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Renaud L.

Renaud L.

Joined on 01/11/11

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Most Favorable Review

OpenSource? Yep!

NETGEAR WNDRMAC-100NAS Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
NETGEAR WNDRMAC-100NAS Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: They said it was "open source". Well, they weren't kidding: I flashed OpenWRT on the thing straight from the Netgear administration panel. I loved this router so much I basically got two of my friends/colleagues to get some for themselves.

Cons: Only con: I didn't posess it sooner.

11/27/2013

Awesome as advertised

Intel 530 Series 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2BW180A4K5
Intel 530 Series 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2BW180A4K5

Pros: This thing, after reshuffling all my booting sequence and all the partitions and stuff, is basically screaming fast. I was booting to desktop in minutes, now I'm booting to desktop in mere seconds. It's extremely satisfying.

Cons: None that matter. Or at all, even.

This RAM is vengeful

CORSAIR Vengeance 24GB (6 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ24GX3M6A1600C9
CORSAIR Vengeance 24GB (6 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ24GX3M6A1600C9

Pros: . Triple-channel 24gb pack acquired at an extremely discounted price . 24gb of sweet sweet memory goodness is REALLY good for everything I can throw at the machine. . Over a year of operation and these things haven't failed, ever.

Cons: . My case doesn't have a window so I can't see the RAM.

Overall Review: 24gb, at the price I paid? Satisfied as hell.

It cuts.

Rosewill RHKN-12001 15-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Cutlery Block Set
Rosewill RHKN-12001 15-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Cutlery Block Set

Pros: . The blades are full-knife-length with handles added after molding

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: It was cheap. They cut. I'm satisfied, I think?

Does as advertised and a bit more

Zotac ZBOXHD-ID34BR Intel Atom D525 Dual-Core NVIDIA ION2 w/2GB RAM, 250G HDD Blu-ray Mini-PC
Zotac ZBOXHD-ID34BR Intel Atom D525 Dual-Core NVIDIA ION2 w/2GB RAM, 250G HDD Blu-ray Mini-PC

Pros: . Small form factor . Low power usage . Discreet but soldered-on GPU; some tasks can be GPU-accelerated

Cons: . CPU is really not powerful; don't compile a Linux kernel on this

Overall Review: It's a computer in a living room. For the price, over the years, and taking in account that it has a bluray player, it's been quite the satisfying little thing.

Perfect antenna->video device

SiliconDust HDHR3-US(CA) HDHomeRun DUAL Tuner TV Box W/ Network Sharing
SiliconDust HDHR3-US(CA) HDHomeRun DUAL Tuner TV Box W/ Network Sharing

Pros: Pros of this device are numerous, but I'll keep it short: it took me barely over a man-hour to get that puppy up and running on my antenna using MythTV-Backend, and less than thirty minutes to hook up the backend to XBMC. From there, it works exactly as advertised.

Cons: Cons are few: can't buy more at the same price I got it initially, and the web interface is ridiculously spartan. "Works as designed", I guess.

Overall Review: If you need a little box that does ATSC -> Video that can be controlled by a remote computer and if you have the knowledge to hook it up to your current setup, the HDHomeRun is as good a product as any. Bonus: I'm using it in Linux with nary a hiccup.