Lenovo ThinkPad P14s gen 4 (AMD): it doesn’t suck under Linux

I’m just as surprised as you are.

Tiered storage: use the right tool for the job

A short ramble about something I realized over the years with my self-hosting setup.

TOMO M4: probably the coolest power bank I’ve owned

All the reasons why I find this particular power bank to be really neat and why it could realistically be the last power bank I buy.

LattePanda V1 - my experience with a Raspberry Pi alternative

I got a LattePanda V1 and gave it a go as a Raspberry Pi replacement for my self-hosting setup. Here’s how it went.

Shrinkflation, SanDisk style

A cheap USB stick and the marketing around it caused disappointment, more at 11.

What changing the CPU on a laptop looks like

Quick demonstration of a CPU replacement in a ThinkPad T430.

I have a ‘Dall UD19PB ThundeRbglt Dock’: my experience with the HP Elitebook 845 G9

I’ve tried out newer laptops before and it was nothing short of a disaster. Is this HP any different, or do I need to go back to my ThinkPad T430 again?

I finally found an use case for my Raspberry Pi Model B+

I take a severely underpowered computer and make it do something useful.

Recovering a password-protected ThinkPad T60

An illustrated overview about the process of clearing the supervisor password from a ThinkPad T60, based on guides that some smart and persistent people have written.

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.

I tried out the CyberPower UT650EG UPS

Small and very efficient, but not quite ideal for all use cases. At least it hasn’t caught on fire yet!

Disabling the crappy Broadcom Bluetooth adapter in your ThinkPad T430 running Linux

If you have ever felt frustated with the Bluetooth experience that your ThinkPad T430 offers you, especially after upgrading the WiFi adapter to one that also has Bluetooth capabilities, then this article might help you out.

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.

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

UPS, I did it again 🎵

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.

ASRock DeskMini X300: the future form factor of desktop PC-s?

Honey, I shrunk my desktop PC!

Tech rants: PC-s use way too much power in 2021

Quick rant about the state of PC-s in 2021 regarding power and resource usage.

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.

Turning leftover PC parts into a decent gaming PC

Putting the ‘reuse’ in ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G: first impressions on Fedora 34

Or ‘How to downgrade your CPU at great expense!’

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!

Tech tip: eliminate HDD humming noise

Silence your hard drives with this one weird trick! System administrators hate him!

Database optimization adventures on low-end hardware

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

What running out of SATA ports looks like

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

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.