DigitalOcean Block Storage Speed and Benchmarks

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Here are some simple stats from the new block storage available over at DigitalOcean.  Tested on a 1gb droplet.

[raw]hdparm -t /dev/sda[/raw] Reads

Timing buffered disk reads: 536 MB in  3.01 seconds = 178.15 MB/sec

Timing buffered disk reads: 586 MB in  3.01 seconds = 194.63 MB/sec

Timing buffered disk reads: 574 MB in  3.00 seconds = 191.32 MB/sec

[raw]hdparm -T /dev/sda[/raw] Cached Reads

Timing cached reads:   15090 MB in  2.00 seconds = 7551.96 MB/sec

Timing cached reads:   15056 MB in  2.00 seconds = 7535.53 MB/sec

Timing cached reads:   14810 MB in  2.00 seconds = 7411.46 MB/sec

[raw]time sh -c “dd if=/dev/sda of=ddfile bs=8k count=1000000 && sync”; rm ddfile[/raw] Writes

8192000000 bytes (8.2 GB) copied, 49.4442 s, 166 MB/s

real 0m49.523s

user 0m0.348s

sys 0m12.384s

Carl Cox Burning Man 2016 Segway Friday Night

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Allow DNSMASQ through UFW Firewall Port Guide

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If you want to use UFW Firewall with DNSMASQ you need to enable some extra ports so all the queries can process correctly. Here are the ports you should open.


ufw allow from any port 68 to any port 67 proto udp

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ufw allow dns

[/raw] [raw] ufw disable
ufw enable

Hackintosh 10.11.5 Update Instructions

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For the latest 10.11.5 here is the recommended upgrade procedure.  There are no known compatibility issues at this time for upgrading directly from the AppStore.

Download and Install the update from the AppStore.  Allow your machine to restart.

In clover, change your boot options to set [raw]



Boot.  Allow the update to continue and wait for it to install.  If you’re using -v boot flag don’t expect to see the normal progress indicator however the update will install in the background so be patient.

Once booted – download the latest NVIDIA Drivers.  Reboot after installing and use the standard [raw]



Why I traded-in my AT&T Phone for an Amazon Gift Card.

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AT&T is one of the Worst mobile carriers for Android hardware. I had a Samsung S6 EDGE+ sm-g928A variant. 32gb in Gold Platinum. The problem is AT&T loads so much bloatware on the phone, it makes it almost unusable. You cannot root this phone. Additionally there hasn’t been an update issue since December of 2015. It’s now May of 2016!

Amazon Trade-In’s offers you cash in the form of Amazon gift card for your old devices. This is a great way to recycle and reclaim value for items that would otherwise just be collecting dust.

In an effort to use products that are more sustainable, I have banned AT&T phones from my life. I will continue with a Blackphone 2 and One Plus Two.