Month: July 2017

JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 2.2: Benchmarking

Whenever building a new system that’s going to run 24/7, I highly recommend running it through it’s paces early on. You need to figure out if any hardware is DOA or a lemon. You also need to figure out how things will run: speeds you’ll be expecting, how hot things will get, etc. In this part of JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, we’ll be reviewing the major steps of benchmarking the new server I built. Many of these steps are very portable to other hardware, software platforms, etc.

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Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech

JayP-NAS 2.0 – A Real Home Server, Part 2.1: BIOS Updates, IPMI, and other basics

The big reason I picked the motherboard I did was IPMI support. Remote management will allow me to only run power, networking, and a USB device or two into the server, but still allow me to have a visual of what the server would be outputting via iKVM, reboot or shut it down remotely if the OS hangs, control fan speeds at a BIOS remotely, among other things. IPMI can be a bit of a security risk, but it also makes managing things so much easier. Continue reading →

Posted by JP Powers in Home Server, Tech

Thoughts on the Ghost in the Shell Movie

I finally got around to watching the Ghost in the Shell movie… and I’ve got some things to say about it. TL;DR: The movie is perfectly mediocre. What they got wrong comes down to their creative liberties. What they got right was capturing the look of the anime (mostly).

Before clicking Read More, do note: I’m gonna get a bit spoiler-y for the movie, the anime, etc. If you care about not knowing anything about these, don’t read on.

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Posted by JP Powers in TV & Movies