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    Slim, portable, and non-flimsy monitor

    This is my primary use case, i.e., provisioning new servers. Especially when I need to bring a portable monitor to the server.
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    Slim, portable, and non-flimsy monitor

    Thank you Zinn . I will look into these options.
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    Slim, portable, and non-flimsy monitor

    Hello all! I am looking for a slim and portable monitors whose characteristics include the following: less than 30 inches, so more like 23-27 inches or thereabouts; slim, as in shallow depth; despite being slim and lightweight (see below) it not be flimsy; I would like one that is sturdy and...
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    Another quiet OpenZFS issue

    Do you mean that the R5 can house up to 12 drives? (I'm counting 10-12 in the specs here: https://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-r5-titanium )
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    Another quiet OpenZFS issue

    The point is that I don't need NVMe/SSD for... at first when I started on trying to solve this problem, the immediate answer seemed to be, build an SSD NAS so it's silent locally and then sync that remotely upstream to its master NAS. But this would either get very complicated if the SSD array...
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    Another quiet OpenZFS issue

    Dear Meeho, Spartacus09, and mwroobel, Thank you so much for your replies. I initially started with a very complicated solution, where I had multiple NVMe disks in a RAID configuration, sync'ed to the main NAS in an upstream remote location. The possibilities for things going wrong are, well...
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    Another quiet OpenZFS issue

    Hello, I am deploying ZFS-on-Linux as its own separate appliance on the following setup: U-NAS 800 chassis with 8 bays A1SRi-2758F board with 32 GB ECC RAM Debian Buster running as the OS, with ZoL A simple configuration where exports are shared over NFSv3 to my LAN 4x WD Red 8 TB in RAIDZ2...
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    SFX and TFX PSUs

    Thanks for the info, Smitty2k1. (For SFX I've been looking at Seasonic, which is my go-to brand for PSUs.). Also, I've heard that SFX (and TFX, Flex-ATX) is generally louder than a very high quality ATX PSU. Is this true?
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    Beautiful monitor for non-graphics professional, non-gamer

    Hi! I'm upgrading a lot of my hardware, partly due to health reasons, and I'm very keen on getting a nice monitor... IPS I think might be good. I haven't yet decided on the size, brand, or other features. All I know is that I want something that has all the standard features a modern, medium...
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    Smallest mATX Case?

    Thank you Alexreffand!! This information is most appreciated!!
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    Smallest mATX Case?

    I'm looking for this thread now...
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    SFX and TFX PSUs

    Hello! I'm just curious, apart from size and shape, what are the major functional differences between SFX and TFX PSUs? Are there specific advantages of one over another? Of course, using a full-sized ATX PSU is often not desirable when building and SFF machine, so that really leaves SFX and...
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    Smallest mATX Case?

    Holy moly!! These are some of the loveliest micro-ATX cases I've ever seen. Until now I've been particularly attracted to the InWin CE052.FH300TB3, InWin CE685.FH300TB3, and some of the Silverstone offerings. There are probably a few others, but that perfect micro-ATX case has been so elusive...
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    Hyperconvergence

    Hello, Can somebody please recommend a no-BS introductory tutorial ot the theory and practice of hyperconvergence? I've searchd but most things I find seem to have been written with marketing in mind or for an enterprise target audience. I"m looking for something a little bit more... real...
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    Geo-distributed computing

    Thanks for the link, ChristianVirtual. Yes, this is the sort of thing that I am starting out with, i.e., an article like this might describe the configuration of the machines at one data centre or at one site. I also like this article personally, as it's easy to read and I've not looked into...
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    Geo-distributed computing

    Hi, I'm interested in geo-distributed computing for the purposes of resilience, redundancy, and HA. I know that this is very difficult problem to solve due to latency, but having servers that are sync'ed up across the world is actually the point of my project, and to see how feasible and...
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    Best HDD Diagnostic Test Software?

    I'm generally interested in diagnostic and testing programs (Linux) for SSDs, HDDs, memory, CPUs, etc. If anybody has any suggestions, I'm also very interested to know. Thanks!!
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    Synology DS918+

    Do you mean that _this_ particular model supports increased RAM and NVMe? Sounds excellent. I've got a different FreeNAS box as my primary NAS, but I'm thinking of picking up one of these too. Probably it's overkill to use solely as a backup of the primary NAS, but it seems like something I...
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    Lenovo V520s

    I think this is a beautiful case, and is the perfect size for my smaller micro-ATX builds: https://www3.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops-and-all-in-ones/lenovo/lenovo-v-series-tower-desktops/Lenovo-V520S-08IKL-SFF-Desktop/p/11LV1VDV52S Does anybody know if it's possible to purchase the case by itself...
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    Synology DS918+

    I'm actually looking into a setting up a secondary home NAS, and I wonder if this model might be hit the sweet spot in just the right way. I'll be keeping a very close eye on this model. I've heard it's great for running Docker and also for hosting services, as well as functioning as a NAS...
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    Would it be a mistake to go with older 2.5" SSD tech for new builds these days ?

    M.2 is good for convenience, regardless of whether it's SATA or NVMe, due to less wires and a profile that lies flat against the mainboard.
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    Synology DS918+

    I've heard great things about it too. As a matter of fact, if I were to start all over again in building my home lab, the first thing I would do is to get exactly that NAS. And then to build a backup and disaster recovery solution around it. And then let everything else take over from there...
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    ASRock Rack E3C236D2I

    Very, very cool indeed. I'm so used to seeing MacBooks at music and performance art, live coding events, that I completely forgot about the fact that you can stick your main DSP stack in a rack on the stage. These SHARC DSPs are running in your Sonic Core?! Man I am so fascinated by your...
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    ASRock Rack E3C236D2I

    Thanks for the excellent report, jamesv. Sounds like this board is a winner then. When I discovered it (after a LOT of research) it was the ideal thing I was looking for. What exactly is that cooling device you've posted? And what Supermicro chassis is that? (I keep seeing that particular...
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    ASRock Rack E3C236D2I

    I'm thinking that this looks like an amazing board, and I'd love to pick one up and place a G4560 in there and hope that it's able to be passively cooled in a small case. I can even use ECC RAM which is very cool. So versatile, I'm looking for a small server that can function as many things to...
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    Simple, small, cheap virtualization host for lightweight exploratory work

    Thanks 4saken and burritoincognito, I think this is what I needed to hear, and the direction I'm leaning in. Indeed, I also started looking at cheap AMD options and wondering what the equivalent sort of thing to an i3-7000 NUC or an i3 on a mini-ITX mainboard would be. Any suggestions?
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    Simple, small, cheap virtualization host for lightweight exploratory work

    These options have often been recommended to me, and something quiet that doesn't use too much power would be most preferable. This means that I tend to lean towards newer hardware, as it is generally more power efficient and easier to keep cool and quiet. For example, I have found many Z600...
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    Simple, small, cheap virtualization host for lightweight exploratory work

    I'll look at my X220 in more detail later and see if it can't be wrangled into something quite like what I am asking to have. I think depending on its CPU, an X220 may or may not have VT-d (and even if it does, I'm not sure if it's the old VT-d1 that leaves exploits open or the improved VT-d2).
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    Simple, small, cheap virtualization host for lightweight exploratory work

    Right! Aside from my primary laptop (MacBook Pro) which is off-limits for this kind of experimentation because I depend on its stability, I have little server hardware of the sort you describe. What I DO have is the following: About 6-8 Lenovo X200, X220, and T400 laptops, many of which have...
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    Simple, small, cheap virtualization host for lightweight exploratory work

    Indeed, that's something I've been looking at too, browsing eBay for old E3/E5 Xeons and X9 Supermicro boards. But I don't know really what I should be looking for, what's a good deal, etc. Other options include HP ML10, Lenovo TS140, and there are some Dell T-somethings that I've heard can be...
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    Simple, small, cheap virtualization host for lightweight exploratory work

    [N.B. I have also posted this on Reddit and I would value the perspective of this community too.] I want to build a minimal box like the title suggests, to mess around with different hypervisors, architectures, and explore virtualization generally. Once I understand better these things, then I...
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