Project: RPi2 Home Server

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Introduction

 

First off, any adventure into a project, you need a purpose. The purpose of this project is to create a computer serving a variety of uses for the household; network storage, wiki server. The network drive will be used for backup, transfer. The secondary goal is to make it as energy efficient as possible. Let’s get started.

The hardware

 

RaspberryPi v2

The brains of the outfit will be a raspberry pi 2. (Pi3 About £35)

Rpi-3

(rpi3 for illustration only)

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Some thoughts on my AMD FX-6350: the highs and woes

While on the subject of AMD, it might be a good place to chuck out some thoughts of my current pc build.

It was more of a compromise then a solid future proofed rig. My core2duo build was dying. Well, the AsRock (I know!) motherboard was, to be precise. To be honest, 7 years service wasn’t too bad, considering it was a budget build at the time. It lasted me well. The more occasional blue screens pronounced the retirement, shortly after the tirade of reseating, log trawling and diagnosing. Continue reading “Some thoughts on my AMD FX-6350: the highs and woes”

AMD’s K.O.

I’ve never been, what people call a fan boy. (Not PC enough….; fan person?). But I have always rooted for innovation over underdogism. With AMD’s new Ryzen range, they tick both boxes. Power to the people comes to mind.

This is not just seen as red versus blue anymore… this is more important. I feel that since the XP+ desktop range, innovation and creativity slipped. I moved to a core2duo after my XP3000+. Underdog? No, but innovation?

Like with everything new, there’s reports of Ryzen suffering birth issues; AMD will defiantly nurture their baby to full health and beyond.

However one thing still niggles me. Sure, Ryzen is fast becoming superior to Intel’s best offerings, but the cards are now on the table, and I feel Intel is squeezing the life from its’ i series. How long can we expect AMD to dominate against an Intel refresh?

Securing Home Routers – Keeping Your Data Safe

Routers are apart of everyday life. Anyone with an active home internet connection has one. It keeps a constant connection to the internet, it allows more then 1 computer to share the same internet connection, it blocks out bad traffic from entering your network, and can perform more sophisticated tasks; share files via FTP over the network and to the wider internet for example.
Your router is filled to the brim with technology but not all of it is safe, even though it might be helpful. Simply buying a router and connecting it up is not enough; like any device, it needs updates and maintenance to have it running well and safely.

All routers are different and it helps to log into your routers settings and familiarize yourself with the options available to you. Not everything you see will be apparent as to what they do so it’s worth noting these down and doing a bit of research yourself.
Additionally a general rule of thumb; if your not using a specific service or option in your router, disable it! Continue reading “Securing Home Routers – Keeping Your Data Safe”

Internal Storage – A Ponder At Prices

Anyone in the market for a harddrive at the moment may be having a hard time. It’s not as simple as it once was; you’ll be looking at many different factors.

Speed, reliability, capacity, bus interface, and more importantly price.

You’ll have an even harder time if you already have an SSD and a traditional harddrive. If the SSD fails, it’s a no brainer. But how about if your HDD is on the way out? What do you replace it with? This question is what I’m asking.

For the time being, I’m negating alot of the variables that’s been mentioned and just focusing on price. I’ve trawled through almost all the harddrives on one particular UK computer retailer and started to play around with the numbers. I’ve concentrated again on only SATA devices as they are my most likely replacement.

On average, they all look to be on a linear price point when it comes to GB per £; except those of smaller capacity. At this level, I am talking about the jump in price of HDD 0.5 – 1tb and in SSD, 60-120 GB. in both cases, the “sweetspot” is the latter with a small jump in price for double the capacity. It’s both weird and confusing to think there is a genuine demand for a lesser product. It’s not so obvious in the following graph as this is a combined average of many products in the same category.

Comparison of SATA drive prices – December 2016

Again, there are 2 more interesting points with this graph. The jump in price for SSD products around the 1TB capacity and the striking difference between capacity of the top end scales of both SSD and HDD. SSD has yet, a long way to go.

Now lastly, I have picked desktop grade components for these results with a mixture of both top and bottom end products. Some lines of drive had really poor reveiws and others, really good. They were all sourced from the same site and in my veiw gives use an accurate comparison of prices in the UK.

This may well be day and night for some, but it will be interesting to do another comparison in a year to see how far things have moved forwards. If someone were to tell me we’re at a data crossroads, I couldn’t deny that.