LAN Party Project

For the better part of the last few weeks, I’ve been working on my LAN Party Server. As nerdy as that sounds, the experience was actually worthwhile.

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Full disclosure, I hate Linux and anything related to it. With that said, my co-worker decided to set-up CentOS 7 on the system. Once we loaded the OS, we began downloading and configuring the various game servers. There’s a great site that will allow you to download, install, and launch a bunch of dedicated server in Linux.

You can find it here:

https://gameservermanagers.com/

After having all the games installed, we noticed that the commands was super confusing. Launching the game was a pain in the butt. From there, I really started my big project. I ended up scripting a launcher that could… well… launch and shutdown the games.

The script originally started at 3-400 lines of code. I looked at the code again and noticed that there was a better way to do things and implemented that. Once that was done… I was able to trim away half down to 200 lines.

As I got more and more into the dedicated game server, I noticed that I needed to add additional functionality to the script. Form there, the code ballooned up to its current state of 600 lines. Mind you… this script is fairly robust. It has all your typical server functions (start, stop, restart, edit config file, update, etc.), but also has several server tools that would allow you to do mass edits over all the games.

Here’s the current state of the launcher script: http://www.kimete.com/launchernewest.sh

launcher

As for the server, we were able to set it up with an ftp service as well as configured teaming to allow more performance and bandwidth out of the 2x gigabit ethernet ports.

As for the LAN Party… the server did great. Everything ran smoothly. I was able to control the server from SSH with little issues. And it seemed to host the games just fine.

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Update: 3/28/2016

Hi all.

Nothing really new here. Just a quick update.

Round 3

Round 3 is right around the corner. We’ll be going to Marina this Sunday. Should be lots of fun. C-Street runs in the afternoon, so I will be able to sleep in on Sunday morning as well as stop at Burrito Express in Fremont for a breakfast burrito!

More information on round 3 can be found here: http://www.sfrautox.com/?page_id=162

As always, if you are ever interested in autocrossing, no better time than the present to get started. Reach out to me and I can help you get pointed in the right direction.

Brainstorming

I think I am going to try to change the way I recap my autocross runs. Right now, I just post videos and that’s really about it. I think I want to try to change the format a little bit. I really like the way that karting places give you time sheets when you are done with your sessions, and I think I can create my own template. I am not quite sure how I’ll be able to implement it through WordPress, but we’ll have to see.

I’ll probably start simple at first, then try to make it a little more elaborate. My goal is to create something that looks cleans, relays a clear message, and doesn’t look dull. I was thinking about including a course map, a table of section times, and some comments on the course.

Worst case scenario is I try, and it doesn’t work out.

National Tour – Crows Landing

Still not quite sure about me attending this or not. I haven’t planned that far ahead. I am thinking about it though. I won’t be able to attend the Pro-Solo, though. I currently have another obligation for that weekend. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Crows won’t be too hot. The weather was rough last year.

That’s all for now!

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March 4th, 2016 Update

Hi all.

Work is a little slow at the moment, so I thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a little update.

Boondoggle 2016

Boondoggle 2016 was a huge success. When pre-registration closed on Friday, we had 150 people already signed up. At morning registration, we had another 50+ people sign up in person. Anytime you have those numbers at Marina, that’s a great day.

The event ran really smoothly. Computer problems were rare, which is always a good thing. We had a bunch of workers and all stations were adequately filled. We actually had so many workers for one group, I ended up asking some newer people to shadow people to see how they ran grid, worked the computers, etc.

Many years ago, I told myself that I was never going to chair an event ever again. That was really due to so many people having such poor attitude when it comes to contributing during events. I am so glad that so many people stepped up this past event. Everyone stepped up big time. The chiefs; the workers; the volunteers. We started relatively on-time, and even though we ended our last run at about 5:55, almost 6PM, we had the trailer packed and the doors locked at 6:15PM. That is awesome considering that Trailer Tetris is a PITA.

Looking Ahead

AAS is holding two events this weekend at Marina. I won’t be in attendance. As much as I enjoy autocrossing, I already have plans for this weekend, though that might change…

The next SFR SCCA event will be March 13th at Crow’s. That will be a lot of fun. I am thinking about getting together with some friends after our runs and hitting up the local Chinese restaurant. If you are ever in that area, definitely check out Golden Lion Chinese Restaurant!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-lion-chinese-restaurant-patterson

National Tour

The SCCA National Tour is less than 2 months away, and I have no idea what I am doing. I would like to be in attendance. Whether that is the case or not depends on all type of things. Money is a little tight and will probably be for awhile. I also don’t know what I’ll do for a ride. I had meant to get the Impreza fixed up, but that’s kind of been on the back burner. It is mostly a combination of not having time and not having money. 🙁 We’ll see…

I think that’s all for now.

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Boondoggle 2016

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for a job well done today. And when I mean everyone, I really do mean everyone, from chairs and chiefs to participants.

Everyone stepped up today. We had an awesome 200+ people show up today. I wanted to at least mention a few individuals. First off, thank you to Dennis for co-chairing with me. Hats off to Justin for an awesome course. Much thanks to all the chiefs who make these events possible. Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone who went beyond to keep this event running smoothly. I want to thank everyone who came up to us chairs and asked “where we can help?” I especially want to give props to everyone in run group 4&5 who made clean-up and breakdown swift and painless. We started clean-up around 6, and had the trailer doors closed and locked by 6:15. Awesome job!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event!

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2016 Season is Around the Corner

The first event of the season is little less than a month away. More correctly, the first SCCA event of the season is a little less than a month away. I am definitely excited for the season to begin. Being away from the sport has been a little tough.

Boondoggle will be at Marina Municipal Airport on February 28th. Dennis and I will be chairing the event and Justin Moore will designing the course. It should be a lot of fun.

More information about the event can be found here:
http://www.sfrautox.com/?page_id=162

As always, if anyone is ever interested in racing or autocross, consider making your way out to these events. Autocross is a lot of fun and open to anyone who has a driver license and a safe car to drive.

Plans for 2016

There haven’t been any plans, really. Try to do as many events as I can. I am planning to do the National Tour event that is coming to town, but will probably be skipping the ProSolo. Back-to-back National events are a little too much.

I am not quite sure what I plan to drive for the tour, but for the 2016 season, I am leaning the most to driving the Impreza. It isn’t competitive in class anywhere, but I enjoy driving it. I am planning to put some decent wheels and tires on it.

I am still not quite sure what I am doing for tires, but it will probably be the Bridgestones RE71R. I am not sure what size exactly, but we’ll see. The good news is that the Impreza and BRZ have the same bolt pattern, which means that I can use the wheels for either car.

As for the wheels… A friend is offering up a set of Rota Titans and I am leaning toward it. They are half a pound heavier than the Enkei RPF1, but considering the price difference to be about $300, I think I’ll be okay with it.

With that said, I have about 25 days to get the Impreza back in running order. It really needs a lot of work, but hopefully it will be ready to go for Boondoggle. If not… there’s always the BRZ.

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What Would You Do?

The new season of autocross is quickly approaching. A month to go when SF Region SCCA will be holding their season opening event, known as Boondoggle.

Which brings up my next question… What should I do?

I current have a set of 16×7 on my car with an old set of BFG Rivals in 225/50/16. Which direction should I go?

Purchase a set of Bridgestone RE-71R in 225/50/16 and reuse my wheels?

or

Purchase a new set of 17×8 wheels, and complementing set of RE-71R in a corresponding size (225/45/17, 235/45/16, or 245/40/17)?

What would you do?

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