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A little bit of DIY NAS and 3D-printing shenanigans
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Increasing the capacity of my NAS by 3D-Designing and 3D-printing a drive caddy for 4x 2.5" SSDs. Is an all flash DIY NAS in my future?

Topton 2-Bay R1 Pro NAS
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

My evaluation of an interesting barebones NAS featuring: two 3.5-inch hard drive bays, a M.2 NVMe 2280 slot, an Intel N100 CPU, one DDR4 SODIMM, and two 2.5Gbps NICs.

I Updated My Blog to Jekyll!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I've been using Octopress 2.0 for over a decade. The time it takes to generate my site and declining traffic made it painfully obvious a change was overdue.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2023
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A small form factor, 4-bay DIY NAS featuring a Celeron N5105 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 128GB NVMe SSD, 2.5Gbps networking and TrueNAS SCALE for under $400.

I spent $420 building a 20TB DIY NAS to use as an off-site backup
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I implement an off-site backup using a Mini PC, a 20TB USB HDD, TrueNAS SCALE, Tailscale, and some space at Pat's house.

My journey to a new 3D Printer: the Bambu Lab X1-Carbon
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I got tired of waiting for my 5-tool Prusa XL pre-order to be honored, so I started shopping around for my next printer.

DIY NAS: 2023 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A suprisingly affordable DIY NAS featuring TrueNAS SCALE, an Intel Celeron N5105 CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 2x 250GB NVMe SSDs, and room for 7 hard drives (5x 3.5-inch and 2x 2.5 inch).

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2022 ... sort of?
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A very similar economical DIY NAS build as last year, featuring TrueNAS SCALE, a Gigabyte B450 Aorus M motherboard, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and an Antec VSK3000 Elite case.

Laser Engraving with the Ortur YRR 2.0 Rotary Roller
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I experiment with Orturs rotary tool, the YRR 2.0 Rotary Roller and engrave things into cylindrical objects.

Getting More Serious about Lasers: Ortur Aufero Laser 2
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I set up and use the Ortur Aufero Laser 2 for the very first time and share my thoughts on the experience.

I like ESPresense so much...
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

...that I want to make it even easier for other Home Assistantusers to enhance their own home automation like I have!

ESPresense: Easy Room Detection for Home Assistant
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I share my experience as I implement presence detection using ESPresense's base stations and Home Assistant.

A few weeks with TrueNAS SCALE
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I jumped on the TrueNAS SCALE bandwagon with one of its first beta releases. As I used TrueNAS SCALE on my NAS at home, I shared my experience as an early adopter.

DIY NAS: 2022 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I rebuilt my on DIY NAS in an awesome 3D-printed case (the MK735) featuring TrueNAS SCALE, a Supermicro X11SDV-4C-TLN2 motherboard, an Intel Xeon D-2123IT CPU, 64GB ECC DDR4 RAM, a pair of Crucial MX500 1TB SSDs, and more!

Building my own Drone Race Timer: RotorHazard on Delta 5 Hardware
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Working through a couple neat open source hardware and software projects for creating your own drone racing timer.

Self-Hosting my own Cloud Storage: TrueNAS CORE (fka FreeNAS), Nextcloud, and Tailscale
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

My discovery of Tailscale inspired me to finally self-host my own cloud storage using NextCloud.

Tailscale: A VPN that even Brian can use!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Brian finally finds an incredibly powerful--and easy--VPN to use at to access all of his devices remotely.

Pi-KVM: Controlling a 4-port KVM and setting up Tailscale
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Using PiKVM, an ECCOO KVM switch, and Tailscale to access and control numerous computers from anywhere I have Internet access.

Pi-KVM: an inexpensive KVM over IP
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Building my own IP KVM with a RaspberryPi, an inexpensive USB video capture device, and the awesome project, Pi-KVM.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2020
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

An economical DIY NAS featuring TrueNAS CORE, a Gigabyte B450 Aorus M motherboard, an AMD Athlon 3000G CPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and the Fractal NODE 804 case for $660

DIY NAS: 2020 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Brian's first AMD DIY NAS featuring TrueNAS CORE, an ASRock X570M Pro4, an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU, 32GB DDR4 ECC RAM, and the SilverStone CS381B case.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2019
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A budget-friendly DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an Asus Brime B450M-A/CSM motherboard, a Ryzen 3 2200G CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and an Antec NSK4100 case for about $350

Printing and Assembling the MK735, a 3D-Printed DIY NAS Case
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

As promised, I printed and assembled the MK735 DIY NAS Case for my own use. I share my thoughts on the entire process.

The Future of my DIY NAS Builds
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I share a bit about how I will be blogging about DIY NAS builds in the future.

What about a 3D-Printed Mini-ITX NAS Case?
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

My review of the MK735, a 3D-printed DIY NAS case which is hands-down the most impressive NAS case or 3D-printed item I've come across!

DIY NAS: 2019 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A DIY NAS featuring the SuperMicro A2SDI-4C-HLN4f motherboard, a Intel Atom C3558 CPU, 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM, 8x2.5" 2TB HDDs, and the SilverStone Technology CS280B case.

DIY NAS: 2019 Edition's BIOS Configuration, FreeNAS Installation, and Initial FreeNAS Configuration
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

How I configured the BIOS, installed FreeNAS, and set FreeNAS up for the DIY NAS: 2019 Edition.

I Put My Face on a USB Drive
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I bought a bunch of 16GB SWQAG-grade flash drives and stuck my face on them!

Backing up my FreeNAS to Backblaze B2
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

How I created Cloud Sync tasks to backup my most important data to Backblaze B2 storage.

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2017
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

An economical DIY NAS build featuring FreeNAS, an ASRock B150M-DVS motherboard, an Intel Pentium G4400 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a Logisys CS305BK case, and 15TB of storage.

Creating a Cooling Duct for the SilverStone DS380B
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

After I noticed the HDDs getting really hot in the SilverStone DS380B, I 3D-designed and 3D-printed a cooling duct.

DIY NAS: 2017 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A small form-factor DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, a Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F-O motherboard, Intel Xeon D-1541 CPU, 64GB DDR4 ECC RAM, 2x 10GbE, SilverStone DS380B case, and 40TB of total storage.

How Cool is This?!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Debuting my site's new logo!

DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2016
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

An economical DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASUS B150M-K D3 motherboard, Intel Celeron G3920 GPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and 12TB of storage (6 x 2TB) for just under $700.

I Bought a 3D Printer Too!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Building a Homelab Server
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

Inexpensive Xeon CPUs on eBay compelled me to build a homelab machine for hosting virtual machines.

Building a Cost-Conscious, Faster-Than-Gigabit Network
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I spent $120 on eBay to build a point-to-point 10GbE network between my PC, DIY NAS, and homelab machines.

Nitrogenated Cold-Brew Coffee
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
My 2016 DIY NAS Upgrade
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I got a little bit jealous building the DIY NAS: 2016 Edition, so I used it as inspiration to upgrade my own DIY NAS.

DIY NAS: 2016 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASRock C2750D4I motherboard, an Intel Avoton C2750 CPU, 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM, a UNAS NSC-800 case, and 28TB of storage.

SlingFest 2015
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Movember: 2015
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Release the Brewterus!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Little Miss Sunshine
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Tagg: The Pet Tracker
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
For Sale: HRE 547 Wheels
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2015
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A budget-friendly DIY NAS build featuring FreeNAS, am Intel Pentium G3220, 8GB of DDR3, a NZXT Source 220 case, and 10 TB of storage capacity.

Organizing my Toolbox
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Marley and Us
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS Roundup Poll
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS: 2015 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, 8 hard drive bays, an Intel Avoton C2550 CPU, 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM, 24TB of total storage.

Google Nexus 6 Review
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Piwik Skin for Rainmeter 1.0.0
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Movember: 2014
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Upgrading my Keychain
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Plano Balloon Festival 2014
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Indisposable DFW Dog Services
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Gizmo Crate Unboxing: July 2014
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2014
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

An economical DIY NAS build featuring FreeNAS, a Biostar NM70I-1037U motherboard, an Intel Celeron 1037U CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a NZXT Source 210 case, and four 2TB hard drives.

Why I Chose Non-ECC RAM for my FreeNAS
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I talk about how I arrived at the decision to buy Non-ECC RAM for my DIY NAS.

Top 3 Items Ever Won at Dave & Busters
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

I walk through the best 3 prizes I won at Dave and Busters

Spring Training 2014
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DFW Cars and Coffee - March 2014
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS: 2014 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A small form factor (MiniITX) DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASUS H87I-PLUS motherboard, an Intel Pentium G3220 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and a Lian-Li PC-Q25 Case

We Got a New Dog!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Movember: 2013
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2013
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

An economical DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 motherboard, an AMD Sempron 145 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and the NZXT Source 210 case.

Garage Makeover: HVAC
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Plano Balloon Festival 2013
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Seattle in a Day
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Monarch Lake Day Hike
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
My life as a Brain
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Garage Makeover
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
DIY NAS: 2013 Edition
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A MiniITX DIY NAS featuring FreeNAS, an ASRock E35LM1 motherboard (w/ AMD E-240 APU), 8GB DDR3 RAM, and COOLER MASTER Elite 120 case.

Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Movember
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Viewing all Queued Builds in TFS: Part 2
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Adding Bluetooth to My Car
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
My Network Cupboard
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Team Fortress 2 -  Free to Play
Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Viewing all Queued Builds in TFS
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A console application for viewing all of queued builds in Team Foundation Server

Welcome!
Brian Moses
Brian Moses

A little bit about briancmoses!

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