Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.

posts by Alexandre Denault



October 2016

Playing for a Cause : Extra-Life

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Console, Charity, Children

I have been working on this introduction for a few days now. It is difficult to find the words describing how important pedeatric hopistals are. I chose action rather than words, by proudly participating to Extra Life 2016. By playing games for 24 hours, I will be raising funds for Opération Enfant Soleil, a non-profit organization that raises funds to develop high-quality paediatrics and to contribute to social health projects…



September 2016

Fit-Headless : A Streaming Necessity

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Steam, Nvidia, Streaming

The introduction of powerful game streaming technology, such as Nvidia's Gamestream or Steam Stream forever changed how I game on the PC. My gaming PC is actually a powerful 4u server machine, comfortably installed in my server rack in the basement. Yet, I can game from any room in the house, either using my Nvidia Shield decides or my Apple computers. These streaming technology do have an important limitation : they…



August 2016

Unify AC - An Elegant Wifi Solution

by Alexandre Denault, on Network, Wireless, Ubiquiti, Unifi

Wifi is difficult to deploy properly and even more difficult to debug. When living in a small apartment, the solution is pretty simple : place a simple wifi router roughly in the middle of the appartement. However, in a large multi-floor house, getting a strong wifi signal in every room can quickly become a nightmare. Increasing Wifi coverage usually involves deploying multiple access points. A simple solution is to deploy multiple…



August 2016

Edge Router X

by Alexandre Denault, on Network, Ubiquiti, Router, Edge

Solutions to share the Internet on a network have tremendiously evolved in the last twenty years. My first experience was using Wingate, a software proxy that could act as an Internet gateway. Along with the introduction of Internet broadband came the consumer gateways, such as the iconic Linksys BEFSR41. The market was flooded with such solutions, but consumers often replaced them every few years because of failure hardware or discontinued…



May 2016

Nvidia Shield TV

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Android, Console, Nvidia

Being a parent imposes some restriction on how, when and where you can play video games. The Shield Mobile was a saviour: with its streaming functionality, I could play PC games from anywhere in the house. The Shield TV extends the Shield ecosystem by introducing a powerful Android console for your home TV. The console itself is great, but is there a point in making an Android game console? Member…