Using T-Mobile Cellspot Safely

The T-Mobile Cellspot is a miniature Cell Tower for your home. If your cell service is bad at your home or other location and you are a T-Moble customer, they will “Give” you a Cellspot to use with a “Return Fee” in case you don’t eventually return it to them.

I don’t know for sure, but I think it uses the same protocols as the “Real” cell towers employed by T-Moble. The reason that I am guessing this is because the device requires “Open Ports”, which is a problem for most modern routers. Modern Routers do not “Open Ports” but rather use “Port Forwarding”. Here is the support page for the CellSpot. Notice the list of UDP ports that are required to be open.

“Open Ports:” mean that the firewall does nothing with traffic on those ports. The traffic passes directly onto the LAN – local area network. Modern routers do not support “Opening Ports”. Instead they support “Port Forwarding”.

“Port Forwarding” which modern routers provide, establishes a relationship between one or more LAN addresses and arriving packets with certain port numbers. This allows the router to know that the incoming packets are to be “forwarded” to the desired devices. This is not necessarily secure. And certainly “Open Ports” is not secure, since it allows attackers on the WAN – wide area network – to get up to any kind of mischief in attacking your home network.

And at this point your eyes are probably glazing over. Rather than showing your how to set up Port Forwarding on your router, or struggling with your ISP to do that, which they will probably refuse to do. Xfinity has no way to “Open Ports” in their router for you, apparently. This article provides another way to use the Cellspot.

In the following discussion I’m using Xfinity as an example of an ISP. The same discussion and requirements will apply regardless of your “Broadband” provider, whether it’s Cable, DSL or Fiber. Click on images below for a larger view and click on the X at the top right to close the image.

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Buy or Build New Computer?

So, what if you need to purchase a new computer today?

Let’s assume you are of modest means and modest needs. Not a gaming system. Just something to use the web, and documents.

Requirements:

Modern CPU – Intel or AMD. Core i-5 or better. Released in last two years.

  • 32GB Memory – More than minimum since we want this system to last a few years.
  • 1TB of Storage. Solid State Disk for system. Only an SSD of 1TB, or a smaller SSD and a HD if necessary to bring total to 1 TB.
  • No graphics Card. Use a processor with Graphics built in since we are saving money and are not “Gaming”.
  • DVD not required but nice. DVD media have been replaced by “Thumb Drives” these days.
  • Modern connection for a monitor. Display Port or HDMI.
  • Hard Wired Ethernet cable. Adding WiFi is ok, but Hard Cable is a requirement.
  • A Real Power Supply. Not a Brick like a Laptop.
  • Expandable if that does not cause too much in higher prices.

Let’s see what we can find.

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Linux Mint Broken on VirtualBox

I updated Linux Mint 20.1 this morning on VirtualBox.

Update: Apparently this is about two weeks old, but not fixed as of 17 Aug 2021. Here’s a LM Forum post. I tried the work around to disable 3D and that works.

And this is what the menus look like now:

Rebooting does not fix anything. It is permanently stuck like this. Completely unusable / unfixable of course.

I’ve been using Linux Mint on VirtualBox for years and specifically LM 20.x for as long as it has been available. Sometimes there are minor problems, but this completely breaks LM on VB.

Reinstall From Scratch?

I created a new VM and reinstalled LM 20.2 on the latest VirtualBox. It worked fine as installed, but with the first update, it went back to the same problem. Here are the details:

After the clean install of LM20.2 on a new VBox on the latest VBox on a Windows 10 host the Linux Mint appears to work properly. After the guest updates – latest with latest install of VirtualBOX – everything is fine. Apparently. But the update completely trashes the graphics. I have no idea what caused it.. Maybe kernel, maybe something else. But I have work to do so I’m not going to diagnose it further. I’m just not going to update until I can confirm that this problem is fixed.

Here are the updates that LM 20.2 did after the install.

So apparently the only recourse I have is to REINSTALL THE WHOLE THING FROM SCRATCH AGAIN. and then NOT UPDATE IT.

Please do some QA on VirtualBOX before you SHIP an update.

Thanks
:ww

WordPress and Ghostery Today

I just started a post today. And it failed. Just got a white screen.

I’m a user of Firefox and Ghostery. Ghostery is a privacy and anti-malware plugin that

So now I can’t post unless I “Trust” wordpress. This is new behavior. Always before I have been able to post and do all the other things with Ghostery enabled. I have submitted my unhappyness to WordPress and listed the trackers and other stuff that they are using that Ghostery blocked.

So wordpress wants to track you and suck in other stuff that is questionable, even if you pay for their service, which I do to the tune of $100 per year.

Not happy. And said so.
:ww

AnyDesk – Local is Local

My use of “Remote Desktop Access Software” has a long and storied history. It started years ago with LogMeIn, which is still around, and worked fine, but it no longer [at least to my knowledge] has a Free Option.

But Why Shouldn’t I Pay for Remote Desktop Software?

Here’s a long list of Remote Desktop software. After LogMeIn went behind a paywall, I used TeamViewer for a while, but they did the same thing. I do not use these programs as part of a business. I use them for personal use and to help friends – even before lock-down restrictions – maintain their computers, without pay.

So I need a totally free solution.

But What About Microsoft Remote Desktop?

I have never studied Microsoft Remote Desktop in detail. But my understanding is that it is not “Firewall Friendly”, but is rather designed for experts on both ends who either only use it on their LANS or know how to perform the arcane incantations to spirit connections through Firewalls.

What’s the Big Deal with Firewalls?

In order to be “Firewall Friendly” or in other words to “Allow NAT Traversal” or to Allow Traffic through a Network Address Translation Firewall, requires that the two machines find each other using a server out on the internet somewhere. Here’s where the costs might come in. Just like the Zoom or Discord or other services we use, the traffic must go from one machine, through those servers and then on to the other machine. All the time the connections are open with only 10s of millisecond latency. To be sure, a remote desktop connection has vastly smaller traffic requirements than a zoom call with a half dozen folks.

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AMD 5800x System Details

This post has been back-dated to keep it off the front page of my blog.

Performance and Cooler Testing

I ran a performance benchmark on the system just to test what’s going on and to make sure the cooler was working properly:

Hard Drive Storage Connection

In addition to the 2 M.2 NVME 1TB SSDs on the motherboard, the system now has three additional drives, mostly from the point of view of cabling. One of the drives will go with the system, but the other two are place holders. The drives are:

  • 60GB SanDisk SSD – 2.5″ SATA form factor. Placeholder for a larger SSD in this form factor.
  • 300GB Seagate 3.5″ 7200 rpm drive. Placeholder for a larger modern drive.
  • 2TB Western Digital 3.5″ Green drive.

On the left, the Seagate drive is at the top and the WD Green drive is at bottom. I’ve ordered black plastic sheets that I’ll cut and over the circuits on these boards.

Storage Expansion Options

The Motherboard has 8 SATA connections and there are places in the case for two 2.5″ and two 3.5″ drives. The power connections are in place for all the drives. If 2 2.5″ drives are desired, then one more SATA cable needs to be run to the drive holder. The drive holders are “Tool-less” to insert the drive, but a screw driver is required to clamp the plastic holder in place on the case frame.

Hard Drive Performance

CrystalDiskMark was used to test the drive performance.

The read performance of the WD Green drive seems very low. Even the many years old Seagate drive is over twice as fast in read as the Green drive.

For comparison, here are performance numbers for a couple of WD “Black” drives from a couple of years ago – contemporary with the WD “Green” drive.

Here are the specs for the Black and Green drives.

I can’t explain why the WD Green Drive is so slow, but it does have 2TB of storage and so it should be useful for a while until replaced at some point with a faster drive. As you can see it’s not that much cheaper per GB than much larger and faster drives.

The system is working fine.
:ww

FFXIV Crash on Play

Post is back-dated by one year to keep it off the front page.

After logging in, if I hit the play button without waiting 5 or 10 seconds, the following crash occurs. Waiting always seems to prevent this.

This is not a new bug, but has occurred for many months now.

System Information


-=-=-=-=-=-=- FFXIV Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

MyDocument	C:\Users\darre\Documents
FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE	G:\FFXIV\SquareEnix
FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn	Language 1		Region 2
ProxyEnable 0
ProxyServer unspecified
ProxyOverride unspecified


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SYSTEM_BIOS	5603
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SYSTEM_PAGE_FILE	37563.738MB
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SYSTEM_DIRECTX_VERSION	DirectX 12
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS	NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DEVICE	\\.\DISPLAY1
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_CHIP	GeForce RTX 2060
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_MAKER	NVIDIA
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SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_SHARED_VRAM	16349.869 MB
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DAC	Integrated RAMDAC
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DISPLAY_MODE	2560 x 1440 (32 bit) (59Hz)
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER	C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll
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SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_PIXEL_SHADER	3.0
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SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DAC	Integrated RAMDAC
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DISPLAY_MODE	2560 x 1440 (32 bit) (59Hz)
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SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_VERSION	27.21.0014.5671
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_DATE	9/29/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
3.0
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_PIXEL_SHADER	3.0
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_VERTEX_TEXTURE	SYSTEM_SUPPORT
SYSTEM_SOUND	ASUS PB258 (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{8EBEF799-C2A7-41AF-AC40-109690021FAE}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	nvhda64v.sys
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SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	6/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	Digital Audio (S/PDIF) (High Definition Audio Device)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{75C710A7-E0C2-472A-905B-7DA234C62EAF}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	HdAudio.sys
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SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	5/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{F4CBF92D-DA0F-484A-87FB-59F261D71B89}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	HdAudio.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	10.0.19041.264
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	5/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	Speakers (Logitech G430 Gaming Headset)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{86AA27D4-E7E8-40F5-B2C0-8E21EB9CC95A}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	USBAUDIO.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	10.0.19041.1202
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	8/25/2021 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	VA32AQ (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{5C33B1FD-0B50-46C1-A715-F4897961E2F4}
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SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	6/8/2020 16:00:00
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SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	Mouse
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{6F1D2B61-D5A0-11CF-BFC7444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	Keyboard
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8009444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	Logitech G430 Gaming Headset
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274B9BE0-1857-11EB-8001444553540000}
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C1110-1857-11EB-8002444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	HID-compliant system controller
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C1110-1857-11EB-8003444553540000}
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C5F30-1857-11EB-8004444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
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SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8006444553540000}
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SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8007444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 3  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8008444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0


-=-=-=-=-=-=- Application Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

FFXIVLauncher
Edit Post ‹ Windy Weather — WordPress.com — Mozilla Firefox
2021_11
Holosmith - Guild Wars 2 Wiki (GW2W) — Mozilla Firefox
Clipboard01 - IrfanView
Final Fantaxy XIV Characters - Google Sheets — Mozilla Firefox
Google Calendar - Week of November 7, 2021 - Google Chrome
ArtStation - N I X E U — Mozilla Firefox
2021_11
Alienware Aurora R2 Saga – Windy Weather — Mozilla Firefox
Main Scenario Quests - Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn Wiki - FFXIV / FF14 ARR Community Wiki and Guide — Mozilla Firefox
Settings
Settings
VirtualBox
Pablos New Computer
Captures
Microsoft Text Input Application


-=-=-=-=-=-=- Install Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt
AMD Chipset Software
AnyDesk
Battle.net
Glyph
RIFT
Google Chrome
Guild Wars
Haali Media Splitter
MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter 3.9.9.51
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge Update
NC Launcher 2
NewBlue Titler Pro 5 for Corel
Steam
The Elder Scrolls Online
Heaven Benchmark version 4.0
VLC media player
World of Warcraft
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2018
Aion Classic
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) - 12.0.30501
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X86 Minimum Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Minimum Runtime - 12.0.21005
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Microsoft Visual C++ 2010  x86 Redistributable - 10.0.30319
Canvas 11.1
FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) - 11.0.61030
Aion
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729
TERA
GOG Galaxy
Setup
AMD PCI Driver
AMD_Chipset_Drivers
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
AMD PSP Driver
AMD Ryzen Balanced Driver
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable (x64) - 14.28.29334
AMD SBxxx SMBus Driver Alpha
MyDVD Content Pack 1
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x86 Additional Runtime - 11.0.61030
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable (x86) - 14.28.29334
QtScreenShotArchive version 1.5
Promontory_GPIO Driver
TextPad 5
MyDVD Content Pack 2
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x86 Minimum Runtime - 11.0.61030
ICA
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) - 11.0.61030
Arc
Gameforge Client
Runes of Magic
AMD GPIO2 Driver
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86) - 12.0.30501
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Additional Runtime - 12.0.21005
SynchQt version 1.1.0
7-Zip 16.04 (x64)
CrystalDiskInfo 8.12.0
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GIMP 2.10.14
Guild Wars 2
HWiNFO64 Version 7.12
IrfanView 4.57 (64-bit)
Mozilla Firefox (x64 en-US)
Mozilla Maintenance Service
PerformanceTest v10.0
proDAD Adorage 3.0 (64bit)
proDAD Route 4.0 (64bit)
proDAD Script 4.0 (64bit)
proDAD Mercalli 2.0 (64bit)
proDAD Vitascene 2.0 (64bit)
Sweet Home 3D version 6.5.2
VLC media player
blender
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010  x64 Redistributable - 10.0.40219
Microsoft Update Health Tools
Corel Update Manager
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X64 Additional Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Additional Runtime - 11.0.61030
Boris FX Continuum Plug-ins 11 for Corel VideoStudio 2018
Contents64
Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.28
Windows PC Health Check
VideoStudio 3D Title Editor
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.17
VSClassic64
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X64 Minimum Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x64 Additional Runtime - 12.0.21005
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Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Minimum Runtime - 11.0.50727
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x64 Minimum Runtime - 12.0.21005
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Additional Runtime - 11.0.50727
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NVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.19.0218
NVIDIA HD Audio Driver 1.3.38.35
NVIDIA Install Application
NVIDIA Display MessageBus
NVIDIA Display Container
NVIDIA Display Container LS
NVIDIA Display Watchdog Plugin
NVIDIA Display Session Container
NVIDIA USBC Driver 1.45.831.832
IPM_VS_Pro64
Graffiti x64 Corel VideoStudio 2018
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Minimum Runtime - 11.0.61030
VSUltimate64
Inkscape
Share64


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G:\FFXIV\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn\boot\ffxivlauncher.exe	00002050
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Computers Breaking

So, back on 6 October 2020, my main computer broke. This story is going to be complicated, so let’s call this one “Crystal”. I name my computers after the cases they are in, usually.

The verdict from the shop was the the CMOS battery was weak – replaced. And that the Ryzen 1800x CPU was bad. Good enough to run memory tests, but could not access storage. When the shop put in a Ryzen 5 CPU into the motherboard, the system ran just fine.

So I purchased some upgrades.

Continue reading “Computers Breaking”

Core i7-950 System Parts

This post has been back-dated by one year to keep it off the front page of my blog.

For sale, cheap. Older system parts to build a modest or first learning system:

What’s included:

  • Intel Core i7-950 Processor
  • ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard
  • 12GB DDR3 Memory
  • Liquid Cooler with one fan.
  • Nvidia GTX 470 Graphics Card – Still Supported by Nvidia Drivers for Windows 10.
  • System is Licensed by Microsoft for Windows 10. Experience suggests that Activation will occur automatically when system is installed and connected to internet.
  • Motherboard supports USB-3.

What is NOT INCLUDED:

  • Case of your choice for ATX motherboard.
  • Power Supply suitable for the system. Suggest 500W or greater. Suggest Modular or Semi-modular power supply.
  • System Storage device. Suggest SSD 256GB or greater. Sata 2.5″ required. Prices for 500GB is about $45 on Newegg at present time.
  • Any additional SSD or HD storage devices.
  • DVD or BluRay Drive of your choice. Not required.
  • And of course, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

System can be installed and maintained using Thumbdrive storage.

Continue reading “Core i7-950 System Parts”