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Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBX2000401
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Simultaneously big and little. 08/11/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBX2000401

Pros: Very compact.
Unassuming appearance.
Requires no dedicated power connection.

Cons: None so far!

Other Thoughts: The last external hard drive I bought was several years ago, one of those Fantom numbers that look like an old Mac Pro. It’s a 3.5" 1GB drive that has served me well over the years.

But I’ve totally been doing that thing where you buy a big drive for backup purposes, and then, because it’s so much bigger than the drives you actually work from, you slowly end up just using it as regular storage. So I decided it’s time for a bigger backup.

I sure am impressed with how much storage they can fit into a tiny little 2.5" drive these days!

I do the Pogoplug + Arch Linux thing, and I was a little nervous about whether or not the Pogoplug would supply enough power through the USB port. It does! I simply plugged it in, formatted it Ext3, and was off to the races.

Nokia Lumia 925 T-Mobile 4G LTE No Contract Smart Phone with iLuv Portable Speaker Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Definitely the prettiest phone. 04/09/2014

This review is from: Nokia Lumia 925 T-Mobile 4G LTE No Contract Smart Phone with iLuv Portable Speaker Case

Pros: Seriously, it is just lovely. I wasn’t sure I was up a white phone, but there’s a Kubrickian quality to it that I just adore. The size is quite manageable (I abhor the way phones are all so absurdly large these days). The display makes everything appear gorgeous. The feel of the aluminum buttons just make you want to keep changing the volume forever. And it takes marvelous photos, usually with no discernable noise.

Cons: There’s a bit of a camera, er, bump (Newegg finds apparently finds the word people usually use to be inappropriate) that makes it feel a bit awkward to rest the phone on a tabletop. And occasionally those marvelous photos can look a little overprocessed if you examine them closely.

Other Thoughts: This is my second Lumia. The first was a cheap model that I bought almost three years ago so I could wait for something to come along that I actually wanted, probably an Android.

But I fell in love with the interface immediately. It’s true that there are plenty of little things that you can do in Android that make it feel like a whole miniaturized computer. But for texting, making calls, taking photos, and looking things up quickly, I’d rather have a device that’s quick and focused.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013) Android Tablet -  2GB RAM Quad-Core CPU 16GB Flash (Wi-Fi Only)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs A pretty good little machine ruined by mind-bogglingly poor service 04/09/2014

This review is from: ASUS Google Nexus 7 FHD (2013) Android Tablet - 2GB RAM Quad-Core CPU 16GB Flash (Wi-Fi Only)

Pros: It's nice and thin and stylish, much like myself. And it's great to get OS updates quickly.

Cons: When I sent it in for service, they smashed the screen and insisted it had arrived that way even though they sent me photos of it at the repair facility with the screen un-smashed. I found other Asus customers online with exactly the same story.

Since they sent it back, the screen shows quite a bit of banding, sometimes spazzes out and registers fake touches, and other times doesn't recognize any input at all. And what am I supposed to do, send it back to be repaired again?

Other Thoughts: Asus is dead to me. In the future, I will happily pay substantially more for an equivalent product from another manufacturer.


Patrick L.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick L.

Date Joined: 07/21/08

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/29/11
  • Last Review: 08/11/14
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