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Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cable (10 Feet)
Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cable (10 Feet)
Price: $5.49
160 used & new from $3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy!, October 20, 2014
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Great cable, 2-1/2 years and counting. I've used it in several applications, so it has survived multiple re-connections. Wire and insulation are substantial. Connectors fit well, and are durable. Recommend Belkin or Mediabridge brand for best value. A cheap or bad cable is worse than useless, much like an unreliable flashlight. Keep a long cable of each type on hand so you don't have to run out and buy an expensive -and poor quality- cable locally in a pinch. You, family, and friends will be glad you have a good spare.

Since I started hooking up computers and components at home in 1983, lousy cables have cost me more than a few hours. Same thing with electronic entertainment items.

Watch out for what seem to be cheaply-made knock-offs, as described in some reviews. If you get one, post a review and return it to Amazon. Belkin might be interested as well.

Doctor Who, Season 8 [HD]
Doctor Who, Season 8 [HD]
Price: $39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lasting interpretation by a fine actor, September 12, 2014
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Probing the depths of the Doctor's complex past, Peter Capaldi's expert portrayal is nuanced and touching. Viewers who are not familiar with the classic Doctors will not see the deep tribute he pays to Tom Baker and other pathfinders. As always, some of the best "facial expression acting" can be seen on this program.

At first some of the Doctor's comments -"No sense in both of us being cold"- may seem sub-almost off-putting and sub-zero in lack of warmth, but they are actually reminders of the Doctor's experinced, ancient wisdom in recogizing the inevitable outcome of certain circumstances. Alien, adrift in an old, vast universe, the Doctor still reminds us to try to be brave and decent, humane while being human, conceitedly pleased when we succeed and hopeful of another chance when we fail.

The first episodes are not yet up to the very high bar set by the best of recent seasons, but that is par for this particular course. Have faith. Capaldi and the writers are dedicated to their calling, and will not let us down.

iPad Keyboard Case, New Trent Airbender 1.0 - Wireless Bluetooth Clamshell iPad Keyboard Case. Compatible: iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2 [360 Degree Rotatable] [Multi-Adjustable Stand] (upgraded version)
iPad Keyboard Case, New Trent Airbender 1.0 - Wireless Bluetooth Clamshell iPad Keyboard Case. Compatible: iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2 [360 Degree Rotatable] [Multi-Adjustable Stand] (upgraded version)
Offered by idealpoint
Price: $36.95
32 used & new from $26.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain that enhances the ipad, August 26, 2014
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This is a nice package. The price means it isn't a major, "line-item" purchase, so I can envision it being useful not only to teachers, but affordable for students. Many of my college students have an iPad, but I rarely see them paired with keyboards. I think the problem is that they see Zagg and other products at almost $100. Yet the iPad and free or inexpensive programs offer an unparalleled opportunity to pair graphics entered on a touch screen, with typed text and other keyboard functions.

To me, as a faculty member, it is a no-brainer to add the keyboard and case. I already have my iPad with me because I don't want to lug a laptop, plus it will link into my classroom computer.

This product supplants a laptop in many respects, and adds a truly functional touch screen. Subtract what you'd pay for an iPad case alone, and this is truly a bargain.

Useful to teachers, students, anyone gathering data, and to anyone who already has an iPad with them. It is inexpensive enough to buy even if you're not sure how often you'll use it (although I'd predict you will use it more rather than less).

Testing consisted of inserting it into my life, and bringing it along with me and my iPad. It was part of my iPad, after all.

One added function: it can be handy to use the online keyboard for editing text in diagrams, while still connected to the Bluetooth keyboard. A keyboard is literally always close to hand.

Formal Review:

Keyboards and iPad cases are -and should be- a matter of personal and often quite idiosyncratic taste. But that doesn't mean some virtues and disadvantages can't be identified for consideration.

The NewTrent NT38B Airbender iPad case with wireless keyboard is a strong entry in a fairly small field. The case/keyboard comes packaged in a nice box that would make for easy wrapping or shipping as a gift. The admirably concise instructions were printed on one folded page, and includes both clearly written text and to-the-point, useful photographs and figures.

The iPad snaps into the rigid top half of the plastic case. Fit is tight and secure, but not an obstacle to installing or removing the iPad; just follow the very simple instructions which are supported by clear photos. The key point is to note the two small retaining tabs in the top.

All of the case openings for controls and the lens matched up with the iPad and were of appropriate size. In fact, the cut outs were larger than those found in many cases, and I preferred the easier access.

Overall, the case is obviously designed to be"slim-fit" and does not noticeably add to either the dimensions or weight. The case adds important protection against scratches, dings, and compression when carried in a soft bag such as a backpack or bag. It offers the same advantages and limitations of any rigid case. I slipped it into an inexpensive zippered case which features padding with dense foam, and this seems an ideal combination for safe but not cumbersome transport.

In use, the Airbender is a good platform. It adds the convenient option of typing, but doesn't compromise the underlying personality of the iPad as a touchscreen tablet. The top enclosure and bottom keyboard portions of the case are joined by what at first seems a shaky sort of metal arm. Once the arm is fully extended, however, and the top portion and contained iPad inserted in the groove in the bottom portion, the inherent cleverness and stability of the design becomes apparent. The extended arm braces the screen in a sloped position and increases the solidity of the support. Thus, it is easy to shift from typing to using the touch screen, without ever feeling that the whole thing might tip over backwards. Both landscape and portrait orientations are accommodated, and pivoting between them couldn't be easier because the supporting arm includes a rotating disk.

When closed, the top and bottom portions are held closed in front by a small molded-in plastic tab. In fact, the tab seems a little too small, and the case opens quite easily. On the other hand, the case never unexpectedly opened during extensive handling, so this may be more of an impression than a problem.

The keyboard features easy-to-read markings with keys in a standard layout. Controls consist of an on-off switch and a connection button. Both are of a convenient size for even large fingers, but still unobtrusive. Three LEDs inform the user about Bluetooth pairing, charging and fully-charged or low battery, and cap-lock. I especially appreciated the last!

The Li-ion battery requires a minimum three-hour charge out of the box, and I found that about two-hours is needed thereafter whenever the battery-level green LED is flashing. The charge seems to be good for some hours of use, but it is difficult to estimate in daily life. It just seemed I didn't need to recharge it with undue frequency. The battery is stated to be good for 500 charging cycles. This is a good suggested lifespan for a reasonably-priced device. An micro-USB cord is provided, but as expected, no wall charging unit.

The silent keys are responsive, and register with a reasonable but definite touch, but did not require bottoming-out. This might make a difference for some touch-typists. To me, the finger pressure required was spot-on and had the right "springiness" for good control. Less subjectively, the keys were satisfyingly uniform in feel; this is an important point, and a fundamental requirement in a quality keyboard. The Bluetooth pairing was quick and eventful.

One often overlooked point: the markings on the keyboard are very clear, slightly raised, and appear durable enough to last. It is annoying to have letters wear off.

I like the keyboard. It isn't as suited to long projects as my desktop Apple keyboard, but that is part of the trade off inherent with any lightweight version, whether designed for a tablet or as part of a laptop. It is more than adequate for note-taking.

Case, iPad platform, and Bluetooth keyboard: the NT38B from NewTrent extends the usefulness of my iPad I to include functions usually associated with laptops, all without introducing any drawbacks that defeat key features of the iPad. I can have both a tablet and a keyboard, without significantly adding to the bulk or weight of the my ever-portable iPad.

The final question is one of value. There are several competing keyboard/case combinations. Comparison will show each has a slightly different set of virtues and drawbacks. I think the NewTrent Airbender entry stands up well, certainly due to features like compactness and the thoughtful inclusion of a caps light, but very much due to the price. The competitors cost twice as much. It is much easier to justify buying a unit under $50, especially if only sporadic or occasional use is envisioned.

Black Robe
Black Robe
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this and see a fine film!, July 12, 2014
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Lovely, yet brutal and heartbreaking. A real sleeper! Fair portrayal of Native Americans in their great diversity, and of the worthy Jesuit missionaries. Sad but inspiring.

3 Pack Ruger LCR 22 38 Special and 357 Magnum Quick Release Conceal Carry Micro Holster Trigger Stay by Garrison Grip (BLACK)
3 Pack Ruger LCR 22 38 Special and 357 Magnum Quick Release Conceal Carry Micro Holster Trigger Stay by Garrison Grip (BLACK)
Offered by Garrison Grip
Price: $14.95

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this a good idea in the first place?, July 7, 2014
I have tried both this set up and a similar one for Glock pistols. Both worked and fit. Of course, I ootried them out on an unloaded firearm first! And practiced. Then, practiced some more.

Still -as a certified pistol and CCW instructor, and pistol competitor for well over 20 years, and after carrying concealed for much longer- I do have significant reservations and concerns. One of the most enduring and effective safety rules is to learn to never place your finger within the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot! That makes it difficult to recommend this trigger block, as you'd need to place your finger within the guard to first eject this rubber block even if you are drawing and simply readying to shoot. Since most instances of use of a firearm for self-defense do not escalate to the point of firing shots, when and how do you safely eject the thing?

Under pressure, the best system is K.I.S.S. I can easily imagine fumbling this extra step and either not ejecting it properly or having an indefensible accidental discharge. This possibility might be minimized or obviated by regular and careful practice.

But there are other issues to consider. Do you use several handguns in any self-defense capacity, for carry or at home? If so, they should all be fitted with this device (which might limit your choices!). A firm rule is to make all your training as uniform as possible. Otherwise, your training to eject it could actually lead you to put your finger on the trigger and cause an unintentional discharge in another firearm. Same problem if the device falls out or is pressed out by chance. Or you might fail to eject it. All in all, it is an major extra step to practice and to execute with fluency under extreme pressure.

Finally, the heavy double-action trigger weight is an inherent safety feature of the revolver (especially if the single-action is disabled or never available), and has long been considered effective and sufficient. The NYPD discovered this when they experienced incidents of accidental discharge after switching from revolvers to Glock semiauto pistols. They often occured when re-holstering a drawn handgun. The best, most effective answer was a heavier, revolver-like trigger -and that is what I installed for my own Glocks and still recommend. In the end, I was more comfortable with this feature and adding nothing to the firearm that causes me to prematurely insert my forefinger into the trigger guard.

Another point: is this in widespread use by police, anywhere? No. Why not? Unintentional discharges happen with police, too. If this is such a good idea, it would see police adoption. I think they find the old rules and good training in handgun handling, along with heavier triggers, be a better route. I give it three stars because it could work. With careful practice. But only three because of the many questions it brings up that need to be considered. So execution of the design might warrant five stars, but it is a questionable concept to add something to the firearm that causes one to prematurely insert a forefinger into the trigger guard.

So it is up to you. YMMV. Be prepared, however. If you use it and are ever involved in a shooting, your employment of this rubber stop will be reviewed and possibly count against you. A defense lawyer could bring it up even if that seems unfair to you. It is a very non-standard feature. I will not use it or recommend it to my students. If you feel you need some form of a manual safety, then consider shifting to a semiauto pistol with that feature.
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#1 Magnesium Oxide 500 mg 180 tablets by Best Naturals - Supports Health Nervous System - Manufactured in a USA Based GMP Certified Facility and Third Party Tested for Purity. Guaranteed!!
#1 Magnesium Oxide 500 mg 180 tablets by Best Naturals - Supports Health Nervous System - Manufactured in a USA Based GMP Certified Facility and Third Party Tested for Purity. Guaranteed!!
Offered by Good Health Store
Price: $39.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor choice, July 5, 2014
Magnesium oxide is established as a poorly-absorbed form. Less than 10% -likely much less- is absorbed into,the body. The rest remains in the bowel, acting as an irritant and laxative. Check online or with your pharmacist and you find this confirmed. Use a chelates form, such as glycinate and also avoid the citrate a pond sulfate forms.

Captain Phillips [HD]
Captain Phillips [HD]

5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story of courage, March 13, 2014
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Captain Philips does the right thing. This film clearly shows his quiet bravery and deep sense of duty. Entertaining and moving. Great production.

crocs Unisex 10003 Relief Clog,Black,Women's 12 M US/Men's 10 M US
crocs Unisex 10003 Relief Clog,Black,Women's 12 M US/Men's 10 M US
Price: $39.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, relief from plantar fasciitis, March 13, 2014
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The first few steps in these shoes were my first pain-free steps in several years. Finally, my feet didn't hurt virtually all the time, every day, ax I walked or stood. After four or five hours of standing or walking , yes the pain will return. But for shorter and more reasonable lengths of time, these shoes helped me immediately and have also seemed to promote longer-term gains. The first pair lasted nearly a year with daily wear outside the home. They run a bit large -the reviews here can guide you on sizing. I am now on my second pair, and expect to keep buying them. They were less helpful when they started show a lot of wear, so I think a couple of pairs every 12 -15 or so months may be about right. What a deal, including shipping!

Instacure Prague Powder #1 for Slow Cooking Meats 1 pound
Instacure Prague Powder #1 for Slow Cooking Meats 1 pound
Offered by Natural Planet
Price: $13.25
3 used & new from $4.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and convenience, March 13, 2014
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This is a good deal if you want to make some awesome corned beef now and then at home. You can find recipes on the Internet, or in in book by James Beard, Julia Child, and other classic authors.

It is hard to find curing salts like this locally, and many online vendors seem to think everyone is corning a hundred pounds of meat. Or the shipping charges double the cost on smaller amounts. This is a useful quantity delivered at a fair price. Please note the salts are colored for a reason, and that is mainly to distinguish them from the many other white, granular materials in the kitchen for convenience and safety (meaning this product is good for the intended purpose but not as a salt substitute!). An occasional and obviously uninformed reviewer will make a critical remark about the color. Please take the time to check your facts before you complain, and you'll see why very, very few people -if anyone- objects once they know WHAT makes it pink.

These salts will help you make corned beef that is traditional, that is, tasty, pretty and bright, and botulism-free! If you don't like nitrates or nitrites, don't use them.

Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age
Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age
by William E. Linney
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.95
64 used & new from $15.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful primer by a fine teacher, March 12, 2014
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Mr. Linney has written the best and finest modern primer with which to begin a refresher course or undertake a new adventure into Latin. The steps -chapters- are small (short), but that means you feel encouraged as you move forward quickly. I only wish there was as good a resource for classical or koine Greek If it is too simple and slow for you, instead of criticizing a text and course OBVIOUSLY not intended for you, find something else. Duh!

But you won't go wrong if you stick to Linney and the great online resources he provides. Next move to the fantastic experience of the great Orberg and you'll find you are ready for his immersion approach. Linney is Suited for for self-study, review (in my case, after 44 years!), or even as a course textbook for beginners.

Bravo, Mr. Linney, bravo! A work of love.

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