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Can a laptop from 2012 be a viable home server?

I took a spare ThinkPad T430 and put all my home server workloads on it. Here’s how it went.
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Trying out VR on an AMD Ryzen 4000 series APU

A quick and dirty experiment: can the integrated graphics on an AMD Ryzen 4000 series APU run Beat Saber?
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Strangling your service with a Kubernetes misconfiguration

Short story about a fun and simple way to shoot yourself in the foot, Kubernetes style.
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Oversimplified guide into snapshots on the btrfs filesystem

Oh, snap(per)!
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My self-hosting setup has an UPS now, here’s my experience with it

UPS, I did it again 🎵
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How I treat my urge to hoard data

Something is better than nothing.
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Surviving the front page of HackerNews on a 50 Mbps uplink

Overview of basic analytics during that one time my blog post got traction on HackerNews, and the steps I took to prepare for just this occasion.
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ASRock X570M Pro4 motherboard overview

Quick overview from someone who does this thing as a hobby, focusing on PCIe connectivity, fan control and the poor state of AM4 socket and UEFI upgrades.
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ASRock DeskMini X300: the future form factor of desktop PC-s?

Honey, I shrunk my desktop PC!
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Why I went back to using a ThinkPad from 2012

How trying out new laptops and messing with my personal computing setup motivated me to go back to a laptop that some would call ancient.
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VR, VFIO and how latency ruined everything

Alternative title: “Honey, I completely changed my server setup again!”
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Self-hosting Wikipedia using Kiwix

Hosting your own Wikipedia instance has never been this easy!
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Tech rants #1: PC-s use way too much power in 2021

Quick rant about the state of PC-s in 2021 regarding power and resource usage.
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DIY cloud gaming: NVIDIA and Moonlight

Comparing the experience that AMD and NVIDIA can provide in a DIY cloud gaming setup.
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DIY cloud gaming setup with VFIO, Parsec and AMD

A build log of how I set up my own ‘cloud gaming’ setup, including all the issues I faced and attempts to fix those.
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Testing GPU passthrough on AMD Ryzen 7 5700G APU

A quick overview of my experience with setting it up on a small PC box and things to consider when attempting this yourself.
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Turning leftover PC parts into a decent gaming PC

Putting the ‘reuse’ in ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’.
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AMD Ryzen 7 5700G: first impressions on Fedora 34

Or ‘How to downgrade your CPU at great expense!'
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How to mess up a simple ThinkPad X230 BIOS flash and how to recover from it

At least it won’t end up in a landfill!
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I’ve reached the self-hosting endgame

If all you have is a powerful workstation…
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Tech tip #1: eliminate HDD humming noise

Silence your hard drives with this one weird trick! System administrators hate him!
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Whacky setups #1: seedbox on a wall

This is what happens when someone takes the meaning of ‘brute force’ too literally.
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How to start your self-hosting adventure: a high-level overview

Getting started is probably the hardest step.
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My server setups throughout the years

From repurposed old PC-s to the elusive minimum viable server.
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My attempt at archiving nfscars.net

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug.
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Database optimization adventures on low-end hardware

Who would have thought that performing basic database optimizations could be fun?
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Things I’ve learned during my self-hosting adventure

$HOME wasn’t built in a day.
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How to fix ZFS pool not importing at boot

You have probably tried Stack Exchange and reddit at this point, so what do you have to lose?
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Quest towards energy efficiency part 1: the water heater

Alternative title: ‘Obsessing over things that nobody else cares about
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How to make digital copies of your old video tapes

Or ‘Wow, I did not know that VLC could do that!’
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What running out of SATA ports looks like

How I slapped two hard drives on a long PCIe x1 card.
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Running on fumes

0GB ought to be enough for anybody.
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Stupid project ideas #1: the War Machine

Maybe not stupid, but definitely stupid expensive.
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Disk is OK

It’s all good, man.
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How I fixed one hardware issue with another one

Two issues make a solution after all.
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This page looks better in the app

I’m not sure it does.
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The little Wi-Fi AP that could

Depends on your definition of could.
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