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Acoustic Panel Build

This is a far departure from what I usually do or write about, but since the outcome was so good I wanted to share it.  Acoustic panels are certainly taking me into new territory and it has been a learning experience in sound, acoustics, and construction. My original motivation was to improve the sound quality […]

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Network Make Over

I know doing a network make over is not a very interesting topic but it can be an important one.  At some point, keeping our network organized becomes a necessity.  Either because of troubleshooting, esthetics, or because we need to expand.  In almost every case, it sounds easy but when you get started you find […]

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I7-7700K–Eye Candy and Performance

For various reasons, it has been awhile since I have built a high end gaming system.  My last build was Core I7-4770 which is no slouch, but by today’s standards lagged a bit behind in key areas, most notably support for NVMe and higher speed storage.  I set out to buy the best hardware I […]

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Sophos XG V16-Creating Rules

After reviewing the navigation and finding my way around the new interface, I was ready to explore some of the new features. It makes sense to start with firewall rules as that is one of main reasons for using something like Sophos in the first place. There have been tons of changes in Sophos XG […]

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Sophos XG V16-Navigation

I have been a fan of Sophos XG since its release. I have written several posts on my blog that covers setup and configuration of the original version (V15). Though there was a learning curve with using the software, it was a powerful and feature rich solution that made a great foundation for securing my […]

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Reolink RLC-410

The constant strive to improve my security setup has led me to try many different IP cameras. For the most part my comfort level in IP cameras keeps me in the $100-$150 range as I do not want to get into the high end equipment nor do I want cameras with sub 1080P resolutions. When I […]

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