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Awesome Autumn Sale!

We’ve discounted our entire range of energy-efficient, compact desktops and servers, just for you!

Starting from $35 off an ALIX 1 “XL”, you can save as much as $240 off a dual-board net5501 rackmount server.

Visit our shop to see all the great bargains!

Available until they’re not…

net6501 coming soon

Yes, we think the new net6501 is fantastic!

Yes, we plan on selling it.

Yes, we will be offering it in both an “XL” and dual-board rackmount case.

No, we can’t sell it to you until it’s certified to comply with Australian regulations.

Soon, we promise!

fit-PC3 compliance testing in progress

Ditto…

The manufacturer has promised that compliance testing on the fit-PC3 is underway and will be completed within a few months.

As much as we’d love to start selling them to you now, it’s just going to drive you (and us) nuts if your PC starts interfering with your mobile phone reception, or even worse, your big screen TV….

We’ll keep you posted.

CompuLab announces Intense PC

We invite you to salivate over the new Intense PC – the most powerful miniature fanless PC ever, with the performance of a full desktop system!

It’s like a fit-PC2 on steroids…

Measuring just 190mm x 160mm x 40mm, the passively-cooled Intense PC incorporates a second generation Intel Core i7 Processor with up to 16 GB dual channel DDR3-1333.

Read the press release to find out all the juicy details.

We expect to be able to start offering the Intense PC later this year (once any initial hardware issues are resolved and compliance testing is complete).

Check out the Raspberry Pi and the CuBox

Here’s a couple of other interesting pieces of hardware for you:

1. The Raspberry Pi

Described by the makers as “an ARM Gnu/Linux box for $25”, the Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard, and can do many of the things that a regular desktop PC does, including word-processing and games. It can also play HD video.

The designers created the Raspberry Pi to make cheap, accessible, programmable computers for kids, after noticing the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the students applying to study Computer Science in each academic year.

Time to play? Read all about it.

2. The CuBox

The first thing you notice about the CuBox is how big it isn’t!

It’s a tiny 55mm x 55mm x 42mm, and uses less than 3W, running both Linux and Android platforms.

The CuBox is described as a highly energy efficient and miniature open source development platform for different applications, like multimedia, set-top-box, NAS, automation and other applications.

With an impressive set of features, including HDMI output, Gigabit ethernet and an IR receiver, this could make one very cool and groovy Media Centre.

Both of these units are in early stage release, and limited stock is available direct from the manufacturers.

We don’t have plans to offer either of these cute little boxes at this stage.

Unless you want to try and convince us otherwise, that is…

Load balancing the Zen way

If you’re looking for a complete solution for load balancing, then you might be interested in Zen Load Balancer, an open-source software project from Sofintel IT Engineering.

Zen LB is designed to provide high availability for TCP and UDP services and data line communications, and provides the following features:

  • a nice HTTPS GUI
  • advanced administration for network interfaces and routes
  • unlimited farms configuration
  • advanced checking for TCP farms
  • advanced check and monitoring for backend servers
  • clustering for active-passive load balancing services
  • monitoring graphs
  • configuration backups
  • vlan support
  • real time config sync replication for cluster nodes
  • HTTP specific load balancing
  • client persistence
  • SSL wrapper

and much more.

We haven’t tried it on our hardware yet, but there’s a very good chance it will run just fine on our dual-board nuxV 1600 rackmount server.

Interested? Download it for free at zenloadbalancer.com.

pfSense® software now available on the nuxV

Speaking of the nuxV 1600 rackmount server, you can now get the pfSense® system pre-installed on the Compact Flash card when you buy a dual-board nuxV 1600 server.

Makes it much faster to get it up and doing what you need it to.

Make your own “factory defaults” for the pfSense® software

In case you didn’t realise, we also offer a free script so you can set your own “factory defaults” for any pfSense® software installs you create.

Use this script when you configure the pfSense® system for a particular client or application, and you want to be able to go back to that same baseline configuration in the event of a problem.

Very handy indeed!

This script has also recently been updated to work with pfSense 2.0.

You can read all about how to use this script in the yawarra_mfd.sh file.

Proud to be finalists in Melbourne’s South East Business Awards

We had an absolute ball at the 2012 Melbourne’s South East Business Awards gala dinner on Friday, Feb 24, where we were delighted to be nominated for both:

  • the ‘Environmental and Sustainability Award’ and
  • the ‘Small Business Award’

Thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve this.

Our suppliers are fantastic, our customers are awesome, and our team… well, we rock!

You can read more about the MSE Awards in the latest edition of Knox Council’s business magazine (page 7).

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