29
December
2014

Triple jump to Kodi, Yosemite and MythTV 0.27

I’ve been using MythTV pretty well along with XBMC. XBMC’s add-on even lets you watch MythTV recording from a HD HomeRun Prime from XBMC and it all worked fine on Mavericks. Now in the Yosemite world and also the latest XBMC now called Kodi and the new MythTV 0.27. Here are the steps: Yosemite upgrade […]

29
December
2014

Silverstone SG-10B and Noctua and Scythe clearance issues

Well, built the second of four Haswell towers based on the SG-10B mini-tower using the ASRock Z97m OC Formula with the Noctua NH-L12 and the Scythe Rev B: Scythe Rev B. This is a low profile fan unit. The main problem is there is no clearance possible with the heat sinks on the regulator. Also […]

27
December
2014

Java 6 missing on Mavericks

Some of the older applications like Unify for the Mac, need Java 6. The latest Mavericks removes the Java 6 and even if you install Java 8, it doesn’t work, so you need to install it from the Apple site as 2014-001

26
December
2014

Updating the SSD recommendations

The SSD pricing is sure dynamic. So it’s nice that Tom’s Hardware updates this regularly which updates the Anandtech Best SSDs for July 2014 as well as StorageReview.com which did a good comparison of the Evo 850 Pro, Evo 850, Evo 840 and the Sandisk Extreme Pro which showed the 1TB Evo 850 very good […]

26
December
2014

Noctua NH-L12 vs Intel stock cooler is you quiet or overclocking

Why would you pay an extra $50 for a cooler rather than use the stock one that Intel gives you for free? Well the answer is pretty simply put by Tom’s Hardware. The short answer is if you are not overclocking, then the Intel fan makes lots of sense Great cooling for overclocking It might […]

24
December
2014

Filling out a ZFS file system

We got three Seagate Constellation SAS drives (ST4000NM0043) drives and one thing about ZFS is that it needs to have identical drives because the number of sectors need to be the same. These were $319 and are 6GB drives. To fill this out, looking at ZFS Solaris and Aaron’s best practices, we need to add a […]

24
December
2014

Dominion Strategy

Well it’s Christmas Eve, so a great time to play board games (and watch Lego Movie :-), so just a reminder on how to do a quick lesson on a deep game, Dominion: Big Money/Smithy. Probably the easiest thing to teach, is basically to buy a Smithy and money and keep going until your second […]

23
December
2014

Seagate Enterprise Capacity decoder ring

Ok, a little nerdy but we ordered some SAS drives and I was surprised that we got the V3 older Constellations. It is incredibly hard to figure out the right drives, but in looking at the Seagate data sheet I can see why, there are so many different models. And a search for Seagate Enterprise […]

22
December
2014

Real life debugging with ASRock Z97m OC Formula and ASRock H97i

OK, somehow we are buying mainly ASRock boards these days, some hard won tips, tricks and traps: ASRock H97i This is a nice non-overclockable board for about $100. We are using it for our basic machines. The main things to note are: The m.2 slot is on the back and isn’t well documented. There is […]

17
December
2014

Ubuntu 14.04 with ZFS and SMB sharing

Wow the documentation for this is so confusing mainly because most of the google things don’t cover how the latest release of Ubuntu actually works. The good news is that many things are now automatic. So to cover the tricks and traps here; Ubuntu file sharing via SMB This actually as easy as the Mac […]

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