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This review is from: New Slim 3.5" Inch USB 1.44MB Portable External Floppy Drive Disk for PC Laptop
Pros: This drive does exactly what it's supposed to: it reads 3.5" floppy disks. I took a chance on it working under Linux and it does. I received it directly from China about a week and a half after ordering. It was well packed, and came with some extra dodads. One is a USB-driven flexible LED lamp. Should be useful to see the keyboard when the room light is low.
At any rate, I plugged the drive in to my Lenovo laptop running Ubuntu 10.04. The drive was recognised immediately as a TEAC floppy.
After plugging the drive in, inserting a disk did not result in its being mounted. I could see the activity light go on, but nothing happened. I tried disconnecting, putting in the disk, then connecting. Same result. Finally, I connected the drive, put in a disk, then ran Gparted to see if the system knows which drive it is. Turns out yes, it was seen as /dev/sdc, of 1.4Meg size. Once I knew that the system knows what kind of disk it is, I simply ran the "mount" command on /dev/sdc, using "msdos" as the filesystem type, since all my old disks are of that fs type, and voila', it mounted. I could see the files on the disk and see inside the zips that were there.
Cons: Not really a con but my system wouldn't automount the disk. That may just be a shortcoming of the version of the Linux distribution I have, since it worked fine when manually mounted.
Other Thoughts: If you need to be able to read your old floppies under Linux, I would recommend this drive. It's cheap and works as claimed. Just remember that you have to manually mount the disks, and that you have to be sure which drive the system thinks it is, but this is simple to do under Linux.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced atom 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDAM32GB
Pros: For my purposes, which was to add storage for recording off a digital video recorder, this device is great. It is very small, so it doesn't stick out too far from the front panel. It has sufficient speed that I can record full HD programs off the air without losing any frames. I haven't had a lick of trouble with it.
Cons: None, although I can't say how fast it is under USB 3.0, since my machine only has 2.0 ports.
Other Thoughts: I bought a couple of these for around $15 about a year ago. Since then, the promo price is down to $12. My advice is to buy a couple; you'll have use for them and they won't let you down.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fosmon 3 Port HDMI Switch / Switcher 3 x 1 Auto Switch 3-In 1-Out with Pigtail Cable
Pros: This switch works exactly as described.
Takes up to three inputs
Switches from one device to another autmatically, or
you can switch them manually
Picture quality is fine
Each active input is shown by an LED on the switch
Cons: The output cable could be a bit longer, but, in my case, at least, it was okay.
Other Thoughts: This switch is easy to use. You simply plug in up to three HDMI cables from your devices, then connect the output of the switch to one of the TV's HDMI inputs. The switch will automatically select the last device to be energized. For example, if I turn on my DVD recorder, it will be selected. If I leave it on, then turn on my DVR, then this will be selected. If I want to go back to the DVD recorder, I simply push the button on the switch to move it to that input.READ FULL REVIEW