Pioneer Elite BD-95FD

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It's been about a week since hooking up the BD-95FD and I must say it is beautiful.  As to be expected though, it is slow to load which has been consistent with the Pioneer models.  Video/Sound quality is excellent as to be expected.  Pioneer does a good job with build quality and this model is no exception.

BDP-95FD.jpgThe unit ships with a copy of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds live at the Music Hall which is amazing.  I have been running this unit through Pioneers new Elite PRO-150FD 60" Kuro Plasma panel.  I am using an Elite VSX-94 receiver so I am able to reproduce True HD sound and picture.

The 95 produces 1080P @ 24fps with 3:3 pulldown.  This is true HD folks and you can tell the difference.  The player is a little on the high side with a price tag of $1k, but, you get what you pay for.

 

Samsung 64GB SSD Notebook Drive

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So we have had some time to play with the 64GB SSD drive by Samsung and the
results are mixed. I am using it on a Dell XPS 1330 with 4GB of RAM and a 2.0
dual core. I have about 35GB of data on the drive. First impressions are good,
the system boots much faster and programs are snappy. I am noticing a lot of
disk activity in Outlook 2007 which is typical. Performance was not as great as
I expected. I figured that I would realize huge gains under normal operation.
This is not the case. In fact, I am skeptical as to whether I can recommend the
drive.

It is absolutely silent, runs cool and has increased battery life by about 15 -
20%. Due to its structure it is vibration proof for the most part making it a
great road warrior. SSD technology is the future in my opinion and Samsungs
product line is just the tip of the iceberg. I expect many more products to come
in this category. I am going to give it another week or so of hard use before I
make my final conclusion.

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Linksys Dual Band WRT600N Wireless Router

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Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk around dual-band routers.
Over the past few weeks I have been using Linksys entry into this space, the
WRT600N. As all Linksys products, it has a straight forward interface, easy
setup and works well with most network devices and services. As an IT pro, it is
important security is important to me, furthermore, control of my destiny is
important as well. Linksys leaves a lot of room for fine tuning this device.

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Dual-band routers allow you to setup networks in both the 2.4 and 5GHz range
allowing for isolated networks. This is useful for say, streaming content on one
and browsing on another. The main advantage is that it separates the traffic
providing better quality of service for critical services.
Aesthetically the device is attractive and the black color is a nice change for
Linksys. The setup took about 15 minutes and I am running an "N" only network at
5GHz and a mixed network at 2.4GHz. The 5GHz network range seems to be very
limited at the moment and I am having trouble isolating the issue. For the most
part, however, I am please with the performance of the unit.
As a side note Buffalo networks recently had to pull their Dual-Band product due
to FCC issues.