Hands-on look at the Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max, it's a keeper!

Backstory For several years, I've been on a quest to get an iPhone case that I can use when attending conferences and events, something I do pretty often in my role as an IT Professional, and as a blogger. When out and about all day away from power, I usually carry around a battery pack in my right…

Jan 20 2019

Travel Tech for my 10 days of driving around Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic for Veeam Vanguard Summit in Prague

This article is a work in progress, written during the few moments I'm in various hotel rooms. Enjoying my time with my wife and with fellow bloggers from across the globe are the priority, pictures and details will need to wait until my return. You can jump right down to the tech and/or the…

Oct 15 2018

How to use GRC's new DNS Benchmark, noting that malware protection is likely the primary benefit of avoiding your ISP's default DNS

What is DNS? THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THE INTERNET TOGETHER The Domain Name System (or DNS) converts human readable domain names (like: www.google.com) into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (like: 173.194.39.78). Computers can only communicate using series of numbers, so DNS was developed as a sort of…

Apr 4 2018

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 is another Google Public DNS alternative promising better privacy, with tested faster DNS Benchmark speeds

Cloudflare's announcement: Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service ... Seriously, April 1? The only question that remained was when to launch the new service? This is the first consumer product Cloudflare has ever launched, so we wanted to reach a wider audience. At…

Apr 1 2018

Quad9 is a good Google Public DNS alternative with DNSSEC, better privacy, and faster DNS Benchmark speeds

"How DNS Works" published at "Quad9 DNS" on Nov 15, 2017. There's a new DNS on this planet's interwebs, see the big announcement made yesterday over at IBM: IBM, Packet Clearing House and Global Cyber Alliance Collaborate to Protect Businesses and Consumers from Internet Threats New Quad9 DNS…

Nov 17 2017

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience includes latest VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5 syslog server appliance for easy vSphere, vSAN, IoT, and networking gear log file analysis

Main Dashboard looks pretty cool, click the image to zoom in and have a look around. My 10GbE network has fallen to 1GbE and can't get up I was working with Netgear ProSUPPORT Services for Business Users on an issue I was having with one of my 2 Xeon D SuperServers this past summer. Specifically,…

Oct 16 2017

Road-warrior productivity boosted by ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC secondary travel display that connects to Mac or PC with just one USB-C or USB 3.0 cable

ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6-Inch Full HD IPS Monitor is available on Amazon, B&H, and Newegg. This is not a paid promotion. This monitor was purchased bought online and used regularly for 6 weeks prior to publishing this article. When I took on a new job earlier this year, I knew full well that…

Oct 14 2017

Camtasia 9 video editor finally arrives with a new UI, 4K support, and 64 bits on PC or Mac. Worth the wait?

Backstory Last year, I wrote: I do hope TechSmith goes forward with plans to develop a truly 64 bit version of Studio Finally, it's here, Camtasia video editing, in 64 bits! OKEMOS, Mich. – October 12, 2016 - TechSmith Releases New Version of Camtasia: A Powerful Platform for Making…

Oct 14 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

Replaced my Linksys router with an eero 3 pack after also testing Luma mesh surround Wi-Fi, faster wireless in every room has arrived!

The eero 3 Pack is available at Amazon, Best Buy, or eero for ~$500 USD. The Luma 3 pack is available at Amazon, Best Buy, or Luma for ~$400 USD. Backstory It's been 3 years since my family moved up to 802.11ac with the careful decision to go with the Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi router.…

Aug 21 2016

First look at Ubiquiti mPower Pro power strip, home lab pricing, enterprise features, uncertain future

Ever wonder if there's an affordable power strip that you could add to your home network that would give you insight into the power usage of up to 8 devices, and allow remote power on/off operations? If you're willing to tolerate a bit of initial setup pain that requires a back-level Java and a…

Aug 17 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

Smart doorbell owner heard audio from other house thanks to a weird bug

It's been a bit of a rough week for IoT. On a recent Home Gadget Geeks podcast, I was lamenting the fact that home WiFi routers don't yet have a way to isolate all your cloud connected IoT gear off onto their own subnet, since such consumer tech tends to eventually succumb to various firmware…

May 14 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

Free SolarWinds VM Monitor works nicely on Windows 10 to monitor your VMware ESX 3.5 right through ESXi 6.5

I recently rebuilt everything in my home lab, based on the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T. My workstation, my datacenter, it's my everything, all in one, saving cost and power. Fully backed up of course, including offsite sync of the most crucial data. I've found it super handy and useful to…

Nov 4 2015

First look at Infinio Accelerator with SuperServer cluster shared Synology iSCSI datastore

I recently saw Scott Davis, CTO of Infio, speaking at the Virtualization Group - Boston. It was held right at VMware's location in Cambridge, MA, right near Boston. It's the same place Scott used to work actually. He did an amazing job bringing the audience through a brief history of computer…

Oct 22 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

My ecobee3 HomeKit WiFi thermostat with remote motion/temperature sensors makes sense/cents

Updates to this article below. Order The ecobee3 with homekit is available at Apple Store, Amazon, Best Buy, ecobee shop, Home Depot, and Lowe's. Review If you have multiple members of your household that are home at various times of the day, then you likely have some familiarity with inevitable…

Jul 19 2015