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Bitcoin mining setup disassembled …

Bitcoin mining setup disassembled

Several years ago we started hosting a bitcoin mining operation with 8 GPUs for one of our customers. The GPUs (on the left) are pretty much obsolete now so the customer has decided to have them removed. Surprisingly.

It was kinda fun and a challenge to keep these guys cool during full operation. The power required to for this entire setup nearly tripled our electric usage unfortunately. It produced so much heat we did not need to run the heaters in the building for at least two winters. In the summer time a hood was installed around the liquid cooling reservoirs and fans which were cooling the GPUs and ventilated to the exterior of the building using large attic fan enclosure.

Want to learn more about bitcoin operations? There are several links but this one seems to describe what mining is all about very well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7opj5-32hw

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Interesting enough, Facebook uses HERE WeGo for …

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Interesting enough, Facebook uses HERE WeGo for mapping locations and it isn’t half bad at all. Houses are numbered, updated aerial photography, offers terrain, satellite, and map views. Also has traffic and transit mapping features to help plan your routes. Sends directions to your mobile Android or iOS devices. Mark places and collections and you can even use the map creator to help edit the map by adding things to it.

I believe Google Maps has a strong contender although, I think they may have won me over on maps. The only con I could find was missing the little man for street view, which is helpful but not if the imagery is 10 years old.

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Proud of our friend Kristen who will be …

Proud of our friend Kristen who will be permanently locating her photograph business in Remington on March 1st. Visit her page below and check out her awesome work. Schedule appointments soon, I’m sure she will soon have a waiting list. Don’t miss out!

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SmartSpot devices for Fauquier Public School …

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SmartSpot devices for Fauquier Public School Students

Three high schools, five middle schools and one alternative school will be issuing SmartSpot devices to students without Internet access at home. The school division aims to eventually provide annual funding for Kajeet Education Broadband.

Program made possible by a Maryland tech company Kajeet. This is a great opportunity for these students especially since many schools require online assignments or access. http://www.kajeet.net/kajeet-smartspot

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LOCAL SCAM ALERT – Fauquier High School

LOCAL SCAM ALERT – Fauquier High School

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The real cost of automation by replacing human …

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The real cost of automation by replacing human workers with robotic ones. Good read, has a video if you are visually entertained as well.

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Samsung warns customers that some smart TV sets …

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Samsung warns customers that some smart TV sets listen to conversation in the room and transmit it to a third party, Nuance Communications. They suggest not having private or sensitive conversations in front of your TV.

Sort of ironic, we spend so many hours in front of the TV watching Hollywood, now something is watching us. This would be true even for other smart devices that listen or watch your home. Even with wake words, it is possible the system misinterprets a word as a wake word when it is not and can transmit a certain amount of information it captured prior to and after the wake word detection. A small nod to Amazon Alexia and Microsoft Cortana.

Does it stop there? What about your your Philips Hue or Samsung SmartThings systems for home automation? They too can transmit information like when your lights are on or off, your schedules, how the lights turned on or off, maybe if you are watching a movie in “movie mode scene”, which room you are located in your home?

Ultimately online privacy is a thing slowly going away as we choose convenience over it. Just be careful what companies you choose to allow in your home as you are giving away pieces of your own puzzle and there is not anything regulating what they can or cannot do except individual user agreements between you and the company. Maybe one day you will have no choice but to greet your guests with legal papers, and signs stating who or what is monitoring your home.

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Fun radar technology.

Fun radar technology.

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Business Owners

Business Owners!

Frustrated with your IT?

Do you just want to do what you are great at? So do we.
Does your staff work on IT problems? Our staff does.
Do you spend hours fixing and repairing? Yeah, SAME HERE!
On the phone with providers and vendors? OH yeah!
Late nights doing upgrades/updates? Our favorite time of day!

Looks like we have some things in common… come on, give us a call, let’s evaluate your situation before it is an emergency. Information is free.

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70% of Global Internet Traffic Goes Through NOVA …

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70% of Global Internet Traffic Goes Through NOVA

Why is Fauquier County so far behind when it comes to high speed Internet access? Culpeper has a datacenter right off of RT29 and claims to be ISP Neutral, meaning you can pick from any number of providers for your Internet, as with most large scale datacenters, which happen to be all around us in Prince William, Culpeper, and Loudoun. All of these counties have FiOS available as well, maybe not in all locations but directly competing with Comcast.

We finally have OVH coming to Vint Hill, they might even be up and running or close to it by now. Will this eventually bring more choices and a competitive market to Fauquier? Or at least High Speed Internet to folks that don’t have a solution? The Internet is not considered a luxury anymore, and we should not treat it any different than water and electricity.

#Fauquier #ISPNeutralSolutions #CompetitiveMarkets

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