BSNL vs Private ISPs (Initial Test)

*Update 2* August 13, 2014 – Created comparison table.

*Update 2* August 13, 2014 – Created comparison table.

After my four miserable years with BSNL copper broadband, I finally had another player to choose in 2012, Zylog Wi5 Wireless Broadband. Unfortunately they shut down their service after 6 or 7 months because they were unable to pay office rent in many cities though I must confess their connection quality was very good whenever it worked.
Long story short, I had to come to BSNL copper line again for my connectivity needs but as usual the connection quality was very bad and there were much latency issues which I guess are there due to BSNL’s crappy routing.
This year in March a BSNL official from my telephone exchange on my repeated complaints told me to opt for BSNL Optical Fibre (a magic connection according to them). So I did and believe me, despite the outrageous prices and all, I still had high hopes for their Fibre Optical connection but I guess the people at BSNL love to prove me wrong. I am still with BSNL I pay 1450 INR + 12.36% tax + 169 INR(ONT Rent) per month for a 4 mbps connection with 20 GB FUP. For those who don’t know what FUP is, it is in simple words the limit of my happy days.
Until 20 GB (Upload+Download) I get 4 mbps (470 KB/s) speed and after that I am on that shitty crawling speed of 512 kbps (60 KB/s). Continue reading “BSNL vs Private ISPs (Initial Test)”

Debian Jessie 7.4 headless bare minimum image [Odroid U3]

[UPDATE] 14 March 2014 Image updated, thanks for reporting the problem Shiraz Shah.

Though I didn’t compile the image for Arch Linux arm, I did try to create a rootfs for debian wheezy using QEMU and my effort was successful.
The image is bare minimum with no gui/de, perfect to make a server or you can customize it to be anything like media center or desktop or torrent box.
The default user is root and login password is root.
You can use ssh to login, for security purposes when you login first the default ssh keys will be deleted and new one generated. Be sure to update your known_hosts file on your host system.
By default only the main branch is activated in sources.lst, you can edit /etc/apt/sources.lst to add contrib security and non-free branches.
You can install this image to 2 GB Micro SD/eMMC. Typing showtemp will show current temp of the board.
Here is the download link:

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Raspberry Pi + Raspbmc,+ LG 42LS5700, awesome mediacenter

Few weeks ago I installed Arch Linux ARM on my Raspberry Pi and after using it for few days as DLNA(miniDLNA), I almost forgot about it. It was getting dust since then.
Today I though that I need to make my movie watching experience more fun and cool by using Raspberry Pi as media server on my 42″ LG Smart LED(42LS5700).
So I grabbed a copy of Raspbmc(http://www.raspbmc.com/) image and installed it, installation was breeze and installation plus updates took almost an hour on my 2mbps line.
I hooked a wired USB keyboard after installation but when I turned my TV on I was surprised to see the Rpi detected as a BD Player supporting Simplink (See image), because Rasbmc is using the new cec library libcec 2.02. That means I can use my TV remote to control it, no need of attaching IR receivers, keyboard and anything. That made my day, I am very happy with LG and Rpi and Raspbmc ;), one remote and I can enjoy true home-theater experience.
Right now thinking of trying this anew with Arch Arm.

Work/Desktop

SysSpecs

OS Arch Linux x86_64
OS-2 Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
OS-3 LMDE Cinnamon x64
Motherboard ASuS Crosshair V Formula-Z
Processor AMD FX8350 BK (4.0 GHz)
CPU Cooling Cooler Master Seidon 120XL
Memory Corsair Vengeanace DDR3 1600 MHz 32GB(4 x 8GB)
Cabinet Antec Eleven Hundred Two
SSD SanDisk Pro SSD 120 GB (Boot)
SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB (Gaming)
HDD-1 Western Digital Cavair 500 GB SATA-III 7200 RPM
HDD-2 Western Digital Green 1 TB SATA-III 5400 RPM (Data)
HDD-3 Seagate 1 TB SATA-III 7200 RPM (Back Up)
HDD-4 Seagate 1 TB SATA-III 5400 RPM (USB BackUp)
HDD-5 ADATA HD710 1 TB 7200 RPM (USB 3.0)
SSD Seagate 2 TB SATA-III 7200 RPM (Third BackUp)
PSU Seasonic Platinum Series SS-1000XP 1000 Watts
Display LG 3D D2342P 23″
GPU1 Zotac nVidia GTX 780 (3 GB)
GPU2 Zotac nVidia GTX 650 (1 GB) (PhysX)
Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Z SB1500
Keyboard Logitech G105
Mouse Logitech G502
Router/Firewall PC-Engine APU1D4
Wireless/AP NetGear Nighthawk R7000

TimePass in January 2013

My computer crashed, Arch Linux forsake me and was broken after update. That was the start of New Year for me. 12 Days and I am still trying to fix all the mess and backing up all my data(making three copies, just in case). I changed my desktop motherboard and processor last month to ASuS Crosshair V Formula-Z and AMD FX 8150 and they were giving me quite a headache because I was unable to run my favorite OS Arch Linux on them but thank god today I am successful in setting up my system the way I want.

Resources System Screenshot

I am still waiting for my HTPC case and some other components as to build a media center and NAS for my home with Gigabyte H77N-wifi mini-ITX.I think this all will hopefully keep me busy for this month and next month is already busy with exams and tests.

A tough month

This whole month was not what I expected it to be. At first I was sick from almost the first week, got stung by wasps 7 times and the constant fever and lots of medicine made it difficult for me to long for any food and that really left me quite weak and my weight dropped almost 9 lbs.

As if that was not enough, someone dear to me died and that really came as a shock. I so much wish that the coming months are better. I don’t know know what going on in my head because for some weeks I loose my temper easily and am quite moody these days. I hope this is the side effect of all these medicine and it will stop after I stop taking my meds.

 

Arch Linux as server (test)

Just Pointed manidhillon.net to my own machine. I am using my own PC as server just to test how good Arch Linux performs as a web and file server because of its rolling release cycle. Usually Arch is considered a bad choice for web server because of bleeding edge updates. But as far as I have tested it (I do a “pacman -Syu” daily), I have encountered no problems.
My server is is mostly online few hours a day(just a test server guys)and I have never been in any problem or never been left with a broken system due to an update.
AFAIK mostly the early updates of desktop packages and GUI front-ends tends to break the system and that is also rare but if you are using a headless system and just using it as a server(no useless programs),then there are no upgrade problems. And the web server packages don’t receive updates so often(daily or weekly) and when they are updated they already have been fairly tested before going mainstream. So my conclusion is that Arch is a good choice for a server if you are familiar with it and as long as you don’t need any fancy GUI elements. The only problem I have is that Arch run a bit hot, even after loading powrnow-k8 and ondemand cpufreq, it is running hot more than normal.

My suggestion if you are going to use Arch Linux as server:
* Refrain from using testing repo.
* Do “pacman -Syu” on a weekly base, don’t do it daily unless absolutely necessary (eg: security updates, zero day attack patches/fixes)
* Just install what you need, less programs means less chance of conflicts between updates
* Don’t force updates

Of course these are my personal views but I find them useful.