Category: Hardware

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Does the HTPC still have a place?

Once upon a HTPC It doesn’t seem so long ago that I built and hooked up my first HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer). At the time, it added an unprecedented level of capability to...

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dbx 286s Review – Enhance Your Audio

Enhancing Your Audio Over the last several years my audio recording efforts have been constantly evolving.  I started with a first gen line 6 ux2 paired with a $35 microphone, which worked, but wasn’t...

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Samsung Gear Sport Tech Fitness Review

One month with the Samsung Gear Sport With the new year often comes renewed fitness goals.  If you’re like me you may be on the lookout for a fitness gadget to help keep track...

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Backup Synology to cloud with Synology Azure Backup

Synology Azure Backup Overview In this post I’ll take you step by step on how to configure your Synology NAS to backup to Microsoft Azure using Hyper Backup with Synology Azure backup. There are...

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Synology SSD Cache Setup and Testing

Enabling Synology SSD Cache Due to budget constraints my Synology DS1815+ is only populated with 6 WD Red drives, and the last two bays have been sitting empty for a while now. After a...

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Home Lab setup for Virtualization, Hyper-V, and MCSE

Virtualization Home Lab Guide When it comes to home labs each of us is constrained by size, power, heat, noise, performance, and budget factors.  On top of that the IT field encompasses a host...

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Synology RAID failure and why RAID is not a backup

I wanted to share a situation I recently dealt with that reminded me why RAID is not a backup. A Synology NAS device (DS1512+) that I manage notified me that one of the drives...

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Synology Disk Station Manager – initial configuration guide

Overview The Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) is the Operating System (OS) that runs on your Synology unit.  This guide will cover the basic steps to setup your Synology device and complete the initial...

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Reset a Supermicro IPMICFG password

How to reset a Supermicro IPMICFG password from inside Windows You may encounter a situation where you need to reset the admin password associated with your Supermicro IPMI interface. In my circumstance I had...

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Hyper-V Core Cluster Home Lab Setup

This article will explore the setup and configuration of a Hyper-V Core cluster and the creation of high availability VMs. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (also referred to by some as Hyper-V Core) is a...