NVIDIA 560 Ti to 750 Ti GPU upgrade makes Core i7 Z68 system quieter, faster, cooler, using half the power

In 2014, we noticed that the watt burn was still rather high. Around 300 watts under load, and about 120 watts when idle. Not great. And not suited for the cramped dorm room space it’s headed to, where the…

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All those Paul Braren (tinkererguy) Google +1′s

If you’re at all curious what I’m up to, and what kinds of things I might be researching lately, simply check in on my Google +1′s. Virtualization, hardware, software, tips, and more. I use it as a master bookmark repository, for the sort of items that might not…

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Productive week in the home lab, having a fast home server really helps

Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials to do the network boot for a bare metal restore, I upgraded an extended family member’s ThinkPad T500 to a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD. Much improved speed…Gives the laptop new life…3 year warranty…

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VMware HOL Online, Labs, Flings, and Nee

It’s pretty clear that VMware is headed to the cloud…I prefer my fast vSphere virtualization server and storage gear right in my home’s lab, with ESXi 5.5 installed right on the “bare metal”…this article can help get you pointed in the right direction. Drop a comment below, to let us all know how your explorations go.

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Intel’s Haswell-E X99S and Atom can handle 64GB of memory, affordability TBD

Some of this new crop of mobos will have 8 memory sockets, making 64GB a possibility, using 8 8GB DDR4 DIMMs. But it’ll all be at enthusiast pricing, and gamer watt burn. The CPU family starts around $300, the motherboard will likely be around $400, and the…

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Google Chrome going 64 bit breaks vSphere 5.x Web Client Integration Plug-In

It probably won’t be long now before this beta becomes generally available for all Chrome users, all while preserving the Chrome 32 bit user’s current settings. There’s also the promise of speed improvements. Warning: if you use vSphere Web client integration…

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Problems downloading VMware vSphere VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1c Appliance

What about everybody else? Houston, we currently seem to have a problem. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen an uptick in folks leaving comments about issues with trying to locate the vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance)…You can try to get to vSphere from…

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Nixeus VUE27D review, efficient 2nd-gen 2560×1440 IPS LED DisplayPort monitor improves on the original VUE

This seems to be essentially a much more affordable Apple Thunderbolt Display, with a similar bezel width. Looking closely, I can even see where the Apple camera and mic would be. Wonderful image quality. No dead pixels. Lots of folks giving good reviews and…

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Presenting at New York City VMUG July 24 2014, “Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.”

I have no idea how many will be in attendance, but I do know that whoever does show up will be getting a live demonstration of my OpenVPN based virtual machine running back at home, with encrypted sessions displayed…

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How to disable debug mode in VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 for a serious speed boost

…so I went and installed “VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014″ and quickly discovered that the same VM was now rather slow. All VMs were rather slow. Not just resuming, but using them. Stuttering sound, sluggish mouse, slow to switch…

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How to fix Chrome as-you-type spell checking

Let’s say you use WordPress editor, or other online web forms. Even if you don’t use an Editor plugin like Tiny MCE Advanced, you can still have real-time as-you-type spell checking. You may find that the proper setting to enable Chrome’s spell checking is turned off. If you notice that Chrome isn’t putting little squigggly lines below misspelled words as you type…

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How to migrate a remote PC from LogMeIn to TeamViewer Collaborative Remote Control

But this year, LogMeIn really clamped down, wanting $299 USD/year, for me to keep access to any remote systems. Time to revisit other options. Like many, I waited a bit too long to decide what to do, so I’ve now lost access to all my remote systems. This makes cutting over to an alternative a bit more complex…

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Featured on “Home Gadget Geeks” Episode #174 “Haswell Issues with 32GB of RAM, VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, OpenVPN, Azure Services”

Show #174 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network…virtualization topics like building your own VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, Haswell Z97 issues with more than 32GB of RAM. Christian…

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Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.

I was pondering new ways to remotely browse, securely…I had a nagging concern about additional risk of home network penetration….What if I could use an isolated VM with its own NIC port…accessing the web from my home’s 2nd IP address, even when my gadgets and I are far from home. Here’s exactly how…

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VMware vSphere Beta Program is now open to the public!

Previously, VMware’s beta programs were mostly limited to folks who work in large enterprises that were members of the VMware Partner Programs, or perhaps vExperts. Everybody else was likely out of luck. Until now. On June 30 2014, VMware announced “Now Open: VMware vSphere Beta Program.”

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Speed up Lotus Notes 8.5.3 or IBM Notes 9 Social Edition under Windows 7/8/8.1 or Linux

I tested this tweak with both Notes 8.5.3 and Notes 9. Interesting to note that Notes 8.5.3, which predates Windows 8 by years, won’t even run on Windows 8 until you make this simple alteration. Close Notes, edit jvm.properties, changing vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx256m to vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx768m…

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