As I suspected, the Intel NUCs included in my “Rabbit” cloud hardware are proving much more useful than the Nvidia Jetson TK1s. I received both “Silvermont” NUC5 and “Goldmont” NUC6 machines in my surplus eBay cloud hardware, and both are good little machines, with some notable limitations.
We live in a world of cattle, not pets, and Kubernetes rules the roost. I’ve been meaning to spend some time getting up to speed on the latest but didn’t have enough hardware to make that happen until now. I recently bought a whole pile of surplus hardware so I will be able to experiment with orchestration and container platforms in the office.
I have an HPE ML110 Gen10 server. It’s an excellent piece of hardware but does not “like” the LSI SAS card I want to use for FreeNAS. Every time it boots, I get a “red screen of death” because the LSI card is trying to load its ROM. Luckily I stumbled on a fix, and thought I would share it here.
Most people know of Speedtest, the online performance testing website, but most nerds reach for iPerf instead. It’s a self-hosted, full-featured, open-source network performance testing application that runs on almost everything. Today I realized that there’s a free iOS port of the iPerf3 client! It’s super useful!
I’m a fan of home automation but not of proprietary platforms. It seems like every few months we hear about another automation platform shutting down just as a new one pops up. My rule for IoT and Home Automation is that it must be a well-supported platform with good open source support or I’m not interested. So the first thing I did when cracking open a package of smart lightbulbs from Costco was to “liberate” them to run Tasmota!