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This review is from: Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T
Pros: For larger files good read (30MBs) and reasonable write (8-10MBs) performance.
Small size but still easy to instert / remove.
Cons: Unusable for wrtie or read of many small files. Should not be used for OS backup.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive to install a bootable Linux OS and several very large files.This meant that there were many small files in many directories. Wirte time was horrific - the worst I have ever seen on a flash drive, even the 256MB antiques. It was virtually impossible to boot with with the drive. It took at least 5 minutes while the same boot with a different brand took 25 seconds. And that drive showed only half of the bulk read/write performance of this one.
After my extensive analysis I found that neither the type of filesysystem nor filesystem block alignment with the probable flash block size made any difference. Larger files were quite good, many small files were very bad.
So who cares? My attempted use isn't at all common.
After all,It has good performance if copying MP3's or photos. Isn't that what thumbdrives are meant for? Good thoughts, and itf those are your needs then this is a pretty good drive.
Buif you want to use this to make a backup of your Windows OS your problems will be just the same as I had. The write and read will be so slow that you will give up on it.
Consider this drive if you have the common uses for it. But if you have special needs look elsewhere.
This review is from: C2G 29575 Modular Cable Termination and Test Kit
Pros: Basically Functional
Cons: Tester difficult to use.
Crimper has no effective means removing cable sheath.
Ethernet connector is slightly damaged by the crimper
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty poor kit. Each year I go to one or more schools in other countries to help them create a computer classroom, build many cables, train some people in cable fabrication, and then leave the tools. Over time I have used 3 different tools and two testers. I would have used my preferred if it had been available f before my last trip but they were sold out. So I searched my default online supplier, Newegg, and found this one.
This has been the lowest quality tool so far. Yes, it does crimp correctly but when the tool crimps it also smashes the clip flat. With careful prying with a thin knife the clip could be extended again but with much weakened spring.
The tester worked bu it was difficult to use. It only showed pairs rather than individual and flashed through the four lights in less than two seconds. It was very hard to tell if all pairs were successful.
The best tools that I have found at a reasonable price are Eclipse Ratchedd crimper tool and "Pro's Kit" Multi-modular cable tester.
Consider this set only if you must get it in a hurry and cannot find anything else. It'll work but you won't be happy with it.
Pros: Antenna on cable allows it to be positioned as necessary. Antenna and stand simple and sturdy. Perfect for Linux - RT2500 wireless chipset that card uses is among best supported. Put the card in the Ubuntu 9.04 OS computer, turned it on and immediately the network manager saw it, showed the wireless routers in the neighborhood and let me enter the name and security code. No drivers, no mess around, and 3 minutes after first turnon a perfect connection that by my flood ping tests doesn't lose even 1 packet in a million!
Newgg shipping and service excellent.
Other Thoughts: I have some special needs that this card filled perfectly. This card was the third try to get a reliable wireless connection between the DSL/Wireless hub in one room, through two walls and, finally, if the wireless card has back mounted antenna, directly through the computer itself because the back of the computer pointed away from the hub. None of the geometry or location was changeable.
I already had another brand wireless card and a usb wireless adapter, so I tried them first. After one month of frustration and poor performance I finally gave up, did some research on the net and found this card.
My first try for the wireless connection was with a USB adapter . It dropped lots of packets - the transmit power was too low. Then I tried the PCI wireless card. The antenna was blocked by the computer chassis and the WG311v3 ndiswrapper driver caused problems with OS.
This card solved all of those problems. I strongly recommend it for all Linux users and for special antenna needs.