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Upgrading My CPU and Dealing with Heat

One thing you can count on in the tech world is the need for constant change. Just when you think everything is running great, something changes that causes an avalanche. I have been running my VM server for a few years and it has been at the core of many things I do. When I […]

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D-Link DIR-510L AC750 Portable WiFi Router

As internet access is now entwined in our everyday life, Wi-Fi has become important to us wherever we are.  Whether you have multiple devices, multiple family members, or both, we increasing our need for connectivity.  Increasingly more and more hotels are clamping down on Wi-Fi access and are trying to charge more if you have […]

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Auto Water Shutoff – Preventing Disasters

Back in July of 2015 I experienced what could have been a major disaster from a water leak caused by a faulty gasket on a water filter.  It is always a disasater like this that makes you realize you should have a way to do an auto water shutoff.  Thankfully I had Insteon leak detectors […]

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Sophos XG Firewall-Part 2–Tightening Security

In my first write up on the Sophos XG Firewall, I covered my basic network setup and the configuration that I used. Now that I have had a chance to learn it better and do a bit of experimenting, I want to focus more on rules, Web Filtering, Application Filtering, Dynamic DNS, and other features […]

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Amazon Echo And Amazon Echo App For Fire OS, Android And iOs And Desktop Browser

Using the Amazon Echo with the ISY 994i

I recently purchased the Amazon Echo and have been enjoying using it on a daily basis. When they released the integration with Insteon, I was curious and hooked up an Insteon hub to experiment with it for a couple of weeks. For certain things, I found it very convenient and was surprised how well it […]

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Blue Iris Video Security Software

I have used security cameras for years and for as long as I can remember, recording/monitoring software has been buggy, not user friendly, and suffered from various performance concerns. Add to that the variation in manufacturers of cameras, and you end up with a difficult situation. For the past few years I had settled on […]

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Sophos XG Firewall-Part 1–The Basics

Having been impacted by security issues in the past, I am always on the lookout for new and hopefully better network security products. For a while now I have hearing about the Sophos UTM and was intrigued by what it packed in for standard features. Recently they released a new product called the Sophos XG […]

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Customer Service Lives Part One – QNAP

Typically, when it comes to consumer level items, very few companies stand firmly behind their products. Sure you can buy something and return to Amazon or Newegg but how about some real support when something goes wrong or when you experience some anomalies that you need help with. You have companies like Apple who go […]

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WD Red Drives – Replacing My Server Storage

Though I have been switching to primarily NAS units for my everyday central storage needs and have used WD Red Drives in those units, I still have one non-VM server left that I use for local backup and movie archiving. The server has been running great for many years but recently I had yet another drive […]

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