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This review is from: EVERCOOL FAN-EC5015M12CA 50mm Case cooler
Pros: Cheap. Quiet. Has a sense wire and comes with a 4-pin power to 2-pin adapter.
Cons: 4-pin power to 2-pin adapter is wired for 5 volts (wired to pins 3 and 4), but this fan requires 12 volt (wired to pins 1 and 2).
Not a problem in my case since I didn't need the adapter.
Other Thoughts: This fan is a fine product, and it does what it says.
Unfortunately for me, I needed a replacement fan for my TIVO box. Ideally, I should have bought a 50x50x25, instead of this fan, which is 50x50x15. It's not the fan's fault, but it doesn't push as much air as the factory TIVO fan. As a result, the TIVO used to run at 32C, and now it now runs between 39C and 40C.
I don't think it will matter much in the long run, and frankly, you can't really can't beat the price.
Pros: My aging system boot 3 times faster than it did with the old hard drive.
Acronis clone worked perfectly from the Boot CD (took about 50 minutes to clone 3 partitions and about 350 meg of data)
Cons: Doesn't come with a 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" adapter. Or a SATA cable.
Of course, Crucial never said it would. If you don't have these items on hand, be sure to order them when you buy the drive.
Other Thoughts: After the cloning operation completes, you will have TWO hard drives in your system that are boot -able. If your are running Window, both drives will have an active partition. Do NOT boot your computer in this configuration: disconnect the old drive first.
Otherwise, you have a 50/50 chance that Windows will "fix" your configuration by marking the SSD not-boot-able.
I disconnected the power and data cables from the old drive, just in case the MX100 dies. It won't be fast, but at least I'll have a working computer.
This review is from: IOGEAR GPSU21 1-Port Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0
Pros: Small. Gets the job done.
I have a Brother HL-5340D that I was sharing through my Win 7 64-bit PC. For some reason, one day the only thing I could print from other computers was the Printer Test Page. After a bunch of research, I decided that this product looked like the best way to put the printer on the network full-time (although let's face it: the best way to have a printer on the network full-time is to buy a printer with a network interface :)
After getting the printer set up (tricky, so I knocked off a star), it works the waexpectedcted it to.
Cons: Vista is the last Window OS documented.
I downloaded the setup program and documentation from the IO GEAR website and went through the setup. I made sure my router was assigning an IP address to the print server based on the print server's MAC address, and I set up the same IP address in the print server.
I followed the rest of the instructions, but I could not get test pages to print. Ping responses from the server told me it was alive, but I could not even log on to it. I power cycled the print server (and the router) several times to no avail. Sadness. I moved the printer cable back to my PC and went to bed.
The next day I moved the cable back to the print server. Pinging the print server said it was alive and well, so I moved the printer cable back to the print server and tried again.
(running out of space here, continued in Other Thoughts)
Other Thoughts: Here's what I did:
1) Devices and Printers: add a Printer
2) Add a LOCAL Printer
3) Create a New Port
Standard TCP/IP Port
4a) Hostname or IP Address: the IP address assigned to the print server (in my case, 192.168.1.10)
4b) Port name, the IP address followed by -1 (this was set up from my experiments the night before, so I just used it: 192.168.1.10-1)
5) Additional information: Custom: Settings....
6) Protocol: LPR; Queue Name: lp1
I don't think the queue name is meaningful, but you have to have one
7) Pick the Manufacturer and Printer Model
8) Give the printer a name
DO NOT SHARE THE PRINTER!
Print a test page. If it comes out, congratulations.
You can log on to the print server, using the IP address you assigned. In my case, I entered
and the broswer responded with
The main page has a print job section, where you can click and see the print job log.
Last thought: it would be nice if you knew what the LEDs w