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Curad Quickstop Instant Clotting Technology Flex-Fabric Bandages, Assorted Size, 30 Count
Curad Quickstop Instant Clotting Technology Flex-Fabric Bandages, Assorted Size, 30 Count
Offered by Pharmapacks
Price: $4.14
6 used & new from $4.13

5.0 out of 5 stars long overdue for today's aspirin-regimine users!, June 26, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
an idea that has been long overdue!

it seems that one of the rights of passage when you hit 50 is for your doctor to start prescribing two terrible things: a statin drug and baby aspirin...

it's amazing that only 81mg of aspirin a day can make you bleed like a stuck pig, but that's my case - it seems that all i have to do is get a little scratch from playing with the cat or a small nick from shaving (yes, i still use straight-edge and double-edge razors - beard's too heavy), and i start bleeding that even a bit of Anhydrous aluminium sulfate from a hemostatic (styptic) pencil won't stop

these band-aids are wonderful and help to quickly stem any blood flow - great if i nick myself shaving right before bedtime (i got yelled one morning due to a bit of a mess on the pillow)

these are quite handy bandages - they are going to be a staple in the medicine cabinet (every home should have a well-stocked medicine cabinet with a good, i mean really good first-aid kit - same thing for the family car)


3 in 1 Raspberry Pi Zero Adapter Kit Mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter+Micro USB to USB Female cable+male GPIO header
3 in 1 Raspberry Pi Zero Adapter Kit Mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter+Micro USB to USB Female cable+male GPIO header
Offered by LOTW-BRO
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars very good for Zero outlay!, June 24, 2016
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a very good deal and a convenient way to get started with the Zero (if you can get your hands on one and not get castigated by pandering to market-force selling prices - the social justice weenies are out in force whenever a Zero comes up on the market for more than a Lincoln - stupid people!)


SIENOC USB 2.0 a Male to Micro USB Female Converter Adapter Adaptor Pack of 2
SIENOC USB 2.0 a Male to Micro USB Female Converter Adapter Adaptor Pack of 2
Offered by Sienoc
Price: $5.60

5.0 out of 5 stars they're adaptable!, June 24, 2016
good dongles to have on hand... there are instances where you need to connect to different devices but don't want to carry two sets of cables

adapters make sense!


Griot's Garage 58512 Starter Wash and Dry Kit
Griot's Garage 58512 Starter Wash and Dry Kit
Price: $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Car Wash in a box! Grrrrrreeeeeaaaaat!, June 22, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
this is a great bit of kit for your car and garage - amazing that i haven't seen something like this before.. not only do you get a jug of the fabulous Griot wash concentrate, but also a roll-about bucket with two unique features:

1) a strainer bottom so that dirt, sand, or grit settles to the bottom after rinsing out of the mop or sponge, and
2) a drying rack to put your sponge on after washing is finished!

brilliant! this is a well-designed product...

the bonus? you also get a dusting mitt for detailing inside your ride, and a very plush drying binky to get the water spots up and off your car's finish

folks, this is a winner product - looks like my garage just got an upgrade!


Seeedstudio BeagleBone Green Wireless - The first Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) board from BeagleBone community
Seeedstudio BeagleBone Green Wireless - The first Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) board from BeagleBone community
Offered by NKC Electronics
Price: $45.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars HOWTO - get your BBG on wifi standalone, June 21, 2016
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Where to start? How about this: Here is my 'HOWTO' on how i got this device to work standalone on my network...
1. navigated to BeagleBoard.org's 'getting started' web site
2. downloaded, installed the HoRNDIS and FTDI drivers then rebooted
3. attached included USB cable to BBG, then plugged into my Mac
4. waited until two of the USR lights on the board started to 'dance' in unison
5. selected the 'Beaglebone' wifi Access Point (which didn't require a password); NOTE: not required to configure wifi!
6. opened a Terminal, then SSH'd into the BBG with: ssh root@beaglebone.local
7. ran the connmanctl program from the command line (do a web search on "Debian wifi how to use")
8. quit the connmanctl program after wifi was configured, then shutdown the BBG
9. disconnected the BBG from the USB cable
10. attached a 5V power supply to the micro usb and rebooted - then SSH'd into the BBG standalone

there's a lot to like about this Texas Instrument-CPU'd device... 4 USB ports are welcome here, along with the 1GHz CPU... and honestly, only 500MB RAM isn't too hobbling due to the low memory requirements of most ARM clients... lots of little LEDs and lights (nearly all controllable through software)... the four USR lights are especially handy as an indicator of power, CPU and Emmc activity... the built-in 4GB memory was a brilliant addition...

and 69 (65-addressable, IIRC) GPIO ports! there are going to be plenty of accessories for this computer! not only that, but you can also get many different cross-hardware-platform sensors to attach to this device

this is a nice little GNU/Linux computer, but honestly, the documentation is very lacking and for a n00b very confusing... the example 'howto' sheet included with the BBG didn't work for me - but then, where do you go? do you use BeagleBone.org's info? or Seeedstudio's BeagleBone Wiki? or the eLinux Debian wiki? who provides the best single-point of support? (hint: it ain't Seeedstudio)... i did get a friendly few comments on the beaglebone IRC channel, but getting this thing up and running from scratch, especially if you don't know GNU/Linux, is going to be a challenge for some folks...

at this point i have a functioning BBG... the wifi antennas are hideous, aren't they? haven't tried them yet as the built-in wifi connects just fine to my AP 20 feet away...

this is a new product, so give it some time to garner support and popularity... but if you're new to GNU/Linux, especially on the ARM platform, a Raspberry Pi3 would be a *much* better device to start with...

there's no HDMI on this unit, but i have an HDMI 'cape' on order - we'll see how well it works... there is supposedly sound support? haven't tried that yet - if not, a short USB audio dongle should work just fine

oh, and another stumbling block... repositories became available after issuing:

sudo apt-get update

the very first thing i did was to install gddrescue... this was to ensure a backup of a functioning system... i then backed up the emmc to an inserted microsdhc card:

ddrescue --force /dev/mmcblk0 /dev/mmcblk1

and i then verified that the image was working by rebooting with the Boot button held down until i could see the system being booted from the card slot and not emmc - now if i do 'brick' the machine i can get right back to work and reverse the process (according to Seeed, there are boot images you can download if you don't backup - i have not tried any of those)

update 06/24/16: i downloaded the latest .img file (BBGW-blank-debian-8.5-seeed-iot-armhf-2016-06-19-4gb.img.xz), decompressed, verified the sha256, then used ddrescue on my Mac to write it to an old 4GB Samsung microsdhc; then popped it into the BBGW, and booted to a reflash... the BBGW will shutdown and off when the reflash is complete - so now i have the latest release! (and had to again reconfigure wifi, etc.) - very nice! i'm upgrading the review to four stars for Seeed providing and up-to-date .img! And by using ddrescue, I can boot my backup at any time!

btw, " Force to boot from Micro SD Card or Switch the Wi-Fi mode between AP and station mode " is the description for the Boot button, but there is NOTHING in System Reference manual regarding this behavior - and instead, details are given regarding a boot order - including USB??? (have not tried this yet)

the next step was to install vncserver and then a requisite window manager/desktop system... however, an attempt to install lxde failed with several of the packages (avahi, etc.) listed as 'unavailable'... i instead installed iceWM and lxterminal... now off to do more research!
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CalPure California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
CalPure California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
Offered by CalPure Foods
Price: $11.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty and versatile!, June 21, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
quite tasty and versatile! i've recently become a big fan of simple salads, with nothing more than chopped greens, a contrasting fruit or color added, and light drizzling of a quality olive oil and perhaps a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar

this could be my next go-to salad oil! i also sat down the other evening with a shrimp scampi, and wanted a piece of crusty baguette w/dinner... pulled out a small dipping plate, throw down a pinch of kosher salt, pepper, basil and touch of oregano and a smattering of this oil - wonderful!

a little bit of this oil seems to go a long way... i like it a lot, and for its versatility alone it gets my full five-star nod! and besides, i also really like avocado - even the large Florida variety


OxyLED BR30 5000K LED Light Bulbs, 9W 810LM with E26 Base, Daylight White Light Bulbs for Indoor & Outdoor Use, 4packs
OxyLED BR30 5000K LED Light Bulbs, 9W 810LM with E26 Base, Daylight White Light Bulbs for Indoor & Outdoor Use, 4packs
Offered by Hisgadget Inc
Price: $29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars NOT 'soft white', June 20, 2016
these are NOT 'soft white' - more like a brilliant daylight white and nowhere near as 'warm' as the old tungsten bulbs they replaced... although this set was free in return for a review i must again iterate that these bulbs are daylight white...

one star for a good selection of four bulbs (should take care of most lighting situations)
one star for all of them working and shedding equal amounts of light energy
one star for providing excellent lighting for sewing, reading or detail work

minus one star for mislabeling in the description
minus one star for being non-dimmable


Wiha - MicroBit Pocket Clip Set SL/PH 7Pc - 75981
Wiha - MicroBit Pocket Clip Set SL/PH 7Pc - 75981
Offered by 53rd Street Sales
Price: $14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars cap needs an o-ring, June 20, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
lots to like here - much more accessible and easy to use than the 40-bit set (although i do pull that set out when working on electronics)

the bits are nice... the handle looks sturdy enough for light use... dunno if i'd use it to undo a Lock-tite screw...

i'm taking a star off for the cap of the driver - should be an o-ring in the cap to ensure a tight fit that won't come loose during use (happened to me as my beefy paws wrapped around the handle)... i just stuck a Viton ring in there and was good to go...


Ableconn HDMI2VGAD Active HDMI to VGA Adapter Converter Dongle for Desktop PC/Notebook up to 1920x1200 / 1920x1080 - HDMI to VGA HD15 monitor
Ableconn HDMI2VGAD Active HDMI to VGA Adapter Converter Dongle for Desktop PC/Notebook up to 1920x1200 / 1920x1080 - HDMI to VGA HD15 monitor
Offered by Ableconn
Price: $15.99
3 used & new from $10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Pi Recommended!, June 19, 2016
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works with Raspberry Pi and helped me turn an $8 thrift store Dell monitor into an all-in-one desktop machine for less than a Grant! i was initially skeptical that it would work, but apparently this is one of these great little doodads that actually does what it purports to do - transparently convert the HDMI signal to VGA

kudos to the design engineer and the company for making a great product! i'm going to order another - those cheap LCD panels at the local thrift stores are too cheap to pass up!


Respironics Wisp Nasal CPAP Mask Replacement Frame Fabric
Respironics Wisp Nasal CPAP Mask Replacement Frame Fabric
Offered by cpap411
Price: $32.64
10 used & new from $28.15

4.0 out of 5 stars build them better for gawd's sakes!, June 17, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
slept like a baby... i hadn't realized how backward, old-fashioned, and poorly designed original CPAP masks were until i used the Wisp...

unfortunately, the Wisp is not as battlefield-bullet-proof as the old Respironics masks... but the comfort is worth it, even if i have to replace one once a year...

i just wish the planned obsolescence wasn't so evident... the clasps will break - trust me - and you'll need a new one...

but the comfort is worth it, so i pay... and pay... and pay... and pay....


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