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314 pages

Hard Drive!, As the Disc Turns

Creator: Gordon Hughes | Fiction - 2007-12

Hard Drive! is a fascinating novel that tells the story of Seagate Technology as a Silicon Valley startup company, facing countless technical and business challenges.

Publisher: Gordon Hughes' Hard Drive!

About this book
Gordon Hughes' Hard Drive! is the remarkable story of Seagate Technology, as it confronted and overcame the technical and business challenges as the pioneer in computer hard disks for personal computers.



288 pages

Bad Astronomy, Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"

Creator: Philip C. Plait | Science - 2002-10-08

'The Truth Is Out There' and it's in this book. I loved it!" --Mike Mullane, Space Shuttle astronaut and author of Do Your Ears Pop in Space? Advance praise for Philip Plait?s Bad Astronomy "Bad Astronomy is just plain good!

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

About this book
Advance praise for Philip Plait s Bad Astronomy "Bad Astronomy is just plain good! Philip Plait clears up every misconception on astronomy and space you never knew you suffered from." --Stephen Maran, Author of Astronomy for Dummies and editor of The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia "Thank the cosmos for the bundle of star stuff named Philip Plait, who is the world s leading consumer advocate for quality science in space and on Earth. This important contribution to science will rest firmly on my reference library shelf, ready for easy access the next time an astrologer calls." --Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Borderlands of Science "Philip Plait has given us a readable, erudite, informative, useful, and entertaining book. Bad Astronomy is Good Science. Very good science..." --James "The Amazing" Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, and author of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural "Bad Astronomy is a fun read. Plait is wonderfully witty and educational as he debunks the myths, legends, and 'conspiracies that abound in our society. 'The Truth Is Out There' and it's in this book. I loved it!" --Mike Mullane, Space Shuttle astronaut and author of Do Your Ears Pop in Space?



268 pages

The Cult of Mac

Creator: Leander Kahney | Computers - 2006

Describes the psyche of Macintosh fans and the subculture they have created.

Publisher: No Starch Press

About this book
No product on the planet enjoys the devotion of a Macintosh computer. Famously dedicated to their machines, many Mac fans eat, sleep and breathe Macintosh. In The Cult of Mac, Wired News managing editor Leander Kahney takes an in-depth look at Mac users and their unique, creative, and often very funny culture. From people who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, to those who furnish their apartments out of empty Mac boxes, the book details Mac fandom in all of its forms. This paperback edition includes an all-new chapter about the iPod, updates throughout, and new photos that reflect current Apple technology.


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Model # Interface Capacity Operating System; WDBFJK0080HBK: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0) 8 TB: Windows/Mac: WDBFJK0060HBK: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0) 6 TB: Windows/Mac: WDBFJK0040HBK

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    Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDG1U5000

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    Rating (336 reviews):
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    Exactly what I wanted - not really

    I purchased the WDG1U5000 as a backup to my existing iBook and my external 120GB SmartDisk Drive (which I also can't say enough about). I plugged in the 500GB, turned it on, my Mac found the drive and then I dragged and dropped 100GB of music and photos over my USB2.0 (took about 2/5hrs to copy). The process couldn't be easier or for a geek like me, more enjoyable.A great product, a great price and delivery was a snap - as usual, all from Amazon.Update - July 2007 - as time went on my digital capacity expanded and I was soon up to 125GB. When I went to add more music or photos to my hard drive, I noticed that my Mac would only display and allow me to use 149GB of my 500GB drive. I understand it has something to do with the formatting of the drive but after trying my best to fix it and trying to contact western digital multiple times - they offered ZERO help - I had to return it. Amazon was nice enough to take it back outside of policy...& I remain a highly... 5/5 Philly NW (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDG1U5000 (Personal Computers) I purchased the WDG1U5000 as a backup to my existing iBook and my external 120GB SmartDisk Drive (which I also can't say enough about). I plugged in the 500GB, turned it on, my Mac found the drive and then I dragged and dropped 100GB of music and photos over my USB2.0 (took about 2/5hrs to copy). The process couldn't be easier or for a geek like me, more enjoyable.A great product, a great price and delivery was a snap - as usual, all from Amazon.Update - July 2007 - as time went on my digital capacity expanded and I was soon up to 125GB. When I went to add more music or photos to my hard drive, I noticed that my Mac would only display and allow me to use 149GB of my 500GB drive. I understand it has something to do with the formatting of the drive but after trying my best to fix it and trying to contact western digital multiple times - they offered ZERO help - I had to return it. Amazon was nice enough to take it back outside of policy...& I remain a highly... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 23, 2007

    4 and a half stars.

    I also have the Western Digital My Book Premium Drive 500gb and when it was time to add more space I decided that I didn't need Firewire/400 and backup software. Even though they look like the same drive physically, the "Essential" drive looks cheaper. Probably because of the lack of Firewire port, the essential is slightly smaller in volume. The Premium edition had nice a nice hard feel and rubber footing around the edges of the top, back and bottom of the unit. However, with the essential, there's only 2 rubber footing on the bottom, thus it just feels cheaper than the premium.With that in mind, I think it's still a better value than the premium, since you're getting the same storage, you save 40-50 bucks by not having Firewire and backup software.Performance-wise, my 2 mybooks have been performing just dandy. I've only had the essential for a couple of weeks, the premium one I've had for I think about 8 months. I use it to backup all my video, music and... 4/5 Jimmy Tran (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews, May 29, 2007

    This is my second one

    5/5 John S. Ruzicka (San Francisco, CA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDG1U5000 (Personal Computers) I spent the past year digitizing my CD collection and when I outgrew my 200 gig internal hard drive I decided to go the external route. The My Book was a good choice. The drive is extremely quiet, takes up very little space, and does not get hot in normal use. I really like that the drive is smart enough to automatically go into stand-by when you turn off your P.C.The first thing you will want to do if you buy one is to delete the junk software that comes preinstalled on the disc. The second thing is to reformat the drive to use the NTFS file system, which is more reilable than FAT 32.The drive is not a speed demon but is more than adequate for streaming music. I recently bought a second one to backup the first. Unless you need the Firewire port, the Essential Edition should be adequate. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 20, 2006
    Easy to set up and use with built-in installation software
    Measures 5.55 x 2.25 x 6.71 inches (WxHxD)
    Simple user interface features USB 2.0 connectivity
    Store and back up your music, photos, videos and important documents with this external hard drive
    Device holds up to 500 GB of data


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    WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

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    Rating (440 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
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    never again...

    and so it happened... I was warned by various people that Western Digital external hard drives are no good but alas, I still decided to get it because of its price, wonderfully advertised features and generally good reviews... but lo-and-behold, not a year passed by as it has failed me...and with that, my entire backup went into a dark void... the memories of all sorts, movies, music and what not...and it is unknown at this time whether it's recoverable... it worked fine only the first time, when I got it...it felt really flimsy though... starting from the second use, the noise became loud but it still operated a few times, even though each time it sounded as though it was on its last breath... I thought that maybe the noise is normal but I guess it is hard to argue with the clear signs of demise... I am waiting for a verdict on the possibility of recovery and the quotes for data recovery from Western Digital partners (the drive is still under the warranty but Western Digital doesn't... 1/5 Amazon Customer (Brooklyn, NY United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book Essential 750 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) and so it happened... I was warned by various people that Western Digital external hard drives are no good but alas, I still decided to get it because of its price, wonderfully advertised features and generally good reviews... but lo-and-behold, not a year passed by as it has failed me...and with that, my entire backup went into a dark void... the memories of all sorts, movies, music and what not...and it is unknown at this time whether it's recoverable... it worked fine only the first time, when I got it...it felt really flimsy though... starting from the second use, the noise became loud but it still operated a few times, even though each time it sounded as though it was on its last breath... I thought that maybe the noise is normal but I guess it is hard to argue with the clear signs of demise... I am waiting for a verdict on the possibility of recovery and the quotes for data recovery from Western Digital partners (the drive is still under the warranty but Western Digital doesn't... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 24, 2009

    V2.0 Of The My Book Series Is Out - Will It Be More Reliable Than V1.0?

    [Update: 3/2009: It's been more than a year since I wrote this lengthy review and I wanted to return and let people know how these drives are performing.I have a total of ten of these drives - four the newer series referenced here, six the slightly older model that looks a bit different but is otherwise interchangeable. I am happy to report than only one drive suffered some intermittent failures in read/writing since purchase. No data was ever lost, but the problem was becoming annoying and I replaced it using their warranty service. I've had no drive failures otherwise and no data integrity problems. I find it important not to block the ventilation holes and am always on the lookout for any early signs of drive failure, such as ticking noises, grinding, or excessive drive whine, and have noted nothing thus far.Overall, I am fully satisfied with this drive series and believe WD is definitely proven competent in the external drive marketplace.]... 4/5 Phillip M. Dampier (Rochester, NY United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) [Update: 3/2009: It's been more than a year since I wrote this lengthy review and I wanted to return and let people know how these drives are performing.I have a total of ten of these drives - four the newer series referenced here, six the slightly older model that looks a bit different but is otherwise interchangeable. I am happy to report than only one drive suffered some intermittent failures in read/writing since purchase. No data was ever lost, but the problem was becoming annoying and I replaced it using their warranty service. I've had no drive failures otherwise and no data integrity problems. I find it important not to block the ventilation holes and am always on the lookout for any early signs of drive failure, such as ticking noises, grinding, or excessive drive whine, and have noted nothing thus far.Overall, I am fully satisfied with this drive series and believe WD is definitely proven competent in the external drive marketplace.]... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 10, 2007

    Long lasting sidekick

    4/5 R. J. C. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Book Essential 750 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) Have used it for 8 years and still no problems! Had to replace the power cord but that was strictly the cat's fault and not a faulty product. Sure, I have several portable hard drives laying around but this one is the trusty sidekick that stands next to my computer speakers. Transfer time isn't bad because of the USB 2.0. I definitely got my money's worth out of this product and recommend Western Digital for all your digital storage problems. I would say the only negative is the external power source, but it's not a terribly big deal since I don't lug this (nor do I need to) around with my laptop. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 23, 2016
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