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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet, reasonably fast, cheap

Cons: Seemingly unreliable

Other Thoughts: I purchased 3 of these over the course of a month, I'm into 1.5 month old range for the drive the failed on me. Hard failure with no warning. I monitor my disks closely and this one just quit on me.

It should be noted that I run my drives hard, in arrays which operate 24/7 so having one fail like this is not unexpected, just be aware that you may consider a slightly more expensive drive for your single disk setup.

No problems what so ever with the return process through the manufacture.

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SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8 PCI-Express x4 Low Profile SAS RAID Controller
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap, PCIe, lots of ports

Cons: After reading the quick list of supported OS's I decided to buy two of these cards. I received them and installed them. My plan was to first run FreeBSD, no dice getting that working with these cards at all, So after that I went through 4 different Linux distributions, I only got it working after switching to a 3 year old centos distribution, this allowed me to install the 3 year old proprietary drivers, with their 3 year old bugs.

After some quick testing I noticed right away drives dropping out of the arrays, as well as more concerning cases of drives being readdressed blindly.

In any event, for those thinking about utilizing these cards on a non-Windows based system, be aware that they are based on the mvsas driver, are unstable, slow, and should be avoided.

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Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great keyboard, but NiMH batteries 08/08/2013

This review is from: Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black

Pros: This is an excellent keyboard. If you type a lot (I mean A LOT) and you've gotten to the point where key spacing, height and action (feel) makes a difference then I highly recommend this keyboard.

Battery life is great and recharging is as easy as plugging it into your nearest micro USB plug.

* Lighted keys
* Action on key press is excellent
* full D-Pad
* Unify receiver support
* Works in Linux and FreeBSD perfectly
* Rechargeable

Cons: NiMH batteries. The batteries (which they say are not user replaceable) suck. With any NiHM battery you get about 6 to 8 months on the stock batteries before they stop holding a charge. That said, the batteries are pretty easy to replace and any NiMH AA battery will work just great. I would have hoped that for such an expensive keyboard that the batteries would be lithium based.

The other annoying "feature" is the USB connection on it is for charging only. The keyboard will NOT present it self as an HID via USB.

Other Thoughts: This is a great keyboard, works excellently with my Ubuntu and FreeBSD desktop machines, the battery issue sucks but is really only once a year thing (possibly sooner).

The keyboard holds a charge for months at a time without a problem. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone.

I should also note that with the Unify receiver the range on this thing is great, it would make a good HTPC keyboard, however for that I use the little brother the K400.

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Colin F.'s Profile

Display Name: Colin F.

Date Joined: 07/12/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 01/22/08
  • Last Review: 10/03/14
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