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Naturally, CloudFlare couldn't exactly replicate DNS servers because they need to MITM all the requests. If they wanted to, I guess they could translate a special IP address to themselves.

I'd like CloudFlare's DNS server to replicate my DNS server (AXFR, etc).

Their DNS is pretty good, and you could even upload your zone file. I guess I just have pretty weird requirements :)

By the way, I just turned CloudFlare into a nifty little content-addressable cache. I feed it a sha256 hash, and it returns my file:

CloudFlare isn't great for streaming media, but I guess static files should be fine. We'll see how it turns out :)

(Why not just piggyback on Google? Pwnna and I found that some country restrictions are really hard to work around...)

Show Off Your Site / Re: weekend project: multiplayer youtube audio
« on: March 29, 2015, 06:55:37 PM »
Totally. MPD supports such configuration and could also act as an Icecast source client.

Show Off Your Site / Re: weekend project: multiplayer youtube audio
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:49:51 PM »
This no longer meets my requirements, so... I rewrote it. Now I have:

1. vlc running on my media player in headless mode with http interface
2. to manage my playlist
3. a nifty Python script that consumes the playlist and makes vlc play all the things

Also, second-system effect: this has a pub/sub thing under the hood that supports the text chat and media "extensions". At some point, one starts to wonder if it might've been better to use XMPP (because, you know, it's extensible).

/edit: Hm... now that the Internet knows how I'm feeding my home theater, maybe I should implement some basic security :P meanwhile, feel free to control my home theater lol

General Chat / Re: New problem (3TB ext drive and new enclosure)
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:29:15 PM »
  • disk worked fine in WD enclosure
  • disk worked fine connected to motherboard
  • disk requires reformat in Vantec enclosure
... I'm tempted to blame the new enclosure, as you probably did.
Do you have any recovery software (such as testdisk) that could analyze the disk (connected using USB) without writing to it? Obviously, tread carefully because you wouldn't want to destroy any data and be worse off than you are now.

General Chat / Re: New problem (3TB ext drive and new enclosure)
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:00:05 PM »
What kind of enclosure is this? If it's got a plain USB SATA controller, it should behave as the SATA controller on your motherboard. If it comes bundled with an external disk, then it might have some special sauce (to make big disks work with old computers, or to make it difficult to swap disks around, etc).

General Chat / Re: Need help copying a large 30GB file
« on: March 29, 2015, 04:52:05 PM »
Nice. Now you gotta wonder: is the original file correct? ;)

Here's why not.

But yeah, I use ST3 (with tweaks for some annoying default behavior) and nano because modeless ftw.

There's also a major downside: loss of DNS control and flexibility.

General Chat / Re: We really are pro lurkers....
« on: March 29, 2015, 03:28:59 PM »
Aw, look at us, all grown up~

General Chat / Re: Security through obscurity....
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:30:40 AM »
Sure, but all security is achieved through obscurity (... of passwords/keys/etc); some obscurity is easier to unmask than others ;)

General Chat / Re: My Ubuntu is dead after replacing graphics adapters
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:26:12 AM »
Mop, how's your experience with Linux Mint?

I've only really used LMDE, and I think it's pretty nice. LMDE used to be a rolling release distro that tracks Debian Testing, but it's going stable. I use it on servers that also need a pretty GUI for clients (though they rarely touch the GUI anyway... it just works™ most of the time).

Technical Help & Server Administration / Using RAID for backup?
« on: January 06, 2015, 01:14:05 AM »
Everyone knows that RAID is not backup, but I've sometimes wanted to do this:
  • maintain some data
  • periodically, plug in a backup disk to mirror all the things
  • somehow, copy only the updated data to save time
I know that there are many tools for this, including rsync, but I think mdadm might also do the trick: it mirrors stuff, using a write-intent bitmap to speed things up. Who does this?

Ah, that would be perfect. It sounds tricky, though.

Wait, what would you do with a half tube or quarter tube? Entertainment? I'd roll it like an egg-roll.

Hm... I suppose it's most useful for a setup with many cables and many switches. I could probably make do with some labelled cables.

Thank you for the thorough explanation. The layout and furniture plan are coming together, so I figured this would be a good time to think about the wiring schematics.

I was also thinking about putting the cables through some kind of pipe/conduit (I like the rope idea!). If the pipe needs to bend, it'd need a fairly large bend radius to accommodate the cable stiffness, right? And what's the advantage to having a patch panel as opposed to just plugging everything directly into a switch?

Technical Help & Server Administration / how does one do structured wiring?
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:54:03 PM »
I'm preparing some shiny new office space, and I figured I'd run some cat6/6a cables all over the place. I currently just snake a bunch of solid-core UTP cables above the ceiling to plug directly into a switch and other networking equipment: no patch panels, no wall plates, etc. It works well because the topology doesn't change much, the mess is easily concealed using raceways and dropped ceilings, and everything's easy to access for debugging.

The new place would have a dozen rooms and 1-3 drops/room. What's the right™ way to do this, and why?

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