We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?
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When your home or office is too large for a single Wi-Fi router to cover in wireless signal, a mesh router kit can help spread the signal. The best mesh router kits use a series of nodes, typically two to three, to blanket the home with the wireless signal, covering every nook, cranny and closet with a usable internet signal. Currently, mesh networking gear can be divided into two designs. The "true mesh" design features a series of identical and interchangeable devices that all interconnect wirelessly. The second is known as a "hub and spoke" design, which uses a router and one or more wireless extenders. These days, both categories of gear are marketed and sold as a "mesh kit," so we included both options in this guide.A mesh network is not for everyone. For those that live in a smaller home or apartment, a single router is probably works fine. But for more challenging home situations, such as a multilevel dwelling or a larger residence (say greater than 2500 to 3000 sq … [Read more...] about The best mesh router kit for gaming
So a couple weeks back there was an announcement that the Turbulenz HTML5 game engine was being open sourced. It was one of those projects I had intended to check out when I got the time…. which I finally did. What is Turbulenz? Turbulenz is an HTML5 game engine and platform. You can create and publish your game on Turbulenz and they take a 30% cut of sales ( this of course is their business model, and 30% is fast becoming the digital norm ). You can also publish to other sites ( your own, Facebook, Kongregate ) completely free. The most recent version of Turbulenz now offers TypeScript support. Installing You need to sign up and verify your email then log in to the developer portal. There are downloads available for Windows, MacOS and LInux. Windows ships as a exe installer, while the other two ship as .run files. On Mac or Linux simply open a terminal window and chmod +x the file you downloaded, then execute it. Before you install you need to install the CG … [Read more...] about Create with Unity Pro for just $75/month
How fast is your PC? Is it as quick as an Apple IIe? Surely it's faster, thanks to gigahertz of multicore processing power that dwarfs the Apple II's 1.023 MHz. And yet, in some ways, maybe not. Today's PCs wield supercomputer levels of power by the standards of the Apple II, which was first released in 1983. But in terms of pure responsiveness, the time between hitting a key and seeing a result pop up on a monitor, an old computer can feel surprisingly quicker. "I've had this nagging feeling that the computers I use today feel slower than the computers I used as a kid," former Google and Microsoft computer engineer Dan Luu recently wrote on his website. Concerned that his suspicion was a quirk of human perception, Luu started to use a high-speed camera to measure latency on the computers around him, and he found something surprising. New computers really are slower. His Apple IIe clocked in at 30ms between hitting a key and seeing a character pop up on its screen. His 2016 … [Read more...] about The latency problem: why modern gaming PCs are slower than an Apple II