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Tumi Alpha 2 Frequent Traveler Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On, Black, One Size
Tumi Alpha 2 Frequent Traveler Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On, Black, One Size
Price: $695.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Splits in Half, Large, Rugged, October 6, 2015
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The first thing, of course, is the appearance. Rugged with molded, protective corners all around and an undeniable sense of bulk. Nothing streamlined. It looks like a military grade paper shredder. It rolls more smoothly than anyother luggage I’ve experienced. The wheels are partially recessed, which, according to Tumi’s literature, provides “a more spacious interior compared to bags with surface mounted wheels. “ That may be true for two bags with the same overall height. The handle is really smooth. A relatively large, rigid, plastic briefcase hook is included.

The interior is divided into two compartments separated by a zippered cloth panel that opens all the way out. This is a major differentiator; this Tumi zippers more-or-less down the middle, rather than along one edge. When you open the bag, you get two halves rather than a “container with a zippered lid.” The 2” expansion may be useful; the only time I’ve taken advantage of that feature is returning with souvenirs from overseas.
Inside, there are two, nearly full length zippered, tie sized side pouches that also hinge along the sides as well as various straps to hold things in place. There’s also a clothes hanger strap that appears to be designed for a Tumi hanger (2 for $35, not included). There are full sized, zippered compartments in both halves as well. The interior is highly functional. One zipper pull was missing, easily resolved with a small nylon zip tie.

I’m a frequent traveler and I still have and occasionally use my much repaired original 1990 vintage Travelpro Rollaboard. I compared this new Tumi to three other carry-ons we have. The spec says the Tumi is 11.2 lbs and that may be accurate but it weighed in at 11.8 lbs. on the office postal scale. Not quibbling, just noting that I weighed the other three bags on the same scale. The original Travelpro came in at 10.2 lbs and the newest Travelpro was 7.9 lbs. The 3 pound difference may not matter most of the time, but in the US carry-on bags are limited to 40 lbs. and overseas I’ve been on flights where the baggage limit was 15 kg. (33 lbs.) for domestic flights and paying a weight penalty was not an option.

The next issue is the size for a carry on. The spec says 24” X 14” X 9”. The 24” and 14” dimensions are accurate, but you’re going to have to sit on the bag to get it down to 9”. Freestanding, without the 2” expansion, it’s 10”. Even at 9” the linear sum of L+W+H=47, which is more than the 45” limit on some airlines (i.e. Delta). Other airlines permit the sum to be as large as 62 (i.e. Southwest). Most US airlines have a 22” “official” limit on the long dimension and the Tumi exceeds that by 2” so theoretically could never be carried on. But if you travel much, you already know that the rules are rarely enforced in the US and the overheads may be so full there isn’t room even if the bag will fit in the compartment. This bag will simply not fit in some overheads though; that’s why I still occasionally travel with the original Travelpro. On regional jets it’s going to be checked anyway. For reference, the original Travelpro is 8.5” and the newer version is 10” and the original’s length is 24”, the updated version is 23”.

The main functional feature of the bag is the way it opens into two halves, rather than one compartment with a lid. It is large enough, exceeding most formal limits for size, that every boarding will be a crap-shoot as to whether it will fit or have to be checked. Tumi is Tumi, it’s inherently pricey and you expect it to last. The risk is, and it is discussed periodically, a single, enforced standard for carry-on baggage across all carriers. The problem is that the proposed standard is so small, we’ll all need new luggage anyway. The warranty is 5 years.

5 stars for functionality and execution. I considered deducting a star or two for size, but between regional jets and full aircraft, carry-on is only a probability, not a certainty anyway. Don’t be surprised though if you have to check this bag.
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Play-Doh Fun Tub
Play-Doh Fun Tub
Price: $13.99
10 used & new from $13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Set, October 4, 2015
This review is from: Play-Doh Fun Tub (Toy)
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Nothing beats Play-Doh when you can't go outside. This is good fun for all three grand-kids from 3 to 7 and they will all play at the same table. The oldest is most likely to use the extruder as it is intended to be used, but other than that, these molds and tools probably aren't used as the designers intended. We have several different Play-Doh sets, this is small and most "universal." The one they seem to like the best extrudes "hair" on various heads, but the molds from this set are the ones they spend the most overall time with.

Play-Doh is entertaining by itself, this is the best kind of set for the younger ones, say 2 to 4, as they get older the extruders are more fun, but not longer fun, the older kids still come back to the molds.

Empire quality replacement for UNIDEN BT1002, BBTG0609001, & others NiMH 800mAh
Empire quality replacement for UNIDEN BT1002, BBTG0609001, & others NiMH 800mAh
Offered by e-batterystore
Price: $3.95
4 used & new from $3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Replacement, Restored the Phone., October 2, 2015
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As advertised. Revitalized the phone. Easy fit. Perfect replacement. I was down to 10 minutes of talk time on the old batteries if I was lucky. Replaced four of these and I'm guessing based upon the indicator on the phone that now I could go for a couple of hours if that ever happens.

VTech 2-in-1 Learn and Zoom Motorbike
VTech 2-in-1 Learn and Zoom Motorbike
Price: $39.99
8 used & new from $32.79

5.0 out of 5 stars It's About The Buttons and Noises, October 2, 2015
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1 1/2 year old loves it. He sits on it side-saddle as often as straddle, using it as a chair while he watches everything going on around him. He easily moves it wherever he wants to be. He loves to push buttons, and this has buttons that make a variety of predictable noises, such as the motorcycle noise, but there are also a bunch of songs (15?) that he loves to "dance" to. Very stable in tricycle mode as either a seat or scoot around toy. It is light, colorful, well made and entertaining.

The "proof" of this Zoom Motorbike is that it's the preferred place to sit, and push buttons, when he has other options.

Health o meter nuyu Wireless Connected Scale with Auto-Pairing, BMI Tracking and Disappearing LED Screen, Black
Health o meter nuyu Wireless Connected Scale with Auto-Pairing, BMI Tracking and Disappearing LED Screen, Black
Price: $44.95

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1.0 out of 5 stars User Agreement A Showstopper Otherwise Beautiful Scale, Great Features,, September 15, 2015
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Beautiful scale, easy to read.

Unfortunately, accessing many of the features requires downloading software onto you smartphone and agreeing to their user agreement. Yeah, I actually read the things. The User Agreement is a showstopper for me as follows: "Your use of the Mobile App shall constitute a grant to JCS of the right, but not the obligation, to verify correctness of registration and services eligibility requirements, print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide, in any media now known or hereafter discovered and at any time, personal information such as your name, address, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for compliance and promotional purposes without additional compensation and without additional consent."

You can use it as a plain digital scale without linking it to the software, works fine, accurate enough for a home scale, and is beautiful. As a warning sticker says, it's slippery when wet, the surface is tempered glass.

Invicta Men's 19240 Specialty Analog Display Japanese Quartz Gold Watch
Invicta Men's 19240 Specialty Analog Display Japanese Quartz Gold Watch
Price: $105.99
2 used & new from $105.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Executed, Machined, Big, Heavy, Water Resistant to 100 M, Stop Watch, Date, Working Bezel, September 15, 2015
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This is a beautifully executed watch, especially at that price point. The bezel is real, inside the crystal, and rotates smoothly. No stamped sheet metal on this watch like so many others, some even more expensive. What you notice on this immediately is the workmanship, everything around the bezel is machined and polished or knurled; you can see it and definitely feel it. The case is 45 mm across (1 3/4") and the watch with all the links it's shipped with is 174 g (6+ oz.). There isn't much contrast between the hands and the face, you can see that in the photo; the hands are polished gold, the face is satin gold. The hands are luminous (Tritnite, night glow), visible in the dark but you may have to look closely. The stop watch function is intuitive and easy to employ and reset; it is good for 60 minutes, measured in seconds on the dial and can be used for intervals, though there is no mechanism to store intervals as there would be on a digital watch. Accurate, checked against NIST time.

5 stars for the quality of execution, accuracy and overall value at the price point.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid's are Fascinated, September 13, 2015
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Surprised how much fun the kids had with these. Even the 1 1/2 year old quickly understood that pushing the button on the bottom changed the light pattern. At first I was disappointed, but I opened one in my well lighted office and they're not very impressive, but after dark or in a typical residential room, they're bright enough. Reasonably durable, batteries seem to last, haven't replaced any yet and they have several hours of use.

Case Logic CPL-102Black  Medium Camera Case (Black)
Case Logic CPL-102Black Medium Camera Case (Black)
Price: $10.19
32 used & new from $10.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Panasonic ZS50, September 13, 2015
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I have three versions of this case for different cameras. They all protect the camera well, especially the moderately delicate automatic lens cover.

This comes with a strap, has a belt loop that will handle 2 3/4" and has an open internal pocket.

I bought this for a Panasonic ZS50. You can also stuff the ZS50 in a slightly smaller Case Logic DCB-302, but it's tight.

Brinno AWM100 Wall Mount for Brinno TLC Series Time Lapse Cameras
Brinno AWM100 Wall Mount for Brinno TLC Series Time Lapse Cameras
Price: $21.79
8 used & new from $20.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Limited, September 11, 2015
I have a couple of the Brinno cameras and have used this wall mount. It is what it is, but that said, it's really limited. If you want to use it to mount the camera facing out from a wall, indoors, it's fine, anything else is questionable. It's also tricky to install...the top screw is right behind the ball head so it's difficult to mark the screw pattern, then even more difficult to actually get that top screw in.

A simple angle brace with a camera mini ball head mounted on it offers far more rigidity and flexibility at a lower price.

Most of us, as customers, would be ahead if Brinno skipped this attachment and knocked a few bucks off the product.

Brinno BCC100 Construction Time Lapse Camera
Brinno BCC100 Construction Time Lapse Camera
Price: $217.08
20 used & new from $205.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, But The Wide Angle Lens Limits Image Quality, September 11, 2015
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Bought 1, then a second after seeing the results. With four Energizer lithium AA batteries and a 32 G SD card, the camera will run for a year on the 5 minute (no night pics) setting. Amazing. The setup is mostly intuitive, but a few minutes with the manual is helpful. Bottom line is that this is a terrific value and the next step up in complexity and quality is a quantum leap. There are lots of options if you only need a system to work for a few hours, but when you're interested in documenting days, weeks and months, it gets bulky and messy. It's a very wide angle view and understand the resolution is low, so you will generally not be able to identify people you don't know; if you need a high resolution image, this isn't your choice.

I have these set up monitoring the exterior of a remote cabin.

If you're mounting outside, using the clear housing and expect rain, I recommend polishing the lens area with Rain-X or something similar. You may not be comfortable with the included mounting options. I mounted a couple of $6 camera swivels on a cheap angle brace.

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