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Richard I.

Richard I.

Joined on 06/03/05

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Better than Watershield

Verbatim 96552 AquaAce 4.7GB 16X Inkjet Printable and Hub Printable DVD-R Disc
Verbatim 96552 AquaAce 4.7GB 16X Inkjet Printable and Hub Printable DVD-R Disc

Pros: Waterproof Verbatim burn quality Glossy finish

Cons: Expensive Stays "wet" longer than Watershield

Overall Review: I've been a dedicated fan of the TY Watershield disks for years and have burned/printed thousands. The ONLY issue I've had with TY was that with my Canon printer the blacks would print as black, then gradually fade to dark slate gray after a day or two. With the Aquaace coating the blacks still fade slightly but remain far darker. I also wish Verbatim made a CD-R with this coating.

Most Critical Review

Beautiful design, doesn't work

BYTECC ME-525U2FWBK Aluminum 5.25" / 3.5" IDE USB2.0 & 1394 External Enclosure
BYTECC ME-525U2FWBK Aluminum 5.25" / 3.5" IDE USB2.0 & 1394 External Enclosure

Pros: I REALLY wanted this to work--he overall physical design is very clean, internal power supply, firewire+USB2, 500GB capable. BUT:

Cons: Installed WD 120GB drive. At first, data transfer goes great, then after 10 seconds, it hangs. Okay, RMA'd back for another unit. Same issue. Turns out the "Prolific 3507" chip used in this box is a piece of junk--just check out all the feedback on the net. Next time, Oxford chipset ONLY!!

Great SSD

Plextor M3 Series 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-64M3
Plextor M3 Series 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-64M3

Pros: Works fine, works with XP even without TRIM (has built-in garbage collection)

Cons: Was a bit more expensive than other brands

Overall Review: About as simple an installation as one can get. No issues of any sort, much faster boot than the 10k rpm Raptor.

ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler

Pros: Flashing blue lights Huge Your nerd friends will think it's really cool

Cons: Lousy cooling performance Expensive

Overall Review: poor design, difficult installation, crowds the MB, performance similar to stock heatsink... a waste of money

Great product, xlnt price

Cisco Small Business Wireless-G IP Camera with 2-Way Audio / Pan-Tilt-Zoom (WVC210)
Cisco Small Business Wireless-G IP Camera with 2-Way Audio / Pan-Tilt-Zoom (WVC210)

Pros: (1) Pretty much bulletproof (2) Good optics (3) Easy setup

Cons: (1) Don't care for white trim (2) Optical zoom would have been sweet (3) No built-in IR lamp for nighttime monitoring

Overall Review: Just got it two days ago. Works fine, nice image. Planning to mount it outdoors this weekend. Plays well with others on the local network.

GREAT router w/ Tomato

ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support
ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: (1) Utterly stable (2) Flashes to Tomato easily (3) Pretty lights flash

Cons: (1) Wasn't free (2) Didn't come with Tomato already flashed

Overall Review: Never tried running it with stock firmware, but from reading other comments, it's not that good. But with Tomato, the thing is easy to configure and utterly stable. It replaced a D-Link router that began cutting out (WiFi), and it was so old it didn't have QoS anyway. Because our house is so dependent on the Internet (Ooma phone, Tivo, Squeezebox, Slingbox, monitoring webcam) I had purchased two identical routers and configured them identically so that in the event of a failure I could just do a swap and be up in minutes. But it looks like that will never be necessary.