28 Apr 2014

There are lots of pre-fab NAS options out there such as Drobo or Synology devices, but with the right parts you can build a home built system for a bit less with a lot more expandability and flexibility than those other options.  In this article I'll outline my own custom build of a NAS server and the equipment I used to make it all possible.  I used some spare parts and shelving to make for a more convenient setup over the short term without the need for a rack initially.  In some ways this article is an update to this setup I've been running for awhile, showing its been a venerable setup in the longer run so far.


15 Oct 2013

Windows 8.1 hits stores October 18th, as well as a free upgrade to existing users of Windows 8 on October 17th in the Windows Store.  Here we look at some quick details on the revamped OS.

16 Apr 2013

In this article I'll outline the steps I had to take to get Team Foundation Server 2010 server (TFS) upgraded to TFS 2012.  This is just one particular example of the various upgrade paths that might exist, but should give everyone a good rundown on how the process typically works.  I won't cover every possible upgrade scenario in this example, but I will briefly list some of them before digging in deeper.

16 Apr 2013

Windows Blue (Windows 8.1) which is coming later in the year, most likely in the fall, may have the option to boot directly to the desktop.  This would make power users who prefer getting straight to the desktop experience happy and not require third party workarounds, though we had previously outlined some easy ways to boot directly to the desktop for the current iteration of Windows 8.

16 Apr 2013

 

 Summary

Bing search results contain more malware than Google's, hacker uses android to remotely hijack home built jet, the next Xbox will control your TV, NASA plans to snag an asteroid, NAS Software options for RAID, Orbx releases Southern Alaska and more.

16 Apr 2013

Summary

Bing search results contain more malware than Google's, hacker uses android to remotely hijack home built jet, the next Xbox will control your TV, NASA plans to snag an asteroid, NAS Software options for RAID, Orbx releases Southern Alaska and more.

03 Apr 2013

With the growing use of home media servers and home theater PCs (HTPCs), many of us now turn to larger capacity hard drives.  The traditional trend is to use a server with hardware RAID to take many smaller drives and turn them in to one larger drive for media, but many software based RAID options now exist to help keep the hardware cost down and simplify making large arrays that are protected from hardware failure.  Keep in mind that RAID is never a substitute for backup, however.  In this article we take a look at the software solution called FlexRAID, which can let your computer and take hard drives and act as a NAS (network attached storage).

25 Mar 2013

If you have ever run into a hard drive you wanted to re-format or use and it was labelled as a "GPT Protective Partition", here are the steps you can take, from within Windows to get the ready for action again.

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