Posts Tagged with internet

posted by brwyatt on June 16, 2012

First things first, Minecraft has been moved onto it's own server. It can still be accessed the same way and all traffic still goes through my main server. But now, it has a full 8GB of RAM to itself and a dualcore CPU. Things appear to be running MUCH smoother now, though! In addition, everything Minecraft related on my server(s) will now be at, including the DynMap.

The down side to this, is that running another server costs money in electric costs. The PSU on both my main server and the Minecraft server are 430W, which means they could both end up costing me about $26/month (EACH!) to run 24/7. Fortunately, neither should be taking that much power, and are probably consuming more in the 200-300W range. Do the math, that is still a bit of a cost to me.

In addition, the migration of the server took maybe... 6 hours total of me moving things over, testing it, figuring out and setting up the IPTables rules to forward traffic from my server, copying over the data and bringing it live. It took parts of two of my evenings. Lets say I'm worth about... $16/hour. So that change cost ~$96 worth of my time. Note that I'm not including installing Debian on that server, physically setting it up, wiring it up, setting up static DHCP, setting up DNS internally and externally, the additional switch migration from a DLink DGS-2208 to a Cisco SF302-08, which also required setting up it's own static DHCP and internal DNS. But, I personally got a lot out of both of these moves, as this frees up resources on my server that were being eaten by Minecraft. Fortunately, the Cisco switch was free.

Additionally, if you Minecraft folks need a faster CPU, it looks like a quad-core 2.6GHz CPU for that motherboard is going to cost about $150. And that is something I am NOT paying for. I'll help pay for it, but at least 75% has to come from y'all.

Additionally, I have 25/25Mbps FiOS. Business class with a static IP. This probably helps me more than y'all, to be fair, but the extra bandwidth means y'all won't be as effected if I decide to stream an HD movie, and won't suffer from minor outages because my IP changed and my DNS hasn't been updated to reflect that change. This is costing me $105/month, with $15 of that being from getting the business version.

So here is the final total:

  • Electricity for $18/month (best guess)
  • Electricity for $18/month (best guess)
  • Migrating to a new Minecraft server: ~$96 (possibly up to $140)
  • 25/25 Internet: $105/month ($15 for static IP and contractual rights to run servers on it)

I could also go into how both my domain names cost me $12/year each... but I'm pretty sure that that mostly benefits me anyway. And then the added costs of cooling.... But I won't. I mostly just want people to understand what goes into running something like this, even something so small and simple. It does cost money, even if you aren't paying for it.

posted by brwyatt on June 12, 2012

Internet install was quicker than expected! Took less than an hour. Compared to normal residential installs (Since I'm technically a business customer): he came in, mounted the FiOS modem, plugged in my server, I told him it works, he showed me the modem (since I'm not getting their router, he walked me through verifying the problem is on their end since they can't support my side of the modem), we shook hands, he left and called back a few hours later to verify things were still working. He never even touched a keyboard or looked at my screen. Maybe it was because my router was a full computer with two NICs and had a big "DEBIAN" sticker on the side... but why can't residential installs be like that too?

Anyway! Everything on my server should be up now (MySQL, Apache2, Postfix/Dovecot (email), Minecraft, Freenet, Tor (relay!), and I2P. This server does way too much, and I'm considering moving some things off onto another box I have, but I'd like to see my first power bill first before I add any more things to the grid.

I should also note that I also have a static IP! is mine. It will only change if I decide to leave Verizon, move to a different circuit, or buy a whole block of IPs (they give them out in consecutive blocks, so I might have to give that one up for a consecutive block). So this should help with finding me with DNS... my IP won't change often, at least not for a long while. I'm also talking to Verizon to get my reverse-DNS setup (so when you lookup my IP address it tells you it is, this is helpful for email servers) and I'm going to continue using JangoSMTP (great service by the way!) until it is setup.

I'm still mostly unpacking and settling in after the move on Saturday. Got my dresser and nightstand built, and I think that is all for furniture till the couch arrives. Still have to unpack a bunch and organize... but that will take time and is an adjustment. It is really kinda cool to look around me and say "all this is mine". Sure I'm technically renting the apartment... but the stuff in it is undeniably mine, and I am paying the rent... so... that is kinda cool... to me, anyway.

I have found the place for my server (and any future equipment). Since I don't have a washer or dryer... I've got it right where the washer would be. And when I get a server rack... it even has a 250v plug. It will take a converter to work... but... it will do. Granted a rack and the stuff to fill it is just under a third of my salary... but... If I stay here long enough it might just get used.

Still have some cleaning of the apartment to do as well, and my mom wants/needs me to clean out my old room as well, which is fair.

... I am not looking forward to bills...

posted by brwyatt on June 9, 2012

I keep forgetting I have this blog to write my thoughts and ramblings for the world to see (and for spammers to try and spam the comments, apparently...(And FAIL MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA)).

So... Tomorrow (well, I guess today...) I'm moving out of my parent's place and into my own place. It isn't too far, but it is exciting and scary. Still kinda working on packing, though at this point, much of this can just be carried by hand, but I want to make it a little easier on me. I should also probably note that this is all possible because I'm now a FULL TIME, SALARIED employee at work! That, in itself is pretty exciting too... I mentioned it before when I got to sign the paperwork, but now the paychecks are comming in from what was an offer, but is now an official position.

As far as the moving goes, I'll be without my own Internet until sometime Monday when it gets installed. I'll be leaving my server here, though, so there won't be downtime till probably Sunday night, lasting until whenever on Monday when the Internet is hooked up. I'm paying for 25/25 BUSINESS Internet with a static IP address (

So that should be fun and exciting... probably should get some sleep or get some more stuff packed...

posted by brwyatt on May 8, 2012

You guessed it! Sam Johnson! This is what he had to say about CISPA:

Dear Mr. Wyatt:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). I appreciate having the benefit of your views.

As you may know, America now faces serious cyber threats from foreign states and terrorist organizations on a daily basis. These range from cyber attacks that try to disrupt our networks to attacks that attempt to steal classified information and intellectual property. While many of these cyber attacks directly target U.S. government agencies, there are an increasing number of attacks that are targeting U.S. companies that don't have access to the same protections given to government agencies.

As a leader in the development of new technologies, American companies have also seen a large increase in theft of technology and trade secrets from cyber attacks. This is a direct threat to American prosperity, as a loss of these trade secrets will ultimately limit America's economic potential.

To address this, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3523 on November 30, 2011. This bill would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to allow the government to share classified cyber security threat information with companies and for companies to voluntarily share cyber threat information with the government. This bill would also guard against the theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information. It is also important to note that under CISPA, the government would not be able to stop access to particular websites, require companies provide any information, or censor or remove content.

Ensuring that America's networks and information are secure is a vital interest, and H.R. 3523 is a necessary tool to accomplish this goal. I also understand that certain concerns have been raised regarding the need for privacy protections in this bill. You will be pleased to know that I supported several amendments to this bill that will limit the scope of the bill to provide adequate privacy protections.

One of the amendments I supported limits the government's use and storage of shared cyber threat information to only 5 specific purposes including the investigation of cyber security crimes, protection of individuals from death or physical injury, protection of minors from child pornography, and the protection of our national security. Another amendment I supported prohibits the federal government from using library records, firearms sales records, or tax returns that it receives from private entities under this Act.

I believe that CISPA, as amended, has a proper balance between security and privacy. I voted in favor of this bill when it came before the House of Representatives on April 26, 2012, and passed by a vote of 248 to 168. Currently this bill has been referred to the Senate where it awaits further action.

Once again thank you for contacting me and please do not hesitate to do so in the future if I can be of any assistance.

Sincerely, SAM JOHNSON. Member of Congress