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    Does anybody know a similar improve version for Microsoft Windows?

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      There seems to be a windows port of mtr. I’ve long given up traceroute in favor of mtr.

      Plus, with mtr (as root) you can use TCP SYNs to probe the network. Useful for weird (read: “bad”) network equipment and also useful to be quickly blacklisted by the server on the other side (and they’re right to do so).

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      Looks very good but too expensive in my opinion. The Vortex Race3 is also programmable with good keys and cost half of it.

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        Yes, but,

        • Low profile milled aluminum case
        • Box switches
        • RGB backlighting
        • N-key rollover
        • Hotswap switch sockets
        • PBT dyesub caps in XDA profile
        • Semi-ergo 75% layout
        • QMK firmware
        • 2 port USB 3.2 gen 2 USB-C hub
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          Note that the Vortex Race3 does seem to be a very similar keyboard, with a low profile milled aluminum case, RGB backlighting, Semi-ergo 75% layout and DSA profile caps (similar to XDA). It comes with Cherry MX switches though. I’m wondering if part of the cost increase (besides the USB hub) are those hotswap switch sockets with box switches. I’m not sure from a reliability standpoint if that’s even preferable to MX switches. I think the only big differentiating factor to most people is that USB hub. Would you pay double to price to get that though?

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            It’s all about the price to essential features ratio. A Ford Fiesta drives very well and a Volkswagen Polo is much more expensive and … ehm … drives, too.

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          I have a Fritzbox 5530 with two Mikrotik Switches connected via Single Mode BiDi to each other and cAP AC from Mikrotik as access points. I had a old telephone cable with a very some hole between the basement and first floor and with Single Mode LC/LC cable from fs.com it was not necessary to make the hole bigger to replace it.

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            A Fritz!Box with fiber modem (currently 500MBit synchronous), switch and 802.ac WiFi access point (provided by our ISP, XS4ALL) near the fuse box. Ethernet to the living room and my desk. Most devices are hooked up through Ethernet. We also have a Fritz!Box 802.11ac repeater, hooked up to Ethernet as an additional AP in the living room. Fiber + ethernet has been super-reliable (only a brief downtime once since we moved in here 2.5 years ago). Never had any issues with WiFi through the Fritz devices either.

            I haven’t researched AVM (the makers of Fritz! devices) in detail. But they seem like a decent/reliable privately-owned German company that do not do ‘growth hacking’ and other shenanigans. Also, they seem to provide firmware updates for quite a while. I could be wrong, but my impression as a long-term customer has been pretty good.

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              Fritz! here too - very good so far. The first Fritz!Box came with the ISP connection. I bought two more second hand to use as mesh repeaters.

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                Hi Daniel,

                You’re right they are from Berlin, Germany and had already ISDN cards years ago. It’s quite common brand here in Germany and very good but expensive.

                What model is yours? I have a 5530 with SFP for GPON but my ISP has a ONT provided by them which I can’t replace. This ONT is connected via cooper to the Fritzbox.

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                  5490, the fiber cable is directly connected to the Fritz!Box.

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                A Vortex Race 3 which I adore, as it’s the perfect mix of laptop layout and comfortable key travel.

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                  I can confrim. I really like the ability to remap keys directly without any applicatino or change in the operating system (e.g. remap Ctrl and Caps Lock).

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                  Puh, I try to keep it simple. Just Excel for my tasks and things I want to adress to other during regular meetings. A calendar named Reminder for time critical things. Flat text files in <10 folders with simple markdown as my note storage. Ah, and a regular notebook for in person meeting with others.

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                    https://imgur.com/a/DvFUyMR

                    Mac Mini from 2009 with Dell 4K monitor and Vortex Race 3/BTC 5100 und Evolument Vertical Mouse.

                    See also https://www.pahem.de/usesthis.html

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                      awesome! didn’t knew the Mac mini from 2009 can support a 4k monitor :O

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                        It’s 1080p, but enough for me.

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                        I used also a DNS Blacklist but point the DNS to a local IP address and the host just reject the TCP connection with TCP-RST. I think this is faster than redirecting to a webserver which sends back e.g. a white image 1x1 pixel, because for the TCP-RST just two packets and for the webserver at least three (or more if TLS is in use). But is this true? Is the client faster because it cache the image and don’t even make a request at all? And if this approach with NXDOMAIN even faster, because it cache the response from DNS locally?

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                          Yes, using NXDOMAIN is a lot faster then 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1 in the /etc/hosts file.

                          Some pages that I opened before (with 0.0.0.0 in /etc/hosts) loaded 10+ seconds. Now after change to NXDOMAIN with unbound(8) its 2-3 seconds and its loaded.

                          It really makes a difference for some pages.