PC Gaming

Current PC Audio Setup

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Introduction I’ve spent a lot of years building up the audio setup on my gaming/editing PC.  The parts are listed in the “Audio” section of this page.  I figured I’d write up a long post describing what’s connected to what, why I did it the way I did, and the reason for purchasing the things I have.  Bear in…

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PC Gaming

Battlefield V and NVidia SLI: Making It Work

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Introduction The release of Battlefield V hasn’t gone without quite a number of hitches.  From various annoying bugs, to Dice’s incessant fiddling with weapon balance and damage models.  And we’re only about a month in to it as of this writing.  However, one important thing for those of us using NVidia’s SLI technology is: there’s no support for it. …

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PC Gaming

Game Streaming: Full Circle

This is just a quick entry to wrap up my adventure with online streaming.  It started like anything does: with nothing but an idea.  I wanted to see if I could understand and figure out the technology behind streaming.  I started on YouTube because they allow a near infinite upload bandwidth (turns out: it’s 51Mbit/sec) which made it possible for…

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Network Architecture

Automating Cumulus With Ansible and ZTP

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Introduction In the last few of my blog entries, I discussed setting up a virtual lab using Cumulus’ VX image for VirtualBox.  I then went through and got EVPN working, and finally showed how using VXLAN, we can consider dumping MPLS for L2VPNs.  This entry will focus on automating the bring-up of a new switch running Cumulus, and it’ll…

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Network Architecture

VXLAN Instead of MPLS – Part 2

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Introduction In a previous entry, I described my thoughts on using VXLAN to replace MPLS for L2VPNs across a network.  After reading through it, I decided to go back and re-do the configuration examples a bit, to make things a bit more like a backbone with several hops between the customer routers.  This entry will outline those changes and…

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Network Architecture

VXLAN Instead of MPLS

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Introduction In a previous entry, I chronicled my self-education regarding Cumulus’ OS and how to do EVPN VXLAN with it.  Throughout this entry, I’ll be referring back to that document, including some of the diagrams, configurations, etc.  This entry will explain another use for VXLAN, and that’s running it instead of MPLS to handle L2VPNs across a network.  That…

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Network Architecture

Deploying Firewalls With Routing

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Introduction State-tracking firewall devices are commonly deployed at the border of data centers, office networks, and other corporate environments where precious IP needs to be kept out of the hands of others.  My opinion of these firewall devices is that they should be avoided at all costs, and I’ll get into that later.  Sometimes we’re forced to deploy things…

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