Lachlan Smith



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...

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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

Home NAS 2016 Part 2


Feburary 22, 2016

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Having had a home NAS for a number of years I have learnt a few things and am ready for an upgrade. With my upgrade I want to address a few deficiencies with my current NAS.

Samba is single threaded and CPU limited
Virtual machines are slower...

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Home NAS 2016 Part 1


Feburary 16, 2016

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With so many devices connected to your home network, I have been using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) for the past 7 years.

Network Attached Storage has many benefits for the home, and can provide a reliable always on private cloud of sorts that...

I would love a Surface Mini


April 02, 2015

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With the Surface 3 just announced, talk is back on whether a Surface Mini is potentially in the surface product pipeline.

At 10.8" The Surface 3 is only 1.2" diagonally smaller than it's big brother the Surface Pro 3. That makes the Surface 3 viable...

Ethics of Computerised Social Networking


January 01, 2015

Computerised social networking is using computers to socially connect and network. Currently the largest social networks are controlled by publicly traded companies. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumbler, MySpace, etc... As publicly traded companies...

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Windows Vista Saved the Windows Brand


August 13, 2014

I am no Microsoft Apologist, I am typing this blog post on a Macbook Air (admittedly why I wait for my Surface Pro 3 to ship). But I will explain my reasoning.

When I was 15 Microsoft Released Windows XP. At this time we had two computers at home,...

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Tax: The Original Crowd Funding


June 26, 2014

In recent years crowd funding sites have been a popular way to connect inventors and creators with consumers to fund projects that would otherwise be difficult to commercialise. These are typically small projects or less than a million dollars.


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Why should I help pay for your university degree?


May 22, 2014

Australians enjoy a high standard of living. Even if you didn't go to university, you are probably still contributing to other peoples university degree. If we look at it from a nation building perspective this is a good thing. Rather than treat a...

Heartbleed and


April 18, 2014

As most of you have read in the news by now, there was a recent vulnerability in OpenSSL known as the heartbleed vulnerability. This affected recent versions of OpenSSL between 1.0.1 up until the 7th April 2014.

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