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    TS140 Server on Home Server Show 277

    By Dave, in Blog,

    On episode 277 we are talking about the Lenovo TS140.  Kevin Schoonover joins with his TS140 and I promise there is no Superfish adware on this podcast! We can't help but talk Home Automation when we get together so there is a healthy helping of that but were mostly talking server hardware, what to do with the TS140 including pfSense, Sophos, and Minecraft server.  Enjoy and discuss this episode in the forums!
     
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    Dave
    Should you get a Surface Pro 3 now or wait? John Wiskowski from Agnostic Tech Podcast joins to discuss his very personal take on the subject as well as show off his new Lumia 830.  It's a great discussion podcast so hit the forums to finish the conversation.
     
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    Show notes for episode 85

     
    Do you have a Surface Pro 3?  Clean Stylus for Surface Pro 3. A Surface Pen holder for your Surface Pro 3.
     
    WP dropping rooms
     


    Podcast+ on Windows Phone



    John's new Gear Lumia 830



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    Dave
    On this episode John Wiskowski from Agnostic Tech Podcast and Rick Mansfield join me to compare a few tablets.   We are looking at the HP Stream 8 LTE, HP Stream 7, Toshiba Encore 2 Write, and the Toshiba Encore Mini.  Tons of small tablets and we will spec them and discuss.  Also, tons of news for Windows Phone.
     
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    Windows 10 for Windows Phone Eligible Devices



    Windows Phone OS based LG VW820 smart phone in the works, Headed for Verizon



    The Verge: Microsoft's most popular Lumias won't get every Windows 10 feature.



    Wells Fargo to Windows users: Come here



    Windows 10 for Phone Technical Preview 8.15 Screen Shots Leaked



    Verizon finally updating Icon to Windows Phone 8.1



    Time to brush up on your Windows Phone recovery skills folks!



    Microsoft Band Sensor Monitor



    HP Stream 8 - $149



    Toshiba Encore 2 Write – Review
    HP Stream 7








     


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    Windows Phone, RT, and Windows 10

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    It's just me and I'm going to hit these 3 topics in 30 minutes or less.  The ending is probably not what you think it will be.  That's my Windows 10 prognostication.
     
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    First impressions of Windows 10 on an 8" Tablet
    Surface Pro 3 Price Cut
    #TileArt for Windows Phone
    Protect your Surface in the Wild
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    Synology BeyondCLoud

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Synology recently announced a new product named BeyondCloud.  It's a full Synology system populated with hard drives for those "Not so NAS Savvy" folks.  It's a great system to recommend to friends and family members that might not be comfortable with setting up a RAID Mirror or making decisions during a lengthy setup.
     
    The setup is crazy easy.  New BeyondCloud users simply plug it in and launch a website to find their new NAS. A couple of clicks later and the NAS configures itself.  Synology makes it even easier by offering a set of instruction videos to guide the new owner through setup and in using the device.  See those videos here.  For more information on BeyondCloud see the videos below.
     

     
    I unbox the BeyondCloud Mirror in the video above.
     

     
    I show how easy it is to plug in and setup with the BeyondCloud Mirror in the video above.
     
    If you need even more here is the video of Synology at CES 2015

     
     
     
    BeyondCLoud on the web.

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    Toshiba Encore 2 Write - Review

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    The Problem with Windows Tablets.
     
    by R. Mansfield
     
    I've long felt that Windows tablets need a stylus. Touch-centric Windows Store apps are simply not robust enough to use exclusively as a platform by themselves.  The reality is we still need to rely on some desktop apps, but unfortunately, these don't work as well with touch alone. This issue is heightened on smaller tablets where the desktop touchpoints can be even more difficult to accurately access.
     
     
     

     
     
     
    It seems, however, that very few Windows tablets emphasize or even support some kind of digital or active stylus .For instance, the Dell Venue 8 Pro (which I also own) is a very capable tablet, but the stylus seems like an afterthought. Sold separately, it took three versions for Dell to get the stylus right. And even then—in my experience—the stylus seems awkward to use with the tablet.
     
    Many of us were hopeful that the much-rumored Microsoft Surface Mini would be the mini tablet we were hoping for. But for whatever reason (and I have my theories), Microsoft pulled it at the last minute, leaving the Surface mini to remain the stuff of fables and legends.
     
    In recent months, new Windows tablets of 8" or smaller seem to appear every few weeks. I could not pass up the HP Stream 7 for only $99 when I saw one in person at the local Microsoft Store popup this past December. The Stream 7 is an amazing device, but it’s difficult to use, confirming my conviction even more that a Windows tablet needs a stylus.
     
    Enter the Encore 2 Write.
     
    When the Toshiba Encore 2 Write was announced at CES, I immediately thought that perhaps this would be the tablet I had been hoping for. There are a number of things the Encore 2 Write has going for it, but two immediate qualities stood out to me. First, this tablet comes standard with 64 GB of drive space. I'm sorry, but 32 GB on a Windows device of any kind is not enough because the operating system simply takes up too much space from the beginning. A microSD slot helps, but apps run fastest on the primary internal drive.
     

     
    Second, the Encore 2 Write includes an active stylus that does not seem to be an afterthought. The stylus does not need to be ordered separately; it comes with the tablet. The stylus and the digitizer built into the screen are the first to use Wacom's new “Active ES” pen technology (see Reuters story here.) The addition or three new apps from Toshiba for note taking indicates that this is a primary purpose for which this tablet was designed.
     
    The Encore 2 Write actually comes in two models: the 8" version ($349), which I purchased, and a 10" model ($399) as well. Besides the screen size, there are two interesting differences between the two models. Otherwise, everything else I describe here essentially applies to both.
     
    While both Include a 1.2MP font-facing camera, the smaller 8" tablet has a rear 8MP camera; while the larger 10" tablet only has a 5MP camera. Why the larger tablet would have the lesser camera, I have no idea. Toshiba includes an app called TruCapture, which according to their promotional copy [link: http://www.toshiba.com/us/tablets/encore2-write ], is designed “to capture notes from textbooks, blackboards, whiteboards and chalkboards and automatically straighten and sharpen the text for greater readability.” And, of course, I often use tablets to take quick scans of documents, so the higher the megapixel the better.
     
    The other difference between the two tablets has to do with the larger tablet including a microHDMI port for presentations. It’s a shame that this extra output feature is missing from the smaller tablet, and you really have to pay close attention to the promo copy to realize it’s not there. Nevertheless, users of the 10" Encore 2 Write will have an easier time connecting the tablet to an HDMI-equipped projector or TV. Fortunately, for those with the smaller tablet, I have confirmed in my own use that USB to VGA adapters do work for presentations or using an external monitor.
     
    On a related note to the above, Toshiba sells a Connect and Charge Micro-USB Cable as an accessory to both tablets, which means that it is possible to use the micro USB port for peripherals and to charge the device at the same time. Although I’ve not seen anyone test it yet, I assume that the Encore 2 Write will work with one of the Pluggable docking stations to make this device convert to a full desktop solution if someone were so inclined.
     
     
     
    Software Included for Notes & Meetings.
     
    My Encore 2 Write is the Signature Edition from the online Microsoft Store, so it came free from some of the usually-unnecessary software that you might find if purchasing directly from Toshiba. However, three apps specific to this device remain: TruNote, TruCapture (mentioned earlier), and TruRecorder.
     
    TruNote is what you would expect—it’s a note taking app and a good one at that. It’s very customizable and handles note taking quite well. Although it does not OCR handwritten notes, you can search for your handwritten text because it will search for similar shapes if you write a word into the search field. I’m not certain how much I would use TruNote, however, because I’m already invested in other note-taking apps such as Evernote, and to a lesser extent, OneNote. Although Evernote does not read handwritten text, the Microsoft pen input keyboard available to use with any app does, and does so quite well. In fact, I wrote a large portion of this review strictly using Evernote and the Encore 2 Write stylus. The other advantage Evernote and OneNote have is their ubiquity. I can create a note on one device and open it on any other device. Nevertheless, notes can be exported out of TruNote, so it’s possible that if I found it more capable for basic stylus input note taking, I could use it and then import my notes into another app such as Evernote.
     
    Taking a note (pun intended) from the Surface Pro 3, the Encore 2 Write will also let you write on the screen without completely logging in first. Holding down the lower button on the stylus while touching the lockscreen will immediately launch a virtual blank sheet of paper for taking down a quick note. Once you log onto the tablet, your note will be waiting for you in TruNote.
     
    I haven’t had a chance to fully test TruRecorder yet, but it seems like an intriguing app. The Encore 2 Write comes with two microphones, which allows TruRecorder to better distinguish among individual voices. So, if the software works as advertised, you can record a meeting and TruRecorder will break down individual voices into their own tracks that can be listened to individually at a later time. I haven’t had a chance to really test this out yet, but I often have opportunity to record  meetings, so I will try it soon.
     
     
     
    The Hardware.
     
    In addition to the hardware specs already mentioned, both versions of the Encore 2 Write come with an Intel Atom Z3735F Processor and 2 GB of RAM. They both run Windows 8.1 with Bing. Although I’d prefer more RAM, I haven’t had any real issues yet. Of course, I won’t be editing video or running CAD software on this device either. Plus, if I had to choose between RAM and drive space, I’m actually much more appreciative of the standard 64 GB of the latter.
     
    The Wacom technology built into the screen and the accompanying TruPen work together quite well. Supposedly, together, there are 2048 degrees of sensitivity. This will result in darker lines when pushing the pen harder against the screen, but I’m not artist enough to really test this feature out. All I can say is that the pen feels quite natural—again, much better than the stylus with my Dell Venue 8 Pro. In fact, having owned three previous Windows machines with stylus input—the original Surface Pro, the Dell Venue 8 Pro, and the Acer R7-572—I believe that I can fairly say that the Encore 2 Write has the most natural writing experience of any of the devices I’ve used.
     
    The original Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 came with Wacom technology before switching to N-trig for the Surface Pro 3. Unlike the plastic pens that came with the first two iterations of the Surface Pro, the Encore 2 Write “TruPen” is made of metal (presumably aluminum) and uses a AAAA battery. There is a cap for the pen, and the user manual says the battery will last longer if the cap is kept on the pen when not in use. This must be the modern equivalent of the ink drying out if you leave the cap off a marker. I’m actually more concerned about losing that cap (although it attaches to the top of the stylus) or worse, bending it by grabbing it too hard to pull it off the pen.
     
    Toshiba promises 11+ hours of battery life. I haven’t formally tested this, but I can say the battery is lasting all day with moderate to heavy use. That’s good news since I don’t care to carry cords if I don’t have to. And it’s much better than the HP Stream 7 I recently bought that has the worst battery life I’ve seen since the old NiCad days.
     
     
     
    The Nitpicks.
     
    I have two minor quibbles with the Encore 2 Write beyond wishing the microHDMI port had been added to the 8” model.
     
    First, I have a hunch that Toshiba may have rushed the Encore 2 Write out the door so that it could be released during CES a couple of weeks ago. I say that because there are no specific accessories made to go with this tablet. I have searched everywhere for a folio case/cover that would work with the Encore 2 Write, but they don’t (yet) exist. Toshiba will sell you a cover for the regular Encore 2, but all of the Encore 2 cases cover the pen clip slot on the bottom right side of the screen. The second microphone also gets covered up by the existing cases available.
     
    To get around this, I ordered a third party cover [link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KMPZ9TK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ] for the regular Encore 2, and I cut off the right edge that would block the ability to dock the pen. The second microphone is still covered, but I can live with this for right now.
     
    I should also note that as of this writing, it’s impossible to order a replacement stylus. I have always bought an extra stylus or two to keep handy for when my original pen inevitably gets lost. Right now, if that were to happen, I’d simply be out of luck unless Wacom is selling their own stylus with the new “Active ES” technology.
     
    My second quibble is extremely minor. To keep from losing the pen, which I’ve already stated I fear doing, the Encore 2 Write comes with a handy strap that’s supposed to secure the pen to the tablet. On the right side of the tablet, the same side where the TruPen can be docked, there’s a strap hook. Okay, I can understand how to attach the strap to the hook—easy enough—but I see no way to attach it to the pen. Sure, it can be looped around the pocket clip, but that’s not going to keep it from getting lost. Granted, I’m not the most mechanically-minded person out there, but I really believe this is an oversight. I contacted Toshiba’s tech support with this question, and they didn’t have a clue either. Go figure.
     
     
     
    The Best 8" Tablet? 
     
    In spite of the minor issues, the Toshiba Encore 2 Write turns out to be the exact 8" tablet I have been wanting. It seems made for the stylus instead of the stylus being an afterthought, and there is enough drive space—and more with an added microSD card—to make the tablet truly useful as a mobile computing experience. I specifically wanted the 8" size, but for only $49 more at $399, the full 10" tablet is a bargain. I highly recommend it—especially since the Surface mini continues to be a no-show!
     
     

    Dave
    How about a conversation about Windows 10? Nothing dramatic, just a Q&A, what we like, don't like, and more. I'll tell you whether or not to install it or wait. RT takes a turn for the worse. Talking HoloLens, what it will be best for. SurfaceHub too.
     
    This podcast is a member of the geeks network. Check out thegeeksnetwork.com for other great podcasts and forums.
     
    Check out the Surface Geeks YouTube channel as well as Home Server Show YouTube channel for fun CES videos.  Check out the swag I brought back as well as the NFL Surface Pro 2 Charging Cart.
     
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    http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/23/january-build-now-available-to-the-windows-insider-program/
     


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    Should I buy or wait on Home Server Show 276

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Should you purchase Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or wait?  MSDN, TechNet, DreamSpark, bad 3TB drives and more on Home Server Show 276.
     
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    Skip 3TB drives or not?
     
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/best-hard-drive/
     
    http://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-buy-4-tb-hard-drives-and-skip-the-3-tb-o-1680887763?

    I don't have MSDN!

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8750-msdntechnetdreamspark/?hl=msdn

    DreamSpark -

    https://www.dreamspark.com/
    ioSafe 1515+
     
    Buy or Wait?
     
    Here is the pricing we saw. $389 It could change though.
     


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    Drive Performance in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

    By Joe_Miner, in Blog,

    By: John Stutsman
     

     
     
     
    Not long ago I installed Windows Server Technical Preview (“WSTP” or “Server10”) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer (i.e. Machine) and set it up so that I could do some testing of Hyper-V machines.  As I was setting my Gen8 up I measured the performance of my logical drives using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
    I decided that for my current testing of machines in Hyper-V on my Gen8 (Machine) I would load it under Windows Server 2012 R2 (S2012R2) so I wiped WSTP and loaded S2012R2 (see References) for the third or fourth time using Intelligent Provisioning (“IP”) version 1.60.217 (see Current As-Built configuration below).   As I again measured the performance of my logical drives, under a slightly different configuration from previous OS installs, I thought this might be a great opportunity to pull together the performance measurements I took previously on my Gen8 using HDTune, ATTO, and CDM under: 1) Window Server 2012 R2 Essentials, 2) Windows 8.1 Pro, 3) Windows Server Technical Preview, and 4) Windows Server 2012 R2.
     
     
     
    1) Window Server 2012 R2 Essentials (see References)
     

     
    2) Windows 8.1 Pro (see References)
     

     
    3) Windows Server Technical Preview (see References)
     

     
    4) Windows Server 2012 R2 (see current As-Built below)
     

     
     
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer w/Xeon E3-1265L-V2
    16GB RAM – ECC KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G
    OS Drive C: B120i Logical Drive made from 2 Corsair GT 240GB SSD’s in RAID0 on SDM. Using Forward SFF-8087 Cable for B120i: StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA
    OS: Windows Server 2012 R2
    iLO Advanced License
    Data Drive D: P222/512 FBWC – Logical Drive made from 4 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 in Main 4 Drive Bay (drives are mounted in Icy Dock EZConvertor’s)
    Cooling the P222: EverCOOL FAN-EC3007M12CA; Noctua A-Series NF-A4x10 40mm; Delta Electronics BFB0512LD
    EnzoTech BMR-C1 to Cool Broadcom Chip (Location 13-LOM)
    Data Drive E: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 Seagate External case containing ST3000DM001
     
     
    Firmware
     

     
    Fans (BIOS set to Increased Cooling Profile)
     

     
    Temperature
     

     
     
     
     
     
    References:
     
    Be Sure to Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Installing Windows Server Technical Preview (Server 10) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-13-installing-windows-server-technical-preview-on-my-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver/
     
    Testing my Gen8 MicroServer before HSS Meetup 2014 http://homeservershow.com/testing-gen8-microserver-hss-meetup-2014.html
     
    Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8  http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    Wrapping up CES on this podcast. Don't worry, I won't dwell on CES for two months. Maybe a mention or two from here on out but onward to new things!  We have the Windows Consumer announcement next week and I failed to mention it in the show but stay tuned for more on that next week.  SP4 Rumors, size, etc.
     
    Welcome back Darren and John! Check out their podcast, The Agnostic Tech Podcast.
     
    I have an Ubi and we chat with her a little bit during the show.  Also, check out my coverage of CES on aNewDomain.net as well as the other great CES coverage there.
     
    This podcast is a member of the geeks network. Check out thegeeksnetwork.com for other great podcasts and forums.
     
    Check out the Surface Geeks YouTube channel as well as Home Server Show YouTube channel for fun CES videos.  Check out the swag I brought back as well as the NFL Surface Pro 2 Charging Cart.
     
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    CES Wrapup on Home Server Show 275

    By Dave, in Blog,

    We're wrapping up what we saw at CES as well as a ton of news.  Lot's to chat about. QNAP, Synology, more Cloud, and Ubi.  Also, check out my coverage of CES on aNewDomain.net as well as the other great CES coverage there.
     
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    Server Storage Guide

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2014/12/19/windows-server-technical-preview-storage-survival-guide.aspx

    Veeam Endpoint Backup

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8548-veeam-endpoint-backup-free-thoughts/page-2

    CLoudHQ

    https://www.cloudhq.net/dropbox/services#

    Recent deal on hard drives

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8702-3-x-western-digital-red-3tb-intellipower-64mb-cache-nas-hard-drive-29999/

    Synology Update on my Synology boxes. Check yours.

    I'm on 5.1-5021 Update 2 and 5021 is ready.

    What's New? https://www.synology.com/en-us/releaseNote/DS1813+

    Mostly bug fixes.

    Otixo adds services http://otixo.com/ Flickr

    Intel Compute Stick

    Dave
    BitDefender has pulled a fast one on me that I wasn't expecting. They have announced, "Box."  It's a security solution for your home network that plugs in after your router.  With this new explosion of connected devices on your home network this is a great idea.  Move the security to the edge instead of at each PC and device.  Check the link for more info.
     

     
    It should be available at Amazon later this month and you can pre-order now at their site.
     
    I also got some hands on time with HP's new mini PC release.  They seem smaller than the Mac Mini and oh so light.  HP had one up and running and it was very cool to the touch.  The one I saw running was an i3 but those are not out for some time.  Interesting play here HP. $180 gets you the low end with keyboard and mouse.  Wireless, Gig Ethernet, 4 USB 3.0 slots, SD Card reader. Stats.  You might not be happy with the Celeron processor and it's 2 Gig of RAM and 32Gb SSD but still! $180!
     
     
     
     
     

     
    I met tons of vendors at the PepCom show and will tell you plenty in future podcasts!

  • Our picks

    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
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    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
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    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
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    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
       
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

       
      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
       

       
      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
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