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H&R Block 2015 Premium + Business Tax Software + Refund Bonus Offer - Windows Download
H&R Block 2015 Premium + Business Tax Software + Refund Bonus Offer - Windows Download
Price: $69.95

5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The business component of this package still does NOT import ..., December 4, 2015
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The business component of this package still does NOT import from TurboTax Business. One would have to start over with 1120 or 1120S data.
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Travelpro Luggage Crew 8 Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefcase
Travelpro Luggage Crew 8 Checkpoint Friendly Computer Briefcase

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Fits?, June 28, 2012
Not a 17.3-inch ASUS laptop. The bag comes in one size and they should at least state what screen size should fit. The bag seems nice but ordering it was a waste of time.


Sid Meier's Civilization V - PC
Sid Meier's Civilization V - PC
Offered by games_for_sale
Price: $13.75
90 used & new from $0.02

7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Was Time for a Fresh Start, September 23, 2010
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I've been a fan of this series since it first came out, and my favorite versions were I (brand new) and IV (the culmination of that line). Version 5 goes in a direction that offers a lot of new stuff to learn, and it still has the broad scope in a turn-based format. It's definitely worth playing, even though version IV was so good. The major new features:

1 - Hexagon spaces, single-unit stacks, ranged units on land, and zones of control. These all combine for a better military side of the game. No more gather points to feed monster stacks and a cloud of cavalry. You will make deployments and movements that look more like what's described in history books. It's actually easier to move forward and capture cities than in previous versions. Anybody with prior experience in board wargames should really appreciate this.

2 - Social policy trees, which are a more complete treatment of government civics and religion than in I-IV. Religion was overly simplified in IV; I mean you could shuffle the names of the different faiths and it would make no difference to the game. That's not true of the social policy trees (which include one for "piety", mutually exclusive to the "rationalism" tree).

3 - City states; they make the world seem larger in terms of other parties to deal with. I don't think they can be game winners, but still it's cool to receive military units and key resources from client states, while having others jump in to help a great power that I attacked.

4 - The interface is much easier to work with; it's much less tedious to play the game. We also have Civ Revolutions and I like it for a quick game. Two of my kids play Revolutions, but they would not be interested in I-IV on the PC. In Civ V, we now have a complex game with simplified interface, and that's a good thing.

I jumped right into the first game without playing tutorials or anything, so I have known mistakes to correct for next time and a lot more to figure out. That's part of the fun.

This was my first experience with Steam, and I didn't have any trouble with it. Neither has the game crashed so far. I'm using a laptop that was high-end about a year old, now running 64-bit Windows 7.

A lot of the negative reviews here focus on Steam and DRM. My opinion is that publishers have to do "something" and Steam is okay. Most software these days has to be activated. With Steam you can't re-sell a game or give it away. Steam could set up a mechanism for that, but who knows if they will. If that's an issue, maybe wait until the game price drops, which is what I usually do anyway with most games. On its own merit, Civ 5 is excellent.


Handbook of Model Rocketry, 7th Edition (NAR Official Handbook)
Handbook of Model Rocketry, 7th Edition (NAR Official Handbook)
by G. Harry Stine
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.50
67 used & new from $11.75

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Kit Buying?, November 25, 2009
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This book has a lot of background information, but doesn't tell you how to build a rocket. Scratch building is deprecated. Turns out the author owns a rocket model kit company. My teenage son was very disappointed.
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