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Amazon Cloud Drive Desktop [Mac]
Amazon Cloud Drive Desktop [Mac]
Price: $0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Me, This is My Favorite Cloud Storage Option of All those I've Tried Thus Far, November 16, 2015
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This system actually works quite well. I've experienced a few technical kinks in uploading very large files (1 Gb and greater) where the percentage indicator goes to 100%, then drops backs to 0%, then starts over. A cancel is then necessary, but the file then shows up in the Cloud Drive. Other than that, I've been very happy with this system, for a number of reasons:

1. Upload speed is FAST. I am connecting through work where we have very high speed Internet lines, but upload speeds to Amazon Cloud Drive go much faster for me than those to Google Drive. Actually, I'm surprised just how fast these upload speeds are. Sometimes it seems incredible (and I've uploaded hundreds and hundreds of Gb's at this point, so I have a very good "feel' for the upload speed. It's the fastest I've seen yet.)
2. Minimalist design. There are few features, basic to what you need, and easy to use. There's no clutter of endless options that baffle both the mind and the spirit; the basic functions are there, and easy to use, too.
3. Good download speed. You'd think that would be a given, but try it on some of you other cloud-based storage systems, where downloads sometimes just creep in speed.
4. Easy ability to report issues, make suggestions, and comments, built right into the uploader program. I've already used it four times, and I've received a response each time.
5. And how can we overlook this? At $60 per year, it's unlimited space. That just seems too hard to believe. But I've already uploaded 2 Tb of files, and am throwing more at it.
6. Ability to view photos and play videos from within the Cloud web interface. Not a necessity for me, but its proven helpful in a number of cases.

Are there some issues? Yes. But taken as a whole, this is the best cloud storage system I've used so far. If they fix that "uploading loop" issue I described above, I'll change to five stars!

Note: this is not a backup system in the sense that you connect your computer, and an "image" of you hard drive is uploaded for full recovery. It is only STORAGE. You select files and folders to upload. This is different that systems like, say, Carbonite.

Amscan Plastic Spoons, Clear, 100 Per Package
Amscan Plastic Spoons, Clear, 100 Per Package
Price: $8.96
22 used & new from $7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars I Wouldn't Want to Spoon-Feed You Any Information, But .., November 10, 2015
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For the price, these spoons are five stars in my book. It's not that they are the best plastic spoons out there, because the are not, but they are pretty sturdy, they stand up well to very, very hot liquids, and are reasonably priced. I haven't had one break or melt yet, and I use them with boiling water! Some of these plastic utensils can really get out of hand (no pun intended) price-wise, and there's no denying that some of them are really amazing in their quality and design characteristics, but if you are looking for a reasonably priced spoon that handles most anything you might need and don't require the most expensive versions out there, these are hard to beat.

Tinkle Hair Cutter - 3 pieces
Tinkle Hair Cutter - 3 pieces
Price: $6.67
6 used & new from $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Qulaity Hair Cutter for Between Cuts and for Travel, November 10, 2015
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These are actually pretty good hair cutters. Employing a razor blade that runs down the center of the teeth, the item, when pulled through the hair like a comb, cuts the hair at an angle. With a little practice (and it does take practice), you can actually get a pretty decent cut between regular cuts. If you wear your hair very short and at uniform length, you can probably get by with using the device all by itself. And,yes, the blades are replaceable, but just take note that not all blades are created equal. Because you are cutting hair, you want a very sharp, but very hard blade, so cheap-o blades are not going to do the trick. Get a good quality blade for a device like this. Another use for this device? Traveling. If you are going to be away from home for a little while but don't want to carry heavy electric cutters or shears, this may do the trick. it weighs practically nothing and serves its purpose reasonably well in a situation like this. The face that they are so inexpensive is icing on the cake! Five Stars.

Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, Black
Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, Black
Price: $5.99
45 used & new from $4.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Might this be the Best Can Opener You Can Get for Normal, Day-to-Day Use?, November 6, 2015
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What is probably one of the most durable, most useful can openers ever made, this Swing-A-Way is essentially the same model that my parents used when I was a child growing up. It is heavy, tough, well built, and is remarkably similar in styling to its predecessors. The things is, it works so good, why change it? It's dependable, strong, and, as long as it is not abused, doesn't rust or fall apart. A "heavy" side of the device can be used to dent the top lid of a glass jar, allowing you to spin it off. I'm not sure it's recommended for dishwasher cleaning, but I normally just run some hot water over it once in a while, then dry it immediately, including the circular cutting blade, and almost never have trouble with it. In a day and age when most of our devices break just by looking at them, this can opener reminds us of an early time, when things were built to last. And it's still made in the US. Highly recommended, particularly is you buy it on sale.

Oster 5965 1-1/2-Liter Electric Water Kettle, Stainless Steel
Oster 5965 1-1/2-Liter Electric Water Kettle, Stainless Steel
Price: $25.49
6 used & new from $19.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Great "Middle of the Road" Boiler that does the Job Well, Looks Good, and Seems to be Built with Good Quality, November 5, 2015
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This is a very good quality electric water kettle that is sturdily built, boils relatively quickly, and looks nice. It has a removable carafe so that when the water is done boiling, you just life up with the handle and pour. You then place the kettle back on the base for future boiling. You can also set it down between boilings somewhere else, but you have to be careful because, due to its stainless steel body, the bottom can get very hot.

And speaking of hot, this thing really does get the water temperature to a full boil. Be careful not to burn your lips right after a pour, because it is hot.

The handle shape is comfortable, and feels very sturdy. No squeaks or loose parts so far.

For me, I view it is the half-way point between the more exotic Cuisinart that lets you set all kinds of different temperatures for different kinds of tea (I've had two of those now), but when this unit is on sale, for me, it is the better bargain. Plus, my first Cuisinart became defective after water got on the complex button panel, which is complete unacceptable for a device that exceeds one hundred dollars, and is made to boil water. When this Oster goes on sale, its really hard to beat, when you compare design, quality, and cost. I'm very happy with it, and recommend it as a five star device, but just wait (if you can) until it is on sale.

Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder 2
Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder 2
Price: $10.75
14 used & new from $10.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Fuji "X" Shooters - Take Note!, November 5, 2015
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Upon receiving and trying out this item, all I could think was "Thank you, thank you, thank you!." I have been shooting with Fuji X system for years, and as much as I like the system and have used so many of their lenses and cameras, it has driven me NUTS that none of the batteries come with a plastic case. Why???? These Fuji batteries cost almost 50 per battery, and yet, no case! You get a flimsy, silicone bag that is about as useless as it comes, and the cost of manufacturing a plastic case, like most manufactures do for their own batteries, could not be more than a penny or two each. But NO CASE, ever! Even aftermarket!

Well, I came across this item, and, out of desperation, tried it. And it is FANTASTIC. The Fuji NP-W126 fits beautifully in the slot, and their are two slots, so you can hold two batteries in the same case. The case is also thin, and light, so you don't have to worry about unnecessary weight and bulk. It's the answer to what I call 'The Fuji Battery Dilemma," and I heartily give this, not only a Five Star Review, but a big THANK YOU to Think Tank for creating it! I'm going right now to order a bunch more to hold all my batteries. Good quality, too. This is an item not to be overlooked for the Fuji X shooter.

Neewer 8"x6"/20x15cm Translucent Softbox for Canon G1 X/600D/1D X/SX40 HS/SX150 IS/60D/550D,Nikon D7000/D5100/ D5000/D3100/D3000/D700/D300,Neewer TT560 TT520 TT660 TT850 TT860 and Other DSLR Flashes
Neewer 8"x6"/20x15cm Translucent Softbox for Canon G1 X/600D/1D X/SX40 HS/SX150 IS/60D/550D,Nikon D7000/D5100/ D5000/D3100/D3000/D700/D300,Neewer TT560 TT520 TT660 TT850 TT860 and Other DSLR Flashes
Price: $8.99
10 used & new from $7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flash Diffuser for Less than 10 Dollars that Does the Trick Well, October 29, 2015
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How is it possible to rate this item as anything less than five stars? It's inexpensive, light, flattens out like a piece of paper, and yet still gets the job done: when you need to use a flash and don't want the harsh effects of a direct light source, this will do the trick. But it's not just the cost that makes this item appealing. Because it is so light, and because it flattens out so nicely, its highly portable and easy to carry with you, even when you're not sure you'll need it. The cloth (actually, a nylon mesh) opens up to wedge shape with a smaller rectangular opening on the opposite side of the diffuser cloth. You slip the opening over your flash unit, and then secure it by wrapping around the supplied Velcro strap. It's that easy. If you are worried that it might come lose and drop off right at the most inconvenient moment, you can always use a little bit of tape to secure it in place. But if you take the time to mount it and wrap the Velcro strap on, it should not fall off (unless you are shooting outside in windy conditions, where the extra holding power of tape might be warranted.) The cloth and seam quality seem to be very good, and I don't expect any trouble arising from construction issues. The diffuser cloth itself is slightly less flexible, so when you open it up and mount it, the diffuser forms a flat surface. An easy five stars.

ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Luxe, HD Clarity + Reinforced Screen Protection for iPhone 6 / iPhone 6S - Screen - Retail Packaging -  Black
ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Luxe, HD Clarity + Reinforced Screen Protection for iPhone 6 / iPhone 6S - Screen - Retail Packaging - Black
Price: $39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Screen Protector that is Unlike Any Other: Run, Don't Walk, To Get One on Your New iPhone 6s!, October 28, 2015
This is easily the best screen protector I've ever used for any device. Mine is placed on the Apple iPhone 6s, and not only does it not detract from the appearance of the phone, but it actually enhances its appearance (mine is the variant with the black on the top and bottom of the screen). And, yes, it is made of a special glass that is so thin that it actually flexes (just a tiny bit), and when you put it on, if you follow the instructions, it goes on beautifully and simply, with absolutely no bubbles, and is completely invisible once attached. I've not dropped my phone with it on (and I hope I don't ever do that), but many people have reported that severe drops may shatter the glass shield itself, but the phone's screen is protected intact. Yes, it's expensive, but the minute you get it in your hands, you'll see why. This is a screen protector in a class of its own. And it is just sheer (no pun intended) greatness that they cut out holes, not just for the earpiece and the home button, but also for the front camera lens, so that the image is not degraded in any way.

I was hesitant paying this much for a screen protector, but when I read the many, many reviews, thought I would give it a try, and boy am I glad I did. It's one of those rare items that really stands apart from others in its class. And, no, the "force" feature of the iPhone 6s is not affected by the screen, apparently because of the extreme thinness of the screen, plus the fact that there is a slight amount of flexibility in it. Add to this a lifetime warranty where they will replace it at no cost if it is ever damaged, and you've got a real home run here (you just register the product on the Zagg website). I think they may charge a couple of dollars for postage if you need a replacement, but that's so trivial compared to the lifetime free replacement policy that I think it is quite fair.

The screen comes packaged very professionally in a box with a separate, two-piece plastic shell that holds the protector itself. Instructions, a micro fiber cloth, cleaning fluid, and a bubble squeegee (which I doubt you'll need) are also included. It's packaging is as professionally done as the screen protector itself.

I can't recommend this screen protector more highly. I'm so pleased I bought one! A HUGE five stars for this product.
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SONY  ICD PX333 Digital Voice Recorder
SONY ICD PX333 Digital Voice Recorder
Offered by Pro Ebiz
Price: $49.49
158 used & new from $35.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, Portable Recorder for Everyday Use, October 28, 2015
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For the price, this is a good quality, portable recorder. It's strength over other similar units is that you can connect it to your PC via USB to transfer recordings (you'd think that all portable recorders do that, but read their descriptions carefully: you'll find that many do not allow "offloading" of the digital recording to a computer), the ability to add a micro SDXC card to expand memory (again, a feature not on all portable recorders in this price range), it's lightness, and its ease of operation via only a small number of buttons on the front of the device. You have a series of recording quality options (but no lossless, PCM format), and the unit will hold many, many hours of recordings in its internal memory (4 Gb), but then if you add in an inexpensive micro SDXC card, you can record for extremely long periods of time, even at the highest quality settings. The microphone quality is perfectly acceptable for a device in this price range, and you can get some good quality voice recordings with it. (If you need more professional results with lossless recording ability and higher quality microphones and electronics, try the Sony PCM-M10 Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder). A small, cloth carrying pouch is provided, nice to help keep the device from getting scuffed up in your bag while you are carrying it around, but will not protect from hard drops. Five stars.
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Rockport Men's Evander Moc Toe Oxford,Black,10 M
Rockport Men's Evander Moc Toe Oxford,Black,10 M
Price: $71.00
8 used & new from $71.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Rockport "Evander" Shoe is Comfortable, Waterproof, and Looks Good, Too, October 26, 2015
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These are my favorite men's dress shoes. They are waterproof, and once you break them in, are more comfortable than you could imagine possible. They are a bit on the heavy side, and run just a tad on the small size. The brown ones are impossible to find anymroe, which is a real shame. (And the lower-quality replacements called "Essential Details" that Rockport has put out are incredibly uncomfortable AND look bad). But if you can get your hands on these original Evanders, they are some of the best men's dress shoes I've ever owned. Easy five stars.

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