As prices of last generation servers continue to decrease, internet speeds continue to increase, and NAS systems become much more feature rich, many people are now opting to setup their own home servers or NAS systems.
If you don’t own your own home server or NAS system, here are five top uses for a home server or NAS.
The most common use for a home server or NAS is using it as a network storage. After all, the acronym NAS itself stands for Network Attached Storage.
Typically referred to as a “shared drive”, network storage typically employs the NFS (Network File System) or SMB (Server Message Block) [...]
Like Google Chrome, if you just go directly to the Mozilla Firefox website, you’re directed to download the Firefox Stub Installer, which is essentially a file that detects your operating system then downloads the most appropriate version of Firefox from the web then installs it. While this works fine if you’re planning to just use Firefox on one computer that has internet access, if you’re trying to deploy Firefox on multiple machines that may or may not have internet access, using a stub installer is a massive waste of time and bandwidth.
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is available as standalone offline installers, but finding them is a bit [...]
Generally speaking, Steam download speeds are pretty good. Steam was originally built as a game distribution platform, so by design they’re supposed to have a lot of capacity. For the most part, you should be able to max out your internet connection without any issues. However, if you’re not getting the maximum download speeds you’ve come to expect when downloading that new copy of Elder Scrolls Online, here’s a couple ways to try to speed up the download process.
Change Your Steam Download Server
By default, Steam selects the closest server to your location rather than by choosing intelligently based on the server load. As a [...]
The newly released AMD Radeon Software Beta 17.4.4 brings performance optimizations for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, boosting the performance of the RX 580 by up to 7% at 1440p, compared to the previous version 17.4.3 that was released alongside the RX 500 series. This substantial increase allows performance to push past the 60 FPS threshold, which is crucial to delivering a smooth gameplay experience.
Other fixes include:Some displays may experience corruption when using HDMI® scaling. Battlefield™1 may experience stuttering in Multi GPU mode with 4K display resolutions when using DirectX®11. HDR colors may appear incorrect in Mass Effect™: [...]
Is your internet down today? You’re not alone. A massive DDOS attack against DNS provider, Dyn, has taken down a number of the world’s largest websites including Reddit, Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, PayPal and more.
What is a DNS?
How did this happen? Well in order to understand how this happened, one must first understand how a DNS works. When any device is hooked onto the internet, it gets an IP address which is a number such as 188.8.131.52. This number identifies your computer to the world, but if you’re say Netflix and you want people to find you as netflix.com rather than 184.108.40.206, you need someone to translate [...]
Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new Lexar® Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader, a versatile, all-in-one solution for quick and reliable file transfers from 25 of the most popular memory card formats. The reader provides five slots compatible with popular card formats such as CompactFlash, Secure Digital, including newly added support for Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) cards, Mobile, Memory Stick and xD-Picture cards. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, [...]
Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today introduced the Crucial v4 Solid State Drive (SSD), designed to deliver substantial yet affordable performance gains for mainstream SATA 2 (3Gb/s) systems, the primary performance capability of computers purchased before 2011. Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities with MSRPs of $49.99, $69.99, $99.99, and $189.99 respectively, the Crucial v4 SSD can be purchased now through select global channel partners, or direct through www.crucial.com.
The Crucial v4 SSD offers read speeds up to 230MB/s and write speeds up to 190MB/s, enabling faster startup [...]
One of our favorite overclocking utilities, MSI Afterburner has been updated to v2.2.0 Beta 11. Yay!
This comes just in time for the expected launch of the AMD Radeon HD7950 on January 31st. Therefore, as expected the most important component of this update is its voltage adjustment support for the CHL8228 voltage regulator included on the HD7950.
Interested? You can download the latest Beta 11 version of Afterburner here: http://download1.msi.com/files/downloads/uti_exe/vga/MSIAfterburnerSetup220Beta.zip
While you’re downloading, there are a couple other updates… So, here’s a full changelog to browse through while the download is going.
Remember the previous Windows 7 Bulldozer patch that ended up being a flop? Well, Microsoft didn’t forget about it and have released a couple more patches to give AMD’s Bulldozer a bit more bulldozing power.
The new patches, yes there is two, is expected to offer about a 0 – 2% performance boost depending on the application. (By AMD’s own testing so YMMV) It’s not much, but then again you can’t really complain about a free patch, right?
Our testing shows that not every application realizes a performance boost. In fact, heavily threaded apps (those designed to use all 8 cores), get little or no uplift from this hotfix – they are [...]