So, Where Were We?

  • Jan 09, 2020

What a stroke of luck. After pretty much giving up hope of ever reclaiming this web address I managed to contact the current owner and made him an offer to buy it back. For those not in the know, TechMadeEasy.co.uk is a website that I set up in late 2009 while living in Budapest. It […]

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How to Upgrade an Ideapad 110s

  • Dec 01, 2019

The Lenovo Ideadad 110S doesn’t have much in terms of upgradability, the system board inside is tiny and the measly 2B of RAM is soldered on. What it does have, almost peculiarly, is an M.2 slot capable of supporting a SATA SSD. In the video below I detail how you can upgrade the 110S with […]

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Antec P101 Silent Review

Antec P101 Silent Review

  • Nov 24, 2019

A while back I was promised a P101 by Antec, the first review sample I would have received since deciding to blog again. Problem is they never actually sent it, I had a meeting scheduled with their PR guy which was cancelled, and then silence. I’d already commited to the idea of using it for […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 5 – Media Server

Now that we have our server setup and we actually have some media installed on it following the steps in Part 4, we now need a way to serve up that media to devices on our network. Fortunately there’s an extremely popular application for doing just that; Plex. Plex is designed to catalogue your media […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 4 – Setting up Network Shares

Now that we have our RAID array setup and working it would be nice if we could actually STORE some data on our home server. In this part I’m going to show you how you can setup some folders on your array from the command line and then share those folders across your network. Once […]

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Living in India has its perks. Sure it’s hot, it’s often smelly, the airs polluted and there’s people everywhere. But, there is a huge amount of manufacturing here and prices are often based on what people can afford, not what companies want you to pay.

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If you’re running a vanilla Ubuntu instance inside Oracle’s VirtualBox software then you can easily install Oracle’s driver pack which helps your virtual PC to run smoothly. It’s less easy in Kubuntu though, so here’s a quick walkthrough on how to do it:

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Ultimate Home server Part 2 – Operating System + Remote Access

In Part 1 of this guide I showed you one way to put together a home server using off-the-shelf PC hardware. In this part I’m going to discuss the various options for operating systems before making a recommendation and then taking you through the installation. Because most home servers will operate “headless” (with no monitor […]

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Ultimate Home Server Part 3 – RAID Arrays

Setting up a RAID array is an important step in setting up any home server. Doing so will ensure that your data is protected if one (or more, in some circumstances) of your hard disks fails. What’s more there are usually some performance benefits to a RAID setup as data can be sourced from multiple […]

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Review: Deep Cool Matrexx 55 Case

A while back I was in need of a new case for my Unicorn Orgy build. I’d tried cramming all the hardware into a Corsair Carbide Series case but it was all a bit cheap and plain looking. I took myself off to Nehru Place where I found the excellent Deep Cool Matrexx 55 case […]

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