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Peugeot Oleron Pepper Mill, 5.5-Inch, Chocolate
Peugeot Oleron Pepper Mill, 5.5-Inch, Chocolate
Price: $29.40
3 used & new from $29.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice design, works great, though sometime it's hard to turn, August 19, 2014
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Peugeot Oleron Pepper Mill is a nice design pepper mill. This pepper mill feels solid and works great grinding peppercorn and producing fresh peppercorn flakes. The only drawback that I find is that sometime it is hard to turn (after a normal few rotation it feels stuck for a gear/click or two and then it's normal again) or maybe it's just me who is weak. I tried to loosen the top screw to see if that helps and it did make it easier to turn though that will reduce the amount of pepper coming out (and seems doing this make the pepper flakes smaller). Others have said that after using it for a while it should get easier to turn and maybe that will be the case and I just need to be patient and keep using it.

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THERA°PEARL Contour Pack
THERA°PEARL Contour Pack
Offered by BlueProton
Price: $7.95
22 used & new from $3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Convenient to use but wish it stays very cold longer (solution: have multiple packs ready), August 19, 2014
THERA°PEARL Contour Pack is a good hot/cold pack and it is very convenient to use. This pack has a strap and the pearl design makes it flexible and mold towards the parts of the body we want to heat up or cool down. If you are an active person/plays a lot of sport, keeping a few of these in the freezer is very handy. This TheraPearl pack stays cold for less than 10 minutes (after that it's still cold but not cold enough), so that's another reason why you might want to have a couple of these packs ready. For a more serious sprain/injury, I would still recommend using real ice pack or the good old frozen peas (or a bigger TheraPearl pack with more pearls in it). Thanks TheraPearl for sending me this product.

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LifeCHARGE MFI Approved Rechargeable Extended Battery Case for Apple iPhone 5/5s - Black Satin Rubber
LifeCHARGE MFI Approved Rechargeable Extended Battery Case for Apple iPhone 5/5s - Black Satin Rubber
Offered by Valerie's Shop of Great Gifts
Price: $61.00
8 used & new from $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars More juice for your phone, and not too bulky, August 16, 2014
LifeCHARGE Battery Case for Apple iPhone is a great rechargeable battery case for Iphone 5/5S. It doubles your iPhone battery power and use a standard micro usb cable to charge this battery case (and charge the phone at the same time). This case also has slim profile so it doesn't make your iPhone too bulky. It does make your phone a bit longer since iPhone doesn't have an easy/direct access to the battery except through the charging pin at the bottom therefore all iPhone extended battery will access the power/battery through the indirect way. When you want to activate the external battery (i.e. when the main battery is in low power or whenever you want to charge the main battery) you press the power button on the battery case and the battery pack will start charging your main battery. Thanks LifeCHARGE for sending this product.

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1Byone USB Smart Charger SuperSpeed Hub with 7 USB 3.0 Data Ports + 1 Smart Charging Port (5V/2A) with 12V 3A Power Adapter and USB 3.0 Cable
1Byone USB Smart Charger SuperSpeed Hub with 7 USB 3.0 Data Ports + 1 Smart Charging Port (5V/2A) with 12V 3A Power Adapter and USB 3.0 Cable
Offered by 1Byone
Price: $38.99
2 used & new from $38.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of ports (7), solidly build, and will charge even when your computer is powered down., August 13, 2014
1Byone USB Smart Charger SuperSpeed Hub is a great USB 3.0 Hub with 7 ports. It is solidly built (aluminum) and with 7 ports, you won't easily run of ports. Transfer speed is fast with 3.0 and compatible with USB 3.0 hard disk and video camera etc . Also backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. I also really like this 1Byone USB hub because I can use this as a charging station as well. Many USB hub will charge your equipment unless the hub is connected to a computer and the computer is on. This hub will still charge your equipment even when your computer/laptop is powered down (or detached from the hub). Thanks 1Byone® for sending me this product.

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1Byone® Romantic Crystal LED Cylinder Light With Silver Case E27 RGB 3W LED Bulb Lamp 16 Colors Change,Magic Bright LED Light Spotlight Energy Saving,Downlight Lighting For Party House Work Field With Remote Control
1Byone® Romantic Crystal LED Cylinder Light With Silver Case E27 RGB 3W LED Bulb Lamp 16 Colors Change,Magic Bright LED Light Spotlight Energy Saving,Downlight Lighting For Party House Work Field With Remote Control
Offered by 1Byone
Price: $10.99
2 used & new from $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great multi-color dimmable night light. Remote control included., August 8, 2014
1Byone® Romantic Crystal LED Cylinder Light is a great night light. It is multi-color and dimmable. Even with the brightest setting, this light is not bright enough to light up your room (to read books etc) but it will give an accent or set the mood to your room. Installation is simple and plug-n-play with the remote control. The distance of remote control is not that great as you have to be pretty close to the light to make adjustment (not sure if distance can be improved with the right angle/direct line of sight. I tried several angle and it didn't seem to improve the distance). The fade changing color function is my favorite as the light shifted gradually slowly (or just pick your favorite color). The strobe function is not really a strobe, nor the flashing function, it's just simply changing color and just the speed of the change whether it is gradual or simply change. Thanks 1Byone® for sending me this product.

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Skiva 15000mAh Slimmest (10 mm) Ultra High Capacity Portable External Battery Pack with 2 USB Ports (Fast Charging Speed of 5V/3A) for iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, 4, 3GS, 3, iPad Air 4, mini with Retina, mini, 3, 2, iPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2, Note, Tab 3, Tab 2, Nexus 5, 4, 7, 10, Moto X, G, HTC One, One 2(M8), LG G3, G2, Optimus, other Android+Windows Smartphones and Tablets [AP113 Powervault A15000] - 1 Year Warranty
Skiva 15000mAh Slimmest (10 mm) Ultra High Capacity Portable External Battery Pack with 2 USB Ports (Fast Charging Speed of 5V/3A) for iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, 4, 3GS, 3, iPad Air 4, mini with Retina, mini, 3, 2, iPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2, Note, Tab 3, Tab 2, Nexus 5, 4, 7, 10, Moto X, G, HTC One, One 2(M8), LG G3, G2, Optimus, other Android+Windows Smartphones and Tablets [AP113 Powervault A15000] - 1 Year Warranty
Offered by Skiva
Price: $79.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need extra juice for your devices? Charge 5-6 times your iPhone. Dual charging port to charge this battery faster., August 7, 2014
Skiva 15000mAh Ultra High Capacity Portable External Battery Pack is a perfect solution for those who travel a lot and often not be around a wall jack or charging stations. Even if you have access to the AC power jack, sometime you don't feel like carrying those AC adapters. This Skiva battery pack is very slim and solidly build. It is the size of a kindle (similar dimension and weight). This Skiva battery pack has 2 USB ports so you can charge 2 devices at the same time and with 15000mAh, it charges my iPhone 5-6 times. One of the potential inconvenience with high capacity battery pack like this (15000mAh and above) is that it will take many hours to fully charge this battery pack. This Skiva battery pack comes with two micro-USB charging port where you can charge this battery pack twice as fast if you use both micro-USB port to charge this battery. The touch swiping motion to turn on and off this battery takes some getting used to vs the regular click button/switch (though swiping to turn on/unlock supposed to be common as we also do that swiping motion to unlock our phones). Some other battery packs features auto-on/off depending whether the cable/equipment is plugged-in which can also be convenient. Thanks Skiva for sending me this product.

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Dell Inspiron i3847-4461BK Desktop (Windows 7)
Dell Inspiron i3847-4461BK Desktop (Windows 7)
Price: $519.99
5 used & new from $519.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Windows 7 desktop (monitor not included), August 6, 2014
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Dell Inspiron i3847-4461BK Desktop is a great Windows 7 desktop. It is fast and full of useful feature such as HDMI, USB 3.0, WiFi, and Bluetooth, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive. Monitor is not included but basic mouse and keyboard are included. it is easy to set up. The first time it takes a while to load, customize and configure Windows. Having used both Windows 7 and 8, my personal take is if your display have touch screen capability, Windows 8 (8.1), with it's tile menu, will be useful, but without touch screen I prefer Windows 7. And if you are used to XP, then using Windows 7 is not as big as a change compared to Windows 8. This Dell desktop only equipped with i3 (vs i5 or i7) processor but it feels very quick already for general use like Microsoft office, email, and web browsing. I would imagine if you play a lot of graphic intensive games, you might want to try i5/i7 processor desktop with upgraded/dedicated graphics cards but for my purpose (home office desktop), this is more than fast enough.

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ThorFire Touch Remote Control Color Changing LED Blub RGBW Dimmable Light Samsung Chips E27 6W(50W) Model G1
ThorFire Touch Remote Control Color Changing LED Blub RGBW Dimmable Light Samsung Chips E27 6W(50W) Model G1
Offered by Eachinedirect
Price: $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Multi-color LED light bulb. Save electricity bill. Wireless remote included, August 6, 2014
ThorFire Model-G1 Multi-color LED Bulb is a great replacement for CFL bulb. This LED light is brighter than CFL with the same capacity. It is dimmable and you can also change the light color to Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple, Orange, you name it. With this multi-color LED light you can light up your room with your favorite color or whatever color you feel in the mood for that day. Wireless remote control is included and you can control (turn on/off, change brightness and color) 4 different light zones with one remote control which is very convenient. Pairing the LED bulb and the remote control for each zone is simple and once it is paired up it will stay even when you cut the power to the LED bulb. You can add multiple light bulb for each light zone. Battery for the wireless remote not included as they recommend us to use rechargeable battery (for environmental friendly purpose). As the price for LED bulbs starting to come down, it makes sense to start looking into replacing CFL bulbs with LED bulbs. Thanks ThorFire for sending this product.

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1Byone® Rectangle Thin Flat Digital TV Antenna Reception HDTV Antenna Indoor Aerial For VHF/UHF/FM Color Black
1Byone® Rectangle Thin Flat Digital TV Antenna Reception HDTV Antenna Indoor Aerial For VHF/UHF/FM Color Black
Offered by 1Byone
Price: $34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact design and picks up most of the major channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS), August 6, 2014
1Byone® Rectangle Thin Flat Digital TV Antenna is a great indoor antenna. It is compact and it picks up most of the major channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS. Make sure you use the power plug because without it, it won't pick up any channels. This antenna picks up more channel than my existing non amplified indoor antenna and the signal is stronger as well. During extreme bad weather (tornado, thunderstorm, heavy rain, etc), the signal/reception seems to weaken (which is true for other antenna as well), and some of the channel picture and voice got distorted every once in a while and NBC channel got cut out completely (not enough signal to provide picture). That is my experience and for antenna products, apart from the product quality itself, the performance will also depend on your distance to the tv station and the typical weather in your area. Thanks 1Byone for sending me this product.

If you debating whether to get amplified or non amplified antenna, here's what I found from my research:
- Amplifiers are beneficial for outdoor because those cable lengths tend to be long and often the signal is split to more than one TV.
- A powered indoor antenna can be beneficial if you live far away from all TV stations.

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The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment
The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment
by Guy Spier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.26

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value investing and life lessons, August 1, 2014
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The Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier is a fun value investing book to read. He talks about his life, his career, and the pursuit of happiness/peacefulness. He explains how meeting and learning from Warren Buffett and Mohnish Pabrai changes his perspective on life and makes him a better investor. He candidly talk about his failures and believe those moments are where he learn the most and shapes the person he is today. The book also covers case studies of some of his investments (such as CarMax, Farmer Mac, Tupperware, etc), including the investment thesis, the outcome, and the lesson learned. His goal is no longer to be Gordon Gekko or Warren Buffet, but to be the best version of Guy Spier that he can be. :)

Here are some of my takeaways from this book:
- Authenticity and self-awareness are keys for success
- Align interest with investor (set fair compensation structure)
- Don't live beyond our means or fall into debt
- Live by your internal scorecard (have independent mind)
- Maximizing return is not everything
- True value investor is more than just about investing (It's also a way of life)
- Keep an open mind and learn from others (think what Warren would do)
- Never do anything that will taint our reputation

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