Get the best 3900X performance using Ryzen Master

Many people felt a bit cheated when they first used their shiny new 3900X CPUs. AMD had marketed them as having up to a 4.6GHz boost clock, but failed to mention that this only applied to single core boosts.

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Ultimate Home Server Part 6 – Download Server

We’re now firmly in the realms of having a really usable server. It’s storing our data with redundancy, it’s accessible from other devices on our network and it’s serving up media to our connected devices. But we can do more, in this part I’ll show you how to set up your server to act as […]

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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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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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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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Ultimate Home Server Part 1 – Hardware

Many modern homes could benefit from having some sort of personal server to house files and run things like a media server, private cloud, IP CCTV or download server. For a long time I would have suggested using a pre-built NAS system from the likes of Synology. I reviewed an awful lot of their devices […]

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Review: RaspyPlay4 Board

Review: RaspyPlay4 Board

  • Aug 17, 2019

I am a huge, huge lover of the Raspberry Pi platform and have used them all over the house for years now, but even I would have to admit that the built in audio capabilities are pretty dire. That’s not really surprising, the Raspberry Pi was designed as an educational tool, it just happens to […]

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