So I got a Prusa Research Prusa i3 MK3 kit, and it’s great

After getting into 3D printing back in July of 2016, I’m now on my third 3D printer. I started with a basic Monoprice Maker Select v2 (rebranded Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2) which is a great starter printer. After some life changes I couldn’t keep it around due to the size so I downgraded to a Monoprice Select Mini v2, and after using it on and off for a while I just wasn’t happy with where it was. Then I moved, got the Mini setup again, was working ok so I decided to try to fix some stuff again… and it just got worse.

I could have focused on fixing it but with the move I have the room for a bigger printer again and said fuck it, lets get the Prusa. There must be a reason it’s so universally respected as one of the best printers on the market, right?

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Posted by JP Powers in 3D Printing

Game of Thrones Season 8 Predictions

So, I’m quite happy with GoT Season 7. Ignoring all the complaining people have done about travel times I think most people did, too. They’re tying up a lot of story lines and focusing on what matters. As such, knowing what we know now, I’d like to make some predictions…

Spoilers for GoT Season 1-7 ahead, potential Season 8 spoilers if I’m right?

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Posted by JP Powers in TV & Movies

JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 2.2: Benchmarking

Whenever building a new system that’s going to run 24/7, I highly recommend running it through it’s paces early on. You need to figure out if any hardware is DOA or a lemon. You also need to figure out how things will run: speeds you’ll be expecting, how hot things will get, etc. In this part of JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, we’ll be reviewing the major steps of benchmarking the new server I built. Many of these steps are very portable to other hardware, software platforms, etc.

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Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech

JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 2.1: BIOS Updates, IPMI, and other basics

The big reason I picked the motherboard I did was IPMI support. Remote management will allow me to only run power, networking, and a USB device or two into the server, but still allow me to have a visual of what the server would be outputting via iKVM, reboot or shut it down remotely if the OS hangs, control fan speeds at a BIOS remotely, among other things. IPMI can be a bit of a security risk, but it also makes managing things so much easier. Continue reading →

Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech

Thoughts on the Ghost in the Shell Movie

I finally got around to watching the Ghost in the Shell movie… and I’ve got some things to say about it. TL;DR: The movie is perfectly mediocre. What they got wrong comes down to their creative liberties. What they got right was capturing the look of the anime (mostly).

Before clicking Read More, do note: I’m gonna get a bit spoiler-y for the movie, the anime, etc. If you care about not knowing anything about these, don’t read on.

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Posted by JP Powers in TV & Movies
JayP NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 1: The Hardware

JayP NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 1: The Hardware

I’ve been running a homebrewed NAS for a few years now. You can read more about that system here. It’s now running out of storage space and I’m really missing a handful of real server features, so I’m currently in the act of building a new home server. I plan on doing 3 articles here about this whole process. Part 1 will be going over the hardware and will include some pictures of the machine. Part 2 will be explaining the plan for getting that hardware running, such as making sure BIOS/firmware is up to date, stress testing things, why I picked the OS and RAID solution I did, etc. Then Part 3 will be putting it all together: installing the OS, setting up the RAID, copying data from the old to the new system, setting up the software.

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Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech