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PNY Attaché 2 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD64GATT2-GE
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Major bummer. 11/26/2013

This review is from: PNY Attaché 2 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD64GATT2-GE

Pros: Wasn't that expensive compared to comparable flash drives at the time of purchase.

Cons: Like most of the other reviewers, mine eventually stopped working. It wasn't being used much, which is probably the only reason it lasted the 16 months that it did.

Like another reviewer, I was using this with a Raspberry Pi, and everything was fine until today when I discovered it was "write protected". Tried multiple tools across three different operating systems, and nothing worked.

Thankfully there wasn't anything important or sensitive on the drive, so it can just go in the trash, but I still would have liked to have gotten a few more years out of this.

Other Thoughts: It's slightly amusing to look back and see my own review as the most recent one. Guess they didn't sell too many of these.

No idea what caused the failure either, but I will say that the drive itself always seemed very warm to the touch compared to most other flash drives I've used.

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Simply put, the best there is. Follow the instructions and use the proper amount!

Cons: Expensive for what it is, but a little goes a long way so a tube will last many system builds.

Other Thoughts: I've had to clean and reapply this compound on a few computers where it was improperly applied by someone else. A friend of mine who I thought knew better once used about half the tube in one application and then couldn't figure out why the machine was overheating.

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TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Another option besides wired or wireless. 06/12/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E2K Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Quite a bit smaller than the powerline networking adapters I've used in the past. They will connect right out of the box and no further setup is needed.

Has two 5' ethernet cables for the two adapters, so nothing extra needed unless you need to go further. The adapters are identical, so there isn't a specific one that needs to be the one at the router.

No ground plug and no polarized plug means they can be plugged in upside down if needed.

In one testing environment, an older apartment, the adapters were able to operate at their maximum speed. Much faster than wireless and was on par with a 10/100 wired connection.

Cons: The adapters both made a faint but still audible high pitched noise when plugged in. I had to be very close to hear it clearly and the fans of a PC will drown it out, but keep this in mind if you're going to be using them in a quiet environment.

In another testing environment, a newer home, the adapters were only able to connect at the lowest speed, and file transfers were crawling along at below 802.11b performance.

This home uses well water, and every time the well pump kicked in, it was enough to drop the powerline connection for up to a minute. (The manual does make reference to large appliances causing interference, so this was not unexpected.)

Other Thoughts: As the old saying goes, your mileage may vary. In general, powerline networking can be a viable alternative to a wireless network in situations where you can't or don't want to run a cable. However it is highly dependent on the quality of the wiring as well as distance, and power hungry appliances can further interfere. I would have expected the newer home to do better than the older apartment, but that was not the case.

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Date Joined: 10/22/06

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