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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

Cigamit Powersupply (140 comments)

Don't forget to add in the cost a 5V 2A power supply if you don't have one laying around. Unlike the Pi, this can't be powered through the micro USB port.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Cigamit Re:Mikrotik (427 comments)

Judging from his question, I would assume he wants both (he specifically mentions wireless protocols). Any number of Mikrotik models would fit the bill, the specific one I linked is only an example.

I have 7 different ones on my Home network and another without the wireless in the datacenter. I have the one linked as my home router/AP. For internet, it is connected to a 5Ghz QRT5 on a 26' pole outside my house that points to a leased tower 6 miles away in town. On that tower I am running a RB911G-5HPnD (with a nice RF Elements 120 degree Sector), which then runs down to a RB750 with connects to a Business DSL line. My neighbor didn't have internet, so I bridged him to mine using 2 x SXTG-2HnD, and then have an 433AH as his AP. In the datacenter, I am using a RB750GL in front of my personal ESXi cluster. They are versatile enough to use in almost any situation.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Cigamit Mikrotik (427 comments)

I use Mikrotiks for just about everything nowadays. I haven't really found any situation that it couldn't do the function I required, even when it was something as complex as L7 regexing on a URL to force specific requests into a different priority queue.


about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Cigamit Good for the Goose (265 comments)


You stipulate that for every maintenance, there has to be a full regression testing of any affected applications. You will require the application owner, QA folks, and any other affected personnel online during and after the maintenance to test and ensure everything is working. Bonus points, require them to be on a conference call, and breathe heavily into the mic the entire time (maybe occassionally says "Oops"). When you have enough other people complaining about the 2 am times instead of just you, they magically get moved to move sensible times in the late afternoon.

Your best is to get out of Managed Services and into Professional Services. You just build out new environments / servers / apps and hand them off to the MS guys. Once its off your hands, you never have to worry about a server crashing, maintenance windows, or being on call. Plus, you are generally paid more.

about 6 months ago

Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Cigamit Re:Ummm... (150 comments)

Today, Yahoo is estimated to be worth ~$36.72 Billion
It doesn't own YJHI and YAHI, it owns a percent stake in them. Those stakes are the estimated 9 and 40 billions. So what I believe he is saying is that if they sold those shares, then they would be 13b dollar richer then their current actual market of Yahoo.

about 9 months ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Cigamit Re:No high speed Internet? (490 comments)

Agreed. I live in a rural area and because of that I pay a hefty premium for the paltry 3 Mbps connection I enjoy ($156/m). While I can just barely stream non HD over my WISP connection, I can't do anything else while I am doing it. I also have a 100 GB soft cap (they just send me an email asking me to watch my usage). My ISP also discourages the practice, as they are really overselling and during peak times you won't be getting your full connection. Buffer... Buffer.. Buffer...

On the other hand, the 4 DVDs I get at once allow me to constantly circulate one back to Netflix while another is on its way so that I usually always have at least 2 in the house to watch.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Cigamit Re:BoxeeBox (420 comments)

Also, for those people that want pure XBMC instead of Boxee's version, we have gotten XBMC compiled and running on the Boxee box too.

1 year,9 days

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

Cigamit Re:Well that explains the monster credit. (378 comments)

I was in the same boat. USPS takes their time in my area, and they don't actually deliver to my house (my mailbox is 1.7 miles away from my house, 3 streets over). So anytime Amazon uses Sure Post, that nice 2 day shipping I am paying extra for takes an extra 2-3 days before I actually get my package. I have to wait for USPS to decide to attempt delivery, fail, then make me wait another day before I drive 6 miles into town to pick it up. If I was going to drive to town, I could probably just buy the item while I am there.

I complained to Amazon about them not notifying me beforehand whether they are going to use Sure Post, so I have the option of not buying the item from them. They flagged my address so that they will not utilize that shipping method in the future. They may be able to do the same for you.

1 year,29 days

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

Cigamit Communication (378 comments)

I think what made a lot of people mad is the way it was all handled. Since I had a few packages that were delayed for a week (mid December), I was checking out a lot of the online complaints at the time.

The online tracking sometimes wasn't updated for days when the package was just sitting in a truck waiting to be unloaded somewhere. Sometimes the package would do something wacky, like go from Dallas to Illinois and back again. Other times the package would be marked out for delivery for 3-4 days straight.
Those UPS workers maintaining the UPS Social Media accounts seems more like drones, their only answer was "Please keep checking your tracking number on our website to know when it will arrive".
Phone support wait was long, and usually the reps would just hang up on you when you finally got one.
People were overnight shipping perishable goods, that then got delayed for over a week. Week old defrosted steaks, yum.
UPS claimed a 3 day weather delay in Dallas was completely responsible for the week plus delay, even though the packages before the storm were also being delayed.
They claimed to be using FIFO on the packages, yet while my 2 packages were stuck in Dallas for a week, I 2-day shipped another item and got it 1-day through that same hub. (I have never gotten something that fast, so it was extremely odd)
They claimed to be sending 3500 additional workers to Dallas to help sort. I could have sworn How Its Made (or How Do They Do It) did a show that showed how sorting was all automated nowadays, so it makes you wonder if they really had a system meltdown and just blamed it on whatever was convenient.

My items weren't important so the delay didn't bother me much. As always, I did get my UPS driver a nice card and gift certificate for Christmas. I appreciate him driving out to my house 100+ times a year since I live in the middle of no where.

1 year,29 days

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Cigamit Re:Can we please make it narrower? (1191 comments)

My first thoughts exactly. Even in Classic mode, I can only read 2 articles before I have to scroll down an entire screen.

about a year ago

Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

Cigamit Re:Common in Canada (867 comments)

Not too uncommon in rural American either. My box is 1.5 Miles away, 2 county roads over, in front of someone elses house. The rules boil it down that there needs to be 1 customer per every 1 mile of round trip travel off the designated route. Since there are only 2 of us, and its 3 miles round trip, we are out of luck until we get another neighbor.

Its actually in a better location than it was previously. They had me place it 1.5 Miles away on another section of the route where there happened to be no houses within eye sight. This led to my mail being stolen quite regularly.

about a year and a half ago

2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable

Cigamit Re:Verizon does have the best coverage (131 comments)

I live out in farm country in Central Texas, NW of College Station, E of Temple, SE of Waco. The closest small "town" is ~7 miles away, most of that is down a dirt road. Its 45m - 1h to any major city to go grocery shopping (ironic considering the food is grown out here) and I only have 4-5 neighbors within a 5 mile radius. I had Sprint when I moved out here, but after their agent looked at their map they let me drop my contract for lack of service without penalty. I switched to Alltel (where I got my unlimited plan) and then Verizon bought them out.

My closest neighbor has AT&T but the service is bad enough that he has to take most calls outside his house (not going to cut it when you work from home like I do). Their coverage map shows my area as "MODERATE: The areas shown in the light orange should have sufficient signal strength for on-street or in-the-open coverage, but may not have it for in-vehicle coverage or in-building coverage." Even that is really being over generous.

Last time my friend with TMobile came over, he had to stand on top of truck to get even any signal, but then couldn't successfully talk for more than a few minutes. He said he pretty much loses most of his signal 15 minutes outside of most major towns. Their coverage map shows my area as "Service Partner: Check your plan for speeds, no access for laptop sticks, tablets, etc..."

Even with Verizon, I get 1-3 bars depending on which side of the house I am on, rarely does a call drop, but there are times when my phone just never rings. 3G? I get dial speeds on it when it does work at all. Luckily there is a WISP near me for internet, even if they are super expensive ($150 for 3Mbps). To get a hard line ran out to my house they want to charge me by the foot, and its a long way.

It certainly is peaceful out here though, and I can look out my back window and know that I own everything I can see (or the bank does for the time being at least).

about a year and a half ago

2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable

Cigamit Re:Verizon does have the best coverage (131 comments)

I am in the same boat. Verizon is the only carrier to have coverage in my area, so switching isn't an option. They have been dangling the upgrade carrot in front of me since 2011 (when my contract was up), but I haven't upgraded yet. Switching to the cheapest new plan with only 1GB of data is $20 more expensive per month than my current unlimited plan (and thats after my Employee discount). So its technically cheaper in the long run for me to buy a new phone outright and keep the old plan considering they want to charge me $200 still for the "upgrade", then another $35 "upgrade fee", plus the extra $20 per month for less data.

about a year and a half ago

ITIF Senior Fellow Claims "America's Broadband Networks Lead the World"

Cigamit Re:So what does it cost in USA? (298 comments)

Last 15 mile customer here. $150/m for a 3Mb combined (3Mb up OR down).

I live in a rural area in central Texas where there is only 1 option, a local WISP. I have to have the highest plan since I work from home. Luckily the latency isn't bad at all, less than 15ms most of the time. I can't even get a hard phone line without paying $1 per foot to run it the 1200 feet to my house from the road.

about a year and a half ago

The 3D Un-Printer

Cigamit Sporks! (91 comments)

Awesome, now I can melt down this drawer full of plastic spoons and forks and print me some nice sporks.

about 2 years ago

Saturn's Rings May Be Very Old

Cigamit One Ring to bind them all (125 comments)

Of course the are old, they were forged by the Dark Lord Sauron before his conquest of middle earth. After attempting to bind the planets to his will and failing, he figured pesky little dwarfs, elves, and humans would be a bit easier.

more than 6 years ago


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