Jan 02 2014

Can’t watch Netflix! Comcast disrupting connection?

Netflix is an amazing service, especially considering the price. Unfortunately I can only fully utilize this service if my internet connection can support it. Now ideally, I pay my Internet Service Provider for Internet access; unrestricted Internet access. And it isn’t anything Cheap. I can get Netflix for just $8 bucks a month, but I have to give up over $50 a month just for a measly 8Mbps connection. Doesn’t seem fair, but hey, that’s my only option. The great monopoly that is Comcast is the only cable Internet provider in my area… I pay then handsomely for Internet access, yet at times it would appear that they are failing to do even that. Recently I have been having a very hard time streaming content from Netflix, and I’m not alone.

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Dec 19 2013

Setting Up Automatic Remote Backups With rsync

Keeping up to date backups is very important when dealing with any type of online server. One can never predict when a hard drive will fail, a file system gets corrupt, or even when mother nature will ruin your day. Thus the reason to keep not only an on-site backup but a remote duplicate in a completely different location.

In this guide I will walk you though setting up a complete remote backup solution using rsync on just about any Linux distribution you would be using. Let’s get started!

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Nov 06 2013

Battlefield 4 PC Review

On October 29, 2013, DICE released their latest addition to the Battlefield series of first person shooter video games; Battlefield 4. I personally played the public beta in early October and I have to say, I wasn’t impressed. The game came heavy with bugs, hindering the ability to enjoy playing the game. I also didn’t feel that it was much different than BF3, at least not different enough to justify spending the current retail value of $59.99 on it. I do however hear that many of the problems have since been resolved for the official release. Below is a good review made by a friend of mine. So if you’re still hesitant, maybe he can help you make up your mind. I myself, after watching his video, am actually considering getting the game. Enjoy!

Nov 01 2013

Setup A Minecraft Pocket Edition Dedicated Server

Minecraft is awesome, we all know that. For the most part the game has been played on the PC and recently been developed to work on the xbox. Even more recently Mojang has developed pocket editions of this great game. Android and iOS users can now download Minecraft – Pocket Edition that runs on their mobile devices. In recently updated, Mojang has even added support for multilayer.  Unfortunately, they have yet to release an  official server. Officially, the only way to create a multilayer server is through direct hosting through the app itself. However, there is currently an unofficial server being developed that can run on a desktop computer.

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Oct 11 2013

Feed The Beast: Ultimate – Automatic Peat Farm

I’ve come to the conclusion that I just haven’t been producing as much video game content as I would like to. I play video games every day but I never share any of it with my readers. Well, to day that changes. Today I’m going to show you my little peat farm that I have setup to power some engines that I use to produce MJ.

FTB Peat Bog

Overall it quite a simple setup. I have a Peat Bog that keeps an area automatically farms. Once a block of bog earth is ready to be harvested, it does so and deposits it into the barrel I have next to the Turbary.

FTB Bog Recipie

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Oct 10 2013

Greenify – Keep Background Android Apps Under Control

Android is a great operating system with so many powerful applications that expand its possibilities. The only downside to this large array of applications is that many of them are written in a way where they are always running in the background of your phone. As much as I like having the Facebook app on my phone, I don’t need to get notifications from it; that’s why I have email notifications setup. I don’t need to be notified twice from this app. This is why I use another app to manage things like Facebook and other apps that demand to be running in the background, consuming precious resources.

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Aug 23 2013

VolumeDrive Down | August 2013

UPDATES AT BOTTOM OF POST

I have been using a VPS from VolumeDrive for quite some time now. To be honest, I don’t know why I still have it. I have reviewed VolumeDrive before and the review was mostly positive but it seems that all the trouble I am having just isn’t worth the price. For months now my server has been off and on for hours at a time. Their network also can turn to crap at times. Unfortunately today is much worse. For about the last 24 hours, no one has been able to access ANY of the VolumeDrive infrastructure. I cannot access my VPS (on node 12) or even their website. The worst part is, they haven’t said a word to any of their customers regarding the issue.

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Aug 13 2013

Clear Home Internet – First Impression

I had finally had enough with my current AT&T connection, it was far too unreliable and plain old slow to even use. Plus, they didn’t offer anything better than their lowest tier in my area. A lousy 0.77kB/s just was not enough. Due to this, I though I would try getting twice the speed for just about the same price through Clear. For those that don’t already know, clear is a 4G Internet provider. They have solutions that provide online connectivity for both on the go as well as in home. I gave their in home 4G service a try.

The first thing I wanted to see was how well I would be covered by their network in my house. I went to their website and found out that there are two tower located just within a few blocks of my house. This meant that I was in an excellent location for their 4G coverage.

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Jun 17 2013

Facebook Implements Hashtags

Facebook recently announced their implementation of hashtags. They have begun to implement the use of hashtags in status updates for select users and soon plan to allow every user to have access to the feature. hashtags will allow users to tag their posts and search for similar posts that share the same hashtags.

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Jun 11 2013

Monitor And Control DD-WRT Internet Access From Any Android Device

DD-WRT is amazing. Android is amazing. Combine the two and you get an awesome app that allows you to remotely monitor and view the Internet access on your network, WRTGate from the Google Play market allows users to connect to their router and view live graphs of all the devices on their network that are currently accessing the Internet. It also provides the ability to toggle Internet access for each one of these devices with the tap of a button. It’s a very useful app.

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May 25 2013

Attach a RAW Hard Drive to an ESXi Guest

I’m always thinking about my servers and how I can either condense them, learn something new from them, or simply mess around with them. Well, recently I discovered just now easy it can be to connect a hard disk directly to an ESXi guest allowing the virtual machine to directly access the information on the drive.

I even tested the set up by pulling the drive out of the server and into a SATA dock on my main computer. I was able to directly browse the files that the ESXi guest had written to the drive.

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May 08 2013

Crashplan Review With Central Backup

Crashplan is a paid service that offers an easy means of creating an off site backup of your computer(s). For a monthly fee you can purchase different levels of storage. They have one small plan and then two more unlimited plans that allow you to either back to one computer or a few depending on the plan. The plan being reviewed here is the Unlimited backup plan for one computer.

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Apr 30 2013

My Favorite Linux Command Line Programs

I am fairly new to managing a Linux server but I am learning more and more every day. As I learn I thought that you could learn along with me! Today I have for you a list of awesome Linux tools that I use everyday to help me keep on eye on my servers. What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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Feb 23 2013

Hotmail Suffers Extra Long Outage – Microsoft Fails To Acknowledge Feb 2013

It’s one thing to have downtime. It happens to everyone, sometime something just goes wrong and fail and there is nothing you can do about it other than get to work and try to fix the problem. In addition it is your responsibility to keep users up to date as to why they can’t access their account and if any progress is being made. Well, Microsoft has failed at all of this. So far, as of 2-23-2013, I have been unable to access my Hotmail email account for three days. I know that I am not alone, if you go into the Windows Live support forums you can see hundreds of people with the same problem yet if you go to Microsoft’s status page all systems are said to be running normally. This is not only rude but it is unfair to not tell users that you messed up.

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Feb 17 2013

Install CyanogenMod 10.1 onto HTC Evo V

The HTC Evo V is a great phone from Virgin Mobile but as an avid Android user, I always want more out of my devices. I’ve recently run Harmonia, a cleaned up stock based sense ROM. (Here’s my guide to root and install Harmonia) This was fun but I had noticed my phone randomly rebooting and I decided it was time for a new ROM. I’ve used CyanogenMod before on my LG Optimus V so I knew that it should be my goal to get it onto my Evo V. Since the Evo has been out for a while, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I did have to jump through quite a few hoops such as getting S-OFF and flashing back and forth between ROMs to finally be able to even flash the CyanogenMod ROM but after a days work I now have CyanogenMod 10.1 with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 running on my HTC Evo V from Virgin Mobile!

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