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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
Pros: Slicker GUI, if that is what matters to you. Cool desktop, if that matters.
Cons: Difficulty networking, installing drivers, nag screens all the time, printer sharing, etc. I wish I had just installed XP on this computer I built instead of 7. This is the hardest OS install I've done and I still haven't figured out some things that were just plain simple to figure out on XP.
Other Thoughts: I have been a dedicated PC user forever, having built several and souping up / upgrading the others in the office. In the last few years I've grudgingly bought a few macs and didn't care for them. But after sitting vista out, and hoping 7 would redeem it, I am disappointed. I actually like our new imac the best now, and I generally don't like apple. If the new google OS is any good, then microsoft's days are numbered.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I supposed for $50 this is a good board. I usually buy ASUS, but wanted to try Gigabyte. I like the BIOS better than ASUS. It was easy to install. Overall I wish I'd just gotten a bigger ATX board.
Cons: No onboard DVI out. No onboard 1394 I/O. Having trouble with the CD/DVD IDE port, and can't seem to read anything from several drives, so using an external USB drive. For some reason it even has a 1.4" floppy drive port.
Other Thoughts: I had bought a pre-built gigabyte PC and when the mobo fried, I bought this newer version so I could use the old CPU and RAM. It's fine for that, but it can never be anything more than an office PC running office software.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LACIE 301525U 10TB 5big Network 2 Professional 5-Bay RAID Server
Pros: I am very impressed so far with this item, more than I thought I'd be. Cool features -
- instantly recognized by all my computers, both Macs and PCs.
- RAID is configurable. It comes out of the box as RAID 5 but I switched it to RAID 0 and it was easy to do.
- the control panel is easy to figure out and accessible from any computer with a browser. Similar to a router.
- Expandable. There are two esata ports and two USB ports. I have two esata docking stations set up with 1 TB drives which gives me a total of 12 TB. I could do the same with the USB but have them as printer ports
- works great as a printer server
BUT the real test was whether or not I could work off the drives. I own a video production company and I am trying to move away from decentralized storage to centralized storage. Today I was working on an HD project in Adobe Prem using 1280x720 files shot on an EX3 card. And it worked great, as if it were off the local drive. I wasn't expecting it to work frankly.
Cons: Very few cons, but a lot of times the write speed is slow when it should be fast and fast when it should be slow. I might copy a 400m folder over the network to the Lacie and it might take 10 minutes, then I could copy a 2 g file from the same computer over the network and it might take 2 minutes. Not sure what's going on there. Could be something I don't understand.
- although it says it works as an FTP allowing remote access, using dynamic dns if you don't have a static IP, I have had a hard to getting it to work. I think it's my router's fault and not the server though. to be fair.
Other Thoughts: Customer service is good too. When I got it, it said there was only 7.5 TB, and I ordered a 10 TB. I called and got through in 2 minutes. The rep explained about the RAID setup, which I should have figured out, And that was that.READ FULL REVIEW