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Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers, Black
Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers, Black
Price: $49.99
4 used & new from $26.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tablet for reading, browsing, and movie watching, December 19, 2015
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Although I already have Amazon Kindles of various sizes, I ordered this $50 7-inch Fire (5th Gen/2015 version) because I was curious whether such an inexpensive tablet is good enough to read, browse, and watch.

After using it for several weeks, I conclude that it is indeed quite good. It is definitely not a toy, and the non-Retina display isn't an issue at all (I hold the tablet at a reading distance of about 12 inches). I use it to watch movies without any problem; there is no lag or any anomaly in the video.

I did not buy a case/stand for the Fire, as I deem Amazon's too expensive at $25, especially when considering that the tablet only costs $50. Instead, I bought Leegoal Neoprene Sleeve protective cute Case Pouch for 7 inch 16:9 Google Android Tablet PC (Black Red) which is less than $3 including shipping. If you need a sturdy stand, I recommend Anker Multi-Angle Aluminum Stand for Tablets, e-readers and Smartphones, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy / Tab, Google Nexus, HTC, LG, Nokia Lumia, OnePlus and More (Black) It costs about $10.

I do not play games so I can't tell you about experience in gaming, but for reading, browsing, and movie watching, I can highly recommend this $50 tablet. It is an excellent value.


Amazon Fire 7" (2015 release) Case - Slim Lightweight Standing Custom Fit Cover for Amazon Fire 7 Inch Tablet, Black
Amazon Fire 7" (2015 release) Case - Slim Lightweight Standing Custom Fit Cover for Amazon Fire 7 Inch Tablet, Black
Price: $24.99
10 used & new from $22.22

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good case but should not cost more than 10% of the price of the tablet, December 17, 2015
It is amazing that Amazon can sell a nice tablet for just $50. I am writing this review on it right now. Naturally I want to get a case to protect it and to be able to prop it up for viewing, but upon seeing the price, I think most value concious people would balk on the $25 cost.

A $25 case for a $50 tablet contradicts with my sense of value. So I just store the 5th gen Fire tablet in a nice sleeve ($3 with free shipping) Leegoal Neoprene Sleeve protective cute Case Pouch for 7 inch 16:9 Google Android Tablet PC (Black Red).

If you need a sturdy stand, I recommend Anker Multi-Angle Aluminum Stand for Tablets, e-readers and Smartphones, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy / Tab, Google Nexus, HTC, LG, Nokia Lumia, OnePlus and More (Black) It costs about $10.


Mini Smart Camera Wireless Control Monitoring Webcam HD 720P Real-time Two-way Audio Intercom Smart Home Camera Compatible with Smart Phone
Mini Smart Camera Wireless Control Monitoring Webcam HD 720P Real-time Two-way Audio Intercom Smart Home Camera Compatible with Smart Phone

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful piece of home monitoring device with lots of useful features, August 22, 2015
The Xiaomi Yi Smart Camera is very unusual and useful. For English setup instruction, just Google "Xiaomi Yi smart camera manual"; there are lots of webpages and videos that can help you to setup and use the camera.

For less than $40, you have a stand-alone wireless webcam that can monitor your home and will alert you (via your cell phone) when it detects any movement in the image field which spans an angle of 111 degrees. It does NOT have night vision, but this may be a good thing if you do not want to give away the camera's presence to any intruder, as a night vision webcam will have tell tale infra-red LEDs that are visible to the naked human eye. The power LED on the Yi Smart Camera can be turned off in the app, so that it is even more inconspicuous.

You setup the Yi smart camera by downloading an app in the Android Play / iTunes App Store.

The camera is powered by an included micro USB to AC adapter. The camera does not have a fan and is therefore absolutely quiet and can be left on all the time.

There is a micro SD card slot so that images and videos can be recorded on a memory card up to 32 Gb in capacity. You can setup the camera to record only when there is movement so that it can conserve recording space.

You can also take pictures and videos of the scene that you are monitoring with your smart phone. These are stored on the phone, so even if the Yi Smart Camera is discovered and then stolen by a thief, you will still have a 5-second video of the scene with the intruder in it.

There is no product on the market currently that has these capabilities, especially when you consider that the price is less than $40.

If Xiaomi can produce a English language app, a lot more people will buy this piece of gem.

Update 10-3-15:

Xiaomi DOES have a night vision version that looks identical. It costs about $10 more and features no infra-red LEDs that would tip off intruders to the prensence of a surveillence camera. It is sold by several vendors on Amazon.com; just search "xiaomi night vision camera".


GermGuardian GG1100W Elite Pluggable UV Sanitizer and Odor Reducer, Crystal White
GermGuardian GG1100W Elite Pluggable UV Sanitizer and Odor Reducer, Crystal White
Price: $35.00
9 used & new from $32.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well; plug it into a timer to prolong life of the UVC light bulb., July 26, 2015
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The germicidal magic performed by the Guardian Technologies GermGuardian GG1100W is a light source that generates ultraviolet rays in the C spectrum (200 – 280 nanometers (nm)). According to Cyrstal IS, a maker of UVC LEDs, "Light in the UVC wavelength can be used for disinfecting water, sterilizing surfaces, destroying harmful micro-organisms in food products and in air."

Air is sucked into the GG1100W by a fan and exposed to UVC light. The processed disinfected air is than blown back to the room. There is no information on how much volume of air can be processed per hour, but if the unit is situated in a bathroom or laundry room, the time it takes to deodorize air is about half an hour.

Because the UVC light bulb has a life of 4,000 to 5,000 hours, it would last about 5.5 months if left on to run continuously. The cost of a new UVC bulb is about $9 on Amazon. To be more economical, I would connect a timer to the GG1100W so that it would turn off after a preset time, as it is not necessary to run it nonstop if it is used in a bathroom situation. Example of a suitable timer: GE 24-Hour Plug-In Mechanical Timer with 1 Grounded Outlet, $8.66.

The GermGuardian is quiet when running and does indeed do what it is supposed to do (sanitize and deodorize air).


FileMaker Pro 14: The Missing Manual
FileMaker Pro 14: The Missing Manual
by Susan Prosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.46
56 used & new from $17.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, unless you don't make changes or add more functions to FileMaker Pro solutions, July 17, 2015
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The FileMaker Pro 14 in the Oreilly The Missing Manual series is a huge book of 900+ pages. Due to the nature of the subject mattter (advanced but not enterprise level relational database management system), the book spends less than a quarter (about 200 pages) of its content on the basics that a casual user may want to know, and devotes the rest on topics that a developer would be interested to learn about. If you simply use a pre-written FileMaker Pro solution and do not make any modifications or add any functionality, there is no need to buy this book.

Depending on the scope and complexity of a project, a user may begin from scratch to construct a customized solution, or start with a solution provided by Apple or third parties and then add more functionality to the DBMS software. This book is useful for both kinds of users, as it covers the FileMaker Pro 14 in extreme detail the beginner to advanced user and developers. Chapters 1 through 5 are designed for the beginner, and I suggest the book to be read in successive numerical order for a general understanding of FileMaker Pro. Chapters 6 through 22 are more developer oriented, and you can select the chapters that are of interest to you.


Belkin Pocket Sleeve for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 (Blue)
Belkin Pocket Sleeve for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 (Blue)
Price: $24.99
9 used & new from $20.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tight-fitting and lack of storage space for accessories, July 9, 2015
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The Belkin Pocket Sleeve for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is made of neoprene material that is thin and light. Although it was designed to accommodate the dedicated keyboard, I found the tablet/keyboard combo to be too snug for easy storage and removal.

Because neoprene is very thin, the protection it offers is very limited. It is designed to be carried between your office desk and a meeting room, for example, but it is not a good choice if you intend to make a trip outside with it.

I suggest comparing the Belkin with Zeroshock III 13-inch Widescreen Notebook Case. The Zeroshock is made from high-resistance polyurethane which I deem much more able to absorb bump and shocks than neoprene. Furthermore, the Zeroshock has a water-repellent outside surface that is again better than neoprene.

For even better protection, you can check out Case Logic Protective Sleeve for 13-Inch/15-Inch MacBook Pro, 13-Inch/14-Inch PC and Laptops - Black (LHA-114Black). It is just a little bulky, but its molded hard shell with EVA foam will protect the Surface Pro 3 with keyboard very well, and there is still room to store a USB charger and a mouse. This case even comes with a shoulder strap and costs less than the Belkin Pocket Sleeve.


Symmons Duro SLC-3612-1.5 Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet, Chrome
Symmons Duro SLC-3612-1.5 Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet, Chrome
Price: $156.56
5 used & new from $121.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, modern, two handle faucet, July 9, 2015
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I love this Symmons Duro SLC-3612-1.5 Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet which is finished in bright chrome. The fit and finish is excellent and it weighs almost 6 pounds.

I am saving this faucet for the the second bathroom when its old sink is replaced. Because of the height of the faucet, I'd recommend installing it in a sink that has ample depth, so that when you lean forward to brush teeth or wash face, there is little chance of hitting your head against the faucet.

The design theme of this faucet is "angular beauty", thus the shape of your sink should also be rectangular, so that it matches the faucet.

The two handles turn with just the right amount of resistance and give a very high quality feel.

Although a single handle type faucet may be easier to use, I prefer the two handle variety because it looks more like a traditional faucet. The only place I can accept a single handle faucet is when it is located in the kitchen sink.

The chrome finish also adds an air of high quality, although some people may fear that it requires high maintenance to keep it looking nice.


Belkin Road Rockstar with 4 USB Ports for Front and Backseat Charging, 2 Front Seat USB Ports with Shared 2.4 Amp and 1 Backseat Dual-Port Hub with 2.4 Amp / Port
Belkin Road Rockstar with 4 USB Ports for Front and Backseat Charging, 2 Front Seat USB Ports with Shared 2.4 Amp and 1 Backseat Dual-Port Hub with 2.4 Amp / Port
Offered by Deals & Steals Inc.
Price: $16.64
44 used & new from $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A simple way to provide USB power for EVERYONE in the car, June 26, 2015
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The Belkin Road Rockstar is a 4-port USB power center that provides two ports for the driver and front passenger, and two ports on an extended cable for the rear passengers. The front row uses typically involve cellphone, GPS unit, or carcam that draw less electrical current, so the two ports share 2.4A of current. The rear row uses may include large tablets and gaming consoles, so each rear port can provide 2.4A of current.

This is a great product because it provides USB power for up to 4 devices front and rear using just one 12V jack.

Some cars continue to supply power to the jack even when the car engine is not running (VW?), and this may drain out the car's battery. It would be better if Belkin can design a switch so that the USB power center can be turned off when desired.


Sony DSCWX500/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony DSCWX500/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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3 used & new from $298.00

78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact travel zoom camera value, June 24, 2015
I saw this camera (WX500) and its sibling (HX90V) in Japan recently. They look almost identical even though the model names are completely different. I tried both of them and bought the HX90V, because the price difference between the two is just $70, instead of $100 in the States. The two differences between them is the addition of GPS and a pop-up electronic viewfinder in the HX90V. The electronic viewfinder is useful when you are shooting in the bright outdoors where the camera's LCD screen becomes very difficult to see. And the GPS is used to tag your photos so that "where on Earth they were taken" can be recorded. I rarely use these two functions, but since each extra feature costs $35, I chose the HX90V.

Other than the two extra features aforementioned, the two cameras are identical. The WX500 does not have a hand grip, whereas the HX90V does. Nonetheless, I deem both cameras easy to hold and operate. IMO, without the hand grip, the WX500 looks better aesthetically, like Sony's RX100 series cameras.

In Japan, the WX500 is available in three colors: black, white, and red. Amazon has black and white models. The black model has black lens barrel, whereas the white model has bright chrome lens barrel.

The reason why Sony is able to cram in a 30X zoom lens in the WX500/HX90V cameras is that the image sensor size is small. It's just 1/2.3 inch (0.4348 inch) diagonal, like most digital cameras on the market today. Sony's RX100 III has a 1 inch diagonal sensor, and its zoom lens magnification range drops to a paltry 2.9X.

A 1 inch sensor has an area more than 4 times greater than a 1/2.3 inch sensor. Given a fixed camera body size, there must be a trade-off between image sensor size and zoom lens magnification range. The RX100 cameras emphasize sensor size/image quality, whereas the WX500/HX90V cameras emphasize zoom lens versatility. It should also be noted that the RX100 III costs almost $800, while the WX500 can be bought for less than $330. If you don't make large prints (>8X10), the difference in image quality is not that noticeable.

The HX90V and WX500 cameras have hinged LCD screens so that they can be flipped up 180 degrees for selfies.

The Sony WX500 camera is very responsive and takes excellent pictures (supports 4K stills) and videos (supports XAVC S Full HD 60p @50Mbps). Choose this camera and save $100 if you don't need to use the pop-up electronic viewfinder or the GPS geo-tagging feature.
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Sony DSCHX90V/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony DSCHX90V/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Price: $428.00
37 used & new from $300.00

196 of 201 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact and light travel zoom camera, June 24, 2015
I was able to buy this camera in Japan recently and have been using it for a few weeks.

The Sony DSC-HX90V is designed to mimic the appearance and funcitonality of Sony's RX100 line of cameras, with one difference: the image sensor size is 1/2.3 inch, instead of RX100's 1 inch. A 1 inch sensor has a surface area more than 4 times greater than a 1/2.3 inch sensor. A larger sensor translates to better image quality, but the trade-off is zoom lens magnification range. If you need a compact travel zoom camera, the HX90V is more suitable, as it has a 30X zoom (24 - 720 mm), compared to RX100 III's 2.9X (24 - 70 mm)! The two cameras are nearly identical in physical dimensions. The HX90V is lighter than RX 100 III (245 g vs. 287 g), and costs less than half the RX100 III's price. If you do not need the pop-up electronic viewfinder and the GPS function of the HX90V, you can save yourself $100 by selecting the Sony WX500 instead (A reviewer on the WX500 has pointed out additional features of the HX90V: "Quick Navi" view on the LCD screen, Lens Control Ring, Control Ring Zoom function including Step Zoom, Electronic Level on screen, Manual Focus, Bracketing Drive Mode, DRO and HDR, Creative Style, High ISO Noise Reduction, Flash Compensation). The HX90V has a small hand grip while the WX500 does not, but, IMO, both cameras are easy to hold. The 30X zoom lens in the HX90V/WX500 is now a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* design which is optically superior to Sony's G design on previous 20X and 30X zoom lenses. It is also more compact, allowing the camera body to be much smaller and lighter than its immediate predecessor (HX60V), as well as earlier models.

I prefer the HX90V/WX500 powered zoom lens that can be smoothly operated using the zoom lever around the shutter button over manual zooms that must be operated by twisting the lens barrel. These manual zoom lenses are usually associated with larger mirrorless and DSLR cameras, which are not only bulky and expensive, they have very limited zoom range and their zoom action tend to be jerky (not desirable when shooting video).

The HX90V and WX500 cameras have single-hinged LCD screens so that they can be flipped up 180 degrees for selfies. The RX100 III has double-hinged screen, so it can tilt up for selfies AND also tilt down to enable composition while shooting in an above crowd situation.

For video, in addition to AVCHD and MP4 formats, Sony also includes the high quality XAVC S option which runs at full HD (1920X1080), 60p@50 Mbps. There is also support for 4K still image output.

I like to carry the HX90V in its $40 LCJ-HWA jacket (ever-ready) case because the camera can be transported and protected with the least amount of bulk. The HX90V starts up and is ready to shoot almost instantly, plus the fact that the camera can be taken out of the case (actually uncovering the top half of the case and leaving it hanging, still attached to the bottom half) in literally seconds, it is not only convenient, you will not miss many photo opportunities. The case probably won't shield the camera from damage in the event of a drop to the ground, but it will serve its purpose in everyday bump and scrape situations. The case also helps you to hold the camera more securely; both hand strap and neck strap are provided.

I prefer the HX90V over the RX100 III because it offers me far greater reach in its zoom lens in the nearly same compact body. When I had the RX100 III with me as a daily camera, there were plenty of occasions that I wished I had more zoom power than 2.9X. I seldom need to print pictures larger than 8X10, so the differerence in image quality is of a lessor priority than camera lens versatility.

Having a 30X compact zoom camera in such a small (but not too small) package spells the ultimate in portability and convenience. As a consequence, my much larger HX400V 50X superzoom camera spends more time sitting on the shelf. The HX90V is now the camera that I carry with me all of the time. It is very responsive and takes excellent pictures and videos.

Comparing the Sony HX90V to the film cameras of the late 70's when most lenses were fixed focal length and zoom lenses typically had less than 3X capability (80-200, 28-50, 35-70, etc.), it is just amazing how far we have advanced to get this 30X compact camera wonder that fits in the palm of your hand. And there is no lens cap to take off, put on, and misplace!

update 7-1-15

For users annoyed by the HX90V powering off when the electronic viewfinder is pushed down into the body, there is an option in the Menu (rightmost Menu tab, #3 page, #1 item) to disable it.

The 30X power zoom lens can be controlled using the zoom lever around the shutter release button. The zoom speed is set at normal by default, and you can change speed to fast if you need it (#2 Menu tab from left, #3 page, #1 item).

You can set in the Menu (#2 Menu tab from left, #3 page, #3 item) that when the electronic viewfinder is poped up, the LCD will turn off, and the active view will be the EVF. This is preferrable when shooting outdoors for an extended amount of time. It not only saves battery power, you do not need to align your viewing eye each time you look into the EVF, just so that the auto view switch will work, as it quickly becomes a hassle after a few shots.

For taking selfies, you can set in the Menu for a 2-second delayed shutter release, so that you and other parties can better pose for the shot. Additionally, you can quickly re-position your left index finger to hold the camera more securely after the shutter button is pressed to begin the count down. (#2 Menu tab from left, #3 page, #5 item)
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