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Personal Cloud Options!
Josh writes, "I think it would be beneficial to talk about some personal cloud solutions. A lot of us have computers in our homes with tons of storage space with our files on it already. Instead of having to then upload those files to a dropbox, google drive, etc, it seems much easier just to roll our own cloud." More on personal clouds, and the word on OwnCloud, Tonido, Pydio, Seafile, Sparkleshare, BitTorrent Sync, and Crashplan in the video!
Bluetooth Speaker Roundup:
We're looking at B&W's T7, KEF's Muo, Libratone's Zipp, and Riva's Turbo X. They're pretty pricey, around $300, but, boy did they sound goooood! Get all the deets on 'em in the video.
IBM Model M Parts & iFixit's Pro Tech Toolkit...
That replacement space bar for my 23 year old IBM Model M keyboard? It came from ClickyKeyboards. Here's a link to the Pro Tech Toolkit. And if you want to support TekThing, head over to iFixit and use the code TekThing when you check out to save $5!
Longest Lasting Hard Drives?
Brent wrote email@example.com, "I built a computer a little over a year ago, and the 2TB Seagate Pipeline HD I chose suddenly died 14 months into the life of the system. Luckily, I have a 256GB SSD that the OS lives on and have backups of everything else, so I'm okay there. I'm in the process of looking for a replacement HDD to store my files and games, but I want to make sure I get a reliable drive. I'd like to get at least 2TB and get the best bang for my buck. Any recommendations?" TLDR: Buy a Western Digital Blue or Black... we talk drive reliability, the epic stats in the BackBlaze’s Hard Drive Reliability Review, and HGST's MegaScale drives in the video!
$2 Tripod, Lens Filters!
Will watched our ‘build video’ on photography skills and posted on patreon.com/tekthing:
"I have two photography tips. One: put a 1/4-20 d-ring bolt and a length of 550 cord with a loop in it in your camera bag it works as a makeshift monopod. Two: always put a Clear, UV or Skylight filter on your lens. It may be hard to remember what f-stop is, but it's easy to remember that filters are cheaper than lenses." Shannon's fave filter -and how to find the right size- are in the video!
Do Something Analog!
Once in awhile... put down the phone, step away from the screen, close the laptop, and do something analog, like mini golf!!!!