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Asus TM-231

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Originally published November 24th 2005.

I basically had all the parts at home to build a micro ATX system with an Athlon XP 3200; I just needed a case. This was a spare parts system, so the budget was next to nothing. Checking with my distributor netted me the Asus TM-231 Micro Tower for a whopping $43 Canadian.

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Griffin FlexGrip Case for iPhone

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With it’s large screen and shiny reflexive case the iPhone is a price target for scratches and scrapes.  Basically a case becomes a must have item.  At first I went searching for a traditional belt clip slide in case but that would still leave the iPhone exposed when in use, and with it’s size it wouldn’t be comfortable on a belt anyway.  Lots of browsing on Apple’s site led me to a few choices, but I wanted to see the cases myself in person so I headed to a local…read more

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Antec SLK3700AMB

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I’m a big fan of Antec cases, having two [intlink id=”629″ type=”post”]SX1000[/intlink] series in use. I’ve been eyeing the new Performance Plus and Performance II series but found the price to be a little steep for my tastes. Recently I was perusing their site and found the Solution series, a low cost alternative. A quick Google search revealed no reviews, so I ordered the largest of the series, the SLK3700AMB. After a few weeks went by it arrived. Within minutes of opening the box I was thoroughly impressed. I’ll do my usual case review of…read more

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Antec Atlas 550

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Being a fan of computer cases, especially Antec cases, last year when I was building a new system I came across an excellent price on an Antec Atlas 550. For reference I suggest reading my original review: for this piece I’ll cover the differences between the two. This was a new model, the second in the Antec server line, a reworking of the Antec Titan that I had enjoyed so much. At the time the Atlas had the same 550 watt power supply (the Titan now comes with a 650…read more

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iStar USA D Storm D-300

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Small businesses and higher end home users can ( should? ) embrace rack mount equipment. Why? For one thing it forces you to set up a rack and add equipment in a central location with proper power, cabling and organization. Is it obvious I come from a corporate computing background yet? The real inhibitor has been corporate prices for this kind of thing, i.e. way too much money for the small business and certainly for the home user. Let’s take a look at an introductory rackmount 3U chassis from iStar…read more

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