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Verbatim SuperSpeed 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive with 2-Port PCIe Host Card 97244 (Black)
Verbatim SuperSpeed 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive with 2-Port PCIe Host Card 97244 (Black)

1.0 out of 5 stars Item shipped different from description, August 13, 2012
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A non-Amazon seller placed a small note in the item page that the drive they were selling was not the same as the drive in the main item description for the Amazon listing. I received instead a 500 GB USB 2.0 drive in A USPS envelope with no manufacturer packaging or literature, and no PCI card and no warranty. Amazon is allowing non-Amazon sellers to ship items different from the main item description, this borders on fraud, having notes on the sale page that the item for sale is not the one in the listing. The seller did immediately refund the cost plus shipping for the returned item, as Amazon usually does, but I still had the frustration of not receiving what I had thought I was buying when I read the listing description of the hard drive. Watch out for items not sold directly by Amazon, they may not correspond to the main item description. Apparently Amazon is trying to become like Ebay, not warehousing or shipping many of the products for sale, but letting other sellers ship product. While a good business decision since Ebay's business model with little overhead, just profits from each sale, is so much more profitable than Amazon's with their high warehouse and shipping costs, customers should beware they may not get the excellent service, honesty and dependability that Amazon is known for from non-Amazon sellers.


The Collier's Weekly Version of The Turn of the Screw
The Collier's Weekly Version of The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.95
42 used & new from $0.24

5.0 out of 5 stars With original illustrations, August 13, 2012
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As a collector of the art of Eric Pape, this edition is very welcome, containing all his original illustrations printed in original size. A great enjoyable copy of this work for readers. Recommended for those interested in the original publication of this fascinating work. Copies of the original issues of Collier's Weekly containing this story are hard to find and often quite expensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perixx mouse, August 13, 2012
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Mouse functions well, nice magnetic storage spot on bottom for USB adapter, and on/off switch to conserve power. Well made, but a bit smaller than a standard mouse, I prefer a larger mouse that fits in hand more completely. Good as a not too small travel mouse with a laptop where space is a concern. Good build quality.


Norton Internet Security 2012 - 3 Users [Download] [Old Version]
Norton Internet Security 2012 - 3 Users [Download] [Old Version]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement for McAfee, April 13, 2012
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I replaced my McAfee Internet Security Suite with Norton Internet Security 2012 on both my laptop and desktop computers. Installation was a breeze, and I have had no problems since installation. My computer seems to boot and run faster using Norton. Recommended product at a much better price than Mcafee was offering.


RiffTrax: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny
RiffTrax: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny
DVD ~ Shay Garner
Price: $6.07
21 used & new from $0.63

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The master will not be pleased, September 28, 2011
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This full length film, apparently produced as advertising for a hideously substandard ultra low budget Disneyworld knockoff non-amusement park in Florida called Pirate World, plumbs a new low in film quality for RiffTrax. This film has the dubious distinction of competing quite successfully with Manos the Hands of Fate as the worst film riffed by MST3K or these alumni of MST3K. The video quality is equally terrible to Manos, the whole production looks like it was shot with a Brownie Super 8 camera by someone's mom, with the cast provided by the local neighbors and the plot and dialogue developed by her teenage son as a junior high project. The son obviously had a bright future as a butcher or car salesman. Constantly turgid, tedious, boring, disjointed, incomprehensible or disgusting, the film is so badly made that it hardly needs the riffing. It was at some points so awful I broke down in uncontrollable fits of laughter just realizing we were watching something so awfully made. The most astonishing thing is the producers were not ashamed to have authored this abomination (perhaps they were). There is a long inserted film within a film by the same producers showing a pitiful and laughable theatrical production of Thumbalina that Pirate World patrons were apparently subjected to, quite successful as anti-advertising for the park. The film builds to a climatic peak at the end when the sweaty Santa with his badly stained seat of the pants is finally forced to put his clothes back on as the Ice Cream Bunny arrives to the sound of screaming air raid sirens. Thank God I never visited Pirate World. The DVD also comes with an absolutely great Santa-related short containing a wonderfully violent Punch and Judy show screened for a group of stunned 1950s seven year old kids. Contains the main film both with and without riffing, it can be enjoyed either way, provide your own riffs!


Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles
DVD ~ Nigel Stock

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cushing as Holmes on BBC TV late 60s, April 29, 2006
I just viewed the 3 disc set from the BBC containing this disc of classic Sherlock Holmes stories and was generally surprised by the quality of the video and the performances (my expectations were low for a series this old) except for this disc. Having seen Cushing previously only in Dracula and Frankenstein-type horror roles (people today probably know him best from his role in Star Wars), I liked his restrained but authentic portrayal of Holmes in this series. Less quirky and exhuberant than Jeremy Brett's benchmark performances, he conveyed the idiosyncratic detective's character well. These films were made 30 years prior to the BBC series starring Brett, on a very apparent low budget, and the interiors are what we have seen in the past from TV series from the BBC at this time period - a bit stagey, theatrical and just slightly unrealistic, although there is some nice exterior work for some scenes. While the other two discs in the series had generally good quality of the video source and digital transfer - sharp images with bright vibrant colors that looked like a modern filming of the older BBC play of the week on tape style - this disc with the Hound of the Baskervilles is the poorest quality-wise with many scenes with motion-artifacts typical of poor digital transfers, particularly in scenes with jerky movement like carriage or train scenes, and in darker segments. Perhaps this is partly due to this being the first story in the series that was filmed - the tape source looked worse than the others. This is a two-part story so there is enough time to cover all the basic elements of Doyle's story. The story and characters are close to Doyle's work, although the finale of the film seemed truncated with no epilogue. If the digital transfer had been better this film would have received more stars as it is quite an interesting version considering the dozen or so different filmed versions of the Hound available. Watson in this series is a bit of a disappointment however, with much more of the Nigel Bruce style in him than the Edward Hardwicke. The best film in this series is the Blue Carbuncle. Recommended for Holmes fans, an interesting comparison to other Hound versions, and entertaining.


Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
DVD ~ Nigel Stock
7 used & new from $3.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cushing as Holmes on BBC TV, April 29, 2006
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes (DVD)
I just viewed the 3 disc set from the BBC containing this disc of classic Sherlock Holmes stories and was generally surprised by the quality of the video and the performances (my expectations were low for a series this old). Having seen Cushing previously only in Dracula and Frankenstein-type horror roles (people today probably know him best from his role in Star Wars), I liked his restrained but authentic portrayal of Holmes in this series. Less quirky and exhuberant than Jeremy Brett's benchmark performances, he conveyed the idiosyncratic detective's character well. These films were made 30 years prior to the BBC series starring Brett, on a very apparent low budget, and the interiors are what we have seen in the past from TV series from the BBC at this time period - a bit stagey, theatrical and just slightly unrealistic, although there is some nice exterior work for some scenes. What was really surprising was the generally good quality of the video source and digital transfer - sharp images with bright vibrant colors that looked like a modern filming of the older BBC play of the week on tape style (there are scenes with motion-artifacts typical of poor digital transfers, particularly in scenes with jerky movement like carriage or train scenes, and in darker segments). There is only one other film version of the Study in Scarlet I am aware of (much older), so this was an enjoyable 50 minutes. The story is fairly close to Doyle's work, although all the Utah story is missing and the Mormon connection is absent, probably due to time constraints more than anything else. The Boscombe Valley Mystery is reasonably well done with many authentic parts, although I did not care for the lack of filmed sequences in Australia substituted with still drawings, and the death of Black Jack was over the top. One caveat - I own the PAL discs of this series - often the NTSC versions of PAL films are significantly poorer quality wise - any real J. Brett fan knows what poor NTSC DVDs Granada released and obtained the much brighter, sharper, artifact-free PAL versions of his Holmes. Recommended for Holmes fans, an interesting comparison to the Brett versions, and entertaining.


The Sherlock Holmes Collection: The Sign of the Four / The Blue Carbuncle [Region 2]
The Sherlock Holmes Collection: The Sign of the Four / The Blue Carbuncle [Region 2]
DVD ~ Nigel Stock
5 used & new from $14.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cushing as Holmes, impressive DVD quality, April 29, 2006
I just viewed the 3 disc set from the BBC containing this disc of classic Sherlock Holmes stories and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the video and the performances (my expectations were low for a series this old). Many film or video versions of Holmes stories or "Holmes-inspired" videos take considerable liberties with the characters, plots and dialogue created by Conan Doyle. This series is essentially true to the original written word, with much of the dialogue exactly quoting Doyle. Having seen Cushing previously only in Dracula and Frankenstein-type horror roles, I was impressed by his restrained but authentic portrayal of Holmes in this series. Less quirky and exhuberant than Jeremy Brett's benchmark performances, he never the less conveyed the idiosyncratic detectives character well. These films were made 30 years prior to the BBC series starring Brett, and the interiors are what we have seen in the past from TV series or films from the BBC at this time period - a bit stagey, theatrical and just slightly unrealistic, although there is nice complementary exterior work for many scenes. What was really surprising was the excellent quality of the video source and digital transfer - sharp images with bright vibrant colors that looked like a modern filming of the older BBC play on tape style - definitely the best BBC release quality-wise I have seen from this period (there are scenes with motion-artifacts typical of digital transfers, but the DVD images are generally sharp). Too many of their releases of series from this time period have been fuzzy and dark. Audio is good here too. The Sign of Four is the less authentic and less enjoyable of the two stories on this disc, considerably abbreviated to fit the story into 50 minutes. The Blue Carbuncle is quite similar to the staging of the Brett version. One caveat - I own the PAL discs of this series - often the NTSC versions of PAL films are significantly poorer quality wise - any real J. Brett fan knows what poor NTSC DVDs Granada released and obtained the much brighter, sharper, artifact-free PAL versions of his Holmes. Definitely recommended for Holmes fans, an interesting comaprison to the Brett versions, and quite entertaining. Of interest in the Blue Carbuncle, the character of the commissionaire is played by the actor who plays Henry Baker in the Brett version!


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