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Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12)
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12)
by Dav Pilkey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $6.28
98 used & new from $2.17

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dav Pilkey at his Best…and Worst, December 13, 2015
The latest book is everything you liked about Dav Pilkey and his Captain Underpants series. Within moments of cracking the cover, you’re suddenly back in the magical version of Piqua Ohio full of wacky storylines, mind (and time) bending adventures and pop culture tie-ins as only Dav can do. It’s all fun and games – and just like old times.

Until it’s not.

Imagine your favorite rock band whose concerts you’ve attended and albums you’ve collected for decades. One day, you see your favorite band on TV talking politics. Not music, politics. In that moment, they seem to have traded the art you’ve come to love for political pontification. And whether or not you agree with their politics, what you loved about them is now something different. That’s what Mr. Pilkey serves up to his unsuspecting fans in his 12th outing with George and Harold.

While you think you’re riding high on the same gleeful, whimsical fun of earlier adventures, there’s a new, unwelcome turn: Political statements ranging from disdain for FoxNews, conservative radio hosts and then the introduction of gay marriage. Yes – in a Captain Underpants book.

Like poop in a punchbowl, an otherwise anticipated return to Tra-la-la-land lands us instead in a political reality far from the magical Piqua we knew and loved. No matter which side of Dav’s politics you fall, the uncharacteristic injection of present-day politics breaks the fourth wall. Suddenly, everything you knew and loved about George, Harold and Mr. Krupp falls into a reality distortion field that’s, well, more like reality than distortion. Like an unwelcome political blow-hard at a cocktail party, you feel dirty just being nearby. Our waistband warrior takes an irrevocable hit at the altar of political correctness.

Yeah – it’s a fun read. But for a series that successfully jumped the shark 11 times and survived with aplomb, this entry breaks the rules by crashing reality headlong with the whimsy that sullies the series we’d always loved for its departure from the real world.


Quicken Premier Personal Finance & Budgeting Software 2015 [Old Version]
Quicken Premier Personal Finance & Budgeting Software 2015 [Old Version]
Price: $94.95

1.0 out of 5 stars A Horrible Step Back to the 90's, February 19, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I felt like I needed to move off MS Money to Quicken because Money had been out of support for years and fewer and fewer banks supported downloads to it anymore. But after installing Quicken Premier 2015, I had no idea how good I had it with MS Money. It was so bad, I went back to the unsupported Microsoft Money product instead.

After installing Quicken, I found the interface confusing and counter-intuitive. The dream of automatic updating from my banks promised with Quicken were similarly dashed. While Quicken can connect to your bank with ease, the process for doing it is horrible and requires you to enter a password each time you want to connect to your banks. It turns out you must enter a password for your 'Quicken Password Vault' each and every time you want Quicken to 'automatically' sync with your banks and financial institutions. In fact, they call it a 'One Step' Update to update all of your accounts. But not only does it require you to enter a password every time, but when you schedule it to happen in the off hours, it fails regularly and prompts you for a password for hours until it gets it. Every time I reboot my PC, that darned password prompt for the Quicken Password Vault appears. And backups? Unless you do them manually every few days, you'll likely lose all your data when all of your hard-earned account names all change from your financial institution to "N/A" throughout the program.

I mean in the year 2015, how can you not have automatic backups and automatic background updating without manual and nagging prompts for each feature? Of the 200 pieces of software I've installed on my home PCs, this is the absolute buggiest, most confusing and bothersome piece of software I've ever installed outside of Corsair Link (known to fault memory and reboot PCs regularly).

Unfortunately, there is no reliable, quality mainstream personal financial tracking software made since MS Money went the way of the dodo. The best option outside of the long unsupported MS Money is perhaps Mint.com. But please, for your own sanity, don't install this absolutely terrible software.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 25, 2015 11:40 AM PDT


Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Doesn't support 5.1 / 7.1 Sound in 3rd-Party Apps, September 11, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Amazon Fire TV (Electronics)
For streaming Amazon / Amazon Prime content, there isn't anything better. The size and shape of this unit is great. It doesn't get too warm. And the interface and setup is the best I've ever seen in a consumer device. And for those who are content to stream videos/movies from Amazon Prime, this little device will do great.

But there's a catch for movies streamed from any other source.

If you have a media server (like Plex) and want to view videos / movies using a 3rd-party app (NetFlix, Plex, Vevo), it'll work perfectly except for 5.1 / 7.1 audio. You'll only get 2-channel stereo.

Even though it's been available for quite some time, Amazon hasn't updated their base OS to allow 3rd party apps the ability to output anything better than 2-channel stereo. Until Amazon changes the base OS and 3rd-parties update their software to use it, you're stuck with 2-channel stereo for movies unless you use the built-in Amazon apps.

Compared to Roku devices, FireTV is a generation ahead in looks, speed and usability. But compared to Roku, it's also too Amazon-centric; FireTV locks out the vast majority of 3rd party content leaving you with a severely limited catalog unless you use Amazon exclusively for movies, music and video. And while the voice feature built into the remote is an effective and useful feature (not just a gimmick), since its unique to the FireTV remote, you can't carry this feature over to your universal remote.

THE GOOD
Crisp and intuitive Interface
Breathtakingly simple setup
Verbal search via the remote helps get to things faster

THE BAD
Only 2 channel audio for movies unless they're streamed from Amazon
Remote has voice feature - which can't be migrated to a universal remote
Walled Garden of Amazon-only content is too limiting compared to competition


Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 (DTSE9H/16GBZET)
Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 (DTSE9H/16GBZET)
Price: $5.82
14 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Best USB Stick for a Keychain, September 11, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I always wanted a USB stick that could truly fit on a keychain without all of the bulbous extra padding, logos and easy-to-lose caps. Kingston did it - and it's great!

Pick your size, put it on a key ring and be done with it. Awesome!


EasyAcc 13.3 Inch PU Leather Envelope Sleeve, Gray
EasyAcc 13.3 Inch PU Leather Envelope Sleeve, Gray
Offered by EasyAcc.A Store

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Fits 13.3" Samsung ATIV Book 9 / 9 Series, September 11, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
So many of these covers are made generically to fit lots of laptops in the 13-14" range. But I wanted a tight, snug fit for my Samsung ATIV book 9 Series and that's just what I got with this item.

It looks like grey leather and has a nice gap at the top to allow a power cord to still charge the unit while in the sleeve. Perfect Fit!


Portland Design Works The Red Planet 5 LED Tail Light
Portland Design Works The Red Planet 5 LED Tail Light
Price: $11.65
27 used & new from $10.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and Durable, September 5, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
We bought one. Liked it so much we bought four more - three for the other bikes in our home and one for a backpack. In addition to the standard bike clamps, it comes with a clip so it clips to just about anything (including backpacks).

So whether you clip it to a backpack or mount it firmly on a bike stem - this is a tough, nearly waterproof, bright, 5 LED rear lamp that's much better than the others.


Abco Tech LED Bike Light - Exquisite Design - Headlight and Tail Light Set - Multipurpose High Intensity Triple Mode Front and Tail Waterproof Bike Light - Adjustable Focus Zoom Light - No Tools Needed - Quick Release Mount - Great for Street Mountain and Children's Bicycles - 100% Lifetime Guarantee (Black)
Abco Tech LED Bike Light - Exquisite Design - Headlight and Tail Light Set - Multipurpose High Intensity Triple Mode Front and Tail Waterproof Bike Light - Adjustable Focus Zoom Light - No Tools Needed - Quick Release Mount - Great for Street Mountain and Children's Bicycles - 100% Lifetime Guarantee (Black)
Offered by AbcoDirect
Price: $15.99
2 used & new from $15.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quality is Hit or Miss - Mine Was a Miss, September 5, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I guess it's hit-or-miss with this product - some good reviews, some bad. I got one of the duds. The headlight never lit up. I got it to blink once or twice when I shook it, but that was all.

The company has a nice insert to contact them if I wasn't 100% satisfied. But honestly, it seemed like more trouble than it was worth considering Amazon's excellent return policy. I just ordered another brand of light instead and returned this dud. Purchase at your own risk.


UCO ML-SL-P Tent StakeLight with LED Light and Emergency Strobe, Yellow, 9-Inch
UCO ML-SL-P Tent StakeLight with LED Light and Emergency Strobe, Yellow, 9-Inch
Price: $5.49 - $36.16

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good - but a Few Tips, May 27, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
They're definite keepers.

In addition to lighting the tent area, these do a GREAT job of making tent stakes and guy lines visible at night. No more 'line paranoia' and cursing when you step out of the tent into the guy wires in the middle of the night.

The stakes are V-shaped and don't bend like cheap stakes.

The top of each stake has holes for a guy line as well as a hooked head to handle any rope/guy-line need.

A FEW TIPS

If you strain to pull the rubber-enclosed lamp off the stake, be easy on it. No need to squeeze it so hard. It should slide off gently. But there's enough resistance to keep its place during use.

There are no instructions on the package to insert the 1 AAA battery into each lamp. The web site has a single sentence, but I'd replace it with: 1) Pry the black rubber housing away from the white plastic lamp. 2) Do it gently so you don't unseat the black rectangular, piece within. Both minor tips. But if you only buy one, you don't have a clue which direction the two-toothed piece should point if it pops out (tip: the teeth go toward the stake, not toward the battery). I wanted to take off a star due to this confusion, but the rest of the product is too good.

OTHER THOUGHTS

Like most real stakes, these are too wide to fit into the small, pencil-sized holes on many tents. Use them like real stakes to tie your guy lines through for strong, solid mounts.

They'll run in strobe mode for 24 hours. Always-on mode for 10 hours.

The white lamp assembly is completely enclosed in black rubber sealing it from even the worst of rainstorms. The lights are bright enough you probably wouldn't want to point them inward toward your tent. But the light dissipates enough that you won't be illuminating the neighboring campsite when turned outward.

Overall - a good buy for illuminated stakes that are also remarkably sturdy.
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Odor-Eaters Spray Powder, 4 oz
Odor-Eaters Spray Powder, 4 oz
Offered by Pharmapacks
Price: $7.48
17 used & new from $5.92

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Kills Long-Standing Odor - But This Prevents It, July 16, 2013
No product can kill sneaker odor once it's in. But this prevents it from ever getting that bad.

There are various methods to kill foot odor that's already gotten stuck in your shoes or sandals. A freezer will kill a lot of bacteria and will last a 3-4 weeks. Fabreze will kill some of the surface bacteria and mask the rest for about two weeks. Bleach and deep cleansing of the shoe insert (if you can remove it) may do slightly better.

But once you smell a persistent odor, your sneaker is done. By then, the bacterial structure is deep into the fabric and padding. And there's nothing you can do to get it out. Like the crystalline structure of uric acid, once a rug, sneaker or sandal gets warm or moist again, the dormant bacteria that wasn't destroyed roars back to life and brings back that smell. It's simply chemistry. For me, it used to mean that my shoes would typically last 3-6 months. In that short amount of time, they would turn from new to stinking so bad they needed to be destroyed.

But this Odor Eaters spray WILL prevent that permanent stink from ever owning your shoes.

Just do these three things: Spray your feet in the morning. Put on fresh, clean socks. And once a week, top it off with an extra spray burst directly into your shoes. If you do that, the deep-seated bacteria never has a chance; You never get the dreaded stinky bacteria that can't be killed.

Even better, this Odor Eaters brand is so much better smelling than the medicine, industrial smell of the other name-brand foot and odor products. When you need to remove your shoes in someone's home, Odor Eaters is a FAR MORE PLEASANT scent to have around than other brands. Trust me.

If you think you can kill odor once it's taken root, you can't. So, I'm not sure a bad review is warranted for foot or odor product that fails that test. But to prevent the chance of ever getting 'Perma Stink', this stuff works. Just use it daily and you'll be able to keep your shoes for years instead of months.


Odor Eaters Antibacterial Foot and Sneaker Spray Powder -- 4 oz.
Odor Eaters Antibacterial Foot and Sneaker Spray Powder -- 4 oz.
Offered by Pharmapacks
Price: $8.83
7 used & new from $6.39

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Kills Long-Standing Odor - But This Prevents It, July 16, 2013
No product can kill sneaker odor once it's in. But this prevents it from ever getting that to that point.

There are various methods to kill foot odor that's already gotten into your shoes or sandals. A freezer will kill a lot of bacteria and will last a 3-4 weeks. Fabreze will kill some of the surface bacteria and mask the rest for about two weeks. Bleach and deep cleansing of the shoe insert (if you can remove it) may do slightly better.

But once you smell a persistent odor, your sneaker is done. By then, the bacterial structure is buried deep in the fabric and padding. And there's nothing you can do to get it out. Like the crystalline structure of uric acid, once a rug, sneaker or sandal gets warm or moist again, the dormant bacteria that wasn't destroyed roars back to life and brings back that smell. It's simple chemistry.

For me, it used to mean that my shoes would typically last 3-6 months. In that short amount of time, they would turn from new to stinking so bad they needed to be destroyed.

Odor Eaters spray WILL prevent that permanent stink from ever owning your shoes.

Just spray your feet in the morning then put on fresh, clean socks. Once a week, top it off with an extra spray burst directly into your shoes. If you do that, the deep-seated bacteria will never have a chance; You'll never get the dreaded stinky bacteria that can't be killed.

Even better, this Odor Eaters brand is much better smelling than the medicine, industrial smell of the other name-brand foot and odor products. When you need to remove your shoes at someone's home, Odor Eaters is a FAR BETTER scent to have around than other brands.

If you think you can kill odor once it's taken root, you can't. So, rating any foot odor product on that basis is bunk. But to prevent ever getting 'Perma Stink', this stuff works. Just use it daily and you'll be able to keep your shoes for years instead of months.
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