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This review is from: Tungsten Carbide Dome Shaped Ring
Pros: Polished shine that has a slightly dark undertone. Very comfortable, actually better than my first Zales wedding ring I lost within the first year because kept taking it off when it dug into my skin. It's a nice wide band and looks great.
Cons: No free shipping, but for the overall price it can't be beat.
Other Thoughts: I wear a size 12 due to large hands/long fingers and didn't find it to be heavy as described by others. Other than the light that shines off its polished exterior I forget I'm wearing it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link DPH-50U Skype USB Phone Adapter
Pros: It supports regular and skype calls, you just need to enter a code to switch between the two before making a call. I keep with with Skype only, so I don't ever need to enter the switch code.
It can RECORD ALL COVERSATIONS BOTH WAYS to WAV.
It sets itself up as a sound card, so after drivers are installed, just configure skype to use the dlink as your speakers/mic/ringer. Though you should really change Skypes default sounds for call waiting.
You can configure the device to forward skype and/or landline calls.
Cons: It should go without saying but it's a USB device, and requires that the computer connected to it is on AND LOGGED IN to their account, and Skype to make a call.
You must configure Remote Desktop clients to leave the sound at the host machine before connecting, or sound will be redirected away from DLink and to your machine.
Having to dial 001 before a 10digit number, then * to initiate a call. I had to add a sticker to my phones so visitors will know how to make calls. The same goes for Call Waiting/Conference, which can be configured (default #1 and #2).
I haven't this tested fully, but it seems to be prone to GSM interference (the tac-tac-tac-tac sound when your gsm phone is near your speakers). It could very well be my landline handsets that are prone.
Adapter clicks audibly when making/hanging up. Not too loud, but noticable.
No Phone number porting available from skype.
Other Thoughts: I replaced Packet8 service with Skype. Call quality is great. Being P2P you're prone to occasional distortion, but no more than a cell phone.
I have this running 24/7 on an XP PC with a puny atom cpu which I also use as a DVR. I haven't noticed any resource strain. Install TweakUI for autologon, and put skype to run on your startup. Or configure as a system service.
Bandwith use is about 2.5kbps per call. I run a program to limit this to 6kbps to prevent being a skype supernode. (My own paranoia).
A monthly unlimited skype subscription is $3 and includes voicemail. A skype-in number is usually $30/yr, but they give you $30 credit after you get the monthly subscription. That means with this adapter, it's VOIP at a fraction of the cost of Packet8, Vonage, etc.
No, it doesn't work on Vista64. You should ALWAYS check a manufacturer's website for a supported OS before purchasing anything, especially for an OS that enforces signed drivers.
This review is from: GARMIN nüvi 260 3.5" GPS Navigation
Pros: All I want is an accurate GPS that can speak street names so I won't have to look at it.
Immediately after purchase I programmed addresses I know directions to for testing. The nuvi 260 is great in the sunlight and super fast in getting a signal, and has clear speakers that even speak what side an exit is on the highway, but severely falls short in simple routing tasks.
Cons: I had to travel straight for 10 blocks and make a right (this is the normal/fastest route from experience and a pda I with tomtom). Nuvi kept recalculating and wanted me to turn left, then right, then right again to the road i started on several times during the trip. Why the constant confusion? It didn't matter whether it was "shortest" or "fastest" route either. It did this several times driving around Emerson, NJ and from the Bronx to Yonkers before and after getting on I-87. The constant recalculations are unnecessary and a nuisance. For $100 more I exchanged it for the TomTom 720 and couldn't be happier. Much more accurate, comes with a software disc and cradle to manage waypoints/favorites on the PC. Ability to do so much more over what's essentially Garmin's base model. No QWERTY keyboard option makes input tedious.
Other Thoughts: Originally bought at C...City for easier exchanges. Garmin has a neat webupdate tool that doesn't seem to rely on codes like tomtom, and has a better suction device. It's a great bare essentials GPS which would have been PERFECT if it didn't get constantly confused even with full signal and no buildings.READ FULL REVIEW