Archive for April, 2018

Top Tech Stories of the Week – April 29th, 2018

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  • Steam Spy returns from death, but admits data is less accurate | Link
  • ‘Autopilot driver’ who sat in passenger seat is banned for 18 months – World news – The Guardian | Link
  • Mark Zuckerberg Says It Will Take 3 Years to Fix Facebook – WIRED | Link
  • FTC Gives Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo 30 Days to Get Rid of Illegal Warranty-Void-if-Removed Stickers – Motherboard | Link
  • Sprint and T-Mobile Try Again, but Antitrust Hurdles Remain the Same – The New York Times | Link
  • Goldman Sachs to Open a Bitcoin Trading Operation – The New York Times | Link
  • Cambridge Analytica to File for Bankruptcy After Misuse of Facebook Data | Link
  • NASA’s InSight lander readies for launch to Mars – CBS News | Link


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Top Tech Stories of the Week – April 22nd, 2018

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  • Wikipedia is making it easier to explore the internet with page previews | Link
  • Mideast ride-sharing app Careem says it was hacked – The Washington Post | Link
  • Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots – Bloomberg | Link
  • Happy 13th birthday to the very first YouTube video – Mashable | Link
  • Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car – The New York Times | Link
  • Google Cloud continues to grow, is coming to Saudi Arabia – News – DatacenterDynamics | Link
  • Gmail redesign is here and it’s big | Link
  • Apple, Google lead fight against US repeal of Clean Power Plan | Link
  • The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket of DNA, and Experts Shudder – The New York Times | Link
  • Why Amazon Is Raising Prime Fee 20%, to $119 per Year in U.S. – Variety | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – April 15th, 2018

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  • NASA Will Soon Launch Their State-of-the-Art TESS Telescope to Find Habitable Exoplanets | Link
  • Google launches digital skills training for Arabic speakers | Link
  • Samsung Jumps on the Blockchain Bandwagon – Bloomberg | Link
  • SpaceX to build Mars rocket at the Port of Los Angeles – CNN | Link
  • Netflix programming binge pays off with subscriber surge | Link
  • Amazon is making it easier for international customers to order from abroad | Link
  • 34 major tech companies are uniting to fight cyberattacks | Link
  • Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit – BBC News | Link
  • Amazon reveals it has more than 100 million Prime members | Link
  • Google might let Chromebook users boot into Windows with AltOS – MSPoweruser | Link
  • Intel closes New Devices Group that built Vaunt smart glasses | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – April 8th, 2018

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  • Feds Seize and Affiliated Websites in Crackdown – Time | Link
  • Amazon Makes Hiring Push in Riyadh After Saudi Prince’s Visit – Bloomberg | Link
  • Apple’s Global Operations Now Powered by 100% Renewable Energy – CleanTechnica | Link
  • Amazon spent close to $23B on R&D in 2017, outpacing fellow tech giants – GeekWire | Link
  • Vevo’s channel was hacked, not YouTube — there’s a difference – Polygon | Link
  • Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before – Planet Stories – Medium | Link
  • Steam tweaks privacy settings, will soon let you be invisible while online – Polygon | Link
  • Why Facebook’s 2011 Promises Haven’t Protected Users – WIRED | Link
  • UAE Government Launches Blockchain Strategy 2021 – Cointelegraph | Link
  • Gmail is getting a brand new look — take a peek – Business Insider Nordic | Link

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Extreme Home Network Makeover – Part 2 – Core Devices

April 3rd, 2018 4 comments

So in part 1 we talked about the devices I have purchased, now let’s dive-in and talk more about the implementation.

So I need the network to cover two and a half floors (roof is a half floor because it has two rooms). Each floor has around ten Ethernet wall plug and two/three access points. There’s also few cameras around the house, nine on the ground floor and four for the other floors.

To have a good network and wireless speed I have to pay careful attention to the backbone implementation of the network. So while I’m upgrading my home network infrastructure I’ve decided to also upgrade my current in-wall cables from Cat 6 to Cat 6A for future proofing. I have plans for purchasing a server and a separate SAN in the near future to expand and upgrade my home lab and media servers.

So next how many core switches do I need? With the number of required ports and because of having small size in-wall cable pipes, I have settled with two 24 ports switches (US-24-250W) for each floor except the roof. I would’ve preferred the US-48-500W with 10 gaigabit SPF+ ports for a backbone network switches but those 48 ports are more than twice what can be fitted through the cable pipes.

All cable pipes end up on the stairwell and they’re distributed in a such a way that each floor pipes ends up on the stairwell of the floor above. So ground floor cable pipes end up on the first floor stairwell. Therefore, core-switches are placed on the stairwell for each floor.

I couldn’t replace all Cat 6 cables because cable pipes are too small so for some points we couldn’t fit in another Cat 6A cables. Also I’ve decided to connect two cables between each core switches and home lab for Link Aggregation and faster speed.

A month later I’ve decided to add UPS to my home switches and gateway which in turn provides power to all my PoE devices (small Unifi switches, AP, and cameras). Should provide at least 40mins of backup power with my latest test. I bought also another bigger UPS for my NVR/Media server to keep everything running and recording when there’s a power outage. I’m planning to increase the UPS run-time in the future when I can budget for it.

First floor core switch

Ground floor core-switch

UPS for first floor core-switch

As you can see on the pictures above I’m using patch panel for two reasons; to keep the cables tidy and minimize touching any core cables to increase longevity. Maybe it’s an overkill for a home network but at least it feels more professional and I’m proud of it.

Top Tech Stories of the Week – April 1st, 2018

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  • China says Tiangong-1 space station to enter Earth’s atmosphere on Monday | Link
  • Cloudflare launches consumer DNS service to speed up the internet | Link
  • UberRush Is No More As Uber Kills Its On-demand Delivery Service – Digital Trends | Link
  • China’s Tiangong-1 space lab breaks up over Pacific Ocean – CNN | Link
  • DARPA is Open to Ideas For New Types of Drone Swarm Technology | Link
  • Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel | Link
  • Watch a Russian postal drone crash on it first flight — Quartz | Link
  • YouTube HQ shooting: ‘Not terrorism at this point’ authorities tell NBC News – Euronews | Link
  • Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week – Ars Technica | Link
  • Google Now Matches 100% Of Its Power With Clean Energy – Fortune | Link
  • Google Employees “Outraged” Their Tech Is Being Used to Build Better Killing Machines – Vanity Fair | Link
  • SpaceX cut its latest Falcon 9 stream because it didn’t get a license | Link
  • Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space company launches first rocket since fatal 2014 crash – ABC News | Link
  • Best Buy says it was hit by same data breach as Sears and Delta | Link

April Fools’

  • Google Maps needs your help finding Waldo – TechCrunch | Link
  • Carriage introduces voice controlled device to order foods online | Link
  • Google Introducing Bad Joke Detector | Link
  • Google Gboard Physical Handwriting | Link
  • Genetic Select by Lexus | Link
  • Switch from British to U.S. dialogue at the touch of a button – Introducing Interp-Brit on BritBox | Link
  • Introducing Roku Happy Streaming™ Socks | Link
  • Introducing the New T-Mobile Sidekicks: The World’s First Smartshoephone | T-Mobile | Link
  • Netflix Buys Seth Rogen’s Personal Autonomy in April 1 Announcement – Variety | Link
  • Nvidia – Geforce Academy of Gaming | Link
  • Razer’s Project Venom v2 | Link

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