Elon Musk's Powerwall, time-shifting the energy from that handy fusion reactor in the sky

I don't generally report news. But I do like to discuss topics IT-related topics that potentially impact our environment. Working in IT, I've seen my share of diesel generators and lead acid battery rooms. I've also weathered week-long power outages at home, spurring me to get a generator. Coupled…

May 4 2015

My month in a German hotel with one outlet, many adapters, and a D-Link DIR-506L travel WiFi router

Back in early September 2014, I found myself scrambling to prepare for a month long work trip to Germany. A good situation to be in, but I also wanted to be darn sure I could get my work done on weekday evenings, and my play done on weekends. Given I'm from the US and hadn't been to Europe in…

Nov 18 2014

Superguide: CyberPower PFCLCD UPS Mini Towers protect your home's computers and entertainment

This is not a sponsored blog post. My extended family has purchased 7 of the various PFCLCD models since 2012, and it's gone well, with just one battery replacement needed so far. I've found them to be very easy to install and configure at friends and family homes. Without a PC, and without a…

Jan 7 2014

Resolve old VM's 2TB drive size limitation with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials "Move the folder"

You have probably noticed by now that there is no in-place upgrade path to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. That means fresh build time, which I've just completed in my home lab. As I've been doing since Windows Home Server, it's not all bad, since you can keep most of your data and shares. See…

Jan 2 2014

Holiday Guide 2013, a variety of sensible solutions for your household tech needs

Like peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Bluetooth headphones and yardwork. You know, things that go well together. I put together some of my favorite practical, efficient things that I have personally tested out. Useful around my own home, withstanding the test of time. Saving you…

Nov 17 2013

Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and VCSA

Mar 12 2014 Update, see also ESXi 5.5 Update 1 info, just released Mar 11 2014: TinkerTry.com/download-vsphere-5-5-u-1-lab original article appears below. Do you have an efficient and affordable home "vZilla" system of your own, that's got some RAM, and a yearning to juggle many…

Sep 30 2013

Holiday Guide 2012, a variety of sensible solutions for your household tech needs

Like peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Bluetooth and headphones and yardwork. You know, things that go well together. Practical, efficient things that I have personally tested out. Useful around my own home, and paid for with my own money. There are some products that you might…

Dec 12 2012

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

How to seamlessly replace a cable modem with cellular during outages

Interested in reading more about setting up something similar in your home, say during an extended cable Internet outage? Such wiring scenarios are particularly handy if you wish to leave your network and all gizmos as-they-were, making riding out an outage far easier on everybody. Perhaps you…

Oct 31 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

Coming up next for May 2012, stay tuned!

I have a lot of great stuff cooking, almost ready to be consumed. Hot off-the-press stories to expect this month include: SSD chosen to cache both reads and writes on a RAID5 array, under ESXi 5 (finally, CacheCade Pro 2.0 for the LSI 9265-8i RAID adapter, reliability and speed, NAS nirvana at…

May 1 2012

Power efficiency of a Z68 motherboard system (with ten 3.5" drives), using a CyberPower UPS's LCD Display to measure watts

I recently learned that there may be some special considerations when shopping for a new, efficient, and properly sized power supply/UPS combination.  I don't know for sure, but it didn't really cost me significantly more money, and I now know first-hand that my UPS seems to work fine with my…

Aug 5 2011

Superguide: “vZilla” Z68/Core i7/LSI 9265-8i - built for virtualization, storage, and speed

Jul 12 2011 Original Post: (see also updates, appended at the end) Create your own fast and resilient VMware whitebox, for both "production" and "lab" use. I'm happy to finally be publishing this summary on July 12, 2011...the day vSphere 5 was announced. Back in April, my goals…

Jul 13 2011