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    Surface Geeks 47 - The Lost Episode!

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I've been saving this one, much to the chagrin of John and Darren.  Yes, it's the lost episode. Number 47. The one you thought you would never hear in audio format is here, finally.  John and Darren initiate rogue podcasting while I'm in Redmond visiting the "Mother Ship."
     
    It might be a little out of date but the conversation is good and the SnapChat expertise is priceless.  Enjoy "Instagram leads the Waze!"
     
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    Xbox One: A $499 PC for your living room, CNN, Adrian Covert, November 20, 2013
     



    Xbox One Review: Microsoft’s Ambitious One-Stop Shop, Time, Matt Peckham, November 20, 2013 It's a work in progress, but then Microsoft's aiming higher than its competition.
     



    Review: Microsoft Xbox One, TechCrunch, Greg Kumparak

    Microsoft Launches Surface Classroom Challenge: http://www.surfaceclassroomchallenge.com/
     



    Don’t expect the Surface to rescue the PC industry, BGR, Chris Smith, November 19, 2013
     



    Apple may be working on 12.9-inch iPad with Surface-like keyboard cover, tech2, Anujeet Majumdar, November 20, 2013
     



    Nokia Lumia 1520 review Putting the "big" in Windows Phone, The Verge, Dan Seifert, November 18, 2013
     



    Nokia's Lumia 1520 Windows Phablet: Some benefits worth the weight, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 18, 2013
     



    Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 Tablet Coming To Verizon for $500 Off-Contract, Hot Hardware, Ray Willington, Tuesday, November 19, 2013
     



    Nokia Windows Tablet to Debut in U.S. The Company's First Windows-based Mobile Tablet Will Sell For as Little as $199, Wall Street Journal, John D. Stoll, November 15, 2013
     



    Lenovo ThinkPad 8 tablet on the way, liliputing, Brad Linder, November 19, 2013
     



    Dell Venue 8 Pro Link  (*Thanks to Carl Wordelman for article link.)
     



    Windows 1.0: The flop that created an empire Two years later than planned, Microsoft's new graphical operating system went on sale November 20, 1985. It wasn't worth the wait. But a bigger story was soon to unfold. CNET, Charles Cooper, November 20, 2013
     



    Black Friday 2013 update: More Apple iPad mini, Microsoft Surface RT tablet deals, ZDNet, Sean Portnoy, November 20, 2013
     



    The Microsoft Store on eBay opens! Kevin Eagan, Vice President Online Commerce, Microsoft. The Official Microsoft Blog, November 19, 2013
     



    Nokia Investors Approve Phone Unit’s Sale to Microsoft, Bloomberg, Adam Ewing & Kasper Viita, November 20, 2013
     



    Hundreds of Chinese Nokia workers protest at Microsoft deal, Reuters, James Pomfret, November 20, 2013
     



    Instagram Is Coming To The Windows Phone Store Today, At 11am Pacific, TechCrunch, Ingrid Lunden, November 20, 2013
     



    Instagram Arrives on Windows Phone, Waze Tags Along, Mashable, Pete Pachal, November 20, 2013
     



    Instagram now one of the 190,000 apps now in the Windows Phone Store, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 20, 2013
     



    Nokia Music rebranded as Nokia MixRadio; Windows Phone app gets personalized mixes, voting, and social sharing, The Next Web, Emil Protalinski, November 20, 2013
     



    Microsoft launches Office Remote, a Windows Phone app to control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on your PC, The Next Web, Emil Protalinski, November 19, 2013
     



    Nextgen Reader: Top app for Windows 8, ZDNet, James Kendrick, November 20, 2013
     



    Google's Windows Phone app updated with improved voice support, The Verge, Tom Warren, November 18, 2013
     



    Grand Theft Auto V's iFruit companion app reaches Windows Phone, Engadget, Jon Fingas, November 20, 2013
     



    Xbox One SmartGlass app available to download now on iOS, Android & Windows Phone Use your smartphone or tablet to control your Xbox One, David Scammell, Video Gamer, November 20, 2013
     



    Microsoft envisions a not-so-distant future where apps are 'Bingified', ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 19, 2013
     


    Dave
    Intro


    “B-side Software Saves Windows 8!”
    It could be the title of my review. OK, it might be over-exaggerating just a bit. How about “B-side Software Saves The Modern UI!” Can we settle on that? Twitter is my most used service, and the app that links me to that service is of the utmost importance. I do NOT want to use the browser for anything unless I have to. Coming to the Windows mobile platform after years on iOS, I learned to rely on applications. I’m not going to change my ways just because few developers are committed to making best in class applications for the Modern UI. Luckily, everyday I am finding better and better apps. Remember folks, it is quality and not quantity that matters. I don’t need a plethora of Twitter apps to choose from, I just need a great one. Thanks to B-side software, we now have Tweetium for Windows 8.1 (x86, x64 and ARM).
     
    Features
     



    Modern flow layout combines the best of information density and rich media.

    Flexible design adjusts to portrait, snap, and all manor of window sizes.
    Smart streaming-based feed with robust connectivity and suspend/resume handling. No more manual refreshing!
    Post new tweets with fast username auto-complete.
    Photo upload support - including pasting image data and files directly into the tweet composer!
    View lists you've created and subscribed to, and pin favorites to the navigation bar for easy access.
    Search for users and tweets.
    Rich embedding of several third-party media types.
    Powerful conversation and DM support with a rich, streaming-based conversation view.
    Multi-window support - Open multiple full instances, or break out specific tabs.
    Over a dozen color schemes, choose your favorite!
    Automatic roaming of color scheme, pinned lists, and read states.
    Share tweets via the share charm, and links via the context menu.
    All tabs can now be unpinned and repined, and rearranged using the context menu.
    Much more to come very soon!

    Usage & Experience
     
    I have been using Tweetium since it has been in beta. Now I am rocking Tweetium 1.1.1 which can be found on the Windows Store here. It is constantly improving, thanks to the caring and responsive developer. Features have literally appeared days after asking if they would come to the app. They also take suggestions from the user community via UserVoice here.
     
    I have been using Tweetium, first on the Lenovo Miix 2 8, and now on my trusty Toshiba Encore 8. Tweetium is perfect for 8-inch devices. Everything is within thumbs reach. The top of the app has “tabs” starting with a New Tweet pop down. Fast, simple, and efficient with auto @ name population based on your followers. Photos can be added from your devices’ camera or photo library (stored locally or in SkyDrive, of course). Next up is the Timeline. Tweets flow in automatically, with no need to sync. Tweets are displayed beautifully, with photos presented inline. Tapping a tweet expands it, allowing you to see a larger photo inline, along with replys below it. Pinch-to-zoom works here nicely. Tapping a link will launch IE snapped next to Tweetium. Perfection.
     
    The UI is what lends that perfection. Scrolling really is like butter. Performance trounces that of the official Twitter client. Under preferences, you can pick from a dozen or so themes. From white, to blue and black, there is something for all tastes. I keep it simple with “Titanium black” and I use the Larger font size option. There is also a setting to bypass “t.co” links. The theme and font sizing selections carry over between all the tabs. Depending on your device’s orientation and snapped sizing, the tabs will be displayed as either full words or icons. It all just works seamlessly and looks great while doing so. A search box is ever present, except for in the smallest of snapped views.
     
    Connect shows all the users' mentions. News is a surprisingly handy tab. Based on the developers' app, Newseen, it filters your Twitter timeline and displays only “news” items. It is a great way to catch up on breaking news of the day quickly, especially if Twitter is your news source, as it is mine. Message is home to your Direct Messages and finally the Me tab displays your profile and tweets. From here, you also have access to view your favorites. No complaints, no issues from this user on his device.
     
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    Verdict
     

     
    The application is not necessarily a perfect fit for everyone. Notifications are missing, and some of us have asked for Tweet Marker support. Tweetium can share, but it is not yet a share target. Other missing items will be added in the next release, like allowing URLs to be clicked on without expanding the tweet and cover images appearing in profile views. This is the only Twitter app I have installed, and the only one I will consider using for Windows 8.1, period. The app is so good, it makes using my Toshiba Encore 8 an ever better experience than it already is. Tablets are all about the apps. You might be happy using the browser on a desktop/laptop form factor running Windows 8.1. However, when holding the device in your hands, your thumbs want easy tap targets and responsive scrolling. Tweetium is all that and much more.
     

     
    Apps like Tweetium are going to make Windows 8.1 and the Modern UI a success in the long term. Whether you are new to the Modern UI, or have been loving it for over a year, drop the $2.99 without a second thought on Tweetium. You won’t be sorry, especially with nearly every missing feature being added or at least considered for future builds.


    Developer website: http://tweetiumapp.com/
    Support website: http://tweetiumapp.com/support
    Find them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TweetiumWindows
     

    Dave
    Yesterday the news hit everywhere that Microsoft had a Modern UI app unlike any other on the app store.  You may have read that first here at Surface Geeks too.  It was nice to see some big news outlets throw SG a bone by linking to the original news.  ZDNet here, Engadget here.  Thanks guys, errr, ladies.
     
    I saw a few mentions of the name "AppMagic" when referenced to Project Siena.  While that moniker is technically correct, AppMagic is what the project is referred to internally, it likely will not be released from beta with the name. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley nailed the fact that the name AppMagic has been frequently used up to this point.  My sources tell me that it's one of those names that just "stuck" and "that's what we call it."  It looks unlikely Project Siena will be released as AppMagic proving my suspicions that the name was too general.


    Sometimes you can see the storm coming but the big wave catches you off guard.
    I have created a subforum here at Surface Geeks for discussion about Project Siena.  Hey, maybe we can even name this thing!  The forum can be found here.  Feel free to post your thoughts, questions, and screenshots of your projects in this forum.  I expect it to get lively!
     
    In closing, another issue I saw discussed yesterday was not being able to publish Siena apps to the app store.  I can tell you that there is a method in which to do so with yesterday's build of Project Siena.  It will take some time to refine the process and get it on paper for you.  Hang tight!
     

     
    Project Siena Forum - http://www.surfacegeeks.net/forums/index.php?/forum/56-microsoft-project-siena/

    Dave
    Do you need to clean up your digital life?  How about get started for 2014? We quickly go over a few items to get you started.  We talk some CES too.  Good fun show.  Have a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy holiday.  Thank you for listening to this podcast over the years and participating in the forums.  Many thanks to Jim, John, John S., Kevin, and everyone who has been on the podcast.  Many thanks also go to forum mods, admins, and the guys that post out there each and every day. Chris, DVN, thank you.  Also, to the BYOB guys for continuing a great show.  Let's have more in 2014!  The thank you list is way too long for this article. Just know you are appreciated. Talk with you after the holiday!
     
    You want to see this podcast! John shows some gear at the end and it's great on video.  I can't say much for the hosts because it was just one of those nights where we had horrible video.  John looked great!  Watch 
    . Fun pre show stuff too! (psst, dont tell Jim, but Santa may drop by his house in an Amazon truck on the 23rd.) 
    thegeeksnetwork.com site is up but not finished.
     
    Crypto Locker Copy Cats

    The Schoondoggy Gen 8 Drive Mount

    Digital Cleanup Conversation in the Forums
    Twitter: David McCabe, Jim Collison, John Zajdler
     
    Jim can be found at theeaverageguy.tv

    FlipBoard – Home Storage Geeks http://flip.it/LsCjB
    Surface Geeks – http://flip.it/PcEU

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    Dave
    Tons of news on episode number 50. Are you looking for a Surface 2?  We are too! So where are they and why are they not on the shelves for Christmas?  New Apps for Windows Phone 8, and the big review from John on the Toshiba Encore. Did it beat the Dell Venue 8 Pro?  Find out! We also give away a ton of stuff on the live show.
     
    Going to CES 2014? Get in touch with me!


    I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday.  Thank you to everyone that listens and participates in the forums here every week.  Big thanks to Darren and John for geeking out with me every day of the week. Thanks to Mrs. ShowNotes for all the help and Mrs. SurfaceGeeks for "trying" to understand me.
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    The End of Microsoft Surface, FinsUpDNC Blog, December 18, 2013
     



    The Truth About Microsoft's Sold-Out Surfaces, Huffington Post, Timothy Stenovec, December 18, 2013
     



    Microsoft Gets Its Tablet Strategy Right, Forbes, Panos Mourdoukoutas, December 17, 2013
     



    Microsoft Can't Win at the Expense of Apple and Google, The Motley Fool, Rick Munarriz, December 5, 2013
     



    Microsoft's Ballmer: Surface a 'tougher' bet than the Xbox, Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet, December 17, 2013  Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks turkey about Microsoft's reasons for getting into the first-party hardware business, and why he thinks the company must remain a device maker.
     



    Surface Pro 2 Firmware Issues - Firmware update for 12/10/13 is failing install on machines but if it does install is causing issues. Battery is biggest complaint.
     



    Report claims Microsoft's 'Surface Mini' to get Kinect-like features, NeoWin, John Callaham
     



    Kinect-like face recognition, touchless control tipped for Surface Mini, BGR, Chris Smith, December 17, 2013
     



    A Surface Mini Cowuld Be Risky, The Motley Fool, Ashraf Eassa, December 18, 2013
     



    8-inch Asus Windows 8.1 tablet rumored with Wacom stylus for $299, The Verge, Tom Warren, December 18, 2013
     



    Microsoft expects to find a replacement for outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer by early 2014, TNW, Nick Summers, December 17, 2013
     



    Mark your calendars: Announcing Build 2014, The Official Microsoft Blog
     



    Nokia Lumia 2520 = Mullet?
     



    Nokia markets Lumia 2520 as the mullet of tablets Weird and wonderful, The Verge, Tom Warren, December 18, 2013
     



    App News
     



    Microsoft launches separate Xbox Music app ahead of Windows Phone 8.1¸ The Verge, Tom Warren, December 18, 2013
     



    Microsoft releases Xbox Video app for Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Central, Daniel Rubino, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
     



    Skype rival Viber launches a Windows 8 app, TNW, Jon Russell, December 18, 2013
     



    Amtrak App, Windows Phone
     

     

    Dave
    Microsoft has clearly stated they want apps in the app store.  Project Siena is proof of that.  Look out app store, here they come.  Microsoft's Project Siena is a beta release of a new technology for app enthusiasts to allow you to create apps, right from a beautiful and powerful Modern UI app.

    It's a Metro app, that creates apps.

     
    Microsoft's Project Siena is live in the App Store now.  It's available in the Windows 8 store as well as for RT.   It's pretty easy to create simple apps.  You can get into more difficult app creations very easily and if you know anything about Excel formulas and calculations this will be very easy for you.  Remember that it's still a Beta app.  There may be a few things missing like publishing directly to the app store and some more difficult dynamics within apps.  It's coming.
     
    Get the app here.
     

     
    One question I still have it is whether or not you can create RT apps but I'll hopefully answer that soon.  You can, however, build an app in RT.  The app is available for both RT and Windows 8.  Enjoy, and drop your questions and creations into the Surface Geeks Forums.   Go get it now and get busy!  Stay tuned for more information, demos, and cool apps coming from SurfaceGeeks.net!
     
     

    Dave
    It's time.  The Surface Pro Docking Station needs a home.  Tune in to the Live Podcast tomorrow evening for the drawing.  I'll do the draw by #hashtag as explained below. Keep an eye on Twitter for exact time of the live show.  Normall 9:30E but you never know!
     
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    Tune in to Surface Geeks Live every Wednesday night this December for more chances to win.
     
    Read the RULES here.
     

     
    Fine Print - Happily written in WordPress on a Surface Pro 2 with a Type Cover 2 that has been undocked since this morning and still has a full freaking battery.

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     

     
    Not long ago, Schoondoggy asked a few of us to beta test preproduction versions of his drive mount bracket for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. Except for the placement of the holes to attach the Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount (“SGDM”) to the PSU – which was easily fixed with my Dremel – the SGDM is perfect in design simplicity coupled with high flexibility. With the SGDM I could mount two 2.5” drives (like VelociRaptors or the 2.5” WD Red’s), or 2.5” SSD’s, or a single thin 3.5” drive – all the while still leaving the ODD bay open for the Optical Disk Drive or one or two SSD’s! I can disconnect the drive cage SAS cable and attach a SFF-8087 to the system board giving me two SATA III ports (SATA cables 1 & 2 off the SFF-8087) and two SATA II ports (SATA cables 3 & 4 off the SFF-8087) all controlled by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller. The now free HP SAS cable to the drive cage could be attached to an add-in card (such as an HP P222) providing functionality for four 3.5” drives in the drive cage.
     
    The HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer is a fun machine to work with -- but the SGDM takes it to a whole new level! Thanks Schoondoggy!  In my opinion, if you have a Gen8 MicroServer -- you are going to want a Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount.
     
     
     
    Background
     
    In early August, 2013, Schoondoggy announced in the HSS Forums that he had a prototype of a drive mounting bracket to enable him to mount two additional 2.5” drives in the recently introduced HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. Many on the Forums were encouraged by Schoondoggy’s efforts to refine his design and bring his bracket to production. His idea would enable the option of two drives within the Gen8 case in addition to the main 4 drive bay and the ODD.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- Schoondoggy's Prototype Drive Bracket for Gen8 MicroServer from HSS Forums
     
     
     
    At the Home Server Show Meetup 2013 Schoondoggy displayed his HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer prototype drive mounting bracket and I was amazed to see how he had fit the additional drives in the available space and came up with a cooling solution. This was one of the highlights of the Meetup for me and I took several pictures of Schoondoggy’s display which are included in the MeetUp 2013 Wrap Up Photos section.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Schoondoggy's Gen8 MicroServer Prototype Drive Bracket at MeetUp 2013
     
     
     
    Beta Test Preproduction Copy – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount
     
    Recently, Schoondoggy sent me a Best Test Copy of what I’ve decided to call in this write-up the Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount (“SGDM”). I will now address my unboxing, installation, and testing of the SGDM.
     
    Unboxing
     

     
    Figure 3 -- The SGDM Unboxed and displayed next to HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    The SGDM unboxing is recorded in the following video:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- The Two Arrows show the Location to use the 2 Longer, Supplied, Screws to Attach the SGDM to the Gen8 MicroServer PSU
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- SGDM Attached to Gen8 MicroServer without Drives
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- Location of Mounting Holes for 2.5" Drives/SSDs
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- Location of Mounting Holes for Thin 3.5" Drive
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Additional Parts Needed: 8 Drive/SSD screws & 8 Neoprene washers
     
     
     
    Additional Parts Needed:


    8 -- 2.5” Drive/SSD Mounting Screws (if mounting a 3.5” drive only 2 screws are necessary)
    8 – Insulated (Rubber or Neoprene) washers – I used 3/8” OD w 5/32” ID
     
     

     
    Figure 9 -- Back of SGDM with 8 Drive Mount Holes Counter Sunk
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 -- Bit used to Counter Sink Drive Mount Holes -- work slowly and carefully and check often if hole is counter sunk enough
     
     
     
    Mounting 2.5” VelociRaptors (without Ice-Pack) to the SGDM and attaching the SGDM to the MicroServer
     
    Mounting Two 2.5” VelociRaptors is shown in the following video:
     

     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 -- Note the Air Gap Created by using the Insulated Washers between the SGDM and the 2.5” drive (VelociRaptor in this case) -- Air Flow from the Blower in this Air Gap will help cool the VelociRaptor (Note that the screw holes to mount the drives to the SGDM have not been counter sunk yet in this photo)
     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 -- 2.5" VelociRaptors attached to SGDM and screws have been counter sunk
     
     
     

     
    Figure 13 -- The only Modification that was necessary on the SGDM was to use a Dremel to grind out the PSU Attachment holes towards the end of the tab to line up with the PSU mounting bracket holes -- future production units will have this corrected
     
     
     
    Mounting 2.5” SSD’s to the SGDM
     
    Mounting Two 2.5” SSD’s is shown in the following video:
     

     
     
     
    Mounting 3.5” Thin Hard Drive to the SGDM
     
    One 3.5” Thin Hard Drive can be mounted to the SGDM as shown in the following video:
     

     
     
     
    Power & Data Connection for Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount (“SGDM”)
     
    Parts Used:


    1 Athena Power Cable-YPHD 8” Molex Y Splitted Power Cable
    1 Nippon Labs SATA Adapter Molex 4-Pin PC Power Cable to 2 x SATA Converter Cables for SATA 1 and SATA II Hard Drive Model POW-SATA-2
    1 4-Pin Molex to 4-Pin Molex & 2-wire Fan Power Adaptor (I have several of these that were included with my HAF & Lian-Li cases over the years – this is the first time I got to use one)
    2 Male 22awg quick connector (over kill for this build but I had these in my parts box – I had gotten them at Menard’s some time ago – the best way would have been to attach a fan connector to the SGDM Blower and then just plug it in)
    2 Female 22awg quick connector (over kill for this build but I had these in my parts box – I had gotten them at Menard’s some time ago – the best way would have been to attach a fan connector to the SGDM Blower and then just plug it in)
    1 Black electrical tape (I had this in my parts box)
    1 Red electrical tape (I had this in my parts box)
    1 Package Heavy Duty Velcro (picked up at Menards)
    1 StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA
     
     

     
    Figure 14 -- Parts for Connecting Power to Drives on SGDM
     
     
     
     
     
    Steps:
     
    1. Review the material on page 46 of the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Server Maintenance and Service Guide.
     

     
    Figure 15 -- Page 46 of the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Server Maintenance and Service Guide
     
     
     
    2. Disconnect the 4 pin Molex connector from the PSU to the power cable underneath the ODD area frame.
     

     
    Figure 16 -- the 4 pin Molex connector underneath the ODD area frame has been disconnected in this picture
     
     
     
    3. Between the now open connections attach a 4 pin Molex Y connector – Attach terminals A and B shown in Figure 14 above.
     

     
    Figure 17 -- See Figure 14 above and attach terminal A and B
     
     
     
    4. On the extra free 4 pin Molex connection attach a 4 pin Molex to Molex pass through connection with a 2 wire Fan auxiliary connector.
     

     
    Figure 18 -- See also Figure 14 above on how this connected
     
     
     
    5. On the free 4 pin Molex connection attach a 4 pin Molex Y to 2 SATA Power connectors
     

     
    Figure 19 -- See also Figure 14 above on how this is connected
     
     
     
    6. Attach the SATA Power connectors to the drives attached to the SGDM
     

     
    Figure 20 -- In Figure 14 above the SATA Power Connectors are labeled Terminals C & D
     
     
     
    7. Remove the Fan auxiliary connector (on 4 above) and attach 2 quick connect on the wires
     

     
    Figure 21 -- in Figure 14 above the fan connector is labeled Terminal E
     
     
     

     
    Figure 22 -- These are the connectors I used to attached the fan
     
     
     

     
    Figure 23 -- Two connectors have been attached
     
     
     
    8. Attach 2 quick connect on the wires on the SGDM blower
     

     
    Figure 24 -- Two Connectors have been attached to the Fan cables
     
     
     
    9. Place heavy duty Velcro on the frame to secure the aux blower
     

     
    Figure 25 -- Measuring for length to cut Velcro too -- Velcro shown in Figure 14 and Next Figure
     
     
     

     
    Figure 26 -- Heavy Duty Velcro used to attach Fan to MicroServer Frame
     
     
     

     
    Figure 27 -- Velcro cut to size of Frame Attachment
     
     
     

     
    Figure 28 -- Velcro Attached to Frame
     
     
     
    10. Attach the Quick Connects from the SGDM blower (see 8 above) to 7 above – be sure to match the wire color codes. Use electrical tape to cover the exposed connections.
     

     
    Figure 29 -- Blower attached to Power via connectors and wrapped with electrical tape
     
     
     
    11. Position the SGDM blower. Secure to the Velcro.
     

     
    Figure 30 -- Blower attached and positioned ot optimize around Drives and across side of PSU
     
     
     
    12. Disconnect the SAS fan out cable that goes to drive cage from System Board
     

     
    Figure 31 -- HP SAS cable to Drive Cage SATA Ports to be disconnected from System Board
     
     
     
    13. Attach SFF-8087 to System Board
     

     
    Figure 32 -- SFF-8087 to be attached to System Board where HP SAS cable had been attached
     
     
     

     
    Figure 33 -- SFF-8087 Attached to System Board
     
     
     
    14. Attach SATA 1 & 2 from SFF-8087 to Drives on SGDM
     

     
    Figure 34 -- SATA cables 1 & 2 from SFF-8087 attached to Drives on SGDM -- Note that these are the two SATA III (6Gbps) Ports from the System Board and are controllable from the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
     
     
     
    Tidy up the wiring and close the cover.
     
     
     
    iLO Stats
     

     
    Figure 35 -- Temperature Graph via iLO with cover off and system up for several days
     
     
     

     
    Figure 36 -- Temperature Graph via iLO – same as Figure 35 above except with Cover On.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 37 -- iLO information on the two VelociRaptors attached to the SGDM in RAID0 for the OS Drive for Windows Server 2012
     
     
     

     
    Figure 38 -- Windows Server 2012 installed with HP Intelligent Provisioning on HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    My System Configuration As-Built:


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Celeron G1610T
    16GB RAM – Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G
    OS Drive: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    OS: Windows Server 2012 Standard
    Beta: Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount (plus parts listed above to provide power and data to drives on the SGDM)
     
     

     
    Figure 39 -- Loading Windows Server 2012 using Intelligent Provisioning
     
     
     
    Overall, I’m very pleased with the performance of the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with the Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount. I am planning many more tests in the future using the SGDM in my Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     
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    HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
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    MicroServer Hardware Links
     

     
     
     


    Dave
    Intro
     
    I plan to continue my 8-on-8 series with thoughts and reviews on Windows 8.1 applications, and how they behave on an 8-inch Windows tablet. But before doing so, I want to pass along my thoughts on the newest device… the Toshiba Encore 8. Check out my quick and dirty unboxing released on the SurfaceGeeks YouTube feed

    [caption id=attachment_1523" align="aligncenter" width="540] Toshiba Encore 8[/caption]
     
    Hardware
     
    The Toshiba Encore 8 has a MSRP of $329. However, many retailers like Amazon  and the Microsoft Store have it for $299. The Microsoft Store is bundling a $25 Windows Store Gift Card as well. Even Toshiba direct is offering it for $30 off. You’ll probably find the Dell Venue Pro 8 at lower price, but the Encore’s pricing is at least on par with the Lenovo Miix 2. The higher MSRP is a sign of higher production costs, and it definitely appears to be the case.
     
    [caption id=attachment_1537" align="aligncenter" width="700] Specifications[/caption]
     
    The build quality of the Encore 8 handily beats that of the Venue Pro 8 and Miix 2. The Miix 2, being so thin and light, was very flexible and creaky. The Encore 8 has a build quality near that of a Surface 2. Although some slight creaking can be heard near the top of the device, you really have to try to make it happen, and struggle to hear it. The ports are solid compared to the others, as I don’t feel I’ll break the ports nor my cables when inserting and removing them. In general, it feels easier to use all the ports and buttons on the Encore 8 than I expected. The micro SD card slot is not covered by a flimsy door, so it might collect dust/debris, but it is much easier to access. The volume and power buttons have a nice feel to them, and the micro HDMI is a welcome addition. Using the Encore 8 in extended desktop mode works like a champ. However, mirroring has not been enabled yet. The Start Menu won’t appear on the the TV, but the desktop looks great, as pure 1080p 60Hz is being transmitted. I didn’t see any artifacts or flickering. Audio pass through works as well, with clear sound passing through the HDMI cable to the TV.
     
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    Even the microphone and speaker experience is solid. There are dual mics on the top of the device, and dual speakers on the bottom. The mics apparently don’t record at a high volume, but what they do record is clear. Skype works just fine, as they are apparently optimized for that. Although the low end is clearly lacking, volume is loud without being jarring or tiny. Some, although minimal, distortion was witnessed on my unit. The rear camera is an 8MP shooter, with a 2MP camera on the front. Both are superior to the competition in my short testing. All of the advantages from the higher build quality and component costs mentioned so far, comes with a price. At nearly a full pound, it is a weighty and dense feeling device. It is the weight of an iPad Air in the form factor of an iPad mini. Landscape usage is fine, but one handed portrait use takes some getting used to. It is doable, but your arm will tire quicker with the Encore than with the others. The weight does have another advantage, a slighter larger battery. Toshiba states up to 14-hours of usage. Although too early to judge, I can say that I am on track to hit 12-15 hours of usage per charge. More testing is needed.
     
    Although no official cases are shipping yet, I found a perfect fit. The Case Logic SureFit Folio for 7-8” tablets is currently available direct from the manufacturer and from Target stores. Details can be found here. Although the “fits devices” section of the description does not match the Toshiba Encore 8, the specs on the case’s packaging differ. The Toshiba Encore 8 is a perfect fit. Although not easy to get on, once it is locked in, it stays put and the case functions as expected. I mention the case as I feel it makes this dense tablet easier to both hold and use. My mind associates the case with the extra weight, as some how it all becomes more acceptable. Knowing things like GPS, HDMI and dual speakers are all on board helps as well.
     
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    Although I lusted after the Lenovo Miix 2’s thin and light design, it appears to not be practical. It is both flimsy and creaky, and appears as if any drop would split the device in two. Although heavier, the Toshiba Encore 8 is built like a tank. In or out of the case, it feels it can take a drop. Every component screams higher quality in both touch and usage. I will add that I feel the internal components are functioning better as well. The Lenovo Miix 2 has issues with the on screen keyboard responsiveness, and my last device would freeze multiple times a day after the latest round of Windows updates. Those may be resolved by firmware and driver updates, but I have yet to experience one hiccup or glitch with the Toshiba Encore 8. It appears Toshiba is shipping the device with drivers from this summer versus the fall/winter updates, and although some features (like display mirroring) are missing, stability is above and beyond expectations. Even things like the capacitive Windows key seem more consistent than on other devices, and I believe fully vetted and stable drivers (and firmware) help with things like this.
     
    Software
     
    Not too much to add here. I did not allow anything to sync from previous Windows 8.1 devices, as I deleted all settings and backups from the cloud. I mentioned the relatively older drivers above, but I will take being a few versions behind for the level of stability I am seeing. The Start screen and Modern UI apps feel more responsive, and multitasking is probably faster than any similar device I have tested, including the Surface 2 and Lumia 2520. I reiterate that Windows 8.1 seems better optimized for the Bay Trail x86 Atom than the ARM-based SoCs used inside Windows RT devices. Everything is fast, fluid and super responsive. Apps stay running in the background, and resume in seconds or less. 3D Mark scores are slightly lower than the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo Miix 2, but I still feel the user experience is snappier.
     
    Some bloatware was pre-loaded, with Norton AntiVirus being the biggest culprit. It definitely impacted system performance, and was tricky to remove. However, if you pay attention to the uninstaller, it can be wiped from the system. Toshiba bundled apps to help register the device, obtain service and support, and an app to keep you up to date with Toshiba specific software, driver and firmware updates. It auto loads on startup, but can be quit easily. I don’t mind it loading, as whenever I restart, I know it’ll check for updates before I manually kill it. Thanks to the stability of the device, I don’t expect to restart often. Other bundled apps are useful Windows Store apps like Netflix, Kindle, and Xbox Smart Glass. This was the first time I saw Xbox Smart Glass advertised on the packaging and preloaded with a device like this. If you do purchase this device directly from Microsoft, you’ll likely avoid having most or all of these applications preloaded, thanks to the Microsoft Signature experience program.
     
    I will add that although being a 32GB model, the Toshiba Encore 8 had the most available disk space out of any similarly equipped Windows 8.1 device. Once the recover partition was moved to a USB stick, over 15GB were available, with others seemingly having 10GB or less. Even with all my apps installed, configured and loaded, I have nearly 12GB free. Toshiba included an application to assist with copying and removing the recovery partition. It made the task a bit more user friendly than the standard Windows 8.1 method of searching for Recovery from the charms menu.
     
    Verdict
     
    I laughed when I saw the weight of the Toshiba Encore 8. Why would I want the heaviest Windows 8.1 8-inch tablet? Well, I didn’t realize how much better it would be than the rest. It is not perfect though. There is a gap between the glass and the LCD, and although not a problem, I believe it doesn’t help counter glare as much as Acer’s Zero Gap technology (based on LG’s designs and Apple’s iPhones) is rumored to. The glass seems to hold onto smudges longer than others as well. Most things both feel and function better than any other 8-inch device on the market. Dell Venue 8 Pro enthusiasts enjoy having a fully functional bios available to them, to both customize and tweak their tablet. The Encore has a simplified user accessible bios with no meaningful options. The weight, even with all the pros mentioned above, can be troublesome if one hand consumption trumps landscape productivity tasks. I’m excited to continue using the Toshiba Encore 8 in the Case Logic SureFit case both around the house and in the office. Hopefully everyone finds a tablet so compelling this holiday if they haven’t already.

    Dave
    If you asked a Surface Geek what to get someone for Christmas, this is what you would hear!  It’s not just a list of Surface Pros but actually a nice list of stocking stuffers, under $100, under $500, and a list of large gifts.  It starts with a bang and I almost got laughed off of the podcast!  You will have to tune in to find out why.  We also cover the news of the week. Start Menu returning and Nokia forks the Droid.  Enjoy!
     
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    $50 to $100
    Chrome Cast
    Roku Box

    Wireless Streaming Gadget
    I reviewed the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400  Now $41 on Amazon  SanDisk has a new one for $59
    Eye-Fi

    $100 or more
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    FitBit Flex
    This gift you can get away with getting for yourself as well.  A good way is to tell your spouse that you can compare steps at the end of the day.  Loser cooks!
    FitBit Force

    Seiki 39″ 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV

    Surface Pro 2

    Dave’s Favorite Tech Gear of the Year
    Monster Power Outlets To Go

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    Belkin Grid it

     
    John’s Picks
     
    Stocking Stuffer
     
    $15 Windows Store Gift Card
     
    < $50
    Anker Astro 3E 10,000mAh Dual USB Charger
    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
     
    < $100
    AT&T Unite LTE  (Pre-paid Option)
    Nokia Lumia 925 (w/ contract)
     
    <$300
    Xbox 360 4GB w/ Kinect, Kinect Sports: Season 2 and Kinect Adventures
    Lenovo Miix 2 8
     
    ~ $500
    Dell Venue Pro 11 (2.4GHz Atom, 64GB)
    Microsoft Surface Pro – 64GB @ $599
     
    My Favorite Piece of Tech 2013
    Logitech Ultimate Ears BOOM WireSGless Speaker – Moss$179
     
    Darren’s Picks
     
    Stuffer
    Gift card to itunes, windows store, or play store depending on who it goes to.
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    Kindle (69 dollars if you just want to read books)
    Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
    Eton Rechargable USB Battery Pack
     
    100-200
    Pebble Smart Watch
    Moto G No added contract expense
    Jabra Soulmate bluetooth speaker
    Kindle Paperwhite
     
    300-500
    ipad mini retina,
    LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition $349
     
    500+
    Surface Pro 2 $899
    MacBook Air
    Sony Vaio Pro 13
     
    Favorite Item of Year
    Bose Quiet Comfort IN EAR noise cancelling headphones
     




    Dave

    The Surface Geek Gift Guide 49

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    If you asked a Surface Geek what to get someone for Christmas, this is what you would hear!  It's not just a list of Surface Pros but actually a nice list of stocking stuffers, under $100, under $500, and a list of large gifts.  It starts with a bang and I almost got laughed off of the podcast!  You will have to tune in to find out why.  We also cover the news of the week. Start Menu returning and Nokia forks the Droid.  Enjoy!
     
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     Stocking Stuffers

    Car Wash Certificates
    8Gb or larger flash drives but don't pay too much for them!


    $50 to $100
    Chrome Cast
    Roku Box

    Wireless Streaming Gadget
    I reviewed the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400  Now $41 on Amazon  SanDisk has a new one for $59
    Eye-Fi

    $100 or more
    Ooma Telephone System

    FitBit Flex
    This gift you can get away with getting for yourself as well.  A good way is to tell your spouse that you can compare steps at the end of the day.  Loser cooks!
    FitBit Force

    Seiki 39" 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED TV

    Surface Pro 2

    Dave's Favorite Tech Gear of the Year
    Monster Power Outlets To Go

    Jim
    Belkin Grid it

     
    John's Picks
     
    Stocking Stuffer
     
    $15 Windows Store Gift Card
     
    < $50
    Anker Astro 3E 10,000mAh Dual USB Charger
    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
     
    < $100
    AT&T Unite LTE  (Pre-paid Option)
    Nokia Lumia 925 (w/ contract)
     
    <$300
    Xbox 360 4GB w/ Kinect, Kinect Sports: Season 2 and Kinect Adventures
    Lenovo Miix 2 8
     
    ~ $500
    Dell Venue Pro 11 (2.4GHz Atom, 64GB)
    Microsoft Surface Pro - 64GB @ $599
     
    My Favorite Piece of Tech 2013
    Logitech Ultimate Ears BOOM WireSGless Speaker - Moss$179
     
    Darren's Picks
     
    Stuffer
    Gift card to itunes, windows store, or play store depending on who it goes to.
    Chromecast
     
    <100
    Nokia 520/521 off contract media device or phone for
    Kindle (69 dollars if you just want to read books)
    Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
    Eton Rechargable USB Battery Pack
     
     
    100-200
    Pebble Smart Watch
    Moto G No added contract expense
    Jabra Soulmate bluetooth speaker
    Kindle Paperwhite
     
    300-500
    ipad mini retina,
    LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition $349
     
    500+
    Surface Pro 2 $899
    MacBook Air
    Sony Vaio Pro 13
     
    Favorite Item of Year
    Bose Quiet Comfort IN EAR noise cancelling headphones



    Dave
    Intro
     
    It has been a month since I posted a review on Surface Geeks, and I apologize. There has been work and the first of a few holidays to get in the way. In that time however, I have tested additional tablets. The Nokia Lumia 2520 (great hardware, inconsistent software experience) and a few others. After a year of testing devices, I believe my thoughts from last month on the Lenovo Miix 2 were correct. It’s the tablet for me, and I believe the form factor might be a great one for many of you. I’d like to continue talking about using Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch device, starting with followup on the Lenovo Miix 2 8. You can find my original review here.
     
    [gallery columns=2" link="file" ids="1503,1507,1510,1509]
     
    Hardware
     
    The Lenovo Miix 2 8 is currently still available for shipping on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1aNtV6d) starting at $299. However, the Dell Venue Pro 8 is getting all the attention. Microsoft has selected it to be part of their 12 Days of Deals (http://surfacegeeks.net/the-12-days-of-christmas-dell-venue-8-pro.html). Many already purchased it during Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials for as little as $229. I know quite a few coworkers that will be trying to pick one up this morning for a staggering low $99. Toshiba has since began shipping their heavier Encore 8 which starts at $329 but provides a higher build quality, longer battery life, and the desirable Micro HDMI port. Acer has told us to wait for 2014 for their new W4 which could possibly have the best screen of the bunch.
     
    I selected and stayed with the Lenovo because it is the thinnest and lightest. The Flip Cover with Stylus combo has been ordered, and should mimic Apple’s Smart Cover nicely. I prefer it over Dell’s folio offering, mainly for being significantly lighter. Toshiba lists accessories in the Encore’s box, but they don’t seem to be shipping yet. Apple seems to be one of the few manufacturers who ship key accessories at the same time as their new hardware. At the end of the day, I don’t think it matters which 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet you choose. They should all provide about the same user experience. However, I will say that weight could impact a device’s one handed use. Your millage may vary, depending on use case.
     
    I started my Lenovo Miix 2 8 experience review by saying “It is all about the in-hand feel. And boy, does the Lenovo Miix 2 8 feel great!” A month later, I feel exactly the same. Others have complimented the build quality. Although, to be honest it is rather creaky sometimes. This is likely due to the thin and light nature of the device. After comparing the Miix 2 with the Venue Pro 8, I can say that at least from the units I have touched, the Lenovo screen is superior. Blacks are blacker, contrast is better overall, and colors appear significantly more vivid. The speakers are more hit and miss than I originally experienced, mainly depending on source volume. Xbox Music is loud, while YouTube via Hyper sounds are lower than desired. Either the capacitive Windows key works better after various Windows updates, or I am just more use to its behavior. It works, but it does require a double hit occasionally.
     
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    Software
     
    I wanted to love Windows RT, as I thought simplicity would rule for tablets. However, in my opinion and usage of the OS on four different devices, I can say that Windows is not optimized for ARM processors. At least not yet. The original Microsoft Surface and Samsung Ativ Tab seem to provide a more consistent experience than modern RT devices. However they are showing their age speed wise. The Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 are faster, but were inconsistent for me. Apps would behave oddly, and the OS seemed to have more bugs than x86 devices. The x86 based tablets, specifically the Miix 2 and Venue Pro 8 feel significantly faster than any RT device I have used. The OS in general appears more stable and far more consistent. Apps load quickly, resume well and function properly 99% of the time. I personally can't say the same for Windows RT. The Bay Trail Atoms we are seeing at the end of 2013 and coming soon in 2014 are amazing mobile processors with a great balance of performance and battery stamina.
     
    I am using more apps than ever within the Modern UI. Facebook, Hyper, InPic (Instagram client), Kindle, Lattermark (Pocket client), Songza, Tweetium (more to come on this one) and Vevo are the third party apps that have a home in my first Start menu grouping. They join Calendar, Desktop, IE, Mail, Music, People, Remote Desktop, SkyDrive and Weather. They all run well, and most importantly… consistently. The 8-inch form factor, specifically in landscape, makes them easy and fun to use. Windows 8.1 on a smaller tablet can also be productive. Cisco Anyconnect VPN allows me to use the Microsoft Remote Desktop client to access work machines. I worked from my bed one night, and supported a hardware database upgrade. It was perfect. Although Outlook is available (but not included with x86 devices like it is on RT), I prefer the Windows Mail app. It is great for use in landscape orientation.
     
    Other apps work well on this form factor as well. The newly updated CBS and Watch ABC apps join Netflix and Flixster to round up my video needs. Quality is decent, and although not 1080p, quite easy on the eyes. Bing Maps Preview is a new addition to my device, and it looks great. I look forward to seeing more unique pas leveraging touch control like this one does. The selection of games on the platform is growing, with Asphault 8 and Star Wars Tiny Death Star bringing some enjoyment. Smaller titles like Hill Climb Racing are great for killing time as well. I’d like to see more apps and games, and for the Windows Store to grow as quickly as the Windows Phone Store has. But it is getting better. Although not for me, Flipboard and Mint have joined the party as well. Hopefully 2014 will be the year of Modern UI apps for Windows.
     
    Verdict
     
    I think Dell will sell more Venue 8 Pro devices than they expected. Hopefully Lenovo does well too, along with the Toshiba and upcoming Acer offerings. It is great having options, most of all for keeping pricing low. Whether you buy a Dell or a Lenovo, or pay $99 or $299, it doesn’t stop these from being great values. You can have a full Windows PC experience in a pound or less. If you are like me, you’ll stick to using Modern UI apps. This is where I feel the 8-inch Windows devices truly shine. Your thumbs rule the screen in landscape, and your hands won’t tire too quickly in portrait mode. These devices are fun and productive. You can take them anywhere, as they even fit in some pockets and most purses. Always wanting more, I long for an LTE* version of any of these 8-inch Windows tablets. Then I can work and play anywhere. Give one of these devices a try. It’ll probably be the Dell, thanks to their aggressive pricing. But if you want the lightest Windows experience around, I still believe the Lenovo Miix 2 can’t be beat.
     
    *I have been using my Lenovo Miix 2 8 with an AT&T Unite Pro LTE hotspot.

    Dave

    BYOB Episode 137

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    Lots to cover this week.  We start the week off with a short tutorial on setting up the Hyper-V role and creating your first Hyper-V Virtual Machine, as well as a quick update on the XBox One now that the honeymoon is over.  We also cover some great free software for your IP cameras, awesome software from Fabultech for connecting USB devices to a VM or other machines over IP, and some not so great power line adapters.  We also talk about my first week with the Logitech Ultimate Hub.
     
     
     
    Hyper-V basics
     
    XBox One update
     
    Fabultech – A great solution for USB over IP
     
    Logitech – Hub
     
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    Smart home IP cameras
     
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    Figure 1 -- My G1610T HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with External DVD Drive Attached – Note: Power draw on meter is 35.8 Watts
     
     
     
    Until recently, the relative performance ranking of the Celeron G1610T in the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer had been unavailable for our analyses.
     
    The purpose of this report is to update previous reports (included in the References at the end of this posting) where I used PassMark CPU index scores to compare the performance for a variety of devices including the HP MediaSmart series, the earlier MicroServer series (N36L, N40L, & N54L) and the new Gen8 -- plus many confirmed as well as potential CPU replacements for the Gen8.
     
    With an average CPU PassMark score of 2,324 (based on 3 reports) the G1610T scores 66% over the performance of the N54L that was in the previous generation MicroServer. The CPU PassMark on my G1610T MicroServer was significantly higher.
     
     
     
    Table 1 -- Comparison of CPU PassMark Performance Indices
     

     
    When I ran the PassMark test suite on my G1610T HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer it scored a CPU Mark of 2,476 and overall rating of 265.
     
     
     
    My system configuration:


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Celeron G1610T
    16GB RAM – Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G (this RAM had previously been in my N40L MicroServer)
    OS Drive: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX (the physical drives were attached to SATAIII [6Gbps] Ports 0 & 1)
    OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
    Fans are running about 6% (information provided by iLO) -- see Figure 2 for Temperature Distribution
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Temperature Information (iLO4 ProLiant MicroServer Gen8)
     
     
     
    You can find my PassMark system summary, with an overall system rating of 265, at PassMark loaded here: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=16737660989
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- PassMark Disk Speed – Reading
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – PassMark Disk Speed – Writing
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- ATTO Disk Read/Write Performance
     
     
     
    Overall, I’m very pleased with the performance of this MicroServer. It is noticeably “snappier” than my N54L plus it has the potential to upgrade the CPU for even greater performance. The iLO is a pleasure to work with and contains an extensive set of tools for self-testing the MicroServer’s hardware.
     
     
     
    Just for Fun
     
    A week earlier, while testing the G1610T MicroServer just to see how things worked, I loaded Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center onto the G1610T HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with two Corsair 60GB SSD’s in RAID0 for the OS drive and achieved some astounding ATTO Performance:
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- ATTO Disk Read/Write Performance -- Just for fun
     
     
     
    This looks like something to dig deeper in a future blog posting.
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    References
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links Message #8
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    Performance Comparison of Rumored HP ProLiant G8 MicroServer CPU’s G630T & G530T
     
    HP ProLiant MicroServer CPU Performance Index Comparisons
     
    Performance Measurement of the HP ProLiant N40L and N54L G7 MicroServer and Other NAS Devices
     
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    MicroServer Blog Postings
     


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      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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