Things Aren’t as they Seem

This potted plant was purchased from Kmart in 2018 or 2019, I can’t remember when. I’d never put much thought into the living aspect of it, just how it looked as decor. My outlook completely changed when it fell from a great height exposing the truth, that 80% of the volume of my purchase was Styrofoam and the plant is plastic.

How many things in our day to day lives are faux and not as they seem? I know one thing I’ll be looking out for is artificial plants.

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The Magic Packet

Unless you know what Wake on LAN is then the title of this post will be filled with mystery and intrigue. Nothing as intricate, it’s the piece of information that gets transmitted through the network which tells a sleeping computer with WoL enabled to wake up.

I still think you’re magnificent, magic packet.

I’ve had success with WoL in the past but didn’t really have a practical application for it; the server’s always been on and I’d usually be sitting at my desktop. Enter Parsec (software) which Wikipedia can explain better than me:

DJMax Respect V- So Happy 4B

I’ve been playing with the capture settings and I think I’ve improved them. Here’s another one from DJMax Respect V.

DJMax Respect V (White Blue 4B)

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it but I’m a huge rhythm game fan and DJMax is a series I’ve been playing since I was a teenager on my Sony PSP. If you don’t know how it works, notes fall from the top of the screen and the corresponding button needs to be pressed as the note hits the bar at the bottom, for each note you’re given a percentage score based on how close to perfect you hit it. In this video I sadly missed a note so missed out on the “Max combo”. I only play 4B because I suck at 5B or higher but it goes up to 8B and gets pretty crazy.

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New NAS for Work

We got approval from leadership to replace our NAS used for backups at work so I thought it’d be an interesting topic to write about. Our current solution is a NAS with the disks set up in RAID as an iSCSI target which the Windows Server Backup application on our Hyper-V host uses to create nightly backups of the Hyper-V guests to. The solution works so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, just recreate it.

Home Network Update November 2020

Since this is my first blog post about my home network since I launched the new blog I’ll make it a bit more detailed. I’m connected to Australia’s NBN network using FTTC technology, pretty lame compared to some other countries but still functional enough at 100/40mbit. It’s a combination of new and (mostly) used technology but I’ve got it all working together.

I’m Back

Hello, and welcome to my blog! After a rather long break I’m back, and this time I’m not playing around with setting up an instance of Ghost or WordPress on a VPS, within a Proxmox guest on my home server or on WordPress.com. I’ve chosen to go with Dreamhost which means I won’t need to invest time maintaining the back-end and can focus on delivering content.

Some of the last posts on my old blog were about my home network – the never-complete rolling project, and that’s where I intend to kick things off here soon. I’m sad when a blog I follow just disappears or the author stops posting so I’ll try to be consistent but no promises!

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