Netgear R6250 & PIA VPN service

Maybe you’re like me, and you use a the Private Internet Access VPN service. Below I have compiled data on for different encryption settings. This assumes you already have a VPN client up and running; if you don’t, try this guide.

Type Regular Faster Fastest
Port 1194 1196 1195
Data Cipher Blowfish CBC AES-128 CBC None
Authentication SHA-1 SHA-1 None
Speed ~15 Mbps ~20 Mbps ~50 Mbps

Note: I used the Kong DD-WRT firmware (available here) and OC’ed to 1ghz.

If you still can’t get this all to work, you can cut your losses and use PPTP or L2TP via the WAN settings in DD-WRT. I get ~15 Mbps with PPTP, and ~65 Mbps with L2TP. More importantly, PPTP/L2TP have a keep alive option; which solves the issue of OpenVPN turning off occasionally—or not working at all.

Unemployment: week two

Early last week I was given the unfortunate news that the oilfield was going belly-up, and that I was to be in the first wave of mudlogger lay-offs. It was a bit of a shock to say the least, but I had been anticipating an oil-bust. Though, I had hoped a geoscience master’s would have kept me working longer . . . I found out the hard way that seniority matters; of which, sadly I had none. In fact, I always wanted to avoid the oil-and-gas sector, since climate change is the major issue of our age—but sometimes you have to take the job you need, rather than the job you want.

Here I am nearing the end of week-two: to date, I have applied to more jobs than I care to count; though, perhaps I should. Luckily, I have landed an interview with the State Water Board, which seems like perfect timing—maybe too perfect. Over the past year, if I had interest from a prospective employer, my former employer knew . . . somehow . . . and I would be dispatched to the field. Conspiracy? No. They just worked me endlessly; to the point where I was rarely home for more than a week at a time. Looking back, it was worth the time investment, but I don’t think I would want to do it over again.