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iPhone 6 Case, elago S6 Slim Fit Case for the iPhone 6 (4.7inch) + Logo Protection Film included - eco friendly Retail Packaging (Soft feel Jean Indigo)
iPhone 6 Case, elago S6 Slim Fit Case for the iPhone 6 (4.7inch) + Logo Protection Film included - eco friendly Retail Packaging (Soft feel Jean Indigo)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Case!, October 24, 2014
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Settled on this after trying a bunch of cases, here's why:

- Slim: doesn't add any weight or bulk
- Protection: just enough protection for screen (with lip), back and corners. Can still access all ports and buttons easily.
- Great "soft" feeling matte material that feels good in the hand while reducing chances of slippage.
- Got the blue (Jean indigo) color, looks great!
- Logo window on back looks great and the included stickon film protects the logo.

All in all, couldn't be happier. Highly recommended!!

STARS OF INDIA - Travels In Search of Astrologers and Fortune-Tellers
STARS OF INDIA - Travels In Search of Astrologers and Fortune-Tellers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, June 18, 2013
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This is a very entertaining travelogue reminiscent of Paul Brunton's amazing "A Search in Secret India" but about various kinds of astrologers instead of spiritualists. The author meets all sorts from great conventional astrologers to shadow readers to palmists. And gets both completely wrong as well as amazingly accurate predictions from different people.

As an astrology student I found this a fascinating read (not to mention an absolute bargain for a buck!). His experiences meeting KN Rao and BV Raman, both absolute masters, was the icing on the cake.

Science of Light: An Introduction to Vedic Astrology
Science of Light: An Introduction to Vedic Astrology
by Freedom Tobias Cole
Edition: Paperback
Price: $29.70
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Examples!, June 10, 2013
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This book is packed with information, but has almost NO examples! Please, there is lots of information in lots of books. Granted this is a little more in-depth than most books on the subject, but its still more-or-less useless if you don't demonstrate how it works in real life with actual examples. There is a very small 10-page (out of 445 total pages!) chapter at the end titled "Interpretation" but even this just describes techniques rather than demonstrating how to apply these techniques to real charts! And god help us there is a volume 2 with more in-depth treatment. The author should really go meet some real-life astrologers in India to see how practical they are. Most of them will not bother at all with mantras (a subject this book spends a LOT of time on).

By the way, if you are looking for books that DO have lots of examples, check out "Notable Horoscopes" and "How to Judge a Horoscope" (2 volumes) by BV Raman.

UPDATE: Another GREAT book that's actually appropriate for beginners with LOTS of examples is Andrew Bloomfield's How to Practice Vedic Astrology: A Beginner's Guide to Casting Your Horoscope and Predicting Your Future

Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213+
Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS213+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this!, April 30, 2013
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Upgraded from my old DLink-323 and had a WOW reaction! Way faster, much easier to configure, plus with tons of expandability options. I'm still looking at all the add-ons available. But even simply as a pure NAS solution used for my backup needs, this way exceeded my expectations. MUST BUY if you're looking for a home-office NAS solution! And yes you get what you pay for, so don't settle for cheaper all-in-one solutions. Got two WD RED 3TB NAS-Ready hard drives to go with this and its a match made in heaven.

Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Red Dot - Retail Packaging
Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Red Dot - Retail Packaging
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, August 5, 2012
Spent the last couple of weeks comparing several bluetooth speakers including Big Jambox, Bose SoundLink, Logitech Wireless Boombox, SoundFreaq Sound Kick, Philips Fidelio DS7700. Big Jambox was the clear winner for me. Here's why:

Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker - Nylon vs Big Jambox: Going on price alone I expected these to be very comparable and they are to a large extent. However on the Bose SoundLink, bass overpowers everything else! Big Jambox has just enough, tight bass and sounds a lot more balanced. Both can get very loud, Bose has almost no distortion at any volume. Big Jambox gets a tad distortion at the very highest volume, but you have to really listen to notice. Bose's sound actually gets more balanced as the volume increases, but Big Jambox has very good balance at all volumes. Plus love the 15 hr battery life on the Big Jambox. And a very nice surprise for me was that the battery level of the Big Jambox actually shows up as an icon on my iPhone! This is the only bluetooth speaker I have ever noticed this for. Of course I have yet to run out of battery from the original charge two weeks ago :-) Other things I like about the Big Jambox: customizable and updatable via USB. You can even change the "voice" behind the voice prompts. The only disappointment for me was the inability to turn off the sound effects when using the buttons. But I suspect this is coming since the original Jambox just got this silent mode via an update.

Logitech Wireless Boombox for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch: Had this for a few months. Also very good option especially at the $120 price range with also decent volume. The problem I found with this was that the volume dropped quite a bit when running on battery and it has a tad less bass than the Big Jambox, plus a little bulky and only 3-4 hrs battery life. But great sound overall, definitely in 2nd place for me in terms of sound. UPDATE: There is now a newer version of this boombox with the UE (Ultimate Ears) co-branding - looks interesting though I havenn't personally seen it yet.

Sound Freaq SFQ-04 SoundKick Bluetooth wireless stereo speaker: Decent sound at $99 and very cool features (such as the ability to charge an iPhone via USB), but cannot play with the big boys enough said :-) Also sound level goes WAYY down when running on battery.

Philips Fidelio DS7700 Docking Speaker iPod, iPhone and iPad: Very good sound quality but somewhat lacking in volume (though has more than the Sound Kick and it doesn't drop as much when running on battery). Also tends to get drops in bluetooth connection - this is a dealbreaker for me. Big Jambox never, ever seems to drop the connection!

Also ran:
Philips Fidelio DS8550 Speaker System for iPod/iPhone/iPad (Silver/Black) - great sound but wayy too bulky!

Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black Diamond - Retail Packaging - not enough bass or power though good for its size.
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Fundamentals of Tabla, Vol. 1
Fundamentals of Tabla, Vol. 1
by David Courtney
Edition: Spiral-bound
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Definitive tabla book, November 13, 2009
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Don't let the title fool you, yes this teaches the basics, but with a thoroughness that leaves you with a perfect understanding of not just the how, but the why. The author has set out to write a comprehensive book (or series of books) on all aspects of tabla playing, and while such an effort is bound to fail by definition (as the author says in the introduction), he has gone well beyond anything previously written on the subject in any language by any author. I'm am in awe of the amount of knowledge, effort and dedication that has gone into this series of books. For a non-Indian (by birth anyway, his art transcends nationality at this point) to learn the language, spend years learning the art, and then to write such a series of books is nothing short of amazing!

To get to the book itself, it starts out with a fairly comprehensive background, of not just the tabla, but Indian music and dance as well. This is followed by information about the tabla structure, the best kind to buy, where to buy, how to tune them, the best playing position, etc. Chapter 3 finally starts with the tabla bols and how to play them with simple exercises. The rest of the book covers basic thekas, prakars and different styles of playing. Also includes a few teental kaidas.

The bulk of the book is then taken over by reference material in the form of 10 (yes ten!) appendices that deal with things like notation, bols of miscellaneous taals & prakars, reference charts, technique, writing the bols, where to buy tablas, internet resources, and even a map of India!

The standouts from this book for me are:
- Detailed, thorough treatment of every topic covered
- All bols and terms shown in original Devnagiri (Hindi) as well as English. The author even teaches how to write the bols in Devnagiri
- Simple, easy-to-understand style of writing that teaches with an effortless style.
- I actually like that the appendices are larger than the core of the book. As the author notes, this makes the teaching part more accessible without getting mired in a ton of reference material (a problem with most Indian books on the subject). This is a very innovative approach in my opinion, one that I have not seen anywhere else.

Some things that could be improved:
- Some of the elements in book remind me of a Ph.D. thesis (probably no accident since the author is highly learned and has a Doctorate!), such as the constant references to other books with detailed listings at the end of each chapter. The Sample Questions appendix also falls into this category of unnecessary detail.
- Yes the price is a bit on the high side, but I will not begrudge it given the priceless knowledge contained in this volume, and the probably smaller audience for this field. If price is really an issue, see the "Learning .." books below.

Other volumes in this series:
Advanced Theory of Tabla, Vol. 2 (The Complete Reference for Tabla): This gives the more advanced theory behind tabla playing along with the more advanced cyclical and cadential forms such as relas, tihais, advanced kaidas, gat, chakradhars, etc. Also includes some very interesting and detailed theoretical chapters on timbre (sound quality), timekeeping (electronic tabla & lehra machines, etc.), dynamics, stagecraft (including lighting!).
Manufacture and Repair of Tabla, Vol. 3: This is all about how tablas are made and how to fix them. Probably more hands-on than most tabla students need. But a useful reference for those that do need it.
Focus on the Kaidas of Tabla, Vol. 4 (The Complete Reference for Tabla) (Spiral-bound): This is a detailed reference of over 75 kaidas, for the advanced student.

Students just starting with tabla and who are not interested in the background material as much as in the practical aspects should instead consider the much smaller (and cheaper) "Learning the Tabla" book & CD series by the same author:
Mel Bay Learning the Tabla Book/CD Set
Mel Bay presents Learning the Tabla, Volume 2

The author also has a website where you can get a glimpse of some of the material in these books, plus some really nice videos:

iPhone Application Development For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
iPhone Application Development For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
by Neal Goldstein
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent intro but get the "Beginning .." book instead, June 30, 2009
In an effort to simplify the material, the author strings out explanations too much. This was actually counter-productive for me. Also, this covers SDK 2.1 instead of 3.0 which came out in June 2009.

Instead get the "Beginning iPhone 3 Development" book from Apress. Its the best one out there and the edition covering SDK 3.0 is coming out early July 2009. I've read the eBook version (already available from Apress) and its great!

Also recommend "iPhone SDK Development" book from Pragmatic Press. Also covers SDK 3.0. Also currently available in eBook format only - paper copy should be coming Sep 2009.
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Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK
Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK
by Dave Mark
Edition: Paperback
Price: $30.62
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book but wait for 3.0 edition, June 30, 2009
Great book, but next edition covers SDK 3.0 and includes corrections. The eBook is already out, the paperback is coming early July 2009.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay away!, December 9, 2008
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Stay away from this one - the connection kept dropping intermittently. Apple may have put some additional proprietary security into the docks to discourage 3rd party docks.

Not able to change the rating, else I would change to 1 star.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad fit - tasteless coffee, December 17, 2007
In a bid to fit multiple coffee makers, this is a little smaller than it needs to be. I have a gap of half a cm around it in my Mr. Coffee coffeemaker. As a result water gets around the coffee making the coffee weak. Unfortunately this seems to be the only one available in the "small basket" size.

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