Hi, my name is Pieter Viljoen, this is my personal blog I use to document my discoveries, frustrations, and delights.

I am an electronic engineer by training and work as a software engineer in the security and privacy industries.

The content reflects my personal opinions and are not reflective or representative of my employer or their customers.


  1. De Hann Eel says:

    hello, you had done a review on the Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11-U, any chance you know if it still have the 2 mini pci-e on the underside of the board?


    1. Pieter says:

      Sorry, don’t have it anymore, and don’t recall.


  2. Hi Pieter, sorry that I use your about field for this question but what comment plugin (with the fb and twitter auth) do you have in use? I use captha auth now but I get a lot of spam on my blog.

    Hope you can help me.



    1. Pieter says:

      I use the paid WP.com service for hosting, with Akismet for spam filtering, WP.com provides all services.


  3. antdude says:

    Nice blog! 🙂


  4. I saw a question you posted in AVS forum about Vantage programming by users, I am a vantage user and i have learned to program in it just by videos reading on the internet and trial an error, are you still interested in exchanging some knowledge?


    1. Pieter says:

      I’ll send you an email, and we can share information.


  5. Dustin Smith says:

    are you still messing with the 7805Q raid card. Does it do well with S3 Sleep


  6. Hello Pieter,
    I found your blog when I was serching for a solution for an “Error when sending Enable Message to ME” after a BIOS update to 3.3 for my supermicro X9DAE bord. Now I can’t use my system anymore, because Windows 10 exits right away with an ACPI BIOS error. I contact you because I`m quit desperate. I saw you had simmular problems solved. Sorry to bother you with this. Maybe you still have an older version of the bios?

    Thank you for your blog – it gives me hop to find a solution.
    Would be greatfull to hear from you, thank you in advance,


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