Date Joined: 09/19/07
Pros: Protects headphone jack.
Cons: Easy to misplace
Overall Review: I use this as a cap for the headphone jack. I mostly use Bluetooth for hands free, so the headphone jack is rarely used.
Pros: Solid construction. Metal body feels "cool" to the touch.
Overall Review: There's a small hole on the end where a lanyard could be attached, but doing so would block the cap from stowing on the end.
Pros: Solid construction. Generous padding. Durable.
Cons: Weight. Rigidness. Doesn't sit up-right very well.
Overall Review: This is a great bag, with numerous pockets. The pros definitely out-weigh the cons. But while the sturdy construction does a great job of protecting my laptop, it also makes it tough for the pack to sit up-right. Not a huge issue, but annoying.
Pros: Small, durable package
Cons: Does not work with 2008 VW Passat, or 2008 VW Touareg
Overall Review: This reader does not work with 2008 VW Passat, or a 2008 VW Touareg. The reader supports several diagnostic formats, but not a newer one required by the listed cars.
In short, YMMV.
Pros: Very good fit. Great looks. Openings line up well.
Overall Review: The pictures really don't do this case justice. The "pink" fades into the "black" perfectly. It looks almost as if the entire case is pink, but that there's a shadow on half of it.
Pros: Snug fit. Openings line up well. Cool pattern.
Overall Review: TPU feels sort of like the thick vinyl used in floating pool toys. It has some stretch, but use care and coax the case onto the iPod.
Pros: Good looks; solid "feel"; automatic movement; arrived with nice protective plastic wrapping on band, crystal, and back plate
Cons: Generic box; no instructions; no model number visible; no serial number visible; appears to have nothing to do with "Swiss"; obscure Precimax brand
Overall Review: First, I tracked down a set of instructions on the Precimax website: http://www.precimaxwatch.com/downloads/manuals/y676-en.pdf -- it's not much, but is sufficient.
Next, it seems that "Swiss Precimax" has absolutely nothing to do with the Swiss. They may as well change their logo to "Mars Precimax"....
The watch's movement is visible, and is a Y676B 21-jewel movement. It also says "SII" -- Seiko Instruments, Inc. Now before you get too excited, Seiko owns quite a few watch companies around the world, but I can't seem to find Precimax listed among them? The Y676B was used by at least one Seiko associate, J. Springs.
So, from what I can determine there's a remote chance this movement was made at a factory in Japan, but it's much more likely it was made in China. Also, there's a decent chance it was made by a company associated with Seiko. However, there's also a fair chance it is a knock-off bearing the "SII" mark.
Either way, this watch looks and feels good, and tells time.
Pros: This case is remarkably thin - it fits like a glove. Textured grips along the sides work well. The piano-black case looks very good against the white and silver accents of the phone. Slides effortlessly in/out of pants pocket.
Cons: The case is so thin that it provides almost no protection against drops. Difficult to slide on/off of phone.
Overall Review: The case material is hard to describe - it's a bit like the vinyl that a children's pool toy would be made of. It's flexible and a bit elastic, but feels like it could easily be stretched out of shape. In fact, I had trouble getting it onto the phone without permanently stretching it out of shape.
Pros: Back half fits remarkably well. All the tiny mic holes are perfectly aligned.
Cons: Front half can't clip completely onto back half. Its just a little too small.
Overall Review: For the price I guess I got what I payed for, but I had hoped for it to at least fit. The blue color is nice.
Pros: Works great right out of the box.
Cons: Took a while to figure out two-line/fax setup. Configuration is somewhat confusing during transition period while still using land-line. There's an "enable fax mode" pref to set things up for receiving faxes. Alternately, dial the fax access code (*99) before sending a fax. In my case things work best connected as ooma "phone" jack --> fax --> cordless base. Your mileage may vary.
Overall Review: It's not *absolutely* free -- there's a small amount of tax that needs to be paid each month. The ooma.com site has a calculator to determine what your actual cost will be. Additionally, I ended up opting for their premium service which is currently $10/month.
Pros: Things to like include the 20-key "qwerty" keyboard, the T-Mobile/Microsoft "Neo" interface, slide design, and the relative ease of customization. Allshadow.com has plenty of info, tweaks, and even alternate ROMs.
Cons: 20-key "qwerty" keyboard, left-over T-Mobile junk like "Browse t-zones", low res camera, bizarre camera behavior (button is placed so that it feels like it should take landscape pictures, but the camera prefers everything to be portrait). Getting this "unlocked" phone to (fully) work on AT&T was somewhat challenging.
Overall Review: The keyboard is definately a love-or-hate feature. I'm getting the hang of it. If u aren't a fan of t9 predicitve text this could be a tough phone to learn. The "neo" interface is great, and u can switch back to Win Mobile if u like. The camera is o.k. for contact photos, and little more. And don't even bother using it at night. You'll want to search for tips on configuring the phone for ur carrier. And download Opera Mobile or Mini. The most difficult part was getting MMS working: get wifi working; download Total Commander (file manager/registry editor); get internet working via cell data service (search - there r plenty of guides); turn off wifi and test ur internet connection (still browses?); search for instructions on enabling MMSC setting; on phone do the MMSC enable regedit; on phone go to Start/Accessories/MMS Settings, then Menu/MMSC Settings; add a new MMS connection; delete the old (T-Mobile) MMS connection. Also, best tweak was mapping the soft-key to bring up Recent Apps.
Pros: Should be a solid choice for using current version of Windows Home Server (WHS).
Cons: The Atom N280 processor does not support 64-bit. So, this cannot be upgraded to WHS V2 (Vail). 64-bit is a requirement of WHS V2.
Overall Review: I've been using WHS (V1) for several years on a variety of equipment. WHS is designed to run on very modest hardware. Extra RAM helps when streaming, or if you add any additional software/add-ons. Hard drive capacity (not necessarily speed) is where you'll get the biggest impact. ECO/Green drives are a good choice.
Pros: Does exactly what it aims to do. Well made. Minimal packaging (little waste).
Cons: No instructions. Granted, this should be fairly easy. However, the brackets ship "nested" together in the wrong configuration without the grommets mounted to the brackets. There is a tiny picture showing the brackets mounted on a drive, but THE PICTURE IS WRONG.
Sure, the pieces fit in that order, but with the two metal brackets joined together any noise/vibration is still transmitted to the cage.
Overall Review: Parts list: 2 drive brackets (4 slots, 2 big holes), 2 cage brackets, 4 rubber grommets, 4 long screws with metal washers, assorted screws.
1) Unscrew all parts. 2) Push the rubber grommets into the large holes in the drive brackets. You want half of the grommet above and half below the bracket. 3) Attach drive brackets to drive. 4) Place metal washers on long screws. 5) Use long screws to attach both brackets. The long screws will be vertical, and the two brackets will form a "U" shape. So here's how it should look, top to bottom: screw head; metal washer; top half of rubber grommet; drive bracket; bottom half of rubber grommet; cage bracket; lower portion of screw. 6) Attach drive/bracket assembly to cage.
The benefit of this product is that the drive is isolated by rubber grommets. The long screws connect to the drive brackets, but are isolated from the cage brackets. Any vibrations/noise in the drive are dampened by the rubber grommets
Pros: Runs very cool (sorry no actual temperatures) at rated voltage of 1.35. Completely stable at 1.4v.
Cons: Doesn't overclock very well. But that's not the point of ECO series SDRAM.
Overall Review: This memory will operate for a while at 1.5v or 1.6v (+11% and +19% respectively), but it's not stable at either. My board's BIOS ships with the "optimized" settings enabled. That means 1.6v for the SDRAM. Unfortunately, the memory *can* operate at that level long enough to boot and in some cases load the OS. It took me a while to try the "safe" BIOS settings (1.5v SDRAM), but of course that eventually fails too. The point is, this was totally my own fault but just a heads-up to you to remember to lower the SDRAM voltage prior to your first boot.
Pros: Forms a tight bond between surfaces. As mentioned elsewhere this is a "sticky" compound, not a "cream". But that's a good thing -- once you get a smooth surface the compound binds the surfaces air-tight.
Cons: Somewhat challenging to work with. You'll need a small rigid surface like a credit card, patience, a keen eye, and a little luck.
Overall Review: While installing my heatsink I tilted the board and the heatsink slid off-center. It was *very difficult* to remove the heatsink in order to reapply the compound -- much more difficult than with a cream compound.
Pros: Gets the job done. Bright color makes a bold statement.
Cons: Velcro strap is sorta itchy and scratchy. The edges look like they're maybe simply cut and not finished, or at least not finished enough. It's not a show-stopper, but it's not terribly comfortable to wear for an extended period.
Also, the aligator clip holds on O.K., but nothing remarkable. I'm not sure if it needs better teeth, or better grip.
Overall Review: It's really not that bad of a strap, but then again this is a product that needs to be so well designed that you forget that it is even there.
Pros: Works fine. No workmanship or quality issues. My LAN traffic sails through this switch.
Cons: It is a little light weight in terms of the case, but that's kinda the point with a "green" switch.
Pros: First of all, this just works. I have it set to copy pictures to a network drive (mapped as a local on the PC running the Eye-Fi client software). Also, it copies each picture to my Gallery 2 website.
Cons: Not a con so much, but I have my digital SLR set to turn itself off after a minute or two. If I've been out of range of my wi-fi and taken alot of pictures, that's not enough time to upload everything. The solution is I have to urn my camera on every couple of minutes until everything uploads. Alternately, I could just pop the SD card into my laptop, but that's then what's the point of this automagic device?
Overall Review: The SD card has a copy of the client software loaded, which makes it easy to load the software. For example, I've uploaded it onto my father-in-law's PC so that when I'm visiting my pictures are loaded onto my website.
Pros: Ready to go out of the box. Cool "cylon" style blue drive activity light (actually just two segments that alternate blinking left; right).
Cons: None really. Alot of software/manuals that I didn't need included on disk. But of course they can be deleted.
Overall Review: Hooked this up to an existing home-build Windows Home Server. Tip: don't power down server, add drive, and power up. WHS got confused by this. Instead: attach drive while WHS is running. The dialog will pop asking how you'd like to manage the drive. Took a minute or two to format and add the drive to the storage pool.
Pros: Works as advertised. Reasonably small unit.
Cons: Range seems somewhat limited.
Overall Review: Unit is operating in a "difficult" situation -- cordless phone in 2.4 range and wireless access point both less than 10 feet away.