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  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    This kind of brings to mind some sort of 'global isp of isps' that sets up the ASN/BGP etc so that their customers get the redudants service using multiple isps at any place in the world.

    So lets say such existed, what if anything is missing from Windows to implement it and how would you do it if it existed now?

  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    Sounds like I may need to explain why other than server/cloud providers need redundant glitch free multi-home failover etc.

    The "home" here is a flexible term.

    eg. One might be using airbnb or similar service to relocate the "home" location frequently, while having a global prospecting/consulting type of gig and to manage their other previous biz could use redundant (lte+wifi or lte+cable) connection at every location.

    There are "monitoring jobs" where it's essential that while you are "on the job" the "control room" has "lights working"... eg. lets say you were remotely monitoring nuclear facilities few hours a day while doing a global consulting gig living in other peoples homes and perhaps the monitoring software didn't allow logging in from 2 ip's at same time but you didn't want to miss any events. 

    One might be walking around on some holiday in remote country that suddenly became a war zone and where one became the 'reporter' of local events. I should be able to patch the video stream from my smartphone reliably using "ISP of ISPs" that allowed my smartphone to have connections to all local ISPs on any country and satellites/drone ISP too if nothing else available - preference going to lowest latency or highest bandwidth connection depending on statistical analysis of the packets (the blog.ip.fi guy said that most full MTU size packets tend to be high bw data while smaller tend to be things needing low latency).



  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    Google for redundant mobile internet came across this:


    Way too heavy weight solution and completely pointless to have such large system when you practically can get exactly same result with 2 smartphones if you could somehow get a single IP across the smartphones to your laptop... Then you'd have battery backing in both the "router" (smartphone) and the computer. The reason I don't like this that much is that you end up eating up the phone battery just to route packets to the laptop, but it might be a decent backup incase your usb wifi+lte stick fails.


    Optimal solution seems to be to have LTE+wifi in the laptop and then another lte+wifi through USB (perhaps also incorporating a shared battery for powering the laptop in single hybrid device - very portable mobile dock kinda)... this way if one antenna gets blocked, you still have another. Then just have 2 laptops and the replicated virtual desktop (using very fast wifi for short distance).


  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    (quick google about BGP sounds like it's some sort of heavy protocol - maybe there needs to be some way developed to get a single IP across different ISPs using 2 decicated usb wifi+LTE hybrid sticks)

    That is still one box and one power supply. I'm talking about 100% redundant system and preferably mobile one. Probably the most solid solution is 2 laptops (due to each having own battery) and software BGP with 2 ISP's over multiple wireless connections - while you might want a well cooled usb wifi with external antenna connector - it doesn't really matter if the redundancy is solidly implemented such that transient failures of the usb wifi sticks only get registered in 'action center as to-do maintenance items' but do not affect performance.

    This solves the problems you get with routers which are:

    - software that might stop updating once router vendor deems product 'legacy'

    - reliance on single power supply (secondary caps in tight space near the parts that heat up - built in time bomb)

    - no battery backed power

    - who wants to lug business routers around if they want redundant connections while mobile?

    - nothing in the router box that cannot be run on idle core without loading system up too much, it's just less powerful computer that is less guaranteed to receive upgrades.

    - with software BGP support you should be able to get the single IP across two wireless usb sticks connecting to different operators - this might be doable without BGP but I haven't yet heard how ...

    - BGP may have problems in customer (possible attacker) facing scenario but I can't really tell, it just sounds like something the author of this blog is concerned about: http://blog.ip.fi/


  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    So lets say you have 2 ISP's offering internet to your home. Then you have 2 computers with 2 ethernet ports each, and cables from both computers to each 'router' or whatever. (or maybe 2 wireless adapters on each computer connecting to 2 different wifi routers of different brands)

    Then each computer is running some sort of virtual desktop that ensures that if something fails in one computer, exact same desktop state is replicated on the other computer so that you don't have to stop what you are doing just because something fails.

    While using 2 ISP's you should still have a single IP on both computers so that no application knows if something failed (well, besides failure monitoring apps).


    I read something about BGP being used for this? So how do you set that up as a consumer? Does Windows 10 support it for this scenario?

  • Skylake (desktop) launched

    Just went through the AT review.. weird how most the gains seemed to be on their linux benchs. Hand picked benchs to showcase some progress I guess. Few benchs had some anomalies .. eg. $60 dual core pentium being faster than any of the i3,i5,i7's.  Probably some sort of scheduling thing.

    In my own benchs, if you have some bog standard x86 app not using anything fancy, only the clock speed and sometimes the cache really matters.

    eg. see this case where 128MB cache Broadwell model is faster than Skylake as the Skylake models tested don't have the big cache.

    128mb cache



    I think much of the Anandtech benchs don't really have much relevance to things most people do outside of video encoding and games.. There's a ton of actually useful benchs they could have but haven't put in despite of suggestions. I suspect in those more real world productivity scenarios and multi-tasking, the 128MB cache might show more relevance when looking at <$400 cpu's for desktops. eg. like compiling and running large C#/java apps under VM etc, how snappy Visual Studio is under VM..Lets just say, on 4790k VS2013 isn't snappy at all. (it feels slower than vs2013 on core 2 e8500 not under VM)

  • Turning off Google search results indirection in IE?

    Found a new parameter by searching about the menu.. noj=1 brings the black menu bar back.

    https://www.google.com/?noj=1&gws_rd=cr (gws_rd forces to use the .com as the others have missing options from the menu bar)

    edit: removing google from compat view & restricted zone and using that url fixes the back button. No fix for copying the link from the search results. Some have suggested holding rmb then going on top of the link to release but doesn't work.

  • Turning off Google search results indirection in IE?

    I went over that before, Bing results not good enough.


    This isn't about click tracking but fixing the back button + copy address which get broken when forcing google to look right using restricted zone + compat view.

    I suppose alternate question is how to get google to have the black menu bar on top without having it in restricted zone and compat view..

  • Turning off Google search results indirection in IE?


    There's solutions for ff,chrome, safari...

    The solution should not change anything else or break other things.

    I have the google domains in the 'compatibility view' & restricted zone in order to force google to look right (have the black menu bar at top)



  • I suggest you buy GLD

    I spent some time learning the markets recently and this is kind of my interpretation.

    "No way" you can lose buying at markets... well except if you go all in like these p1-5(5 persons).

    bid/ask 100/101 p1 buys at 101

    bid/ask 99/100 p2 buys at 100

    bid/ask 98/99 p3 sells at 98

    bid/ask 99.5/99.6 p4 buys at 99.6

    bid/ask 99.25/99.26 p5 ...


    Even if all of these people bought lower ("adding to loser") it doesn't really help, the clever algo they use always find a price where everyone who holds winds up holding a losing position. Even if you bought from some clueless dude, if the clueless dude decide to exit the loser, their position probably ends up with the clever algo guys and soon your profit goes away. Trend is a bunch of people holding losers thinking it can't go lower/higher.

    At this point the exchange says they add more decimals (0.01->0.001). Then next thing they add weekly, daily, hourly, minute option expiries. (the option hedging is what causes people to lose money if they hold over night and the more frequently it's done the less likely profits are - once people figured this out and started to sell options, some brokers added all sort of obstacles, fees and arbitrary margin calculations to make sure no one tries to sell options)

    That's just 2 tricks, they always invent some new trick if people find a way to quick profits to make them lose money faster should they catch up to their old tricks.

    Latest trick could be this one "Nasdaq will introduce a patent pending Retail Order process"... The only people making consistent money are the financial industry firms, brokers/market makers by nickel and diming everyone in hundreds of ways. So IMO unless one wants to be one of those, participating seems a bit pointless.

    The typical way around this is to set up a 'bucket shop' and then tell customers they cannot use bucket shop for hedging. (all while the bucket shop hedges so their customers end up losing)


    Now there may be ways to actually make money there if one is able to determine what something is really worth and have patience to wait for there to be losers to be found to the wrong side of the accumulation process. But that kind of process can take months, years and no telling how low the price can go. What is gold really worth.. .Yeah hmm. My guesstimate is that gold will go so low that many mining companies get bought up by some bigger interests and enough speculators give up on it.. etc