QuickPacket Dedicated Server Review

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NerdyBlog.com is a web site that has been up for more than seven years now and how we’ve accomplished this is in part thanks to the amazing hosts we’ve had both past and present. QuickPacket has been a host we’ve used for almost two years now that offers great hardware and fantastic pricing.

The Server

Our current server setup features a dual Xeon L5520 CPU configuration at 2.2GHZ and includes 32GB of RAM as well as a 1TB HDD. Also included with this server is 20TB of bandwidth and 29 useable IP addresses. The total for this server comes in at $74.99 USD which is roughly $80 CAD per month.

The Support

Support is almost always available via Skype or via their ticketing system. Support reps are always willing to help even if it is beyond the scope of the services they offer, they will do their best to try and help where and when they can.

The Benchmark

CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5520  @ 2.27GHz
Number of cores : 16
CPU frequency :  2266.772 MHz
Total amount of ram : 32160 MB
Total amount of swap : 31743 MB
System uptime :   11 days, 15:48,
Download speed from CacheFly: 74.0MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 65.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 60.6MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 11.2MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 12.9MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 53.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 7.39MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 24.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 23.7MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 72.4MB/s
I/O speed :  134 MB/s

As you can see from the benchmark above, QuickPacket has a fantastic network with more than enough throughput to keep you running fast and smooth.

Overall

Our experiences have been absolutely fantastic with QuickPacket and we encourage anyone that is in the market for hosting services to give them a try. We’ve been so impressed with QuickPacket that we’ve linked to them in our sidebar. The link is not a paid advertisement but is a display of our appreciation and support of QuickPacket.

Review: Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

The Motorola Moto G was announced at a Motorola event back in November as a device that had all the latest and greatest Android features but at a fraction of the cost which includes all day battery life.

The Moto G offers a 4.5 inch IPS display with 720p resolution, 3G connectivity, a 5 megapixel camera, and Android 4.3 Jellybean with a guaranteed update to KitKat before the end of January.

Battery Life ImageI received my Motorola Moto G as a gift from my younger brother, and have been using it for a couple of days now. I’ve got to hand it to Motorola, the battery life on this device is the best I have ever witnessed in an Android device. It easily mows through an entire work day and has enough juice left over to make it clear into the next day. As you can see in the image below I had almost 8 hours of screen on time and the battery was still at a 60% charge.

The Motorola Moto G is definitely worth the $149 that you can purchase it for at Koodo Mobile. Mine has obviously been unlocked VIA eBay in order to be able to use it on my network of choice, Fido. The unlock code costs about $5 CAD and was received within a couple of hours of ordering it.

This device is sure to keep an Android fan happy, and juiced up all day long.

Review: Belkin Apex 360 Case for iPad Mini

Belkin Apex 360 Case

Here comes another awesome case from our friends at Belkin that will keep your iPad mini all kinds of safe!

The Apex 360 case offers rugged protection for your iPad mini, at a great price point that won’t break the bank like an Otterbox defender will.

The Apex 360 is made with durable rubberized material in order to protect your iPad from more than just normal wear and tear.

It is actually built to withstand the US Military 6′ drop test.

My favourite feature of this case by far is the magnetic kick stand / front cover. It detaches from the back of the case using a powerful magnet and can be repositioned any way you like.

I don’t know how many times I wanted to simply remove my smart cover to read on my iPad but have it still be protected. The Apex 360 case from Belkin fills that desire in a great looking and very thoughtfully designed case.

 

Kreyos Meteor Delayed Due to Muffled Speaker

The Kreyos Meteor is a smart watch that was crowd funded using IndieGoGo. The device is shown off and demoed in the video below.

 

The original shipping estimate to the backers that made this device a reality was supposed to be end of November. Backers are now receiving emails indicating that the ship date is now pushed from the end of November to the end of January / Early February.

We thought the Kreyos Meteor was going to deliver on the promise of shipping their devices out by November, however much like all of the other crowd funded smart watches, they have failed to meet their goal.

We are still very much looking forward to this device, however it is disappointing that a company that vowed to ship by November still missed their target.

Motorola Announces Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Today Motorola announced their latest device the Moto G which is a mid-range device being offered at a low end price point.

Moto G features a 4.5 inch display, a 1.2GHZ Qualcomm snapdragon quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera capable of recording 720p video, a 1.3MP front facing camera, 8-16GB of storage, and a 2070mAh battery offering “full day” battery life.

The device is also guaranteed to be upgraded to android 4.4 Kit Kat, and can be customized with several different back plates available in different colours dubbed “Motorola Shells” which come in several different styles from simple edge protection to full device protection.

We are truly excited for this device, and can’t wait to get our hands on one.

The 8GB version goes for $179.99 while the 16GB version will go for $199.99

MobileSyrup has confirmed that Koodo and Telus will be carrying this device at $200 outright this month. We’re sure more carrier announcements will follow shortly today.

You can view the full event in the video below. Skip to 1:05:00 for the event start.

Netflix Unveils A New TV Experience

New Netflix TV Experience

Today our friends at Netflix have unveiled what is sure to be a promising step in a new direction with their TV interface.

The new design was created specifically for big screens, and features multiple cinematic images along with detailed information as to why this particular suggestion was made for you.

The new experience will be rolling out across multiple devices that already deliver a fantastic Netflix experience on your TV within the next two weeks.

The video below offers a sneak peek at the new interface.

Let us know what you think in the comments!