apologize for the extended server outages over the past 2 days. Turns
out there was a bad sector on the hard disk and this kept on generating
errors. I tried to use the scandisk that is included with Widows
2000 and it is utterly useless. After using Norton Disk Doctor, I
was able to get the problem fixed. However, this took about 2 days
of frustration and lost time. Thanks for sticking it out..
site was down most of this morning due to problems with my DSL line.
I called my ISP and the one person I talked to couldn't straighten things
out so he wanted to open a trouble ticket. I knew this wasn't going
to fix the problem so I called back and asked for the technician that I
had worked with earlier and knew. Sure enough, this guy was able
to fix my problems on the spot. Turns out that my DSL IP number was
entered incorrectly in their routers. All he had to do was clean
up some routing tables and we are now back online. Sorry for the
downtime, but it goes with the territory of running your own webserver
added some 3rd party Web server and FTP server software into the Server
Software section. If you have some recommendations for Web and
FTP server software, please let me know and I'll add it to the list.
Also, I am looking for good email servers. I have a really short
list in mind, but would like to put down ones that you guys have actually
used and recommend. Drop me an email!
seems like the Cyrix cpu in the webserver is running just fine. It's
been up for 5.5 days at the time of this update. Another interesting
stat is that since it's first publication on this site, the Network
Card Roundup has been read 18,952 times. Wow, that' s a lot of
times. Of course, I gleaned this tasty stat using Analog.
It has some cool features that you might want to check out.
became a notebook owner. I got a killer deal from a friends and am
now mobile! Here are some stats:
the process of looking for a good PC Card/PCMCIA network card. This
week, Best Buy has the Netgear FA410TX on sale for $19.99 after rebate
so I tried that out. It doesn't seem to work too good under Windows
2000. My file transfer speeds are really slow using IPX and TCP/IP.
I think it's because the drivers are still fairly new. I'm going
to have to find a different notebook NIC.
3 600/500 Speedstep
a notebook as made me think of comparing several network cards for notebooks.
Ahh, but it's so much work! Maybe later. What I'm really interested
in now is wireless ethernet or Wi-Fi. I'm going to look into the
current wireless technology and see if there is anything cool to be had.
Who knows, maybe the next thing I'll do is put the webserver on a wireless
network. Imagine that, a webserver that is connected with a wireless
network AND running a Cyrix cpu. Boy, I love this stuff. =)
is Father's Day in case you forgot. It's a day to celebrate all fathers
out there. Happy Father's Day!
something weird today. Did you notice the (This
Site Powered by Cyrix) link
at the top of this page? I swapped out the CPU of my server and replaced
the AMD K6-3 350 with a Cyrix 686MX PR200 (150 MHz x 2 = 150 MHz).
So basically the MHz my server dropped from 350 down to 150 MHz.
Do you see a difference in performance? I don't think you should
except for the possible exception of the online
forums. But I don't think you'll see a difference there either.
Why in the world did I choose
to use a Cyrix CPU? I dunno. I kinda like saying my webserver
is powered by Cyrix. It makes people scrunch up their face and ask/scream
"Why!!!!????". This CPU has been my possession for many years now.
It's really stable and pretty fast (relatively). And contrary to
all reports, it ain't all that hot (temperature-wise).
When this CPU becomes too
slow, I'll upgrade to the fastest Cyrix CPU which still runs on a Socket
7 mobo. What is the fastest that can do that? 333 or 350?
I don't know, but I find another Cyrix when this CPU dogs out.
How many webservers out there
are powered by Cyrix? Now you know of at least one. =)
today is a special day because our membership in our forums
has reach 200 people! This is really cool. In response to this
achievement, I am asking for emails
on how to improve this site. There is always a way to make things
better and I want to know what things could be changed, clarified, reworded,
expanded, reduced, etc. I especially want to hear from people who
didn't have much experience with this sort of material. From
your feedback, we can make this website a resource for everybody.
All comments welcomed and requested. Please take a moment and drop
me an email! Thanks!
out nobody was attacking my site, it was just a network card that started
jabbering like crazy to a switch in my LAN. My network has been pretty
stable, but sometimes, something goes haywire.
right now in the middle of preparing for my USMLE Step 1 exam. I'm
in the library from 10 am to 10 pm almost every day. You can check
out the USMLE website here.
You can also download a 3
hour 150 question sample test and test yourself. The real test
is 7 hours with 350 questions. Try it, it's fun!
last bit of news today is that several of you have been asking about a
graphic from this website so you can link to us. I'd be ecstatic
if you just put a text link to our site, but if you must have a graphic,
you can use the banner ad that I made in the Site
Info section. If you choose to put it up (for whatever reason).
Please let me know so I can personally thank you (personally, not in person!)
You guys rock!
those of you looking for a small and simple counter for your website, check
out Fast Counter
Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. They also email you a summary
stats on a weekly or monthly basis. Not bad for free.
For some reason my incoming
activity light on my router has been blinking incessantly for the past
few hours. Are we under attack? I'd better go investigate.
For the rest of you guys, make sure your computer's security is airtight.
I cannot stress this enough. Do it - because any hole you leave open
WILL be exploited.
a note: if you have a question for me, it's better to post the message
in our online
forums than directly emailing me since I can
only check email once or twice a day, but I check the forums every few
have a new site in our Member Sites section.
Check out what our latest website run on cable come has to offer!
If you would like your site added to the Member
Sites, please drop me an email.
I added three new diagrams to the Diagrams
page. These three new diagrams are actually pictures of standard
networks that are NOT connected to the Internet. This kinda defeats
the purpose this website, but the pages include info on which network setup
they can morph into when they eventually do get Internet access.
night I performed an emergency operation on my server. Turns out
the power supply fan died. I rigged the fan to run at 5 volts in
order to keep the noise down and I haven't had any heat problems even with
the slower fan speed. Last night when I felt the side of my server, it
was pretty hot. The server still worked just fine, but it was hot.
I thought that my room was just hot. A few hours later, I took a
look at the power supply fan and found that it had stopped. I replaced
the fan with the exact same fan: Nidec Gamma w/ variable speed thermosistor.
Great fans. It's strange that the fan died, it was working for only
3 years which is short for a Nidec quality fan. Even good products
go bad I guess.
went to watch Moulin
Rouge which I enjoyed quite a bit. I felt like it was a semi-awake-dream-state-direct-feed-to-my-brain
type movie if you know what I mean. And I know you do.
I found a link that you might find very interesting. It's an article
by Steve Gibson documenting his Denial of Service attack on his website.
It reads like a movie script: Getting hacked by a 13 year old, exchanging
emails with the hacker, reverse engineering the hack bots that flooded
his site, meeting with the big boss who made the hack bots in a secret
lair, it is truly surreal.
one thing you should take away from the article is that if GRC.com
can go down, so can your own webserver hosted at home. It's a great
article, long, but great. Read
of which webserving software you choose to run on your webserver, you will
most likely generate log files. However, to the unaided eye, these
log files are just lines of text without any meaning. You need a
log file analyzer to make sense of it all. One of the most popular
tools for this is Analog.
It works on almost every operating system and can mine useful info from
your cryptic log files. Analog
generates customizable reports. There is a lot of documentation but you'll
still have to sit down with it for a good couple hours in order to find
out how to get the info you want. But it's worth it. Did I
mention Analog is free?
I love free.
fun topic: Network Bondage!
bondage refers to the binding of network protocols (TCP/IP, IPX, Netbeui)
to particular services such as "File and Printer Sharing". In order
to make networking easier, Microsoft by default binds every protocol to
every service. This makes things easier for the average user, but
creates huge security holes that allow anybody with some network knowledge
to potentially have full access to your computer. Do you want to
share your hard disk with the whole Internet? I didn't think so,
but there are tons of people out there that have their computers wide open
for the taking. The solution? Only bind the protocols to the
services that need them.
is a huge problem for people who have their computers directly connected
to a Cable or DSL modem, but even if you have a home DSL/Cable router,
you're still vulnerable. I can't do justice to the subject, but there
is a great article out there that will explain everything you wanted to
know about network bondage and how to secure your network. Network
Bondage Article at GRC.com
something pretty cool. It's the Cobalt
Qube 3 - an All-In-One server appliance that can handle Web, FTP, Email
and more. It's all setup and ready to go. This would be perfect
for small businesses who need reliability and don't want to fuss with hardware
and software. The only bad thing is that it can't do virtual hosting
(run several websites). I wouldn't mind having one of these boxes
sitting on my desk. It's really cool looking!
found a website that is all about the Cobalt Qube. It's called Qube
Quorner and their site is actually hosted on a Qube 2 (not the newer
Qube 3). Check out it.
to answer your question, Cobalt came out with the Qube way before Apple
even had a twinkle in their eye for their version of the Qube.
already June?!! Wow, time files doesn't it.. Nothing much going on
except I did a little work in the Network section.
Feels like I'm in high school working on a rewrite of an essay that I've
been staring at too long. You know the feeling.