22.12.08

Speed is Beautiful

I get side tracked easily. I don't think I suffer from attention deficit disorder, but I do have a tendency to go off on a tangent and end up somewhere totally different than were I started.

I had already planned out what my first 'real post' was going to be about. I had already decided that I was going to take my system status application of choice (which isn't really a system status application in and of itself) and do a writeup on it's use, and how I use it specifically. I still fully intend on doing that, but that will have to wait a little while.

'Real post' number one is about Project Gigabit, which will be the on going log of my progress of changing the house's network from a mix of 10/100Mb and 802.11b/g networking to 1Gb and having a separate b and g access point. Speed is not actually where this project started, though it's a nice side effect.

So why do it? The core of the house network is in a bedroom, which as anyone with more than a few computers will likely know, is a very inconvenient place for the core of a network to be. Power in that room isn't overly reliable, and it's occupied by a 14 year old whose internet access is restricted at the router, giving him easy physical access to it. As anyone who deals with security knows, physical access negates security as router reset buttons negate passwords. Sure I could probably disable the reset button, but that's a lot of hassle, and doesn't solve the location problem. So into the basement office everything will go.

Since I have to pull new coax for the modem, and will have to pull at least one new line to link the afore mentioned 14 year old's room, I might as well just do the whole house. This also gives me the excuse to reroute the coax that I pulled earlier this year up into the walls, and setup proper outlets for everything. I will likely pull at least one, maybe two, ethernet jack as well as one coax, and one phone jack per room. The phone brings up a whole different possibility with new hardware, and such. One thing at a time, though.

For now the promise of faster media streaming, and less wireless clutter, is very appealing to me.

11.12.08

Reviewing my roots (aka: don't login as root)

I've been thinking about this for a while, but a few things that have changed in my daily routine have made me decide to stop thinking and start doing. So without my usual (hence the name of this blog) ramblings, on with the show.

My personal blog has started to take a somewhat technical bent as of late, and as such I've decided to branch out and keep things separate (more or less). Here I plan to spout off about things of the geek nature which just so happen to be tickling my fancy, yanking my chain, or otherwise getting in my face. I make no promise to release schedules, nor that my personal life won't end up here. After all, I'm a geek at heart, so keeping my personal life out of it all together will be hard.

Why should you read, why should you care? Hell if I know, but I'll tell you a little about who I am; you can decide for yourself after that.

I'm a thirty something geek of all trades (master of none) with a particular bent towards audio/video. My formal education spans classic arts (drawing, painting, clay sculpture), music (violin and piano), AC/DC electronics, graphics arts (photography, print layout), radio and television broadcasting, as well as network management (back in the Netware days w/thinnet weee!), business application programming (C, COBOL, RPG, Clipper, Visual Basic), and a little general expert system development for taste. After school I started my training in taming the beast that is FreeBSD since 2.2.6, linux still makes me cringe, Windows has it's place (but I still think MSDOS 5.5 was the last decent OS Microsoft ever made, so long as you were running DESQview), and spend most of my time now in OS X. I'm no Apple fanboy, but I do own an iPhone (in the interest of full disclosure).

Can't call me a 'gamer', but I do own an PS3. Don't really enjoy PC gaming as a whole, but I do keep a WinXP partition on my Mac specifically to play Evil Genius. Read into that what you will. In fact I'm not sure that any of the commonly accepted sub classes of geek really apply properly to me. All in all I'm just me... an elder-n00b. For those that chose to check in on me from time to time I'll be putting my own spin on life, tech, and the way they come together.