Server Storage – RAID, WHS, and Throughput

The discussion, here, about larger storage setups caught my attention this week. Large storage setups for many simultaneous users have considerations beyond your standard small home server. Some of the major considerations are hard drive choice, disk configuration, sufficient throughput for your application, backup, fault tolerance. – Hard Drives: If you are planning a large 10TB+ array of discs, you […]

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Z-Wave Automation Application Released For Iphone-Itouch

  Intelligent Designs Group, LLC developer of cellular software announces the initial launch of their Total Control suite of software solutions. More information can be found at which includes instructional videos, screenshots, manuals, diagrams, and other informational material. Total Control Z-Wave Automation Edition For Iphone/Itouch. Enjoy the ability to view live status & directly control all of your z-wave […]

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Steampunk SageTV


Would you like a spot of tea with your Band Of Brothers dvd viewing session sir? This SageTV skin designer will knock the bloomers right off of your grandma when you introduce this skin in your household. SageTV user’s victorian skin isn’t quite out the door yet but there is a nice preview in the SageMC screenshot thread :). Forum […]

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Home Automation Resources


Not too many years ago, getting into the home automation game was a cost prohibitive and something best left to the professional installers. I am not here to say you are going to duplicate a $10,000 custom install job. Well, let me say that I may not duplicate a custom $10,000 job, but based on some of the DIY jobs […]

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The Story of My Life Continues


Recently I posted a blog about how my development/HD server system died on my after my UPS beeped briefly.  Well, I decided that it was worth a quick look to see if it was the power supply or not.  I knew it would be a quick test, so I came up with the following test rig. PSU Test Rig Believe […]

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Channels Logos For Windows 7


It has been so long since I have seen channel logos that I am not sure if I miss them or not. Like a long lost love I suppose. Taking a look at the pic attached to this post does stir some "special feelings" ;). The program to insert the logos can be found here and the TGB discussion can […]

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Microsoft: No Ultimate Extras for Windows 7

And the crowd…goes…wild. Seriously, I remember saying how bogus the Extras were going to be before Vista, and boy did Microsoft let everyone down there. Good to know they’re at least learning from their mistakes.   Our new approach to planning and building Windows doesn’t have the capacity to continue to deliver features outside the regular release cycle. While our […]

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Ikea Hack


Courtesy of my brother, this article actually has an HTPC that every significant other will love. No worrying about cases here, just glue some comp parts to the bottom of a table and you are set :). Work Gallery    

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NVIDIA Ion Reference PC Platform Deep Dive

I still want one of these!   The NVIDIA Ion Small Form Factor reference PC platform proved itself to be a powerful multimedia machine with top-notch HD video playback capability and even a bit of light duty gaming performance available as well.  In standard desktop and productivity applications, the machine was about on par with similarly equipped Intel Atom-based products.  […]

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