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EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I had absolutely no problem installing the card and after installing the driver that came on the included driver disk Windows Update immediately detected the newest driver that coincided with the same one offered on the EVGA site. This was a completely problem-free installation of both hardware and drivers. I do a lot of 3D design and scripting using Second Life and OpenSim and this card is exactly what I needed for a seamless and smooth virtual world experience.

Cons: The only issue I've encountered is that I must wait several seconds after turning the computer on before turning my 42" flat panel TV on (connected via DVI to HDMI). If I turn the TV on at the same time as the computer, the TV will say "no signal" until I turn the TV off and back on.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this primarily because the onboard video on my computer had some strange quirks in Second Life and OpenSim. Some of the 3D textures and objects would bounce around or stretch out of proportion randomly. This card completely eliminated the issues and is more than satisfactory for my needs. In fact, I'm seeing shadowing and other effects in the virtual worlds that I'd never seen before. I had no idea what I was actually missing until I installed this card.

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HP CB350 Black 12.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Wonderful Camera 04/02/2010

This review is from: HP CB350 Black 12.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: Slim design and lightweight. Got it a week before I took a 10 day trip to the West Coast. Took over 1,700 photos with it as I toured through Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco and never had a problem with it. Just point and shoot. Decent battery life (2 Alkaline AA) and over 10 days changed them 7 times - but remember, I took 1,700 photos too.

Cons: The menu system has a LOT of different options and it's easy to really screw up some of the settings if you are not familiar with the different functions and take some of the features off the "auto" setting. But at least they include a "Reset All" option to return everything to factory if you do bork it.

Other Thoughts: 12 Megapixels is a LOT of pixels for the average user. 5 or 6 MP is fine. I took over 1,700 photos on my trip and since they were all over 3,000 X 3,000 pixels in resolution the first thing I had to do was a ton of resizing so I could post the pix online in a fast-load viewer-friendly size of around 640X480 to 800X600 or so. But if you are a pixel wh*re who thinks more is better, then this will definitely float your boat.

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WD My Book Mirror Edition 2TB USB 2.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Two One Terabyte Drives 10/22/2009

This review is from: WD My Book Mirror Edition 2TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDH2U20000N Black

Pros: Two 1 Terabyte hard drives in a single casing. Very simple to use with included software applications. Fairly easy to remove drives for use in other computer systems if desired. Was able to insert two previously owned 500 Gig drives and use included software without issue.

Cons: Flimsy USB connector on back. The "Green" power-saving feature causing the drive to go to sleep often, taking several seconds (and short system lockup) to wake up.

Other Thoughts: Please Note: The use of other hard drives is not recommended by, nor detailed in any of the information that accompanied this product. Such modifications mentioned below were done by me with the understanding this would void my warranty.

I messed with the RAID aspect a bit for a few days and found myself wanting to take advantage of the full 2 Terabytes rather than the 1 Terabyte backup feature offered by default. I used the included software to make it recognized as 2 Terabytes but did not like the fact my computer identified it as a single 2 TB drive. So I removed the drives from the case and ended up installing the drives individually into two external enclosures. If you're interested in having two one Terabyte drives to install individually, then this is a great way to go. I did also find that when I put two identical 500 gig drives into the original enclosure, they worked flawlessly with the RAID software for either a 500 Gig mirrored setup or a one Terabyte single-drive.

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Display Name: Len B.

Date Joined: 07/09/11

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