Okies... managed to get it with a free 5-pack of DVD-Rs from Newegg.
First impressions were that it was thin... REALLY thin compared to the old style, and even compared to the current selestion of cards out on the market. As usual, the card comes with the traditional plastic case, manual and installation CD
It's at this point where things got a tad weird. First off, the company expects you to use their client utility. No problema, as part of the price you pay for the gold cards is directly related to the software used. Software was installed as asked by the instructions. I get the usual melange of instructions and warnings... all looked good.
Until I restarted my lappy... then I got the slow boot. Basically, the system would start up normally, and then slow to a crawl while it tried to load stuff into the system tray. I tried a couple of things, and eventually had to go to a system restore.
So I tried again... with the same results.
Now I'm no longer amused... you'd figure that the client utility was pretty safe for the system, right? Guess not. Anyway, I decided to just let Windows handle things from here, and just install the drivers manually.
The thing is working like a champ now
As for the antenna... haven't used it with this card, but I did use it with an older style Orinoco card. For a mobile antenna, it's pretty sweet. Managed to find 21 hotspots in a 1 block radius of the place and as per the norm out here, only 3 had any kind of protection (2 WEP and mine with WPA and VPN)
I'll let you know what I think of it when I try it out on the road tomorrow with the new card