Tagged: computer

FreeNAS and TrueNAS from IXSystems

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI talked with the folks over at iXSystems about FreeNAS, and TrueNAS, along with their line of hardware at VMWorld. For a SMB, the ability to re-purpose old hardware for something as important as network storage, is a great way to keep costs low. To also have a community of help is an important part. What is FreeNAS With Enterprise-grade features, and an Open source license to create a RAID storage array for backups, replication, and file sharing. You will be able to set it up for internal, or external use. FreeNAS is meant for small home business, or anyone that would like to back up their devices onto one machine. From work documents, to movies, music, and more. You can even share with family and friends. What is TrueNAS TrueNAS is for businesses where accessing information is more critical. TrueNAS...

LaCie Updates 2big Dock with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLaCie has updated their 2big dock for desktop creators. This device can hold up to 20TB in a RAID or Mirror format. Compact Flash, SD, USB-A, Dual USB-C (TB3 rated), and Display Port connections so you can dock devices for file transfer, viewing, and more. If you need to go backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 2, you will have to get the Apple Adapter ($49). For content creators, this can allow you to hold over 650 hours of 4K video. You can also chain another 2big to add even more storage if needed. The Thunderbolt 3 version of 2big will be out in the next couple months. No price points have been set. For more information, head to LaCie 2big page.

Hyper Converged Build Day with HC380 LIVE!

vBrownBag Build Day LIVE – April 6th @ 12 PM EST (9 AM PST) On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdjw-91VDC8 On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vBrownBag/videos/1872085743012467/ Don’t forget to Follow, Like and Share! Welcome to #HC380BuildDay! We will be spending the day at Hewlett Packard Enterprise incorporating the HPE Hyperconverged 380 into our vBrownBag dummy corporation. This will give you a real-world guide for when you have to install for your company. HC380 product page Hyper Converged Systems Home Page A little bit about the DL380 The HPE Hyper Converged 380 is based on the highly configurable HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server combined with VMware vSphere®, for increased storage, network, compute and graphics options, significantly improving flexibility in deployment. Make adjustments to storage, compute and network capacity to meet your business needs. As you grow, simply order identically configured nodes and know your expansion will occur automatically at power up. Optimized for I/O, memory, storage or...

Belkin Debuts Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBelkin showed off their Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock at CES 2017. The dock boast all the features that Thunderbolt 3 USB-C offers – Two 4K monitor support, 40 GB pass-through to other devices with Thunderbolt 3, and of course, an all-in-one station so you can turn your laptop into a powerhouse. What this Express Dock HD also offers is 170W power supply to charge your devices including that 85W laptop power need. This will give you enough power to also plug in hard drives, video accessories, and phones. On the Express Dock you will get 3 USB-A 3.0 jacks (one on front), audio out on front and back, 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and 170W power socket. There is no pricing as of yet and shipping is “Soon”. Check out Belkin for more information.  

Tascam Track Factory is an All in One Box System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are not tech savvy and still need to set up a small recording studio, then Tascam has a solution for you. Track Factory is an all-in-one solution for you to start recording your songs and more. Jeff Laity of Tascam talks more about it. About Tascam Track Factory Track Factory contains an Intel NUC core i5 computer with Windows 10 and their Cakewalk SONAR professional DAW software. The NUC contains 8 GB RAM, 3 GB cache, a 256 GB SSD, USB 3.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and other devices, Mini Display 1.2 port, Mini HDMI 1.4a port and both Ethernet and Wifi inside. This is a system in a box from @tascampro including computer for $1299 #audiorecording #namm #geekout pic.twitter.com/n77kBfQqDy — geekazine (@geekazine) January 19, 2017 The box is rounded up with Bluetooth 4.2, although it’s probably not best to...

Rosewill SP 7260 Computer Speakers for Movies, Music, Gaming

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are looking for a sub-$100 set of stereo speakers for gaming, movies, or music, the Rosewill SP-7260 speakers will fit the job. These 60 Watt speakers have a range of 60 Hz – 20 kHz to capture a full range of sound. I tested these speakers in multiple capacities – as the replacement speakers at the TV and in the studio for music and podcasting. My results were a decent 4 ohm speaker for your listening needs. One issue I found with the speaker was the “wood case”. Inside I saw press board, over an oak board they had in the graphic. While pressboard does also give a fuller sound over plastic casing, I was a little disappointing over this feature that Rosewill mentioned. Another issue was the 6 foot 4-pin cable used to patch speakers together. While it...

HP Pavilion x360 4 in 1 Laptop Pros and Cons

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I look at the Pavilion x360 13 inch 4 in 1 laptop, which you can purchase here. This converts to a laptop, tablet, tent and stand for use in different situations. PRO The Pavillion x360 comes in multiple varieties. This is great because you can get the machine that will fit your need – whether it is a faster processor, more memory or larger hard drive. This one is the 6th generation Core i5 mobile processor with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. PRO The x360 is a laptop, tablet, tent and stand. With touchscreen capabilities, you can use this device your way. PRO Battery Life on the x360 is very good. Up to 8 hours production time and a couple days in standby. CON The tablet and stand mode does keep the keyboard exposed. This means you might...

Remove the iPhone Headphone Jack Already!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis week we focus on the iPhone Headphone Jack. Here is why this technology really doesn’t matter anymore. Using the Monoprice 600801 USB Microphone which I got in for review. Morning Geeks! Episode 9 Show Notes – Goodbye to Anton Yelchin and shame to Jeep. Get your car checked for recalls! – Rogue One Details on the cast – Justice League movie synopsis and villian – New Transformer: Squeek – Super Awesome Nerf Gun – MISSED: Wah Shoe – Mark Zuckerberg Tapes His Webcam – Burger King’s Mac and Cheetos – Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters – Westworld on HBO – Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children – Seinfeld Doom Level – Kung Fu Panda 3 on DVD Tuesday

What is HPE Labs “The Machine” at HPE Discover

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf someone was to ask you to draw a computer, you would probably draw an opaque box with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. In the last few years, the vision changed ever so slightly with some possibly drawing a laptop or tablet. But a computer is so much more and it’s starting to lose it’s physical body. Just like with the “Star Trek” theme we saw all that week at HPE Discover. I got to talk with Martina Trucco about what Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs (HPE) saw as “The Machine”. They created an interactive sculpture where you could go inside and see the interactions from the items we use everyday (and might not even know it). From the cell phone in our pockets, to the towers that replicate and push out those signals, and finally, the destination of your communications –...

HP Pavilion x2 is a Laptop, Tablet, Kiosk and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHP calls it their most versatile detachable PC. It’s a laptop that easily converts to a tablet and even a table tent for kiosk options. The folks at HP gave me one to play with and although I am getting compensated for this review, the review itself is my own opinion. So let’s get started with the specs, then see if this machine is worth the sub-$500 price tag. Pavilion x2 12 inch comes in 2 models – with an Intel ATOM x5 series processor and Intel Core M – thier 6th generation processor. The machine I have is the Intel core m3 at 1.51 GHz, 100 MHz Bus, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage supplied by Samsung. Windows 10 64-bit home is on the machine and it can be configured for PC or tablet mode depending on what...

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ASUS MG279q WQHD Gaming Display with AMD FreeSync

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out the latest in WQHD monitors with this ASUS MG279q 27 inch FreeSync gaming monitor. It’s part of their growing line of gaming gear, but could this also become a great part of your home entertainment gear? On my desktop I run 2 monitors – one in portrait mode for reading and the other with productivity software on it. However, just like when the tech industry introduced 16:9 monitors over 4:3, I could see a lot of 2-screen users switch back to a single screen simply because of the content you can put on this monitor. Specs – ASUS MG279q 4K Monitor with FreeSync First of all, let’s take a look at the specs of the ASUS MG279q. This is a 27 inch WQHD monitor with a planned maximum resolution of 2560×1440 – otherwise known at 1440p in 90 Hz....

Hangout Tech Guy #2: Changing Facebook Settings 0

Hangout Tech Guy #2: Changing Facebook Settings

Jeffrey Powers is the Hangout Tech Guy – a Livestream event on Google Hangouts Friday afternoons. People come on and talk.

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Un-Box Me: Warpia StreamHD Wireless USB to HDMI Unboxing – Mac, Windows Install

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Connecting your computer to your TV has never been so easy. Remember the days where you couldn’t even get a simple headphone jack from your CRT TV? Connecting your DVR, Roku, PC and more to the TV is as straightforward as connecting to the HDMI port. Yet the TV is now so thin it sets on your wall and your computer is not even close to it. You don’t want to run a long cable across the room to watch your movies via DVD and control the system. That is why we have wireless USB to HDMI. Using a simple dongle, you connect one machine to the TV. No wires, no hassles. Warpia has created a wireless USB to HDMI controller called StreamHD. Best part – If you have Windows 7 or Mac OSX, you can connect the TV dock...

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Setting Up My New Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z

I had been warned that FedEx was on the way. The package arrived yesterday. I waited until both of us were present to open it find a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z, from a benefactor (I don’t know whether he wants to be named–I will leave that to him). So I was up until much later than I am used to setting it up. I love setting up a new computer and I had been wondering for some time what strategy to adopt to learn Windows 7 without spending gobs of money, so this was double the fun. I took it up to my computer corner and dug out a hub and couple of cables, since the existing hub was full; the box has built-in wireless, but I prefer cables when I can use them. I moved the printer to another location to make room on the walnut desk I...

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Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 3: Finishing the Install

This is the third part of a series. Part One – Installing CentOS goes through the initial installation and settings of the Virtual box. Part Two – Installing CentOS talks about how you should configure the Hard drive. Now that the hard drive configuration is set, CentOS asked about networking. I accepted the defaults through the three dialogs. First, to configure the adapter. Second, to choose between DHCP or static ip address. Third, to select the computer name. I felt lazy, so I left it blank; had I named it, I likely would have named it mackerel or flounder or blowfish, since I name my computers for sea creatures. Next, CentOS asked me for my timezone. As is common in Linux distributions, time zones are identified by major cities, not by GMT +/- questions. After that, it asked me to establish a password for the root (administrator) user:...

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Installing CentOS in VirtualBox [How To]

This is the first of several posts on installing CentOS in VirtualBox. Even though I am using a virtual machine, the same procedure would apply to a full computer installation. I mentioned CentOS in my series of Fedora posts: It is a free implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). I decided to mess with CentOS because I have decided to study for Red Hat certification, which requires me to know RHEL backwards and forwards and CentOS is the closest thing to RHEL without a licensing fee. I’ve spent much of the last week buried in a book about Red Hat certification (if I actually take the test, I’m betting I’ll be the oldest person in the room, but that’s another story). Although it is billed as an enterprise OS, CentOS is also quite easy to configure for personal use. This picture shows the settings of the virtual...

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Backup Mobile Device with Iomega Super Hero

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRecharge and Backup. That is what we do with our iPhones. However, sometimes when we don’t connect them up to the primary computer, we pay by loosing data as the phone crashes. However, Iomega has a solution. The SuperHero is a new item from Iomega that will back up Pictures and Contacts while it’s recharging in a stand alone base. The phone backs up to a 4 GB SD card that can be changed out. Therefore, you could make several backups if needed. When the phone crashes, just get back to a point, then choose to restore from the SuperHero. Price will be $69 at the end of the month. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box #2:  Booting the CD and Preparing the Installation.

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box #2: Booting the CD and Preparing the Installation.

Part one is here. In Virtual Box, you can link either to a physical DVD/CD drive and boot from a disk or link to an image of the CD (*.iso) and boot directly from the file. (Note: If you do the latter, you must later unlink from the *.iso file, just as you must remove a disk from a physical boot drive). In this case, I inserted a physical CD and told Virtual Box to start the virtual machine. Fedora first asked me whether to do a disk check, although I found the wording (“media test”) a bit obscure. Had I been installing to a real hard disk, as opposed to a virtual one, I would performed the test; as it was, I skipped it. Clarification, 2001-03-17: The wording was so obscure that I complete misunderstood it. It referred to testing the validity of the installation media, in...

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box

This is the first of a series of posts about installing Fedora Linux. Fedora is the free version of Red Hat Linux. It also serves as a testing ground and communication pipeline to the larger Linux community for Red Hat. The Fedora project was formally separated from Red Hat under the name “Fedora Core” (now simply “Fedora”) in 2003, but the Red Hat company sponsors and benefits from the Fedora project. Fedora is free and open source. Red Hat is open source, but not free. Red Hat has a large presence in the enterprise market; the current commercial release is called RHEL (for Red Hat Enterprise Linux) v. 6. The current release of Fedora is v. 14. Note that the version numbers for RHEL are not coordinated with the version numbers for Red Hat Linux/Fedora Core/Fedora. When you pay for RHEL, you pay for support. It’s a business...


OTT #5: Roku Secret Channels

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEpisode 5 of the OTT gets us the news we are officially on iTunes. Add us (link below). We also got our first viewer mail. It’s from Dr. Bill, the computer curmudgeon. He wants to give out a tip for those using the Roku. Did you know you can get more content than what’s in the channel store? Applications on Roku can be Public or Private. If they are private, you have to call up a special spreadsheet and get the codes so you can get them on your Roku. These channels are mostly beta channels, but you could easily have content that doesn’t show up in the normal store. In looking at the newest content, I noticed a couple erotic channels on the Roku. Of course, you need to get subscriptions to use the channels. Get a Roku Here Enter...

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OTT #2: What is the OTT? How to Make a Set Top Box with Boxee

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFor Episode #2 of the OTT, Jeffrey Powers delves into what you will expect in this show. What Over the Top TV is, who we are going to talk to (which is pretty much anyone that is doing something in the space) and what to expect from the shows. Sometimes we will be talking to industry professionals. Other times we’ll be reviewing a product or just talking about news in the OTT space. Make Your Own Set Top Box Using Boxee Jeff then switches gears to talk about how you can download Boxee and install on a PC to create your own Set Top Box. The iPhone has a Boxee application that you can download, so you will be able to control your Homemade Boxee Box. The best computer should have a HDMI or DVI port for HD pictures. A computer...

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Kaspersky Pure Internet Security controls Multiple Home Computers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKaspersky is coming out with Pure Internet Security. It’s a program that will update all your computers in the home. Gone are the days where you have to turn on each computer and do updates. You just have to connect the computer to the network and let the main machine update it for you. Pure Total Security starts at $89 with yearly renewal fees. Interview by Andrew McCaskey of RV News Net TPN CES 2011 Live Coverage Sponsors: Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Gammatech Durabook U12C Resists Drops, Spills 0

Gammatech Durabook U12C Resists Drops, Spills

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPaul Kim, VP of Marketing from GammaTech came on the TPN Live CES coverage. GammaTech deals in Rough case computers, including the GammaTech Durabook. It’s a Mag Alloy Case, it can survive a military grade drop (3 foot), this is also a waterproof computer. In fact, if you spill something on it, the laptop has it’s own drain to let the liquid escape. The Durabook runs on the i5 processor. WiFi and expansion modules let you install a CD drive. Two battery ports means a longer work time. The Durabook is rated as military A10F – up to a 3 foot drop and spill resistant up to one-cup.  It runs Windows Embedded or Windows 7.  The Mag-Alloy case is 20 times stronger. Paul You can put in 2 batteries. There are multiple expansion modules, so if you needed a CD drive,...

Josh Neland, Franklin Flint on What is Dell OEM 0

Josh Neland, Franklin Flint on What is Dell OEM

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer. In the world of OEM, sometimes you need another company to create software or hardware that will work with your computer. If you buy a new computer, for example, your graphics, sound and video card inside will be from another company. The computer company supports the OEM product as if it was their own. Dell OEM is a Dell computer inside another companies system. Google makes an appliance for companies. The box is branded Google, but the computer was manufactured by Dell. This is not an unusual process. You just don’t know the Kiosk you might be reading, the Red Box you might be getting your movie from, the “Self Check-out line” you are scanning your groceries at is all Dell inside. But most of the time, it is. In this first hour video, Josh Neland and Franklin Flint...

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Computers in “Jeopardy,” Coming Soon to a TV Near You

No, not that kind of Jeopardy. The Alex Trebek kind of Jeopardy. Rawstory reports that there will be a showdown between IBM’s “Watson” computer and two past Jeopardy champions coming in February. From the report: The competition is reminiscent of when IBM developed a chess-playing computer to compete against chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. The “Jeopardy!” answer-and-question format is a different kind of challenge. It often requires contestants to deal with subtleties, puns and riddles and come up with answers fast. When I was much younger, I would watch the original Jeopardy with my parents. When it returned, hosted by Alex Trebek, the first thing I noticed was that the questions seemed to have gotten much easier. It pretty much fell off my radar except when I was visiting my folks. But I think I shall make a point of watching at least the first one of...