Projects, notes, etc by Will O’Brien


Month: October, 2009

Mediacom DNS appears to have gone lame(sigh)

24 October, 2009 (12:33) | networking |

Since my home network is a bit more complex than most, I found some interesting issues with Mediacom’s DNS. Yesterday, our wireless network stopped working (My wife reports that to me: the internet is down, did you pay the bill?) I could ssh in from work, so the connection was definitely working. A bit of [...]

Fantastic XKCD based animation

22 October, 2009 (08:48) | Uncategorized |

I Love xkcd from NoamR on Vimeo. Need I say more? Really?

And now, some LOLrouters

21 October, 2009 (15:16) | Uncategorized |

I finally got around to making up my little LOL cats inspired geekery:

My network and my network lab at work: Awesome.

21 October, 2009 (09:23) | Toys | 2 comments

I’m lucky to have a very nice lab to test and support my network at work. Just a few things that I’ve got at my (groups) disposal: Juniper MX960 Routers: This is the latest addition to the network. I have a pair in production with 10Gb uplinks receiving full BPG routes from I1, I2 and [...]

Lay out your plywood projects on your PC

10 October, 2009 (22:56) | Uncategorized |

Every so often I spend some time with a pad of paper and draw out something I need to build. In this case, I need to make drawers and a door for my espresso bar. I found a handy little program (it could use some polish, but it does the job) for calculating the layout [...]

Whiteboard paint… finally

7 October, 2009 (17:25) | Projects, Toys | 1 comment

I put up a cheap whiteboard in my home office earlier this year. I couldn’t find a decent solution at the time. Today I ran across this. It’s whiteboard paint by rustoleum. Apparently, it can be found at home depot… Guess what my garage will will be getting sometime soon. This whiteboard has magnet grabbing [...]

Henriks’ triple (with the triumph fork)

6 October, 2009 (16:53) | Projects, Uncategorized |

I had quite a few comments looking for Henrik afterI posted a pic of his bike. A short while after I put it up, I found it in the how-to section at It’s hidden on the second page under ‘fitting a triumph fork‘. This was especially hepful to me as I’ve been plotting to [...]

Portafilter seal replacement tricks

4 October, 2009 (10:54) | Uncategorized | 1 comment

I did a little maintenance on my ECM Giotto espresso machine today. My portafilter seal had started leaking recently, so it was a good time to do it. A well used machine will typically need the portafilter seal replaced every six months or so. If you stretch it, it may be a couple of years, [...]