urn:uuid:8ab90728-0e57-53f5-a060-317847daf3f4 Topic: Hardware – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2021 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/favicon/favicon.svg 2021-11-22T13:35:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:a1d60c41-8d4c-41c2-8a8c-bb56d7d0547c 2021-11-22T13:35:00Z 2021-11-22T13:35:00Z Why you need a HTPC A home theater/media center (HTPC) can enhance your experience. You get more reliable playback and better loudness normalization than a smart TV or Chromecast. <p>I haven’t watched linear TV for years. I usually know what I want to watch and the times I want to watch it. In other words, I’m a cable-cutter or an <em>on-demand streamer</em> as I prefer to think of it.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/why-htpc-benefits.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:e9d1c113-d4de-4096-98fa-97aa9d1a0b2e 2021-11-06T15:56:00Z 2021-11-06T15:56:00Z Review: Samsung Galaxy Fit2 – a passive health and activity tracker The Galaxy Fit2 is frustrating to use, but is luckily meant to be worn passively to track your health metrics (continuous heart rate, step counter, and sleep). <p>The Samsung Galaxy Fit2 (not to be confused with the Gear Fit2) packs an impressive set of features like a sleep and heart rate monitor, in a small and budget-friendly package. However, it doesn’t help that it has a continuous activity, sleep, and heart rate/stress monitor when it doesn’t remind you to keep it charged.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-samsung-galaxy-fit2.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:0bd7cd35-ca6d-4fdf-9b91-f639655e3d57 2021-08-10T13:28:00Z 2021-08-10T13:28:00Z Review of the MikroTik hEX (3rd rev.) as a home router The RB750Gr3 is an inexpensive Gigabit router with advanced network management capabilities for just €50/$60. It’s highly configurable with a steep learning curve. <p>The MikroTik hEX (RB750Gr3) (available on Amazon) is an inexpensive Gigabit router with advanced capabilities. I’ve used it as my home router for the last five years. It’s not a consumer-grade product, and it certainly isn’t your grandma’s router!</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-mikrotik-rb750gr3.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:075bba76-530e-4577-998f-1a0e218c76da 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z Nothing but bad experiences with Realtek Ethernet NICs Nothing but bad experiences with Realtek Ethernet <abbr title="network interface controller">NICs</abbr> The tale of my bad experiences with consumer-grade Realtek networking equipment over the last decade. Intel has always had to come in to save the day. <p>I recently got a new Asus AMD B550-PLUS (available on Amazon) mainboard. It has a built-in Realtek PCIe 2,5-gigabit (RTL8125B) network interface controllers (NIC). As is often the case with Realtek NICs, it has been quite unreliable and is plagued with intermittent issues.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/realtek-nic.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:205b275e-8a5c-4cc2-b14c-743b8f9e5eed 2021-06-17T14:42:00Z 2021-06-17T14:42:00Z Review of Logitech K835 tenkeyless mechanical keyboard The Logitech K835 TKL is a low-latency and well-built budget keyboard. Mechanical keyboards aren’t just for gamers with too much disposable income! <p>Logitech has set out to prove that mechanical keyboards aren’t just for gamers with too much disposable income and an unhealthy obsession for blinking lights! The Logitech K835 is a tenkeyless (TKL, meaning a regularly sized keyboard without the numpad) mechanical budget keyboard. It has an open-body design built on an aluminum plate on a plastic shell featuring either TTC tactile (“blue”) or TTC linear (“red”) key switches.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-logitech-k835-tkl.html">Read more …</a></p>