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Stanley 8 Inch All-Purpose Scissor (SCI8ST), Black
Stanley 8 Inch All-Purpose Scissor (SCI8ST), Black
Price: $5.99
3 used & new from $0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Price, May 23, 2015
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These Stanley general purpose scissors are pretty decent, especially for the price. They are designed to be ergonomic while not being made specifically for either right or left handed people. So whatever hand you prefer to use, you should be able to use these relatively comfortably although they’re not quite as comfortable as scissors that are made for either a left-handed or a right-handed person. My hands fit easily while my husband’s extra-large glove size hands can still fit three fingers and thumb but only just.

They work well on plastics and paper and when they’re new at least, are very sharp. They have adjustable tension. Out of the box they are have tension and very smooth to the point that they actually feel a bit cheap. But it does make them very easy to use.

The photo shows a grey square labeled adjustable blade tension. But the supplied images don’t really explain that on the opposite side is a large flat head screw that is used to adjust the tension. You can move the screw 90 degrees to change the adjustment to adjust it for either comfort or the kind of material you are trying to cut.

For the price, these are very good.


DII Elegant, Modern Flower Blossom Lace, Machine Washable Window Curtain Treatment, White, 50x63" - Set of 2
DII Elegant, Modern Flower Blossom Lace, Machine Washable Window Curtain Treatment, White, 50x63" - Set of 2
Price: $19.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Curtains, May 20, 2015
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These are pure white, reasonably priced, lace curtains with scalloped edges. They came as a pair so in most cases you can use them for one large window. In our case, we don’t have a single large window but two smaller medium height 36 inch wide windows in the bedroom.

We are changing our window dressings from boring blinds to curtains but still wanted some decoration and privacy during the daylight hours when open so these seemed like a good match. And they were.

Preparation

Like a lot of household soft furnishings, these curtains came folded around a sheet of card in a clear zippered bag. The creases from the folds weren’t too bad. I sprayed a little water on them and then threw the curtains in then dried them on low for 5 minutes to take the creases out and that did the trick as far as creases were concerned.

Appearance

The lace curtains are quite pretty and have a nice flower blossom pattern which is not well illustrated in the amazon photos. They look much nicer in person. The scalloped, wavy edge is on all three sides on both panels which is great considering we are covering two smaller windows rather than one. The scalloped design is integrated into the pattern with a fairly thick edge which is quite roughly finished. I honestly can’t see any problems with the curtains; the scalloped edges are not very precisely cut but it’s not really noticeable from a distance since they are slightly wavy anyway. The top edge is folded over and stitched to make a rod pocket that will fit rods of various thickness.

They look great while offering some privacy during the daylight hours. The only niggle, as previously mentioned, was the rough-cut edges of the scalloping but I doubt most people will look at the curtains closely enough to notice that unless they are ironing them.


DII Home Essentials Reversible Ultra Plush Sherpa Printed Throw Blanket for Bedroom, Counch, Car, Gift, Dorm, 50 by 60-Inch, Leopard Print
DII Home Essentials Reversible Ultra Plush Sherpa Printed Throw Blanket for Bedroom, Counch, Car, Gift, Dorm, 50 by 60-Inch, Leopard Print
Price: $23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Cozy, May 19, 2015
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This is a lovely, cozy blanket. The leopard-like pattern on one side the fleece-like pattern on the other make it look really good (it goes really, really well with our furniture) and make it feel very cozy to boot. The leopard like side is really interesting because, depending on the light, it goes from pale (almost a flat yellow) to a dark orange color. That subtle change makes this an ideal throw blanket.

Of course you can use it for other purposes. It’s very comfortable and plush and just invites you to snuggle up in it so it’s perfect for the home office if you’re up working late.

It is a bit too small to be used as a blanket for sleeping unless you’re a teenager but other than that, it’s just about perfect. I recommend it.


Probelle All Natural Fungal Nail Treatment, Clear, .5 Fluid Ounce
Probelle All Natural Fungal Nail Treatment, Clear, .5 Fluid Ounce
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, May 16, 2015
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I have been using this for five days and I already see results. In 1999, I was working at a printing plant that had minimal safety features and once at work when I was quite tired (I had the night shift), I tore off my toe-nail. The doctor said the nail would not grow back but it did—filled with fungus. I tried any number of products but nothing worked and I had pretty much given up. Imagine my surprise then when after a mere five days I began to see results with Probelle. I am not saying I have my old toe-nail back by any means but it is softer and easier to cut and maybe a third of the blackness has retreated. That’s far better results than I have seen with any other brand.

To apply it, you have to use a pipette and apply it all over the nail and under it as well. Then let it dry for as long as you can before putting on socks or panty-hose. I realize that this last one is hard when you are rushing about, getting ready for work but try to plan for at least five minutes (10 minutes is better) of drying time. You should apply it twice daily and make sure that you watch for redness and swelling around the nail. You don’t want an allergic reaction or something like that to kick in.

I will update this review as I see more results but right now I can safely say that this is by far the best treatment I have tried and I highly recommend it.


TP-LINK Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4Ghz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps, USB 2.0, WPS Button, Supports Windows 8.1/8/7/XP
TP-LINK Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4Ghz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps, USB 2.0, WPS Button, Supports Windows 8.1/8/7/XP
Price: $31.41
26 used & new from $26.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adapter, May 12, 2015
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Appearance

This adapter is quite large for an external wifi adapter. It has a single six-inch antenna and a green LED light which stays solid when connected but idle, quickly flashes randomly when transferring data and blinks at slow regular intervals when there is no connection.

I got it primarily to plug into my desktop for easy access to wifi devices around the house when wiring is inconvenient. Since the USB stick plugs in horizontally and is about 4 Inches long and an inch thick I thought it might be problematic because my desktops usually sit flush against the wall. Luckily, TP-Pink include a USB extension cable with the adapter and the larger size enables the main body of the adapter to work as a base/stand for the antenna.

Setup

Setting up with Windows 8.1 is simplicity itself. I just plugged it into a spare USB2 port. A Dialog popped up saying it was installing necessary drivers etc. This took several minutes and looked like it had paused. Have some patience and the green progress bar will complete and the dialog close and you’re ready to go.

A left click on the network icon on the far right of the taskbar opens the network chimes bar showing that my PC is hooked up with Ethernet wired connection but also displays the Wifi networks available. Choosing my network asks for the network password (which can typically be found printed on a label on the rear or bottom of your router) and I’m connected to the network via WIFI.

So it’s incredibly easy to set up and use. Basically plug and play after typing in the correct password for your network.

Speed Tests

Using Ookla online speed tests on my slow (by today’s standards) broadband I was getting very close to wired speed.

It is worth testing the speed because sometimes the USB socket can effect the performance of the AC600 adapter. A good USB2 socket consistently achieved 24ms ping and 7.6mbps download 2.04mbps upload which is within 5% of my direct wired connection through the router.
However, a cheap USB extension that came with my wireless headset when connected to a USB1 port only achieved about 30% of the speed in both up and down and an appalling ping of 176 – 190 (lower is better). When compared to consistent 24ms and 3-4x speeds in a good USB 2 port its worth making sure you are plugged into a good USB port and using a modern extension cable like the one included. There was little difference in performance between 2.4ghz and 5ghz except less people use 5k so the airwaves are less busy.

Conclusion

This is a good adapter if you want simple access to wireless networks and don’t have WIFI built in. With my cheap internet plan there is almost no difference in performance between wifi and wired. You probably don’t need anything else unless you’re playing demanding multiplayer games and even then 1ms difference is almost nothing.

They do have a faster higher end model that is probably better suited to faster broadband plans. However, for most uses this is a good adapter.


DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12000BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner
DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12000BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner
Price: $575.44
3 used & new from $575.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, May 12, 2015
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This AC came in a huge and heavy box which was an unsettling as it was approximately 3.5 feet tall. Fortunately, most of that was the protective packaging and accessories. The unit is quite big and heavy but the AC itself does have wheels and is easy to move around once taken out of its packaging.

I was expecting a smaller unit having seen some of the tall narrow portable AC units in stores and a couple of friends homes. This AC is portable but heavier duty than I was expecting.

This Delonghi is basically the portable equivalent of a fixed window mount air conditioner. It is fairly large, about the size of a bedside table and is heavy enough to suggest that it has good quality internals.

It stands about 29 inches tall and 18 inches wide and without its hose is about 16 inches deep. Once you add the hose you’re looking at about 24 inches depth from the wall to the front of the unit.

Styling wise, it’s neither modern nor old fashioned but sits somewhere in between the two. Not a bad thing because it can be put in most rooms without being an eyesore. It’s simple and elegant without any aggressive styling to make it stand out and jar with its surroundings. For example, it’s not a pure brilliant white but a slightly creamy off-white color. A satin metallic band stands vertically on one side which is the only decoration on the front which looks quite nice and has the Delonghi logo embossed in chrome at the top and Pinguino penguin motif lightly embossed subtly in the same flat satin at the bottom. The Penguin actually looks like a squirrel depending on how you look at it.

Cool air blows air out the front near the top at about seating height so people standing or sitting should get the most benefit. The rear of the unit has a big vent about one square foot in area where air is recirculated from the room. The vent can be opened easily; it clips in the back and when removed reveals a static metal gauze air filter. The opening in the unit reveals a large metal condenser with very fine fins. Halfway down the back is a round hot air vent which is similar to what your laundry drier has.

Accessories

The Delonghi accessories that come with the AC include a couple of fittings:
1) A fairly solid plastic 6” diameter hose that can be extended to about 4 feet. You have a couple of fitting options at exhaust end of the hose.

2) A window kit for sliding a long narrow spacer into your sliding window. It has an adjustable height between 20 and 47 inches and can be mounted horizontally or vertically and takes up 4” of your window space.

It also has a wall flange with a cap that requires a 6 inch diameter hole drilled in your wall. This is for a semi-permanent install. It screws in the wall with a flip cap and foam rubber insert for insulation.

It also has a small remote (batteries are included). The AC case has an embedded tray that the remote can be stored in when not in use.

It also comes with two gray storage bags one covers the unit itself and the other for accessories.

In Use

The Delonghi is easy to operate. Simple controls for on/off. You can set several modes. Fan, AC and Dehumidifier as well as their Real feel and whisper cool settings. You can set desired temperature and the it has a timer so you can set for how long it will run before automatically shutting off if left unattended.

It’s very simple to set up and control. The only thing that was confusing at first was that when I first turned it on the AC didn’t immediately turn on. I then noticed the small label about waiting a few minutes before activating the AC because of the high efficiency compressor. It seemed like the compressor has a timer built in despite the sticker telling you to wait 3-5 minutes before turning it on.

The unit is fairly quiet; you can’t get rid of the fan noise since that is the nature of blowing air and the compressor is audible. But it’s not terribly loud. In fact it’s not much louder than our central AC.

The Real feel setting is Delonghi’s proprietary mode that combines dehumidifier and AC and operates on a curve that tries to find a balance that keeps optimal comfort level without the deep chill an AC can have. I found it works well and is my preferred operating mode when working in the studio.

Maintenance is pretty minimal. The metal static grid filter I mentioned needs to be cleaned periodically for optimal efficiency. If you do it fairly regularly, just a quick gentle pass with a vacuum cleaner brush tool is all that’s needed. If it gets severely clogged it says you can rinse it (I haven’t had to do this).

Other than that, there is a drain at the bottom rear of the unit for draining any water that has been collected from the air. I haven’t had to use it yet. It is close to the bottom, only about 2 inches off the ground so you will need to find a shallow basin for draining.

Conclusion.

Overall this is a nice Air Conditioner. If you have the space (it is quite large offering more capacity than most portable systems I have seen). It has no trouble with the 200 square foot room I have it in and the real feel mode prevents me from getting that cold chilled feeling that can make working in an air conditioned room uncomfortable.

It is quite large and heavy but the weight shouldn’t be a problem unless you need to drag it up and down flights of stairs. The castor wheels make moving it around pretty easy and it rolls nicely on both hardwood floors and fairly deep pile carpet without trouble.

I highly recommend it.


Eureka AS2113A As One Bagless Upright Vacuum, Pacific Blue
Eureka AS2113A As One Bagless Upright Vacuum, Pacific Blue
Offered by Ron's Home and Hardware
Price: $64.99
5 used & new from $64.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Vacuum, May 10, 2015
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The first thing I noticed about this vacuum cleaner is how easy it was to put together; the second was how light it was. It is extremely light; so light that I doubted that it would work well. To my surprise it did. It really sucked up the dog hair and the cleaning powder from a rug I tested it on and, on the second lowest setting, it worked quite well on bare floors.

I did have problems with vacuuming the corners; but that’s probably due to its shape. If you have a stand-up vacuum then that’s more or less what you have to expect. One thing I need to mention is the 19 foot chord. It’s too short. If you are vacuuming a large area (a living room, for example) then you will need an extension. Overall, I would say that this is a very good back-up vacuum cleaner for when you need to quickly get the dust off or a vacuum for a college student.


Contigo Glacier Stainless Water Bottle, 20-Ounce, Monaco
Contigo Glacier Stainless Water Bottle, 20-Ounce, Monaco
Price: $16.99
3 used & new from $13.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and Does the Job, May 10, 2015
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This is a twenty ounce bottle that I can hold pretty easily (and I have relatively small and weak hands—even for a girl) even though it does not have a rubber grip on the sides and even though it’s a pretty big bottle it’s tall rather than thick so easier to grip. The lid is really easy to unscrew and it’s easy to open the lid when in motion. There is a button at the front, just push it and the lid pops up and you can drink the water. That’s very handy if you’re using it as a water bottle when going bike-riding. There are two problems with using it as a water bottle is that this bottle is a tight fit for my husband’s and mine basic water bottle cages but some are adjustable and cushioned.; it may well work better with those when mounted lower to accommodate the tall bottle which is approximately 2.5 times taller than a regular coke can. The other problem has to do with the ease with which you can pop the top open. If it’s that easy to open, a jolt can also pop it open and so if you have it in a back-pack and are riding over a decent-sized bump or something, you may jolt it open. You can lock/unlock the cap by sliding the button but it’s hard to do and even harder to unlock. But then, as I mentioned, I have weak hands.

Now as to the bottle’s main selling point: it does keep water cool way longer than I thought it would. I even left a bunch of ice in it overnight and even though the ice melted the water itself stayed cool. So this is great to have with you if you’re going on a long or semi-long trip either by car or bicycle because you will be able to bring a lot of water with you and be assured that the water will stay cool.

One thing I should mention. This is a cooling bottle. The instructions say to not use it with hot liquids.

As an extra, the brushed blue color make this a very attractive water bottle. So overall, I am quite pleased with it.


Music for Wartime: Stories
Music for Wartime: Stories
by Rebecca Makkai
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.86

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, May 9, 2015
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This is an amazing collection of short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every single one of them. What makes this collection special I think is that Rebecca Makkai’s own family history is interspersed in this collection. It’s not all given at the same time but it’s there and you will recognize it when you read those stories; the stories of couples on opposite sides in World War II. I think maybe that’s why I liked the last story the best—the one that brings it all together. Because while you can be horrified by someone’s politics you can still love them. They are still a person. And they can still save you, and you them. And through that single act of love you can go on to save others.

Or maybe I am imagining a moral in this short story collection where there is none. But moral or not, they are beautifully crafted stories and they make wonderful reading. I very, very highly recommend it.


Hallmark Signature Collection Anytime Greeting Card: Bejeweled Heart
Hallmark Signature Collection Anytime Greeting Card: Bejeweled Heart
by Hallmark
Edition: Cards
Price: $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Elegant, May 9, 2015
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This is a lovely card that is perfect for pretty much any family or close friend. The beige cover is graced with a heart that is filled with pearl and shiny, almost silver-like three dimensional shapes. Inside there is an elegant, repeating gold leaf pattern and then a blank space for you to write your message on. The envelope is something between gold and brown color. I would not recommend mailing this card though, not even with extra padding. The card looks and feels hand-made and the decorations could well come off in the mailing process. However, if you are invited to a gathering of family or close friends, this is the perfect card to bring.


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