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Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

Share Your WiFi Password With a QR CODE

Sharing your WiFi with friends and family can quickly become a major annoyance. In my household, my son's friends are constantly asking for me to enter the WiFi details so they can hop on and suck the life out of my wireless network. Grabbing each device or phone, navigating the menus, and then typing in my very complex WiFi password is a pain. With a little help from a QR Code, you can sit back, relax, and just point to a QR Code hanging on the wall.

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QNAP Launches AMD-powered 10GbE TS-x63U

QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the new business-class AMD-powered quad-core TS-x63U series NAS; available in 4, 8 and 12-bay models with single and redundant power supply options. The TS-x63U series provides 10GbE network connectivity with its single-port SFP+ network adapter, and supports bridging 1GbE devices to a 10GbE network with its four built-in GbE interfaces. Coupled with an AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine, SSD cache support, and flexible scalability; the TS-x63U series is ideal for SMBs looking for backup, restoration, virtualization storage, private cloud, and to future-proof their IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks.

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Start KODI (XBMC) Automatically, The Smarter Way

For far long than I can remember, my home theater PC has been configured to boot automatically into my user account for Windows and start KODI (XBMC) automatically. This had been working forever without any hiccups. Last year I decided to completely upgrade all the hardware for my HTPC and discovered that the new hardware was too fast. In fact, it was so fast that KODI would start before networking had started. This lead to all kinds of issues and eventually led to the article How to Delay XBMC Start. Once again, after having upgraded to Windows 10, I am presented with additional issues. Even though KODI's start has been delayed, it loses focus for some reason. This means I have to break out my Bluetooth keyboard or mouse, or connect via teamviewer just to touch the KODI screen so my iMON remote will work as expected. FRUSTRATION! Well, I have found a solution that tackles it all... and... its easy.

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Wondering Where Startup Folder Went in Windows 10? Here is How to Find it.

With the recent migration to Windows 10, there have been a lot of little things that people either can't find or can't seem to figure out. With my recent transition to Windows 10 on all computers in the COD household, these little annoyances keep popping up. The first one that popped up was on my Home Theater PC. The system had previously been running Windows Media Center on Windows 7 and now runs Kodi exclusively on Windows 10. With that said, having Kodi startup automatically under Windows 7 was easy. All I had to do was copy a shortcut to the startup folder and force it to delay so Kodi wouldn't start before networking did.

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QNAP TVS-863+ NAS Review

QNAP has shed their Intel only t-shirts and has partnered with AMD to introduce their new TVS-X63+ Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS lineup. These NAS are powered by AMD 64-bit G-Series Quad-Core CPUs, tons of RAM, they are outfitted with 10GbE, powered by AMD Radeon graphics, and feature a brand new Gold exterior. The question is, is this NAS enough to be considered when looking to purchase a storage platform, or will it be marketing propaganda overload?

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Stop Windows 10 From Rebooting After Installing Updates

Nothing has bothered me more about Windows 10 than when I come back to my laptop from the gym to find all the tabs I had open lost to a reboot. Out of the box, Windows 10 will reboot once an update is installed... this leads to me having to scan my browsing history trying to find all the tabs I had open or have Microsoft Office prompt me to restore a file I had open and not saved recently.

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