Lachlan Smith



Surface Go 2 Perspective


May 13, 2020

It's no secret to anyone that I am a massive fan of the Surface line. So when the Surface Go was announced, I waited patiently for the LTE version to be released in Australia before immediately purchasing.
The only thing like it at the time was the...

Good bye Windows Mobile


December 16, 2019

And then there really were two, Microsoft have now officially shut down the Windows Mobile store after halting all development on the platform.
This follows a fundamental shift for Microsoft from owning the ecosystem to providing products and services...

The New Surface Pro (2017) Impressions


June 03, 2017

With the dropping of numbers from product names, have devices become iterative or is there still revolutionary changes left to me made. The answer is not so simple. If we consider all products in a category as iterative, then all we have to do is ask...

Tags: tablet

Home NAS 2016 Part 5 GPU Passthrough revisited


April 14, 2017

I feel like I need to provide an update on GPU passthrough. As it so happens, there is likely to be an IRQ interrupt clash resulting in audio lockups over HDMI and pixelated graphic corruption.

The solution to this is to force windows to use your...

Tags: homelab nas

Android N is an Attack on the Open Web


June 13, 2016

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The internet is meant to be free, and that means not using it in an evil way. The large technology companies are attempting to curate our experiences to lock us into their platforms. With Google's latest Android N Google are making a direct attack...

Tags: android app instant open web

Microsoft is More Committed to Mobile than Ever


June 03, 2016

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Microsoft has always embraced new technologies. The famous Internet memo from Bill Gates cemented Microsoft in the Internet Age of computing.
Microsoft was a pioneer in smart phones, being responsible for the partially successful but not very...

Tags: lumia mobile

Intel Atom vs Microsoft Surface


May 05, 2016

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The Intel Atom architecture is surprisingly confusing and complicated given the breadth of chips offered, and with Intel's announcement that it is axing some atom chips from their line-up many people are equally confused that this means for other OEMs...

Tags: Apollo Atom Intel Lake Microsoft Surface

Home NAS 2016 Part 4


April 23, 2016

After covering the history, design and build of my 2016 home server and NAS I am ready to talk about the software configuration.

The first part is easy, but when configuring the bleeding edge software packages on Linux things get interesting.


Tags: crashplan GPU Passthrough plex ubuntu windows zfs

Surface 4 will come in 2 sizes


April 19, 2016

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Last year we saw Microsoft release the Surface 3 which was more of a mini Surface Pro 3 with a massive 10.8" screen and Intel Atom X7 internals. This confused a lot of people who thought the Surface 3 was like the Surface 2 which couldn't install Win32...

Tags: mini Surface

Home NAS 2016 Part 3 - Build Log


March 26, 2016

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Having procured all the parts it is time to build my NAS.
I ran the motherboard, RAM, and GPU for over a week to test the stability of the system before shutting down my�old NAS to move the data across. With the system stability validated I exported...

Tags: Design Fractal GPU ITX mini nas Node Passthrough Supermicro Xeon

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