Friday, January 11, 2019

I don't even know how long my images have been down. I'm fixing it. I self host, so if something happens and I'm not here I can't reset stuff. Seriously though. How many days have they been down?


  1. There hasn't been any pictures in awhile, I had to go to twitter to see pictures.

  2. Not very long, they were done yesterday when I checked, but not the day before

  3. Thank you Baby.

    I first noticed the problem when Mr s. tried to turn the heat back on in the house from the road. The smoke detectors and thermostat were all unreachable. Since my neighbors hadn't texted me I was reasonably sure my house hadn't burned down.

    For some reason my network got all in a bunch.

  4. Check to see if you're missing anything, and check to see if the power company seals on your power box have been removed.

    Because many thieves now know about stuff like doorbell ringers with cameras and cheap surveillance systems that run off the LAN, the first thing they do now is to get the power to glitch somehow. They can wait a few hours for all of your UPS units to run out of power (by coming back tomorrow, same time, same station), and they usually don't give a fuck about taking what's in your fridge unless they know you're a chef.

    This place has a smart meter which means I can padlock the outdoor power cabinet -- the power company doesn't need access just to read the meter. If the power company needs access for maintenance, they know where to call me and where to find the property manager who also has a key. (The property manager is also considering implementing locks and keys for all of these cabinets because this seems like a very good idea that got missed on Day One, and so I may get my lock and key back.)

    If you want a cheap hosting appliance and don't mind spending some time installing an OS and tools on a headless box, these little things are a much better option than a Raspberry Pi of any kind: PC Engines micro-server with 4 GB RAM and 4 LAN ports.

    The RAM is soldered on and the heatsink is an aluminum slab you slap on with some heatsink stuff they provide. I prefer Fujipoly heat transfer material which we have on hand in bulk for the projects we're doing, but it's a one-and-done job. That mobile CPU doesn't kick out a lot of heat anyway.

    I have twelve of these running on various UPS's for home services and backups and they don't even draw the proverbial 100 watt lightbulb's amount of power. They're not super-speedy -- you'd do better with a mini-PC for that. But they're able to run off a 12V/2A power adapter without doing much to load it down, even with two PCIe cards, an mSATA drive, and a SATA drive stuck in there with Velcro and one of the custom SATA header cables they sell.

    They run RedHat Enterprise Linux 7 tolerably well, and they should work better with much more modern Linux kernels than the 3.x cruft that's in RHEL 7.

    These things take SIM cards so you can use them with PCIe wireless modem cards. I've got one set up with a USB to RS-232 converter so it can listen to the Internet UPS from the comfort of a locked (plastic) cabinet, sending me multiple texts when the power goes out. I usually hear from them a few minutes before the automated warnings from the power company, and so when I don't get those warnings, I start calling people.

    I know I've been living in higher threat environments than you are right now, but that doesn't mean that thieves from shitty neighborhoods can't pay your place a visit while you're away at CES.

  5. Hmmmmm. Those are interesting options.