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    After three months, I got my desktop PC back from service

    Early last year I had got a new PC (AMD Ryzen 7 3800X) to run as my Plex Media Server on Windows Server 2019. During the pandemic, I had to turn it into my workstation running Windows 10, as my son had taken my other PC (Asus Zenbook laptop). For Plex Media Server, I assembled a new PC, an Intel Core i5 10400 with 16GB RAM & an ASUS Prime H410M motherboard. Unfortunately, as soon as I got my laptop back, the AMD Ryzen 7 PC broke down due to a power problem in my room, which I was not aware of at the time. Most that can go wrong…

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    The PC I assembled for running Plex Media Server

    For years now, I have had 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 Windows Server 2019 to Windows 10 and turned it into my main workstation. With Plex gone away, I started…

  • Gadgets,  Technology,  Woolgathering

    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, a few friends had asked me the configuration of the above, here you go: Plex Media Server running on Intel…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft,  Woolgathering

    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 & from Samsung), you can stop picking up your phone every time when a notification alert appears in your phone, to…

  • Windows 11 Insider Preview
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    Windows 11 Insider Preview running in a virtual machine

    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 Preview is looking gorgeous. I like the colour palette of the File Explorer, the simplicity of the dock, the cleaner…