Server Hardware

This page is fairly simple, won’t take up much of your time.
It simply outlines the machines that bring you this site (if you’re a visitor) my RPM packages and code (if you’re a hacker / Fedora user) and mail/FTP/IM etc. etc. (if I host your website here)

All server machines are currently running Fedora, usually the current version or current -1 in the case of qbert and pong, whom I don’t tinker with in a major way if I can help it. My personal PC dual boots Windows XP as well as 64bit Fedora – I used to work with Windows for my bread and butter (now mostly gaming) but prefer the right tool for the job.

Origins of the server’s names
Naming conventions come from “classic” arcade games.

  • Defender, a horizontal shoot-em up from Williams
  • Q*bert – a very surreal early platformer
  • OutRun – a classic driving game with very recognizable hardware
  • Tetris – the classic falling-block puzzle game
  • Pong – oh, come on – everyone knows what Pong is
  • Sinistar – a classic Williams twitch-shooter with memorable voice talent đŸ™‚

Service Statii and Host Trivia
Mail statistics for my domains courtesy of Qbert’s Mail Graph. Graphs provided by the Mailgraph software from David Schwiekert.

Qbert is also a Stratum Two timeserver in the worldwide NTP pool (also within and You can also see how my server is performing

Qbert was part of the Network Time Protocol pool project, until it was removed from colocation. As the IP is now invalid I’ve decided to “retire” it from this duty.

All of these hosts are IPv6 enabled, courtesy of Internode (Defender / Pong) and Dedicated Servers (Qbert) – if you haven’t looked at IPv6 yet, do it soon

General Home Gear
The gear I use is by no means unusual or complex for a home network – a simple 8-port gigabit switch (Linksys SD2008) and an RS500 UPS from APC. Cabling is generic CAT-5E/CAT-6
Home Internet connectivity is provided by a Linksys WAG200G Router/ADSL2 modem connected to an Internode SOHO ADSL2+ service.

The Servers

Qbert At Hosting Shop

The tower in this pic is the “new” iteration of, the server you’re now talking to. It’s an Athlon XP 2500 with 1.5G RAM, running off an ABIT KV7 motherboard and a Western Digital 200G SATA II Drive. It runs Fedora Core Linux and handles all of the “wildside” facing services. It now lives at the HostingShop Datacentre in central Brisbane home in South Brisbane, having been evicted from it’s former datacentre.

Defender - Workstation

This is defender, my personal PC. It’s a Athlon64 X2 5200+ (x86_64) w/2G RAM running Fedora / Windows XP – it’s usually the first to be updated. As well as acting as my workstation it also handles building of RPM packages for Fedora Core Linux (x86_64 branches and currently i386). Work and gaming purposes dictate the addition of the Microsoft OS, they do coexist OK though. đŸ™‚

Pong - Old Shitbox

This old 2RU rackmount used to be back when demands on my site (disk and CPU wise) were lower. It’s a very old but reliable Pentium II 233 with 512mb of scrounged up SDRAM and an older 30G ATA33 drive (It used to have a whopping 4G pre-ATA drive – slow and primitive, hence the hostname).
However it has worked well work perfectly well as a monitoring / facility / network router box – It still has a gigabit  network card and a CD drive in it after all.

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