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How Lucky we are to have Apple remove the Headphone Jack

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June 26, 2016

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In its latest war against any type of peripherals that don't directly line the pockets of APPL, Apple Computer is rumoured to be removing the headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone 7 model. This rumour briefly appeared and just when we thought it went...

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Android N is an Attack on the Open Web

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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...

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Casey Neistat's YouTube Popularity is Toxic

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June 11, 2016

I don't have anything against Casey Neistat, his vlogs are well done and he deserves the audience he has. He has also fairly new to vlogging as there has been many people before him, but what he brings to the format is his experience and film making...

Microsoft is More Committed to Mobile than Ever

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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...

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Being Green in the Nation of Landlords

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May 10, 2016

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Thanks to negative gearing Australia is becoming a nation of landlords. It is hard enough being green at home when you have a mortgage, but when you're a renter it is even harder. Many of the easy gains available to owner occupiers are simply not...

Intel Atom vs Microsoft Surface

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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...

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Home NAS 2016 Part 4

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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.

In...

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Surface 4 will come in 2 sizes

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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

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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...

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Home NAS 2016 Part 2

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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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