What Are You Using Right Now???



  • Perhaps we can begin a new "sticky" post but I am always interested in what other IT pros are using in their "tech" lives...and how it changes from time to time. I've recently become a convert of using "whatever works" over being "all in" with Microsoft products and ecosystem...so, guess I'll start:

    Home:
    Dell XPS 8700 with 16 GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 Pro, GeForce GTX 645 (my primary file/media sever)
    Plex Media Server
    Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS 8TB
    WD MyCloud NAS (2 units)
    Surface Pro 4 (basically, my main PC)
    Amazon Echo (Alexa)

    Cloud
    OneDrive
    Amazon Cloud Drive
    Google Play Music
    Amazon Music
    Groove Music

    Mobile
    Samsung Note 5
    LG Watch Urbane w/Android Wear

    Media Center
    XBOX One
    Plex App

    I am currently in transition with my cloud services and music providers. I've been in the Groove ecosystem ever since Zune but since the app on Android is weak (no music scrubbing / fast forwarding), I've decided to try Gogle Play Music. Though ever sense getting an Amazon Echo, I like the convenience of using it for Amazon Music. Their PRIME catalog is way behind Google, Groove and Apple Music but I love to tell Alexa to play something. And Amazon Music has decent apps for the phone and desktop (it has lyrics on a lot of songs). If I can live with less "free music", I may just use Amazon and just buy albums not in Prime that I want . But, I don't know, sometimes paying for Google Music (which includes YouTube RED) is worth taking ads out of YouTube videos... 🙂

    With Cloud storage, OneDrive seems too quirky for me. I actually mapped my main file server libraries to OneDrive but I always have a handful of files with sync errors but no way to fix them. Amazon Cloud Drive doesn't work quite like OneDrive but it doesn't have to if I need an occasional file. I may always use OneDrive for personal, Office documents. And do I dare say the Mobile version of Excel saves to OneDrive way better than full Excel? I'd always end up with corruption or version problems.



  • HP Folio 13 with Linux Mint.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    HP Folio 13 with Linux Mint.

    Which reminds me to finally give Linux Mint a try... 🙂



  • HOME
    Desktop: Whitebox AMD FX3800 3.8gHz, Quad Core. 12GB RAM, NVIDIA something, Hyper-V Server, Windows 8.1
    Laptop: Acer Aspire v3 17" Laptop, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Intel+NVIDIA 750M (2GB) -- Daily Driver, VirtualBox, Windows 10.

    CLOUD
    [email protected] (2GB / 40GB Storage), Plex Media Server, ownCloud Server, Amazon Storage Host
    Amazon Prime
    Amazon Cloud
    Google Play
    Vudu

    MOBILE
    Samsung Note 4

    MEDIA CENTER
    Roku 3
    Plex App



  • HOME
    Desktop: Old Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz, 8GB RAM with freshly installed Linux Mint (did have Fedora 22). 2 23" monitors.
    Laptop: ASUS S550CA 15.4" Touch Screen, i5, 8GB RAM, 24GB SSD with Fedora 23, 500GB HDD with home folder and data.
    Chromebook: Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2, 4 GB RAM, Intel Celeron N2840, 4 GB RAM, ChromeOS and Ubuntu 15.10
    Old Old Server: Intel Core 2 6600 2.4GHz, 8 GB RAM, two 500GB HDDs in software RAID and a 3TB drive for snapshots and misc storage with KVM on CentOS 7. VMs are FreePBX server, Plex server, jumpbox, ZeroTier controller, Unifi controller, and NX server.

    CLOUD
    Vultr 15GB storage, 1 cpu, 768GB RAM with websites running in unprivileged LXC containers.
    Amazon Cloud
    Alfresco and Box.com
    Amazon Music

    MOBILE
    Google Nexus 5

    MEDIA CENTER
    Roku 2xd
    Plex
    OpenELEC homemade box(don't use it but it's still there)
    Chromecast

    Edit:
    New Server:
    HP ProLiant DL380 G6 running XenServer with 2 x Quad Core Xeon E5540, 24 GB RAM, 4 x 300GB 10K SAS drives, 2 x 72GB 10K SAS drives,



  • @garak0410 said:

    With Cloud storage, OneDrive seems too quirky for me. I actually mapped my main file server libraries to OneDrive but I always have a handful of files with sync errors but no way to fix them. Amazon Cloud Drive doesn't work quite like OneDrive but it doesn't have to if I need an occasional file. I may always use OneDrive for personal, Office documents. And do I dare say the Mobile version of Excel saves to OneDrive way better than full Excel? I'd always end up with corruption or version problems.

    I've been using Alfresco for storing important documents. It lets me keep full versions of files that I can revert to and change. You get 10GB with the free version and you can create multiple sites. It's not bad.

    I was using Box.com (I have 50GB free there) but I would have to pay for versioning if I wanted it.



  • MainPC:
    Custom Built:
    Eight Core AMD
    16 gigs of RAM
    120 gig SSD
    1 TB Data Drive
    Windows 10
    1 28" IPS Monitor
    2 27" Monitors

    GroveSocial:
    MacBook Pro
    27" IPS Monitor

    Tablets:
    1 Ipad Mini
    1 Ipad Air
    1 Samsung Tab

    Phones:
    IPhone 6s+
    IPhone 6

    Cloud:
    ITunes
    Icloud
    Amazon (movies purchased from there only)
    Media:
    Office TV:
    QuantumByte Windows 8

    Bedroom TV:
    New Apple TV
    Amazon Fire Stick

    Livingroom TV:
    Old Apple TV
    Mac mini
    Playstation3
    ReadyNAS (hundreds of movies)

    @art_of_shred and @Mike-Ralston would have to chime in with what they have.



  • Custom built PC:
    AMD FX-8350
    16GB of AMD 3333Mhz RAM
    Corsair 60GB SSD
    Dual WD Black 1TB's
    EVGA GTX 970 SSC @ 1317 MHz Boost Clock
    Asus Xonar Phoebus with swapped DAC's
    34" 3440 x 1440 21:9 Acer monitor at 75Hz with FreeSync

    Work PC:
    HP Pro with 4GB of RAM and an Intel i5-3470

    Built @Minion-Queen 's custom PC, and have a few old boxes kicking around.



  • I'm liking all of the PLEX I see thus far... 🙂



  • Main PC:
    Late 2012 27" iMac, i5, 32GB Ram, 1TB fusion drive - Apple gave it to me for free!!!

    Server:
    Intel NUC i5, 16GB Ram, 250GB M.2 SSD, Esxi 6, VMs running Adtran WLAN controller, Centos 7 running Jackett app, Ubuntu 14.10 running Mfi controller, Unitrends appliance, Ubuntu 15.10 running MusicBrains mirror

    Storage/file server:
    Custom build, Asrock E3C224D4I-14S mainboard, Intel Xeon E3-1231v3 CPU, 16GB 1600 ECC ram, Lian-Li PC-Q26A case, 10x 3TB WD Red drives, 120GB Kingston SSD, 64GB Crucial SSD, FreeBSD 10.2', ZFS RaidZ2, Crucial drive as L2ARC, running Plex Media Server, Transmission and a few other media workflow automation apps

    Cloud
    Amazon Cloud Drive
    iCloud
    OneDrive - moving away from it after Microsoft pulled the stunt with (un)limited storage
    Google Play Music

    Mobile
    iPad Air 2 64GB
    Kindle Fire HDX
    IPhone 5S 16GB
    Apple Watch - my wife just bought it, so I might not get to use it at all 😞

    Media Center
    Asus Chromebox - rooted and running Openelec distro with Kodi and PlexBMC client
    PlayStation 4
    Chromecast
    Fire TV stick
    Amazon Echo
    Apple TV 2nd gen, retiring soon
    Apple TV - the new one
    Roku 3 - probably retiring soon with old Apple TV


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