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18 Mar 2014

New "APU" embedded board from PC Engines | After a Utilite, uSVR or fit headless? | Sneak peek at our new website

Just a quick update to let you know about a new embedded board that's coming soon from PC Engines - the APU (see below) - it looks incredibly awesome.

We'd also like to apologise for our radio silence - we've been madly working on our new website, which will be ready by the end of April (fingers crossed).

There's a sneak peek for you below.

We also haven't been adding any new products to the website, so there's a bit of a backlog right now.

So if you're after a Utilite, uSVR (MicroSVR) or a fit headless, please drop us a line in case we just happen to have some stock lying around :)

APU embedded computers

"APU" embedded computer coming soon

New "APU" embedded computer - more powerful than ever!

What do you get if you cross an ALIX 2-2 and an ALIX 2-3 with and ALIX 6, and throw in a dual-core 1GHz processor and 4GB of RAM?

The most powerful embedded server ever, that's what!

Just think what you could do with this beauty.

With heaps of storage options (including support for a hard drive), 3 Gigabit ethernet ports, built-in 3G/4G support, the sky really is the limit.

And it's still just as tiny and fanless. O.M.G.

We like to think of the APU as "Awesome Possibilities Unlimited".

We already have a rackmount kit for it, and we're in the process of adapting our bookshelf case to suit, so you'll still be able to get one in your favourite colour.

The new APU board is already in early stage production, but we'll be waiting for a couple of months before stocking up to allow the board revisions to stabilise.

If you want one sooner than that, please contact us.

Exciting times!

Take a peek at our new website

Take a sneak peek at our new website

We've been promising this for a while, but we're getting SO close I can taste it.

Here's a screenshot of the new catalogue in case you're a teensy bit curious.

We're working really hard to keep the best bits of our current site, while adding lots of great new content and features, to make your transition to the new site as painless as possible.

We'll keep you posted.

Have an awesome day!

28 Oct 2013

We'll be closed for 5 days in November

We'll be closed from 5PM on Thursday, 28th November until 9AM on Wednesday, 4th December.

We also have Melbourne Cup Day next Tuesday around here, so we'll also be closed on Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th of November.

So if you're going to need any of our hardware soon, this is your chance to get organised.

And can you believe it's only eight weeks until Christmas? So I've listed our Christmas closure dates down below for you as well.

MicroSVR approved for sale in Australia

MicroSVR

MicroSVR approved for sale

The latest product from CompuLab – the MicroSVR (also called the uSVR) – has finally been approved for sale in Australia.

The MicroSVR is a high-performance server, which is extremely small, incredibly powerful and totally silent.

Consuming anywhere from 8 to 35W, the funky fluted case design ensures optimal heat dissipation.

And with a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM and space for 4 internal 2.5" RAID-controlled hard drives, we're really looking forward to taking this one for a test drive.

Check out CompuLab's brochure on the MicroSVR to learn more.

CompuLab have also introduced the Utilite - an ARM-based Cortex-AP miniature low-power desktop designed for Linux and Android systems.

You can learn more about the Utilite at utilite-computer.com, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Please let us know if you're interested in either of these, so we can make sure we've got enough stock to keep you happy.

Publishing the open-source way

If you've ever wanted to write an eBook, then here's a great list of resources you can use to do it the open-source way.

How to create an eBook the open-source way

This handy article explains how to use an open-source processor, a plugin to convert your masterpiece to an ePub, and some eBook reader software.

Too easy! Now go write that book.

Christmas and New Years Hours

This year has been an absolutely fascinating and wild ride.

Ready for another one? I hear it's going to be even better next year ;)

End-of-year closure

To help you plan ahead, here are the important dates for our end-of-year period:

Christmas tree
  • Friday, 20 Dec, 12PM - The absolute latest you'll need to place and pay for your order by, if you want it to arrive before Christmas. You'll need to order even earlier if you're outside of the Express Post area, or if it's a large order. Ask us if you're not sure. Of course we'll happily process your last minute order, but we just can't guarantee it will arrive in time. So get in early, OK?
  • Friday, 20 Dec, 5PM - When we close for our Christmas break.
  • Monday, 13 Jan, 9AM - When reopen after our Xmas break, and it's also straight after we do our annual stocktake, so if you want to help us out, please clear us out of everything before Christmas, OK? Thank you :)

You're more than welcome to place orders via the website while we're closed, but we won't be answering the phones, shipping orders, or responding to emails until we reopen.

We wish you a truly wonderful and rejuvenating holiday season.

29 Aug 2013

New website in the works

We're currently working on a new version of our website and hope to have it ready for you "real soon now".

Of course, we have to squeeze in working on it between shipping all of your incredibly important orders, and answering your equally important phone calls, so it always takes longer than we expect, but that's a good thing, so keep them coming!

We also want to test everything inside and out, and standing on our heads to make sure everything works just right.

It might look a little different, but it will still have all the same great content, and even more great features to make it even easier to find what you're looking for.

Need a good pfSense tutorial?

Have you seen the collection of "how to" articles at pfsensesetup.com?

Maximumdx's website is a truly awesome collection of tips and tricks that's definitely worth checking out!

So far there are articles on:

plus videos on adding firewall rules, NAT Port forwarding, using aliases and more.

If you're trying to figure out how to do something in pfSense, there's a good chance you'll find something to help you out at pfsensesetup.com.

8-port Gigabit rackmount server

8-port Gigabit server

We're currently working on a kit that will allow you to install a LAN1841 in our rackmount net6501.

The net6501 already has four Gigabit ethernet ports and the LAN1841 adds a further four Gigabit ports.

Just imagine what you could do with an 8-port Gigabit rackmount server....

Rackmount servers @ yawarra

Business + sustainability = the future

Sustainability is becoming more and more important in business. Here's some fascinating articles about the direction it's headed:

  1. The EcoArk - The world’s first fully functional, public structure made of recycled plastic bottles
  2. 3 heretical questions about competition, efficiency and scale

  3. Sick of climate change? - Why Linda Marsa came to Australia to understand how climate change is hurting our health

  4. Habitat for Humanity's newest house - It's so energy-efficient you can heat it with just a hair dryer
22 May 2013
Intense PC Pro

Intense PC Pro

Intense PC now available

We finally have approval to sell the Intense PC in Australia! Yay!

The Intense PC Pro is a tiny, fanless, powerful, energy-efficient desktop PC, able to handle any desktop environment.

Developed with a focus on miniaturization, energy-efficiency and performance, the compact Intense PC Pro uses less than 10W when idle, and up to 27W under full load, while providing blazing fast performance with its powerful 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU.

The Intense PC offers an extremely rich interactive experience, with dual-head HDMI display, DisplayPort technology, digital and analogue audio, and up to 16GB of RAM.

This small low-power PC also has remarkable connectivity, with dual gigabit ethernet, wireless ethernet, Bluetooth and up to 8 USB ports, and can run either Windows or Linux.

The Intense PC is ideal for high-performance applications such as graphic design, office desktops, classroom computers, point-of-sale (POS) systems and home entertainment and can even function as a specialised router.

The Intense PC is easily the most powerful miniature fanless PC ever!

We have stock ordered, and it will be in our hot little hands very soon.

Order yours today.

LEGO space alien

Get a free LEGO minifigure
with any Intense PC purchase!

Get a free LEGO® minifigure with any Intense PC purchase

Our LEGO® minifigures have been so popular with the purchase of our fit-PC3s, that we've decided to extend the offer to include the new Intense PC.

So for a limited time, receive a LEGO minifigure with the purchase of any Intense PC!

(While stocks last. One minifigure per Intense PC purchased. Minifigure is randomly selected from LEGO minifigure Series 3.)

Which one will you get?

New! Extra accessories for the fit-PC3 and Intense PC

Extend the features of your fit-PC3 or Intense PC with one of these fantastic accessories:

LAN1841 4-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter

LAN1841 4-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter

New! 4-port Gigabit ethernet adapter

Also new this month is the LAN1841 PCI Express 4-port Gigabit ethernet adapter from Soekris Engineering.

The LAN1841 is a short standard profile PCI Express board with four independent Gigabit auto-sensing (MDI/X) ethernet controllers, ideal for compact embedded systems and rack mount servers.

Turn your net6501 or any PC into a multi-port router with this multiport ethernet adapter.

Or create multiple, simultaneous internet and/or LAN connections to ensure internet continuity.

Or segment your network for increased LAN security.

The possibilities are endless.

pfSense book being updated

Thank you to everyone who took up our offer of a free pfSense book with the purchase of any pfSense server.

All of our books are now gone.

We've heard on the grapevine that there's a new version of the book underway.

But as to when it will be ready, who knows?

Are you following us on Facebook or Twitter?

Did you know that you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter?

We regularly share all kinds of cool stuff about technology, business and sustainability, plus occasional news items and announcements.

If you've been missing the fun, here's a selection of interesting links we've shared recently.

Cardboard bicycle

Cardboard Bicycle

This lightweight bicycle is made from cardboard.

It's expected to cost a mere $20 and weigh about 9 kg, and is also waterproof and fireproof.

Awesome!

http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/16/cardboard-bicycle/

Zero Install

Zero Install

Got software to distribute?

Try Zero Install, the decentralized cross-platform software installation system

http://0install.net/

Robotic spider

Giant Robotic Spider

Engineers unveil a giant robot spider that you can drive.

And you'll be pleased to know that it's being made available for rent.

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/engineers-unveil-giant-robot-spider-that-you-can-drive

Tech Collect

E-Waste Recycling @ Tech Collect

It's now so easy to recycle your old computers and accessories, printers and TVs.

It's free, it's easy and it's near you!

http://techcollect.com.au/

If you want to catch these updates and more, please head over to Facebook and/or Twitter and join in the fun.

pfSense 2.0.3 now available

pfSense have released a minor upgrade to their open-source firewall/router software.

The latest version is 2.0.3, which is a maintenance release, and we're now offering this on all of our pfSense boxes.

If you're currently using pfSense 2.0, you can upgrade to the latest version from within the pfSense interface (please back up your installation first!)

Updated prebuilt images are also available for the ALIX and net servers from our O/S images page.

For more information on the changes in the latest version, please visit the pfSense blog.

m0n0wall 1.3.4 released

monowall has also released a new version of their embedded firewall software package.

We're now offering this latest version on all of our monowall boxes or you can download a prebuilt image and do-it-yourself.

For more information on the latest release, please visit the m0n0wall website.

8 Feb 2013
pfSense - The Definitive Guide

pfSense - The Definitive Guide

Free pfSense book with any pfSense server

Get a free pfSense book when you purchase any of our servers with pfSense pre-installed.

To claim this special offer, enter the code 'FREEBOOK' on your way through the checkout.

Make sure you've actually got a pfSense server in your cart as well ;)

Available while stocks last, so get in quick.

New! 8GB Lexar Platinum II CF card

We've added the 8GB Lexar Platinum II Compact Flash card to our range.

These are ideal for use with pfSense, to avoid the warning messages that may appear on the console when using a SanDisk card (refer to the pfsense documentation for more information).

4GB SanDisk CF is end of life

The 4GB SanDisk Ultra Compact Flash cards have been discontinued by the manufacturer.

We have limited stock of these and we won't be able to get any more.

Bummer.

8 dBi antennas on special

Our 8 dBi antennas are on special at the moment.

Normally $65, now you can get them for only $45. While stocks last.

Bargain!

External PSU rackmount cases reduced

We've dropped the price on all of our external PSU rackmount products by a massive $90.

We'll be converting all of our products to our internal rackmount design once we sell out of these, so now's your chance to get one of our awesome rackmount solutions at a bargain price.

Go get 'em.

Intense PC update

We've heard that the Intense PC has passed FCC (USA) compliance testing.

This is great news, because it means that the Intense PC regulatory compliance is progressing.

However, we'll need to wait for it to achieve European compliance, which we expect in the next month or so.

Then we'll be able to get some stock for all of you who are hanging out for this awesome little beastie to arrive.

Not long now!

Have you seen Elastix PBX?

Elastix describes itself as an "Open Source Unified Communications Server", and looks like a very cool piece of software.

It's great for integrated VoIP, faxing, email, video conferencing, instant messaging and more.

We successfully installed it on our dual rackmount nuxV 1600 server, and it would probably go really well on our net5501's and net6501's, and maybe even the fit-PC's.

Learn more about it on the Elastix website.

30 Nov 2012
Dual rack-mount net6501

Dual rack mount net6501 - a high-performance redundant server

The net6501 has landed!

The net6501 combines a powerful 1.0GHz or 1.6GHz Intel ATOM CPU with four Gigabit ethernet ports and up to 2GB of RAM.

Designed for use as a firewall, VPN router, internet gateway or application server, the net6501 also has the power and flexibility to function in any capacity as a dedicated network appliance.

And with four GigE ports, the net6501 is NBN-ready!

You can add mSATA, 2.5" SATA and USB flash drives for storage, plus miniPCI-Express cards and/or low-power standard PCI-Express cards, for even greater functionality.

Build an impressive appliance

The net6501 is available in our double height "XL" case, which has space for a full-height PCIe card and a hard drive, plus access to both serial ports.

Create an awesome rackmounted solution

If you're looking for a rack mounted solution, we also offer the net6501 in a dual board 1RU 19" rack mount case.

Exclusive to Yawarra, this dual-board rack mount server is the ideal way to utilise net6501 boards in a server rack.

Internal power supplies are included, with standard IEC power connectors ideal for hosting environments.

The net6501 is professional, flexible and powerful!

Our range of net6501 products offers professional solutions with amazing flexibility.

Choose from a great range of options, including storage, pre-installed operating systems, power supplies and more.

All net6501 products come with a 3 year warranty as standard and up to 5 year extended warranties are available.

Compact and energy-efficient, the net6501 is silent, fanless and built to last.

Order yours today!

MicroSVR

New MicroSVR from CompuLab

MicroSVR - A new miniature fanless server from CompuLab

CompuLab have announced a new high-performance server in their range - the MicroSVR!

The MicroSVR builds on CompuLab's reputation for quality and excellence in design, and is extremely small, incredibly powerful and totally silent.

Consuming anywhere from 8 to 35W, the fluted case design ensures optimal heat dissipation.

With a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM and space for 4 internal 2.5" RAID-controlled hard drives, we're pretty excited about taking this one for a test drive.

Check out CompuLab's brochure on the MicroSVR to learn more.

As for the name? Well it kind of reminds us of this scene from "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" ;)

New biodegradable ziplock bags

BagCo logo

These guys supply our biodegradable plastic bags

We're always looking for ways to improve our sustainability, so we were super pleased to discover BagCo, a local supplier of biodegradable ziplock bags.

We'll be using these new, oxo-biodegradable bags as much as we can, making even more of our packaging recyclable and biodegradable.

If you're looking for biodegradable plastic bags, please check out www.bagco.com.au and support our sustainable suppliers!

Christmas & New Years hours

What a year! I think we'll all breathe a huge sigh of relief when Christmas arrives this year :)

End-of-year closure

To help you plan ahead, here are the important dates for our end-of-year period:

Christmas tree
Date Details
Thursday, 20 Dec, 12:00PM The absolute latest you'll need to place and pay for your order by, if you want it to arrive before Christmas.

You'll need to order even earlier if you're outside of the Express Post area, or if it's a large order. Ask us if you're not sure.

Of course we'll happily process your last minute order, but we just can't guarantee it will arrive in time. So get in early, OK?
Thursday, 20 Dec, 5:00PM When we close for our Christmas break.
Monday, 14 Jan, 9:00AM When we reopen after our Christmas break.

You're more than welcome to place orders via the website while we're closed, but we won't be answering the phones, shipping orders, or responding to emails until we reopen.

All the best for an awesome Christmas break!

29 Oct 2012
The Melbourne Cup

It's the race that stops a nation :)

Melbourne Cup Day Closure

We just wanted to let you know that we'll be closed on Monday, 5 November and Tuesday, 6 November 2012, which is Melbourne Cup Day here in Victoria.

So if you have an urgent need for our hardware, please contact us ASAP to avoid delays.

Can you help us improve our website?

We're redesigning our website and we'd love your input.

We want to update our website so it's easier to maintain, and even more useful for you, so please take a moment to tell us how you use our website and how we could improve it.

There's only ten quick questions, so the survey should take you less than 5 minutes in total to complete. And your response is completely anonymous.

Here's the link to the survey:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1071024/website-redesign

Thank you for your time!

12 Sep 2012
fit-PC3 party

We're doing the happy dance that the fit-PC3 has finally arrived!

Fast, sexy, fit-PC3!

The fit-PC3 has finally arrived!

We're kind of doing the happy dance around here :)

The fit-PC3 is truly an energy-efficient desktop computer with the performance you need.

What is the fit-PC3?

The fit-PC3 is a powerful, rugged, energy-efficient desktop PC, able to handle any typical desktop environment.

It's also one of the toughest computers on the market, easily withstanding industrial, automotive and outdoor installations.

Developed with a focus on miniaturization, robustness, reliability and silent operation, the fit-PC3 is the most power efficient desktop PC in its category, using a mere 15-24W under full load.

The fit-PC3 also has extremely powerful graphics capabilities, with dual-head graphics output, and runs a wide range of operating systems, including Windows and Linux.

This miniature fanless computer also has remarkable connectivity, with Gigabit networking and eight USB ports so you can connect your existing peripherals with a minimum of fuss.

It is ideal for applications such as office desktops, classroom computers, point-of-sale (POS) systems and home entertainment and can even function as a specialised router.

The enclosure for the fit-PC3 is made from aluminium, and is stylish and durable as well as splash and dust resistant, and it also doubles as a heat sink for the fit-PC3.

LEGO race car driver

Get a free LEGO minifigure with any fit-PC3 purchase!

Want to know more?

And for a limited time, receive a free LEGO minifigure with any fit-PC3 purchase!*

Get yours today!

* While stocks last. One minifigure per purchase. Purchase must include one or more fit-PC3s. Minifigure is randomly selected from LEGO minifigure Series 3.

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