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This review is from: SanDisk Cruzer Facet USB Flash Drive
Pros: -Looks good and has appealing texturing
-Small profile, easy to carry around
-Color coding makes it easy to manage several
Cons: -It doesn't fit in many USB sockets. I've tried just about everything out there, from PCs and hubs to chargers and single-board computers, and have maybe a 60% success rate getting it into the socket at all and of those, about a third don't want to release it without a fight. Comparing it to other plugs the problem seems to be that both the plastic inner piece and the outer metal bracket are a bit too tall, maybe 0.4 mm, so it's a no-go in ports that don't have extra clearance.
Other Thoughts: Really a shame about the bad fit, otherwise it would be my favorite USB stick. I've tried two of them in different sizes and they both have the same problem so it's clearly a design flaw.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Raspberry Pi 83-14421 Computer - Model B (512M RAM)
Pros: Does what it does very well
Inexpensive and full-featured embedded solution
Cons: Slow and weak for an SBC
ARM software support is spotty
Other Thoughts: Much has been made about how RasPi is a $35 computer (plus shipping and/or markup). That only includes the OEM board and absolutely nothing else; to do anything useful with it you'll need, at minimum:
-HDMI cable if you want video output, powered USB hub for anything more demanding than a small keyboard
Still a bargain compared to normal embedded SBCs but suddenly it's not so cheap anymore. Get it because making stuff is awesome, not because "wow, 35 dollars".
This review is from: C2G Model 28721 6 ft. RJ11 High-Speed Internet Modem Cable
Pros: Well built
Hard to screw up a cable
Other Thoughts: Ten bucks for a few feet of cable is quite rich, but you do (mostly) get what you pay for. It's solid and shielded like an Ethernet cable and doesn't feel anything like those flimsy phone cords held together by pixie dust and good intentions. The speed-improvement claim is obviously untrue but if you care enough to buy good cabling you already knew that.
As the product title says this is made for DSL modems, use it on regular telephone equipment or dialup and you're just wasting money.