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Stack-On SPAL-300 Motion Sensitive LED Security / Gun Safe Light
Stack-On SPAL-300 Motion Sensitive LED Security / Gun Safe Light
Price: $19.99
36 used & new from $15.03

1.0 out of 5 stars Motion detection does not work, January 2, 2016
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I bought this unit without reading reviews because I saw it had 4.3 stars. I'm trying to do others a favor by giving this thing one star. As many others have written, the motion detection does not work. That is the key product feature differentiating this device from other lights. Other than the fact that the key feature doesn't work at all the remainder of the device is adequate.


Barska Extra Large Biometric Rifle Safe
Barska Extra Large Biometric Rifle Safe
Price: $649.99
13 used & new from $649.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Meets my needs..., January 1, 2016
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I was looking for a gun locker to prevent children from accessing firearms or ammunition, as well as keeping other small valuables secure. I don't really care about fire proofing or keeping out Ocean's Eleven level thieves. Honestly if my house burns down, my four hand me down shotguns and two handguns are the least of my concerns. However, like most gun owners I harbor the juvenile male fantasy that I may need to rapidly retrieve my guns in the middle of the night and blast my way out of the closet like a middle age Jason Borne, saving my family in the process. I therefore decided I needed to go full gun nut and get a biometric safe. After much searching, I selected the largest available Barska.

When you buy one of these suckers from Amazon, they partner with CEVA Logistics to deliver it. CEVA's main talent is destroying any reputation for service that Amazon has, and this delivery experience was no exception. CEVA delivered on time, through the front door, and refused to carry the box an inch further. No amount of cajoling or offers of cash bribes could get them to move the box an inch further. No big deal. A friend and I carried it upstairs and at 140 pounds it's really not a big deal for two adult men.

My next concern was the quality of the locker itself. There are some pretty negative reviews out there. While there are a number of small cosmetic flaws including a couple of minor weld splatters, one place with a touch of excess grinding, the taps into the steel that hold various screw holes are crooked and extremely weak, and the carpet lining was unevenly applied, including spots with bubbles and one wrinkle, overall the appearance and fit and finish is an acceptable value for the price. Also, the packaging is very good. Given the reviews I read I was not displeased.

My next concern was installation and set up. Barska includes only hardware for installing into concrete. The hardware they provide is worthless. One trip to Home Depot solved that problem.

After completing installation, I found setting up the scanner to be super simple, easy, and effective. The biometric thing really works!

The safe holds my four shotguns, two handguns, ammo, a light, and some other stuff with loads of room to spare. The racks will not accommodate a 12 gauge barrel, which reflects the overall level of thought put into engineering the unit, but it's not a display case so no big deal.

Long story short, I would rather pay more and have a little nicer unit that comes with good hardware, but this unit is very serviceable and a good value for the price point Barska chose.


Knee Defender ~ Restricts Reclining Airline Passenger Seat
Knee Defender ~ Restricts Reclining Airline Passenger Seat

27 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Anyone Whose Needs Come First!, September 2, 2014
As an insufferable jerk, my needs always come before others.

Since I’m usually late to any given flight, I often have to cut off other drivers in traffic to make it the airport in time, where I double park in the last available space in the airport garage before running to TSA and pleading for a spot at the head of the line. After refusing to be scanned and briefly lecturing the hourly TSA workers about a few of my personal favorite conspiracy theories, I make my way onto the airplane with my two Transworld 42” Jumbo Rolling Duffle Bags (highly recommended) and stuff each into its own overhead storage near the front of the plane. (It’s always more convenient to put your bags at the front of the plane and - wink wink – the waitresses are less likely to figure out who they belong to up there!) Then I proceed to the nearest open row of seats, where I slide in and arrange a few magazines on the other seats to signal that they are taken. Finally, I engage in my normal pre-flight ritual of popping off my footwear and picking my toenails. Of course, if I bring Junior along, I might instead change his diaper on the little trays provided for that purpose.

If I’m lucky, other travelers take the hint that someone special is riding in row 27 and no one bothers me. If not, there’s nothing I enjoy more than stretching out, using both armrests, slapping the “nurse” on the ‘ol bee-hind, demanding a Drambuie, and regaling my seatmates with stories of my personal struggle with travel logistics. Business travelers especially LOVE my story about how I was once three hours delayed getting to Omaha.

You're not going to believe this, but despite being an awesome traveler, in all my years of flying, I never really thought about how to expand awareness of my malignant narcissism to the passenger directly in front of me. Then along came the Knee Defender! What a Godsend! Now I can recline, and the dummy right in front of me can’t. How awesome is that?!

With this incredible invention, I essentially get the first class seat I would never pay for at coach prices. Thanks Knee Defender!
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Social Media Marketing: The Next Generation of Business Engagement
Social Media Marketing: The Next Generation of Business Engagement
by Dave Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.99
127 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, dense with great info, October 18, 2010
I received my copy of Social Media Marketing this morning, and have been relishing each chapter as I read through for the first time. The book is well organized, dense with theory as well as actionable next steps that are easy for any business to implement, and is still lively and readable. Dave Evans has really outdone himself with this effort.


Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day
Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day
by Dave Evans
Edition: Paperback
192 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, dense with great info, October 18, 2010
I received my copy of Social Media Marketing this morning, and have been relishing each chapter as I read through for the first time. The book is well organized, dense with theory as well as actionable next steps that are easy for any business to implement, and is still lively and readable. Dave Evans has really outdone himself with this effort.


iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum, Red
iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum, Red
2 used & new from $220.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gee-whiz productivity tool worth every penny, November 6, 2004
I managed to combine an extraordinarily demanding career with a home the dust fairy visits daily. When I heard about the Roomba I took an analytical approach, and figured, if he adds just 5-10 minutes of leisure time to a day, he will pay for himself in a few days to a couple of weeks.

Enter Red Roomba. The little guy does the daily sweeping on my hardwood and tile floors for me, and does a better job than I ever did. He gets into the dust accumulation spots I never reached, including under a sofa, piano, desks, and two refrigerator-sized bird cages. I made minor modifications (read: picked up my clutter) so that Roomba can work while I'm not home (he's too loud, and frankly too fascinating, for me to work while he's running). So by making me pick my stuff up, he doesn't just get the dirt - he encourages me to be a cleaner person. I don't know what else to say - this is one of those rare products you shouldn't even have to think about purchasing.

The only thing I want now is a Roombamop, and I'm already scheming ways to turn my existing Roomba into one. If iRobot comes out with a Roombamop, I would stand in line to buy one.


Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School's Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business
Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School's Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business
by David Callahan
Edition: Hardcover
43 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a snooze, July 29, 2003
I bought this book for a friend of mine as a congratulations gift on her acceptance to the Harvard Business School class of 2005. Knowing I'm a voracious reader, she asked me to preview it for her. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed.
To be sure, Mr. Callahan has a difficult task - to shape several hundred biographies into a coherent work in 320 pages. It is difficult enough to write one compelling biography! Unfortunately, Mr. Callahan was not able to pull out enough personalities, interesting trivia, or intersecting events to weave an interesting tapestry, instead writing about those experiences virtually everyone has shared -- drinking and reminiscing at old reunions, talking about how we went our own way and returned older and wiser, and in this case, how the collected group rose the corporate ladder. The book lacks the space to give more than a cursory examination to any single business leader, and it does not bother to illuminate us at to what experiences at Harvard tied directly to the success of the class, or exactly what common values they shared (other than some trite yet vigorous finger shaking at the fact that nearly the entire class participated in WWII). However, there are some eye-rolling and oft-repeated lines about how some members of the class suffered the hardship of working their way through their undergraduate years, as if tens of thousands of college students don't do that today (in fact Mr. Callahan alludes that they do not.) As a result, the book reads more like a long resuscitation of facts than as a compelling narrative.
The quotes on the jacket cover promised, "A time when values had meaning, with lessons we can learn", and included the engaging hook "They stormed the beaches of Normandy and the islands of the South Pacific, but the exceptional generation of Americans that won World War II also produced the greatest group of business leaders of the post-war era", but Callahan seems to give up his thesis of common experiences forging common values from the first pages, revealing that several graduates of the esteemed class of '49 have been investigated variously for insider trading by the SEC, by the Justice Department for bribery, or by the FBI for mafia connections. In fact, several of the alums he writes extensively about have extremely questionable business backgrounds. Additionally, it would be hard to differentiate between today's top business school graduates and those of the middle-last century, who went to find job stability and make money, "although millions, not billions as some leaders today." To paraphrase Mr. Dickens, in short, the period was so like the present period, that one of its nosiest authorities insists on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
This isn't to say that there isn't a fascinating story to tell in the graduates of Harvard Business School, or the class of '49. In my opinion, it just hasn't been told here.
At this point I'll share that this is a qualified review -- I stopped reading about halfway into the book, which is rare for me. It is entirely possible that Mr. Callahan successfully ties the book together and presents its lessons in the final pages. I'll never know. I've since moved on to purchase "Pinstipes and Pearls: The Women of the Harvard Law Class of '64..." which thus far is much more personal and compelling.


How To Make Money In Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad, 3rd Edition
How To Make Money In Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad, 3rd Edition
by William O'Neil
Edition: Paperback
299 used & new from $0.01

38 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Professional analyst shares an opinion, October 25, 2002
Several years ago, I wrote a review that lucidly and candidly explained why this book is trash, and why honest, talented, highly educated investment professionals occasionally write reviews telling beginning investors not to bother wasting their time or money. Here's the (brief) scoop:
In over fifty years of study, no one has ever consistently beaten the market using technical analysis. That is a deplorable record, especially compared to the fact that many professional investors beat the market over time (before taxes and trading costs). It is inexplicable to me that people think they can drive solely by reference to the rear view mirror.
I'll warn you: This is a dirty industry, the vast majority of returns accrue to the smartest, most ruthless players, and lay investors invariably get hurt in the end.
I suggest seeking out books that describe discounted cash flow analysis in very basic terms, and go from there. One example is "The Warren Buffet Way". I would also seek out books and articles on investor psychology. Good luck!
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How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad
How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad
by William J. O'Neil
Edition: Paperback
252 used & new from $0.01

25 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Opinion of a professional analyst, October 13, 2000
In his book, Mr. O'Neil advocates the use of "technical analysis", a widely debunked investment method whereby the individual barrels down the investment highway solely by reference to his rearview mirror. This investment method is widely promoted by investment banks and brokerages because it drives high trading volume, which drives profits (for the brokerage, not for you), and is widely accepted by investors because it sounds plausible and requires no knowledge or research whatsoever. However, very, very few educated professionals believe in it, even in the small groups within investment banks that are responsible for promoting it.
Let me be clear. This book is a brash, unveiled attempt to increase subscriptions to the author's newspaper, and represents the antithesis of solid investing principals. If you are considering purchasing a book for beginning investors, please begin with one or more of the excellent, beautifully illustrated guides (available on Amazon) published by the staff of the Wall Street Journal.
To conclude, Mr. O'Neil's consistent tarriance on the bestseller list may well be the best signal yet that he is the fifth horse of the apocalypse.  If you have to buy this book, buy it over the web, because like hardcore porn, you don't want to be caught reading it in public.


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