Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




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…



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…



December 2015

Steam Link and Controller

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Review, Steam

Streaming, at least for computers, is the continuous delivery of media from a provider: only the content you need is transmitted. Although streaming is mostly associated with music and movies, streaming technologies for video games have been gaining popularity. In essence, you play a game on a device, but the game itself is located on another device. Streaming has been an integral components of Steam's Big Picture mode, which aims…



October 2015

Mighty No. 9 Demo Impression

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Review

Mega Man is an iconic video game character, best known for his ability for capture and reuse opponents abilities. As of March 2015, the franchise has sold over 30 millions copies. However, the last ten years has seen very few new games released featuring the classic action Mega Man was so well known for. To fill that void, Keiji Inafune, best known for his extensive work on the Mega Man…



August 2015

Introduction to Password Managers

by Alexandre Denault, on PC, MacOs, Linux, Passwords, Security

Given the ridiculous number of high profile hacks, password security is more important than ever. Proper password etiquette can be summarizes to two rules : Use strong passwords (composed of characters and digits, no dictionary words) Do not reuse passwords in more than one place The problem is that passwords are difficult to remember because of the first rule, and you need a large number of them because of the second…