AMD Lottery Success

Motherboard
The motherboard with RAM, CPU, and cooler installed.

I got a new computer, and built it today.
The processor I got was advertised and sold by AMD as a dual-core, but with certain motherboards, it is possible to unlock 2 more cores if they aren’t defective. Mine unlocked, so I now have a quad-core “AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 B50 Processor”. 8GiB of ram, 1TB of hard drive, and a 1920×1080 monitor round out the computer.

Now I just need to copy all of the data off my laptop.

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Numbers…

Orient CEY04002B
(My current watch, an Orient World time, is covered in numbers)

I realized today that I have memorized a bunch of numerical data as pointers to other stuff:

  • We are going to have to be compliant with Section 508 in our product at work.
  • I wish people would use ISO 8601 for dates and times.
  • Although I used to use the 192.168/16 and 10/8 RFC 1918 networks, I am now using 172.16/12 for fun
  • The normal CS 2^x numbers, where 2^10 = 1024, 2^12 = 4096
  • 1000 seconds is 16:40
  • Government forms: 1099, 1040, I-9, w-2
  • And then a bunch of approximations: 2^20 is a bit over 1 million, 2^30 is a bit over 1 billion, etc

But, I was annoyed to discover that Section 508 only bans blinking from 2-55 Hz. I am still annoyed at car designers who think that a 50% duty cycle blink at 60 Hz is equivalent to half brightness.
What about people that can see 85Hz no problem?

Velodrome

Velodrome
I took a picture of this Velodrome a while ago (December 2008), and today I finally got to ride on this track.

Coming from a large mountain bike to a smaller track bike is a huge change. And then there is riding on that track. The first time I went into the turn was slightly scary, but I quickly got used to it.

Now I am going to take classes, and then see if I can keep cycling during the winter.

New Jacket

New Jacket
I ended up at the Westminster Mall today, after getting parts for my new work shoes. The shoes were missing the plate in the bottom that the cleat screws into. The mall was missing a bunch of stores.

Really, Westminster Mall had room for about 7 big anchor stores, but only had 2, JC Pennys, and Sears. There was a Dillards clearance sale thing as well. I got this jacket and gloves at JC Pennys.

Oh yeah, I got a haircut last weekend.

DSL, PPPoe, EoA, MTU, WTFBBQ!

Router/Modem

I like when simply reconfiguring stuff that I already have makes it work better. My internet connection was having issues when I was using hundreds of simultaneous connections, with new connections being hard to open. It wasn’t a bandwidth issue, as I wouldn’t be using all of my 7 down/1 up connection, and could max it out on 1 connection just fine. Now, I have no problems related to number of connections. (Maybe I could try to do a 1000 connections and then see if spawning connections works)

To resolve the issue, I had my router, a Buffalo WHR-G54S running Tomato do the PPPoE connection instead of on my TrendNet TDM-C400 DSL modem.

Shortly put, I bridged the DSL and ethernet connections on my DSL modem, and then had my router do the PPPoE connection.

The configuration on the modem is going to be modem specific, and in my case was to make a EoA(Ethernet over ATM) connection above the DSL link, and then bridge the EoA interface with the Ethernet interface.
Then I added the PPPoE connection in the router, so that the DSL modem was only seeing a single connection. This is different from having the router be in the DMZ of the Modem, because the modem isn’t handling any connections, and isn’t doing any NAT either. The router has to manage connections/NAT anyways, so might as well have it do the PPPoE also.

Due to the 8-byte overhead in PPPoE, the recommended MTU is 1492, 8 down from the 1500 MTU in raw Ethernet.

One issue now is that I can’t access the administration page of my modem, since the WAN port of the router is doing PPPoE for everything. One way to fix this is to have a switch between the WAN port of the router, a LAN port of the router, and the Ethernet port of the modem. Since the only way to get a packet over the DSL connection is through the PPPoE, the switch between the WAN and LAN ports on the Router isn’t a huge security risk.
(Actually, plugging the WAN into a LAN port on the router, and then plugging the modem into a LAN port might work. That is just awesome! Maybe some routers support doing PPPoE and local network access over the WAN port…?)

In this configuration, with 280 connections doing 500KBps down/50 KBps up, no issues creating connections, but my laptop is starting to have serious lag issues. Which is one reason why I ordered a new computer to replace this single core laptop. The cpu usage on my router did spike to .4 with 50 connections being opened out of 200, but no issues there.

Lookout!

Parachute
I took this picture about half-way down the mountain.

A bike route where you are taking pictures of the tops of parachutes half-way down…

I biked up Lookout Mountain, just west of Golden. Actually, I parked in a Colorado School of Mines lot. It is a nice route, the slope is very consistent. Bit busy, though.

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