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TP-LINK Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4Ghz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps, USB 2.0, WPS Button, Supports Windows 8.1/8/7/XP
TP-LINK Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4Ghz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps, USB 2.0, WPS Button, Supports Windows 8.1/8/7/XP
Price: $31.41
36 used & new from $25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars IMproves Laptop Performance, But Does Not Fit Into Amazon Kindle, June 13, 2015
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5* only if you need it, and you need it if you have spotty connections with certain websites, or the connection fades at unreasonably short distances. SOrry to pass this on to others, but their reviews have much more on which of the newer computers are likely to benefit from this and for which this is less likely to improve performance. For a 3-year old computer with an 8.1 Windows system and an old, old, router, I found that this increased reliability.

HOWEVER (and, ye,s that's a big "however") this will NOT connect to Amazon's amazing Kindle line. That is a big negative for me, because my laptop experiences very few problems at home. When I go on a trip, however, I pack lightly, taking one of my Kindles with me. Signal strength at hotels can vary greatly: On a recent trip down the California coast, one hotel (in Monterey, FYI) had fine signal strength; the other (near UCSB), had a weak signal. I opened up the TP-Link package for the first time, thinking how smart I was to bring it on the trip. BUt noooooooooooooooo, the USB connector will not fit into a KIndle (the TP-LINK connector is too big), only a laptop. Maybe someone here knows of an adapter; I'd appreciate the information; otherwise, I'd rather buy a high gain device with a Kindle-fitting USB connector.

Now Designs Oven Towel, White
Now Designs Oven Towel, White
Price: $9.99
5 used & new from $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars La Serviette de Cuisine: C'est une chose belle. It's a beautiful thing. (Sorry, it's been decades since I took French.), June 13, 2015
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This oven towel--Excusez-moi!--SERVIETTE DE CUISINE!--is a large thick somewhat waffle-textured towel that is definitely better than one or two oven mitts or smallish oven towels for removing hot baking trays or casseroles (le cassoulet, je pense) from a hot oven. That's because it's easier to use one cloth barrier than two smaller ones: It can be folded in more ways and covers more area than something smaller or something that requires two separate heat buffers (e.g., two oven mitts). It's a nice off-white, folds easily-it's not too think-and yet it's thick enough to protect your hands. No, it's not the next new thing, but if you're looking for a new barrier between your hands and that straight-from-the-oven delight, these are definitely worth considering.

Cyberlink PowerDVD 15 Ultra
Cyberlink PowerDVD 15 Ultra
Price: $89.99
10 used & new from $89.03

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5* Hi-concept/Lo-Tech Guy Likes It!, June 9, 2015
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For those who notice these things (probably most, though not all people) the CyberLink Power greatly improves DVD video and audio, turning standard into high resolution, adding a pretty good 3D to 2D, enhancing vibrancy and resolution, and adding Dolby sound (quite an improvement over standard computers.) Rips CDs too! There's lots of organizational features (bookmarking, tagging, etc.), as well as storage capabilty. The only thing I don't like is that storage must be renewed later for a fee.

TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Soothing Oral Rinse- Natural Chamomile Flavor, 16 ounce
TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Soothing Oral Rinse- Natural Chamomile Flavor, 16 ounce
Price: $8.31
4 used & new from $8.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5..... Ammonium Glycyrrhizate/Aloe Cocktail for Two!, June 1, 2015
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My consumer products review head, the underpaid and overworked Nicolas Turner, dropped off the followed memo at my London Flat (along with a 99% full bottle of this product.

Hey MAG,

SInce you stiffed me for the PROs and CONs format of my last consumer review, I'm going to attempt something more, as they say, "integrative," this time. This stuff isn't bad at all, and would make a nice shower or bridegroom gift for someone who needs a hint. It certainly works well; the refreshed feeling lasts for a long time (or til you swill your next big cup of coffee), and there's no alcohol, unlike those that popular amber-tinged mouthwashed named after Dr. Lister that seems like it *must* be working because of its medicinal look and drying, puckering feeling in the mouth.

SPeaking of alcohol, someone put too much aloe or chamomile or glycerin, or ammonium glycyrrhizate (derived from licorice) in this, because it has a taste which, if it were in tequila or scotch, could only be described as vegetal or "green." In fact, the taste recalls tequila; that is, if one *can* recall tasting tequila. That was a big downer for me. I'd rather drink some quality tequila, then brush my teeth really well, including the tongue, like that woman advises Leonard to do in "Super Sad True Love Story." The ingredients seem mostly natural, although some of them were so unnatural -sounding I had to look them up in Wikipedia. My paraphrasing (don't want to plagiarize!) follows the symbol ~ below, and I couldn't always tell exactly the purpose of these chemicals. Overall, it seems thoughtfully formulated, but I'm returning 99% of the bottle to you, in accordance with Vine rules (although I suspect you're just too cheap to give anything away), and that unfortunate more-than-a-hint of green tequila.

Catch you later,



Purified Water (Aqua)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,
PVP ~Polyvinylpyrrolidone, several chemical properties and uses
OXYD-8 (Dr. Katz's patented version of Cl02) ~CIO-2 is chloride dioxide, a disinfectant
Chamomilla Rectutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract,
Allantoin ~anti-irritant, protects skin
Glycerin (from vegetable sources)
Sodium Citrate
Xylitol ~oral hygienist recommended this
Polysorbate 20 ~a surfactant or wtting agent (like Sodium Laurel Sulfate) which may help the taste spread more evenly
Tatrasodium Pyrophosphate ~a tartar control agent that removes calcium and magnesium from saliva, thus preventing them from being deposited on teeth.
Disodium EDTA-Copper Used by dentists and other oral health professionals to remove inorganic debris
Ammonium Glycyrrhizate~ natural material isolated from the licorice plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra for flavor,
Menthol, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Benzoate
Does not Contain: Alcohol, Saccharin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Benzalkonium Chloride (an allergen)

Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake, Chocolate, 16 Ounce
Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake, Chocolate, 16 Ounce
Price: $29.99
8 used & new from $29.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this "nutritional powder" for so many reasons, April 25, 2015
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I love this "nutritional powder" for so many reasons. It tastes great-not so chemica as others because of the food-based ingredients-, it mixes much more easily than other brands (I like adding it to soy or milk-based juice/vegetable smoothies), it has excellent nutritional value, and you're dealing with an ethical company. One 46 gram scoop (serving per container, approximately 10) has 170 calories, 6 grams of total fat, no trans fat, no cholesterol, 30 mg of sodium, and 13 grams of carbohydrate, of which 7 grams are dietary fiber!.

In addition it has 20 grams of protein (40% of the DV) and 50-90% of Vitamins A, C, D, E, K,the B vitamins( thiamine, Riboflavin, B6 (15% of B12 and 50% Folate as well), Biotin, and Pantothenate. There's 20-30% of Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Magnesium.

The ingredients are vegan, non-genetically modified, and include pea protein, whole flaxseed, cocoa powder, maca root, broccoli, spirulina, kale, calcium from organic marine algae, a fruit and vegetable blend, probiotics, and much more. (A reprint of the label can be found at their website,

At the current sale price, each serving costs about $3.00, higher than we might like, but competitively priced with products that pack this much nutritional value and with this ingredient "pedigree." And, again, the rich chocolate flavor is delicious, and the products textures lends itself to mixing.

As I usually do, I advise people to consult a doctor or professional nutritionist, dietician, or related health professional before making dietary changes. At $3.00 per serving, it's comparable to the cost of a fast food meal, and it's far better for you. Highly recommended.
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Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30, 5.5 Ounce
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray, SPF 30, 5.5 Ounce
Price: $8.97
10 used & new from $8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Town: Summer in the City!, April 25, 2015
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Neutrogena has long been a favorite company, having used their skin and hair products for many years. I found that this product did as well as others, and the company notes that Cool Dry Sport is sweat and water resistant (not sweat and water proof). Since resistant is a fairly vague word, I would follow their directions about re-application, or better, yet, ask a doctor or related professional.

An important subjective consideration is whether you prefer sprays or lotions. Sprays, in general, go on and feel "lighter," may dry faster and work quicker; however, I find that lotions give me more sensory feedback about whether I've covered everything, and that's why I sometimes prefer lotions. However, I've used both "delivery" systems and feel fine with a spray (some adults or kids may not prefer it). As noted by others, this is very lightly scented, and not labelled as hypo-allergenic, but I had no unpleasant sensations or reactions. The Neutrogena website offers more information about the non-active ingredients, as well as some nice tips about augmenting sprays/lotions protection with hats and other clothing, and limiting exposure. This is serious stuff, and if you have any doubts about whether this product is right for you....yes, please consult a doctor.

I like this product (and the packaging), and would buy again.

Conair Interplak Rechargeable Power Toothbrush
Conair Interplak Rechargeable Power Toothbrush
Price: $33.99
12 used & new from $32.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Under (No) Pressure: Seriously Under-Powered, April 25, 2015
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For those who have loved their old Interplak, all I can say is make sure this is the identical model to what you used before. I don't know what Conair was thinking, but this is the worst toothbrush I've ever used, with the possible exception of some completely flimsy manual one the dentist hand out when we were kids. There's just too little power.

Now, it's true that the brushing action is more important than the POWER, per se. We're not talking horsepower here. However, when an electric toothbrush is so weak that it stops when it accidentally rubs against your inner mouth, when it's so weak that it barely moves when used with toothpaste, when it's so weak that you don't feel you're really getting your teeth clean...well, there's not much point in buying it.

The best part about this toothbrush is the eight-bristle brush-one of the best I've used. It does, indeed, reach down between your teeth. Although probably not a substitute for flossing (as with all consumer health products, ask your health provider for her or his recommendations), they're very well designed. Too bad they're saddled with such a bad motor. Even worse, I can find a place to buy substitute brush heads The ones pictured here on aren't the same as the 8-bristle brush that comes with this. A month or more ago, I did see replacements, but they cost more than twice the price of the entire toothbrush, and I didn't see them for sale at the Conair website.

If for some reason you want an extremely gentle toothbrush that may not brush your entire mouth without stopping a few times, and you don't want to replace the only thing good about the product (the brush heads), you might want to purchase this. However, there are much better toothbrushes out there, many of which have "low" vibration mode for gentle brushing, and I'd recommend those instead. As said above, your dental health provider may be able to recommend something better.

Mead 2-Inch D-Ring View Binder, Pack of 4, White (W465-44WPP)
Mead 2-Inch D-Ring View Binder, Pack of 4, White (W465-44WPP)
Price: $34.11

4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Meh...Nothing to write home about, but does the job., February 26, 2015
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This is your basic binder, IT has a few extras, but they're ones that most people expect these days: A vinyl cover into which one can place a cover sheet, the great D-rings (easier to open, stronger, and hold more than the old-school O rings), and internal pockets. They're a pedestrian white, but the vinyl should protect against most stains.

I think the argument against these is mainly price. They're not huge and the cover could be thicker, so it doesn't seem like a great deal. However, they're more than serviceable and if you don't feel like comparison shopping (or your office is paying for this) you could do worse than picking up this 4-pack. You could do better by waiting for a sale, though.

DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heat Resistant to 425 Degrees, Everyday Kitchen Basic  Pot Holder, Set of 2, Nautical Blue
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heat Resistant to 425 Degrees, Everyday Kitchen Basic Pot Holder, Set of 2, Nautical Blue
Price: $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Blue, Blue, my Water is Blue..., February 16, 2015
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These are inexpensive pot holders that do the job quite nicely for most hot dishes Even with the special material, however, they may not insulate up to a full 425 degrees-for that, they should probably be thicker. I like that you can place your hand inside the holder (like a mitt), and the color looks fine. That's good, because the color is the opposite of color-fast.

I these under water for maybe 10-15 minutes and blue dye kept washing off of them. At least the horrible odor attendant upon opening the page went away, but the blue dye just poured of these. Even after I used these as mitts to wash and wax a car (I had decided by this time I wasn't going to use them for their intendurpose), there was still some blue coloring. I don't know that this is "dangerous," but it didn't instill confidence in the product. Frankly, this quality mathem feel cheap. In addition,the very material that helps insulation is also too stiff, making these more difficult to handle. Nice try, but not something I'd recommend.

Retrospec Bicycles Floor Pump (Silver)
Retrospec Bicycles Floor Pump (Silver)
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Pump House Gang, January 16, 2015
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With a steel main shaft, grooves to help hold the rubber tube, and a place to keep accessories, this is a thoughtfully designed bicycle pump, accommodating both Presta and Schrader type valve stems. If you're not sure which one you have, the net is filled with pictures and descriptions that help differentiate them.

Unlike some reviewers, I don't have many doubts about the durability, although admittedly, it has not been long enough to test this. However, all parts seems to fit together well, the rubber/rubberized bottom flat piece (the on you stand on to hold the pump steady) seems solid enough, and the pressure gauge is also adequate. The latter has an analogue display, and the reading can be hard to discern (as with a vacillating bathroom scale), but it's good enough to get a general idea of tire pressure. This may not be enough for a serious bicyclist but should be fine for most.

I did have some trouble getting this to stay on my Schrader valve. I had to give it a little twist around the value: NOt an easy thing to do. There's also a flat rectangular piece that you move from a 180 degree to a 90 degree angle after attachment (perhaps this is a lock), but this is quite long and you have to maneuver it so that the piece doesn't hit a spoke. However, because so few other people mentioned this as a problem, I'm going to chalk this up to my own inexperience, or perhaps the fairly cheap tires.

You can get a lot of pressure going in just a short time. The pump glides up and down very easily and smoothly-no noisy friction or stuck motion here. That was probably the quality I enjoyed the most. Also, the long pump size really speeds up the job. For just a little more money than a hand-pump, you get quicker results with ease. However, I'd say if others start to complain about getting this to attach to the valve (which, again, I haven't seen yet), you might want to take that a bit more seriously.

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