April 2018 What’s Happening?

As I write this I have so many things in my mind I want to write about and create videos about!

Recently I’ve slowed down on the tutorials but it’s not through lack of content. I’ve had a big change in the software I’ve been using so have been trying to get it just right and how I want it to be as well as trying to plan into the future.

This month already I’ve started streaming a brand new game, it’s completely opposite direction from the AAA titles. I had thought about moving to Far Cry 5 but there are already so many amazing creators doing that I wanted to do something nobody else is (yet). War Brokers is my route to doing that, currently it’s kind of like a Minecraft/FPS but it’s great to play and easy to pickup. I’m looking forward to watching it develop and streamingmore of it, in my first stream one of the devs engaged with me so huge thumbs up for that.

In about 2 weeks the newest version of AMD Ryzen CPUs should release, I’m already gearing up for a change from my 1700X onto whatever the newest version will be (most likely a 2700X). Once they are released I’ll be moving over onto one of those and hopefully improving performance once again.

Im also hoping very much to get my hands on one of the recent MikroTik hardware releases, a small little box ideal for a traveller so I’m wanting to do a full unboxing and road warrior config for that.

Thank you if you are reading this and please do keep checking back for more.

WarBrokers.io Browser Based FPS

Whilst enjoying AAA titles sometimes they do get a bit annoying or rage inducing. PUBG for example spending ages to get decent loot to get gunned down by someone sat in a bush with no loot at all and others like COD where it is extremely fast paced and you can barely move after spawning. This induces a search for alternatives whilst still wanting something to keep you entertained for more than 3 minutes.

War Brokers has at the moment ticked that box for me. It is a free to play browser based FPS built on the Unity engine by Trebuchet Entertainment with basic graphics (Minecraft) and a gun in hand. Movement is a bit weird and unpredictable at times but overall fun factor is constantly there and can be mixed up with the use of various weaponry and vehicles.

I’ve put some screenshots below, just click if you want to see them big.

Definitely worth a try! http://warbrokers.io

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Securing RouterOS written guide is now Live!

This is probably one of the most important (and overlooked) aspects of using an internet capable router. Security of your device is paramount an you should always do everything you can to protect it. I’ve got both a written and video tutorial to show try and help you achieve a solid security solution so you can be safe in the knowledge that your router is unreachable from unauthorised sources.

MikroTik QoS with script now live!

I’ve just put the finishing touches to v1 of my QoS script for Mikrotik RouterOS devices. QoS is a weird one as what suits my needs may not suit yours and I go into some detail here about it but regardless to that the written tutorial with downloadable script file is now live on my site and you can find it just here.

Hope you find it useful and please do give me any feedback you may have!

MikroTik Bandwidth Test Removed!

MikroTik have recently removed this excellent little tool from their website. Whilst it is not known in the MikroTik community as being a “good” speed testing tool, it certainly has helped me out a few times testing bandwidth to one of a few co-hosted RouterOS devices and getting a good reading on the ISP delivered speeds.

This is in part to MikroTik now pushing the Traffic Generator as the new testing tool and whilst I really do hope they don’t drop the BTest server capability in future versions, I do ultimately see it coming.

So, whilst the tool has been removed from the website and it’s not even being kept in the archives, I did manage to rescue a copy from my laptop and am happily hosting on my site should there ever be a need for it.

You can download a copy of the last version of the tester from within my website here.

 

CHR completed! But not how I hoped it would be

My long ongoing build of a 1U ESXi server to run CHR on has come to an end, a frustrating end that meant I simply couldn’t live with the noise it was kicking out because of the 40mm fans and constantly comparing it to my massively overpowered i7 mATX fileserver.

As a fairly large change to the home setup I decided to pull apart about 3 of my home servers and rebuild the main storage into the spare N54L and then rebuild the “Node” into an ESXi server to host the CHR. Quad port NIC in the Node and a quick install onto the Crucial M4 128GB and it was up and running, installed the CHR and it’s moving along really well and actually turning about double the traffic capability of what the “older” Xeon was doing!

So a really big shuffle around but now I feel like I’m actually starting to do my i7 some justice and not just using it for a ridiculously overpowered power hungry file server.

Whilst doing the work I had the dog in the cave with me (not that she was much help)

Transitional Week Ubuntu to Windows

This week has been a bit of a milestone week for me in computing. Traditionally I’ve always maintained a Windows for gaming and Linux/Ubuntu for my work.

I’ve been keeping a track of the whole Bash on Windows thing though, as much as I do/did love my Ubuntu machines I did find myself getting a bit aggravate, simple things like Winbox not fully working as well as it should, not being able to use my copy of Adobe PS CS. Jobs where I’d normally switch my Windows machine on and then RDP into it to complete the work.

So this week I’ve made a joint move and moved both my laptop and work desktop over to Windows 10 with the alluring factor being that I won’t lose all the benefits or command-line-fu I’ve learned from my now 5 years on the CLI with Ubuntu.

An honest and unbiased review here, I’m in a great place. Windows 10 is great to use, it feels faster around the desktop and doing simple things like web browsing with Firefox. I’ve got PS back and I’m really enjoying not having to use apps which are like a cheap knock off of the “real” thing.

I’m really happy using the Windows Store in fact as well, there are some great usability apps now such as Plex an Amazon music which just bring that better level of integration to the whole experience. Also L2TP/IPSEC works without any messing about! Amazing times!

So that’s where my week has been, I’ve been concentrating on that as well as trying to put some effort into the CHR build I’ve got going on. Hopefully over the weekend the CHR build will complete and I’ll bring that up and online and I’ve recently had to do some work bringing up a guest network so I have a great video planned on ensuring they get a filtered experience that can’t be worked around!

What’s happening? 04/03/2018

I’ve pumped out a fair amount of tutorials recently and then had a bit of a hard stop. The work is carrying on in the background. I have loads of plans for more tutorials primarily based on MikroTik but there will be some Ubiquiti elements thrown in.

Project home router is at an odd point, I’ve re-ignited it but not done any further work to it. I’m currently waiting for a full iDrac setup to come through from China to see if I can quiet it off and I’m also waiting for the opportunity to re-paste the CPU to make sure I’m getting the best possible thermal setup out of it. I’m still undecided what to do with it, I have a quad port NIC but reality is I wish it was an SFP card and I can’t run both. Either way it can’t be any worse (apart from noise) than the RB3011 which is dropping ports and getting a lot of hard CPU usage under load.

I’ve also had to reinstall my trusty laptop, Ubuntu was aggravating me and some apps just weren’t what I wanted so have reinstalled to Windows 10 and have spent a few days getting it set up exactly how I want it. Some new editions to my Windows portfolio include Notepad++ which I’d never used until now but is absolutely awesome especially when combined with a user defined RouterOS language and the biggest surprise was the Bash on Windows functionality that W10 offers, simply it’s brilliant and now I genuinely have no drawbacks to moving back to Windows. I may drop a few posts about that in the future as simple stuff like SSH tunnelling is now so much easier from the Windows desktop.

As time has been short I’ve not managed to put a lot up to YouTube however have had a couple of gaming sessions which I’ve streamed to Twitch. I’ve been playing with some frames and scrolling text and I think I’m about there with those now. I’ve also ony just discovered StreamLabs which I have set up but am still waiting to sit down and learn intimately and get it set up to the standards I want.

Having a great time with my tech at the moment, I never seem to have enough time to do what I want and I’m eagerly waiting the launch of the new Ryzen+ or Ryzen2 kit in a couple weeks time as I’m definitely upgrading. 4Ghz seems to be the way to go!