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Intel SE7221BK1-E ATX Intel Motherboard LGA 775 Intel E7221 DDR2 533
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 10 Years and still kicken 08/28/2015

This review is from: Intel SE7221BK1-E ATX Intel Motherboard LGA 775 Intel E7221 DDR2 533

Pros: Pretty solid board, supports booting from USB which in 2005 was rare

Cons: Doesn't work well with other Bios enabled addin cards... like having a RAID card with its bios enabled...

Which isn't a deal breaker if you dont boot from said device.

Other Thoughts: I just had to verify what memory this board supports from my shopping history..

Been running Win 2003 on this for 10 years, works great till the OS disk finally ate its platter. Its been a rock solid File Server this whole time, starting with 12x 300GB drives going to 12x 2TB drives in 2011. The Power Supply just gave out. I would retire it, but now I am thinking I am gona add another GB of ram, and boot UNRAID on it. This should run UNRAID like a champ, which is all i need.

D-Link DCS-5029L HD 720P Pan/Tilt  Night Vision Motion Detection 2 Way Audio Wireless  mydlink enabled Surveillance Cloud  IP Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Everything on it works as advertised.

good resolution, good night vision.

the sound pick up, amazingly good.

Motion detection works as it should.

Can save files directly to my Windows Server fileshare instead of SD card (though has file size limits in that mode)

Fun to spy on the wife and kids.

Cons: The built in speaker, for talking back to people isn't so loud.. but it does support an External speaker... so not a big deal.

Some features require Internet Explorer (kinda of annoying but no biggie)

I had to upgrade the firmware for a few small features, but it went off without a hitch over the wireless network and reboot and came back up on its own.

The files stored on the SD card can't be downloaded all at once, you must click them 1 at a time, or take the SD card out and put it in something to move the files off all at once.

Configuring everything can take a little fiddling, and there are some hidden restrictions but nothing too bad. (like file size without SD card to a network share)

I had trouble getting any 3rd party camera tools to support its features, however its not really needed since the interface lets you pretty much set it up for almost any situation.

My wife can still see it, its not completely invisible.

Other Thoughts: I am glad i read some reviews on some lower model cameras. People wished they'd spent a little more and got this one, and I can see why. This thing is a good deal on sale. I gave it 5 eggs because every single feature worked exactly as it was advertised. I didn't bother with the "CLOUD" part of it, nor did I install the software from D-Link, because thats only for it... if you have any tech knowledge you really dont need it with this camera, I was able to set it up so i can view it from my phone no problem without the camera having full access to the internet. Just some port redirection for my phone and configuration is all I needed.

Can't have my Living room shenanigans with the wife ending up on the next I-Cloud incident!

Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Tested by a Professional 12/01/2014

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: 220MB / Second on large compressed files!
Well thought out external case, 4x little rubber pads on bottom.
Good ventilation for the drive inside, the case is covered in small air holes, this dissipates heat better then most externals I've seen, without the use of a fan.
Its a name brand, its got a 2 year warranty, for the price you can't go wrong.

Cons: One of the sides is polished smooth like a mirror, now i am paranoid about scratching it.

It needs 2 wires to work, (power and USB 3)

You can not jog with it.

Other Thoughts: This drive is a NO BRIANER
I ran some tests on it soon as I got it from look at the other reviews...

I copied 2.5 TB to it, and then verified that same 2.5 TB byte for byte the next day using a tool (WinMerge) 100% confirmation with no data corruption, as you should expect from any such hard drive.

For the Speed test I used several tools, but I STILL couldn't believe the 220MB/s till I copied an 8GB file to my SSD and then sent it to this drive... I couldn't believe it, but its really writing files at 220MB/s... VERY snappy for an external if you ask me.

DOA means nothing when you know its going to be fixed by Seagate with no problem, everyone knows its the guys tossing these things around that causes that most of the time. (UPS i am looking at you)


Jason V.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason V.

Date Joined: 06/13/03

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 05/20/08
  • Last Review: 08/28/15
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