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SYBA SD-PEX24033 Dual LAN Ports Gigabit Ethernet Card, Realtek Chipset 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express x1 2 x RJ45
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I needed two network interfaces on my Linux workstation (Ubuntu 13.10) so I could selectively access my home network and my work network. I had originally planned to install a second NIC in the box (one PCIe and one PCI slot open). However, the on-board NIC has known issues running under Linux. I had recently purchased this card and decided to give it a try: It. Just . Works.

I'm able to up/down either of the interfaces and route my traffic as wanted. The performance of the card is good and I no lost-packet issues. I just can't say enough good things about this card, I'm ordering a second to keep handy.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I'm not on Windows, so I haven't tried the teaming software.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Without Touchscreen - No 08/10/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade

Pros: In some cases it's *slightly* faster than Windows 7.

Cons: If you have a touchscreen the new Modern UI (AKA Metro) is decent. But without a touchscreen it can be very frustrating. the jarring switch between the traditional desktop and the Modern UI can be really annoying. The should have called it "Window 8" because it wants to run all your apps fullscreen, one window at a time. You lose all the advantages that Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops have for running multiple applications visibly on your desktop at the same time.

There are also still issues with drivers for some printers and older hardware.

Other Thoughts: Pretty much everyone adds one of the programs that restores the functionality of the old Start menu as the first they do after installing Win 8. Don't be fooled by the new Windows 8.1 release Microsoft is coming out with. At this point they are going to put the Start button back on the classic desktop, but it won't have any of the functionality you expect. It will just take you back to the Modern UI start screen.

There is really no reason to switch to Windows 8 for anyone with a computer running Windows 7. This is only a cyclic product refresh from Microsoft to keep their revenue stream going. They should have released this product with the full classic desktop as an option for users without touchscreens, but they didn't.

If it ain't broke - don't fix it!

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Samsung Galaxy S3 mini GT-i8190L/GT-i8190 Metallic Blue / Pebble Blue 3G Dual-Core 1.0GHz 8GB Unlocked Cell Phone
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, nice screen, Android 4.

Cons: Not LTE. Not compatible with T-Mobile HSPA+. Bounces back-and-forth between Edge and 3G speeds. I seem to have a lot more "missed calls" than I did on the old LG Optimus this phone replaced. Overall, it's not a great "phone". button placement on the sides make it too easy to get turned on/off in your pocket.

Other Thoughts: Despite the name, this is NOT the Galaxy SIII stuffed into a smaller form factor. The HUSPA (which should be HSPA+ compatible) runs on the 1900Mhz frequency. T-Mobile runs on the 1800Mhz frequency. Supposedly they are building out the 1900Mhz band to support iPhone users. Haven't seen it my area yet, so I can't verify the phone will get "4G" speeds when they do. Overall, it's an okay phone and I like the smaller size. But it's not an SIII and it's not good for heavy web users.

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Display Name: Kevin T.

Date Joined: 10/27/03

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 11/05/09
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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