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Setup NAS Remote UPS Monitoring

I recently purchased and setup a new QNAP TS-451 to upgrade from my old ReadyNAS NV+ V2. The ReadyNAS served it’s purpose for several years and overall I’ve been very happy with it. With the latest advances in the NAS space, and considering some reliability problems I’ve been having with the old ReadyNAS, it was time for an upgrade. In setting up the new NAS I decided I wanted to migrate all of my old data off the ReadyNAS and put it on the QNAP, since I planned to use the new NAS as my primary data store for my home office.

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Structured Wiring Home Retrofit

The nearly completed product of a month of planning, sourcing, ordering, build, wiring and terminating cables in my structured wiring home retrofit project.

The nearly completed product of a month of planning, sourcing, ordering, build, wiring and terminating cables in my structured wiring home retrofit project.

It’s been a dream of mine since I bought my first home. A dream of wires and connectivity everywhere. A dream of having constant and consistent connectivity in every room of my home. Don’t get me wrong, wireless is great and over the years it’s definitely come a long way to satisfying my wants for more bandwidth, but success varies and reliability is one thing that can never be guaranteed – the further away from the access point you are, the less you’re going to get of either. I once tried to stream a DVD over my 802.11n wireless connection and was deeply disappointed that not even with the multi-stream router capable of 450mbps could make this 100% reliable. After many years, I finally had the chance to make this dream a reality.

If you’re looking to do something similar in your home, I will say that the adventure is arduous and full of pain, and certainly not without surprises at every corner. You might think a drop will be a straight shot, or that the wall will be empty but it’s quite likely that neither are true. Be prepared, get the right tools, and be ready to cut holes in your walls that are bigger than you had originally thought you would. Herein I provide a list of tools that you’ll need, tips to make the process easier, and comments on the issues I encountered along the way. I posted a series of photos on Imgur to illustrate the progress along the way as well.

Photo Album – https://imgur.com/a/tRHSc

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Reinventing my blog space and putting more answers at your fingertips

Reading through my previous posts, I realize this place has nothing much to offer folks passing through from the far reaches of the Internet. I’ve neglected my duty to post more content over the past several years primarily because I’ve been focusing on trading hours for dollars. I’ve also been keenly focused on the ratio that we all know as the work-life balance.  I’ve come to this juncture, a place where I’ve been before, and realize that I could be utilizing all this great technology to my (and possibly your) advantage by putting more relevant, useful information here.

It’s a shame really. The net is chock full of information that actually is useful. I should know as I’m an avid (ab)user of the informational component of the Internet. I probably Google at least a dozen times a day for things I’m interested in, from mindless browsing to things that make my life (and job) easier. Through all the browsing and hunting I’ve come to realize that the one thing I might be able to do here is to put useful information at not only my fingertips, but within reach of others as well.

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Bart’s Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) Version 3.1.10

Version 3.1.10 (released on Feb 13, 2006) – This looks like one of the better tools available for troubleshooting a windows installation that won’t boot. I’ve used InsertCD (Knoppix based I believe) and this works, but I’m eager to put this BartPE to use. That last version he produced was problematic for me so I hope this version shows some improvement.

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How To Troubleshoot Any Networking Problem

Tech author extraordinaire Mark Minasi shares a bit over two dozen “rules of network troubleshooting.” This will be new for some, a good review for others, and a handy reference for all.

Far more useful than an attitude review for IT people – this post actually contains some useful information! What a novel concept.

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Technologist Manifesto…, or Things Everyone in IT Should Know

I found the following link to be an insightful perspective into the issues surrounding IT in corporate America.

Technologist Manifesto…, or Things Everyone in IT Should Know

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Good Morning Starshine!

I admit that I have imagined the existence of my own web page for quite some time (since 1995 to be exact). You might say it is an incredible irony that a person who builds web applications for a living might take such an extraordinarily long time to get a presence of his own established. Well I’d agree with you! Nevertheless there is no such thing as a bad time to pursue your dreams, your imaginations.

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