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The Good Neighbor
The Good Neighbor
by A. J. Banner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.37
80 used & new from $3.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Had potential but just okay, April 22, 2016
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This review is from: The Good Neighbor (Paperback)
Downloaded this as a Kindle first. Have to say that the description was intriguing and made me look forward to reading the book. The actual book, however, was a relative disappointment. First of all, it is very short, and a lot of ink was used for description and not enough was used for character development, as many of the characters could/should have been more complex. The "scumbag" kind of character that was supposed to be our prime suspect was portrayed in a simple, negative manner and no insight was given into his possible thought processes and motivations. The protagonist just comes off as being whiny and paranoid. The author didn't really get me to care one bit about any of the characters or what happened to them. The revelation of the perpetrator was of no surprise to me whatsoever and I suspected this person early.....you know, if something(somebody) is too good to be true, well... The other big revelation at the end of the book was foreseen easily as well. Predictable. Some not very credible stuff like a fire marshal doing police detective work was present.
The plot was interesting and had great potential, but was just not pulled off as well as it could have been. It needed more complexity, more length, and better character development. There were unresolved things as well. I just left the book feeling unsatisfied but happy that I did not pay anything for it except my time. That being said, it was an easy, mildly enjoyable read for a couple of sittings. Could take to the beach or whatever and not require much (if any) intellectual effort, but could have been better. The thought line of people that you think you know having darker sides to their personalities/past is a fascinating thing to explore in a book (and was one of the reasons I wanted to read this) but I was not wholly satisfied in this aspect either.


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Laptop Cooling Pad, TeckNet Laptop and Notebook USB Cooling Cooler Stand Pad fits 12-17 Inches, with 14CM silent fan, 5 adjustable angles and Anti-skid base
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for the price, March 30, 2016
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this is a nice cooling pad for the money. Has adjustable brackets on the proximal edge,that slide sideways to allow for various configurations and help hold the notebook fairly securely. several height adjustments, the lowest one is best for me. it does have a switch that keeps you from having to unplug/plug/unplug whenever you want to turn the fan off and has a pass through usb. keeps old notebook (dell 1525) probably 15-20 degrees C cooler doing web browsing/office stuff per lmsensors and the touch pad/palm rest subjectively much cooler than before. Not silent as the caption says but it is fairly quiet and not bothersome at all. usb and switch are a good couple of inches under the right edge and not really very easy to access,however.


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Atheros AR9280 AR5BXB92 Wirless Mini Pci-E Wlan Card 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz 802.11a/b/g/n 300M

5.0 out of 5 stars nice for recent linux, March 20, 2016
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no problem whatsoever replacing old broadcom card in Dell Inspiron 1525 and using existing wires for 2.4/5g and both freq work out of the box for a linux 4.2+ distro(KaOS). works nicely , the price is right, and no reason to be unhappy.


Dell Inspiron 1525 - Pentium Dual Core 1.73 GHz - 15.4 - 4 GB Ram - 320 GB HDD
Dell Inspiron 1525 - Pentium Dual Core 1.73 GHz - 15.4 - 4 GB Ram - 320 GB HDD
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4.0 out of 5 stars decent for linux and upgrading, March 11, 2016
well i see the negative reviews...and with vista and the hdd it just stunk, I admit it. Maybe only having 2gb ram might have been a problem. well, one thing it has going for it is easy access to the insides. Had no problem swapping out the 1.7 ghz cpu with a 2.5 ghz core 2 duo that i got off ebay for about 20 bucks. and easily swapped out the hdd for a cheap ssd, and easily removed out the broadcom wifi and put in a cheap atheros card. Now it boots only Kaos linux KDE and it is just sweet. Yeah, somebody just gave it to me b/c they hated it and it sat in the closet, new, for years. Changing the memory, cpu, wifi card, adding other pcie stuff like a bluetooth super easy, just take off bottom panel and it is all right there. does feel warmer than some other notebooks I've used, but the cpu temperature, running internet video, etc., rarely goes above 50C doing internet and office type apps. The battery life in it is not bad, either. the screen IMO seems quite nice even though not having quite as high a resolution as current pcs. Fan kind of loud when it does kick on, though.


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4.0 out of 5 stars works for linux 4.3 out of the box, February 4, 2016
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I am using this in a linux-only notebook. Currently using the Kaos distro with a 4.3xxx kernel and the adapter was detected out of the box no problemo. looks like might be realtek chip. Interestingly, according to iwconfig the signal appears much poorer and weaker than the internal chip in the notebook. However, in the real world situation-I am sitting in an area with a very weak wifi signal, the network responsiveness and speedtest.net result is much better for this than the internal card, even though the "bars" are lower. I guess time will tell whether heat kills this thing or not. None of the enclosures for these things provide for any cooling or ventilation.


Half to Full Height Mini PCI Express(PCI-E) Card Bracket Adapter
Half to Full Height Mini PCI Express(PCI-E) Card Bracket Adapter
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Price: $3.70
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5.0 out of 5 stars worked nicely to get half-sized notebook wifi card to fit into ..., February 3, 2016
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worked nicely to get half-sized notebook wifi card to fit into a full sized slot. no problem at all and fit perfectly. This was a good value, and arrived quickly, too.


Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850, Black (U7Z-00001)
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850, Black (U7Z-00001)
Price: $10.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good windows/linux notebook mouse for the money, January 24, 2016
okay mouse. Works really well for a linux notebook and it's quite responsive and seems to work on most surfaces. comes with a duracell battery-that is a plus. the usb receiver can store in the batt compartment. it has an on-off switch on the bottom. just your basic mouse and about the right size. I personally prefer mice like this that have hard plastic rather than rubberized sides that get sticky over time. this is very easy to keep clean. only annoyance is rather noisy scroll wheel.


Sophia House (Children of the Last Days)
Sophia House (Children of the Last Days)
by Michael D. O'Brien
Edition: Hardcover
25 used & new from $39.95

4.0 out of 5 stars good, thought-provoking, not quite as good as some of his other works, January 20, 2016
This is another Michael O'Brien novel that is quite long, requires patience as the plot develops, but is well worth it for the reader. Again, the author has left me in a position to reflect on and think about the world around and about how ideas, especially those in vogue in the early 20th century, have had consequences. It takes some degree of patience (you don't just blow through this quickly) and perhaps occasionally going back and rereading a paragraph to appreciate things. It is also intertwined with the author's Roman Catholic worldview (in opposition to what was happening in Europe just prior to WWII) and what seem like amillenial views of the end times. It follows the childhood, development, and life of two characters mainly: Pawel Tarnowski and David Schafer. Some of the character development occurs through journal entries/letters that detail past events. Not far into the book, one immediately sees connections to Strangers and Sojourners and Father Elijah. It is very interesting to see the connections as they develop. Much of the book centers on Pawel. His childhood pain, fractured relationships, despair, tortured ruminations about the past, and yet hope and expectation, and how these affect him and the man he becomes are elaborately and intricately portrayed. His transition into adulthood and the portrayal of his struggles with his identity and spirituality, and the roots of these struggles due to events from his childhood are portrayed in painstaking detail. There are times when his despair is almost palpable. Family members, clergy, and others he interacts with are all represented with their both good points and their personal faults and failures. The character development is just amazing, and the reader is just drawn into the character's experience. The character Pawel is not one that in general I would identify with, but the author made me, as a reader, care very much about him and what happens to him. The author just pulls the reader into the pre-WWII Poland and Paris environments and it was difficult for me to shut off the Kindle and go to bed. The book is not very action-oriented and the plot moves slowly but the unfolding of its layers is mesmerizing. It causes the reader to reflect on and to consider the big questions. It caused me to consider historical events and my own deeply buried anger at the consequences of ideas. It causes one to consider how to relate to one's own children and how failure there can have longstanding effects. His father appeared to have post traumatic stress syndrome and the effect on the character was profound.
There are parts of this book that I thought made this work one that was not quite up to the level of Mr. O'Brien's other offerings. For one, a sizable portion on the book is devoted to a play manuscript that I did appreciate had related to Pawel's experiences, but I did not really understand why it just went on and on, and I thought it would never end. There were some philosophical dialogues between Pawel and David that occurred quite a few times in the book that did seem to drag on(I hate to say that I found some of them boring) and seemed somewhat pointless to me. The amount of space devoted to the philosophical dialogues and the play script was quite substantial.

Pawel is never, ever really comfortable with himself as a person...he is trying to “find himself” but never really quite gets there. It's clear that providentially, Pawel is there at the right place and at the right time to provide shelter and interaction with the young David Schafer, shaping him for the role he is to play later in his own life, as is seen in the Elijah books. The final decision that he makes is pivotal in the formation of who David Schafer becomes. The portrayal of some of the events of the Holocaust was very moving, and the anguish, despair, and tortured agony aboard the train was hard for me to take in and affected me for quite awhile.


Regarding Tiberius: An Epic Tragedy of Mass Murder, Sworn Vengeance, Forbidden Love, Greek Ambition, Persian Honor, & Roman Might in the Ancient Near East
Regarding Tiberius: An Epic Tragedy of Mass Murder, Sworn Vengeance, Forbidden Love, Greek Ambition, Persian Honor, & Roman Might in the Ancient Near East
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful moral dilemmas within historical fiction, January 18, 2016
As a fan of the Divine in Sight CD, I have looked forward to this for a long time. As the DIS CD was epic in scope, so is Regarding Tiberius. The story is set in the first century Roman Empire in Asia Minor and in Palestine. The story reaches out and grabs the reader from the very beginning. Someone very important has died in his prime, and the story unfolds over its course as to why it has occurred. The reader is immediately drawn into the story. The novel is kind of like an epistolary, and basically was narrated from a series of scrolls packaged with an unexpected shipment. The extent that a person may descend in terms of brutality and malevolence in the attainment of ambition is fully elaborated here, both for the two protagonists but for some others in the story as well. The story revolves around themes of vengeance and forgiveness and the choices that have to be made. The female protagonist is on a lifelong quest to avenge the murders of her family and city. The poisonous effect of hatred and the thirst for vengeance is portrayed in its fullness here. It is a book that will make me think about these issues and reflect upon them for awhile. This is no child's story, but I will encourage mine to read it when they are a little older. There is ample violence, but it is not gratuitous, and fits perfectly into a story set into a very brutal era in human history. There's great evil here, but there is also redemption. The story is just open-ended enough at the end to make a sequel possible. The story is set into the historical backdrop of the Roman empire in the vicinity of Pontus and Bythinia but later events move to Palestine. The author appears to have performed his research thoroughly. I enjoyed the technical descriptions of the operations of the Roman legions. The combat ability of the female protagonist seemed to stretch the limits of credibility at times, although a quick search indicated there was historical documentation that at least one Mithridatid woman was in fact a fighter. Checking on the net and discussing some of the historical details with a friend who grew up not far from Pontus confirmed the accuracy of the author's research. The story at times interacts with characters from both the Bible and from the Roman Empire, but does not alter the reader's perception, meaning their presentation here was consistent with what we know from history. Pilate, in my understanding, was an ambitious politician who prized political expediency, and he remained so in this story. The interaction of the characters with the Messiah was very moving as well, and His exhortation to forgive, along with His warning about the consequences of chronic bitterness was another central theme in the story, and was consistent with the Biblical narrative. I enjoyed the writing and the character development, and was sorry that the long story eventually had to end. The characters are complex and well-developed.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worked well for upgrade for old pc, possible quality issues, January 9, 2016
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This drive was a risky buy as far as I was concerned due to not recognizing the brand and the very low price point. It was placed into a very old notebook with an earlier sata interface(Inspiron-1525) that had been running vista(ugh). It was given to me by someone who literally hated it and had been in a closet for years. It has 2gb ram and core2duo 1.7 ghz. This drive had no problems fitting into the bracket that the hdd had been in nor in plugging into the interface. Had no problems booting and having 3-4 linux distros installed distro hop style until I figured out that lubuntu 15.10 performed best on this..it boots to usable lxde desktop in about 9 seconds after bios and firefox starts in 2-3 sec. Nice upgrade for this pc and runs pretty well even though it won't see sataIII speeds it is light years ahead of where it was. The only issue quality wise is that the threaded holes in the casing for the mounting screws seem iffy and one of them could not engage the mounting screw and so it is being held in by one screw instead of two. some thread lock helps hold the second loose screw in. it seemed stripped on arrival. Not worth rma over.
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