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Jans F.

Jans F.

Joined on 10/16/06

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Most Favorable Review

flawless in Canon SD1000

Transcend 8GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TS8GSDHC6
Transcend 8GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TS8GSDHC6

Pros: Got this for a Canon SD1000 camera. Popped it in and it was available. Formatted it in the camera to be safe, 3 seconds. Low-level formatted it to be double-safe, 3 more seconds. Total installation time, less than 30 seconds. The SD1000 specs claim 1.7 photos/sec in highest-res burst mode. I got 98 photos in 59 seconds = 1.66 photos/sec, so the card is fast enough. Have not dropped a single frame in any video mode, nor experienced any glitches in fairly heavy use. Truly a star performer in this heartwarming tale about a geek and his toys.

Cons: It's hidden inside the camera, so nobody realizes they should pay obeisance to me as the king of huge memory cards.

Overall Review: War is bad.

Most Critical Review

very unreliable

LaCie Design by F.A. Porsche 250GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 300728U
LaCie Design by F.A. Porsche 250GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 300728U

Pros: Worked beautifully for a few months. High capacity, low price. Looks very sporty.

Cons: After about 3 months of working just fine, the drive became corrupt. Fine, I reformatted it. It worked for about 2 months before the next corruption. Reformat again. Each reformat bought me slightly less time. I finally removed the IDE drive (Maxtor MaxLine Plus II) from the enclosure to use as an internal drive. No luck. It works for a couple of weeks or a month and gets corrupted again. Other drives on my machine work fine. This particular Maxtor drive is known to be bogus.

Overall Review: Works great as a space heater.

good for the price

Silicon Power 128GB up to 75 MB/s MicroSDXC UHS-1 Class10, Elite Flash Memory Card with Adaptor
Silicon Power 128GB up to 75 MB/s MicroSDXC UHS-1 Class10, Elite Flash Memory Card with Adaptor

Pros: Large capacity, low price.

Cons: Write speed averaged at about 8.5 MB/s while writing gigabytes of large mp3 files to a blank card. Could be worse, but it's slow relative to other Class 10 rated cards I own. Failure rate/likelihood completely unknown.

Overall Review: The fact that one is already always enlightened is uncovered by removal of ignorance as to the nature of the self through correct understanding of knowledge about the self (immutable awareness untouched by objects), not by achieving spiritual experiences, which are necessarily temporary.

write-protect switch keeps malware off

Kanguru Flashblu II 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model ALK-4G
Kanguru Flashblu II 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model ALK-4G

Pros: It has a write-protect switch, a rare feature which is necessary when removing viruses from multiple computers in one session without passing the virus from one to the other. Pretty blue color.

Cons: Big markup for a tiny switch, but hey, it works, so 1/2 con.

Overall Review: Hydraulic fracturing is a program designed to destroy the environment as efficiently as possible, with the side benefit of producing natural gas fuel.

fast, small, awesome

Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH32GB
Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH32GB

Pros: Fast reads, fast writes. Fits in even the tightest spots. The ladies swoon whenever I say, "...I'll just put that on my *32GB* flash drive."

Cons: Clear cap can be easy to lose. I keep it in my shirt pocket when it's off, no big deal.

Overall Review: Water vapor contrails dissipate within seconds or minutes.

fast but not silent

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: A nice speed increase over the 640GB WD drive w/16MB cache I was using before. Using this as the main drive and the WD for backup allowed me to get an old IDE drive out of there, which made the Corsair HX520W power supply stop humming.

Cons: Not silent like the WD drive. I wouldn't call it loud, but it's the only part of the computer I can hear. On startup and shutdown, and when loading programs, I can hear the drive chunking away. Not the end of the world, but I much prefer silence.

Overall Review: It isn't possible for airplane contrails made only of water vapor to stretch from horizon to horizon, or to persist for hours. What's going on up there?