CPU Hogging on EdgeRouter-X

I started running a public NTP server behind my ER-X recently. The server is part of NTP Pool Project and serves many clients over IPv6 only. At its peak, the load can reach about 1000 requests per second. In the extreme cases, it could go as high as 5000 requests…

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The Missing Guide to Porting Software to Homebrew

I've been a casual Homebrew user for a long time but first time packager. While looking around on the net, I was not able to find some guidance on how to start porting my software quickly. Many resources point people to start creating a formula. After some frustration, I realized…

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Benchmark USB Flash Drives on Routers

Update Jan 28, 2019: iozone-db.txt collects benchmark results submitted by folks. Thank you. I eventually made up my mind on the choice of single-board computers (SBC) that will assist and eventually replace the role of my Asus RT-AC56U as an always-on home server. It's not a Raspberry Pi. My…

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A Simple Tool to Test malloc Performance

I was porting this very interesting feature to an older Glibc version for ARMv7. I need a simple tool to gauge any performance boost (or drop for that matter). Surprisingly few information is available on this topic. I didn't search hard but most papers on malloc performance dating back to…

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Public DNS - Cloudflare v. Google

Google or Cloudflare? I think that's a common question for a non-trivial number of people. Here is my little experiment. The result concludes that Cloudflare DNS is fast and a clear choice at least for my point of presence on the Internet. First, I need a tool to measure and…

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New Features in pixelserv-tls v2.1

The upcoming pixelserv-tls 2.1.0 brings a few exciting new features. They speed up browsing as well as enhancing a user's capability to inspect potential privacy breach. While this blog post highlights the features, supplemental details are also available as usual in the MAN page. Cache SSL certificates in…

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pixelserv-tls Found Unexpected Gmail Login Failure

I can't wait but jot down this piece of story. I woke up this morning and found macOS Mail.app failed to login Gmail. I tried re-login a few times. No success and I left it aside. In a cozy afternoon, I decided to revisit the issue. The first thing…

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