Computers and Electronics

How to fix common problems with your PC, server, or software packages.

X-Carve Upgrade HONEST Review

The team over at Inventables contacted me and said “Hey! We’d like to send you the latest version of the X-Carve with all of the upgrades including the X-Controller; and the only thing we’d ask in return is tha...

The LattePanda Single Board Computer (Intro)

Whether you’re building an arcade or some other contraption, the goto board for most of these projects has been the Raspberry Pi series of single board computers. Since the Raspberry Pi runs an ARM Cortex proce...

Custom Observium Dashboards

If you've seen any of my videos, like the recent Tour of My Home Network then you've probably seen my custom Observium dashboard. I am asked multiple times per day how I was able to produce this custom dashboar...

Tour of My Home Network (and More!)

So I have had a ton of requests over the years to give a tour of my home network. Honestly, I never gave the tour because I just didn't think people would be that interested in what I had. Well I have had enoug...

What does 1U, 2U, 3U Mean? Rack Units Explained

If you've spent any time in data centers or around IT people, you've probably heard talk of something being a "2U server" or a "1U switch". In my most recent video I built a really cool 1U server. I was a littl...

What is ECC RAM?

I recently built a 1U rackmount server for my home theater closet.  A debate shortly ensued over whether or not I should use a Core i7 or a XEON for my build. This started a second but much more civil debate ov...
XEON vs Core i7

XEON vs Core i7

I recently did a video and article on Building a Bad Ass 1U Server.  I chose to build this server with an Intel Core i7-6700K.  The YouTube comments immediately erupted with naysayers commenting on my CPU choic...

How VMotion Works! (VMotion Explained)

You have to admit that VMWare created some really cool technology back in 2003 when they released VMotion.  So before we talk about how VMotion works, let's quickly cover what it actually is! I still routinely ...

Venting a Server Closet (The Right Way)

A lot of people these days are building homes or buying homes that have network or A/V closets in them. On many of the higher end homes, these builders will hire audio-visual companies to actually do the instal...