Xbox Live Users Are Finally Getting Local Servers

Happy Christmas, gamers! Microsoft has announced it will be bringing locally-hosted multiplayer Xbox Live services to Australians, starting today. The dedicated Xbox Live servers will provide increased reliability and stability to a range of Xbox One video games, including Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.


Win A Synology DiskStation DS215j Home NAS Server

Over at our sibling site Gizmodo, there’s a nifty competition where you can win a Synology DiskStation DS215j Home NAS Server valued at $259 — and score the chance to review it as well. Don’t miss out, enter now! [Gizmodo]


What Happens When 5 SSDs Are Hit With 2PB Of Writes Over A Year?

The last time we read anything about SSD longevity, it was courtesy of the Tech Report’s ambitious project to punish a variety of SSDs over the course of many months. That was at 500TB of constant writes, where all the drives were still in the race. At two petabytes however… some losers have appeared.


How To Boot From A USB Drive In VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a lifesaver for anyone who wants to tinker and experiment with different operating systems. Using a CD or disc image is easy in VirtualBox, but it’s handy to know how to boot from USB in VirtualBox on Windows as well.


Your Hard Drive's Time Of Death Is Based On These Numbers

Solid state has made listening out for a hard drive’s “click of death” an impossible task, but magnetic disks are still in heavy use, especially in server applications and knowing exactly when a drive is going to fail can’t be left up to the sharpness of one’s hearing. That’s what SMART, or Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, is designed for, but getting any actionable information from a drive’s SMART data is difficult at best. Through trial and error, one company has figured out which SMART stats you should be paying attention to.


Ask LH: How Can I Set Up My Own Hosting Service?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a student who just started doing some work on the side building websites for local businesses in my spare time — thanks for introducing me to Codecademy and making that possible). I’ve decided to look into hosting the websites myself as another form of income. How do I go about setting up a server to host websites? Are there student discounts for buying servers?


Google's Data Centre Has Google-Coloured Cooling Pipes

This is how you can tell Google has money to burn: it paints the cooling pipes in its data centres using the colours from its logo.


Consumer Drives Might Be More Reliable Than Enterprise Hard Drives

Online backup service Backblaze uses the same hard drives most of us use to store our data — which means it has almost 35,000 consumer drives housing our data. Its latest report claims that consumer hard drives are actually slightly more reliable than expensive “enterprise” style drives.


How To Hack Your Own Network And Beef Up Its Security With Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a security-focused operating system you can run off a CD or USB drive, anywhere. With its security toolkit you can crack Wi-Fi passwords, create fake networks, and test other vulnerabilities. Here’s how to use it to give your own a network a security checkup.


What Will Happen With Windows Server In 2015?

There has been a lot of excitement recently about Windows 10, the forthcoming version of Windows that restores the Start menu, dangles the promise of universal apps and has lots of hidden features. But what about its less sexy but more successful Windows Server sibling? Here’s what we know so far about plans for its next version.