OT: Gear review Dell Precision Server/workstations

From: Phil Sieg 
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I needed a high power multi-core server with lots of ram for my new house. M=
y uses include Plex streaming, IP cam DVR, and multi machine virtualization.=
 I wanted dual Xeon Quads with at least 32gb ram.

This is easy and cheap if you can get by with a 20" deep 1U or 2U server. I f=
ound great units for under $250 that fit the bill other than they are all LO=
UD.

So I did some googling, trolled some forums and discovered that the quietest=
 servers are the ones that look like desktops commonly billed as high end "w=
orkstations"

I just got a dell precision that will mount horizontally in my 1/3 sized rac=
k, has 32GB ram and dual quad Xeons all for about $250.

Here is the best part... It is practically silent at idle. It has a huge 140=
mm in front of the case and a few low speed (or speed controlled) 80mm fans s=
trategically placed inside.

Sill waiting for a few parts to come in to load up OS and really test it, bu=
t i think is is going to be perfect.

There are about a dozen different versions of this particular Dell beastie t=
hat all share the same case structure with different guts. It is rack width a=
nd about 15-6 inches deep.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's=
 the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011=

OT: Geek Bag with integrated gear charger

From: Phil Sieg 
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I had a powerbag sized for a full size ipad, plus room for some other =
stuff. It came with a built in battery but was finicky about coming on =
and staying on (charging) so I threw it into my pile of no longer used =
gear bags in my closet.

Here is the Bag:    =
http://www.amazon.com/Powerbag-Messenger-Charging-Smartphones-RFAP-0088F/d=
p/B005JAE4LC/ref=3Dsr

Raspberry Pi 2 - Now with Windows 10!

From: Phil Sieg 
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WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

I think it is a win!

Just wish there was a 2GB and 4GB ram version=E2=80=A6

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Chad Smith  wrote:
>=20
> http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/ =

>=20
> =46rom the announcement:
>=20
> Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 =
is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), =
featuring:
>=20
> A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
> 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
> Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
>=20
> Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM =
GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as =
Microsoft Windows 10.
>=20
> Microsoft has said that in the next few months, they are going to =
introduce a *Free* version of Windows 10 designed to work on the =
Raspberry Pi 2.
>=20
> http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/2/7962179/raspberry-pi-windows-10 =

>=20
> What do you guys think?
>=20
> - Chad W. Smith
> 

McDell Hackintosh>>> Quad Core/16gb/500GB SSD $617

From: Phil Sieg 
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So I have successfully Hackintoshed a dell Optiplex 780 Desktop (between mini tower and SFF in size 16x16x5). It is VERY fast and silent. I must say I am impressed. Here is the build:

Optiplex 780
Intel Q9650 Core2 Quad 3.0ghz (Will replace with Xeon Quad when it arrives)
16GB 1333mhz ram
500 GB Crucial M100 SSD
1TB Western Digital Blue (Time Machine internal drive)
Nvidia GeForce GT730 1GB DDR5 low profile. Triple monitor support ;-)

So a Quad core 3 ghz with 16gb ram and 1tb Time machine drive that performs like a MacPro (older one of course) for $617 ALL IN.

I can’t say I will never buy another Mac… But I might not buy another Mac Desktop.

The ONLY thing I do not have working yet is the APP Store, and Messages.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





A cool CHEAP Hardware hack!!!

From: Phil Sieg 
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I am building a couple of cheap quad core hackintoshes using stock Dell =
Boxen and upgrading video cards.

I was shopping for Core2 Quad processors (Q9650) and was shocked to see =
them at $100 and more! Awful damned old for that price.

Soooo I was googling around and found this: =
http://www.overclock.net/t/1431723/mod-lga775-support-for-lga771-xeon-cpus=
 =


So an EASY way to use LGA 771 XEON CPU=E2=80=99s in Core2 Duo/Quad =
motherboards. More cache, better overclocking, and lower temps=E2=80=A6 =
OH YEAH and HALF the PRICE!=20

The Quad core Xeon comparable to the Q9650 core2 quad is $46 instead of =
$100!!!

Score!

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial 'CISPA-style' laws after Sony attack

From: Rod-Lists 
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And with a center right Democrat in the WH and both House and Senate in republican hands this might pass.

President Obama has sent the strongest signal yet for the upcoming Congress to take up new controversial cybersecurity information sharing legislation next year.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/white-house-wants-congress-to-revisit-controversial-cispa-style-cybersecurity-laws-after-sony-attack/

IT security pros have pointed out holes with the North Korean Narrative.
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/12/did

Obama urges FCC to strengthen Net Nuetrality

From: Rod-Lists 
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Video at link

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama asked the Federal Communications Commissionon Monday to set the 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality as agency writes new Internet traffic regulations.

Obama urged the FCC to prohibit so-called paid prioritization, deals in which content providers would pay Internet companies to ensure smooth delivery of traffic.

He said the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service to be regulated more like a public utility.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/obama-net-neutrality

OT: LG G2 update

From: Phil Sieg 
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So for anybody interested in a top of the line android phone (Quad core 2.2ghz, 2gb ram 32gb storage 5.2" screen, built in wireless charging) for under $250 here is the update.

The battery life is FANTASTIC! The rest of the phone is as well. This is as happy as I have been on Android. I spent $225 on ebay for a verizon unit because it is the only one with built in wireless charging and is FACTORY UNLOCKED for SIM cards.

So a phone that is better in many ways than a Galaxy S5 for almost a third of the price? WHAT are you waiting for???

Here is a bit about battery life:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-G2-battery-life-test-long-live-the-king

Fwd: [PhreakNIC] CTF

From: Jon Nyx 
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FYI

PS - "Keith" is this guy:

Keith Watson
Information Security Manager, College of Computing
Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~krwatson

Part of his day job is taking large botnets away from organized crime
outfits, studying them, and then disassembling them. We're very lucky
to have him helping with our con.

Dru Myers
Nashville2600 President, PhreakNIC founder and con chair, 1997-2001 & 2014


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Keith
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM
Subject: [PhreakNIC] CTF
To: phreaknic@googlegroups.com


I've talked to GTRI (the people who put on the Hungry Hungry Hackers
CTF) and it looks like a go. I will have more info in the next week or
so.

H3 was this last weekend, it went great (8/22 & 8/23)
http://www.hungryhungryhackers.org/

We noticed at past events that people would leave the CTF after only a
few hours. We asked around and found that people want to compete but
are overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

This year we had two tracks, competition and educational. The
educational track had multiple speakers that did walk-throughs of
tools and how to solve some basic challenges. It went very well and
after the end of the educational track a bunch of them joined the
competition.

The CTF is Jeopardy style with about 60 challenges. In addition we had
ten stations setup with a FPGA hardware flags and a car hacking
station setup with CAN buss flags.

Craig Smith of TheiaLabs set up the car hacking station and was on
hand for the entire event. It was a combination CAN buss/WiFi hack.
Craid was alos handing out copies of the Car hacker's Handbook. You
can download the PDF here:

http://opengarages.org/handbook/

A lock picking challenge was also part of the CTF.

Once we do our post CTF debrief we'll start solidifying the PhreakNIC CTF.

Let me know of anything you would like to see in the CTF.

keith

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OT: all VERIZON LTE phones unlocked

From: Phil Sieg 
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By FCC mandate ALL Verizon LTE phones that have a SIM card slot MUST be factory unlocked and stay that way.

This includes ALL iPhones since the iPhone 5, and most any smart phone they have started selling in past 2 years.

IF it is LTE capable, it is unlocked.

I have personally verified this on several devices.

So if you want a CHEAP(er) unlocked phone, this is the way to get it.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





OT:BEST Android phone yet... LG G2 VS980 Verizon

From: Phil Sieg 
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Got a new piece of kit. Here is how it happened:

My business partner got the new LG G3 5.5" but 20% smaller than the Galaxy Note 2/3 even though the screen is the same size. I have been VERY impressed with my Nexus 5 and his G3 is amazing, in fact almost perfect. The ONE THING it is lacking is the wireless Qi charging.

Well I am hooked on Qi the way a crack ho loves rock... yes it is that bad. If you don't have wireless charging, you thing I am an idiot. If you do, you get it. There simply is no going back, not even for the iPhone 6.

The problem is that I am still dissatisfied with the battery life on my Nexus 5. I have rooted, rom-ed, kerneled, and tweaked this thing to death, and have gotten every last drop of energy out of it, and it just isn't enough, especially for international travel.

So I start reading up on hacking Qi into the G3, and find out that the G2 from Verizon has it built in. 

For those of you that don't know, the LG G2 is the Nexus 5 on steroids. It is the exact same size with a .2 inch larger screen (5.2 vs 5.0) due to smaller bezels. It has a bigger battery, better camera, better screen, and the Verizon model's SIM slot is UNLOCKED. You can use the ATT Straighttalk SIM and it will do HSPA+ (4G) without hacking and LTE if you flash an AOSP rom.

OH and it doesn't have any stupid buttons on the side where they get pressed accidentally ALL THE TIME. The buttons for power/vol are in the center of the back just below the Camera...which actually rocks.

The best part: $225 on ebay for like new in the box 32GB!!!

So far I am digging it.

Will rant in a few days if battery life is disappointing.

No rant means I am pleased.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Nexus 5 update

From: Phil Sieg 
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I so love almost everything about the Nexus 5. FAR better device than my Galaxy S4 (rest in peace).

Wireless charging that really works is the BOMB!

However...

1. Battery life is only reasonable after a half dozen hacks and tweaks...
2. Lack of SD card slot is annoying.

I have remedied the battery life issue with 3 wireless chargers (home, office, car).

Maybe, just maybe I won't be the first iPhone 6 user in the area...

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Display fast forward

From: Phil Sieg 
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Kind of a big deal for LCD/Panel display technology. Think of the possibilities...

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/18/sharp-free-form-displays/

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




Phone Death

From: Phil Sieg 
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My Galaxy s4 died friday at lunch. Kaput. Guess the little Chinese guy that revived it last month will be getting it back on my next trip...

So I hopped on craigslist and got a Nexus 5 from a guy 3 blocks from me for a fair price.

I LOVE the Nexus so far...BUT am a little concerned about battery life.

BTW I have a ton of accessories for the S4 if anybody is interested....

3 new batteries (1 samsung, 2 Zero lemon Hi Capacity 3,000 mah)
At least 3 different Spigen cases (2 slimarmor ones)
Desktop charger that works with or without a case

Let me know if there is any interest.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Chugalunch, Wednesday, 1:00

From: David White 
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Here ye, here ye!

As the now-president of Chugalug, I am calling a Chugalunch meeting for
1:00pm next Wednesday (June 11) at 1:00.

Location: Taqueria Jalisco (Original location on Rossville Ave).

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
http://developcents.com
423-693-4234

GREAT website: www.iftt.com

From: Phil Sieg 
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So in trying to easily create additional functionality for my Pebble, I stumbled across: www.iftt.com

IFTT = If This Then That, and is website that offers unlimited actions and notifications through using a very simple IFTTT programming interface. I created my first "alert" in about 2 minutes.

Check it out, it seems to be quite good.

I am certain a number of you are already aware of this, I just wish it had been passed on ;-)

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011




New Kit Review: Pebble Steel

From: Phil Sieg 
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So yesterday my shiny new Pebble Steel smartwatch arrived.

In true geek fashion (pun intended) I sync'd and loaded etc for several hours.

Here are my observations:

1. Excellent build quality for a smartwatch. Not so much compared to a swiss timepiece or nice Timex. Meh. As a watch collector this bums me out a bit. Will get better in time, probably after Apple sets the damned standard.

2. Buggy firmware for both watch and Android. Not unusable, just a wee bit annoying.

3. Not as user configurable as it should be. Example: The backlight that comes on when you flick your wrist is 2 seconds. Why can't I make it 5 seconds, or 3, or 10? Some of the watch faces have a lot of data compactly displayed, and 2 seconds is NOT enough time to grok it.

4. New app-store android app is slower than molasses, to the point of being annoying. I am certain this is partially caused by the bluetooth connection to the watch and necessary confirmations needed by the software as currently configured.

5. UI of watch and nav in the UI is just ok, not optimum. This is a new category and individual usage styles have yet to be mapped, then optimized. I feel certain this will improve fairly quickly with updates.

I have 30 days to decide whether or not this replaces my Titanium Omega Seamaster as my daily watch. I searched for that watch for years and to me it is the ultimate in a rugged daily watch, so the bar here is set pretty high. 

What I can say is that now that my wrist vibrates for texts and phone calls I am a lot more likely to respond. Ever since I started carrying my phone in my pocket I have missed 70% of all my calls and texts, so this should help with that at least.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





My Galaxy S4 drama

From: Phil Sieg 
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So my phone drama:

My S4 had been acting weird for a few weeks. It ate 2 batteries (batteries seemed dead or defective, wouldn't charge), and would randomly re-boot. 

I started to wonder if the OS was Windows XP instead of Android.

It finally "died" when I was on the phone talking to my business partner in USA a few days ago.

I took it to a repair shop I have used before and they tested it. Said it was a bad CPU. Little guy took the phone apart in about 7 minutes, and showed me the CPU board. Quoted me $72 USD to fix it. I said yes but wanted to ask some more questions. I thought he was replacing the board like we would here in USA.

Turns out he was going to un-solder the CPU and re-solder a new one to the board since the board cost $180 to replace. This CPU is "wave-soldered" by a PCBA "robot". It is surface mounted and the 80 or so "contacts" are about 1/10th of a millimeter wide with about twice that amount of space between them... I was skeptical, and said it was OK to try, but that the $72 would also apply towards the new cpu board price of $180. He agreed that was fine and proceeded.

ONE HOUR LATER: He hands me a repaired phone that works perfectly. 20 minutes of that hour was waiting for the new snapdragon processor to be delivered.

Little Chinese guy has MAD SKILLZ. Wish I had taken a selfie with him.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Haswell Chromebook hack...

From: Phil Sieg 
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I bought an Acer c720 chromebook for my daughter to play with, and have 
liked it itso much my daughter has yet to touch it. She is not quite 4 
yet... so I don't really feel guilty.

I recently bought an SSD to upgrade the storage from 16gb to 128 gb, and 
at the same time installed Elementary OS (An Ubuntu remix) on it.

I LOVE IT!!! 8+ hours of battery life with ubuntu, very fast and 
responsive, very slim and svelte form factor, and an all in price of 
$350 with upgraded SSD! About 6 hours of hacking and Linux 
setup/tweaking involved, which is about standard fo me to set up any OS 
to my liking.

If you are looking for a great cheap NEW laptop, this is the ticket.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. 
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011


Captain Trips is coming....

From: Phil Sieg 
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Stephen King meets R.E.M.

It's the end of the world and we know it.... Two major outbreaks of "super virals" at the same time:


http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/12/west-africa-doctors-fight-to-contain-ebola-outbreak/

http://online.wsj.com/news/article