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Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support) is now available on our website, as of April 21st!
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April 23rd, 2016

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cloudThis is what we’ve been saying for years now – that the best path to the cloud is to:

  1. Own your core / foundation infrastructure and hardware, at least one server worth, and
  2. Architect it properly with DRY DevOps best-practices and repeatability, to scale into the cloud as needed to meet spot demand

Here’s the reference:

The Hybrid Cloud Helps Midsize Companies CompeteThis e-book is based on insights and recommendations by the Ventana Research, benchmark research report, “Business Technology Insights: Six Key Trends in Optimizing IT for Competitive Advantage.”

Source: The Hybrid Cloud Helps Midsize Companies Compete: Networkworld White Paper

December 23rd, 2015

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This is a clip of the OOB (Out-Of-Box experience) of an eRacks Ultrabook with Debian on it.

This video show the sleek aluminum finish and Full HD display, as well as the Debian splash screen and desktop.

If we have time before it ships, we will do a quick teardown video of the internals, showing the upgradeable parts such as disks/modules/SSDs, mini PCI cards, and memory, etc.

This Zenbook model is so new, we had to install special WiFi drivers and we are prepping a newer kernel for the touchpad- at the moment, everything works, except two-finger scrolling.

 

 

April 17th, 2015

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With the upcoming release of Ubuntu 15.04, eRacks is offering this new operating system on servers, desktops, and laptops. Just select it from the drop down menu when customizing your computer.Ubuntu_1504_Vivid_Verdet

April 11th, 2015

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Here’s a quick video of a new, ultra-quiet 2U Studio model – barely audible, even with 2 of them running!

We just built several of these for a repeat customer, here’s the latest two:

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November 6th, 2014

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Creating wealth requires smart investing which is something you have to learn if you want to achieve financial freedom. In the following paragraphs you will learn how to select, invest in and manage high quality mutual funds that can actually generate the required returns, you’ll also learn about online trading.

First, you need to understand the difference between a taxable and tax-free bond, as it will be the largest portion of your mutual fund holdings.

The tax advantage of a bond is that it does not have to pay a capital gains tax when you sell it but you have to pay income tax when you withdraw the money when it is sold. In contrast, a mutual fund pays no taxes when you sell it. As such, the bond will pay a lower tax rate than a mutual fund. Also, the bond’s yield is higher than a mutual fund. If you have $100,000 in your IRA and you sell a $1,000,000 bond, you will end up with $99,999.99. This is a 5% yield, which is much better than the 2.5% yield of the bond. This means you will make $5,000 more, but you will have to pay taxes on it. In some states, the tax will be higher. The best way to reduce your tax bill when you sell a bond is to roll the bond into another retirement account, such as a Roth IRA.

To be sure, you may want to look at mutual funds. It’s easier to do this than roll bonds into a Roth IRA because you only need to sell one bond. This bond will be converted into another mutual fund, which will be converted into yet another mutual fund, and on and on.

What if my IRA provider won’t take me to another mutual fund if I use another company’s bond?

A bond is a bond. No, this isn’t some kind of weird, “weird” bond, it’s a bond. If you get a new investment manager and she doesn’t offer a bond fund for you, then you have options.

Option #1: Look for an exchange-traded fund that is similar to the fund you want to work with. Exchange-traded funds are mutual funds that track the performance of a broader market index, such as the S&P 500 index. These funds are available to retail investors who invest using a brokerage account, a 401(k) plan or a high-yield bank account. An exchange-traded fund provides the investor with a price, which they can then use to buy or sell the underlying index. ETFs provide you with the ability to buy or sell securities at a pre-set price, so that your holdings can match the movements of the market. ETFs can be traded in different ways, such as over the counter (OTC), over the phone, through the Internet or through mutual fund brokers.

For the first 10 years of trading, you don’t need to invest in any individual exchange-traded fund. Instead, you can simply buy a mutual fund that includes the shares of an ETF.

But it is crucial to understand that ETFs are actually stocks, which means that when you invest in them you’re investing in the overall market. In fact, the market, like a giant pyramid scheme, is a giant investment scheme, because it is in fact designed to make money for the people running it.

September 17th, 2013

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Ubuntu for tablets was officially unveiled today. According to PCMag, “A Touch Developer Preview will be released on Feb. 21 via developer.ubuntu.com, which will work on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.”

Ubuntu for Tablets

I’m actually a huge fan of the interface on the Nexus 7 and I probably wouldn’t change it, but I would absolutely love someone to get a stripped down version of Ubuntu running on a Kindle Fire. I absolutely hate that my Kindle Fire won’t recognize a USB device and can’t access the Google Play Store without rooting it and potentially bricking the device. 

Some of the added features of Ubuntu will be voice control, an invisible task-bar called magic edges,  and a split screen mode to allow for better multitasking: Skype while you watch a movie at the same time. 

 

February 19th, 2013

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boxOne of the primary complaints that I’ve had about tablets such as the iPad, the Surface tablet and the Kindle Fire HD is the lack of hard drive storage space.  All three devices offer between 5-10GB of additional cloud storage for free, but that’s barely enough for a single DVD quality movie.  There are plenty of paid options for cloud storage, but many services charge a monthly/yearly fee and they can be expensive. Recently, as hard drive prices have been dropping, I’ve been expecting that some company would finally come along and offer a large amount of free cloud storage to sign up a bunch of new users. I saw a post on a forum today where Box.com was offering 50GB of free cloud storage to new users.  I haven’t had a chance to test the service myself, but it can apparently sync files between Apple, Microsoft, and most Android devices. I recommend signing up for this deal as soon as possible, because I highly suspect that the folks over at Box.com have vastly underestimated the number of people who are going to jump on a deal like this.

If you need a new tablet, laptop, desktop, or netbook, check out the new website over at eRacks.com.

 

February 8th, 2013

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NAS50 Network Attached Storage server from eRacks

NAS50 Network Attached Storage server from eRacks

You may have noticed that the eRacks Open Source Systems website recently got a huge facelift. eRacks now offers a ton of new options and upgrades for their entire line of desktop computers, laptops, storage servers, NAS servers, Linux servers and rackmount servers . eRacks wide choice of operating systems also include Ubuntu, Debian, openSUSE, Fedora Linux and other rackmount server configurations.

The NAS50 network attached storage server from eRacks has also been upgraded with newest hard drives from Western Digital and Seagate. In addition to 200TB of storage, the eRacks/NAS50 holds a maximum of two eight-core Intel Xeon or four AMD Opteron CPUs for a total of 16 Intel cores or 64 AMD cores. Memory can be upgraded up to 768GB DDR3 and multiple RAID arrays can be configured. eRacks also offers 4GbE and 10GbE network interfaces for the eRacks/NAS50 server. An external SAS option enables multiple NAS50 servers or other NAS units together for peta-scale storage.

NAS50 Network Attached Storage server from eRacks

January 25th, 2013

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eRacks Open Source Systems announces a new line of high performance laptops powered by the third generation Intel i5/ i7 chipset. The new line is the perfect solution for Linux professionals, gamers, programmers, video editors and engineers. The new line will also feature dual hard drive bays which will vastly improve storage capacity and allow for RAID configurations. eRacks is proud to deliver a high-end mobile gaming machine with more processing power, more graphics performance and more storage options than anything else on the market.

The Intel i7 3610qm powered King laptop is designed for intensive computation and includes dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M GPU, earthshaking Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 audio, subwoofer, programmable illuminated keyboard, 17.3″ (16:9) Full HD 1920×1080 LED-Backlit Display, 9-in-1 Card Reader, 8xDVDRW or BluRay optical drive and dual hard drive bays with support for RAID. Sophisticated engineering and design make sure all of these fit perfectly in a compact and cutting-edge portable form. The King can be configured with your choice of Linux OS, including dual boot options with support for Windows 7, Windows 8, Ubuntu, Centos, Linux Mint and many other Linux distros.

Every laptop is custom designed, configured and rigorously tested by eRacks in their California facility. Users will be able to work closely with the experts at eRacks regarding any questions about capabilities, compatibility and special system requirements. The unparalleled level of customer service ensures users get a laptop that will exactly meet their needs and exceed their expectations.

October 29th, 2012

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