[Guide] Budget Home Server Upgrade (Pt. 4): NAS Storage Upgrades

This article will outline the latest upgrade in my home NAS setup, including replacing the external 4-Bay SATA storage enclosures with a standalone DIY SAS enclosure. To read the previous chapter, click here. UPDATE: Additional components listed at bottom. The Setup: My budget NAS setup has been running solidly for years now – a Dell T5500 dual-Xeon server/tower, with additional SATA PCI-E controllers for ESATA … Continue reading [Guide] Budget Home Server Upgrade (Pt. 4): NAS Storage Upgrades

More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads

Even with Android 6+ manual permission requirements, all an app has to do is implement some kind of gimmicky sound request (ie. Send us a recording in our app, saying ‘I want to win!’ and you will get a free T-shirt!), and it will always have that permission, even in the background. Bluetooth and audio beacon tracking are also very widespread in commercial areas. “The … Continue reading More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads

The Next iPhone Could Put 15,000 Repair Companies Out of Business

At every step, Apple wants to lock down the device to be only repaired, replaced or modified by them. Their hardware sales dwarf all their other revenue sources by magnitudes. Only two exceptions to this in recent memory – the 2017 iMac has one more modular part than previous models, and changing Touch ID on a repaired iPhone no longer bricks the phone, after a … Continue reading The Next iPhone Could Put 15,000 Repair Companies Out of Business

Browse Against the Machine

Even though it’s written by Firefox’s marketing guy, a few solid reasons within as to why Firefox should be considered. I found even up to last year performance as lagging, but after enabling multi-process and filtering out outdated add-ons, performance is now as good as Chrome on the same machine. “For me, the sacrifices I used to make choosing Firefox over Chrome are finally fading. … Continue reading Browse Against the Machine

What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen

One of the more egregious privacy oversteps in recent memory. Nearly all smart TVs will collect your viewing information to some degree. Keep your TV completely disconnected, and use a separate, more controllable device for streaming purposes (Kodi or Plex come to mind). “On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, … Continue reading What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen

What Really Happened with Vista

A refreshing and solid read about what went wrong with Vista, from the inside, from Microsoft’s Director of Development of 12 years. “The bet on C# and managed code included a strategy that reduced investments in the core unmanaged Win32 layers. I remember long meetings trying to get Windows to commit to relatively minor investments in text and graphics features that Office needed. Pulling these … Continue reading What Really Happened with Vista

Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.

Google doesn’t offer an ad-blocker to improve user experience. It does it so become the gatekeeper for publishers who want to get in front of users. Run your own ad-blocker. “According to the Financial Times, Google will allow publishers what it’s calling “Funding Choices.” The publisher could charge the consumer a set price per page view to use third-party sites that block all advertising. Google … Continue reading Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.