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Mohu Leaf Paper - Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna - Made in USA with Premium Cables, Premium Connectors and Premium Materials
Mohu Leaf Paper - Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna - Made in USA with Premium Cables, Premium Connectors and Premium Materials
Price: $39.99
33 used & new from $23.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly light and convenient = better effective reception, June 4, 2013
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The chief benefit of the Mohu Leaf is how convenient it is to place. It is very light and thin, and you can tack it up onto a wall in whatever position works best -- no horizontal flat surface needed. When you install it you'll need to search for the sweet spot, but it's extremely likely that there'll be somewhere within 6 feet of your tuner that gets adequate signal from all the channels you want to watch. In our house we put it halfway up the stairs so it could get line-of-sight to the skylight, something that would be completely impossible with bulky rabbit ears. (If you're in a marginal area, invest the extra bucks to get the more expensive model with the longer coax cable and the signal booster.) This is so much better than having to reposition/adjust your antenna for every channel.

That said, for any individual station, the antenna does not do as good a job at pulling it in as an ideally adjusted rabbit ears + loop. For UHF stations, the signal quality dropped by 5-15 percentage points. The manual explicitly states that the Leaf is only designed to pick up UHF stations, and VHF performance will be marginal. In our case, PBS was ~80% quality with our old antenna (rabbit ears + loop + echo canceller); with the Mohu we get 55% quality, resulting in a few "glitches" a minute, and sometimes we have to change the channel several times before the tuner can sync.

But the benefits greatly outweigh the slight loss of signal quality. Channel surfing is now reasonably possible as we can just veg out on the couch with the remote and not worry about having to get up to adjust the antenna -- the channels just come in. That makes the Mohu purchase money well spent.


HP Pavilion DV4-2161NR 14.1-Inch Laptop (Digital Plaid)
HP Pavilion DV4-2161NR 14.1-Inch Laptop (Digital Plaid)

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good system, recommended for most, May 5, 2010
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This is a good system to own if you can deal with a few minor annoyances.

Windows 7 works well. Most things are in different places than XP but it's easy to find them.

This system has a basic graphics card. The Windows Experience numbers warn that the Aero interface will be sluggish sometimes, and I definitely feel that's true.

The hard drive impressively large, although not all the 500GB is usable. It is split up into three partitions. One is the system restore partition (since Windows install discs are not included), and one is the quickstart partition (a fast starting non-Windows environment that lets you surf the web and browse your media collection), so the hard drive really has only around 320 mb free when you get it. That's lots for your pictures, videos, music, etc. It's also quite speedy.

4GB RAM standard, which should be more than enough, except that about 1.5 GB are used for the integrated graphics so you only have around 2.5 GB for programs. In the future, when RAM prices come down, I'll be upgrading to 8GB of RAM.

The only ads on the machine are trials of Norton Internet Security 2010 1-User, and Microsoft Office Standard 2007 FULL VERSION, prominent links to HP's accessories store (buy from Amazon instead), an ad for an online backup service, and an icon for one of Amazon's competitors (a Bay Area auction site). Not bad.

I have no problems with overheating here. The touch panel for adjusting volume is very very useful.
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LEGO Duplo Thomas at Morgan's Mine (5546)
LEGO Duplo Thomas at Morgan's Mine (5546)
Offered by Chowren Toys
Price: $89.99
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas + Tunnel = fun for two year old train fan, March 24, 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Thomas is made up of four pre-fab pieces that press together easily. My son learned how to do it in a few tries. He couldn't figure out how to build the flowers and trees on the hill though..

This set really has nothing to do with a mine; it is just a plastic molded tunnel.

Thomas comes apart very easily, so that may frustrate some kids. My son just happily puts him back together again.


End of the Spear
End of the Spear
by Steve Saint
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few downsides of the book, February 8, 2007
This review is from: End of the Spear (Hardcover)
I like this book. I agree with the positive reviews here, but the book is not 100% flawless. Saint appears to be a numerologist: he assigns a mystical significance to every number he encounters, ascribing it to destiny or fate. It makes him seem needlessly superstitious, although his musings don't seem to affect his actions or the story in any way.

Also, the book's layout, jumping between three and sometimes four time periods, with flashbacks within flashbacks, is somewhat confusing. I'd have liked an editor to go over it again.


The Complete Book of Wills, Estates & Trusts
The Complete Book of Wills, Estates & Trusts
by Alexander A. Bove
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.68
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4/5 of the book is excellent..., February 1, 2007
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The problem seems to be that the author originally thought he was writing "The complete book of Wills and Estates" and would save Trusts for a followup book. The chapters on wills and estates are entertaining, informative, useful, and even easy to read (something I thought would never be possible in a legal book -- even a pop-level legal book). The author is able to make the legal concepts seem alive and useful through clever writing, amusing or relevant real-life scenarios, and thoughtful what-ifs.

Unfortunately, the chapter on trusts is lacking. It feels unorganized and rushed. Sections duplicate each other or sections from the previous chapters. There are no amusing anecdotes; the sample scenarios are contrived and make it harder rather than easier to pay attention -- it is at the level I expected from a pop legal book. The pacing is very poor. All of the similarly-named trusts blur into each other. There are quite a few spelling, wording, and other typographical errors in this chapter (I found none in the prior chapters).

Nonetheless, I would recommend the book for giving the details of an overview. A consultation with an actual attorney knowledgable about the laws of your state is still advisable, as the book is already out-of-date. But this will help you understand things better and have a more intelligent conversation. It will also help disabuse you of any notions that inheritance law comes close to making intuitive sense.


Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
by Michael Yankoski
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.19
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and challenging, November 10, 2006
This book will definitely challenge you. It's interesting to see whether you identify more with the street bums, the pious hypocrites passing by on the other side, or the authors. Although a few rough edges indicate the editing was rushed (minor spelling mistakes like "heroine" for "heroin", misuse of apostrophes) these do not distract from the overall thrust of the book. One wishes at times that the book had more of a unifying theme, or summing up of what was learned, or the author talked about how he changed in his outlook and behavior. But it's mostly a journal and odyssey.


Soldier Fuel Energy Bars, Real Chocolate, 2.29-Ounce Bars (Pack of 15)
Soldier Fuel Energy Bars, Real Chocolate, 2.29-Ounce Bars (Pack of 15)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent energy bar that supports the troops, January 30, 2006
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I can't find anything to dislike about this energy bar. Good consistency, good taste (I've only tried the chocolate crisp), and delivers sustained energy as advertised. Plus it supports the troops! I may buy it again even if it's not on special!


Panasonic KX-TG5421S 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Caller ID
Panasonic KX-TG5421S 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Caller ID
4 used & new from $34.49

1 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Going to try this phone out!, January 5, 2006
Nice that they had left a charge in the battery.


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