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Frank M.

Frank M.

Joined on 01/04/05

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Most Favorable Review

Very pleased

HGST Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722010CLA330 (0A39289) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drive Bare Drive
HGST Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722010CLA330 (0A39289) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Solid Enterprise class drives. Quiet. Passed all badblock and SMART checks without issue on delivery. Been running strong 24x7 in my Server for almost a year. I was happy enough with these I purchased two more shortly after buying these.

Cons: none

Overall Review: These drives have been running strong 24x7 in a Raid6 array without issue for 11 months. I am very pleased with Hitachi drives thus far.

Most Critical Review

Garbage - Never again

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows

Pros: Seems to have a mostly friendly user interface. Didn't pay full price for this garbage.

Cons: Adobe bloatware, spyware, tracking, becons, LAN snooping, and don't forget the security flaws.

Overall Review: I bought this for my wife as an upgrade to version 5 she's currently using. An absolute waste of money. This junkware creates more internet connections than you can track down and in the EULA specifically states it will "helpfully" create all kinds of tracking cookies and beacons on your system. It also states it will be so helpful as to snoop through your home network for other Adobe software that's installed. All this an no opt-out, no thanks. I had to install it in a virtual environment with no network connectivity to keep control of this malware-like garbage. I almost forgot the "helper program" that is required to start at boot for this nonsense to install and work. If your software is so full of bloat that it needs a helper program to open it might be time for some serious rewriting of the code. I bought this for my wife to use editing photo's; not to allow Adobe and partners of their choosing unrestricted access to my wife's PC.

10/25/2010

Perfect size

Sandisk 32GB Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-032G-B35)
Sandisk 32GB Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-032G-B35)

Pros: Physical size - this thing is very compact. Ultimately this is a storage device with no moving parts and it either works or it doesn't. Mine works. The size means I can fit all my music, once converted to .mp3 format on the thing with some room to spare and the compact nature of the device means I can plug it into the usb slot of my car's center console and not worry about it getting knocked around and broken off.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: I really like this thing. I leave it plugged in 24/7 and all my music is readily and easily accessible in the car; no messing with discs, no aux port cables for phone or music player sticking out of the center console, no futzing with a device while driving. Car recognizes the device and starts playing within about 20 seconds from plugging in the key-fob. Like it so much I just ordered another one for the radio in my son's room.

Inexpensive backup drives

Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Price (at the time). Quiet even sitting on the desktop in a docking station.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I use this one, with a few other drives, for onsite backups of system images and other files from the server. It's stored in a fire/water proof safe, with moisture absorption packets, all but one day of a month and it always spins right up. Recently purchased two more of these which are being used as an additional backup solution offsite.

Solid performer

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

Pros: Memtested okay on delivery been running strong in my server for just shy of a year. No complaints.

Cons: None

Overall Review: It's memory, it works and it's great or it doesn't and it stinks. I began my move to the Mushkin brand some a couple years ago and have been very pleased thus far.

imatechguy

Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD

Pros: Makes excellent use of a normally unused PCIe x1 connector. No need for winblows and/or bios flashing to enable or disable the cards raid functionality, just move the jumper pin and done.

Cons: Nit-pick but the bracket isn't lined up right and needed to be bent for the card to be seated fully and secured too.