Author: Jake Bauer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2020 01:22:17 -0400
Update with new information
|M||pages/about.md|| | ||15||+++++++++++----|
|M||pages/uses.md|| | ||100||++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------------------------|
2 files changed, 75 insertions(+), 40 deletions(-)
diff --git a/pages/about.md b/pages/about.md
@@ -11,10 +11,9 @@ student of computer science with a strong interest in computer security,
networking, and low-level stuff. I enjoy programming, figuring out how systems
work, and completing hacking challenges when I have/make the time. If you're
interested, you can find out which tools I use on a daily basis, what operating
-system(s) I like and why, and more related to that over on the page about [what
-I use](/uses). You can also see what I'm up to now by visiting the [now
-page](/now). I also recommend reading [about this site](/about-site) for more
-information on how the site operates and the philosophy behind its design.
+system(s) I like and why, what I'm up to now, and more information on how the
+site operates and the philosophy behind its design using the links at the bottom
+of this page.
My spare time is usually occupied with learning, programming, gardening, playing
video games, or getting outside. I also enjoy watching talks from conferences
@@ -41,3 +40,11 @@ want to get in touch, or have any questions, you can contact me at
[email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). [Here is my GPG public
key](/share/pubkey.txt). It should have the fingerprint:
`2485 4C7E B4D8 E61D EF4A 139F AFFE 5575 C207 163D`.
+### More About Me
+* [Software and tools I use on a daily basis](/uses)
+* [What I'm up to now](/now)
+* [More about the design and philosophy behind this website](/about-site)
diff --git a/pages/uses.md b/pages/uses.md
@@ -21,8 +21,8 @@ to get work done. It is inspired by [uses.tech](https://uses.tech/).
* **Case:** Deepcool Kendomen Black ATX Mid
- **Boot Drive:** Samsung 970 Evo 250GB NVMe SSD
- - **Extra Storage:** Crucial MX300 275GB SATA SSD
- - **Windows Boot:** Seagate 7200RPM 750GB SATA-II HDD
+ - **Additional Storage:** HGST Deskstar 5K4000 4.0TB 5700RPM HDD
+ - **Windows Boot:** Crucial MX300 275GB SATA SSD
- **Windows Games:** Samsung 860 Evo 250GB SATA SSD
* **Monitors:** 2x ASUS VP239H-P 23" 1080 IPS
@@ -33,8 +33,8 @@ the time (November, 2017) were absolutely horrendous.
-I also own a Thinkpad T440s which I purchased second-hand off of eBay with the
+I also own a Thinkpad T440s (I don't actually mind the trackpad) which I
+purchased second-hand off of eBay with the following specifications:
* **CPU:** Intel i5-4300U
* **RAM:** 4GB Soldered + 4GB Samsung DDR3L SO-DIMM
@@ -44,15 +44,15 @@ following specifications:
-* Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130 - Used mostly as a side-display in addition to my
+* Dell Venue 11 Pro 7130 - Used mostly as a portable display for when I need to
+reference things like datasheets or D&D rulebooks.
- **CPU:** Intel i5-4300Y
- **RAM:** 8GB DDR3
- **GPU:** Intel Integrated Graphics
- **Storage:** 128GB SATA M.2 SSD
- **Screen:** 1080p w/ Touch
- With dock and keyboard
- - Runs the latest Ubuntu
+ - Runs the latest ElementaryOS
* Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite - Used for reading PDFs, kept entirely offline.
- 1GB RAM
@@ -68,27 +68,55 @@ desktop monitors.
#### Server Equipment
-I also own a few other computers which I primarily use as servers. The first is
-an older HP SFF desktop computer which I use as my home router running OPNSense.
-It is technically quite a bit more powerful than a router needs to be for my
-purposes but it draws only 20W at idle and stays nice and cool. Plus, I got it
-I have also repurposed two older laptops of about the same processor generation
-as the HP for use as small servers. I have one acting as a monitoring server and
-the other currently sits unused as I am unsure what to do with it.
-The "Big Iron" of my homelab is my Dell PowerEdge R415 which I managed to
-purchase for less than $100 USD, shipping included. It has two power-hungry AMD
-Opteron 4130s inside which aren't all that powerful compared to Intel processors
-of the same generation but, for the price, it was a deal I couldn't pass up
-especially since it came with a Dell Perc H700 storage controller. This server
-has 2x4TB 7200RPM HGST NAS drives configured in RAID-1 as well as a second 4TB
-5900RPM HGST drive used as a local backup for the contents of the RAID-1 array.
-The server has 16GB of DDR3 ECC RAM which, while low for a server, is more than
-enough for my uses; I haven't even come close to using a quarter of it yet. I
-plan to replace this server with more power-efficient and less noisy hardware in
+I try to self-host most of my services and I aim for low-cost, power-efficient,
+and silent equipment. Below is a list of the equipment which I currently use:
+##### OPNSense Router
+I got this computer for free so I decided to make it my home router. I added 2
+more gigabit NICs with a PCIe card for a total of three (one WAN, one LAN, one
+Wi-Fi). It has more horsepower than a router typically needs, but it also does
+more than a typical router. For example, it runs intrusion detection software
+which scans every packet. It also typically only draws 15-20W and stays very
+quiet. Here are the specifications:
+* HP SFF Desktop PC w/ Proprietary Motherboard/Case/PSU
+ - **CPU:** Intel Core i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz (4C/4T)
+ - **RAM:** 2x2GB DDR3
+ - **Storage:** 160GB Fujitsu 2.5" SATA-II HDD
+##### Rackmount Server **[DECOMMISSIONED]**
+I got this for a mere $95 USD with shipping and it served me well for about a
+year before [I found out it was literally less powerful than an old laptop I
+had](/blog/decommissioning-my-rackmount-server). Here are the specs:
+* Dell R415 w/ Proprietary Motherboard/Case/2x PSUs
+ - **CPU:** 2x AMD Opteron 4130 @ 2.26GHz (4C/4T each)
+ - **RAM:** 8x2GB DDR3 ECC
+ - **RAID Card:** Dell Perc H700 w/ Backup Battery
+ - **Storage:** 2x HGST 4.0TB 7200RPM HDD Model #: HDN726040ALE614 in RAID-1
+ - **Backup Storage:** HGST Deskstar 5K4000 4.0TB 5700RPM HDD
+##### Proxmox Server
+This is one of my old laptops. I think it may be my second ever laptop which
+I've owned for at least 7 years if not longer.
+* Lenovo V570 Laptop (missing display)
+ - **CPU:** i5-2450M @ 2.50GHz (2C/4T)
+ - **RAM:** 8GB DDR3
+ - **Storage:** Seagate Momentus 500GB 5400RPM
+ - **Backup Storage:** Seagate Expansion 8TB External HDD
+##### Gitea Server
+Purchased for $20 including a case from a local seller.
+* PineA64+ (Original, not LTS)
+ - **CPU:** Allwinner A64
+ - **RAM:** 2GB DDR3
+ - **Storage:** 32GB SanDisk Ultra SD Card
@@ -101,10 +129,11 @@ the future.
As far as software goes, I try to stay as far away from proprietary applications
as I possibly can. I typically use terminal-based applications over GUI ones as
-I find that terminal-based applications feel more efficient and more
-comfortable to me.
+I find that terminal-based applications feel more efficient once I've learned
+how to use them. It's just a preference though.
-View [my dotfiles](https://git.sr.ht/~jbauer/dotfiles).
+View [my dotfiles](https://git.sr.ht/~jbauer/dotfiles)
#### Operating System(s)
@@ -218,13 +247,12 @@ I use Firefox with the following addons:
I use [neomutt](https://neomutt.org/). It's light, fast, and lets me efficiently
manage my mail. It only displays in plain-text so I can avoid those annoying
HTML emails and it makes me feel much more comfortable using email. I
-synchronize my mail with [offlineimap](https://www.offlineimap.org/).
+synchronize my mail with [mbsync](http://isync.sourceforge.net/).
#### IRC Client
-While I don't find myself on IRC much these days. I still use
-[irssi](https://irssi.org/) as my client. It's customizable, powerful, and yet
+I use [weechat](https://weechat.org/) as my client. It's customizable, powerful,
+and yet simple with sane defaults.
#### Instant Messaging
@@ -267,7 +295,7 @@ application I want (e.g. open a Youtube feed in MPV).
I will typically write documents in either markdown or LaTeX. I use
[LibreOffice](https://www.libreoffice.org/) for those tasks which require
spreadsheets (I have a fairly complex budgeting spreadsheet) or when someone
-"requires" that something be submitted in .docx format.
+"requires" that something be submitted in `.docx` format.