Project Brewshed

Project BrewShed

Ok, this is very much a pie in the sky project (and may never come to fruition) but i’m planning to build myself a BrewShed so I can brew my own beer in a quiet, controlled environment away from my kitchen. My requirements are simple, for the BrewShed I need…

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Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350C HomeLab Review

Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350C HomeLab Review

After reaching out to Gigabyte on Twitter, I was sent one of their brand new Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350C barebones units for review and general testing in my expanding homelab setup (kudos to Andrew@Gigabyte for sorting this out) The GB-BPCE-3350C is a brand new Apollo Lake version of the Brix and…


Building a DIY Mac Mini Nas

Building a DIY Mac Mini NAS

I love the Mac Mini – its an exceptionally well engineered little PC that has really stood the test of time and still gives respectable performance when running Windows or its native MacOS. I’ve used is as an ESXi host, a Windows 2016 Server, but what i’d really want to…


Build a network cabling toolkit

Network Cabling Toolkit for Less than £60

Even with enterprise grade wireless becoming more common even in small business environment, wired networking is still king. It’s easy to get started rolling your own network cables and terminating your own wall sockets and patch panels for not much money – here’s my quick guide on building a Network…


3 easy ways to secure your wordpress website

3 Easy Steps To Secure Your WordPress Website

Choosing WordPress to power your website is more popular now than its ever been. WordPress now powers 27.7% of all websites and its never been more important to make sure that you make every effort to secure your WordPress website as much as possible. You pour your life and soul into your personal…


DIY Synology NAS (Running Xpenology OS) Update

I’ve been successfully running my DIY Synology NAS (running Xpenology OS) for the last couple of weeks and I have come to a simple conclusion – this box isn’t the quickest system I’ve ever put together. On paper the specs are fine, the web interface is nice and snappy and the Xpenology OS…


Building a DIY Synology NAS

Since Installing Server 2016 on my Mac Mini, I’ve been looking for some dedicated storage for my home lab so I’ve put together a DIY Synology NAS running XPEnology. What is a NAS? NAS stands for Network Attached Storage, and is in essence device full of hard drives providing data access…


Does my computer need anti-virus?

Does My Computer Need Anti-Virus Software?

Does My Computer Need Anti-Virus Software? Its an age old question. In the last few weeks a very interesting article has been doing the rounds online by Ex Mozilla developer Robert O’Callahan called “Disable Your Antivirus Software (Except Microsoft’s)“. In this article, Robert puts forth the case that: Antivirus software vendors…


Possible HP Gen8 Microserver Upgrades

Over the last month or so, been getting quite a number of hits on my posts that deal with upgrades to the HP Gen8 Microserver so I though i’d collate everything together in a definitive post with links to more information. Due to its small footprint, the Gen8 Microserver is…


Installing Server 2016 on a HP ML10 v2

After a sort out of my loft, I discovered my long forgotten HP ML10 v2 server that was part of my initial home lab setup (before it went all Mac Mini), so I thought i’d fire it up and see if I could get Server 2016 on a HP ML10…