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ADAM K.

ADAM K.

Joined on 11/29/07

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Most Favorable Review

Got it on first try

GreatShield Ultra Anti-Glare (Matte) Clear Screen Protector Film for Amazon Kindle Latest 2011, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle 2nd Generation (3 Pack)
GreatShield Ultra Anti-Glare (Matte) Clear Screen Protector Film for Amazon Kindle Latest 2011, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle 2nd Generation (3 Pack)

Pros: Protects Screen

Cons: It would be difficult to get an absolutely perfect installation without bubbles. But several weeks in, I hardly remember that I put on this shield.

Overall Review: Helpful to read other reviews for best installation. Seems to fit edge to edge all around.

Most Critical Review

Can't peel the adhesive off

DOLICA LCDPRO30 LCD Screen Protector for 3.0" Screen w/ LCD cleaning cloth
DOLICA LCDPRO30 LCD Screen Protector for 3.0" Screen w/ LCD cleaning cloth

Pros: Great idea. Combo with Kodak I purchased for my Mother-in-law.

Cons: Two step process. Peel first tab off. Place on screen. Peel second tab off. Carefully try to peel first tab off. Adhesive is too strong. Carefully try again. Tab rips leaving paper and adhesive. Abandon hope. Do I even bother asking for a replacement?

10/15/2009

Still Deciding

Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz 4GB ECC (2 x 2GB) 1x250GB SATA II 3.5" 7200RPM VFY:T1003SX010US
Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz 4GB ECC (2 x 2GB) 1x250GB SATA II 3.5" 7200RPM VFY:T1003SX010US

Pros: Quiet. Price. CPU. Spacious on the inside. 4GB RAM. DVD. Dual NICs! ESXi 5 installed onto 1GB USB easily. Plugged in one NIC and it got an IP fine. Installed Win7 and WHS 2011 as VM's with the 4GB included. Gave 1GB to the Win7 VM and 2GB to the WHS VM. Probably will need more memory if I'm to put this into production. But to just things up and running, I had the resources to see for my own eyes whether this would work.

Cons: Spacious on the inside, but I was comparing to the microserver, so it's big on the outside. I want it all. Documentation says it supports RAID 5 with BBU, but the only part # for a Fujitsu BBU comes in at over $200. So, I hunted down a PERC card with cables and accessories for around $75. Haven't received it yet - so I don't know how that's going to work out. I'm curious to see what happens with the 250GB drive I installed my test VM's on...if I can hook it up to the PERC and will it fly. Biggest Con to date is that I wanted to put a Hauppauge TV card into the unit and pass it through to the Windows 7 VM and have a single box record OTA shows and move them to the WHS. That way, I could have only one physical box running. However, when I go into the bios, VT-d is disabled and, as far as I can tell, cannot be set to enabled. The manual merely says, that this is where you enable / disable. The Intel page says the Core i3 doesn't support VT-d.

Overall Review: I suppose I can purchase a Silicondust Tuner to resolve the TV recording issue. But they aren't free. This was a Shell Shocker deal and pretty good, but am feeling a little buyers remorse because the HP Microserver was a Shell Shocker 1 or 2 days later - with a "free" 2GB hard drive whereas this came with a "free" copy of WHS. However, I think this server will be quieter and easier to work with than the HP. But on the other hand, once you're done with it, do you really have to go back in all that often? Now, everything is back to full price and out of stock so if I return it, I'd have to wait. Not to mention that all of the hard drives are still 1 1/2 to 2 times the price they were a year ago before the infamous floods. So, I still need to buy 4 2TB hard drives and do a RAID 5 on them. This will ultimately replace an EX470 with 2GB RAM and dual core upgrade. I wanted to go Hardware RAID rather than fake RAID - especially since I wanted to go the virtualization route.

HDMI Audio Works

HIS Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card H260PRFS512DDN-R
HIS Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card H260PRFS512DDN-R

Pros: I purchased this card to replace a fanless Gigabyte NVidia Video Card I purchased a few months ago. The Gigabyte would only show Vista at the login screen. This card shows the whole POST process - crucial for troubleshooting. And, with the right adapter and the right driver, I eliminated the Optical Audio Card and am now getting Video AND Sound through the HDMI cable to my AV Receiver.

Cons: Had to fiddle with the driver for a while to get rid of a dll error at start up. Also, while I'm very pleased with the HDMI connection, I'm not sure, but it may not be as good a sound quality as the optical connection I had previous. It's probably not the connection itself, but rather the Microsoft HDMI in this Video Card versus the Realtek Optical built into Motherboard. Like I said, I'm not sure yet about the sound quality.

Overall Review: HTPC projects take on a life of their own!