Category Archives: How-To

Custom Home Office File and Dev Server

I have built plenty of “servers” over the years. That is, home-built machines pieced together with consumer-grade hardware and packed with hard drives to serve files and other services across my home and small office networks. My first file server build was for a vast

GAW Cloud Miner Hashlet

GAW Hash Market’s Ridiculous Fees

Months ago when I was still buying specialized hardware for mining altcoins (digital currencies other than bitcoin), I purchased a hardware product from GAW Miners. At the time, they had just launched their cloud mining service, called ZenCloud, which lets customers interested in mining bitcoin

Completed LED Button box for Children

DIY Geeky Children’s Toy: LED Button Box

My little girl loves pressing buttons. As soon as she became aware that buttons existed she was drawn to anything that has them. If the buttons actually do something, she’s absolutely enthralled. She’s a good kid, even as a toddler under the age of two,

Use Nagios to Monitor Linux Software RAID

I use Nagios to monitor every server in my company’s infrastructure. It’s a bit of a hassle to setup, but once you get it up and running and understand the basic concept and how to use NRPE, it becomes easy to start monitoring every aspect

Use Crashplan to Backup Everything

Many years ago I lost everything. Well, not everything, but I had a RAID failure on an important file server that caused me to lose a fantastic collection of music, some photos and various other important files. I was already pretty good about backups and redundancy,