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About TopHatProductions115

  • Title
    Destroyer of Universes

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    TopHatProductions115 #0476
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    lol - not telling
  • UPlay
  • Battle.net
    No more - Hong Kong
  • PlayStation Network
  • Xbox Live
    I have one. But you're still not getting it :)
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Profile Information

  • Location
    Edge of the Void
  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Interests
    too many to detail.
  • Biography
    too much to detail.
  • Occupation
    Hat of Destruction


  • CPU
    2x Intel Xeon X5690's
  • Motherboard
    Dell 6FW8P + H236F OEM Motherboard
  • RAM
    60GB (11x4GB + 1x16GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 REG_ECC
  • GPU
    nVIDIA Titan Xp
  • Case
    Dell Precision T7500 (OEM)
  • Storage
    (4x2TB) HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs
  • PSU
    Dell W301G H1100EF-00
  • Display(s)
    AOC U2879VF (4K)
  • Cooling
    Dell Precision OEM cooling shroud(s)
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K845 (Cherry MX Blue)
  • Mouse
    Dell MS819
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS SB0350
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Laptop
    Black Apple MacBook (2008/9) + HP EliteBook 8770w
  • Phone
    LG v20 (Titan) + iPhone 3Gs
  • PCPartPicker URL

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  1. Does Mainframe Computer Inc. have a donation page? Just curious.

    1. James Evens

      James Evens

      What noteworthy have they accomplish?

  2. Shopping this weekend! Here are the items that I'm looking at thus far:

    • portable mini (handheld) vacuum, for my cramped room
    • rotating side-holster case for Asus Zenfone 6 (2018)
    • heavy lift drone for when I move out (90+ kg - jk on this last one)

    Here are the items I have been looking at thus far:

    1. Ryujin2003



      You could just get a cool fannypack instead of the phone pouch? Has additional functionality.

  3. If the world ends up having a beef shortage, I'll apologise in advance :3


    I went to Five Guys and said I'd buy their entire stock. Was pretty hungry today...

  4. Me: gets Xbox Kinect to play with mocap on a budget
    T7500: has no USB 3.0 ports
    Driver page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=44559

    Me: SuprisedPikachuFace.png

    1. TopHatProductions115


      The Artix forums appear to be more helpful in this case. May kill off the Reddit post, since no replies.

  5. I totally botched the syncthing+chromium plan today. Attempted sync with a VM (destination), and the source got nuked to defaults. Had to to a hasty recovery, and I lost all History along with over half of my Bookmarks. If I had remembered to make the source "Send only", I could have saved myself some trouble. So far, most of the ones I lost were unused Bookmarks from years past. But, still busy testing website access so far. Still getting my settings back to where they were before the fudging... Also learned that Syncthing doesn't appear to use the OS's trash/recycle bin when it r
  6. Super secret project, with pictures:











    More coming soon...

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    2. TopHatProductions115




      Edited by TopHatProductions115
      Skipped a photo...
    3. TopHatProductions115
    4. TopHatProductions115


      The Titan Xp is the last component, once this gets rackmounted. Since Windows 11 doesn't support Threadripper 1000, it's getting ESXi. It's assigned as my next node, and that's final. Thanks Microsoft - you made that decision pretty easy...

  7. For all server and storage enthusiasts, I have a bounty. I seek a storage enclosure, with the following qualities:

    • holds 3.5-inch HDDs (at least 12-16 drives)
    • has Mini-SAS SFF-8088
    • Ethernet is fine, but not required
    • If OS is a choice, it runs Linux
    • please be rack-mountable
      • 2U is preferred, but I can go larger

    If it is a custom build idea, please feel free to post it as well. I am all ears.

  8. It has been a long month since the last time I did anything major with any projects of mine 😐 Time for a quick recap:

        Purchased the 2kW UPS
        The UPS arrived in the mail
        Purchased the UPS batteries
        The UPS's batteries arrived in the mail
        Purchased the rack shelves
        The rack shelves arrived
        Purchased the NEMA 5-15P to NEMA 5-20R adapter
        The NEMA 5-15P to NEMA 5-20R adapter arrived in the mail
        UPS initial power-on and setup
        Initial DNS re-planning/revisions
        Updating software on Project Personal Datacentre's VMs
        2nd major DNS revision/draft
        Mail server troubleshooting (MX Toolbox)
        Finalised DNS revision for June-August 2021
        Attempted to install nVIDIA drivers for the GRID K520
            Failed - Linux VM needs to be rescued
    05/26/2021 - 06/06/2021
        Moved to a new, higher-paying job
    06/07/2021 - 06/18/2021
        First 2 weeks on the job - training and studying
        Worked on Project Low-Power and studying for Server+ during breaks

    And that's just highlights. After I got the UPS up and running, I had to attend to fixing the once-working mail server instance - which was the initial reason for all of the DNS troubleshooting. I ended up figuring out that it was a combination of missing DNS entries and poorly-chosen IP (range) blocks. Only took a few weeks to determine that.


    The fooling around that I did with the Linux VM may have killed the Xorg config from what I can tell, so I'll need to get some assistance with that - probably on the Artix forums. The final objective for that is to have dual Xorg sessions (1 through nVIDIA GRID, 1 through VMware VGA adapter). After that, I'll install docker (nextcloud, YaCy Grid).


    I was looking for an open source ML/AI/NLP instance of some sort to play around with a few months ago, but never found one that was far enough along to justify putting on any of the server VMs in Project Personal Datacentre. Preferably would want one that isn't just pre-programmed - it should also be able to learn new tasks from interactions/conversations. But, I also understand that that takes quite a bit of specialised knowledge, and I do not intend to discount the difficulty of getting to where things are. As long as it can be self-hosted one day 🙂


    For the past few weeks, I've been unable to even power on the server - which is driving me nuts :3 So I've been hyper-focusing on Project Low-Power instead. The ASUS Nexus 7 (deb) is running TWRP recovery, ElementalX kernel, AOSP Extended (Android 10), Magisk, microG, and Shelter (work profile management). Couldn't get Quanta kernel for Android 10, and am not currently prepared to compile a kernel (with patches) from scratch. I'd be in all sorts of mental pain trying to get that done 🤣 Took over a week to get Google apps working in the restricted work profile. But now I can potentially freeze/hibernate all the pesky ones that like to run needlessly in the background, wasting precious RAM and battery. Still looking for a way to prevent app auto-start, though. The solution I used in Android 7 required Xposed, which is something I'm trying to avoid, since I've switched to Magisk this time around. Setting permissions through rooted Terminal Emulator is fun :3


    I also got the ASUS Zenfone 6 (2019) in the mail recently. Made the jump on that because the new job that I have required me to install work apps on my personal device (formerly the LG v20). The work apps are setup as Device Administrators, and just letting them run in the background takes ~20% of my battery after one day. The battery on that v20 won't last too long if I continue using it like this. It also lags constantly, which is something it never did before the work apps were installed. Not to mention that I hadn't installed anything new in over a month before all of this came into play. So, I'm moving my non-work stuff to the Zenfone 6 and leaving the v20 as a WiFi-only work phone. Still need to give the Zenfone 6 the same treatment as the ASUS Nexus 7 (deb) - only on Android 11 instead of 10. I suppose this is the unexpected extension to Project Low-Power 🤔



    Project New Client is also on hold. But I already have a few ideas for what I want to get next (backlit keyboard, extended battery, etc.). Whenever I get my hands on the server again, I need to update ESXi and vCenter (security patches and bugs) and update the VMs' OS + software stack (ie., Technitium DNS) - which can take a while if updates haven't been run in over a week. I also still need to update the Minecraft modpacks, and do a livestream or two. Also never got around to doing the gaming steam that I've wanted to do - because I'm being asked to consider going back to school for a 4-year degree (UMGC). My work schedule may be changing soon too. Haven't checked my e-mails in over a week (jk). Still working on getting that CompTIA Server+ btw.


    There are a few other background things that I can't mention as well, but hectic month and a half to say the least. I want to power on my server soon. Screw Windows 11. I want a break 🤣

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    2. TopHatProductions115


      I may modify the server rack plan soon, since I kinda want to get an IBM 2076-112 IBM Storwize V7000 Control Enclosure:



    3. TopHatProductions115


      The IBM storage enclosures were all from 2010, and not readily available for purchase. Thus, they have been disqualified from this plan.

    4. TopHatProductions115
  9. Did nVIDIA announce, launch, and not actually release the RTX 3070/Ti ? I feel a bit confused atm...

  10. The new phone (Zenfone 6) should be arriving by this Monday. Can't wait to see what it's like X3

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    2. WereCat


      I thought you already have it

    3. TopHatProductions115


      It arrived this afternoon. Debating on whether to do a device review, since most others have already done it. 

    4. WereCat


      I think your impressions will be enough