My LinkedIn Profile

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment


I’ve added a link to my LinkedIn profile in my sidebar to the left, so if you get a few minutes check it out – you never know…..

Categories: General

Goodbye WHS 2011 it’s Been a Blast.

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment





I’ve made the move to  Windows 8  for my home server, leaving Windows Home Server 2011 behind.  Don’t get me wrong WHS 2011 was good, but it was time to move on and adopt something new.  I didn’t want a fully fledged server as I don’t need all the bells and whistles that come with Windows 2008 R2, or  Server 2012, so chose Windows 8.

My home server runs on this as well as 2 x 1TB drives in RAID 1, for that extra redundancy.  Setting up was simple, I booted from a USB stick using Microsoft’s boot method here.  I used the same RAID card drivers for Windows 8 as I did for WHS2011 – apart from that I had no issues at all.  All hardware was recognised, it was just then a matter of setting up users and adding my files shares.

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Categories: Computers, General

Goolge HEAR My Frustration

November 13, 2012 1 comment

Have been waiting patiently for the release of the Google Nexus 4 phone, so my email turned up this morning to say it was available.  With immediate effect I shot over the google’s website to purchase one (16gb version)

In anticipation I click the shop now, only to see the COMING SOON…

This can mean one thing – THEY HAVE ALREADY SOLD OUT – ahhhhhhh


Categories: General

Photos Whilst Walking the Dog

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Whilst out walking the dog last night I took a few snaps with my iphone 3GS!  Not brilliant quality, but certainly worth taking.

Categories: Photos

Real Portal Gun

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Spotted this post this morning whilst browsing – this is what happens when you have a real Portal gun

It’s Not Quite All Fun and Games With a Real Working Portal Gun


Categories: General

Windows 2011 Home Server

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment


Well I finally have my windows home server in a nice place, and running nicely.  The specs so far:-

  • Asus AT4NM10T-I (4gb Ram)
  • 2 x 1TB Seagate Drives (mirrored)
  • 1 x Silicon SLi3131 Raid Card
  • 1 x Pico PSU 12V 120W PicoPSU-120 with 80W Power Supply
  • 1 x CiT MTX-001B Piano Black Shiny Mini ITX Case 300W PSU

I removed the PSU from the CiT case and used the Pico PSU as it runs at about 40W, which is only about 10W more than my ReadyNAS (which has been de-commissioned) At the same time I’m also running Smart Power by which gives me some really good options for power usage.  I’m running my server on a 9am – 12pm schedule out of this time the server is off.

When the server is on I’m running the Boinc client doing the Seti project, but with no graphics for better performance.



Categories: Computers

A Slow News Week

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Not a very newsworthy week I’m afraid, I have mostly been doing

Trend AV, CrashPlan ProE, Veeam and a little VMWare……..

Although I have been busy all week, it seems busy achieving nothing really – not really alot to show for it!  I do hope next week will much more productive.  Anyways here’s to a good weekend.


Categories: General

Last Day

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Well the end of the season has come for me, yesterday was my last shoot day – overall a good season and very happy with my shot count.

Role on October :)

Categories: General

It’s Arrived

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment


My new AT4NM10T-I motherboard has arrived.

It’s a dual-core atom processor for my new energy efficient home server – drawing 25W it just smells green!  More to come when I have unpacked, put in case and installed software.

Categories: Computers

We’re Changing…..

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

If you haven’t already notice – we have changed!

After many years of doing a computer review site I had to admit defeat.  Keeping the site up-to-date with reviews & news etc had almost become a full-time job, which meant other parts of my life suffered.  Being married means I have to give my wife some ‘quality’ time so I had to knock the site on the head.

So instead I have opted to go to for a simple blogging site that I can update at my leisure and still keep my hand in….!

Categories: General