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justin w.

justin w.

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Working perfectly with my headphones and mic headset for laptop teleconferencing

StarTech.com MUHSMF2M 3.5mm 4 Position TRRS Headset Extension Cable Male to Female
StarTech.com MUHSMF2M 3.5mm 4 Position TRRS Headset Extension Cable Male to Female

Pros: Fair price, rare (but useful) item, decent build quality.

Overall Review: This was one of the few TRRS/4-conductor 3.5mm "headset" extensions I could find. Perhaps the only one that was a reasonable price. Nice length, decent build, working perfectly so far. NOTE: the advice in the product description about plugging headset into cable THEN plugging cable into computer is important. I have a nice-ish laptop with Windows 10 and I thought at first that because the laptop asks me every time I plug it in if what I just plugged in is headphones only, or speaker, or headphones and mic, I wouldn't have to care about that. Wrong. Even when I answered "headphones and mic" if I had not plugged into the cable first , the mic wouldn't work. So: before you get frustrated or try to return: plug headset into cable first, THEN plug into laptop!

Excellent low-power/quiet home server, OpenIndiana friendly

ASUS C60M1-I AMD Fusion APU C-60 (1.0 GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ASUS C60M1-I AMD Fusion APU C-60 (1.0 GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: I am using this board as an OpenIndiana (the opensource fork/successor to OpenSolaris) home general server. It works great. Stable, all the drivers that I've tested work fine. Passively cooled so its really quiet, and low power consumption. love the high SATA port count which plays into the ZFS thing nicely with some quiet 2.5" laptop hdds. Great price considering all the features.

Cons: Limited compute can make it feel a little sluggish when at the console, but that is hardly a con. More like a completely expected tradeoff for cheap and quiet.

good speed good build

Kingston FCR-HS219/1 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
Kingston FCR-HS219/1 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: Good price, trusted Kingston brand, compact, works just great with OS X Snow Leopard. Seems to transfer pretty fast.

Cons: the built-in USB cable is pretty short, obviously intended to be right beside a laptop. So maybe its not really a con, but a specific design consequence.

Overall Review: I've only used the CompactFlash slot so far.

Great Little combo utility

RiDATA YEGO USB 2.0 Flash Hub Drive, 2GB Storage + 2 Additional USB ports EZR2G-Y-LIG6 Purple
RiDATA YEGO USB 2.0 Flash Hub Drive, 2GB Storage + 2 Additional USB ports EZR2G-Y-LIG6 Purple

Pros: Two-in-one: gain a USB port AND have some flash storage at the same time. brilliant idea executed economically. Very handy on my mac mini.

Cons: Just a wee bit fat, so it slightly crowds the USB plugs in ports next to it. Best to put it on an outside edge port, and plug in something especially slim next to it. Consequently, you probably couldn't make use of more than one of these per machine (or at least per grouping of ports).