This server provides hosting for various projects under development. When these projects cross over into useful web applications, they are listed under the Hosted Domains or Web Applications menus. The purpose is to provide a live development environment for myself and others that request access. I also use it as my personal soapbox.
With temperatures peeking above 30° today, I decided it was time to finally swap my Focus spare tire for the newly repaired
I also took the opportunity to scan the OBDII check engine light which had been lit for the last 3 days. It turned out to be a misfire
, but since it only
reported one I took the chance and cleared it hoping it's only bad gas. The proper tire location also cleared the "tire pressure sensor malfunction" giving me a warning light free dash. To celebrate,
a full car wash was completed, including the now safely tucked away spare tire.
With my Lumia 928 approaching it's 9 month birthday
, and the long rumored
finally launching, it was of course time to spend my $500 work anniversary gift card
on an unsubsidized phone purchase. Aside from the Snapdragon 800 chipset upgrade, which blows away
the S4 on the 928, I get
twice the RAM, twice the resolution (720p vs 1080p) and an extra half-inch of screen size. Amazingly, it does all this weighing only 4 grams more, with all dimensions within 2-3mm of the 928.
Sadly, I lose the Xenon flash and glance feature from the 928, the latter of which baffles me, and I hope it will be added back in at some point in the future. I'm glad this 5" moderate beast
came to Verizon instead of the 6" 1520 gigantor
AT&T got, I just wish Verizon would get on board with external storage like AT&T seems to
be happy to approve for devices on their network.
My Bitcoin madness reached a new level this week with the purchase of a second ASICMiner cube
This time I only paid $315, bringing me up to a total of $700 investment and 80 GHash/s that has thus far only netted $56 since Jan 22nd
Two of these miners quickly heated up my server room, then larger family room before I decided on their final setup in the hallway
my basement and garage. Here they can run overclocked with the fans on low, constantly sucking 700w of power.
This translates into 16.8 kWh a day rated @ ~ 7¢/kWh, so $1.18 / day I need to make just to break even. Not satisfied with Bitcoin, I decided to add Litecoin and Dogecoin mining as well.
These use the Scrypt hashing algorithm rather than Bitcoins SHA-256 and as of yet there is no specialized hardware for it, meaning my two nVidia GPUs
had a shot at making some Litecoin. It also meant I could buy a cheap video card for work and take advantage of free electricity
despite the lowly 300w
power supply in that computer limiting me to under 90 Kh/s.
After accepting that nVidia video cards do in fact suck at mining, I found a gently used Radeon 7970 card
with 3 fans for extra kickass and paid a whopping $400 for
the privilige to mine with it. Hopefully the two nVidia cards sell for at least half that, which would put my new hobby at $900. This is close enough to the $1,000 barrier that I'm ending purchases and allowing
the coins to roll in. The impressive 688 KHash/s I was able to get from the new card caused a GPU tornado
in my tiny server room, and
after creating a startup script to auto-mine on power up I introduced my Bitcoin miners to the new Litecoin/Dogecoin miner
. Now at a combined 900w I'm slowly
killing forests of trees all for some numbers that may or may not end up being worth something.
Over 7 years ago
, I successfully defeated the comment spambots with a stupidly simple CAPTCHA system.
This proved to be an impenetrable fortress of code against the heavy traffic (and spambots) this website regularly recieves.
Sadly, it looks like that fortress has finally fallen. I doubled the number of images and offset the type in an effort to repair the damage, but it looks like
the integrity of fortress itself has been compromised. Flooded with spambots, I have no choice but to hop in my escape pod and start all over.
I have high hopes for the industry standard
and plan to integrate it shortly.
Less than 2 weeks after my dabble in bitcoin mining
, I've dropped $389
on a new ASICMINER Block Erupter
that runs a steady 38 GH/s when overclocked. Currently combined with my 4x Antminer U1s
, I'm pushing upwards of 45 GH/s
which means I won't make back my investment for at least a year, if at all. Add the additional 288 watts
it uses off my web server power supply and I'm in the hole forever. My only hope is for bitcoin value to go through the roof and acivate my retirement plan.
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A few weeks ago, the wonderful winter weather of Michigan created a giant pothole I was able to hit hard with my passenger front tire. I stopped to inspect the apparently undamaged wheel and continued on my way. Fast forward to today where my essentially bald tires
once again proved they are completely useless in snow (as the warning in my user manual clearly stated, but I chose to ignore). After freeing the Focus with some slams from the Fusion
, I dropped if off at Belle Tire with instructions to mount the cheapest 235/40-18 tires in the hopes I'll get marginal traction. Turns out, that pothole left it's mark
on my rim, prompting me to buy just one tire and activate the spare for the damaged one. After delivering the damaged wheel to my dealer, it was confirmed the OneCare warranty would not only replace the wheel but also the tire. My mind quickly subtracted the cost of the second tire and plans to keep the spare on throughout winter were finalized. Now I'll have two brand new front tires and acceptable rears for lease turn-in, hopefully preventing any additional charges.
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