WordPress Simple Sharing Buttons


I recently needed to make some updates to this blog to fix some issues, update a few items and “get with the times” on a couple things… One of the things I wanted to make “fit” into the site a little better, or what I feel is a little better, is some more themed social icons.

Here’s what I did for these buttons.

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GAMDIAS – Hephaestus USB Gaming Headset


GAMDIAS recently sent me out one of their Hephaestus gaming headsets. This is one of their top of the line headsets, that is rocking a very affordable price tag.

Hephaestus (/hɪˈfiːstəs/, /həˈfɛstəs/ or /hᵻˈfɛstəs/; eight spellings; Ancient Greek: Ἥφαιστος Hēphaistos) is the Greek god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. – wikipedia.org

The Hephaestus is sporting 7.2 channel audio (there is a “woofer” in each ear) with a reported frequency response range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, though, my ears could only pick up 20 Hz to 19 kHz test tones. The Hephaestus also provides quite good audio separation between all of the various channels in a 7-speaker surround sound setup.

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Verizon Carrier Switch and Verizon Cloud


This story begins with a cell phone service change for someone close to me that lead to a lot of headache, heartache and just overall a bad experience as a customer.

What happened, well, after numerous not so great experiences with Verizon (retail store personnel, phone support, warranties, and the list goes on), a change of carrier was in the works… When a new carrier was decided on, the switch was made. Everything was great, until… “Wait, where are all of my really old pictures?”

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Synology DSM 6.0 – No More Root


If you are used to using older versions of DSM on your Synology NAS hardware, and use the SSH functionality, you may know that to get “admin” access you needed to login as “root”.

To do this at the SSH login, you would simply use the user name “root” instead of admin, or another user. Now, in DSM 6.0, you do not use “root” you simply need to login as a user that has admin access. Then you can use sudo like standard Linux. You do need to make sure that your user account is an admin account…

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I recently got my hands on a GAMDIAS Ourea optical mouse as part of a promo package. This is a low cost, entry level gaming mouse that offers a good amount of features, specially for the price point.

In Greek mythology, the ourea (Ancient Greek: Oὔρεα “mountains,” plural of Oὖρος) were progeny of Gaia, members of the Greek primordial deities, who were the first-born elemental gods and goddesses, children of Gaia – wikipedia

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LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i Overheating


There aren’t a lot of articles out there on this problem, since I think it’s pretty specific. But hopefully this will help someone else out.

I recently purchased a new LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i RAID controller for a new server. It’s not going to really utilize the 9361-8i to any of its real potential, but I wanted a card that would be fast, reliable, and last for a long time. I thought the 9361-8i was going to be that, but then after installing it and booting up the system… I happened to notice that the heatsink was getting REALLY warm.

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