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2.0 out of 5 stars REJECT!!!, September 19, 2014
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I ordered this via Amazon, but it shipped direct from Matricom.

When I started trying to use it, I was surprised to find that it shipped with a very old firmware. The firmware was so old that it couldn't do automatic upgrades. When I tried, it gave a cryptic error message. After some time on Matricom's web-site, I found out that the firmware that was installed on my unit was so old that it had to be manually updated.

I did the manual update and was surprised to find that XBMC had updated to 13.2, which is the latest version of XBMC. I found that strange because Matricom's web-site says that you should use their version of XBMC, which is older, and not the latest version.

The newer version seemed to work just fine, and so I went about setting up the unit. I tried watching several HD 1080i videos and found that they stuttered quite a bit on scenes that had quite a bit of motion. That was quite disappointing, as I use my XBMC mostly to watch off-air HDTV recordings. So, I sent it back...


200 QX BNF with SAFE
200 QX BNF with SAFE
Offered by The Hobby Shop, Aberdeen NJ
Price: $222.22
24 used & new from $222.22

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quad-rotor remote controlled helicopter, but documentation is missing vital information, July 11, 2014
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This review is from: 200 QX BNF with SAFE (Toy)
This is a radio controlled quad-rotor helicopter. It is made by Blade Helis, which is one of the only U.S. based RC aircraft manufacturers I know of. It is *very* fast, stable, and a ton of fun to fly.

When you buy this unit, you will receive the helicopter, one battery, a battery charger, and a toolkit. You'll need to attach the landing gear, which requires you to screw in two screws using the included hex wrench. Flight time is about 6-7 minutes, so you'll want to purchase a few extra batteries. You can also purchase an optional HD video camera that mounts on the bottom and will allow you to record video of your flight.

In order to fly the 200 QX, you will need to purchase a separate remote control. Most of the remotes made by Spektrum RC will work. My remote of choice is the Spektrum DX6i. The instruction manual includes information on how to configure most of the remotes, but there are a few settings that are important but which are not mentioned in the user manuals. Here's how I succesfully configured by DX6i:

From the Menu in the DX6i:

Travel Adj -> (Set the physical Gear Switch to 0) Gear -> 100; (Set the physical Gear Switch to 1) Gear -> 40

Sub Trim -> Throttle -> +10 (This part is missing from the documentation, but necessary to start the rotors spinning)

Flaps -> Norm Flap -> UP 100; Land Flap -> DOWN 100

Mix 1 -> Change Inh to Act and select

Mix 1 -> Gear -> Gear Act
Rate D -> 0% U +100%
SW Mix Trim Inh

Setup List -> Model Type -> Acro

Model Name: 200 QX

Reverse -> Gear (Reverse); all others (Normal)

Thro Cut -> Position -> Act (not in the manual, but needed to stop the rotors spinning when you're done flying)

D/R Combi -> D/R Swi -> Aile

Timer -> Down; Timer-> 06:30; Switch -> Trainer

Before you start flying charge the battery fully.

If you are using the DX6i remote that I recommended, set the trim buttons on your remote to 0 on each axis. The remote will issue a long beep when you reach 0. This is very important! The rotors won't turn on unless the trim on the throttle is set in a specific position. The exact position required to start the rotors spinning is slightly above zero, but I took care of that with the Sub-Trim setting (above).

Pair the remote control with the helicopter using the instructions in the user manual. Then turn on the remote control and the helicopter following the instructions in the manual.

Unlike most Blade Helicopters, you cannot start flying simply by lifting the throttle up. Instead, you have to move the left stick to the bottom right hand corner while at the same time moving the right stick to the bottom left hand corner, and then releasing both sticks at the same time. This motion will cause the rotors on the helicopter to start spinning, but the heli will not lift off of the ground. You can also start the rotors by moving the throttle to the left and then to the right, while at zero throttle. Once the rotors are spinning, you can lift off by raising the throttle (left stick).

If this start procedure doesn't work, you need to adjust the trim on your throttle upwards. As you adjust the trim, listen for the 200 QX to make a pattern of beeps. Once it does so, use the start process I described in the paragraph above. If you are using a DX6i and if you set the sub-trim as I recommended in the settings (above), this step should not be necessary.

The Gear and Mix buttons are used to select between the three flying modes, and are reflected by the big LED in the center of the Heli. Green means easy mode (self-leveling, very low banking). Blue means advanced mode (self-leveling, high banking). Red means free flying (no self-leveling). While flying, the unit will indicate a low battery condition by flashing the LED lights periodically. When that happens, land the helicopter right away to prevent over-discharging the battery.

When you're done flying and you land the helicopter, the blades will continue spinning. Hit the Throttle Cut button on the DX6i to shut them down before attempting to remove the battery. If your remote doesn't have a Throttle Cut button (DX5), you have to move the sub-trim down manually until the blades stop spinning.
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Frigidaire Energy Star 5,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner w/ Full-Function Remote Control, FFRE0533Q1
Frigidaire Energy Star 5,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner w/ Full-Function Remote Control, FFRE0533Q1
Price: $179.00
13 used & new from $74.97

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Window AC Unit for up/down windows, May 18, 2014
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This is a standard window air conditioner. It is designed to mount in the opening of a window that opens from top to bottom, which is somewhat hard to find nowadays, as most windows in modern homes open side to side. When you turn it on, it blows cold air out of the front (into your room) and hot air out the back (outside).

Out of the box, it requires minor assembly: You must screw in a top rail (a metal retaining bar to prevent the unit from falling out of the window) and screw in the filler assembly (an accordion style mechanism that attaches on the left and right hand side of the unit). You then open a window partially, place the unit in the opening, expand the accordion, plug it in, and turn it on. The installation instructions are detailed and well-written in English. They also appear in Spanish and French.

The unit also includes detailed and well-written operating instructions, which surprised me because so much of what I buy today does not. Every feature is explained in detail, which was very nice.

The unit includes a digital thermostat that can be used to keep the room at a specified temperature. You can manually set the fan speed, or it can adjust itself automatically to maintain the set temperature. You can adjust the vents to blow up, down, left, and/or right. It has a start or stop timer, so you can have it delay before starting or run for a period and then stop. It also includes an infrared remote control, so you can start or stop it from a distance as long as you have sight of the unit.

The unit plugs into a standard 3-prong electric outlet. It produces 5,000 BTU's, which is suitable for a small room. I was able to start and run it using a 2000 watt Honda EU2000i generator. It weighs about 50 pounds.

Overall I am very happy with this AC unit. On the high fan setting, you can definitely hear it. On the lower fan speeds, it is almost silent. The condensor (which is often the noisiest part of an AC) is very quiet (at least inside).


Swingline 747 Classic Stapler, 20 Sheets, Black (74701)
Swingline 747 Classic Stapler, 20 Sheets, Black (74701)
Price: Click here to see our price
74 used & new from $6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard for Staplers, May 18, 2014
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I received this stapler through Amazon's Vine Program. That means that I received it for free in exchange for my agreement to write this review.

At the time that I ordered this stapler, the stapler that I had used for about 15 years was constantly jamming, so this item came just in the nick of time. It works perfectly, and I highly recommend it if you want a standard stapler.


Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven, Silver
Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven, Silver
Price: $113.99
72 used & new from $108.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best toaster money can buy, May 10, 2014
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This is the best toaster than money can buy. Because it uses by heating and Infrared, it heats and toasts about 2x faster than a traditional toaster oven. Controls are very nice as well.


URC MasterControl RF20 Universal Learning Remote with RF Capability
URC MasterControl RF20 Universal Learning Remote with RF Capability
Price: $55.00
19 used & new from $38.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The best universal remote control that money can buy, May 10, 2014
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I used to be a big fan of the Logitech Harmony One. My only complaint about that devices was that you needed a computer to program it and it used a touch screen instead of hard buttons.

Well Logitech went and discontinued that, and so I searched and found this. This devices is the perfect universal remote control. It can be easily programmed without a computer. It learns directly from other remotes. It has hard buttons and no touch screen. It comes with a DVD and a manual showing you how to program it. It is relatively inexpensive, much more responsive than the Logitech, and can use ordinary rechargeable batteries (AAA) rather than proprietary batteries.

If you need to control things through walls, you can combine this with the MRF-100 as well.


Bogen ADP-1 Door Phone
Bogen ADP-1 Door Phone
Offered by American Telecom Headquarters
Price: $144.13
61 used & new from $138.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Great analog doorphone, May 10, 2014
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This is an analog doorphone. It connects to a standard telephone line and will pick up the phone when someone pushes the button. It has a configurable time-out, but it also seems to recognize the hang-up signal sent by the phone system when a call is disconnected. It will also answer a call if someone calls in.

You have to pair it with something that will automatically dial, as there's no means to program a phone number for it to dial. I paired it with an Obi 100 voice over IP Analog Terminal Adapter configured as an extension on a FreePBX telephone system. The Obi has a "hot dial" mode so that it will dial as soon as you pick up the phone.

The unit is very reliable and durable, and works and sounds great.


eBags Small Packing Cubes - 3pc Set (Canary)
eBags Small Packing Cubes - 3pc Set (Canary)
Offered by eBags
Price: $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for organizing your smaller items in a larger bag or backpack, May 10, 2014
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These are great for organizing your smaller items in a larger bag or backpack. I keep 2-3 of them in my suitcase and one in my backpack at all times. Highly recommended. I do wish they'd make an even smaller size, though...


Grand Theft Auto V - Xbox 360
Grand Theft Auto V - Xbox 360
Offered by Direct Distributor
Price: $34.39
290 used & new from $23.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, May 10, 2014
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I have really mixed feelings at GTA 5. On the one hand, the graphics are great. On the other hand, the story and gameplay in GTA 3 (San Andreas) was far better and more entertaining. It seems like they built this game mainly for online play, and that the story was more of an afterthought. GTA 3's story mode was far more entertaining - a lot of this game feels more like work than fun. Lots of driving tow trucks and big rigs around. No driving school. No missions involving the fighter jet.

While I've got no trouble with cussing, the story mode is over the top with the swearing - to the point that it became boring to have to listen to it. The torture scenes bugged me a little as well.

There's no doubt that it was better than GTA 4, but I still like GTA San Andreas better.


Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1
Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1
Price: Click here to see our price
66 used & new from $64.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Works great, May 10, 2014
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I purchased two of these to update two computers that I use as a home server, and am very happy with them. The computer boots faster, and I've seen no issues with data loss after about a year of use.


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