Travis' World


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    trying to prevent data scavengers, and spammers from abusing my server.
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  • There have been a lot of ERRORS lately, due to me moving the website to another server. i am still getting them ironed out, please bear with me.

Recent Posts

Network Administration / Re: Dell PE R710
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-12, 00:40:51 »
this is now my All-in-one server
Network Administration / Re: Dell PE 1950
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-12, 00:40:03 »
Network Administration / Re: Generic 4U server
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-12, 00:39:16 »
Network Administration / Re: Dell PE R200
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-12, 00:38:34 »
Now the CNC Controller
Team Fortress 2, Linux Server / Re: Server Notes
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-08, 12:03:16 »
so, i had the server all setup... but TF2 would not serve.
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Failed to open ( cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)
so, i think i ran into this last time, and re-installing steam and the TF2 server helped. so that is what i am doing currently.
I am so far fairly impressed with the Dell PE R710, as i can run more, and it barely even seems to struggle with any task. 24 CPU cores, 64GB memory, and about 5.6TB storage.

Team Fortress 2, Linux Server / Re: Server Notes
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-06, 09:58:14 »
so, my R710 server uses a PERC 6/i RAID controller, and for reasons unknown to many in the Redhat/CentOS Linux community, they have dropped this, and many other drivers from the distribution. but thanks to THIS page (RHEL 8.0 and support for removed adapters), i know how to get things going. many thanks to toracat on the CentOS forum!

Team Fortress 2, Linux Server / Re: Server Notes
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-04, 20:14:52 »
as i will be migrating my main server over to what was my backup server, i will be moving the TF2 server over as well. it's new home will be my Dell PowerEdge R710.

Alternitive Energy / Re: My (Admin) Current system.
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-03, 19:39:08 »
i decided to use the camper's old awning pole as the wind turbine pole. it is 1/8th, or close to it, extruded aluminum, with 3 ribs, that should add strength. unsure of exact dimensions, but the diameter is about 3 1/8 inches, and 20+ feet tall, when mounted vertically.
I will mount it using some sort of hinged base plate (maybe, maybe not), and some sort of saddle/clamp fixture up near the roof of the camper (Man Cave). i hope that will be enough. the turbine wire will simply hang down the middle. i will support the wire internally, so that the weight is not on the electrical connectors.

Alternitive Energy / My (Admin) Current system.
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-02-03, 19:30:54 »
so, currently, i have a Solar MPPT charge controller (EPEver Tracer 40A) that is currently connected to a 15V 30A power supply, just to keep the batteries topped off while i get the rest figured out. eventually, i plan to mount solar panels on the roof of my Man Cave (formerly a 29ft camper trailer). i currently have 1 (yes, one) 100W panel, but as it is not enough to maintain the battery (currently just 40Ah) due to winter, i have not yet mounted it.

I am also going to add a wind turbine, that i have already. it is an unknown brand (Chinese?), 800W 3-phase head, with 5 blades. it came with a weak charge controller, though i will be designing and building my own. i have the 3-phase full-wave bridge rectifier (1600V 100A), and a 1600W resistor dump load, as well as a 600W hot-water heater element.
the idea will be that when the battery is not taking 100% of the charge from the turbine, i will use PWM from an Arduino to try and balance the load between the battery, and the hot-water heater. but when the hot water heater is up to temperature, the water heater portion of the load will be diverted to the resistive load. the heat from the water heater, in the winter, will be circulated through a heater core, and be used to heat the Man Cave. the water will be swapped for antifreeze. the heater fan and the circulation pump will be thermostatically controlled, providing the water heater has heat. otherwise it may drain the battery in the winter, with no wind to heat it. the resistive dump load however, is the backup, and will dump heat outside. it will be ducted in metal ducting, in case of over heating. the fan for this will also be thermostatically controlled, to reduce battery drain.

the batteries will be internally stored lead-acid, but i will install provisions to vent these to the outside. probably just natural convection, will suffice. i will cut out the floor, in places, and use both 1/4" hardware cloth, and fiberglass screening to allow venting, and prevent critters from passing through. the upper vent will be some louvers through to the outside, with the same screening. may add fans if needed, but i don't think it will be. the battery box will be insulated to the inside, to prevent heat loss in winter.

Team Fortress 2, Linux Server / Server Notes
« Last post by Travis Farmer on 2020-01-31, 08:38:17 »
If it is running, it can be found on the steam list as "tjfhome.server", or just add my hostname to your favorites (
I primarily play Team Fortress 2, therefore, that is what my server runs for a game.
firstly, my internet connection only has a 0.75MB upload rate.  :( so i have reduced the max number of players to not lag the connection.