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Verso E-Reader Clip Light, Purple
Verso E-Reader Clip Light, Purple
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It is lightweight and the amount of light is perfect. It will clip onto regular paperback books as ..., December 16, 2014
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I was extremely surprised when I used the Verso Clip Light. Unlike most clip-on lights, this one will stay in one place and it will not fall off. It is lightweight and the amount of light is perfect. It will clip onto regular paperback books as well as e-readers. The flexible wire that connects the clip and light allows you to position the clip into any position you want. This is the best book light I have ever used and I encourage others to try it.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment, 0.5 fl. oz.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment, 0.5 fl. oz.
Price: $45.00
2 used & new from $45.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Seems to work on the wrinkles. For dark circles, it's back to basics, November 26, 2014
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I have tried this cream for only a week, but here are my preliminary thoughts:

1. Nice, light, non-perfumed, non-greasy cream which easily blends into the skin
2. No irritation, I like the fact that it is all natural and organic without chemicals etc
3. You see immediate firming of the skin around the eye upon application
4. With repeated use, it's going to improve elasticity of the skin and probably reduce fine lines etc
5. It's probably not going to reduce dark eye circles. For that, you need to go back to basics: 7-8 hours of sleep and waking up at same time every day (no snooze button or half-sleeping), 4-5 glasses of water per day (also reduce alcohol consumption), exercise 2-3 days a week for minimum 30 minutes (got to raise heart beat, get a bit tired, so you get better sleep), reducing stress, eating lot of fruits and vegetable and fiber -- good bowel movements reduce stress also, etc.
6. Nice packaging and applicator.
7. The product is a bit pricey for the amount of quantity ...

A&D Medical Deluxe Connected Blood Pressure Monitor UA-651BLE, White
A&D Medical Deluxe Connected Blood Pressure Monitor UA-651BLE, White
Price: $59.99
3 used & new from $59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, functional, and the Apple App is a convenient plus, November 26, 2014
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I have had a digital blood pressure monitor from 20 years ago, made in Japan, impeccable quality and accuracy, still works well. I think I paid $100 for it 20 years ago. This one seems to be basically the same, I doubt that the technology has changed much. This one is made in China but looks like good quality. It's simple to use and works well. The cuff is nice and light, and there are helpful instructions on the cuff so you know exactly where to place it on the arm. The key improvement seems to be the Bluetooth + Apple App, so all your readings from the unit automatically go to your phone and you can track your progress over a period of time. This is really a great feature, and I was really poor at recording my readings manually before getting this unit. I haven't used this product for long enough, but it looks like the App will show you graphs etc once you have accumulated enough data. I can't see any other functionalities in the App.

BTW, I thought that the App wasn't pairing properly with the unit because it was giving a message that read like an error message (but didn't say error), but after repeated attempts, I realized that it was in fact paired already and the dashboard was blank. You just have to start using the unit, and then the readings automatically come to the dashboard on phone.

Metrokane 9966 Rabbit Hip Flask, Stainless Steel
Metrokane 9966 Rabbit Hip Flask, Stainless Steel
Price: $22.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful but with two shortcomings, November 19, 2014
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This review of the flask is not meant to be a testimonial to my alcoholic tendencies. Anyway, the flask is the right dimension as it fits well in my hip or jacket inside pocket with equal ease. The outsize cover looks like stainless steel, which gives it a tad expensive / sophisticated look and of course makes it easier to clean as well. I do have 2 suggestions for improvement on the product. One is that it does not include a funnel, so filling the container can be a bit of a messy job unless you have the steady hands of a surgeon. But if you were a surgeon, (hopefully) you most likely would not be carrying a hip flask. The second is that the lid feels a bit flimsy and might limit the longevity of the flask. Instead of a plastic lid, I would have gone with something more durable.
Also, would not recommend keeping the alcohol in it for a long time as it does seem to gain a metallic taste after a while.

OXO Good Grips Zester
OXO Good Grips Zester
Price: $9.99
9 used & new from $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and Safe, November 17, 2014
This review is from: OXO Good Grips Zester (Kitchen)
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I actually already had a Microplane zester/grater (also available on Amazon) and was very satisfied. But, when I got this OXO zester/grater, I felt that OXO has improved the design to make it more comfortable and safe:

1. The grating surface is wider than Microplane
2. The edges of the grating surface do not have teeth and are fully rounded and smooth. The Microplane has teeth on the sides and it seems like it is more likely to injure you.
3. The back of the grating surface now has a nice large bounded area where the grated material collects.
4. The handle is smaller and flatter, so it feels more natural in your hand. The Microplane has a handle that is fatter and feels more muscular -- like you will need to really hold it tight like a blade sharpener....

Overall, the OXO feels more safe and comfortable for a normal home cooking, but maybe the Microplane is the way to go if you are more "industrial" in your cooking...

Air-O-Swiss AOS U700 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Air-O-Swiss AOS U700 Digital Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Price: $299.99
2 used & new from $299.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can afford it, buy it. It is the gold standard., November 17, 2014
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I have a lot of experience with humidifiers and have bought many different models and types over the years. I have lived in climates where it is very cold and dry in the winters and had to use humidifiers due to children's health issues. Once I started using them, I saw what a big difference they make in terms of avoiding dry skin issues and making the home really cozy and comfortable during those long dark cold winter nights with the fireplace. Moisture in the air is really important.... And they are not a breeze to use, you have to put them at the right height and place so the mist doesn't become water, you have replace the demineralization cartridge every three months and you have to regularly clean them. I started using Swiss-O-Air models about two years ago when I finally decided to spend some big bucks, and recently got this model.

First, the ultrasonic "technology" for changing water into mist is not rocket science and every model can do this decently. The issues that are in play are: (i) reliability and quality of construction, (ii) does the unit produce the white mineral residue that is a big pain in the neck, (iii) extra features and logic/ease of controls, and (iv) continuity of the company -- are they going to be around so you can source the demineralization cartridge etc and your unit doesn't become obsolete. [By the way, all ultrasonic units are very quiet -- they are using an electronic process to break water into mist, and white residue are the mineral in the water which get left behind once the mist is absorbed in the air.]

In all these respects, this model passes the test. First, while I have only had this particular model for a few days, my reliability experience with Swiss-O-Air models has been excellent. The misting feature doesn't deteriorate or stop working, but I also do the cleaning at normal intervals etc. This model shows the excellent quality construction that I have seen with other Swiss-O-Air models. It is made in Korea (not China) and the price and quality reflects this. Nothing about it looks cheap, rather all the materials and surfaces and moving parts exude quality. Second, All Swiss-O-Air models have the same demineralization cartridge -- which works really well. There is absolutely no white residue. I don't know how to stress this enough, when this happens with other models, it is a big pain in the neck because this residue collects on every flat surface in the house and it seeps into everything which makes it hard to remove it from various things in the house. The residue is a bit sticky and smelly also. For example, it can ruin electronics in the house, like DVD players etc. Swiss-O-Air has been able to solve this issue completely through their demineralization cartridge. You do have to replace it every 3 months, but if you can afford this unit, you can afford the cartridges. There is also a cheaper way -- just to replace the granules inside the cartridge, which are also available directly from Swiss-O-Air (when I was living overseas, not sure whether it is sold in the US.) There is also an additional "hydro cell" to remove further impurities from the water, don't know yet how this is actually working. Third, this unit has excellent controls which are simple and easy to use -- the automatic setting is what you will use 95% of the time. The touch-screen type controls are really cool and they work effortlessly. The heated mist is great in the winter nights. There is a night light. I haven't used the special tray to put perfumed oils etc, but looks like a good feature. And lastly, this company seems like it has been around for some time and will be around for some time. So, you don't have to worry about your unit becoming obsolete due to the special demineralization cartridge.

iPhone 6 Case ,Multi-Colored TPU, (4.7"), AT&T Verizon Sprint T-Mobile and All Carriers, Retail Packaging, Gray
iPhone 6 Case ,Multi-Colored TPU, (4.7"), AT&T Verizon Sprint T-Mobile and All Carriers, Retail Packaging, Gray
Offered by Luzy's Storage Place
Price: $14.99
6 used & new from $5.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice, reasonably priced case. Highly recommended., November 8, 2014
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The iPhone 6, like any other expensive handheld device, has a beautiful aluminum body and you feel good holding it in your hands. If you feel that you will eventually drop the phone at some point and want to protect against the main risk of cracking the crystal face of the phone, then you are ready to buy a case and forego the aesthetic feel of the phone. This is true of all cases and just as true of this case.

Of course, I have not tested this case by dropping my phone. But, I like this case. It is a nice, no-nonsense, balanced, sturdy but not intrusive and aesthetically pleasing case, all for a reasonable price. When you first touch the case, it might feel too plastic, but after a couple of days, I found it to be the perfect balance between plastic and rubber (which can feel too sticky). The nice lattice pattern on the back has a good aesthetic look and feel and you feel that you have good hold on the phone. The band of while and black around the lip of the case gives the case some personality of its own, which I like. The lip of the case (which covers the phone completely all around) is sturdy and corners are especially sturdy. Where the phone has buttons, the lip has softer "button-like" coverings, which is a nice feature to fully protect the phone buttons. The back is a bit thinner which is perfect in order to not make the case too bulky. Of course, the case itself fits the phone well and all the features of the phone are accessible.

A nice, reasonably priced case. I recommend it highly.

Actiontec Multi-Room Wireless HD Connection Kit, Black (MWTV2KIT01)
Actiontec Multi-Room Wireless HD Connection Kit, Black (MWTV2KIT01)
Price: $187.99
20 used & new from $187.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good kit, with excellent instructions, but is it worth $200, November 8, 2014
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Single family house (i.e., probably not a lot of interference in the area)
AT&T Uverse (unit: VIP2250) connected to new Panasonic 60 in HDTV
Using Kit to project Uverse signal to Samsung 3D 40 inch HDTV
Distance between Uverse unit and Samsung TV: about 50 feet (on same floor through 2 walls)

The Kit looks like good quality: both receivers, the HDMI cables, the IR cables, Velcro stickers, etc. The receiver and transmitter units are light, compact and have nice design elements. It comes with everything you need. The instructions are really excellent, with clear steps and diagrams of the entire set-up. There is a toll-free number but I didn't use it.

The Kit worked right out of the box. I didn't have any issues but I was patient and didn't jump to conclusions. The video and audio are just the same on both TV (i.e., Panasonic TV connected by wire and Samsung TV connected by wireless Kit) -- so there is no loss of quality through the wireless Kit. There is an understandable 1-second delay between the two TVs because the signal has to be processed and has to travel wirelessly and then be re-processed. The IR blaster cables allow you to remotely control the signal source (Uverse) even though you are sitting in a different room -- this is a great feature. So, you can change channels etc but there is a 2-second delay. Using the menu on the Kit, I saw that the signal strength was 4 out of 10. The signal was travelling about 50 feet through relatively noise-less environment.

In my set-up, the Kit is connected in between the Uverse unit and the main TV. Once in a while, on the main TV the Uverse would go black/silent for a fraction of a second, which is due to the Kit. Once, I tried to explore the "Menu" option on the Kit, and didn't change anything but then for the first time I started seeing the "HDCP authentication" issue. In my view, the whole set-up is not stable enough. Every time, you disturb the Kit set-up, then you have spend some 15-20 minutes turning on/off everything a few times until the HDCP authentication error goes away. Keep in mind that since the Kit is connected between the Uverse signal and my main TV, this is really not a wireless issue, but rather probably comes from the various IP protection features which are built into the HDMI technology and the Kit is not able to properly receive the HDMI signal from source. It's not a Uverse issue in my view.

Overall, one should try to avoid the situation where you would need to carry an HDMI signal wirelessly because it seems to me that you will have HDCP authentication and wireless issues. For example, it would probably be better for me to just pay $10/month to get a second Uverse unit, which would also allow my family to watch something different on the second TV. I can see that somebody may need this Kit because due to the design of the room because he can't run an HDMI cable from the Uverse to the main TV. The Kit is a nice thing to have, but it is $200 which is also a lot of money.

The Age of Wrath: A History of the Delhi Sultanate
The Age of Wrath: A History of the Delhi Sultanate
Price: $13.30

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate Speech as History, October 2, 2014
Abraham Eraly has written a history of the Delhi Sultanate. That is the supposed purpose of the book. But even a cursory reading reveals it full of venom and hatred against Hindus. Writing such invective about any religion or race would have ended the career of any author in most countries. It is a sad reflection of the intellectual bankruptcy that exists in India that such bigoted and hate-filled venom against an entire religion - the Hindus - has almost entirely escaped censure.

Whether it is railing against Indians, who according to Eraly were a sleepy people, with no ambition, without the skills or the energy to venture outside their lands. "Indians were always the conquered, never the conquerors", or Hindus, Eraly's pen drips with hate-speech with an unremitting virulence.

Slavery is an unmitigated horror, an evil that deserves every bit of condemnation it gets. However, even here, Eraly sees benevolence in slavery when practiced by the Sultanate rulers (Muslim) and better than imagined slavery in Hinduism.
"Being a slave in Muslim society, unlike in Hindu society, was not an insurmountable handicap or degradation..."

Even the much talked about tolerance and open-spiritedness of Hindus is an evil in disguise, according to the author. Sample this:
"But the tolerance of Hindu society was tolerance by segregation; it was in fact a form of intolerance.
This meant that Hindu society, despite its appearance of tolerance, was in fact a highly discriminatory, inequitable and intolerant society."

What agenda the author has, what indoctrination he has suffered, is not quite clear, but to call "The Age of Wrath" history would be as accurate as calling "Mein Kampf" an authoritative history of the Jews.

Money is better spent running it through the shredder and time better spent watching flies hover over garbage than reading Eraly's hate-speech screed.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 [OLD VERSION]
Offered by Gadgets_Games_Goodies
Price: $99.99
7 used & new from $89.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Liking it so far, September 27, 2014
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As an amateur interested in and with the time to indulge in only basic photo editing and post-processing, the question boils down to whether Photoshop or Lightroom is the more appropriate and easier tool to use. While I do not shoot much in RAW, even though everyone tells me I must, and that is a different story, this version of Photoshop includes support for RAW (or perhaps you could, but needed some external plugins - I don't know, since I haven't used older versions). Evidently, the previous versions did not, so this is a big deal. However, here also there is not full control over RAW elements, but only limited. As I use RAW more, I will learn the differences, but for what it's worth, this artificlal crippling of functionality is a way for Adobe to nudge its users to the more expensive versions...

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