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Perfect Fitness Bands (Extreme), 50-Pound
Perfect Fitness Bands (Extreme), 50-Pound
Price: $19.33
2 used & new from $19.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Strong but limited without accessories, January 17, 2015
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I first encountered fitness bands in physical therapy, recovering from back surgery. They are among the most boring of fitness accessories, but handy in some situations, such as travel. I keep these in my TV room and get in a bit of work here and there. These "Extreme" bands come with fabric grips, but not real handles, which you can buy separately. The lack of handles makes for some awkward moments, and potential snap backs. Some of the exercises pictured are tough and perhaps unwise to do as the product is shipped. The door accessory would make this product a lot more useful. Otherwise, it is well put together, strong and reliable. 50 pounds of resistance seems right -- don't think these would be good for most smaller men or women.


J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Kitchen Shears
J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Kitchen Shears
Price: $15.95
9 used & new from $9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars May I introduce to you, the one & only kitchen shears, October 15, 2014
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Essential kitchen gear. I use them in the garden as well, for cutting off fruit and whatnot. Sturdy, feel quite good in the hand. They have their limits, of course, but you can cut through most things you need to cut through in the culinary world (not bones, though). Good for opening packaging such as that consumer-hostile plastic used for small electronics. Would not be without these shears. Bought a pair for my daughter, she loves them as well.


Audioengine A5+B Powered Book Shelf Speakers
Audioengine A5+B Powered Book Shelf Speakers
Offered by ListenUp
Price: $399.00
13 used & new from $309.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love these speakers -- worth every penny, October 15, 2014
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Absolutely outstanding sound. Before buying I read almost every review here on Amazon, and I agree with "the consensus." These are not "computer speakers" but I use them that way, to my daily delight. The bass is tight and sufficient. Sweet midrange. No listener fatigue, even after a full-day work session. Broke in quickly and they have been with me about a year now. Just ordered the little overpriced rubber stands hoping for a bit more goodness.

I like the look in black, but consider the white if everything else on the desk is dark. (They are a bit bigger and darker than you'd think.) I like the remote, you don't need to look at it and it feels good in the hand. Bottom line: Worth every penny.


Quikcell E200B V3.0 Mono Bluetooth - Midnight Black
Quikcell E200B V3.0 Mono Bluetooth - Midnight Black
Offered by A.W.S.wireless
Price: $16.06
9 used & new from $11.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, good for the money, October 15, 2014
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The price is right, but don't expect a lot. The pairing with my iPhone was quick and easy. My hearing could be better, but still I'd expect more in the way of volume and clarity. Comfort OK, nothing special. The charger worked fine but the battery seemed to drain quickly if not in regular use. This Quikcell would be fine for a backup, but for heavy commuting or work I'd explore better options.


Amazon Web Services For Dummies
Amazon Web Services For Dummies
by Bernard Golden
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.22
53 used & new from $16.84

3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe for the dummies in your IT department, November 19, 2013
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Dummies are getting a whole lot smarter, based on the content of this book. Granted, cloud computing isn't a lo-fi subject, but at times I thought I was reading a textbook or product manual. The book itself is most welcome, because Amazon isn't known for its way with interfaces, especially when functionality is complicated. But this is more "The Missing Manual" than a "Dummies" book -- even though it has plenty of the useless infographics for those trying to keep up.

I went in wanting to know if Amazon Web Services would be a viable alternative to shared-server hosting for my multiple web sites. Hours later, still don't know. What are the economics here? (Most of this is about existing business applications.)

Some quibbles, given that this book is packed with info: Author Golden's writing got on my nerves after a while. Trying to liven things up, no doubt, but a bit forced and sing-songy. Your mileage may vary. Also, seems the editors and proofreaders nodded off here and there.

The first part of the book might work as an executive summary, assuming you've sat in on more than a few IT meetings. Otherwise ... it's better than nothing.


Monopoly - The Classic Edition
Monopoly - The Classic Edition
Price: $22.70
61 used & new from $19.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic antitrust violations for the whole family, November 19, 2013
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Greed is out of style. Pity. Don't let your youngsters grow up to be weenies or antitrust wonks. Play Monopoly. Classic Monopoly. The one we geezers remember.

This Classic Edition has the metal pieces more or less as they were. Top hat. Dog. Race car. Thimble. Get Out of Jail Card. Marvin Gardens. The lot. Accept no substitutes.

While I can appreciate the cleverness of some of the branded Monopoly games -- playing as the Walrus in Beatles Monopoly; dodging the Taxman whilst wandering down the Long & Winding Road -- but there is only one Monopoly, and this is it, more or less. (Noted: This set isn't from Hasbro, current guardian of Parker Bros., but you won't care.)

This one is billed as 45-60 minutes playing time, which certainly can be true if your youngest throws a fit and upends the board. Otherwise, you're in for an evening's entertainment, which is the idea. No "speed die" here. Quality time. (One of my favorite nights ever was in a tropical hotel room with the kids, no TV or Internet or anything. What to do? Monopoly of course.)

Construction of the board is sturdy (folds in half; no origami skills needed), printing is good enough and that odd currency symbol is nowhere in site. Buy with confidence.


Coast HL27 Focusing 309 Lumen LED Headlamp
Coast HL27 Focusing 309 Lumen LED Headlamp
Price: $42.07
14 used & new from $36.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Good tool, but a bit fussy for heavy-duty work, September 20, 2013
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None of these headlamps is all that comfortable, and that said the Coast HL27 feels OK. The battery pack sits at the back of your head like a lead weight, but you quickly get used to it. I didn't try it with a hat, hard or otherwise.

This is a real tool; something for pros and serious hobbyists. The price seems reasonable. The adjustable light radius is a big plus as many headlamps don't offer that.

The on-off, bright-dim and focus adjustments are discrete and require some practice -- and the written materials that came with the headlamp offer nothing in the way of instructions. I did manage to dislodge and perhaps break the plastic part holding the lamp itself while fumbling about, but the lamp itself has remained more or less in place. Expensive tools should be sturdier. Tip: Practice with the three adjustables, gently.

The light is clear and certainly bright enough for pretty much any task, although for household duty (under the sink) I find myself still reaching for my old-school Eveready headlamp, which offers regular-old flashlight yellow light and is much easier on the eyes -- no fumbling and you'd have to work hard to break it. That said, my old headlamp required a lot of head-turning and bobbing to get the light where I wanted it, while the wide illumination zone of the Coast does not. The Coast light is LED and if you hate the sickly white look of those new lightbulbs we're supposed to buy for living areas, you won't be converted by this tool.

The batteries are your basic AA, meaning you can use rechargeables.


Swissmar Uma 6-Inch Pepper Mill, Red
Swissmar Uma 6-Inch Pepper Mill, Red

3.0 out of 5 stars Good product but getting started was a grind, June 14, 2013
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I mourn the downfall of the famous Pepper Ball, which went to ruin in a redesign. (Chef'n Pepper Ball, Clear) The one-handed grinding was great for cooking. You'll need both hands for this Uma, but it's an easy task -- the upside-down grinding is smooth and quick. The mill is sturdy and reasonably attractive, with so-so control over the pepper grain. Refilling was easy, unlike many other grinders (including the old and new Pepper Balls).

I knocked the review down a star for the condition in which the mill came. The string for the little tag had worked its way down onto the metal workings, making it almost impossible to remove the top. Fearing I'd break the top, I referred to the directions, which were ... non-existent. After 15 minutes of fuss, the string came out and the top came off. Now I'm happy. Recommended for the price.


AmazonBasics 24k Gold Connector Banana Plugs - 12-Pairs (6 Red, 6 Black)
AmazonBasics 24k Gold Connector Banana Plugs - 12-Pairs (6 Red, 6 Black)
Price: $21.99
4 used & new from $18.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and basic, as advertised, April 18, 2013
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The Amazon Basics line fills a need for good quality audio linkage products at a decent price point. These banana plugs are no exception. The 24 pack contains enough plugs to last a decade or so. The plugs are sturdy and well made. Nothing complicated about wiring, just insert and twist. I doubled over the speaker wire to get more exposure. (Don't leave wire just hanging out.) The plug went in with a solid snap, requiring a bit of pressure to go in 100%. Enough of the speaker wire goes into the shell that it's quite unlikely it'll crimp, as sometimes happens with these. Plus, the 12x12 presentation of the plugs in the little cases looks way cool. Even if you're not a fan of banana plugs, these are worth a try.


Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and MAC
Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and MAC
Price: $90.16
7 used & new from $57.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Rats! Back into the box, February 21, 2013
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Tries to do too much and in the end wasn't worth the set-up and adjustment period. Sort of device that sounds great in theory, works OK-ish for a while, and then ends up back in the box. Solid, but not comfortable. Our house game freak spent time customizing it, used it for a a week, then returned to previous mouse with a "meh." Props for innovation, though. If it appears to address a specific issue for you, perhaps worth a try.


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