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Gio giovanni
  • Building a home NAS

    @Proton2: yes, but I would like to go headless from step 1... plus I don't want to hook in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard in case something goes wrong, I need to change the bios settings, or reinstall the OS.

  • Building a home NAS

    I would like to build a NAS for home use (mainly backups, I am not planning to use it as a media server). The requirements are:

    1. Silent (ideally even fanless),
    2. Small form factor,
    3. Minimum power consumption,
    4. About 1TB of storage (min 4 disks, ideally 6),
    5. Data redundancy (Raid 1 or better 10 for example)
    6. Headless server (possibly even when installing and rebooting the OS)
    7. Sub 500 euro hardware project
    8. I still have not decided on the OS; Windows server is on the expensive side, but FreeNAS does not make me dream,
    9. Ideally will back up on cloud service too,
    10. Not domain joined (this is for home use).

    Has anyone done such a project and can advise on hardware parts?

    The requirement that is giving me the most problems is the headless requirement. Some Intel boards do support vPro remote management, but it looks like you need a specific console and there are other constraints to be aware of (processor, etc.). Are there iDrac equivalent cards on the market (we have the at the office and they work great from almost any browser)? I have not found much.

  • Form Letters

    , TheJoe wrote

    What would be a good solution for form letters?

    "Thank you A for visiting our bank B..."

    In the past I have used .NET with bookmarks in Word.docs and form fields on PDFs but, they both have speed issues IMO.

    I would like to use some combination of XML, HTML, and/or XHTML but not finding much in the way of a useable framework.

    Your Thoughts? 

    Probably a side note (rant) and not an answer to your question, but Word should provide an out of the box solution to this kind of problems. With Open XML this should be very easy to implement anyway, but unfortunately the Quick Part button on the ribbon is anemic to say the least (the last time I created a letter template with a repeating Content Control, I had to install the Word Content Control Toolkit and do some mapping!).

    I hope the Word team read this and spends some time adding this kind of functionality instead of adding more picture effects...

  • Why do people want Microsoft to dump Bing and sell XBox?

    , Charles wrote

    Frank Shaw said it best: "We appreciate Bloomberg's foray into fiction and look forward to future episodes"...

    Thank you, the original comment I was referring to was the one from Bloomberg.

    I like how analysts tell you how you should run your company, but then don't do it for you...

  • Why do people want Microsoft to dump Bing and sell XBox?

    I keep reading articles claiming that the future CEO of Microsoft should dump Bing and sell or get red of Xbox.

    Personally I am very confused about these ideas. Yes, Microsoft invested enormous amounts of money in both, but:

    1. In an ecosystem based industry, you need to offer consumer services for video, music, books, etc. and Xbox is the best platform to do so for Microsoft,
    2. Dumping the consumer business would be dangerous because the line between consumer and professional is often very thin,
    3. Search is too strategic to leave it to your competitor,
    4. You cannot divide Search from other online services such as translations, maps, etc. and these are vital in an ecosystem of services not to mention devices (see Nokia Maps for example).

    Plus it is good for consumers that there is some competition to Google search and iTunes...

  • Bing Homepage

    , GoddersUK wrote

    But seriously, autoplaying audio Perplexed


    +1 it was very awkward at work.

  • MS blames Windows RT naming confusion in a way i disagree.

    @Bas: Agreed. One of the most confusing bits is the desktop. Keep the desktop on server and pro, but kill it elsewhere.

  • Info on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

    Here, this is what I was looking for!


    It seems like I was not the only one confused about it. I don't really understand why this is not the default setup configuration; it looks like they needed to keep the partners happy by making it complicated enough.

    Still I don't know if it is worth the extra work or better to simply create a VM in Server Standard.

  • Adobe hacked

    @evildictaitor: I am no security expert, but my guess is that it is only a matter of time before the passwords are decrypted by brute force or other means. If the attack was as sophisticated as Adobe described in their statement, who did it is pretty good and has the right tools at hand.

    Encryption might give Adobe and its customers enough time to change passwords, but no more I am afraid.

  • Adobe hacked

    @elmer: Yes, this one is painful. To be honest I had an account with Adobe before the push to the cloud, but at least they did not have a credit card on record.

    One of the consequences is that I spend most of my morning changing account information for a bunch of other websites which shared similar login information.This is unfortunately not the first time I have to change passwords due to a website being hacked (last year was LinkedIn), but my memory isn't good enough to remember a password per account.

    I have an encrypted spreadsheet to keep most except for a master one, do you have a better solution? Do you use a special mnemonic trick? Do you use a password manager?