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Monitoring energy usage with smart plugs, Prometheus and Grafana

My obsession with measuring the power consumption of my devices reached a whole new level.

ThinkPad as a server: the follow-up

The ThinkPad as a server is back, this time with a couple of adjustments.

Anything’s a portable speaker if you’re brave enough

All about that time I converted a JBL soundbar into a portable speaker

Testing a cheap ExpressCard to NVMe SSD adapter on my ThinkPad T430

I got curious about an ExpressCard to NVMe M.2 NGFF adapter I saw on Reddit, so I got one to try out myself, ending up with a total of 4 SSD-s on my ThinkPad T430. Yes, four.

The minimum viable fan control script

Some assembly required. No, not that one.

Accidentally turning the ASRock DeskMini X300 into a semi-passively cooled PC

Experimenting with my fan control scripts ended up with an interesting discovery.

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.

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?

My self-hosting setup has an UPS now, here’s my experience with it

UPS, I did it again 🎵

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.

VR, VFIO and how latency ruined everything

Alternative title: “Honey, I completely changed my server setup again!”

DIY cloud gaming: NVIDIA and Moonlight

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

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.

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.

I’ve reached the self-hosting endgame

If all you have is a powerful workstation…

Whacky setups: seedbox on a wall

This is what happens when someone takes the meaning of ‘brute force’ too literally.

Database optimization adventures on low-end hardware

Who would have thought that performing basic database optimizations could be fun?

Quest towards energy efficiency part 1: the water heater

Alternative title: ‘Obsessing over things that nobody else cares about

Disk is OK

It’s all good, man.

How I fixed one hardware issue with another one

Two issues make a solution after all.

The little Wi-Fi AP that could

Depends on your definition of could.