Acer's new Core i5 Chromebook

From: Phil Shapiro 
------------------------------------------------------

If you install full Linux on this Chromebook, you'd have a mighty fine, lightweight Core i5 laptop for $499. 


http://www.zdnet.com/article/acer-c910-chromebook-now-with-core-i5-processor/ 


Now, if only a community had affordable access to gigabit Internet. If only... 


phil 

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

ARM NAS

From: Ashley Wilson 
------------------------------------------------------
Hey all,
 I'm thinking of building a low-power ARM-based NAS.  Looking for the
smallest enclosure possible (bookshelf) and good enough I/O to stream
movies over gig-e.  Before I go down the rabbit hole, has anyone done any
research on this?  This will be a dedicated box, just serving NFS and
running Crashplan.  Considered R-Pi but transfer rates over the network
suck because the ethernet is hanging off of USB.

Thanks in advance!
-Ash

Where's my bottleneck?

From: David White 
------------------------------------------------------
Interesting that this just jumped a few minutes ago to about 1.2 mb/s, and
that's climbing ever so slowly (we're at 1.5 right now). But still way
slower than I would have expected.

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM, David White  wrote:

> So I'm uploading 4.5 gigs to my local Synology NAS off of my PC. My laptop
> (Ubuntu) is plugged in with a network card, and I have wireless turned off.
>
> The laptop is plugged into a Linksys EA2700 router that is in "Repeater
> Mode" and isn't doing much of anything except acting like a switch with a
> wireless signal.
>
> That's plugged into my pfSense box, which is plugged into the NAS, which
> is on a different subnet.
>
> Using the GUI on my laptop, I connected to the NAS using the smb://
> approach.
>
> Transfer speeds are only averaging around 500 K/s, and this is ridiculous.
>
> Checking iotop in Ubuntu, disk read is only averaging between 200-500 K/s
> as well with occasional spikes between 5-10 M/bs. Load is averaging less
> than 1.
>
> Disk, memory and network utilization on the NAS is likewise very low.
> Memory util is only at 13%, CPU is only around 2%, and disk util is only
> around 1%.
>
> I am running DNS services off of the NAS as an authoritative DNS server to
> the outside world, but that's only for 1 domain right now.
>
> All NICs involved are Gigabit.
>
> I can't figure this out...
>
> --
> David White
> Founder & CEO
>
> *Develop CENTS *
> Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
> Organizations Worldwide
> http://developcents.com
>



-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Organizations Worldwide
http://developcents.com

EPB Business class service and static IP's

From: Lynn Dixon 
------------------------------------------------------
To build on our conversation from eariler this morning, I contacted EPB to
get pricing on routed subnets and static IP's.

Business class service is the only thing eligible for routed subnets or IP
blocks.  The starting price for the service is $350 per month for 100 meg
service, which comes with SLA guarantees on 99.99% uptime as well as
bandwidth SLA's. With this same service, you get a /28 of IP addresses,
which is 14 useable (16 total, minus 1 for gateway, and minus 1 for the
network ID/broadcast).
Business class is available to any address that is serviceable by the
residential service.

They have various other levels with increased speeds for higher prices of
course, all the way to 1 Gig.  I didn't get pricing for anything above
100meg since $350 made it out of scope for me.

The sales rep did mention that EPB does co-location, but after talking with
them, they only offer it to customers whom are willing to lease a full 43U
rack.  Pricing for a full 43U rack with 100meg service and /28 with 20amps
of power is roughly $1400 per month.

So, there ya have it. At $350 its a bit out of my price range as a small
business, so I will just keep my two machines co-located in Knoxville and
Chattanooga (Peace Communications).  I was really hoping to get a faster
connection with their Business class service, and bring my machines to my
home datacenter.  I have plenty of power and cooling available, as well as
natural gas for a genset. I already have a sizeable UPS as well.

It looks as if EPB is initially targeting medium to large size businesses
with these colo offerings.  I will keep in touch with them to see if they
start to offer smaller rack leases.

How to record Skype calls in Ubuntu Linux

From: Phil Shapiro 
------------------------------------------------------

A nice how-to article here -- 


http://itsfoss.com/record-skype-calls-in-ubuntu-and-linux-mint 


Sound quality ought to be outstanding for those with gigabit connectivity. 
I suggest saving to WAV format -- which is best quality audio. Edit audio 
with Audacity if you need to. Season to taste. 


phil 


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"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


pfSense hardware for sale

From: Lynn Dixon 
------------------------------------------------------
Hey all,
I have a PC Engines APU1D4 for sale. I bought it with the intent of using
it with EPB gigabit service, but I soon found out that it doesnt have the
horsepower ro be able to handle full gigabit across its WAN.  I was only
able to get it to sustain a stable 600 to 700 Mbps across the WAN.

Its a great unit, with only a few hours of use on it. Runs pfSense like a
champ.  Just be aware, that it will only be able to route traffic at about
600 Mbps through its WAN interface.  Its really low power, at only about 12
watts.   I have added several options to this unit that I will sell with
it. Here is the full list of goods:

APU1D4 main board
Black enclosure built for the mainboard
Wall wart power supply
WLE200NX miniPCI express card  capable of 802.11b/g/n
Two dual band antennas and pigtails
80 gig Mini-PCIe SSD drive installed

I have about $275 invested in the kit, including the SSD.  I am asking $200
for the entire kit which is assembled and will come with a clean install of
the latest pfSense nightly on it. Price is negotiable to a small degree.

You can get the details on the APU here:
http://store.netgate.com/kit-APU1C4.aspx  As well as price shop the
accessories I am including with it.

If your interested, give me an email at boodaddy@gmail.com and I will send
you my phone number.

Commercial Desktop PCs as linux boxes

From: John Aldrich 
------------------------------------------------------
So, I"m browsing around on Woot and they have an HP ENVY 700-216
Desktop, quad-core AMD with 12 Gigs of RAM and a 2 Tb hard drive for
$440 (plus shipping, I assume.) My current linux box is a bit old and
not doing so well. Probably just a lack of RAM, but I'm maxed out on my
current motherboard. Now, I could just buy a new mobo/cpu/RAM combo, and
plug it in or I could just bite the bullet and buy a pre-built
commercial PC and just go the easy route. How well would something like
that run Linux, do you think?

-- 
  John Aldrich
  mrmaxx@nospammail.net

Details on Hackintosh

From: Med Dement 
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Ok=E2=80=A6. IM on 10.10.0   I do have iMessage and app store and Server =
2.2.2 running=E2=80=A6 FaceTime has no camera so not sure on that..  all =
the other apps are fine=E2=80=A6 I started  with 10.8.5  and Chameleon   =
and I upgraded to Maverick and all seemed well I had to swap and add on =
a NET card to get him happy=E2=80=A6.. from there I went to 10.10.0 and =
did the chameleon thing but had to change to later versions =E2=80=A6 =
and all is running based off of the latest  NVAM file that tonymac had =
on site=E2=80=A6 I have not done the upgrade as they and you all are =
having trouble with apple on that one=E2=80=A6. so to answer I will hang =
here=E2=80=A6 Hardware config is=20
GA-Z97X-UD7 TH LGA 1150 Z97

I have had no issues of hardware with this one=E2=80=A6.. the other two =
are on lower Gigabit boards=E2=80=A6.=20

HERE is the latest Chameleon  version .. and there is a log fix for =
iMessage=E2=80=A6 =
http://www.tonymacx86.com/announcements/90015-chimera-2-0-now-available-im=
essage-login-fix.html


Med Dement
med@hophoto.com



Hackintosh

From: Med Dement 
------------------------------------------------------
I have 3 running…. all are I7 cpus……. 16gb ram…Gigabit boards…... 250gb ssd.. drives and Nvidia cards….. all doing dual screens…. I have real mac desktops too… but even the new IMac I’m on right now.. is not as fast as the i7 guys……. I run Red Hat on two IBM blade servers… that have 6 drives each and so far every body gets along.. with everybody…..   


Med Dement
med@hophoto.com




How to use Firefox Hello

From: Phil Shapiro 
------------------------------------------------------

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BPfF6nRlnA 


It would be interesting to do a screencast capture of best quality video conferencing using Firefox Hello over gigabit. 


phil 

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"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Comcast Re-up

From: Eric Wolf 
------------------------------------------------------
My Comcast and DirecTV contracts are almost up. Unfortunately I won't get
Longmont's new Gigabit Internet until 2017 and CenturyLink hasn't/won't
upgrade the local switch. That means Comcast is still the only viable
broadband provider for my house.

I'm currently on Comcast Business Class, which means I can switch to
consumer Comcast and get the new customer deals. The cheapest "Triple Play"
packages don't include a DVR. Does anyone have a recommendation for a
Linux-friendly cable card and DVR software?

I already have Plex+CouchPotato+Sickbeard (and a Roku for streaming that
content). It would be great to have a DVR that integrated into Plex.

-Eric

-=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=-
Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

PCEngines APU1D4 for sale... Perfect pfSense box!

From: Lynn Dixon 
------------------------------------------------------
Well everyone, I am selling my fairly new APU1D4.  I moved to Ooltewah, and
got the 1 gig service from EPB.  Unfortunately, this little APU doesnt have
the horsepower to handle a full 1 Gbps throughput.  I was routinely seeing
about 600 Mbps on the little guy but never could get it above 700 or so.

So, I picked up a Lanner FW-8760 off ebay, running an i7 processor and 16
gig ram, and it is able to handle routing traffic at a full 1 Gbps.  Thus,
I am selling the APU.

Its a great unit, with only a few hours of use on it. Runs pfSense like a
champ.  Just be aware, that it will only be able to route traffic at about
600 Mbps through its WAN interface.  Its really low power, at only about 12
watts.   I have added several options to this unit that I will sell with
it. Here is the full list of goods:

APU1D4 main board
Black enclosure built for the mainboard
Wall wart power supply
WLE200NX miniPCI express card  capable of 802.11b/g/n
Two dual band antennas and pigtails
80 gig Mini-PCIe SSD drive installed

I have about $275 invested in the kit, including the SSD.  I am asking $225
for the entire kit which is assembled and will come with a clean install of
the latest pfSense nightly on it.

You can get the details on the APU here:
http://store.netgate.com/kit-APU1C4.aspx  As well as price shop the
accessories I am including with it.

If your interested, give me an email at boodaddy@gmail.com and I will send
you my phone number.

Any suggestions for a good 802.11ac Access point?

From: Lynn Dixon 
------------------------------------------------------
Hey guys,
I am needing to upgrade my access point now that I am on EPB gig service.
I am using an APU1D4 running pfSense as my router, so I just need an access
point / Bridge for my wireless devices.

I'd like to have 802.11ac in both 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. POE would be nice,
but not a definate requirement. Doesn't have to be wall/celiing mountable
either.

Any good recommendations?  I'd like to have one that had multiple radios to
handle multiple simultaneous devices.  I am looking at some of the Ubiquity
units, but its in the $280 to $300 price range.

Dunedin, New Zealand, is named first gigatown in NZ

From: Phil Shapiro 
------------------------------------------------------



Sweet... 

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/325151/giga-winner 




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http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

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

Nonprofit youth organizations in Chatt?

From: Phil Shapiro 
------------------------------------------------------


I'm volunteering with a nonprofit youth organization in DC that may be getting gigabit fiber in the next few months. If that comes through, I'd love to connect them up with a nonprofit youth organization in Chatt. 


I found out yesterday that public school students in DC rank 52 out of 52 on STEM test scores (behind Puerto Rico, presumably -- since DC also is not a state.) 


I'm helping this organization and surrounding community get pumped up about open source. 


Thanks for contacting me off-list if you know or are involved with a nonprofit youth organization in Chatt. 


phil 

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


Getting an OS Conference like this one in Chattanooga

From: Lisa Ridley 
------------------------------------------------------
http://allthingsopen.org/schedule/

So, I=92m at All Things Open this week (Phil Shapiro is presenting tomorrow=
), and it totally rocks.  The folks at IT-ology have done a fantastic job o=
rganizing this one.

So, what do we have to do to get a conference like this organized and held =
in Chattanooga?

After all, we are the Gig City=85.I can=92t think of a better way to promot=
e it than something like this.  (And, I don=92t want to have to drive to Ra=
leigh, Spartanburg, Columbia, Atlanta or fly to Austin or San Francisco to =
attend quality conferences OS Conferences =97 yes I have an ulterior motive=
).



EPBfi already outside of city?

From: Rod-Lists 
------------------------------------------------------
Found this map of Municipal networks. Several Gigabit connections in North Ga are listed as EPB.
Including Flintstone and Wildwood.

http://www.muninetworks.org/communitymap

Tor non-exit nodes being blocked?

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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Can anyone who is running a non-exit Tor node confirm whether they are
able to access these domains:
www.directv.com
www.brownells.com
www.autozone.com
www.verybestbaking.com
www.meals.com
www.justanswer.com

I had previously found all of these domains to be blocking non-exit
Tor nodes, but I seem to have recently been unblocked, so I wanted to
determine whether they have really unblocked non-exit Tor nodes, or if
they just happened to update the block list during a brief period when
my node was down. I am fairly certain they are all using the same
block list. They are all using Akamai's CDN and I had contacted Akamai
to see if they were actually supplying the blocklist, but I never got
a definitive answer, so I was a bit surprised to find that I have
apparently been unblocked. So, if anyone else is running a non-exit
Tor node, I would be interested to hear if you can access these sites.
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Need a NIC Card

From: ASG 
------------------------------------------------------
I want to add a third network to my pfSense box and I=92m looking for a =
dual-port half-height PCI-e gigabit NIC. Anyone have one they are =
willing to sell or trade?

Thanks,
--
Stephen Haywood
Owner
ASG Consulting
423.305.3700
asgconsulting.co



Library 4th Floor hiring a part timer

From: Nate Hill 
------------------------------------------------------
Lookit!

http://chattlibrary.org/jobs/library-assistant-2-part-time-0

The Chattanooga Public Library is looking for special people with that rare
combination of superb customer service skills and electronic wizardry to
help us transform the library.

As one of our "Smart People," you will be an expert who troubleshoots
gadgets and answers questions to help our customers make full use of our
resources.  Your problem-solving and people skills will ensure swift
resolution to technical problems.  You also educate team members about
products, while independently keeping your own technical know-how up to
date.

You will begin your work on the Library's 4th Floor, our public makerspace,
civic laboratory, and GigLab, but your services may be needed in other
library departments as well.  While your primary responsibility will be
providing excellent customer service to 4th Floor visitors, you are also
expected to engage, contribute, and participate in the development of new
ideas and new services.  You will assist the public with tools you may not
be familiar with yet, including but not limited to 3D printers, vinyl
cutters, and more, so curiosity and an interest in experimentation is
essential.

You will provide insightful advice and friendly, hands-on support to our
customers in need.  Difficult situations are no problem, as you explain
situations with patience and empathy.  You offer solutions quickly to help
our customers use their devices and our resources.  Juggling customer
needs, you keep aware of their time demands as well as your own.  You
fulfill our service commitment with speed, skill and grace.

Qualifications:

   - Strong people skills, with a knack for problem-solving
   - Ability to maintain composure and customer focus while troubleshooting
   and solving technical issues
   - Ability to juggle appointments for assistance with unceasing demands
   for your time
   - Both an eagerness and an aptitude for acquiring skills in technical
   areas
   - Ability to make decisions quickly
   - Ability to work a flexible schedule - work hours will be based on
   library needs



This is a part-time position, twenty (20) hours per week (including weekend
hours) and is based at the downtown library.  Be advised, however, that you
may be scheduled to work at any library location. The pay is $15.00 per
hour, with no benefits.  All library employees must be Tennessee
residents.  For further information, contact Jim Cooper at
cooper