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Data Center Tech Tools

Real vs Fake EZ-RJPRO HD Crimp Tools

My favorite tool for crimping copper ethernet cables is the PlatinumTools EZ-RJPRO HD crimp tool. Recently I needed to buy one for field work, so I ordered one from Amazon.co.jp.

When it arrived, I noticed that it didn’t feel like the tools I’d used in my previous work. I crimped some cables and noticed that the insulation wasn’t being clamped fully, so I ordered another from a different seller, and sure enough, a different-looking tool arrived. I tried re-crimping and had much better results.

I googled around to see if anyone had done a side-by-side comparison and couldn’t find anything. So, to (hopefully) save some other engineers the same heartbreak, I created an illustration of the differences between the two. Here you go!

PLATINUM TOOLS EZ-RJ45 PRO HD PN 100054 – Front
PLATINUM TOOLS EZ-RJ45 PRO HD PN 100054 – Back

For folks ordering in Japan, I got my genuine product from the seller サバーイランド (SABAY LAND SALES). The clone came from seller サンセットストア (SUNSET STORE).

If this article helped you out, leave a comment! If this helps at least one person out, it was all worthwhile 🙂

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Python Scripts Tech

Folding@Home Team Statistics Checker

With COVID-19 on the rise, I’m helping fight back by donating compute power to the Folding@Home project. I run team x0ptis and we’ve completed over 400 work units this first month!

To make it easier to track my team’s progress, I wrote a Python script that downloads statistics and prints them to the terminal. Here’s a screenshot:

Example output screenshot of fah-teamstats.py

You can schedule it to run daily and pipe the output to a log file if you want to see how a team is performing/ranking over time.

If you’re interested in running or modifying it, I’ve uploaded it to GitHub at https://github.com/ratticon/fah-teamstats

Let me know if you find it useful! If you want to contribute to my team, Download the Folding@Home Client and set your team id to 236098. Thanks!

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Raspberry Pi Projects Tech Tutorials

Tutorial: Train Departure Board with Pi, Python and an LCD

In this tutorial I explain how to build a train departures board using a Raspberry Pi, an I2C LCD, Python and the Tokyo Open Data for Public Transportation API.