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Crucial MX100 CT512MX100SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked well, until it didn't. At all. Used under linux with no issues or compatibility.

Cons: Died after 5 months of use. Using with Linux full time, Ubuntu 14.04, Z97 mobo doing raid1 with 2, crypto, and lvm atop the ssd volumes.

Spoke with tech support, enlightened me to how trim works on here, that the disk relies on idle states to perform trim without os help, and because of gc issues with trim and luks encryption, I cannot use trim from ext4 to lvm to cryptsetup to mdraid.

Web chat support was sort of useless aside from basic broken engrish and cut and pastes of some pertinent docs. Insisted the drive could be rejuvinated by letting it sit powered on without an ata connection, but no dice. Now I need to go through this again with someone...

Other Thoughts: Nice if they'd point out these are not suitable for raid or crypto use up front. I'd love to find a ssd that could handle these, sadly seems all ssd's are prone to expedient death in this config.

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SAMSUNG 64GB microSDXC Flash Card w/ Adapter Model MB-MGCGBA/AM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs More example of why microsoft is evil 02/23/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 64GB microSDXC Flash Card w/ Adapter Model MB-MGCGBA/AM

Pros: It's big, assuming it wasn't using a proprietary file system that microsoft is imposing on the world, again.

Cons: I can't use the thing in anything of mine. I use linux on all my systems, and there is no exfat compatibility. Plug it into my androids, nothing recognizes it, even in a brand new Sony Z1 Compact.

I wondered why, and found this lovely connundrum - the hardware is built around exfat compability, only. I reformatted it to Fat32 under linux, and began copying files until I curiously read an article website about the exfat compatibility issue, and that reformatting as fat32 can cause file loss over time. So essentially it's useless.

I read about people saying it works fine, but I've heard windoze won't recognize it. Not an issue, but I really don't want it to self destruct - I just lost a 32gb unit with a ton of data on it, rather not see this die after 2 weeks because of "abuse".

Sounds like another poorly made decision to lock themselves into yet another proprietary format. After years of posturing my microsoft threatening to sue for their pattents on FAT filesystem, you'd think the industry would pick something not proprietary to any one vendor, especially with everyone abandoning Windows in droves for Mac or Mobiles.

Other Thoughts: It's disappointing that vendors don't realize they're enslaving themselves and the rest of the world to a monopolistic organization like microsoft. Now collectively the open-source community is going to need to reverse-engineer and build yet another filesystem compatibility layer, again.

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Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium 5 Devices - 1 Year Subscription - Download
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Annoying interface, more confusion, poor web services 09/08/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium 5 Devices - 1 Year Subscription - Download

Pros: It's great if you've never heard of openoffice or libreoffice, otherwise offers little value aside from baked templates for various things. Again, most of this can be done with online resources and open-source templates available for openoffice or libreoffice.

Cons: Where to start... Using Office 365 on a windows system works well enough, but on anything else is a disaster of a service. Any web-based components do not work under chrome/chromium, simply coughing up server errors. If you thought the ribbon concept was confusing, wait until you see this.

Furthermore, the services hosted by microsoft inside of their "azure" cloud are terrible. Chronically laggy, buggy, non-responsive. The services are barely usable with a Mac, and utterly unusable under Linux (by design, they hate competition for a failing OS).

If you're using this for anything but working with their hosted email, you might as well do yourself a favor and stick with older versions of office, or just realize there are open-source solutions that do the same functionality, in many ways much better, for free.

Other Thoughts: My company migrated to Office365 because of close microsoft ties for hosting their os we do, and essentially left all non-microsoft users to fend for themselves (I use linux). I found out quickly that all their hosted services are extremely unfriendly toward anything non-microsoft, on purpose I'm certain. Their support for service and products were flat out refused on anything but microsoft os or clients, or which I simply refuse to run as a host OS.

Heaven forbid you move to their hosted exchange solution with it, as their cloud services are so slow and unresponsive, it causes 3rd party clients, even ios and android via activesync to freak out. I watched a tablet syncing with their service take a minute per email to download, let alone trying to use any of the hosted word/excel products with it.

Truly a mess, and exactly why Ballmer was forced to step down and be replaced. 15 years too late unfortunately.

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Michael B.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 11/06/01

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 07/05/10
  • Last Review: 01/03/15
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