VTUG Summer Slam 2019 was the last VTUG ever! Thanks for the memories, Dawn, Chris, and Chris!

If you're just here for the nostalgia, no problem, check out the Photos, Videos below, or have a look back at all my VTUG tweets. Don't get misty on me, not yet, I got more for you, read on... Magic moment #1 One of the most touching moments in my IT career ever was thanks to Matt Broberg…

Jul 24 2019

Replaced my failed gas water heater with a much more efficient Rheem hybrid electric with WiFi, its quiet heat pump is also dehumidying and cooling my basement

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2015 "Space heating and water heating account for nearly two thirds of U.S. home energy use" I've written many articles about various ways I've been trying to reduce my family's electric bills and carbon…

Jun 23 2019

April's Drive Electric Earth Day moved to Celebrate West Hartford Day on June 1 2019, my Electric Vehicle and I will be there, ask me anything!

Video and photo galleries below, with event details and map. Tomorrow, I'll be heading over to Celebrate West Hartford to talk to anybody who wants to learn about electric vehicle ownership. Having driven over 10,000 miles these first 6 months of ownership, I was a reluctant and frankly a little…

May 31 2019

Charging your Tesla Model 3 at Superchargers on road trips and at home, with details to discuss with your electrician

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. Feb 08 2019 - Update, it appears my Wall Connector with 14-50 Plug has vanished entirely from the Model 3 Charging page after I installed mine and published this article. I'm reaching out to Tesla to find out why, and will update this article if I…

Jan 30 2019

Sneak peek at what's cooking at TinkerTry in 2019

Wondering what's the hopper? Wonder no more, here you go! TinkerTry Studio Stock photo of workbench for now, with plans to share actual photos of my work bench. My dedicated space now includes a 4 foot by 8 foot Global Industrial Maple Butcher Block Workbench that I sanded and stained, adding…

Jan 16 2019

Tesla Model 3 TinkerTry'd (known-good) accessories for long trips, long-term ownership, and all weather

TinkerTry'd Tesla Model 3 known-good interior and exterior accessories close look Here's the TinkerTry'd Amazon Shopping list of the items featured in the video above. Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. This article will keep track of the Model 3 accessories I've TinkerTry'd for…

Jan 5 2019

Tesla Model 3 replacing my 13 year old Honda Civic Hybrid, let's see how that goes. So far, so good!

Tesla's referral program gets you and I 1,000 miles of free Supercharing if used or mentioned when placing your order. At the start of this video this video, Roadshow's Tim Stevens proclaims: What you're looking at is the most anticipated car of all time. With more than a half million pre-orders…

Dec 23 2018

Xeon D home lab success stories

So many Xeon D form factors There are so many form-factors for Xeon D out there, thanks to the System On a Chip design that allows for a variety of embedded and IoT centric-designs. See my recently updated: Intel Xeon D is a rather versatile platform, have a look! Xeon D home lab success…

Feb 28 2018

The Portable Software-Defined Datacenter by Zack Widing, VMware vSAN cluster features 4 Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

SDDC - Software-Defined Datacenter. Source. Zack Widing, Federal Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware. When the picture above first emerged on Twitter back on December 6th, my reaction was a mix of wonder and joy, with a touch of jelly. This Zack Widing @zCloudtech has taken the Xeon D platform and run…

Dec 23 2016

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T 65 watt 12 core Xeon D-1567 uses taller heatsink and larger, slower CPU fan than 8 core 45 watt Xeon D-1541

In the article I recently published: Unboxing and assembly of first Xeon D-1567 Supermicro system, the SYS-5028D-TN4T 12 Core Bundle 2 right there, at 23 minutes and 37 seconds into the video 00:23:37 - new CPU heatsink / fan discovered ...where I notice that the CPU heatsink/fan combination…

Oct 27 2016

ASUS XG-U2008 fanless unmanaged network switch - $249 gets 8 1GbE ports and 2 10GbE ports for my Xeon D two-node cluster

The ASUS XG-U2008 switch is available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg, see also specifications. These are affiliate links, see disclosure below every article for details. Video unboxing in 4K, and testing under VMware ESXi 6.0U2, here. That purple Netgear XS708T is about as wide as the 2 Xeon D…

Oct 12 2016

Netgear XS708T managed 8 port 10GbE switch unboxed, noise and power draw measured - suited for Xeon D cluster

What do you look for when you're trying to build a 3 node test/demo cluster, with each Xeon D system blessed with two copper 10GbE ports each? Product Page - XS708T – ProSAFE® 10 Gigabit Smart Managed Switch, Model / Version: XS708T How about a relatively quiet switch that doesn't burn…

Jul 31 2016

Cisco SG112-24 unmanaged 24 port gigabit switch unboxed - efficient, fanless, and surprisingly affordable

How does a 24 port metal-bodied compact switch from Cisco sound? Quiet! Yes, no fans, always a good thing for home labs. Cisco Its compact size also makes this a nice choice for more user group demonstrations, to be announced soon. Unmanaged, efficient (as you'll see in the video), and silent. Just…

Jul 31 2016

Attend VTUG Summer Slam 2016, your chance to choose a FREE TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2!

You may have recently read about VTUG Co-Leader Chris Williams, in my recent post about falling DDR4 prices that are helping make Supermicro Xeon D-1541 SuperServers more obtainable for virtualization enthusiasts who are always thirsty for more RAM. Well, just so happens he's taking delivery of his…

Jul 19 2016

TinkerTry live 45 minute Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xenappblog's all day virtual expo, free!

Register now at xenappblog.com/expo. This event is over, but I have video of 30 minutes of the presentation/demonstration available already! Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xennappblog's all day virtual expo, free! Those of you who were in attendance will be getting…

Mar 30 2016

Xeon D-1587/1581/1577/1571 16 Core CPU full specs found at Intel ARK, 12 Core 1567 looks the most interesting

It began with my article two days ago: Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs? where I had this little pre-formed search link for you, All Intel® Xeon® Processor D-15xx models but the results didn't show any of the new 12…

Feb 19 2016

Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs?

Hats off to Patrick Kennedy, for not only having the very latest gear straight from Intel, and for getting such comprehensive benchmarks out so quickly, with many more such tests to come. As always, great information over at his STH (ServeTheHome): Intel Xeon D 12 and 16 core parts launched –…

Feb 17 2016

First Look at the FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging camera for smartphones and tablets

It looks like you have JavaScript disabled. Click here to view the video above.[audio removed] I'm wearing socks on a carpet. FLIR ONE is sensitive enough to easily see my footprints. FLIR has been known for decades in the thermal imaging industry. I remember going to a fire station with my son's…

Feb 6 2016

New TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2 and Bundle 3 - lower cost of entry for your VERY upgradable virtualization home lab, now shipping from US and EU!

Bundle 3 shipping details squared away now, article updated, this is a Fri. Nov. 20th re-announcement! May 24 2017 Update - Bundle 3 orders are no longer being taken. Problems arose with shipping logistics that Wiredzone was unable to overcome. Currently, the best course of action is to go through…

Oct 30 2015

Order a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions

Feb 2018 Update/Disclosure - Some news of a new more powerful (and power hungry) Xeon D-2100 broke recently, with more details here. Systems based on Xeon D-2100 aren't likely to be shipping in volume until at least 2Q2018, and apparently only in noisy 1U sizes. Both product lines will continue in…

Oct 30 2015

Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T vSAN dream is alive! Home lab video overview features (unsupported) Intel SSDs and Samsung M.2 SSDs

Warning/Disclaimer This hardware is not on the VMware vSAN Compatibility Guide. For All Flash vSAN, you are supposed to use enterprise storage with PLP (Power Loss Protection / Super Capacitors), and pass through drive controllers that have high queue depths (which SATA doesn't have). See also…

Oct 10 2015

Superguide: Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T - THE Ultimate Home Virtualization Lab

TinkerTry's tagline: TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... I tend to go pretty deep in my articles for nearly 5 years now, ever since I created my original self-built Core i7 beast aptly named vZilla in 2011. It worked well, but using a consumer motherboard…

Sep 20 2015

Close look at the Floureon LCD Display Power Meter

Recently, I decided it'd valuable to me and my readers to know exactly how much the electricity costs to run my all-in-one efficient SuperServer Workstation, given it will be left running 24x7. My trusty CyberPower 1000PFCLCD UPS keeps my office running through frequent power blips, and handles…

Aug 14 2015

TinkerTry Supermicro SuperServer Workstation bundle now available - Windows 10 with triple 4K GPU can run as an ESXi VM! Now available without OS/GPU too, ships from US or The Netherlands.

Important Oct 30 2015 Update - Please read about the new bundles first at the new order page: Order a TinkerTry Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient virtualization home lab solutions Original article appears below. This idea took about 4 years from idea to delivery, but at…

Aug 1 2015