Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




January 2016

Dell PowerEdge T20 : Simple Home Server Solution

by Alexandre Denault, on PC, Hardware, Linux, Dell, Server

A server is a computer decided to providing one or more services. In the case of home offices, the most common type would be the file server : a computer dedicated to storing and sharing files. Server hardware is typically designed to be more robust than regular computer hardware, mostly because they operate continuously and safeguard important data. This type of hardware if often costly, bulky and fairly noisy. The Dell…



April 2015

10 Years of Blogging

by Alexandre Denault, on Transformers, Hardware, Videogames, Movies, Linux, Blogs, Apple

Back in April 15, 2005, I wrote : Why would I have a blog? I’ve had different webpages since I’ve been on the Internet (around 1996). But times are changing. Personnal webpages are out, Blogs are in. What’s a guy to do? Four days latter, I wrote my first blog post, describing the importance of upgrading the BIOS on my new MSI K8T Neo2 motherboard. Today, I am…



August 2006

My New Toshiba Tecra M3

by Alexandre Denault, on PC, Review, Hardware

When I decided I was going back to school, I knew I needed a new laptop. My 14″ IBook was horribly underpowered. In addition, I couldn’t use my laptop on several projects because the software I was using simply did not exist on MacOs X. Choosing a new laptop was a difficult challenge. My requirements were high and my budget was pretty low. Before I bought I laptop, I…



July 2005

Optimus Keyboard

by Alexandre Denault, on Hardware, Gadget, Keyboard

Once in a while, a company comes up with a toy that is so cool, I need to have one. A few of them comes to mind, the Sony PSP, Optimal Optimus or the first logitech BlueTooth headset. I am, by no means a compulsive buyer. However, some gadgets are just too cool ;-) Recently featured on Slashdot, the Optimus Keyboard is the next cool thing. It’s a keyboard…



April 2005

New Toy!

by Alexandre Denault, on PC, Hardware

I just finished installing my new MSI K8T Neo2 motherboard with a blazing Athlon 3000+ 64 bit processor. Add to that a full gig of memory and you have a very nice workstation. Of course, getting the memory to work was a pain. Initially, the motherboard would only recognize the first stick of memory. A word of advice for any of those out there who will install a new motherboard,…