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Symantec Norton 360 - 2014 - 3 PCs
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Worst antivirus I've ever used 11/05/2013

This review is from: Symantec Norton 360 - 2014 - 3 PCs

Pros: A comprehensive suite with a broad range of features, a bit less demanding on system resources than Kaspersky, although tests find its scanning a bit less thorough

Cons: False positives -- quarantines applications merely because Norton has never seen them

Other Thoughts: I bought this because Kaspersky 2014 has turned into a real system hog. At first, everything seemed to go pretty smoothly. Then, when I was doing a backup, it quarantined a file -- and another -- and another. Something like 30 apps, flagged as "ws.reputation.1."

Did scanning detect malware in the software it deleted? No. I did a search and Norton now quarantines files merely because Symantec hasn't seen them! This means perfectly legitimate applications like Prime95 and hdtach were quarantined. Restoration from quarantine is painfully slow and you have to disable scanning for that file, leaving you vulnerable if a new signature finds that it is infected

Stay away from this fraudulent suite. It's worse than the malware it pretends to detect.

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LITE-ON SK-2030/B Black 14 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Slim Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great so far 04/22/2011

This review is from: LITE-ON SK-2030/B Black 14 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Slim Keyboard

Pros: Cheap -- when it gets dirty or breaks, just get a new one!
Great functionality with media hot keys
Compact form factor without compromised functionality
Pretty good touch
Attractive
PS/2 connection is more reliable than USB

Cons: OEM packaging, no manual or drivers and nothing on their web site

Other Thoughts: I've been using the $8 104-key Lite-On keyboards for years with great results. No need to worry about spilling coffee in them, or cleaning out crumbs -- when it happens, you just get a new one! Reliable too.

This time, I thought I'd try the compact layout version. It's a few dollars more, but the media keys are handy and it gives me more room to roll my mouse.

I'd describe the touch of this keyboard as reasonably good for touch typists, but like all membrane keyboards, it's a bit spongy and imprecise. Overall, I'd characterize it as relatively low in springiness and travel but relatively high in the force that "clicks" the dome. Not ideal, but serviceable.

It has no manual to explain what the media keys do, but I figured most of them out easily enough and will get the right three eventually! Note that it has no keyboard driver. If you want to change the assignments, use Tweak UI.

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Keurig B60 Black Special Edition Brewer With K-Cups
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointing 04/21/2011

This review is from: Keurig B60 Black Special Edition Brewer With K-Cups

Pros: Convenient, quick, virtually no cleanup

Cons: Coffee tastes horrible

Other Thoughts: What a disappointment! I've tried quite a few K cups, all the settings, but the coffee tastes like brown water. It's not the coffee in the K-cups -- I tried opening up some K cups and pouring the coffee into my $20 Mr. Coffee and it tasted great. Rather, it seems to brew too fast, with the coffee emerging in a rapid stream rather than a drip. What's more, the Keurig is no faster overall than the Mr. Coffee, because while the Mr. Coffee brews slowly the coffee that emerges doesn't have to cool much before you can drink it.

I'll probably keep using the Kuerig because I'm lazy, LOL. But I was looking forward to something more. Is it too much to ask for a machine that combines Keurig convenience and quality brewing? (I also tried a pod machine, and that was terrible too -- in that case, because of the quality of the coffee in the pods.)

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Display Name: Joshua H.

Date Joined: 12/22/03

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 06/03/09
  • Last Review: 11/05/13
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