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My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 2TB USB 3.0 premium storage with style Model WDBEZW0020BCG-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the prettiest hard drive I have ever seen!

It connects via USB 3.0 and works well with my backup software, Casper. The transfer speed according to Casper is 10 GB per minute.

Comes with software for encryption.
Comes with software for convenient backup on the drive or to the cloud (you need a Dropbox account for that.)
The USB 3.0 cable is 18 inches long, which I think is just right, but if you want a longer one, order it from Newegg along with the drive, the connector for the drive is a Micro Male B connector.

Cons: About 50% thicker than a typical compact portable drive. (I can't actually think of a situation where that would be an issue.) I guess they must have put an extra platter inside, but I can't find that info anywhere on the net. WD doesn't seem to offer as much technical info on their drives as they used to.

Doesn't offer Firewire or Thunderbolt connectivity.

You aren't supposed to use it above 95 Degrees F, according to the WD web site.

You will have to think up reasons to show it off to your geek friends.

Other Thoughts: This would be a great portable drive for a photographer or sales person who uses a portable drive when making presentations to clients. It looks like jewelry, but with Western Digital reliability. Might also make a nice gift for someone.

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HP Envy 24 Silver 23.8” IPS Panel, LED Backlight LCD Monitor 300cd/m2, HDMI & MHL Inputs, Integrated Beats Audio Speakers, 10,000,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very thin bezel around the upper and side edges, about 1/4 inch of black plastic, so it takes up a little less space than my old monitor of similar screen size.

Calibrated easily with the Color Munki unit I use to calibrate for my photography business. The actual change needed from the default settings was minimal, so if you don't have a calibration device, you are probably fine for most purposes.
The stand is sturdy, has a lot of metal in it and adjusts easily for tilt angle.

Cons: I never could get the speakers to produce any audio, although the self-test made an impressive howl. Getting to the audio input settings through the on-screen menu is difficult. Apparently this monitor will accept both digital and analog input, if you can figure out how to make it work. I combed through the PDF user guide and the additional tech manual and there was nothing about the audio system at all. I guess most users who buy a monitor this size will have a separate audio system like I do, so it's not a big deal. I won't deduct any eggs for that.

Other Thoughts: Seems like a good monitor. HP products are generally reliable.
One funny note: in the manual it states that this monitor should not be used for security systems, games or other uses that would cause the screen to be unchanged for more than twelve hours. Apparently an image can burn in, so use your screen saver. Also the monitor turns itself off after a period of inactivity, so it's probably a non-issue for most people.

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Winegard FlatWave HDTV Indoor Antenna w/ Built-In Amplifier for Crystal Clear Picture
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Gets an amazingly good signal in suburbia. Easy to hook up.

Cons: It's not invisible.

Other Thoughts: I read some online reviews on another site that said this was the best amplified indoor TV antenna available, but even so, the reviewers cautioned that local conditions make it hard to predict if a particular antenna will work for you.

I am about 20 miles from the local TV stations, out in suburbia, with a pretty clear view of the transmitter towers. I have been using an amplified indoor antenna of the rabbit ear variety that has been very inadequate, especially since we discontinued our cable TV service.

I hooked up the Wineguard antenna and had great pictures on a very large number of stations immediately. I found that the location and orientation of the antenna did not make nearly as much difference as you would expect. Since the physical antenna is nothing exotic, I conclude that the amplifier must be the providing most of the magic. In any case this is a great alternative to cable if you don't need the premium channels.

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