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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
Pros: It's USB 3.0 ready, lots of storage for not too much $$$.
Cons: None really.
Other Thoughts: This runs fine out of the USB 2.0 of an old Compaq Presario. I'm using Ubuntu, which mounts and recognizes the drive flawlessly. I simply moved the installed software that came on the drive into one folder and I've ignored it since. On Ubuntu I run Lucky Backup, which employs rsync--- the way to go so far as I am concerned (rapid backups of only what needs to be backed up, with the files usable as-is on the external drive, no compression into a proprietary backup archive).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech C110 USB 1.1 port (2.0 recommended) WebCam
Pros: Very inexpensive, but like new. Does seemingly everything that I need, and well. For windows users, the Logitech website has the software for you, for 32-bit & 64-bit systems, and for Windows XP, Vista and 7. And there are FAQ's for it, etc.
Cons: Sure there are models with better resolution and other better specs, but the quality that I'm seeing is so good that I question the real need for anything more.
Other Thoughts: For you fellow Ubuntu users out there, I had only some minor problems using the C110 with Ubuntu and the free GUVCView capture software. It works with Skype. The Ubuintu 12.04 release (the latest, the one that I'm using) downloads an older version of Skype. Go instead to the Skype website and download the appropriate Linux package for your machine. It'll be a version 4. It's a deb package so just double click on it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TRENDnet TE100-P1P Parallel Print Server RJ45 IEEE 1284 Male Centronics (DB-36)
Pros: The little brochure that comes with it that tells you how to do the installation is pretty good.
Cons: None, but it would be really nice if if were cheaper--- the alternative being that you can always attach your printer to a computer as a local printer and share it over the network.
Other Thoughts: The install and configuration using Windows XP went easily, strictly according to the instructions. There is an issue surrounding the fact that the preset IP address of the device is 192.168.0.1, which is also commonly the address of your DSL modem/router box, your gateway address. The cure is to first temporarily change the latter address, then change the TrendNet's address during initial configuration, then put your gateway address back to what it was.
Also, I have managed to print to the printer from Ubuntu 11.10, the latest edition. There the only challenge was getting the printer manufacturer to cough up the proper PPD file. I had let Ubuntu create one for me, but it didn't work... the printed pages were blank.