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Onkyo TX-NR626

For a long time I have been an Onkyo fan.  Mainly because there are few MFGs out there that pack as many features in a unit for a given price range.  I did a short review on my last Onkyo, the NR-TX616, which I have been extremely happy with.  As luck would have it, it […]

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Ark 2U Rack Mount Case

As I referred to in my article on my home rack server project, I bought a 2U case to house my VM server.  I already had a smaller rack mount case, however it would only accept a mini-ITX board and I needed the case to support a MicroATX board.  This left me searching for something […]

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Server Rack Project

So why a server rack in the home?  For me the answer was two fold.  The first and most important reason was consolidation.  Though I have not converted all my systems to rack mounted cases yet, I wanted to all the equipment I did have to fit into one nice tidy package.  The second reason […]

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Automatic-Smart Driving Assistant

Every once in awhile you run into a product that is just plain cool and very functional.  For me this product is the Automatic – Driving Assistant.  It comes with a device that you plug into the OBD port in your car and an app that communicates with the device via Bluetooth 4.0 (IOS, Android). […]

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3 Samsung SSD’s in RAID 0

Inspired by success of one of a colleague at the homeservershow.com (See the post from Joe_Miner), I decided to create a RAID 0 using 3 of the new Samsung EVO solid state drives.  Because I bought these with a specific need, I used 2 of the 250 Gig units and one of the 120 Gig […]

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Storage Spaces–2012 Essentials R2

Well, here we go again with another round with Storage Spaces. If you have read my other reviews on Storage Spaces, you know that I have not been a fan of past versions, especially in the parity configuration. With promise of new functionality, speed, and security, I was naturally attracted to testing it again. After […]

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Memory Comparison between CAS 8 and CAS 9

Ever wonder about the memory comparison between CAS 8 and CAS 9 and how much difference in performance that CAS ratings give you.  Here is a comparison that I made recently when I upgraded my RAM.  This was done from the same computer with no other changes other than replacing the RAM.  The memory capacity […]

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Ultra Mini Keyboard

I am always looking at different keyboards and recently I found this Ultra Mini Keyboard.  I know you are thinking, is this a Logitech?  It certainly looks like a Logitech.  From the box down to the fonts it looks like a Logitech, but actually it isn’t.  This is actually a knock off that has been […]

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