Sunday, August 31, 2008



Barracuda 7200.9 is a member of the Seagate 3.5-inch family of high-capacity desktop drives targeted at mainstream and high-performance PCs and advanced storage applications. The product enables OEMs and system builders to qualify one family of drives from a premier provider for a wide range of storage applications.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Netgear GS108 ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch


This product works well for me. I have three wired computers connected to it as well as my Netgear WG102 wireless access point. Upstream from the router is my Netgear FR114P wired-only router and from that my Motorola SB5100 cable modem. I've had this setup for 6 months now and no lockups or wierd reboots from any of the equipment. After dealing with flakey networking problems for almost 3 years from various equipment, I now swear by Netgear "blue box" equipment. (And I've had issues with Netgear consumer "white plastic" equipment, among other brands of consumer equipment.)

Friday, August 29, 2008

D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure


It's a new product, and surely firmware updates will make it more stable as time goes on. Now on v1.02. But overall, I've had a great time with this, and few problems other than the normal Windows network browsing issues.

I am now running backups from three systems to this NAS without any issues (Mac, Linux, and XP). The speed is very good on gigabit ethernet.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

NETGEAR GA311 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Adapter


On the Netgear site, there are no drivers, only 2 pdf docs (included on the CD), and the only download is the initial firmware release which is totally useless because there is no other firmware to install (the only reason why you'd want the initial releae). On Netgear's operating system compatibility page,, the section for the GA311 is totally blank, indicating that the company's support people don't even have any info on their own product.

I've never had a problem with Netgear products and use them frequently. However, the GA311 card is a total bomb regarding Windows 2000. With a severe lack of support on the Netgear web site, I'd be leery of buying this card

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

HP LaserJet P2015dn Printer


The really nice surprise was that my ethernet hub is an old 10base-T, and yet the P2015dn still fires out each page at blinding speed. The machine doesn't make a sound until it has processed the job, then starts firing the pages out. Duplexing works perfectly. The extra money spent on this dn model payed in simplicity of installation.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch


This is one of the few present-day unmanaged gigE switches which appears to do speed and duplex negotiation properly. It negotiates speed/duplex successfully with the following vendor's PHYs: Broadcom, Intel, Marvell Yukon/Yukon II, and nVidia (nForce 4). Verified using both Windows XP drivers and FreeBSD drivers.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tripp Lite Internet Office 700Va Standby DB9 17Min-Half 6Outlet Tel 25K-Ins


Internal UPS circuits support entry level PC systems for up to 45 minutes during power failures and brownouts so that connected equipment can be shutdown without data loss. Offers complete desktop power protection in an attractive gray tower configuration. Includes 3 battery supported outlets for computer, monitor and one vital system peripheral, plus 3 additional surge suppression-only outlets for printers and other system accessories not requiring battery support.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

HP P2015D Monochrome Laserjet Printer


I purchased the 2015d directly from HP. The automatic (vs. manual) duplex function was my main purchase criteria, thus the choice of the 2015d rather than the 2015. Specs at the HP site stated that the 2015d is "certified for Windows Vista" and is "Windows Vista ready". These statements are misleading: Vista does not support the automatic duplex function of this printer. After many hours of effort, I called HP tech support and they confirmed/shared this info post-purchase.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

APC BR1500LCD 1500VA 865 Watts 8 Outlets BACK-UPS


the UPS allows for hibernaton to complete is FIXED at 2 minutes and there is no way to change this. I discovered this problem during testing and APC's tech support confirmed this limitiation and recommended that I buy one of their "Smart-UPS" systems instead which has an time allowance that can be set. Just test your "time to hibernate" before you buy, and consider what may happen if you upgrade to a larger system down the road.

Friday, August 22, 2008

COMPAQ Presario 1710SB (new version) External Battery

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Battery-Biz is a leading manufacturer and distributor of batteries, adapters and chargers and the industry's source for Hi-Capacity(TM) brand power products. Hi-Capacity(TM) products are made using the finest components available and carry a one year warranty against defects in material and workmanship. Hi-Capacity(TM) products are guaranteed to meet or exceed original specifications.

APC SUA1000 Smart-UPS 1000VA for servers and voice and data networks


I have had other APC battery backup's in the past, and the only negative comment about the product is the size and space required for the unit. Given our power failures, brown out, and the high wind and storms in our area the APC does an excellent job. I have not only my desktop PC, but my scanner, printer and digital camera on the system and it has saved my equipment numerous time for the power surges and failures.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Curved Ergonomic Keyboard Gel Wrist Rest


Non-skid gel wrist rest form fits over hard rest of natural style keyboard Lycra covered gel non-abrasive, durable, anti-static and washable Dimensions: 18-1/2" wide x 3" deep x 1/2" thick Color: blac

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Original SoftGel Laptop Wrist Rest


I had been looking for something like this for a while for my Toshiba Satellite A205 laptop, which gets hot right beneath where I rest my wrists when typing. I spend a lot of time at the computer and it seemed like I had developed a permanent case of "Sweaty Wrist." No fun when you're trying to concentrate and be comfortable. I tried a wrist rest for a regular desktop keyboard but it was too thick and left my hands up too high for comfortable typing. This product seemed like it could be the perfect fix.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kensington Comfort Type Notebook Wrist Rest


This accessory is superb. Very comfortable. I now longer have to work from home and use my desktop ergonomic keyboard when my wrists hurt too much.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fellowes Gel Flex Transparent Mini


The Fellowes Gel Flex Wrist rest works better then a bean filled one because it is FIRM and stays firm! The bean filled ones sag after you have your wrist resting on it for long periods of time. The Fellowes wrist rest worked instantly when I first used it. Plus, it's pretty and fun to poke it because it's squishy. I highly reccommend it, and I definitely am going to pick up the keyboard rest!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite


The keyboard has all the regular keys laid out fairly well. It only takes a few minutes getting used to the split board. The cursor moving arrows and special function keys are in groups between the letters and number pad, which works well. One thing that seems strange is that the upper row, the numbers, are split between 6 and 7, instead of between 5 and 6. That's because there are the dashes and such on the right of that row. Seems strange though sometimes. You get used to it pretty quick. The wrist pad extension seems good too.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Logitech Optical Marble Mouse


An ambidextrous mouse that saves wear and tear on your mouse-moving hand and wrist! System requirements - for PC, Win95/98/NT or 2000, bearing in mind that Win98 or later is required for plug-and-play USB For Macintosh, OS 8.5 or later, a USB port, and a CD-ROM drive are all required Manufacturer's Warranty - 5 years Parts and Labor Note - Mac OS X drivers now available by download from Logitech

Friday, August 15, 2008

HP Pavilion Artist Edition DV2890NR 14.1" Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 Processor, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)

HP Pavilion Artist Edition DV2890NR 14.1

This package contains the HP Pavilion dv2890nr notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, IR remote control, earphones, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 30 days from date of purchase.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Brother HL-2170w 23ppm Laser Printer with Wireless & Wired Network Interfaces

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The Brother laser printer is very small, yet holds 250 pages which is far more than my old one. It wakes up in less than 10 seconds then prints pages lightening fast. The print quality is sharp and clear. I have the printer in my office and connected it directly to my PC with the USB cable. However, I also have a laptop about 10 feet away that I wanted to setup wireless to the laser printer. Well, that is where the problems began.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-in-One - Multifunction ( color ) - ink-jet - copying (up to): 35 ppm (mono) / 34 ppm (color) - printing (up to): 35 ppm (mo

Enhanced, high-quality performance is headed your way with the HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-in-One. Featuring printing, faxing, and copying plus convenient built-in networking, it's ready to take on - and plow through - the workload. And the Direct Digital Filing feature lets you scan photos and documents directly into folders, no PC required.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dell XPS M1330 13.3 Inch Laptop Computer


This is a nice starter computer, but beware, Dell screens are so dim they cannot be read easily in bright light environments. If you want to sit outside and read your e-mail, DO NOT BUY a Dell laptop. I wish I had known this before I bought the Dell XPS 1330, and I would have bought a Sony instead.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sony VAIO VGN-NR430E/P 15.4" Laptop (1.86 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2390 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium) Pink


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1) includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. In addition to easily playing your DVD movies and managing your digital audio library, you'll be able to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV). Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Nokia N800 Portable Internet Tablet

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Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, stylus, battery (BP-5L), 128 MB miniSD memory card (with adapter), earphones, carrying case, travel charger, USB cable, Quick Start guide.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Transcend 16GB SDHC CARD (SD 2.0 SPD CLASS 6) with Compact Card Reader

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Best thing about vacations is that they give you the perfect reason to go out and buy new toys!!! I'm heading to Costa Rica for 8 days of adventure and after looking fondly at my Canon SD850IS, the first thing I thought was, "I'm going to need more space". The one mistake I made when I purchased my 2GB SD card was underestimating how much video I'd take with this little camera (which this camera is surprisingly good at).

Friday, August 8, 2008

Western Digital My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

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Pack up your office files and take them home. Carry thousands of songs or pictures. Synchronize files between home and office and encrypt everything on the drive for added security with the Western Digital simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter - they are powered directly through the USB cable.

Design and the Elastic Mind - XO Laptop


Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Laptop Design


This is my replacement laptop that Apple sent me because they were unable to get the part required to fix my old one. :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Apple Logo


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dell Laptop


Monday, August 4, 2008

My new Acer Aspire 4315 laptop. Got it for free.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Laptop X610


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Asus Z71V


Friday, August 1, 2008

Yellow Spirit of Laptop


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