Category Archives: Tech

The Art of the Sub $200 NAS Build

For decades building your own computer has been a central experience among computer enthusiasts. There’s an indescribable satisfaction that comes with picking out the parts and assembling them into a full computer all by yourself. That same satisfaction extends itself when people decide to build their own network attached storage (NAS) if they’re not simply repurposing… Read More »

Shut Your Pi-hole: Ad Blocking with the Raspberry Pi

Around 10 months ago, Pi-hole – an open source software that runs on Raspberry Pis and filters network traffic, made its debut and has been a popular topic in certain Raspberry Pi circles. The appeal of running Pi-Hole to block ads on your network can be explained succinctly: the software is easy to install, it blocks… Read More »

What is the best VPN service?

In the past few years the use of VPNs, or virtual private networks, has become much more common. And although many companies and universities provide VPN clients for their employees and students, people are also seeking out VPN services for their personal use. Whether it is to keep secret sensitive data, keep private personal files… Read More »

5 Ways Technology Can Increase Productivity

Productivity – every American knows what it is and values it. And with the job market becoming increasingly globalized, it is essential to maximize the time you spend working. Not everyone is a natural genius that quickly solves every problem and never forgets a thing, so many people find themselves working extra hours to stay… Read More »

Can the Raspberry Pi 2 be a HTPC?

After having flipped through several Linux and Raspberry Pi magazines, it became apparent to me that there is no shortage of things to do with a Pi. While certain projects approach what some might consider gimmicky (a portable briefcase retro gaming kit), others have recognizable utility that will only become more apparent with time, like a… Read More »

Building a PC: Blending Budget and Performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant Type Item Price CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.99 @ Amazon Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $45.98 @ OutletPC Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 750GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.99… Read More »

Which Antivirus Should I Get?

The question that many PC users find themselves asking (though it might be the wrong question to ask): which antivirus should I get? Any security specialist will tell you it is far more difficult to prevent or remove threats than it is to create and spread them. There is an actively maintained database of vulnerabilities… Read More »