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JOHN O.

JOHN O.

Joined on 06/07/08

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Most Favorable Review

THIS THING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor 400cd/m2  X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers
Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor 400cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1(800:1)Built-in Speakers

Pros: Brave soul, if you've convinced yourself that you're prepared for how ungodly gigantic this thing is, rest assured -- you have not. If Milton had witnessed it in all it's glory, he would have written epics about it that would make Paradise Lost look like a children's novel. But not only is it huge, it's got an amazingly good picture - much better than I was expecting considering what I paid for it. It's no graphics monitor, but for watching movies and hobby-level photo/video editing, it's more than good enough. HD Video in particular looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING on this thing - unlike sitting on your couch 10 feet away from your TV, sitting a foot or two in front of this monitor really reveals the stunning detail in HD video; I'd rather watch a movie on this than on my 42" TV any day. Also, I didn't have a single dead/stuck pixel, which on a monitor of this size is really exceptional.

Cons: Like most LCD screens, it's designed assuming that you'll either be sitting at it's same level or above it, and by virtue of how huge it is, the average person will probably find themselves looking up at it, even while sitting at a desk. I have a somewhat tall desk and a somewhat low chair, and I was definitely not getting all the contrast; but I found a chair that was a few inches taller and that alone made it look much better. Not too big a deal - just something to keep in mind.

Overall Review: I've got this next to an older 22" 1680x1050 widescreen that I flipped vertically - I might be fooling myself, but I feel a million times more productive with all this screen space to play with... imagine writing a research paper while being able to look around at 8 different documents at the same time - it's like going from an office in the basement to the corner office on the top floor.

Most Critical Review

Stopped working after about a year

ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD / DVD Re-writer MacOS Compatible Model SDRW-08D2S-U
ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD / DVD Re-writer MacOS Compatible Model SDRW-08D2S-U

Pros: Worked when it worked.

Cons: It broke.

50% failure rate: stay away

G.SKILL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-8GSQ
G.SKILL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-8GSQ

Pros: Newegg's RMA service is great as always.

Cons: Got 2 of these for my new laptop. Got sporadic errors on the first pair, so I RMA'd them. The second pair tested fine (ran memtest86+ for almost 24 hours), so I assumed I just got a bad egg. Cut to two weeks later: I'm pulling my hair out over bizarre compilation failures and segfaults. After three hours of trying to debug gcc, I was out of ideas and decided to test the memory. Lo and behold, a 512-byte chunk is full of errors. I understand that there will always be the occasional defect in computer hardware - that's the nature of the manufacturing process. But for a stick of RAM to test fine, and then go sour in 2 weeks? That is completely and totally unacceptable.

Overall Review: I will never buy G.Skill RAM again. You lost a loyal customer today.

Makes great AP under Linux

Rosewill RNX-N600UBE Wireless N600 Dual Band USB 2.0 Adapter
Rosewill RNX-N600UBE Wireless N600 Dual Band USB 2.0 Adapter

Pros: Using this thing plugged into a Raspberry Pi as my wireless router. Works great. The range on this thing is amazing - I can get my wifi from a good 20 meters down the hall from my apartment.

Cons: None

Overall Review: You'll need a firmware blob for this, and probably v3.2 or newer kernel, although I don't know for sure when master support was added. USB ID 148f:3572, uses the rt2800usb driver.

Yep

C2G 03046 DB9 F/F Serial RS232 Null Modem Cable, Beige (15 Feet, 4.57 Meters)
C2G 03046 DB9 F/F Serial RS232 Null Modem Cable, Beige (15 Feet, 4.57 Meters)

Pros: It's long, it's cheap, it works. What more do you want?

Cons: NULL

Overall Review: (If you want a serial console, this is the type of cable you need)

Cheap, works great

Rosewill RCW-617 - 1-Foot USB to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter
Rosewill RCW-617 - 1-Foot USB to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter

Pros: Works flawlessly at both ends of a cable as a serial console for Linux at a 115200 baud rate. CLIENT <USB_C<-- serial cable -->USB_C> DEV_MACHINE

Cons: None

Overall Review: USB ID 1a86:7523. Driver is CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_CH341.