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Christmas List 2017

  • Soft woolly socks – 39-41 – Migros has very dark grey ones which I like
  • Abrasive rubber to clean the ceramic knife sharpener
  • Double walled mug for tea which works properly
  • Inexpensive fitbit – smallest with no display
  • Small woodworking clamps – Sliding part with turn handle top – about 30 cm internal size
  • A new belt
  • A ‘straight edge’ about 1 meter long – DE: Richtlineal maybe?
  • An analogue dial gauge caliper – for example

Bypassing DNS Lookups on the Internal Network

  1. Create an alias
    Goto Firewall > Aliases
    Add a new alias
    Name  – LocalResolver (anything will do)
    Type – Host(s)
    Now in Host(s) add IP so it always uses the local DNS resolver
    Save this
  2. Change the route
    Goto Firewall > NAT
    Add a  Port Forward ( the first tab )
    protocol: TCP/UDP
    Interface: LAN
    Destination: select DNS
    Source: any
    Redirect Target IP: LocalResolver ( or the name you gave to the alias )
    Redirect port – DNS (53)
    Save this
  3. Apply the changes
  4. Test using nslookup
    steve@goat ~/Videos/Dance/Salsa $ nslookup
    steve@goat ~/Videos/Dance/Salsa $ nslookup
    Non-authoritative answer:

    So you can see that there is no difference between the local resolver (which uses a Smart DNS lookup) and

Fixing the Damned Linux Brightness Bug

Switch to using the nvidia driver in the driver control

Then execute:

sudo nvidia-xconfig
sudo vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Make the screen section look like:

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Screen0”
Device “Device0”
Monitor “Monitor0”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Option “RegistryDwords” “EnableBrightnessControl=1”

Finally reboot:

 sudo reboot now