Setup an Ubuntu iSCSI target (server)

NOTE: This is Part 1 in a series on booting Ubuntu from an iSCSI disk. View all of the sections here. The bulk of the instructions in this post were unabashedly “borrowed” from howtoforge.com. The first thing we need in our quest to boot Ubuntu from an iSCSI disk is an iSCSI target disk. This is a…

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PXE Booting Ubuntu from an iSCSI drive

The Plan This will serve as a guide to booting Ubuntu (XBMCbuntu in my case) from an iSCSI drive.   The Result The boot process for my XBMCbuntu machine follows these steps: The BIOS is configured to PXE boot. The PXE boot process launches iPXE (formerly gPXE). iPXE connects to the iSCSI drive and launches GRUB which is…

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Office Lights

How many projects is it okay to start without finishing at least one? It seems I’m determined to find out. I’m currently in the process of finishing a room in my basement which will become my new office/hackerspace. Naturally, I incorporated copious amounts of LEDs into the design. I picked up a couple of reels…

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TLC5940 library for chipKIT

As part of our keyboard project, a friend and I set out to develop a library for the chipKIT to communicate with the TLC5940 LED Driver. The chipKIT, if you’re not familiar, is a 32-bit arduino clone that runs on the PIC32MX family of processors. While Digilent, the company behind the chipKIT, has done a great…

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Configuring Untangle for Xbox Live

Recently I replaced my home router with an untangle box. Untangle is a Linux server that replaces my home router with an enterprise-grade UTM system. After I had completed setup of my untangle server, I sat down to relax on my Xbox 360 and was greeted with this message: Your NAT type is set to…

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Catching Up

A lot has happened on the Keyboard project since I last posted. Let’s get you up to speed. After etching the TLC boards in the last post, we drilled holes for the components and began mounting them. It quickly became apparent that the boards were of less quality than they seemed. The traces were very…

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Multitouch in Ubuntu via ginn

Preamble… I recently purchased a 2011 Macbook Pro. Not long after, I installed Ubuntu 11.04 Natty which came with a shiny new Unity desktop. I quickly noticed that while Unity supported my multitouch trackpad out of the box (Kudos Ubuntu team!), there was no way (at least that I could find) to configure the gestures…

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Etching a Circuit Board

As we started formulating our keyboard project, it quickly became apparent that we’d need a handful of circuit boards. Initially, it was my intention to order them from a site like batchpcb.com. Typically, circuit boards are printed in mass quantities, but when you need just one or two copies of a particular board, sites like…

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