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Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Not even worth it for free. I'll probably go back to 7. 07/30/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit

Pros: Cortana's text-to-speech is really good. Ask her to tell you a joke, and she'll even have convincing intonation during the punchline.

Mostly, things that ran okay under Windows 7 will run okay under Windows 10.

Cons: The hideous Windows 8 flat UI is still here. I can't stand to look at this all day. Even if you apply a 3rd-party Aero Glass theme, many of the control panels use Metro UI instead of the standard window display engine. Two competing window standards in the same OS? That's just sloppy.

Even if you consider Live Tiles a useful feature, overall the Start menu is far less customizable than it once was.

To use Cortana, you have to convert your local login account to a Microsoft online account and provide Microsoft with a lot of personal details. By default, this feeds into the targeted ads in your Start Menu.

99% of the time, whatever you say to Cortana will just get turned into a Bing search.

Other Thoughts: It's a free upgrade because Windows 10 finally allows Microsoft to monetize on your personal details the way Google does with their services. I'd be insulted to pay $140 for a copy and still be treated that way.

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HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Bad Enclosure Electronics (Device Disappears) 04/30/2015

This review is from: HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HTOLDX3NB40001ABB(0S03396) Black

Pros: Large drive, USB 3 interface.

Cons: The drive simply disappears from the computer's device list, usually after a few days but sometimes within a few hours; the enclosure's SATA-USB bridge seems to be at fault. I eventually got fed up and pried open the enclosure (not easy) to snag the bare drive, and put it in a MacAlly enclosure. No more disappearing device that way!

Other Thoughts: HGST's internal drives have always been reliable for me, so it was surprising to have such a bad experience with this external drive.

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Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model 996643
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reliable, good speed, low price. Everything budget RAM from a quality manufacturer should be.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Using this in a JetWay JNF99FL-525-LF motherboard/CPU combo.

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Blair S.'s Profile

Display Name: Blair S.

Date Joined: 04/29/03

  • Reviews: 37
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  • First Review: 01/21/05
  • Last Review: 07/30/15
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