ASUS GT-AC5300 Review

The Republic of Gamers, or ROG, is a brand created by ASUS in 2006 to cater to PC gamers. The brand has an impressive catalog of products, but for the first time ever, ASUS has launched a ROG branded router, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 tri-band gaming router. For the hardcore online PC gamer, there’s now a Wi-Fi router designed just…

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Windows 10 Source Code Partially Leaked

Microsoft confirmed last week that a portion of Windows 10 source code had leaked online, according to a report from The Verge. This is part of a massive leak of some 32 TB of data that includes private internal builds and other unreleased versions of Windows. This source code revelation could lead to countless zero-day Windows 10 exploits. The leaked…

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Intel Pentium G4560 Budget Processor

While researching parts for building a new NAS box recently, I was looking at processor choices and came across the Intel Pentium G4560 processor. This is a 7th generation “Kaby Lake” desktop processor, and while we’d expect the latest processor lineup to command premium prices, the Pentium G4560 is surprisingly very budget friendly. The Pentium G4560 has more surprises up…

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Rightsizing The PC Power Supply

I am a strong proponent for buying a good power supply unit (PSU). Even if it may cost more capital outlay initially, you will save money from utility bills in the long run, especially when you are running a 24×7 sort of server. Rightsizing the PSU is important too, in order to hit the right efficiency levels. Unfortunately, I turned…

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ASUS GT-AC5300 Quick Look

High-end routers have, by now, decidedly all come fitted with eight legs, erm, antennas. Joining their ranks is ASUS latest high-end router designed for extreme gaming, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, which was launched earlier this year in March. Here’s a quick preview of the router. The GT-AC5300 is a tri-band AC5300-class router. This means it has three radios, one on…

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Relook at FreeNAS 11

If you’ve been following my posts of late, you know I’m building a NAS, and after trying FreeNAS, have developed a preference for NAS4Free. I’m a bit fickle, but as one should really do, I tried both in a VM environment as well as on real hardware, and I’ve changed my mind. I’m now going with FreeNAS. I’m not completely…

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New macOS High Sierra Isn’t Much

It’s Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week, and as expected, new features in the next macOS update, High Sierra, were revealed. I used to get excited with macOS updates. A new version would have big, exciting, new features. But macOS updates have become rather uninteresting. You wait a whole year for a some new bells and whistles. Apple’s strategy to…

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NAS4Free Supported Hardware

It’s no surprise now that I’ve been looking at NAS software appliances, and perhaps leaning toward NAS4Free because of its virtualisation features. NAS4Free is based on FreeBSD, and a perennial concern I always have with FreeBSD is if it will run on modern hardware that I have. It tends not to be so up-to-date with hardware support like Linux. It’s the same…

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BA’s Failure Is Really Higher Up

British Airways is blaming the cause of its massive IT outage last weekend on human error. A contractor at its data centre had inadvertently switched off a power supply, leading to a catastrophic IT failure that stranded some 75,000 travellers. But clearly the true failure of must be really somewhere higher up. It wasn’t clear earlier what kind of power supply British…

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Quick Look at NAS4Free

I’ve been running Btrfs on my Linux PC server for several years, but I haven’t been completely comfortable with the filesystem’s reliability, despite it now being included as options in both CentOS and Ubuntu distributions. ZFS has come on my radar several times, and some time this year I begun to investigate FreeNAS, as well as NAS4Free. Both FreeNAS and NAS4Free…

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