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Alan F.

Alan F.

Joined on 01/27/04

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Most Favorable Review

Works Great

IOGEAR - 5x2 HD Matrix Switch w/ Remote
IOGEAR - 5x2 HD Matrix Switch w/ Remote

Pros: Handles switching between devices just as one would expect. Although not recognized by Logitech Harmony software, it was easy to teach the infrared commands.

Cons: Craftsmanship isn't perfect - minor annoyances such as the led's not being in a straight line (some are slightly high, or slightly low). The only real complaint is the inability to have the same input assigned to both outputs. This makes swapping A&B require 3 steps: if A is assigned input X, and B is assigned input Y, you must press A-Z, B-X, A-Y, where Z is not X or Y

Overall Review: Basically, there are 7 buttons on the remote: A and B for the outputs, and 1-5 for the inputs. To assign output A to input 1, press A, then press 1.

Great Bluetooth Speaker (Arctic S113BT) for the price

Arctic Coooling S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker-Black
Arctic Coooling S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker-Black

Pros: Sounds good enough, pairs easily, and battery life is outstanding. The 3.5mm audio jack comes in handy for those times when your audio source doesn't support bluetooth. I currently have it hooked up via 3.5mm audio cable to a raspberry pi running xbmc (OpenELEC). Finally, I know this is minor and rather silly, but I like the rubberized texture of the case. As far as the color goes, I took advice from Henry Ford and chose the best (and only) choice - black.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: I would sacrifice a couple hours of battery life for a bit more amplification. Also, a bass/treble dial or slider would be nice.

Sound is as Beautiful as the Appearance

Pros: Rich and beautiful sound, reduced power consumption, TCP/IP Ethernet port for access to DLNA/uPNP resources on LAN as well as Internet radio through vTuner and remote control apps for iPhone and Android. There's plenty of inputs if you use HDMI

Cons: Occasionally loses connectivity for iOS / Android remote control. Cycling the power via the main power switch in the back clears up the problem. Remote control is ugly, but I'm a Logitech Harmony guy so that doesn't cost a star.

Overall Review: There have been no firmware updates as of this review. I laugh when I see the web interface. It is a simple web page that lets you set the ip address manually or specify DHCP - that's it. There is nothing to control volume, inputs, tuning, etc... It is Catch-22'ish in that you have to have an ip address to view the webpage to assign the ip address. I'd love to see docs on the api for controlling this thing - guess I'll have to sniff the network traffic while using a remote app.

My newest favorite gadget

ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet 32GB - Brown
ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet 32GB - Brown

Pros: I loved my iPad2 (I'm still rather fond of it) but it now feels big and clunky. I'm sure it isn't for everyone, but I'm also sure I'm not alone in saying that the Nexus 7 is a perfectly sized tablet with more than enough cpu/gpu, video, ram, and wifi capabilities. The sound is pretty good too.

Cons: No expandable storage. This glaring deficiency caused the loss of a complete star in my rating. While I'm aware that this is a low cost device and that Google wants me to use their cloud storage instead, I'm also disappointed that they didn't at least offer a premium version (they already do so with the 3G model) with a memory card slot. It also doesn't behave as a normal usb external drive. Instead you must use an app called "Android File Transfer". It works, but just isn't as nice as behaving as an external drive.

Overall Review: I also purchased a specproducts FitFolio for it - a great case that doesn't make it feel too big. It is also easily rootable and there are many alternative roms to install. You can even install a Linux distro if you need to scratch that itch. I've gone through all of that, but returned to the stock roms - stock android 4.2.1 is fine for me.

Exceptional, as epected

Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit
Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit

Pros: I bought this card along with 4 ST1000NM0001 SAS drives to go in to an ESXi 5 server. After downloading the drivers from VMWare, the installation using esxcli was simple. Remember to reinstall drivers after applying all patches or you'll just have to rinse/repeat

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought the companion flash module - while there was absolutely nothing wrong with the module, I was disappointed in the cheap zip-tie mounts. Not enough of an issue to remove a star since cosmetics are the least of my worries.

10/26/2012

Extremely pleased.

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 - Core 2 Extreme Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 130W Processor - BX80562QX6700
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 - Core 2 Extreme Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 130W Processor - BX80562QX6700

Pros: This thing is fast. Even using just one core, it out performs my old Athlon 64 FX-51 system handily. When using multi-threaded applications, you are even better off.

Cons: Price, of course. But, time is money. Runs a bit warm under peak utilization, but still within tolerance.

Overall Review: I benched some multi-threaded computational stuff I was working with. My old FX-51 finished in 107 minutes. This QX6700 finished in 12 minutes. Obligatory: Newegg.com rocks. I bought every component for this system from Newegg.com. For a little blurb about my joyful experience, visit: trentfoley.com/quadcore.html