Geekazine has teamed up with vBrownbag to create great Enterprise IT content! Together, we show audiences how to install infrastructure into an existing data center. We go through all the important issues of day one installation, and some possible configurations after the item is installed.
Whether you are installing a flash array for your VSAN deployment or data backup with redundancy to an off-site location, maybe a Hyperconverged unit for ESXi or Hyper-V, a fully functioning DMZ, Exchange server, switch, or whatever your server room needs, we’ll go through the steps with the engineers and support of the company to give you a good idea of what you will need when you install.
Past Build Day LIVE! Events
Editor’s Note – 24 hours after this post, the distributor removed the product. This device is a re-branded product, so I have linked to 2-3 other companies that also sell this unit. It’s the exact same unit.
Also keep in mind, these units can be different, as the manufacturer doesn’t announce updates or fixes.
Do you remember your first game console? Mine was the original NES – I worked hard to save up the money to buy this machine.
It’s long gone, now, but the games are still alive on retro consoles, such as this one.
I unbox, setup, and play some of the 621 games inside, including some games that were not on the 8-bit gaming system.
About the Mini Gaming Console
First of all, don’t get caught up in the name. This is a simple PCB that holds 621 games inside. You might see several names on the same console, but most likely it’s made by the same manufacturer and re-branded.
The game console is about 1/3 the size of the original NES, and doesn’t support cartridges. It has 2 NES-style controllers (full size) with 2 additional buttons to play non NES-classic games.
The device connects to a monitor via HDMI, and can be powered by the 5V adapter (included).
621 Games Inside
The console has all the games on the board, with no way to add more, or save settings. There are 6 categories:
- Action Games (88 games inside this category)
- Shooter Games (94)
- Sport Games (43)
- Puzzle Games (325)
- Racing Games (25)
- Fighting Games (46)
Super Mario Brothers was the first game I navigated to. Lots of recognizable names, and some that were not 8-bit.
And Sonic is on the System
Yes, you can play Sonic the Hedgehog, along with certain other games that were not available on the NES console.
Not a Perfect System
I played only a few of the games, including Tetris, Gauntlet, 1942, Top Gun, Mortal Kombat, and more. I have to say, the NES games seemed to work fairly well (I would have to play longer to really make sure).
Gauntlet was the worst of the games on the system. It wasn’t programmed right, and I couldn’t pick up keys, or open doors. I could pass through certain walls, and new artifacts would just appear and disappear when I paused and resumed the game.
F1 racer also had some sprite placement issues, but was playable.
Mortal Kombat 4 felt like they took the game and down-graded it. There were missing frames, which you would see when you tried to kick and punch.
Teardown of the System
Inside is a single PCB, with daughter board to connect the controllers, and power buttons.
It’s simply amazing how 621 games (and console), which used to fill up a wall in a room, was small enough to fit on the corner of my table and not take up much space.
While not all games are winners, there are games on there that will entertain you. If you want a simple fix of Super Mario Brothers, that alone should suffice. After all, the original retail price of this game was $25, and one copy was recently sold for $100,150.
I will go through more of the titles to see what works, and what doesn’t. There are a lot of games that can bring back one’s childhood, and you can share with your children.
This system is $38. Get the NES Gaming Console here.
There are still bugs in it, so this is not software you should use in production, yet. I personally have seen a couple crashes during tests.
New Features in Wirecast 13.2
- Revamp of Chromakey, adding Luma and Color options.
- Improved connection to Wirecast Go and Webstream
- The “?” can be changed to transparent or a logo if the video drops
- NDI 4.5 update
- smoother text scrolling
- Mac – switch to Metal: Apple’s 3D graphic shader API (similar to OpenGL)
Otherwise, Wirecast 13.2 looks and feels like 13.1.3.
What is Wirecast
Wirecast is a software video switching program. This allows you to switch between cameras, allow graphic overlays, present a webpage, video, or game, and much more.
Wirecast comes in Studio ($599) and Pro ($799) versions. You can get Wirecast here.
SanDisk creates solutions for file backup, storage, and transfer for those times you need to move files quickly, and without any network connections. SanDisk has many different storage options – including MP3 players – you can use for photos, video, and more.
I take a look at four different options for backing up, transferring, and cloud viewing.
iXpand iOS Dual Flash Drive
iXpand makes transferring files from your iOS device to a computer easy. In some cases, it can be a lot faster than cloud transfer, and you can get those files off your phone quicker.
The iXpand flash drive comes in 128 and 256 GB sizes, and is a dual connector flash drive. On one side is the lightning connector, and the other is a USB-A 3.0 connector.
When you are done moving photos, videos, audio, and more from your iPhone or iPad, simply unplug the device, and plug into your computer – or another iOS device to copy to.
You can even set up automatic backup whenever you plug the flash drive into your phone.
Awesome for Transferring Large Video
I have used this drive many times when I create B-roll. Before, I had to either connect via cable to transfer, or wait for Dropbox (or AirDrop) to copy over the files. If you take 5 minute videos at 4K 60fps, you know this can take a while to do.
Lightning only transfers at 2.0 speeds, but the USB-A can send files at up to 20 Mbps.
Prices start at $45 for 128 GB. Get your iXpand Flash Drive Here
There is also a Dual Drive that is USB-C / USB-A if you have an iPad with USB-C connector.
Extreme Pro Portable SSD for Larger File Storage
These drives are important to my everyday work. I’m always moving files from PC to Mac and back. When I prepare for travel, I use an external drive to store prepped files, hold all the video interview content, and even use as a scratch drive to help the laptop speed along.
The USB-C drive will transfer files at up to 1050 MBps. The aluminium case doubles as a heat sink to keep the SSD from overheating.
This drive is also IP55 rated for water and dust resistance. The outer shell is a silicon rubber, keeping it safe if dropped.
It comes with two cables: A USB-C to USB-C, and USB-C to USB-A cable. Only downfall is they don’t have a way to store with the drive, so you might lose those cables quick.
Prices start at $119. Get the Extreme Pro Portable SSD Here.
Ibi Cloud Manager for Photos, Video
I reviewed the Ibi before, and it’s been running on my network for the last 6 months. The best part about this device is the little interaction I have to do with it.
Once setup, Ibi will collect your photos and videos, along with media from friends and family you add to the device, and have ready for display when you need it.
You can view your Ibi files on smartphone, computer, or through the Ibi smart TV app for Roku, Fire TV, or via casting options on PC or Mac.
Ibi is a 500 GB drive that stores all your media. Once you set up the app, Ibi will do the rest.
Ibi is $129.99 Get Ibi Here
HP has updated their line of ENVY printer line with the 6000 and 6400 Pro series. These desktop printers include Instant Ink options, just like with the HP Neverstop and HP Tango lines. Along with the HP Smart App, you will be able to print from anywhere.
This is the top of the line All-in-one in this line. This includes:
- Dual Band WiFi
- Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi dual-band 802.11ac
- Double Sided Printing
- 35 sheet auto feeder (scanner)
- 100 sheet paper try
- Flatbed scanner at 1200×1200 dpi
- Color print resolution: 4800×1200 optimized
- Copy resolution 300×300 dpi
- Two-cartridge loading system
- Borderless printing up to 8.5×11 inches
- Print speeds up to 1- ppm black, 7 ppm color
Pros of ENVY Pro Printers
This is a small form factor, so it will replace an older inkjet printer. The interface is a simple touch panel on the right side.
Setup is simple. Unboxing takes about 10 minutes, and connects to the HP Smart App within minutes. Once joined to the network, computers will see the printer quickly.
The dual cartridge ink (included) installs just as easy. Print quality is good for plain and photo paper. HP has print calibration you run out-of-box.
Printing from computer or HP Smart App is easy to do. Duplex printing is seemless, as long as you have the receiving arm extended.
Neutral of ENVY Pro
The button interface is simple. There are two buttons when you insert a document – one that copies in black/white, and one that copies in color. The indicator is the color button flashes in color. I can see people pressing the wrong button for their need.
Cartridges are small, and full color images could suck down the tri-color cartridge quickly.
Cons of ENVY Pro
You can print 8.5 x 11 inch, and Letter, along with anything in-between. There is no self-feed option, so legal page printing is out.
The 6455 is $149.99. The 6000 series (without document feeder) for $129.99. Get the HP ENVY Pro 6455 here.
HP Instant Ink
The printer comes with an offer for Instant Ink, there is a free plan (15 pages/month), $2.99/month plan, and higher. You can control the Instant Ink plan though the Smart App.
In the Video
I unbox the printer, set it up, and run a few tests.