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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 AXR9 380 4GBD5-PPDHE 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works like a charm: stable, fast, colorful (couldn't resist), easy installation. Replacing an AMD Radeon HD 7850 with 1 GB GDDR5, this PowerColor card quickly surpassed the 7850. Can't say enough about how happy I am with the card. It is really solidly built -- seems very high quality compared to many other video cards. Very quiet even with demanding loads. Gotta love how short the card is, making it easier to mount in a range of computer cases.

Cons: Two year warranty, two year warranty, two year warranty. Get the picture? Why does PowerColor lack confidence in the quality of its products that it offers just a two year warranty. The relatively brief warranty made me hesitate, but Newegg's $169.95 price after rebate was irresistible.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Upgrade for Windows
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great Improvement 09/13/2015

This review is from: Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Upgrade for Windows

Pros: Much nicer and friendlier user interface. You can preserve your previous Quick Toolbar settings by copying the Custom01.aaui files from your previous version BEFORE uninstalling it and then pasting them in. BUT OVERALL this is a vast improvement from previous versions in terms of useability and friendliness.

Cons: Adobe doesn't allow quite enough customizations to the user interface. It only shows icons -- no text+icons or text only. Adjusting the "Show/Hide" choices continues to be a painstakingly slow process.

And Adobe does not provide any way to preserve your preferences in your previous version and use them in this new version.

Other Thoughts: Adobe needs to make the upgrading process easier. They need to add the ability to export your preferences (for backup, use on another computer, and upgrading) so that you can import the preferences after you install Acrobat Pro DC.

Abode continues to treat customers poorly (the overseas tech support is a joke) and better faciliate the upgrade process by, for example, allowing you to save your preferences, action wizards, show/hide settings, quick tools settings, scripts, etc. for easy import into your upgraded Acrobat Pro DC.

Find out where Acrobat XI is installed on your computer (C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 11.0\Acrobat) and save all these custom elements to a different directory.

D:\Acrobat Actions & PDF Settings (Adobe also stores these in C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 11.0\Acrobat\Settings)
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 11.0\Acrobat\UICustomization\ENU
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 11.0\Acrobat\plug_ins

Once you’ve done that, feel free to click on that “Upgrade” button. You can now install these plug-ins, stamps, scripts, … back into the new Acrobat DC application directory.

Symantec Norton Security [For 5 Devices] (Product Key Card)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ultimately a Good Deal 02/07/2015

This review is from: Symantec Norton Security [For 5 Devices] (Product Key Card)

Pros: This latest version of Norton Security works well - scans are faster than in the previous version. It installs quickly and smoothly.

The license is for 5 devices, which works well for a great many households.

Cons: The downside is that you've got to buy this new version and cannot simply upgrade for free under your old subscription as in the past. While I throughly hate this policy (and Norton's abandonment of full rebates that left you paying only sales tax and the cost of a postage stamp), an online chat with Norton's support people resulted in them applying my stockpile of Norton Internet Security licenses I had built up when NIS was available with full rebates to the new product. So our Norton Security is licensed on all 5 computers for another 4 years. It's a hassle, but it works out.

Other Thoughts: So Norton has gotten a bit greedy -- that's a surprise? Just about every business has gotten greedy and they march in such lockstep that there's really little choice in many products. But we've also got Kaspersky and others that still offer full rebates. I'll stick with Norton for the next 4 years. Hopefully equally fine security programs will be available then with full rebates. Who knows?


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Display Name: Daniel L.

Date Joined: 03/14/04

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  • First Review: 03/27/11
  • Last Review: 10/24/15
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