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by b-man1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Broadband & Networking
Topic: finally got a raspberry pi to play with
Replies: 1
Views: 76

finally got a raspberry pi to play with

I picked up a slightly older Raspberry Pi (3 model b v1.2) and loaded up Raspian via the NOOBS installer. Then I installed Pi-Hole on it to be the network-wide adblocker. https://pi-hole.net/ It's working really well so far and does speed up browsing (YMMV based on where you browse, of course). I ha...
by b-man1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Mobile Computing
Topic: what Cell phone are you using today ?
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: what Cell phone are you using today ?

Moto Z Play...almost 2 years old now and the battery is still amazing.
by b-man1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: OS / Software Forum
Topic: Software disenchantment
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Software disenchantment

Where's the love for MS? ;) Don't worry, the pain isn't just on the customer side. Internally, most of us are required to run the "dog food" versions that are well ahead of the released versions...and it can be...interesting. The internal IT is also quite aggressive with patching and forci...
by b-man1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Groovy Movies, DVD's, Music and Anime!
Topic: looks like Hollywood at it again !
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: looks like Hollywood at it again !

it looks like they were streaming and/or downloading sites for movies and tv shows.
by b-man1
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Cheers!
Topic: High quality ice making
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: High quality ice making

That seems just...slightly...more involved that the $5 silicone whiskey ball molds I use at home. :P
by b-man1
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Cheers!
Topic: for cosmology fans
Replies: 0
Views: 67

for cosmology fans

While looking for hi res images to print off for my office, I found this site:

http://www.thecmb.org/

Great interactive display of the cosmic microwave background radiation mapped so far. Be sure to try the different resolutions and GHz options, etc. Crazy.
by b-man1
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Broadband & Networking
Topic: GDPR and domain contact info
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: GDPR and domain contact info

Funny you mention that, since I just transferred two of my domains from GoDaddy to Namecheap because of it. GoDaddy wanted $10/yr per domain for their privacy option. Automatically added to my cart at checkout for convenience...how thoughtful! It was cheaper to transfer to Namecheap and renew for do...
by b-man1
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Cheers!
Topic: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

...and I just added a 3rd smart thermostat to our house a few days ago (ecobee).
by b-man1
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My new NAS: Synology DS918+
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: My new NAS: Synology DS918+

Yeah, I know what you mean. I did buy a Small Business Premium license months back for my side work (wish I would have waiting since it's a lot cheaper for me now...), but mainly for the online mail and having it for keeping up with the features at the time. I wouldn't pay for it for the Office Suit...
by b-man1
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Cheers!
Topic: I joined the dark side...
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: I joined the dark side...

Yes, Premier Field Engineer for premier support customers. I'm in the SE (Florida), but can end up almost anywhere in North America. Realistically, they'll keep me on the East Coast or remote to save costs. There is an office somewhat close, but I work from home and travel as needed. It's actually q...
by b-man1
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Cheers!
Topic: I joined the dark side...
Replies: 7
Views: 234

I joined the dark side...

Well, not really, but some may think so. As of a few months ago, I started a new position w/ Microsoft. I"m a PFE working with Exchange and Office 365. It's been quite a ride so far and I'm only just starting. The company is so much different from any other I've worked for (both culturally and ...
by b-man1
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My new NAS: Synology DS918+
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: My new NAS: Synology DS918+

One of the small offices I help on the side just put in the same 918+ model filled w/ 4TB drives. Very nice. FP, in case it's of interest to you, Synology released a O365 backup solution. This model appears to come with 10 free licenses (not sure if it's perpetual or only the first 12 months...): ht...
by b-man1
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Broadband & Networking
Topic: Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service

i tried it out and had to switch back. even though the DNS performance test showed 1.1.1.1 was the fastest, i started having massive latency issues. i had forgotten that i switched the DNS and was wondering what was going on...figured it was just another wonderful Comcast issue, but then switched ba...
by b-man1
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My new NAS: Synology DS918+
Replies: 30
Views: 1019

Re: My new NAS: Synology DS918+

Cool...I've been thinking about going the NAS route for quite a while. What's the real world power usage on that, if you happen to have a kill-a-watt or something to measure it with?
by b-man1
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: new desktop build
Replies: 0
Views: 147

new desktop build

I needed to replace my aging desktop (huge full size tower) with something more office space friendly and up-to-date as far as power. I was considering the Intel NUC options for quite a while, then found the mini-STX form factor. There are not a ton of choices for mini-STX, but the ASRock DeskMini 1...

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