I love hardware. And sometimes I hate hardware.
- Fixed my Ambernic RG351MP‘s audio jack by reflowing the solder joints.
- Received a pair of Lenovo ThinkSmart View devices I got very cheap off eBay.
- Have been worried about ventilation and heat in my server closet, so I ended up propping an NF-A20 with a chopstick at an auspicious location to test various alternatives to get some vertical air circulation going.
- Tried to rescue a waterlogged iPhone after 3 days of letting it dry out. RIP.
- Set up one of the ThinkSmart View devices as a PlexAmp player and Zoom device.
- After 24h of data collection with an extra sensor, realized there is a 5 degree temperature differential inside my server closet (between knee height to the top shelf where
Very late day with meetings up to 11 PM, but with a decent break mid-afternoon.
- Fiddled with the ThinkSmarts a bit more, sorting out pre-installed bloat and figuring out what needed to be added to make them usable.
- Broke apart the ROM image to see what else could be changed, but that’s looking like a path with fast diminishing returns (although I would like to revert the kiosk framework hacks that hide notifications).
Long day attending and presenting at customer workshops, but used a couple of breaks productively to start fire-and-forget things.
- Decided to upgrade all my machines to Fedora 38 after checking if some third-party packages were already available (which they were). Out of 5 machines, only the one needing
NVIDIAdrivers did not have Fedora 38 packages, but the 37 ones still work…
- My favorite theme mostly worked, except that in RDP/X11 sessions I had to first disable User themes,
Alt+F2 > "r" > Returnto reload GNOME, and then re-enable it before non-GTK windows would fall in line.
Some hectic catching up, very little time to do interesting stuff. Was quite amused with this week’s Economist cover, though:
- Messed about with
ARMfor a bit–
UEFIworks inside Proxmox, but only to a degree (a standard Ubuntu ISO nearly boots, but gets very confused). Will need to fiddle with raw
KVMwhen I get the chance.
- Consolidated my notes on the ThinkSmart View devices.
Another little desktop revolution.
- Set up a new monitor in my office. Will eventually write about that.
- Began investigating why my nice GPU-accelerated RDP setups seem much slower on macOS–I know part of it is resolution driven, but removing Retina/HIDPI matching doesn’t account for the whole thing, and I suspect part of the problem is that most clients aren’t properly optimized.
A little bit more investigation on reaching my GPU-enabled instances via RDP.
- Turns out there is a draft brew formula for Remmina, so of course I went and built it. It is noticeably faster than the official Microsoft Remote Desktop client when connecting to my hardware-accelerated RDP servers, but the keyboard handling is completely broken.
xfreerdpseems to be the sweet spot so far, and these two invocations give good results (so far I can’t get
AVC444to work with the standard
xfreerdp /rfx /rfx-mode:video /workarea /sound -decorations /v:fedora.lan xfreerdp /gfx:rfx +gfx-progressive /workarea /sound -decorations /v:fedora.lan
Jump Desktop is almost as smooth, but completely messes up audio.
- Decided to troubleshoot some weird crashes I had on
borg, and it seems like I have a bad
DIMMand/or the server closet temperature is indeed an issue:
Update: Definitely a matter of cooling. Will be testing various cooling strategies, including disabling
XMPand possibly moving the machine back into my office…