Most Popular Server Posts Of 2013

From data centre management to operating system tips, our IT Pro section kept a close eye on server developments throughout the year. These are the 10 most popular server posts from Lifehacker in 2013.

Ask LH: What’s The Difference Between Cat5, Cat5e And Cat6 Ethernet Cables?

Dear Lifehacker, I finally took your advice and went completely wired on my home network using a bunch of ethernet cables I had lying around. Some are Cat5 and others are Cat5e. Is there a difference? Is one faster than the other? What should I use?

Turn An Old Computer Into A Do-Anything Home Server With FreeNAS 8

You’ve heard the word “server” thrown around a lot, but it’s usually in the context of websites or big companies that have a lot of data to store. In reality, a server can be just as useful in your home. In this guide, we’ll walk through how to create your own home server out of an old or cheap computer that can do all your downloading, streaming and backup tasks 24/7.

Feedly’s Migration To Its New RSS Server Has Begun, Is Messy

Good news: RSS-tracking service Feedly has begun migrating users onto its own servers — a necessary move since we’re less from a fortnight away from Google Reader switching off entirely. Bad news: when you migrate, you’ll find your unread articles count reset, and the service may misplace your saved articles as well.

Browser Choice On Windows RT May Finally Happen By December

I’m a regular user of the Surface RT, and by far the biggest problem with it is being forced to use Internet Explorer as my browser. From that perspective, news that we might see a Metro-fied versio of Firefox for Windows RT (and Windows 8) is sort of welcome.

What’s New In Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 only hit general release last September, but a preview of R2 will be released later this month with the final version to follow by the end of the year. Here are some of the main new features highlighted at TechEd North America 2013, including enhanced security features for remote workers and the addition of compression and RDMA support to Hyper-V.

Microsoft: The Patriot Act Is Powerless Outside Of The United States

Over the past few years, there has been mounting concern that the US government could invoke the Patriot Act to collect Australian data for surveillance purposes without permission. However, the extent of these powers is a little hazy: some experts claim that the Act can be enacted on American soil only, while others maintain that any data centre with ties to US companies is fair game.

How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows 8 With An Upgrade Disc

Sometimes you just need to do a clean install. Unfortunately, the Windows 8 Upgrade can throw you an error when you try to activate the operating system afterwards. Lifehacker reader uncommoner shows us a workaround for this issue.

Why Hasn’t Everyone Moved To IPv6?

We’ve known for decades that the available pool of IPv4 address was eventually going to dry up, but despite numerous warnings usage of its successor IPv6 is still minimal. Why haven’t we migrated yet? Geoff Huston, chief scientist for regional internet registry APNIC, suggests that the answer is that carriers are too cheap to make the switch and are happy to rely on network address translation (NAT) systems instead.

How iview Is Costing The ABC A Fortune

The ABC’s iview service is by far the best catch-up TV service in the country. Success comes at a price, however: the service is so popular that it is costing the ABC millions of dollars each year for content delivery networks (CDNs).

Top 10 Tactics For Learning PowerShell

With more than 2400 commandlets, learning Windows Server automation language PowerShell can seem like an overwhelming task — but in truth there’s only one commandlet you really need to know. PowerShell co-creator Jeffrey Snover offers his top strategies for learning the system.