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Mike H - from Mike H

From: Mike Harrison 

> On Aug 8, 2016, at 12:43 PM, Stephen Kraus  wrote:
> Damn it Mike, we're going to have to consider making backup Mikes for failover. :(

Laughing.. That’s been a topic for a lot of years. 

The problem of doing mostly small scale (1 geek, maybe two) “one off” stuff for so many years.. is that I’m the only one. 

Glad ya’ll care. I’m up and moving around very slowly at home. Starting to be able to do simple things again.

Got a nice Raspberry Pi 3 project I need to get back into for fun. My personal goal was using it as a music myth for a nice MIDI keyboard I have. I got as far as getting Timidity and SoundFounts working. That’s where it was when I went down. It was all still logged in and working this morning. Amazingly stable little devices.  And now we are almost on topic. :)


Hixson Utility IT Contacts

From: "William D. Roush" 
Wondering if anyone here has any IT contacts at Hixson Utility? I need to g=
et in touch with someone over there.

William Roush |
Phone: 423.463.0592 | Email:

[Somewhat OT] Scenic City Summit 2016

From: "William D. Roush" 


Scenic City Summit 2016
A one-day event presented by CHATECH

This flew under my radar until someone mentioned it on ChaDev Slack -- been=
 debating about going just because I'd like to see more of these events in =
Chattanooga even though none of the talks really interest me and I'm doubti=
ng the sponsor turn out isn't going to be as "useful" as vendors going to c=
ons for the other side of the IT pond.

I guess this is to replace DevLink?

Registration closes Wednesday, event is Friday.

William Roush


From: Matt Keys 
Like a swiss army knife ..

Book review - Geography of Genius

From: Phil Shapiro 
Here's a new book review I created on my Linux laptop. 

An interesting question to ponder - Is Chattanooga poised to be a city of great creativity? With 
10 gig municipal fiber on its way -- it may well be heading in that direction. In my visits to Chatt, 
I've been impressed with the quality of the local civic leaders, foundations, library, makerspace, etc. 

Open source, of course, is the foundation for any city that wants to move itself forward. 


Chatt library owns one of copy of the above book. You can place it on reserve to be the next 
person to sign it out. 


Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Slow transfer speed between offices (both on EPB)

From: David White 
This is weird.

I'm trying to transfer about 60GB worth of data between my home office to
my main office right now. Both are running on EPB 100mbps. I'm connected
via OpenVPN with all traffic routed through the VPN.

A test right now indicates I'm getting a good 70+ down, and
over 50 up.

I'm only getting about 5MB/s up when transferring files from my home office
(OpenVPN client) to my NAS in the office over SMB2. I tried increasing that
to SMB3, and that didn't make much difference.

When I upload the files using HTTPS (for those of you familiar with
Synology, that's what I have), I'm doing about 9-10MB/s.

The destination is an encrypted folder, so that may be a bit of the

However, it seems to me there's still huge room for improvement, regardless
of the protocol used, the encryption, and the hardware.

A traceroute to the destination shows what I think are reasonable results:

david@developCENTSlaptop:~$ traceroute
traceroute to (, 64 hops max
  1  11.165ms  2.789ms  8.362ms

What can I look into in order to track down the source of the slowness?

Would I get better performance if I used NFS or FTPS or rsync? I'm not
terribly familiar with NFS. I've enabled it on the NAS and have granted my
computer's VPN IP address (see attached) but continue to get an access

Correct me if I'm wrong, I get the feeling, though, that NFS isn't ideal
for this type of use case.

David White
Founder & CEO


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Kaspersky for Mail Server Antivirus

From: David White 
Does anyone have experience running the Kaspersky KLMS (Kaspersky Security
8.0 for Linux Mail Server)?

According to official documentation, the software requires a minimum of 2
GB of RAM and 4GB of swap. That seems utterly ridiculous to me.

I just finished installing a trial version of it into a CentOS 7 machine
inside Virtual Box with 1GB of RAM and no swap. Granted, this VM doesn't
have any users, but I can confirm that all of the various kaspersky daemons
and such are running, and there's still no load.

Given that my mail server infrastructure has very low volume (at max on a
busy day, it probably handles less than 500 legitimate emails in a given
day), I'm thinking I'm going to give it a try.

I just recently became a Kaspersky reseller, so have access to 1 year of
free licensing. Would probably be better than ClamAV.

David White
Founder & CEO


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OT - TempleOS

From: Randy Yates 
There was a Reddit post yesterday about Terry A Davis and TempleOS. I'd
never heard of it, and since then I've become fascinated with the man and
the operating system.

Some key points:
- Terry has schizophrenia and it obviously impacts him severely.
- Terry says very racist things in his videos and blog/twitter posts which
demonstrates how unstable he is mentally.
- TempleOS is interesting in many aspects. It's public domain, and he's
been working on it for more than 10 years. Terry calls it God's Temple.

I'm fascinated with him because of the combination of his mental condition
and his genius. He really blows my mind with his abilities, and the fact
that he has been able to write his own operating system with many nifty
features while suffering from his condition. He live streams on Youtube
quite often and it's saddening to watch how his illness controls him. He's
very obsessed with talking to God through his operating system. He creates
"Moses comics" as offerings to God and uses various random number
generators along with his own program which gives him random bible verses.
He interprets these verses as answers to specific questions that he asks
beforehand. He is very obsessive when it comes to these offerings.

His life story is pretty interesting, and his OS is pretty unique. It has
no networking support. Got told him to use 640x480 resolution and 16
colors. He wrote his own filesystem for it called RedSea. He has his own
version of C called HolyC. His command line is basically a JIT C compiler
and all the commands are basically C function calls. The OS is 64 bit. He
has written various games for it, many of which are biblical in nature. He
has his own editor with syntax highlighting. He renders Bitmaps and vectors
directly in the command line interface and in source code.

If you've never heard of him, take a second and checkout
You may also be interested in this write-up of him

I feel sorry for the guy, but envy his coding abilities at the same time.

Google reads my email!

Thanks FOSS

From: Matt Keys 
Here's Jack before the injury ..

and after ..

Netflix introduces a super simple download speed test

From: Lynn Dixon 
I thought this is pretty cool.  Super simple, and it uses their CDN
networks for the payload.  And its HTTPS, so its very easy to tell if your
ISP is throttling your Netflix streams, or if your ISP is doing QoS for
speed test packets (giving full bandwidth to to make you
think your getting your advertised speed).

check it out at:

I was only able to get about 300 Mbps download, which is a bit
disappointing on my EPB 1 gig service.

OT: Looking to relocate to Florida

From: John Aldrich 
Anyone know of any decent jobs for a "Geek of All Trades"? I'm looking
to possibly relocate to Florida in the next few months. My lady friend
is originally from Cleremont and wants to go back. I'd just as soon go
with her... don't have anything really holding me here except the house
and the job. If I had another job I could deal with the house. :)

  John Aldrich

Off Topic - Properties for rent?

From: John Dills 

I'm looking to move out of my current apartment and into a new one (Friend
got a better job so we're house hunting.)

I'm looking for a 2 bedroom apartment or house for rent. Needs to be $850
or less a month and allow pets.  If anyone here has any properties or knows
of anyone that's renting, please let me know. You can either reply to the
thread or just directly email me.

Thanks again!

John Dills

Power cables

From: "William D. Roush" 
Well the one thing I always seem to have too many of in the past... I appea=
r to be out of.

Anyone got a box or a big ol' pile of them that don't mind me having a few?=
 I could probably use like 6 standard NEMA 5-15P to C13. Sure I can get the=
m dirt cheap but figured I'd ask if anyone is buried in some first...

William Roush |
Phone: 423.933.2114 | Email:

WD's Pi Drive

From: David White 
This is kind of clever: WD has a special promo going on right now for a
314GB drive that is specifically designed to be more efficient with
raspberry pi's for $31.42.

Kind of makes me want to get a raspberry pi, since I've never actually
played with one before...

David White
Founder & CEO


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Interesting work of fiction

From: John Aldrich 
Y'all should read this story... very interesting. Thinly veiled attack
on Win/Tel....;0

  John Aldrich

Linux running on Win 10?

From: John Aldrich 
Did anyone see this?
Almost seems like hell froze over. :)

  John Aldrich

OT: Secure Application Development

From: asg 

  The company I work for offers secure application development training =
classes. The class can be be run as a 2-day on-site class or as a =
web-based class. The theory of the class is language agnostic but the =
examples are all in .NET or Java. I know a number of you are developers =
and you or your company may be interested in doing a class like this. =
You can get more details here: =

Stephen Haywood
Owner: ASG Consulting

LibraryBox in Google Summer of Code

From: Jason Griffey 
More awesome open-source fun! LibraryBox was asked to be one of the
projects included in the Berkman Center=E2=80=99s Google Summer of Code ini=

Students work on open source, get paid by google. What a world!