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    • OMG I'm watching HGTV off of my HDHomeRun Connect!
      I just subscribed to HD HomeRun Premium TV to see what it is all about.  Hello, I'm watching HGTV now!  Over ten years cutting the cord and this is a first.  All of those years have been with SiliconDust and the HDHR.  I had the older white ones with two coax inputs and I recall the move to the newer unit with only a single coax input as mind blowing!  I had two of the older ones so coax and splitters were a big mess.  Now, I have OTA and a good handful of cable channels.  I'm configuring it on Plex as I type this up.

      Get your hardware here - https://amzn.to/2BKxTkC
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    • NetXMS - Alternative to Domotz
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    • Microsoft announced a new Surface device last night, the Surface Go.  The announcement felt forced as leaks were dropping all over the place so it looks like the Surface Team just said, "what the heck," post it! 
      It's a confusing addition to the family. Remember Surface 3?  The Go is a much improved device but I'll have to get my hands on it in order to fully judge it.  I loved the 3 and still own it with a dock.
      It starts at $399 which is great but the hardware is a bit limited at that price point.  It starts with the Pentium Gold 4415y processor. Here is a comparison to show you some characteristics versus the Core i3. It also starts at 4Gb of RAM and a 64Gb eMMC drive.  It's only 1.15 pounds and will have LTE options in the future.
      I've read a ton of posts on this device where there is "target market" confusion.  Read it for yourself straight from Microsoft's mouth. "Empower your workforce with the lightest, most compact Surface yet"

      Here is the announcement post - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/business/surface-go
      Most articles are comparing it to iPad's and Chromebooks and although i think it will be a good alternative to the Chromebook I don't think it is a direct compare to the iPad nor targeting it.  I think it is a build that came from direct feedback from the working market.  A light portable with pen ability that doesn't cost $1500 if it is dropped. Pretty simple.

      My biggest disappointment is the keyboard.  Yup, gotta add $99 if you don't want to type on glass.
      Will enthusiasts buy it? Couch PC? Reader by the bed?  This little Surface has a lot of merit on paper so we will see how it holds up when it ships on August 2nd.  Let me know down below if you are going to get one.
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    • How to get Cryptocurrency without mining or buying a thing
      Brave Browser and the Basic Attention Token (BAT)
      This one is new to me but the coin is not.  BAT Coin may sound funny but it is a serious "ALT" coin.  
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    • New ToughArmor rugged drive enclosures from ICY DOCK, your storage enclosure specialists!
      ICY DOCK is the leading expert in data storage enclosures and accessories.
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      ToughArmor is ICY DOCK’s rugged enterprise-grade line of 2.5” SSD and HDD enclosures, utilizing the standard external 5.25” bay, external 3.5” bay (floppy bay), and the slim optical bay (ODD bay). All ToughArmor models feature ruggedized full-metal enclosures and trays, to keep your sensitive data protected, as well as meeting many flammability requirements.
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    • schoondoggy
      RJ45 connection: The benefit of 2.5GbE and 5GbE is they meet the normal base-t spec of cable length, Cat 5e 100 meters. 10gbase-t is limited to 55 meters over Cat 6, but it looks like it will support 100 meters on Cat 6a. Standard copper Ethernet cable is easy to work with.  SFP+ connection: SFP+ direct connect are cables with SFP+ transcievers and copper twinax cable. 1 to 7 meter passive cable and up to 15 meter with active cables. These cables are pre terminated to a specific length. Moving to fiber extends distance; Using SR short range SFP+ transceivers with fiber optic cable 10GbE can extend to 400 meters. Using LR long range SFP+ transceivers  with fiber optic cable 10GbE can extend to 10 kilometers Fiber is not user terminatable. Some switches require certain brands of SFP+. SFP+ transceivers are not always interchangable. Cost: RJ45 connections and Cat 5e/6/6a cable are much cheaper than SFP+ transceivers, Fiber optic cable and SFP+ Direct Connect cables, but used Mellanox SFP+ 10GbE NIC's are $30 on eBay.  
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      so going forward will fibre and copper be equally supported or will one tend to come out more cost beneficial in the long run? any prognosticators out there?
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    • Riff
      Hi, I'm new here, I signed up because it seems like a place might solve a couple of issues for me.
      I'm not massively experienced with servers, but I own a G7 N54l micro server with 8gig of Ram and four 3tb WD red drives. 
      I've historically run it as a media server and to play with various VMs, mostly various Linux distros, but I wanted to do more with it and so added new drives relatively recently. 
      I've been running XCP-ng as a hypervisor mostly (XenCenter previously) with the VMs within that.
      I want to be able to do the following: Run Plex Media Server, run a database server, possibly a mail server, and a radio station, plus have space to play with different VMs and distros, and of course backup my data from my desktops and other devices. (I will in future look to backing up the server too but that's another project.) 
      My current burning issue is Raid. I've tried to set up raid. I don't need 12tb of storage, so raid seems to be a good plan to at least provide a degree of mechanical redundancy. However the server won't allow me to raid more than 2 drives at once in Raid 0 or Raid 1, for some reason. If I try Raid 10 it won't boot and I just get a GRUB cursor, so it's not finding the boot sector I suspect but I'm uncertain how to fix that. I have tried running 2 different raid arrays but that seems to be undoable - it will only see one of them at a time. 
        I've also got an issue with Samba and shares, which is partly due to a lack of knowledge but I'd like to keep my media in a central location to be accessed by different machines (for example Plex on Ubuntu, and the radio is likely to be on Windows 10.)    As I pointed out above I'm not great with server stuff, so this is also designed as a learning project for me so I'd appreciate any suggestions as to how to get the most out of this.    Thanks in advance and "Hi!"    Riff
    • schoondoggy
      The four front bays run on a Marvell 88SE9230 SATA controller. There have been questions on driver support for certain Marvell controllers in Linux. The single SATA port on the motherboard runs off the AMD controller, you could try that port as a test. ClearOS works on the MS Gen10, so I would think other flavors of Linux would as well.
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