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Paul N.

Paul N.

Joined on 05/17/04

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Most Favorable Review

The Bugatti Veyron of Routers

ASUS RT-N16 802.11b/g/n Gigabit Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer and Media Server
ASUS RT-N16 802.11b/g/n Gigabit Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer and Media Server

Pros: Was running DD-WRT on a Linksys WRT54. An older model with large amounts of flash and RAM. On the WRT54 if I lowered the UDP timeout, (so it forgot old connections faster freeing up memory), it was adequate under heavy torrenting loads. Even then the WRT54 could slow down and start to choke under heavy load. This RT-N16 with Tomato frimware can handle twice the load and not even break a sweat. Under massive torrenting from several computers the torrents fly at high speeds while you surf like nothing else is going on. Freaking AMAZING! Properly set up my DL speeds can reach almost double at times. The amount of flash and RAM this beast has dwarf's the WRT54. I am a very happy camper. :-) The processor is much faster than my WRT54 so I see no need to overclock and increase heat. Its running stock speed and has handled everything I throw at it without skipping a beat.

Cons: I bought an open box that had a dead WAN port. I returned it and bought a new one that worked. The WRT54 has a strong radio while the RT-N16's is just adequate. I have to say the stock firmware was awful but I knew that before I bought it. The version of DD-WRT I tried was flacky and gave me some troubles. However Tomato (beta) Version 1.28 is awesome. :-) While I prefer the DD-WRT GUI I love the function and performance I get with Tomato, its perfect.

Overall Review: I'm an IT network specialist with a family of 6 living at home and 10+ computers. My network is divided into two VLAN's on a managed Netgear Giga switch that feeds into the RT-N16. My VoIP phone and a couple of IP cams feed into the other ports of the RT-N16. My wife just graduated as an IT network specialists and my son is 6 months behind. Trust me, everyone in my family knows how to torrent and makes heavy use of the internet. This home router is more like commercial grade in its performance. We have a router rack full of Cisco equipment used as a router lab for studying toward the cisco CCNA & CCNP certifications. At one point I was going to use one of the cisco routers for my home router but I'm not sure it could beat the RT-N16's torrent performance. And it wouldn't have the USB storage and print server, nor the wireless. If you are looking for a plug and go router skip this one. If you know how to flash firmware and take time to set it up you'll get an awesome router.

Most Critical Review

Power Supply DOA

Eagle Tech ET-CAKSR4500-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
Eagle Tech ET-CAKSR4500-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply

Pros: Great case, plenty of room and ventilation. Rear 120mm exhaust fan with room in front for another 120mm intake. The hight of the CPU heat sink is below the power supply fan and in line with the rear exhaust fan for excellent cooling and heat removal. Love the two slide clip latches for easy side panel access.

Cons: First I noticed how heavy the power supply was. Next I looked inside through the vents and saw the heavy construction and thought what a nice power supply. :-) THEN I PLUGGED IT IN and found out the sorry truth! DOA, Dead On Arrival!!! :-( I don't know if I should throw out the PS, use it for parts like the long wiring or try and get it replaced. If you want a PS don't buy this. If like this case then by it, toos the PS and get a PS made by an FSP/Sparkle. Believe it or not FSP/Sparkle make the best PS's. They don't make pretty PS's, no bling no glowing lights. Just old fashioned way under rated POWER. :-)

Overall Review: Now that I have it together and sitting here I have to say the "Shinny Glossy Piano coating" looks very nice. It gives it a clean professional look.

Own Similar Model - How To Fix

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 1.0" Black 4GB MP3 Player SDMX18R-004GK-A57
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 1.0" Black 4GB MP3 Player SDMX18R-004GK-A57

Pros: I love my Clip and bought a second one. Now I'm thinking about buying this one. Your Clip DIED, I own a similar model SanDisk Clip that has died on me a couple of times. For recovering a Clip that will not power up, freezes, flashes, or is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues try this. First reset the Sansa Player. On mine restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced. Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website. Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath it. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" or what is says about your player and select "Format." - this should erase everything.

Cons: Firmware Upgrade - Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp Click "Firmware Updater" If this fails try this: Disconnect Clip from computer, turn off Clip, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard. If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” in Device Manager. You can open Device Manager by double-clicking on the System icon in Control Panel, and choosing the Device Manager tab. It is also accessible by right-clicking on My Computer, selecting Properties, and selecting the Device Manager tab. But there is an easie

Overall Review: Windows Logo+BREAK keyboard shortcut Hold down the "Windows Logo" key while pressing "Pause Break". That will display the System Properties dialog box. From there you will see a tab or link to Device Manager. You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa Clip BEFORE shutting down the computer. Hope this helps

Excellent For Scanning Books

Plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus B68-BBM31-C 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Fast Single Pass Scanner
Plustek OpticBook 3600 Plus B68-BBM31-C 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Fast Single Pass Scanner

Pros: This was the best computer peripheral I have ever bought. Great for making perfect copies of books. The best part is you can do it without stressing or breaking the books binding. It is also very fast. If memory serves I believe I can scan around 330 pages per hour.

Cons: The only con is the bug in the software that it comes with. Once you scan past about 100 pages it will crash the program. Not a deal killer.

Overall Review: Software bug work around: Like a previous reviewer said, close the program at 100 pages and reopen it.

11/11/2009

All Good Burns, Tips & Tricks

RiDATA 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL Inkjet White Hub Printable (non stacking ring) 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD+858-RDIWN-CB25
RiDATA 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL Inkjet White Hub Printable (non stacking ring) 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD+858-RDIWN-CB25

Pros: They are hub printable and with over 100 burned I have had NO coasters, nada, not one, ever!

Cons: To all the coaster burners complaining about the quality of these DVD's, maybe your computer/burner can't handle proper burning. The quality of your computer setup, software, and burner are also very important. Experiencing bad burns? Defrag your hard drive/s Close programs other than what you need for burning Opt for SATA based DVD drive although for myself I prefer IDE drives, freeing up SATA for hard drives. For IDE burners use Ultra DMA (80-Conductor) IDE/ATA Cables Enable DMA for your DVD drive. Easy solution - go into device manager, under IDE ATA/ATAPI delete the entry for the IDE channel your burner is on, reboot and let windows find and reinstall the IDE controllers. You should be running in DMA mode. Enable buffer under-run protection Set CD/DVD drive as Master If you have an auto defrag program running turn it off while burning. Open task manager, turn off any unnecessary processes. Last resort burn at a slower speed.

Overall Review: I use Nero for all my burns. Burned 98% on AMD duel core and 2% on quad core computers. About 75% burned on 22x LG model GH22NP20 burners, the rest on a Samsung SH-S202G. I don't do many things listed above and still get good burns. So if you follow the above you should get a good burn. If not there is something wrong. If after a clean install of your OS, Nero Burning ROM, and a good duel layer burner then I would suspect slow or conflicting hardware.

11/16/2008

BLUE COLOR CURE

KDS K-2626mdhwb 26" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
KDS K-2626mdhwb 26" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Great Monitor for the price. I just bought my second one. If your display looks cold or blue when set for warm see below for the blue cure. I never noticed anything wrong with it. I did read some reviews talking about how the brightness is not perfectly even. If I look hard and if my display is showing the right background I can sort of see it but it might be my imagination too. In any case its so insignificant its not worth mentioning. Unless you need a perfectly calibrated monitor for your job. But then you wouldn't be looking at consumer grade tech.

Cons: My second one has an incorrect warm color profile causing a blueish tint. - See Other Thoughts -

Overall Review: Blue Cure: The Warm color profile on the second one I bought is incorrect. I compared the incorrect Warm profile RGB settings on my 2nd monitor to my 1st and found this simple solution: Adjust the Red to 100, Green to 92 Blue to 83 Increments are less than one full number so green 92 was in the middle, Blue 83 was one button push above 82. Of course you might as well adjust to your taste.