16
December
2014

Unifi UAP-AC Zero handoff

How frustrating, one of the cool things about Unifi and their older product line is how they manager zero handoff. This is needed because most clients are stupid. They hold on to a wifi signal for way too long. What you want in a good environment is for there to be enough coverage (without interference) […]

15
December
2014

DIY CNC

Got a great kit from makesmith as part of my Kickstarter addiction. It’s a do it yourself CNC machine. You just need a dremel and it can cut nearly any soft material. But you need to supply your own Dremel. Popular Mechanics has a good review of what is technically called a rotary tool: Dremel […]

14
December
2014

ASRock Z97m motherboard confusion

Motherboard vendors have so many identical motherboards and it is so hard to tell what does what. Asrock for instance has four nearly identical Z97M motherboards. Only with a detailed comparison can you see the difference: Z97M OC Formula and the Fatality are both $135. There doesn’t seem to be any difference except for a […]

14
December
2014

Best price for MacBook Pro Retina

It sure is complicated figuring out which sites have the best price with complex discount and other structures: Appleinsider is a good place to start with very reputable vendors and it shows that for a MacBook Pro Retina that the prices have tightened up a bit. We got our last one for $2450 or so, […]

14
December
2014

Wifi network buying guide for December 2014

Inspired by reading all those Tom’s Hardware reviews, if you need to upgrade your hardware and can’t wait for full 802.11ac Wave 2, then here are your options. Smallnetbuilder.com seems to have the best reviews of these things. Most of the big sites don’t cover this in too much detail, but I find that for […]

14
December
2014

Home Security Systems

The state of the art is in such transition here. The future (e.g. Nest) seems pretty clear. Everything should be IP based, we get out of these incredibly high fee driven systems (although Comcast and AT&T are both trying to monetize). This is a great example of how current systems for burglar, smoke and fire, […]

12
December
2014

Gaming Laptops

If you need a really fast laptop for gaming or for video development, that is probably the most exciting field today. Here are some thoughts. The main one being that we are at the turn for notebooks with both the new nVidia Maxwell (GTX 980/970) class graphics processors and the arrival of NVMe and really […]

11
December
2014

ZFS on Ubuntu

Well, we finally got our file server running and with three SAS drives to practice with, it’s time to learn how to use ZFS. For convenience we are using Ubuntu and there are some handy instructions for installing it on Trusty Tahr (14.04) annotated with notes from arstechnica.com The instructions are pretty easy for installation: […]

08
December
2014

Converting to PCPartpicker

Wow, I can’t believe how convenient this is. I’m in the middle of converting all by recent Haswell buy recommendations into PCPartpicker lists so it is easy to replicate. Thanks so much whoever made this incredible site with: Compatibility checking. You just pick things and you are much more sure everything will fit. I don’t […]

07
December
2014

Shoutout to the Leatherman Squirt PS4

Well this is one of the few gizmos that Alex finds useful. We have all manor of Leatherman multi-tools though out the house but the Leatherman Squirt PS4 ($26 at Amazon depending on the store) is the one that gets the most use just because it is tiny.

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