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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Still doesn't beat XP 07/11/2011

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.

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GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Okay for the price 07/11/2011

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.

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LACIE 301525U 10TB 5big Network 2 Professional 5-Bay RAID Server
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great server 03/03/2011

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.

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Anthony B.'s Profile

Display Name: Anthony B.

Date Joined: 08/30/07

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 09/12/07
  • Last Review: 07/11/11
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