Joined on 12/06/04
Once I put it back together, it seems to work fine
Overall Review: The enclosure arrived in a well packed newegg box and there was no indication of damage to the actual product box, however when I opened it the shell was in several pieces. Nothing was damaged, it just looked like the case parts had detached from each other during shipment. Snapped them together and its been working without a problem since then. I've used the SATA bay, micro-sd slot, and the USB3 ports with no problems. I haven't benchmarked anything, but the transfer speeds seem similar to other USB3 devices I've used. Using on a system running Fedora 31. Here is the lsusb report: Bus 002 Device 010: ID 05e3:0749 Genesys Logic, Inc. Bus 002 Device 011: ID 174c:55aa ASMedia Technology Inc. Name: ASM1051E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1053E SATA 6Gb/s bridge, ASM1153 SATA 3Gb/s bridge, ASM1153E SATA 6Gb/s bridge Bus 002 Device 009: ID 05e3:0612 Genesys Logic, Inc. Hub
no problems so far
Overall Review: I purchased one SYBA SD-ADA31040 vga to hdmi converter to allow me to use a portable hdmi-only monitor with older computers. Instead, I've been using it for about a week to display the integrated video on a new Dell R640 server (definitely not a "older computer") to the HDMI port of a desktop monitor. While I can't get the video port to output 1920x1080 full HD, the adapter has taken every mode I could set it to from 640x480 to 1680x1050. It is a plug and play device with no configuration required. I don't have a free USB port on the server to use to power the device, so I'm using an old plug-in USB power supply. I do not have any way to try the audio port. Its been running nonstop with no trouble so far. The unit is warm to the touch, but not hot. I'm very happy with it so far and hope it will be a useful addition to my service kit.
Very easy to use, even with limited dexterity
Pros: - The cup holds the shell, and helps keep pieces of the shell from falling while cracking. - Conical shape makes "precision cracking" easy, especially for medium to large nuts. Just drop the nut into the cone and gently squeeze until it cracks, then rotate the nut and squeeze again to make more fine cracks. - Makes working with irregularly shaped nuts (I'm looking at you, Brazil nut..) much easier.
Cons: - Not a con, but only nut that hasn't been "really easy" are almonds. The smaller size and fibrous shell are not a good combination. You can use the cone, but grabbing the shell between the outside metal part (where the handles are attached) works better for me. That part is smooth, however, so it doesn't grip the shell. I'm considering trying to file some serrations into that part to help hold nuts (though it has been easier to just use the older bar-type cracker that is still in the bowl).
Overall Review: I first saw this type of conical nutcracker at a friend's house and had to get one. He has some dexterity issues; this design works very well for him. He would put the cracker on the table, put the nut in it, then pick it up to crack. The cone holds the shell fragments, so no (well many fewer) shell pieces fall out when its being used. Have used with almonds (see "Cons"), Hazelnut, Brazil Nut, Pecans and Walnuts. Large walnuts fit.
Easy install, No problems with Fedora 31 and Athlon 240GE
Overall Review: Its been a while since my last upgrade (replacing an AM2+ motherboard with DDR2 memory), so the upgrade involved replacing everything but my hard drives. I wanted a low-power setup, so I went with the 35W Athlon 240GE with its integrated graphics controller and stock heatsink/fan and an G.SKILL Aegis 16GB DDR4 memory set (2x 8GB sticks). No problems with the installation, everything fit and was very clearly labeled. It has been running constantly for over a week now with no problems with a fresh install of Fedora 31 (the previous Fedora 30 install booted and seemed to work, but I was going to update anyway, it seemed like as good a time as any). My only issues is that there is some screen corruption when the compositor is on when using the XFCE4 desktop, but I think that is a Radeon driver issue, not motherboard related. Performance is still good with it disabled.
A nice clean refurb laptop
Pros: The Latitude E6430 is a nice business grade laptop. At work, I've learned to appreciate the quality and robustness of the Latitude E-series laptops, and I've purchased a few refurbished ones for home (an older and smaller e6320 for my "travel" laptop and an e6420 for my wife for daily use). When the 6420 finally began to act up (still works, but sometimes locks up after a couple of days of on time) I decided to replace it with this E6430. While heavier than many plastic-cased consumer-oriented laptops, they are are up the challenge of both daily home knock-around use and the abuses of air travel (where I have to cram my E6320 and a work E6430 in my backpack) In each case, the windows installation has either been a bloat-free install (the E6430) or minimally branded (the other two). No time wasted uninstalling shovelware. While my wife uses the supplied 64-bit Windows 7 OS, I run Fedora as my primary OS (but still can dual-boot to Win7 when needed). The Intel integrated video performs well enough for home use (web and multimedia), and (under Linux) for lightweight Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development.
Cons: Not really a Con, but these are "business-grade" laptops. They are thicker and heavier than most consumer-grade systems of similar age.
Overall Review: Refurbs can be a crapshoot, so far I've gotten clean, solid machines. The E6430 had a higher-end configuration (i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD). The system has been in daily use for 3 months with no problems.
Nice combination of power and USB hub.
Pros: Using the cable on a NuVision windows 10 tablet. Allows external power to be connected and allows 2 USB devices to be connected at the same time (In my case, a "ring mouse" USB receiver and a thumb drive). There is a lot of plastic around the micro-usb port, which makes it easy to hold on to when plugging in the usb power connection. International shipping, but it arrived sooner than I expected. It was in a well-padded shipping envelope.
Cons: None so far.