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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.

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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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    • JackoUK
      Not seen the MS510TX before … looks like a handy piece of kit. Could be a good piece of transition hardware e.g. cabling up both 1GB ports on a Gen8 Microserver one side … seeing 2 GB on the other … and so on as one builds in new systems with 5GB and 10GB ports. UK price similar at around £240.
    • JackoUK
      If you are going to run a backup job and then preprocess by splitting … … why not simply encrypt the original files before submitting to your company system?   So you have a folder \mytopsecretdata on your server with all files encrypted and ... … a folder \mytopsecretdata with the same structure on OneDrive with the flag 'stored only in the cloud, no copy on this machine' set.   You're fired for misuse of company resources, by the way 😉 
    • JackoUK
      Hi Riff,   Your description is too vague to allow anything but generalisations as suggestions … however ... … a design to back up your data/server should be the first project!   What are the other projects? What other devices do you have in your network? My network diagram here: https://homeservershow.com/forums/topic/16182-converged-10g-home-storage-network/ How much data do you expect to accumulate over the next few years?   I like an N54 for playing … but it sounds like you plan to have several production systems (video server, database, radio, …) thereon. If you want to play with VM's and have a Windows 10 machine - almost certainly a more powerful host in terms of SSD and CPU than the N54  - then I'd leave the server to do the serving and W10 box for VM playtime.   Sorry, can't help with the errors - all Windows 10 here 🙂 😞 
    • JackoUK
      We 'enjoy' the same price as in the US but with a currency symbol change ... https://www.serversplus.com/microserver_gen10 … the days of a microserver for £125 are long gone. 
    • 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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