Xeon W3670 Hyperthreading with Handbrake

June 11, 2016

Since I upgraded to my Dell T3500 early this year, I have really been enjoying how fast it encodes any Bluray rips thrown at it (I was previously using an AMD tri-core for that task).  I decided to run a test today (it is 100F outside so the nice cool basement seemed preferable to that) […]


Migration to Dell T3500 Workstation

June 10, 2016

Since I traded computers with the kids’ community one so my son could play his games (apparently Plants V Zombies’ user experience on a dual-core AMD with integrated video is not good), I had felt its limitations.  We purchased an HD camcorder last year but could not even play the 1080p/60 videos on the machine.  […]


Veeam Endpoint protecting the household machines

June 9, 2016

I discussed Veeam Endpoint a while ago, and how much I enjoy it.  All our Windows machines in the house, including my wife’s laptop, get backed up nightly to the OpenMediaVault storage pool. Some machines get the default 14 day protection, but my primary machine gets 21 days.  The total storage used is reasonable given […]


Veeam Endpoint

August 21, 2015
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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, all the data on my network is backed up daily, with external and offsite backups updated manually. I’ve mostly neglected the boot drives of my three Win 7 PCs. I’ve toyed with a few different (free) backup products the last couple years, but nothing I decided to stick with. […]



April 13, 2015

As anyone who has visited before, you know that I use the Plex channel on my Rokus, as well as using the Plex app on our tablets. Something I had not considered before was the ability to access our fairly extensive media collection from outside our home. PlexTV now gives me that capability. I decided […]


Ordered memory from Chinese ebay seller computex_tech

April 13, 2015

As I mentioned in a previous post, I thought it time to attempt a ram boost in the VMWare server. This would be to give me more headroom to do some Windows 10 testing. My normal suppliers (Newegg and Amazon) either didn’t have the DDR2 memory or it was priced like gold. So I decided […]