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Richard H.

Richard H.

Joined on 08/07/02

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Most Favorable Review

Good product

PHILIPS PH-61159 RF Stereo Modulator
PHILIPS PH-61159 RF Stereo Modulator

Pros: Since neither Newegg nor Philips will give you any info on this product... On the back side are RCA inputs for audio left and right channels and an RCA jack for composite video and an S-video input. There are two F connectors for modulated RF input and output. Power is an ordinary AC cord (no external wall-wart transformer). On the front is a switch to select channel 3 or 4 and an LED to let you know when it the RF modulator is active. The RF modulator works automatically. When there is an active video signal, it turns on and when there is no signal it allows the RF input to pass through.

Cons: It would be nice if Philips actually had ANY documentation on this product on their web site before buying it.

Most Critical Review

DOA

Western Digital AV-GP WD15EVDS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital AV-GP WD15EVDS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None so far.

Cons: It would read or write a very small number of sectors and then create an I/O timeout on FreeBSD 8.0 I did tests with a "SG" 1.5 TB drive and a "H" 1.0 TB drive on the same channel, power connector, and SATA cable. The WD drive always failed, the "SG" and "H" worked flawlessly. I am unhappy that I have to spend another eight dollars and twenty cents to send the drive back to Western Digital when it is CLEARLY obvious that they did NO testing on this drive. I know these things happen, but it annoys me that I am the one that has to pay extra for their negligence.

Overall Review: This was supposed to be the second drive in a 1.5 TB mirror. I deliberately chose a different brand to make sure that one failed well before the other. This was _supposed_ to be a very reliable drive, and I paid twenty-seven dollars and twenty-six cents MORE than the SG 1.5 TB drive for this supposed advantage. Well, now it is thirty-five dollars and forty-six cents more. Obviously I am less than happy with the story so far.

Works great with Asterisk

Cisco Small Business PAP2T-NA Internet Phone Adapter with 2 VoIP Ports
Cisco Small Business PAP2T-NA Internet Phone Adapter with 2 VoIP Ports

Pros: It arrived yesterday and today I have it working with Asterisk. There are zillions of options from network and SIP fine tuning to dial tones and ringing cadence. I have one analog phone that takes a dialed number and another one as a "bat phone" that automatically dials when picked up. FWIW, the second phone is connected with more than a hundred feet of twisted pair, and the audio is great and the ringing strong.

Cons: The documentation tells how to configure the most rudimentary settings, but does not cover the important settings. You just have to connect with a web browser and figure them out. Among other things, you will most likely want to fiddle with the dialplan, almost hidden in the bottom of the line1/line2 pages.

Overall Review: Google "mango pap2t" for some good configuration tips. I read some posts that suggest the Sipura manual may be a useful reference.

Good value, fast drive

Seagate BarraCuda LP ST31500541AS 1.5TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda LP ST31500541AS 1.5TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: This is one drive in my 1.5 TB mirror. I have had it for two months now and it has performed flawlessly from day 1 (unlike the 1.5 TB drive from another mfg). It is silent and fast. Synch'ing my mirror took just less than six hours, which gives a continuous throughput of 70 MB/s. And who knows, maybe the {other mfg drive} was the slow one.

Cons: No cons so far.

Overall Review: I have always regarded Seagate as the stodgy and expensive brand. Yes, I bought plenty of ST225 drives when they were king, but once IDE became popular I have favored Connor, and then WD a lot. Now it looks like I should pay more attention to Seagate. I see that some other people have problems with their drives after a few months, and obviously my opinon can and will change if my drive fails in such a trivial time.

Good MP3 player

SanDisk Sansa Clip 1.0" Black 2GB MP3 Player
SanDisk Sansa Clip 1.0" Black 2GB MP3 Player

Pros: I bought this MP3 player for my wife. I first bought her a Diamond Rio, but that died, and anyway the 64MB Flash cards did not hold a lot of audio. This player, with 2 gigabytes (Yes! Two thousand megs!) has plenty of storage for probably dozens of albums. And for a fraction of the price of the Diamond Rio. FreeBSD 6.0 (and most probably later) automatically sees this USB device as a standard mass storage device and I have no problem whatsoever copying my MP3 files into its audio directory. And then it automatically adds those files to its audio menu. Note that ID3 tags (although not an MPEG standard and therefore an abomination) will help the player organize the MP3 files into its menu system.

Cons: Even though this device seems to be a USB "mass device", Windows ME does NOT recognize this device, even though I have drivers that correctly handle other USB "mass device" storage. For what it's worth, I refuse to give MS another dime since ME and NT SP4. If you have given your money to MS in the last decade, maybe you will have better luck getting this product to talk to your MS software.

D-Link DI-604 Cable / DSL Router  4-Port Switch
D-Link DI-604 Cable / DSL Router 4-Port Switch

Comments: I just got mine today, and I have to say that I am impressed with this little router. In case it matters, I have configured cisco routers since 1997, a couple times even with my eyes closed (on the telephone). No, this Dlink router does not do BGP or OSPF, but for what it does do, it is excellent. It does NAT, and can take a static or dynamic address on the "WAN" side. It is very easy to set up filters by IP, MAC, or even URL or domain name, even by the time of day if you like. The setup is all through a web browser, and it does NOT require any MS software to configure. I configured mine from KDE on FreeBSD and it worked perfectly. It is very easy to punch holes in NAT to allow hosts on the Internet to connect to ports on your internal servers, if you wish. It is also friendly to your hosts running software that listens on multiple ports, like BitTorrent for example. I certainly won't get rid of my cisco equipment, but I will say that this Dlink router is an unbelievable value. I mean that literally - you WILL NOT believe how good it is until you try it for yourself. So get one and find out for yourself. DO IT NOW.