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Karen L.

Karen L.

Joined on 11/14/07

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New to Vista

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Pros: I'm an IT Professional. IT would seem with all the internet chatter that Vista is a horrible OS. I'm here to tell its not. Been up and running with only minor issues.

Cons: There is a known issue with removable HDD's. If you have an IPOD it works fine but don't configure it as a Ext. Storage Device.

Overall Review: If you bought >2GB of Ram only install 2GB of RAM install Windows, run updates, install your RAM.

Exceptional

Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)

Pros: I have 10 of these deployed at various office... dependable, customizable (dd-rt), and last forever

Cons: Does not come with DD-RT installed?

Overall Review: If you want to use this as a office device I suggest tomato or dd-rt

Works like champ

LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L

Pros: Works very well with blu-ray and hd dvds.

Cons: I've had this drive on 3 systems it is not always recognized by the bios immediately. So when your PC restarts it might not be recognized.

Overall Review: You will need another drive to load Windows. Once you have Windows loaded the bios should recognize it everytime. Not sure why this happens but it does.

Works as Expected

AVS Gear GP-IR02BK Vista 2 channel IR Remote Control
AVS Gear GP-IR02BK Vista 2 channel IR Remote Control

Pros: No drivers to setup and it will be working in with in 2 minutes.

Cons: ...

Overall Review: Very good single function remote for Vista MC.

GodSend

HP MediaSmart EX470, Windows Home Server w/ AMD 1.8 GHz Sempron 512MB DDR2 500GB HDD
HP MediaSmart EX470, Windows Home Server w/ AMD 1.8 GHz Sempron 512MB DDR2 500GB HDD

Pros: Outstandingly easy to use! Since SP1 its been an amazing backup tool. The throughput is better than any business grade device I get 48MBs on WIRELESS connections. Easy to add more if you need it.

Cons: When you want to do complex things sometimes they're looked down for the average user.

Overall Review: Purchased a USB Fax modem and this is our centralized fax. I also work on the road a lot so this serves as my TerminalServer or RDP.

Best NAS Out there

HP mv2040 1TB Network Storage GJ422AA#ABA
HP mv2040 1TB Network Storage GJ422AA#ABA

Pros: Amazing transfer speed compared to other NAS devices. I've tried them all and this is the best bang for the buck. There is also a smaller version MV2010 which I would recommend you buy instead. You can swap the internal drive. I have mine with 2x 500GB Seagates (newegg) Mirrored.

Cons: Maximum addressable storage is 1.2GB The FTP is take a bit of playing around with.

Overall Review: This NAS has tons of features but one of the best is that it comes with NTI Backup software for a bare metal backup. You can also use this device as a Print Server and attach USB HDD as well.