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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

charlesnw Re:Huge? (108 comments)

I've got a 2800 square foot house. It's pretty massive compared to any other houses I've visited (and certainly any apartments).

about a month ago

Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

charlesnw Re:Only $83,000? (101 comments)

It's average for engineers with the skillset/patience and detail oriented mindset to pull something like this off.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

charlesnw Re:Out of scope I think but.... (104 comments)

You can load it on your PC:

It can also be installed on a PC and will turn it into a router with all the necessary features - routing, firewall, bandwidth management, wireless access point, backhaul link, hotspot gateway, VPN server and more.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

charlesnw All in one is a terrible way to go (104 comments)

If you want to do all in one ap/router/switch on consumer grade hardware, with a magical GUI to solve all your networking problems, you are going to be looking a long time. Most issues are due to exceeding the capacity of the horrible chip set.

Here is what I have setup at my house as my production network:

Pfsense edge router running on a foxcon barebones oem nettop.
Cisco 3560 core switch
WNDR3800 AP (multiple SSID/vlans trunked up to the Cisco core)

With this setup the household is happy. Wife, myself, room mate can all be streaming netflix/youtube etc, I can have large downloads going, also regular browsing. This is all over wifi. All without setting up ANY QoS at all.

So give yourself a proper network and you'll be much happier.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

charlesnw Re:Pfsense (104 comments)

Especially since pfsense is x86 ONLY. So yeah.

about 5 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

charlesnw Re:you think that's bad? (294 comments)

LOL. Did you go into a coma on 3/31 and wake up a week later and post this as an april fools joke? :D

about 5 months ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

charlesnw Re:Change (162 comments)

No it's not. Sit down and actually use it. You'll find that it doesn't require an email address at all.

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

charlesnw Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Um. No they didn't. Almost every sig has been modified to reflect angst against the beta. And I'm seeing that angst. Please don't spread FUD.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

charlesnw Re:Colo? (285 comments)

Um no? I can go to my colo any time I want (24x7 badge access) and pull my gear out, or add gear. I'm on a month to month contract for a full cabinet (42U).

I have my own (managed) pdus,console server, switches, routers, servers and storage in that cab. All they provide is ethernet drops and a live power outlet box in the ceiling above the cab.

As for anyone being able to dump the data, I would say it's more likely that would happen at a dedicated storage as a service provider then a colo. But I don't have any statistics, as they are all hiding behind national security letters. :)

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

charlesnw What precisely do you want, what will you pay? (178 comments)

To OP,

I think you've got a great kernel of an idea in this question and I'm glad /. posted it up. Let's turn this into a high level RFP shall we?

First a bit of background:

I've stopped at every point along the spectrum of data ownership for my personal and business (it consulting (Known Element Enterprises) and mesh network non profit startup (Free Network Foundation) data:

1) most (legally and maybe physically, but that's debatable) safe option of running compute/storage/network gear at my house (in Los Angeles). Single grid/point of entry for power (run to a dedicated sub panel naturally), single net uplink (DSL, homed to the CO two blocks away, fiber to same CO available for me to cross connect if desired)

2) Using shared hosting at HostGator (while employed there as a Linux admin)

3) Using various VPS providers (MediaTemple while in Los Angeles and knowing numerous admins who built out the environment, HG while working there)

(previous two options were due to moving to Austin and not having a house like I did in LA). Started out with shared hosting, moved to VPS when I needed OpenFire,OpenVPN,Chili etc. Basically moving beyond simple PHP apps.

4) Having the gear that used to be hosted at my house placed into Joes DataCenter in KC MO and maintaining a fantastic relationship with them. I added Cyclades ACS48 and PDUs for full OOB access/management.

So I have firsthand experience with the full spectrum. From full management/control/legal protection, to fully outsourced managed hosting, to hybrid model (colo).

RFP framework

1) Willing to treat the hosting package as truly business critical and able to pay accordingly (100.00 to 300.00 a month base, reasonable per user/per month charge).

2) You want this to be a turnkey (ala Google apps) solution, with things like zero backup window, live migration of state in the event of failure, redundant switches/routers/drives etc. All very doable with ZFS, open source virt flavor of choice, x86 servers, 10/100 (2950 et al) Cisco switch hardware off the gray market (to keep costs down)

3) You want encryption of everything so that even in the event of a NSL, you'll be protected. You have some sort of key management system in place to handle the private keys that are generated. Look at startssl for an example of how they do things. They use client side SSL certs for all auth. It's quite slick.

4) You are OK with a single facility and remote snapshots (ie hot active/cold standby). (Maybe the hot site is in a reliable colo, the cold site is s3/ec2 with the various issues that entails).

You'll be willing to pay a premium for hot active/warm standby) if a particular client requires that level of recovery.

From the above, I'll let others expand this and see if the community can put an RFP together for hosting companies.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

charlesnw Re:the cloud killed hosting providers (178 comments)

Hmmmmm. See I think this would be packaged as the "small enterprise" offering, charge 99.00 a month for it, plus 5.00 per user. Template it out and be good to go.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

charlesnw Re:the cloud killed hosting providers (178 comments)

Yes. EIG destroyed the last good hosting company (HostGator). I worked there for a year (pre EIG purchase), and have several friends who worked through the transition. I can't count how many times we migrated folks from Dreamhost/GoDaddy/*EIG companies to HG. Every single customer absolutely abhorred those companies and had always heard good things about HG and wanted to migrate. We focused on great service/uptime and we delivered. Pre purchase, we went above/beyond for each and every customer. We made everything work. For 3.00 a month, you could call a Linux admin and we would help you. 24x7x365. We never closed. I worked weekend graveyard (Wednesday to Sunday night), and helped countless US based customers with all kinds of off hours migrations (mostly on VPS/dedicated hosts, but also on shared/resell). I also supported customers all over the globe during their business hours. This was across a global data center footprint (sjc/lax/iah/dfw just in the US) on 10s of thousands of servers. We always went out of our way to never say no. I encountered a huge amount of highly intelligent individuals doing all kinds of things with our shared hosting. The VPS/dedicated customers were always fun to work on. Cpanel/WHM is actually pretty slick. Really it's almost an entire OS. Yeah it's Centos underneath, but it does all kinds of stuff on top of that. The backend CLI tools are quite nice. Post purchase, support went down the drain. EIG pumped/dumped HG and just IPOed. They force migrated everyone to a data center with horrible staff, network gear that was garbage, too little bandwidth etc. All to save on monthly hosting costs with Softlayer. They don't realize the economies of scale and horizontal growth model that was the core of HG business model. (We were adding almost 100 shared/reseller servers a week) Ah well. The 90s and 00s are over. It's all big business and horrible service now.

about a year ago

ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

charlesnw Re:Home servers? (166 comments)

Geek providers with exactly that level of service exist. They are called colocation providesr. They exist in pretty much every major city. I host with Joes Data Center in Kansas City Mo. Pretty much equidistant from the entire CONUS. They have 24x7 smart hands/NOC, cameras covering the entire floor, badge access etc. Reverse DNS? Check. Smart technical folks I can call? Check. Redundant power/fiber? Check. On top of all that I have fully redundant servers,network,PDU. Plus out of band Cyclades. Yeah I could set all that up in my house, but it's just not worth it.

about a year ago

The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

charlesnw Re:Why (230 comments)

No they don't require you to get cable with the internet service. Not in Austin anyway. It's cheaper to get cable+internet, that might be what you are referring to? Please don't spread misinformation, that's really not helpful. We need to have informed arguments with facts about the various carriers.

about a year ago

Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

charlesnw Re:Tnx + provisional summary (191 comments)

Hello, You'll want to look at mininet and opendaylight: for network device learning. I highly recommend proxmox for managing the virtual machines. Container based is the way to go if all you need is a lightweight guest on an isolated VLAN. If you want to have an all in one solution to manage networking and everything, I highly recommend OpenNebula.

about a year ago

One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?

charlesnw Re:other ways (239 comments)

Um. The US govt is the trusted third party with paper money.

about a year ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

charlesnw Re:Stupid question, stupid answer (763 comments)

I have two house keys. One for the front door, one for everything else (inside locks, back door, garage, gates, padlocks). Works great.

more than 4 years ago

Metasploit As Case Study In Selling a FOSS Project

charlesnw Re:a sad story (50 comments)

Metasploit used to have nice GUI and web-based interfaces. Once it was purchased, they were immediately dropped. Citation needed. I can't download the latest release at work, but I downloaded one recently and it had the web interface.

more than 4 years ago


charlesnw hasn't submitted any stories.




charlesnw charlesnw writes  |  more than 8 years ago I am reading an article about RMS views on DRM. (
In it Stallman states...

GPLv3 explicitly asks software makers to provide whatever digital keys they use such that people who wish to run modified versions of the software can do so by using this key on their modified version. At the 3rd international conference on GPLv3, held in Barcelona in June, RMS said, "They can design the hardware so that it requires the binaries to be signed by a certain signature key in order to run, but they must give you the signature key so that you can sign your modified binaries. They must give you whatever it takes to authorize your version so that it will run."

I am glad he is allowing for this in the GPL v3. Some people of course balk at trusted computing and DRM. However in some sectors (especially defense) you need the ability to have trusted/verified design (this corresponds to A1 certification in the OrangeBook specs). Also I would imagine that consumers/general public would like the ability to verify that there systems haven't been tampered with. However it still allows people who modify there systems to run modified code. While many(most?) people won't want that they will want the ability to verify integrity. This is a huge advantage to DRM/trusted computing. In my opinon trusted computing is simply brining verified design to the masses. Which is a good thing. Due to the fact that it makes the individual systems more secure and therefore the internet more secure.


New Browser

charlesnw charlesnw writes  |  more than 8 years ago While helping my wife subscribe to my lj b log I saw how cool Flock was. It has been mentioned a few times on /. and the reason I installed it for my wife was because she is on an AMD Turion 64 bit system and needed flash. This story mentioned that flash worked on AMD 64 bit machines. This was super cool. Anyway it has lots of nifty web 2.0/community features. Really nice RSS support (which I have been wanting for a while). I had settled on Thunderbird as sort of a one stop information manager (e-mail/newsgroups/blogs) and Ipodder/Juicer or CastPodder for podcast management. It looks like Flock will give me all of that and more.



charlesnw charlesnw writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I am installing Vmware Server on my laptop. This will allow me to do OSER development/testing without needing a network connection. Starting Monday August 7th I will have a 2 hour commute each day (1 hour each way) and will be using the Metrolink. So that is time that I can focus on OSER development without any distractions (like Slashdot LOL).


A second blog

charlesnw charlesnw writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have decided to start using my slashdot journal as a place for technical postings. I will be blogging/journaling about my Exchange replacement as well as other Linux/Open Source topics.

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