a Nokia IP-690 running pfsense. Note this is on my live network so there is Read more…


In my ongoing search for awesoem hardware to use as a firewall I recently loaded up a Nokia IP690 with pfSense. This was an awesome success and it is running great. Of course it is limited by certain factors and I wanted to see about something less limited. Enter the Checkpoint IP2455.


The Nokia IP690 is a 1u form factor rack mount unit. Aside from that the internal hardware is almost shrouded in secrecy it seems as little is known or published about it on the Internet. I hope to shed a little light on that here…


Having the hardware in house, it was time to load it. I chose pfsense as the starting OS for my IP690 install due quite simply to features. It has everything I wanted to include all of the features that were missing in other firewall distributions I have used in the Read more…


First of many, this is the dmesg output from pfsense booting on the Nokia IP690: EDIT: Seems the CMS in use for the site likes to eat a few characters in certain cases. Just in case, a text version of the dmesg.boot can be found here.


The IP690 is a very nice hardware platform, so the only question was software. Can pfsense be loaded on to the platform and run well. The short answer (spoiler alert) is yes.


In a previous post I went over my using nvidia-settings to control the fans on the three Nvidia GTX465 cards I have in my desktop. In the recent drive release (around version 349.12 ~ 349.16) they removed the ability to do this.


It has come time to upgrade the family computer. The outgoing system is a Shuttle SN21G50, wieghing in with the following specs: Athlon 64 CPU 2gb RAM 120gb WD IDE Hard Drive DVD-RW Optical Drive Windows XP All this wrapped up in a Mini-ITX desktop case. Needless to say the Read more…


I like most people in to tech have a few arduino boards lying around. They are fun to play with and can on occasion be used to do some really useful and/or creative stuff. I recently reinstalled Gentoo on my desktop to move the system to encrypted drives, so of course setting up the arduino IDE was a task to be completed.

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