Thursday, January 06, 2011

Review Day

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

Western Digital My Book 3.0 (1TB):
I bought this external drive to do automated backups of the various machines on my home network, and it performed just fine for a while. In the immediate aftermath of the motherboard failure on my main desktop, my first action was to disconnect the external drive and send it to the Presidential bunker for safekeeping. I removed the USB cable for the first time, and the connector popped right off, rendering it useless. Luckily, I was able to MacGyver it apart and hook it up as an internal drive to save the data, but the soldering craftsmanship was obviously subpar and I've since read of many other people having this problem.

Final Grade: F

All-Night Cinema by Just Jack:
This CD was surprise hit -- I asked for it for Christmas, simply to get a recording of "The Day I Died", and ended up with a CD full of catchy hooks, British rapping, and dance beats. I can count at least 5 songs worth burning like "Doctor Doctor" and "Astronaut", when the usual CD I buy has a record of 2-3 hits.

Final Grade: A-

The Guild, Season One and Two:
Despite having played World of Warcraft for years, I somehow missed the release of this web show about roleplaying gamers and their antics after meeting in real life. I don't know how funny it will be if you know zilch about online gaming, but if you've got the least bit of experience, you'll probably love this show. Although episodes are available online, the DVD version bundles the first two seasons (about 2 hours of airtime) with fewer credits sequences and some fun extras.

Final Grade: A-

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New Edition Removes Mark Twain's 'Offensive' Words

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