Category Archives: Hardware

Samsung SmartThings first impressions and initial setup

Samsung SmartThings is Samsung’s consumer home automation/Internet of Things (IoT) product range. I had a starter kit of this through the post to test. The kit retails at £199, but only seems to be available either direct from Samsung or from … Continue reading

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Replace SSL Certificate in Dell OpenManage Server Assistant 7.3

Dell OpenManager Server Assistant is hardware health monitoring and configuration software that can be installed onto PowerEdge servers. It is very useful as it lets you see details of the hardware, along with any faults, plus can be used to … Continue reading

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HTC One M8 Dot View Cover Review

I’d read that the HTC Dot View case, code HC M100, could be annoying, but needed something to give my phone some protection as I bought the phone outright and need it to last as long as possible. Openings The phone … Continue reading

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Asus Zenfone 5 A500KL Review

I’ve been looking for a sensible spec, sensible price Android phone for quite some time. There are a lot about now, and the ZenFone 5 caught my eye a while ago. As a company, I’ve used Asus motherboards and graphics … Continue reading

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Why I’m not deploying Windows desktops using Remote Desktop Services

…even though some of the improvements in the Remote Desktop technology are excellent. Background I’ve been running hundreds of thin client Windows desktops from Citrix for well over ten years, starting with Metaframe 1.8 on Windows NT4 Terminal Server Edition right through … Continue reading

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Dell PowerEdge Processor and Memory selector tool

Just found this, helps to ensure that your RAM doesn’t end up running slower than you expected: Dell PowerEdge Processor and Memory selector. Best of all it does include the latest Intel E5-2600v2 series CPUs, though it’s not using the … Continue reading

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Bye-bye SAN, Hello Tintri

I first came across Tintri over a year ago, had a look at their product on their website and thought “this sounds rather good”. I’ve chatted to them at IP Expo for the last two years, and recently had a WebEx with a … Continue reading

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Home PC Upgrade

I built this pc in 2006, and it’s been fine but I’ve been stressing it a little more recently, running virtual machines and playing some newer games. Not bad for six year old hardware though. I decided to upgrade the … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host RemoteFX CPU and GPU usage

These post titles are becoming a bit of a mouthful… Anyway, did some testing today to see what the CPU and GPU usage was when playing full screen video. Test server is an HP Z220 workstation with a single Intel … Continue reading

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Stop 0x00000133 on HP Z220 running Windows Server 2012

I recently had a Z220 delivered to use as a dev server for a Remote Desktop Session Host solution I’m designing. Windows Server 2012 installed ok, and the workstation was left powered on overnight. I checked it was running in the … Continue reading

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