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Collection LED A19 6 bulb pack deal / 7 Watt / 40 watt Incandescent replacement / 454 lumen / Warm white / 3065 k  / 40,000 hr / 3 yr warranty
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very low electricity use.

Smoother color spectrum than compact fluorescent bulbs for a pretty low price.

Cons: I don't know if I got a weird batch, and I don't have a colorimeter to give me precise numbers, but these 3065K light bulbs are much, much more yellow than a 3000K Rosewill bulb. Like, extremely yellow.

Other Thoughts: It has been a long time since I had 40W incandescent bulbs. Maybe they're supposed to be this yellow.

Warnings on the side: Use only with 120V 60Hz circuits. Risk of electric shock, not for wet locations. Do not open or attempt to service. Turn off power before installation. Not for use in totally enclosed fixtures. Do not touch while in use or immediately afterwards, because it can be hot. Not intended for use in emergency exit fixtures or emergency exit lighting. Do not look directly into the light.

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Cisco Small Business RV220W-A-K9-NA Network Security Firewall wired and wireless connectivity for a small office < 1Gbps
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has a lot of features, especially VLANs and gigabit Ethernet

Cons: Unstable (especially the wireless), slow (especially the DHCP), trapped on Cisco firmware, no command line, no access to the advanced features of the Linux kernel underneath the GUI, outsourced development means very slow firmware updates. The error messages in the logs are plentiful but, without a guide to what they mean, they're pretty useless. I interpret the logs to mean, "This router sucks."

Other Thoughts: The SmallNetBuilder review is totally inconsistent with the multitude of bad experiences this thing is getting. My guess is that there are both bad hardware and flaky software. Many people will get good devices, but a lot of people are getting devices that work marginally. Also, there are probably combinations of settings and clients that make performance drop through the floor. Since the Cavium CN5010 in the router is restricted to overpriced devices, there are not a lot of people working to fix its bugs. The rest of the chips are Broadcom, which is notorious for its poor relations with open source. I do not recommend this router.

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Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF16GUSB
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It starts out pretty fast, and it has a very satisfactory capacity for transferring a variety of files. Especially big files or folders.

Cons: It slows down. One of the slowest operations is to write a bunch of small files individually. Now, my Xporter XT no longer passes the ReadyBoost test on my Windows 7 laptop.

Other Thoughts: Also, cached writes of lots of small files is satisfactory. The operation that I use to illustrate this effect is OpenOffice.org installation. The first step is to unpack the installation archive, and it's possible to unpack it once and install on multiple computers. If I unpack the archive onto the Xporter, it takes forever; but if I unpack it into the hard drive and then copy it onto the Xporter, it takes a reasonable amount of time.

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Theodore R.'s Profile

Display Name: Theodore R.

Date Joined: 03/22/07

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 12/28/08
  • Last Review: 11/03/13
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