Server Hardware

(Note From Michael v2019.10 – this is so very quaint, all of my stuff is in AWS now. Updated for comic purposes)

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 🙂

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.

(2019 Me: The above is gone as of September 2019. It’s old and no one cares much; those that need to can check know where to go.)

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.

(2019 Me: Oh that was a fun trip to the datacentre. No notice, and given a frankly bullshit reason for it’s removal. The people responsible are no longer in the industry, thank Jebus)

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

(2019 Me: all my AWS stuff is IPv6 by the way. The names have changed and the hardware has made way for hypervisors, but the above admonition stands.Home IPv6 is the same but flaky because apparently Netgear firmware sucks)

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.

(2019 Me: I had something of a moment of clarity a couple of years back, and my apartment no longer sounds like a server room. There’s a couple of well hidden switches left, but otherwise just my PC + router, but I’ve picked up a NAS because burning DVDs is very 2010..

Oh and being 2019 now, the TV / games consoles / phones / alarm clock has networking.)

The (old) Servers, for your amusement

Qbert At Hosting Shop

The tower in this pic is the “new”  (lolnope) 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.

(2019 Me: Well, to give you an idea how far technology has come, my phone has more grunt that Qbert did, and my Virtualbox build host definitely does. Also the presence of a CD-ROM and floppy drive gives me a wry chuckle. That case is beige boring and had terrible airflow, but I miss the old Shadowman logo that Red Hat used back then)

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. 🙂

(2019 Me: Fairly sure everything in this photo is gone except the IKEA table the TV is on. That case was nice though. I also  stopped dual-booting about five years back, because I use mostly Linux at work and don’t want to bring it home unless I need to

I’ve kept the name for my personal PC though)

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.

(2019 Me: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh my what a museum piece. That dinky drive enclosure with the IDE drive in it was serviceable, the rack mount was fugly and  LOUD and while the UPS did serve it’s purpose it was overkill for modern apartments with decent backup power. Ah good times!)

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