Explainer Side Notes

A Personal Blog from Joe Rodgers

Still failing

I received and installed my new EVGA PSU today and guess what, it wouldn't boot. It was just like the last one. I've ordered replacement cables that split the 24 pin MB connector because the one I currently have is very cheap. I'm hoping the current cord is so cheap that's it's preventing a good signal from hitting the PSU and triggering boot process. We'll know tomorrow because that's when I get the new cable. 

Miner still down

My miner is still down thanks to that Windows update. I reinstalled windows and drivers and had no luck getting the rig to boot when all the GPU's were loaded. I tried booting with and without GPU on each PSU separately and I believe the cheap PSU I got a couple months ago is a weak link in the chain. After the Windows update, the Vega cards powered by the cheap PSU we're showing a single green led, which indicates insufficient power. Amazon is delivering an EVGA replacement today so let's hope for stable booting and long times between reboot. 

Encrypt and Unplug

The past couple weeks I've been thinking about the importance of privacy and how little we have. I read an article a while back and it was talking about how Google and Facebook's mission statement sound very noble and moral but there's no way for them to fulfill these principles because they are a private company and have to do what's best for shareholders (make as much money as possible). 

With that article in mind, I can't find it anywhere, I've been looking for alternative tech services that are non profit and have the users best interest in mind. So far I've come up with Mozilla Foundation, ToR Project, and a handful of others.

Where are this weird point in time where no one really knows or cares about their data as long as google tells them an answer when they ask and as long as they get a bunch of likes on that hamburger pic they uploaded on Instagram.

Where are the non profits serving up encrypted email, cloud storage, anonymous browsing, crypto wallets, and more?

I'm ready to unplug from FB but all the groups I am in have abandoned their message boards and I don't want to miss out on the conversations.... what to do?

This is what I'm doing. I will try to move away from Gmail for my personal email affairs and migrate into Proton Mail. They don't have calendar services YET but say they are coming. Next I am going to get off FB and be a contributor on the message boards. That's all I can do. I will stay on instagram because I don't see the harm in liking pictures. Also, Twitter, I don't use it much, they aren't making money, so I'll keep it for now and try to use it more. I just can't get into it.

Windows broke my miner

I don't know why but the latest Windows update broke my miner. 

It boots, starts mining, crashes repeats.

Not recognizing all the GPU's.

Frustrating tobsay the least. 

I'm going to try to reinstall all drivers and if that doesn't work I'm going to wipe the PC and rebuild the machine. 

Will keep you updated. 

Current thoughts on mining

Just so you know, I've tried dual mining ETH and PASC, solo mining XMR and solo mining ETH. As of today, XMR has the best payout but only by about $10 per month more than ETH. The question is which coin you see sticking around long term or getting the most gains in the next X months (however long you plan on staying in the game). Since ETH is (slowly) moving to POS, I am trying to stock up as much Ether as as possible so I can have a share in a POS pool once it goes live. Once that happens and POW is shut off, I'll pivot to XMR or whatever is viable at that time.

My New Journey

On March 1st I started a new job on HPE's Marketing team. I studied marketing in copllege and have been somewhat obsessed with digital marketing for the past decade. In m y current role, I'll be responsible for all our field marketing efforts for the Telco space. In other words, I'll see you at MWC Americas! I am on day 3 and can tell that this job is going to be like a crazy juggling act as I'll be runnung many events simultaneously and driving HPE awareness for our champion products. I'm really excited and feel a new sense of pride in my contributions to the company. I am very thankful for my role in sales and have learned a lot about myself and how the company operates. I will especially miss my partners, teammates and friends. The good news is that this is not over, I am just getting started. This industry is too small and I know I will work with many of them again in the future. I'll keep you posted on this journey. Thanks for stopping by.

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Mining Rig Update 5 - I spoke too soon

After 12 hours of running with all the cards loaded, I experienced continuous crashing and BSOD.

I troubleshooted to the best of my ability by reloaded drivers, swapping cards on PCI slots, and even botting 1 card at a time to see where the problem was originating.

After all that work, my conclusion is that my power supply (1000w Platinum) can't handle all the cards under 100% load.

On a side note, I ordered a XFX Vega 64 today.... pretty cool shit. Awesome hashrates from my research.

I am now considering my next move... is it an additional rig or scale out this one.

Also, I am not sure how the Vega card is going to play with my 1070 ti's.

We'll just have to wait and see.

My dream rig would be to have a proper frame with an all Vega build out but I don't know how I can get my hands on that many cards.

I will keep you posted.

P.S. So you're probably asking yourself what I'm doing with that extra 1070ti... I loaded it in my personal desktop and my 43" 4K TV is running games at ultra without hesitation. Not sure if i will load up Claymore to run over nite but that probably makes sense.