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Relic Men's Mark Traveler Wallet, Black, One Size
Relic Men's Mark Traveler Wallet, Black, One Size
Price: $16.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Relic Wallet - Too thick For Me, November 3, 2014
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This wallet is attractive enough and it may work for some. But it doesn't meet my needs.

For starters, this wallet is thick before any cards or money are even in it. So that means that fully loaded up with money and cards, this wallet will be way too thick for my needs. Even the Relic badge on the outside just seems like unnecessary bulk.

This wallet does have a lot of slots for card storage. And it has 2 zippered compartments, which will be convenient for some. But given all of that, I don't love the bifold design. If it was a bill-fold, those extras would add less bulk.

The leather grain is nice enough. It definitely has the look of a quality product that will last. So it's still a good candidate for a gift. But despite that, this is not a great value given the similarly priced alternatives from better known brands.

CONCLUSION

If you don't mind a super thick wallet, this is a quality product that should be functional and durable. But the design just doesn't work for me.


Logitech Wireless Mouse M320, Black
Logitech Wireless Mouse M320, Black
Offered by T.R.G.
Price: $19.99
41 used & new from $12.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Logitech M320 Mouse - Good Basic Mouse With Nano Receiver, November 2, 2014
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The Logitech M320 Laser Mouse is a good basic mouse that combines sleek design with above average battery life. It lacks any extra side buttons, but has a wide scroll wheel. And this mouse is designed well to be used by left and right-handed people.

PROS:
++ The small nub receiver works great and is now a standard
++ Optical laser lets you use this mouse on many surfaces
++ Uses one AA battery (included) and is advertised to last up to 2 years before replacement!
++ Extra-wide scroll wheel for more comfortable scrolling
++ Receiver is small enough that it can be left in your USB port
++ Great shape for comfort while holding it
++ Sides have a nice textured surface
++ Convenient On / Off button conserves battery life when not in use
++ Convenient storage compartment for USB receiver inside the mouse
++ The LED light on top alerts you to a weak battery and when turned on or off
++ Well designed for use by right and left handers
++ 1 year limited warrantee

CONS:
-- No forward / back buttons on the side
-- The lack of extra function keys limits this mouse from power users
-- Logitech's support website malfunctioned when I went to check for available software
-- The list price is in the ball-park, but not a great value

INSTALLATION AND SET UP

This mouse worked almost immediately after plugging it in. Unlike with prior versions, there is no management software mentioned for use with this mouse. And going to the Logitech website resulted in a strange malfunction, where the site would re-direct me away from any download or login page I navigated to. If and when I am able to get more information on software for this mouse, I will update this section.

CONCLUSION

This is a very good basic mouse that is great for mobile or home computing. The small USB receiver is great for laptop users on the go.

Enjoy!
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Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds of Systems
Systemic Thinking: Building Maps for Worlds of Systems
by John Boardman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.11
36 used & new from $22.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Systemic Thinking - A Simpler Approach To A Complex Topic, September 16, 2014
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This book is a revelation. The author's have drawn on their vast professional experience and have come away with this treatise, that can only be the result of great thinking. And while this is not really a novel theme, it provides a nice new simplified take on this timely topic.

The authors draw on a number of well known case studies from various areas. For those who work in computing, be warned this book goes far beyond that. It takes your approach to systems to a very abstract level, where the concepts can be applied to a number of problems, both business and technical.

These kind of "thinking maps" are akin to the flow charts of yesteryear, yet with much more depth and substance than the average business analyst has ever had to work with. And so the result is a lot more than a means to understand problems and processes. The result allows you to anticipate problems and improve systems to identify their root causes.

CONCLUSION

This is a great book, and I think a wide audience can benefit from it. This book is not all things to all people, and certainly there are academic treatments that cover more areas of this topic. But the authors succeed at simplifying this topic in a way that people from other disciplines will understand. As long as you are receptive to abstract thinking, I think most readers can gain a lot from this book.


Five Star Locker Storage Pocket with Dry Erase Surface, 4 x 6.5 Inches, White with Red Pocket (72616)
Five Star Locker Storage Pocket with Dry Erase Surface, 4 x 6.5 Inches, White with Red Pocket (72616)
Price: $19.05
2 used & new from $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Locker Storage Pocket - A Great Idea, September 9, 2014
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This is one of those accessories you don't know you need until you have it. It basically has a giant magnet on the back so it can stick to your locker wall. And you can write on the surface with a dry erase marker. That lets you use it to store different things, and change what you have written on it as needed.

The well is plenty deep enough. You can use these to store pens, glasses, or other accessories. This is a great idea. Highly recommended.


Case Logic CL5-2003 iPhone 5/5s Cover - Gold/Brown
Case Logic CL5-2003 iPhone 5/5s Cover - Gold/Brown
Price: $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Case Logic CL5 - One of the Classiest And Most Attractive Slim Cases For the iPhone 5, September 8, 2014
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The Case Logic CL5 is one of the most attractive slim cases for the iPhone 5 that I have seen. It is very thin and light, and has a basic design that comes in 2 patterns. But in addition to the basic frame, there is a fabric backing that makes the case really seem polished.

The only thing I can't know for sure, but I suspect, is that often times with these fabric backings they start to turn up at the edges. I will update this over time, but as long as you can get a year out of this case it's worth it. It's attractive and light. Recommended.


Ace Elbow Strap with Adjustable Custom Dial System
Ace Elbow Strap with Adjustable Custom Dial System
Price: $26.70
4 used & new from $20.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Ace Adjustable Elbow Strap - Good For Minor Adjustments Only, September 6, 2014
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This strap does provide for some adjustment. But it has several flaws. For one thing, a bigger person is not going to be able to fit this in more than one position, because the strap is not long enough. Secondly, the adjustment dial has a limit on tightness. It simply could never be tightened enough for my needs. And lastly, as with all such straps it can irritate the skin if you are using it while working out. This is not the soft material that is normal for Ace bandages. So while it does have some merit, be aware of the limitations before you select it.


Wilton Tool  10010  All-Terrain Vise Hitch2Bench
Wilton Tool 10010 All-Terrain Vise Hitch2Bench
Price: $167.89
28 used & new from $167.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Wilton All Terrain Vise - A Great Mobile Work Tool, September 4, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This Vise is compact, well built and extremely functional. It goes into the standard hitch on your vehicle or it can be mounted on a work bench. It has all the features you would want in a Vise, and can be used to mount square or round objects. And hooked up to your vehicle it provides a quick and easy way to create a mobile work station.

The unit is surprisingly heavy, but it is not incredibly big. It's very compact. Installation is a breeze. In fact, you may want to weld it in place, because it's almost too easy to install and remove from your hitch.

Once it's in place, it works like a standard vise. It is easily opened and closed with the rotating bar. And the mouth is big enough to accommodate most materials.

CONCLUSION

This is a great piece of equipment that is attractive and functional. It has a thousand uses you could never even think up until you have it installed. So if you use your work truck or other vehicle on the go, this is a highly recommended accessory. Enjoy.


Five Star Advance Wirebound Notebook, 5-Subject, 200 College-Ruled Sheets, 11 x 8.5 Inch Sheet Size, Black (72819)
Five Star Advance Wirebound Notebook, 5-Subject, 200 College-Ruled Sheets, 11 x 8.5 Inch Sheet Size, Black (72819)
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Advance Wirebound Notebook - Great Product, August 31, 2014
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This is a great notebook. Actually, it's very similar to the "note-binder" product in that it includes the separators. They have slots for papers and other items, in addition to separating the sections for the different subjects.

The spine's rings are covered by a very nice fabric. And the paper has the standard features that you would expect, such as being perforated. The only consideration for this notebook is that there are no standard ring holes. But if you wanted to mount this in a binder, it's too wide anyway. So for those looking for a multi-subject binder with the features of a binder, this is a good option.


Five Star Locker Shelf Extender, Purple (72244)
Five Star Locker Shelf Extender, Purple (72244)
Price: $13.77
3 used & new from $13.77

3.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Locker Shelf - Good For Light Use, But Don't Overload The Hooks, August 31, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a decent locker extender. It works by hanging on the existing hooks that are standard for lockers. And you can fit a good amount of stuff on the shelf. I wouldn't load it with the heaviest books I had, but it's relatively strong.

The biggest gripe I have with it are the hooks on the bottom. They are only strong enough for the lightest of items. The package says you can hang a book-bag by those hooks. I could never hang my book-bag on them. And in general, I am sure this is not going to be as durable as I would like. But as long as you don't overload it, it should work for you.


InterDesign Horizontal Scarf Holder, Pearl White
InterDesign Horizontal Scarf Holder, Pearl White
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well Designed Scarf Holder, August 30, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This Scarf Holder from InterDesign is deceptively well designed. It's got 3 cross-bars for a total of 4 levels, which makes it easy to hang multiple items. But the real strength of this product is the quality coating. They have some kind of powder coating on this hanger that is smooth and seems extremely durable. So you really don't have to worry about snags or damage to your items of any kind.

And, given what it is, this product also provides a reasonable value. For those looking to solve this problem, this is one of the better solutions.


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