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Lee Kum Kee Sauce For Ma Po Tofu, 2.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Lee Kum Kee Sauce For Ma Po Tofu, 2.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Price: $14.99
4 used & new from $11.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Ma Po sauce that does not overwhelm with spiciness in any one dimension! Great with eggplant instead of Tofu., September 25, 2014
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This is a very good, inexpensive rendition of the famous "Pockmarked Old Grandma's Tofu" sauce (Ma Po Tofu). It is not very spicy, so if you make yours hot, add some dried red Japanese chilis (in the Mexican foods section of your market in the West) or even red flaked pepper Italian style, to give it some heat. Sriracha works nicely as well.

I don't like tofu all that much, so I use diced eggplant, sauteed in oil with garlic and ginger, and then add ground beef (instead of the pork). Very, very tasty!


DROK® Ultra Small Mini 5V Audio Amplifier Digital Ampli Board Support USB Power Two Channel Stereo Amp 3W+3W for Portable Speaker Headphones Headset
DROK® Ultra Small Mini 5V Audio Amplifier Digital Ampli Board Support USB Power Two Channel Stereo Amp 3W+3W for Portable Speaker Headphones Headset
Offered by DROK
Price: $6.78
2 used & new from $6.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb low-cost, compact stereo amp module for a cheap-o porta-speaker or headphones project. Can't Beat The Value!, September 14, 2014
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This unit is rated to deliver 3W into 4 ohms per channel at 10% THD. That's not high fi by any stretch, but good enough for most boombox/portable speaker applications. The ganged volume control feels smooth, and has a detent-click off position at fully CCW. I'm sure this quality-feeling item accounts for a majority of the actual cost of the unit.

I ran mine using USB power. I cannibalized an old mouse cable, tapping the red and black (+ and -, resp) conductors to deliver 5 V. WARNING: the recommended max operating voltage of the PAM 8408 (by DIODES Semiconductor) is 5.5 volts, with a max stress rating of 6v. Thus, running it off 4 AA Alkalines is NOT recommended without inserting at least 1 diode in series to drop the voltage a bit. (Be sure to use a diode capable of conducting 750 mA safely). Also note the manufacturer recommends NOT powering the unit unless the speaker loads are already connected.

Plugging this into my line-out on a Dell 4550 with a SoundBlaster LIVE audio card produced nice, room-filling volume. It also operated nicely driving some speakers when plugged into my iPhone (although AC/DC's "Hells Bells" didn't have as much bass as I would have liked without boosting the equalizer settings).

I think this is a fine choice for setting up a small pair of battery- or USB-operated porta-speakers for your phone, MP3 player, or similar application. I imagine it would work well enough too, with some 60 ohm headphones although I did not try that myself.


Epica Ultra-Fast Digital Meat Thermometer
Epica Ultra-Fast Digital Meat Thermometer
Offered by Perella's
Price: $29.95
3 used & new from $19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the inexpensive, fixed probe cook's thermometers!~, September 8, 2014
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THIS IS THE ONE! I have tried a bunch of the other thermometers, and this one is the best one of the cheapies. It works VERY well... quite accurate, and pretty quick to read. It passes the body temperature, ice point, and boiling point checks. The case is very functional and the thermometer is held in place with a sturdy "snap!".

Summary: Two Buttons, Celsius and Fahrenheit, min-max-foo. Accuracy-foo. No Naked bodies, but great for probing meat! Joe Bob says "check it out."


StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable
StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable
Offered by biddeal_co
Price: $14.93
48 used & new from $10.40

5.0 out of 5 stars This is simplicity itself. Used it to externally mount ..., September 8, 2014
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This is simplicity itself. Used it to externally mount a 2.5 in drive taken out of a MacBook Pro on the new MacBook, to transfer files. Works perfectly, and the price is right!


SATA DVDRW slim slot load UJ-898A UJ 898 UJ8A8 UJ-8A8 Burner Rewriter Superdrive For Apple Macbook PRO
SATA DVDRW slim slot load UJ-898A UJ 898 UJ8A8 UJ-8A8 Burner Rewriter Superdrive For Apple Macbook PRO
Offered by laptopygp
Price: $49.50
10 used & new from $31.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Some issues with mounting holes, otherwise, just what I needed! WORKS!, September 8, 2014
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As others have said about the drive mounting, it's true: it seems like one of the three holes has been moved since the MacBook Pro was first produced. I have mine fixed in place with only 2 of the three screws, but that's not really an issue.

Of more concern is the annoying way that the manufacturer, Panasonic, slapped some kind of "A OK" quality sticker right on top of the two screw holes on the back (opposite the open slot) edge of the drive, RIGHT WHERE the two screw holes are that you need to access to get your little mounting bracket in place. I had to carefully peel away the sticker from the holes, and it wasn't an easy task, as the paper was glued on with some kind of very hard, brittle stiff glue; not the usual rubbery-cement kind of stuff. That was a pain.

All in all, it went into my MBP 5,1 and worked just fine. I would have given it 5 stars had there been no issue with mounting holes being covered or in the wrong place.


XtremepowerUS 1/2 Hp Electric Water Pump
XtremepowerUS 1/2 Hp Electric Water Pump
Offered by TZSeller
Price: $35.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very capable, heavily built pump for a very decent price! Good performance, good value!, August 27, 2014
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Received this drive quickly, and immediately put it to work. You'll need to provide your own power cord, but once you hard-wire that in, you're good to go. I used this pump, with some PVC couplings and NPT-to-Hose fittings to hook up a quick-drain hottub system. It power-pumps my hot tub water out in just a matter of minutes. I think I was getting a good 400-500 GPH out of the thing. Made quick work of draining the hot tub. I would buy this handy, sturdy pump for any project requiring a clean water pump.


NEW Apple Macbook Pro 9.5mm GSA-S10N 678-0565A S10NA IDE DVDROM Superdrive Compatible for A1181 A1211 A1150 A1260 A1226
NEW Apple Macbook Pro 9.5mm GSA-S10N 678-0565A S10NA IDE DVDROM Superdrive Compatible for A1181 A1211 A1150 A1260 A1226
Offered by Power-Optical
Price: $29.99
8 used & new from $14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars and mistakes are easy to make, August 27, 2014
I received this drive in just a few days from the seller Fire Sale Price. Unfortunately, due to my own mistake, I could not use this drive, because it is IDE and my MBP requires a SATA drive. I requested a return/refund and the seller immediately approved the return. I would use this seller again, for sure!

When you look at your MBP model number, be sure you don't confuse "A1226" with "A1286"... the print is very small, the contrast is low, and mistakes are easy to make. That's what happened to me! The 1226 model is older, and uses IDE optical drives. The 1286 is the Mac Unibody design, at which point Apple had switched to SATA interface optical drives.


10 pcs 365buying 1838 Infrared receiver Infrared sensor IR Infrared Receiver (TL1838 VS1838B HX1838)
10 pcs 365buying 1838 Infrared receiver Infrared sensor IR Infrared Receiver (TL1838 VS1838B HX1838)
Offered by Doubtless Bay
Price: $7.57
18 used & new from $4.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly simple to use with excellent gain and noise rejection, June 30, 2014
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I hooked one of these up to my Arduino UNO using the recommended external parts to give it a nice filtered power source (just an RC filter, really) and I had a wonderful remote control capability! There are IR control libraries available which work directly with the pulse trains coming out of this little unit. I had no trouble getting it to work; I think it literally took me 15 minutes from the time I stuck it into my breadboard until I was actually decoding remote control keypad 0-9 buttons.

It seemed to have enough sensitivity to be able to pick up IR signals bounced off the walls rather than directly beamed into the receptor.


Elitech 110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller+ Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000
Elitech 110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller+ Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000
Offered by LERWAY Tech.
Price: $14.05
19 used & new from $11.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy programming interface, too much dead band., June 30, 2014
This unit is fine for the price, I suppose, if you don't mind the inability to keep the setpoint closer than, what is it? 0.5 deg C? That's 1 Degree F. It should be possible to set it tighter, and have control over how much "hysteresis" there is in applying the on-off thresholds. The actual programming of the unit is awkward. You have to press and hold buttons while pressing other buttons. It sometimes makes me wonder if the guys / gals who come up with the "user interface" design for these things have ever set an alarm clock or a watch, or a normal house thermostat, or similar device. They come up with the weirdest -- and completely unnecessary -- complications.

This unit will work for general purpose use, but realize it is a bang-bang (on/off) controller; a simple thermostat with no "intelligence". It does not try to anticipate the heat loss over time and make adjustments to its on-off cycle to maintain a smooth temperature profile. For that, you should get the "PID" versions which look similar but say "PID" (Proportional Integral Derivative) in their descriptions. These will do a much better job if you're trying to maintain tight control over a brewing temperature, or a cooking bath (sous vide).

ALSO: be sure you KNOW how to correctly WIRE the device! It will not provide power to the heat and cool terminals. You must do that yourself. Search for "STC-1000 wiring diagram". It's not hard, but it has fooled a few people into thinking the unit is defective.

FINALLY: do not put it somewhere where it will be exposed to moisture. For example: do not mount it inside your cooled chamber, where moisture will condense. Apparently one fellow did so and it eventually "caught fire" presumably due to the condensation.


RioRand LM2596 DC-DC Buck Converter Step Down Module Power Supply Output 1.23V-30V (1Pcs-LM2596)
RioRand LM2596 DC-DC Buck Converter Step Down Module Power Supply Output 1.23V-30V (1Pcs-LM2596)
5 used & new from $3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive, easy to use, works great!, June 15, 2014
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I use this as a step-down in front of a 1 ohm resistor/CREE LED 3-pack light, to limit the power dissipation of the 1 ohm resistor to less than a watt. It really does a great job of handling the input voltage stepdown without hardly any heat. I should be dissipating 3 W. but it runs cool as a cucumber due to the switching mode buck conversion.


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