The PC I assembled for running Plex Media Server

For years now, I have a dedicated computer in my house to run the Plex Media server, hosting my media content (Photos, Music, Home Videos & so on) and also as a server with a copy of the data I have in the cloud storages (Dropbox & Onedrive). For a few years it was an old iMac and last year I upgraded to an AMD Ryzen 7 PC. During the pandemic as I had a need for a new PC for my work, I converted the PC for Plex from…

The software programming course in 1989 that changed my life for good

Today, I found an old certificate from 1989, and that set up a train of thoughts & recalling of old memories. It was the first computer programming certification given to me thirty-two years ago for completing a course on BASIC, Word-Processing & Database management. Below is a summary of my early years with IBM PC & MS-DOS. My first contact with a computing device was probably in 1986 when my uncle gifted me an Atari 2600 gaming console. I used to spend every waking hour on the device, playing games…

Where did my weekend go?

It is another Monday morning & I get up wondering where did my weekend go? I was super busy the last few days and I was not doing any paid work. Instead, I was doing sysadmin tasks at home: Assembling a #Windows10 PC for #Plex Media Server & creating the media libraries within it; Install #PopOS Linux on an old laptop for testing; Cleaning the numerous #MicrosoftAzure subscriptions I have accumulated over the years, bringing them under one login; and Moving to #Microsoft365 E5 Dev from E3 plan On Facebook,…

Access your phone from your Windows 10 PC

Today’s Windows tip. Apple (Mac/iPhone) owners please look elsewhere. If you are using a PC running Windows 10 (upgrade for free to the latest build easily) and own a modern Android especially a Samsung phone (most of the Galaxy series sold in the last few years) then you will thank me for this tip. The list of supported Android phones is here. On your PC, look for a free app from Microsoft that comes with Windows 10 called “Your Phone”. Once you have it set up (instructions from Microsoft &…

Windows 11 Insider Preview running in a virtual machine

Windows 11 Insider Preview

Tip 1: Many manufacturers are now listing which of their machines will upgrade to Windows 11, this article from Windows Central provides links to Asus, MSI & Gigabyte devices and motherboards that will get the upgrade. I checked and my desktop motherboard from Asus (TUF B450M-Pro) is eligible! Tip 2: Windows 11 requires TPM, a security feature, to be enabled in your PC. You can find instructions for branded PCs (HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.); and for Asus, Gigabyte & MSI motherboards for both Intel & AMD CPUs. Windows 11 Insider…