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  • NEW INTERNET

    knowing how few actual people visit this site on a daily basis I doubt anyone noticed the downtime. Today I upgraded my internet from my shitty ADSL2+ 15mbps down /.8 mbps up (colba.net paid for 24/1 $40/month with annual lump sum payment) to my new ISP with VDSL2/FTTN and a data rate of 20-22mbps down and 8-10mbps up (pay for 25/10) the difference in price is a $10 cad increase per month. however the modem that they give u seems to be a bit of a pain to use and doesn’t seem  stable hopefully it will settle down in the next few days

    update: whelp i got fed up with the shitty netis modem/router failing all the time and loosing network coning so i reconfigured the network so that the netis is in bridged modem mode and my primary router is managing the traffic instead and so far the internet speed has increased because of it, awesome, and im having no connection issues with the server anymore so i will continue monitoring and hope everything stays solid (managed to get it working in less than an hour instead of the 4-5 hours fucking with the netis interface yesterday)

    I am guessing the netis wasn’t able to handle the network load that we have in our home so it would overload and crash out  but now its only job is to be a network gateway  which only talks to our fiber node also it seems I am on a static IP (or just a very long lease) now so I don’t need to worry about name server propagation downtime when the network craps out or the IP gets rotated  or dealing with mail servers that dont like dynamic ips. However the down side is if my server gets hacked and ends up on a bunch of blacklists for spamming its gonna be a pain in the ass to recover from (speaking from experience)

     

    update2: Im getting the speed im paying for FUCK YEah


  • WELL we aint done yet

    thanks in huge part entirely to ALostEt3rnity beefgir has been funded for another year.

    at this moment i am pulling a full backup of beefgir.net. currently no one will have access to the site because the domain is redirecting to the eulogy page and will probably be fixed tomorrow sometime i think we all need a little break after the stress of losing a beloved website  until then  the fourms from febuary are still up (i will take them off line once beefgir.net is backup)

    one thing i did not expect from this is how emotional it is to loose a website like that……

     

    @1:40 pm EST

    http://beefgir.net is live again


  • Beefgir down maybe for good

    Bad news guys it looks like we wont be able to cover the cost of the host anymore neither beefgir nor myself can front $160 US to pay the host which may result in account termination beefgir is going to put something together  on freewebz because my internet connection cant handle the load that beefgir.net receives  i have a 12000/600kbps connection (adsl2+) and that’s $481 CAD a year or about 5% of my annual income I am sad to see it go but we all saw it coming and beefgir is happy that it managed to keep kicking for 10 full years

    update

    any way he has made one hell of a goodbye page http://beefgirsgoodbyb.webs.com/

    and you can still visit the fourms at http://killernat.com/forums


  • Beefgir down

    @1 30pm est (11-3-2015)

    hay all beefgir forgot to pay his host so we are out of a the house for now i will have a fourm on here in a fewdays if all goes bad i have a backup of the beefgir forums some where from a couple of months ago and could probably host them here if necessary

    @2:30 pm est

    UPdate

    good news and bad good news i found an SQL backup file from feb 2015  (both good and bad)

    bad news is it was from a pratial complete arcive so its missing all the website data (including the fourms directory) I have another archive (tar.gz) that should have that directory but its partially corrupted and winrar doesent want to extract it partialy i will try to extract it onmy linux machine once it transfers (6gb archive)

     

    @3:00 est

    asjldkfhnasl;dkjvsdghkslj;dfhlk;FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    i wasted a bunch of time with bad archives i use for checking transfer rates on my network just to open up another hdd and find a perfectly intact archive with the full site intact (feb 11 2015) so now i SHOULD beable to just copy paste the fourms to here and install the database and the clock will be set back to febuary

     

    @3:50

    database is installed now just coping over fourm files  due to permissions this is a mild pain in the ass extract fourm to desktop transfer files to server (not web directory) sudo copy it into the webdirecty change ownership to web user and set proper permissions but almost done fyi this is 8887 files on the fourms

    unfortunatly it takes along time to transfer over lan because for every file the server and client need to create a hand shake packet the client sends a packet with the address of the server the size of the file and some other info, the server acknowledges this and the client begins cutting the file into data packet it sends to the server which the server assembles into a file and will request any packets that it is missing once the file is transferred it will send a end of file packet to the client the client then starts over with the next file  there is more to it than this but it is the jist of the operation. I2C (usb) works in a simmlor way but with diffrent methods of checking the file  and is controlled entirely by the host device

    problem is the handshake process is slow so when you need to do it for over 8000 files that are only a few kb’s its much  slower then sending 1 big file of 700mb (this is part of the reason why archive files exist)

     

    @4:30

    the forms have gone back in time to February 2 2015  and are now live at killernat.com/forums


  • Ginger beer update

    So its been a few months and I have used up most of my ginger beer. I say used up because of a few things. First  I didn’t care all that much for the flavor because i made it from an extract it came loaded with an artificial sweetener  (because it was supposed to be sweet)  so it tastes like a diet soda it dose have a nice kick of alcohol ~10%  and the ginger taste is good if you can get past the diet taste. I ended up giving most of it away as Christmas gifts. every one seems to have liked it though.

    My next planned batch of beer will be a test batch of 8L  of Maple stout that I want to make from scratch.


  • Bottleing ginger beer

    I got my ginger beer bottled today YAY. now to let it do its second ferment for 2-3 weeks. I got 24 750ml bottles from my 5 gallon carboy (yay for mixed units)
    I just used an extract for a base and added a lot of fresh ginger (i also should have reduced the sugar its way too sweet)

    2014-11-07 14.24.03         2014-11-07 14.23.49

     

    all the barefoot wine bottles are from the recycling bin at work i hope they can handle the pressure


  • Headach = Arduino + PLC;

    For my college’s open house I made an Arduino send serial commands to a Siemens s7-200 that in turn controls a thyristor firing unit to control the speed of a DC shunt motor. I can also send direct commands through a PC via the Arduino. Sorry for the short video I didn’t think about getting video until the last minute.
    I will probably add more to this post at a later date


  • Helpin a friend out

    so I have an old friend that back in high school we kind of started a metal internet radio station that we dubbed black phoenix FM long short short it died. any way a month or so ago he wanted to start it back up so he did his thing (hes studding journalism and he has a strong interest in music especially local groups) and has an internet radio station set up and now he has a live website Black Phoenix Radio so go and give it a listen currently its just classic / pop rock with radiomy news with plans to turn the 8pm to 6am slot to metal. He also posts news about the music industry album releases etc.


  • Dirty Business Practice

    So the other day I had to make a business card for a class I decided to use vista print since that’s what the teacher recommended due to its price point for the most part the design process was somewhat limited with a decent set of templates with their background images. I found one i liked made it up and was fairly happy with it so i went to the check out process. First its all good select your quantity paper stock finish type etc. Problem is if you just click next for the card it takes you through a line of do you want this accessory or that or this shiny thing or maybe a magnet with your design on it etc. then you do a standard checkout process until you give them payment info and show your order review then it gives you one final promotion and if you are not paying full attention you miss it. It gives you 2 options 1 accept without promotion and 2 accept with promotion. well I was going fast so i missed it (and to be honest when you have done enough online orders it becomes pretty automatic). So i accidentally clicked accept with promotion(which is at the bottom of the 2 invoices displayed so i got another 8$ tacked onto my order at the very last step of a standard checkout.

    I see no reason to ever give them any more of my money if they try to get you to buy every other thing they sell just before checkout and then subversively try to trick you into buying more than you want. Ads are fine and fair play even the annoying “buy all our shit” thing before checkout is ok. But tacking on an option after words is down right dirty business practice. Granted its partly my fault for not paying attention, but i got caught in the trap that was designed specifically for people who stopped paying attention to the last step of online ordering (scroll to bottom, click accept order) because of more honest companies. Now i’m stuck with 140 return address labels and i don’t even send mail more than 2 or 3 times a year

    TL;dr:
    Vista print does everything to trick you into buying more stuff so don’t give them the business.