How to use a CyberPower UPS solution for proper automated shutdown of your VMware ESXi lab during power outages, including all VMs

This article has been popular for many years right through 2019, and it still works right up through vSphere 6.7 Update 2 and PowerPanel Business Edition Agent for Virtual Machine version 4.0! The latest info has been appended via detailed updates below. Introduction CyberPower PFCLCD Series…

Nov 27 2012

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and snowstorms motivated me to get a generator, here's a look at my ETQ TG72K12 with 8250 Watts, 14 HP, low THD, and clean sine waves

ETQ TG72K12 8,250 Watt 13 HP 420cc 4-Cycle OHV Gas Powered Portable Generator with Electric Start I live in a lovely, quiet suburb in central Connecticut, about 30 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean/Long Island Sound. This proximity to warm water moderates the temperature extremes a bit. But we…

Oct 26 2012

Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter compatibility with existing home and auto accessories

Let's start with the new Lightning cables and connectors. The first 2 devices are apparently electronically and functionally the same, just one is a longer, flexible version of the other. My tests so far seem to back this up. Lightning to 30-pin Adapter $29.00 Apple Part# MD823ZM/A (on Amazon…

Oct 15 2012

FingerPrint 2.1 runs nicely on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, great way to allow iOS printing on your home or corporate network

Jul. 12 2013 Update: Unfortunately, buy-it-once FingerPrint is no longer sold, replaced by Presto, which I haven't tested, but is reviewed by The Wall Street Journal here. This article kept for archival purposes only. I routinely use FingerPrint in my home, and in other family member's homes, such…

Sep 22 2012

Close look at my Nixeus NX-VUE27 2560×1440 27″ monitor

Nixeus WQHD 27" S-IPS Ultra High Resolution 2560x1440 PC/MAC Monitor NX-VUE27 available on Amazon here. For the full backstory on my quest for a good monitor, you may wish to read the following article first: TinkerTry.com/close-look-qnix-qx2700-led-2560x1440-27-inch-monitor and Nixeus' new…

Aug 24 2012

In addition to 3 monitors, and an iPad as a 4th monitor, here's what I use on my desk

Did a little cleaning, wall-painting, cable-management, and desk-lowering (with a circular saw) while off from work this past week, with the "before" picture seen here. Seems to be a great time to share the list of what I use on my newly-organized, more-ergonomic desk, now 27" in…

Jul 28 2012

Close look at my QNIX QX2700 LED 2560x1440 27" monitor

[Consider reading PC Perspective's full look at such Korean 2560x1440 Monitors over here] [See also update from August 3 2012 below, about the new Nixeus Vue US version]  I've been eager to move my primary display away from my always-a-little-blurry 24" 1920x1200 CCD backlit 90 watt monitor,…

Jul 17 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock 0A33970: one USB 3.0 cable from your laptop gives you 5 USB 3.0, 1 Gigabit, and 2 DVI outputs

Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock 0A33970 is available on Amazon here. Pictured above is my temporary test rig, trying out my new video output options that go well beyond the 2 monitor-outputs at a time max on my previously used LenovoThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 433830U. You can see the…

Jun 3 2012

Finally found an efficient, attractive, and affordable ceiling fixture, with 3 LED bulbs, totaling just $88

Short version, if you're replacing a ceiling fixture, consider heading to Home Depot if you live near one, or head online, to try: Qty 1 of $46.97 Progress Lighting Renovations Collection Antique Nickel 3-light Flushmount Qty 3 of $13.97 EcoSmart 13-Watt (60W) Warm White (3000K) A19 LED Light Bulb…

May 28 2012

Playing with LSI CacheCade Pro 2.0: The OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD (VTX4-25SAT3-256G) (Caution!)

*Be sure to read about important updates to this article at the bottom, basically admitting this may not be the best choice of drive for this application Finally, the drum-roll moment, will CacheCade Pro 2.0's Read and Write caching of my LSI 9265-8i's RAID5 work well?  Will my RAID5 array become…

May 3 2012

Ooma Telo mini review, available new for $149.99 (unlimited long distance at about $14.27 USD per month)

I "deployed" two Ooma Telo VOIP devices in my home late last year, and went into "production" immediately. I left Vonage after 7 years because their prices kept creeping up, and I had some technical issues that recently that pushed me to make the switch. My total costs went from…

Apr 10 2012

“macZilla” Core i5 Mac mini: more RAM + hybrid drive + SSD drive = completely successful surgery for fast Windows 7 VM that dual boots too!

This Core i5 Mac Mini 2011 started life with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB traditional (slow, 5400) hard drive, and respectable discreet graphics. A very efficient and cool little beast! Beefing it up considerably will likely not increase the watt burn much (which I'll measure before and after), or heat…

Mar 19 2012

32GB of memory on the ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Motherboard

Feb 22 2012 Update: $207.99 USD after promo code, ends midnight eastern time tonight! Here's the purchase link: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231487 Here's my DIMM drama. An intriguing tale of a month or so of oh no, followed by 32GB of sweet oh yeah! When purchasing a 4 DIMM…

Feb 13 2012

Cisco Linksys E4200 Wireless Router + Motorola SB6120 Cable Modem = stable and fast internet

First, the router. Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router User Manual The model that Google seems to have chosen today, for their newly-announced "Google Screenwise Data Collector" is the Cisco-Linksys E4200, available for $154.45 USD on Amazon, and about the same at newegg.com.…

Feb 9 2012

I abuse RAID arrays, and I'm not ashamed to admit it, Episode 2, Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2

Consider reading this closely related article first: TinkerTry.com/raidabuse This weekend, I took a perfectly innocent Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2 PRORAID 4 Bay Enclosure with USB 3.0 & eSATA, attached to a VM with USB 3.0, and pop out one of the RAID5's 4 drives. That seems kind of mean. But, the…

Feb 6 2012

Efficient Cree LED downlight that works very well with Lutron dimmer

You may recall my article 5 months ago, Save on an impressive LED Light Bulb for your ceiling fixture, TinkerTry.com/creecr6, and the story I told about finding a suitable dimmer for my LED floodlights/downlights. The Lutron SPDC-203P I already had was really meant for CFLs, and only lasted a few…

Dec 28 2011

32GB of RAM is the sweet spot for VMware ESXi 5.0 Free Hypervisor

Feb 28 2012 Update: Great news, with some patience and careful shopping, ~$200 USB can now get you 32GB of RAM that works great, given 32GB is what the free Hypervisor 5.0 supports maximum anyway, good deal! TinkerTry.com/32gb-memory-on-asrock-fatal1ty-z68-professional-gen3-motherboard I cannot…

Nov 16 2011

ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard likes and dislikes

Jan 26 2012 Update: Getting into RAID BIOS setup is now found to be easy, see solution at: TinkerTry.com/lsi-knowledgebase-article-points-tinkertry-method-configure-lsi-raid-z68-motherboard This article is getting rather stale (outdated), but is still quite popular. Below, you'll find how it first…

Jul 19 2011

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard likes and dislikes

Pricing info in this newegg.com screenshot as of Jul 17 2011 subject to change at any time: I’ve been able to spend about 10 days with the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard, and I’m now able to give it a cursory overview, having kicked the tires a bit, with both Windows 7 x64 SP1 and VMware ESXi…

Jul 17 2011

Home Internet Infrastructure - DOCSIS 3.0 Cablemodem (nearly doubled Cox download) and Cisco E4200 Router

I still need to write up something about the exact firmware levels and configurations that I've found optimal.  Meanwhile, here's a list of what I use. 1) DOCIS 3.0 Cablemodem Product Overview Instruction Manual And finally, here's what the blinky lights mean, good to print and keep near modem.…

Jul 14 2011

Save on an impressive LED Light Bulb for your ceiling fixture

EcoSmart E26 10.5-Watt (65W) LED Down light Light Bulb (CR6 by Cree) Compared to a traditional incandescent 65 watt flood lights, these LEDs pay for themselves in electricity savings in <5 years, and dim a little lower than the dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs, and put out far less heat than…

Jul 14 2011

PureText: Paste plain text into any Windows application with a simple keystroke combination

The wide variety of Windows programs and utilities that I use regularly require multiple mouse clicks just to paste rich clipboard material into plain text format. I like to maintain the font size and formatting of the existing document, for example, and don't want the pasted in text to muck that…

Jul 13 2011