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Schwinn SW77861-3 Coil Key Lock, 6-Feet x 8mm
Schwinn SW77861-3 Coil Key Lock, 6-Feet x 8mm
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $6.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Secure Bike Lock, July 2, 2015
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Provides adequate security for low-threat areas. What I mean by this is that the product will provide enough protection for your bicycle in areas where the potential thief is likely to be unprepared. For example, if you ride your bike to school, the most likely thief is another student. That person is unlikely to carry the tools needed to cut the cable or to pick the lock. But, this lock is not adequate for use in high crime areas where the thief is most likely carrying bolt cutters and lock picks.

Any pair of bolt cutters will make short work of the cable. The lock cylinder can also be picked by anyone with training. For high threat areas, use a solid U-shaped lock, with a tubular lock cylinder. A solid U-lock will be harder to cut. A regular hardware store hacksaw will have trouble cutting through a solid U-lock. And, a tubular lock will require a set of expensive and special tools in order to pick.

Bear the level of threat in mind, and spend accordingly. This is a very inexpensive lock that will be more than suitable for your child's bicycle at the elementary/middle school bike rack. You probably will not send your kid to school on a $2,000 mountain bike, right? I would not hesitate to use this product to protect a $300-$600 bike that is used in a low crime area.

Highly recommended.


Kindle Case - OMOTON All-new Kindle (7th Gen) Smart Case Cover - The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Case Cover for All-new Kindle (New Touchscreen Display, 2014 Released), with Auto Sleep/ Wake Feature, Black
Kindle Case - OMOTON All-new Kindle (7th Gen) Smart Case Cover - The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Case Cover for All-new Kindle (New Touchscreen Display, 2014 Released), with Auto Sleep/ Wake Feature, Black
Offered by OMOTON Mall
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably-priced protection for your 7th Gen Kindle, July 2, 2015
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This case provides suitable protection for your 7th Generation Kindle. The front cover also powers the unit down.

The bottom piece is hard plastic, to protect the kindle. The front cover is stiff, but not hard. It is enough protection for someone who will use the device where one might typically use a small tablet. However, this case is not padded. It will not protect your kindle from the impact of falling.

Highly recommended.


Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
Price: $79.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable Reading Experience, July 2, 2015
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Not quite a replacement for a book, but offers convenience that books do not. This kindle provides an acceptable reading experience. It also provides the convenience of being able to carry many volumes of books with you. What it gives up in terms of reading experience, it makes up for in convenience.

I have not had any problems with it. The battery lasts a very long time. My unit has the sponsored advertisements, but they have not bothered me. I contemplated getting the mobile broadband version, but the price differential was more than I cared to pay. I am usually located near a WiFi access point so it has not caused me any problems.

Highly recommended for those who plan to stay close to a WiFi access point.


Pivotal Living Tracker 1 (2nd Generation) Black
Pivotal Living Tracker 1 (2nd Generation) Black
Price: $15.00
5 used & new from $14.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works well, but be sure your device is compatible, June 24, 2015
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This is a neat wearable device that allows you to log your daily physical activities. It does require that you have a compatible mobile device, either Apple/IOS or Android. You can download the necessary app at Google Play or the apple store. You really need this app since you cannot really adjust the functions of the PLT from the device itself. Even something like the time will need to be synced with the app.

The device itself is made of light, plastic material. It is somewhat water resistant, but definitely not waterproof. It appears to be durable, but only time will really determine that. I can recommend this device to you, but before you purchase, please visit the company website and make sure that you have a compatible Android or Apple Device. It will not work with older versions of android, but you may be able to upgrade your device to a newer version of the platform that is compatible with the pivotal app. I used this with a Motorola mobile, running android. I do not recall the android version on the device, but the motorola itself was bought in 2014.
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Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring
Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring
Price: $7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much bias, June 11, 2015
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It is with a heavy heart that I write this review. You see, I am a regular at the Tower of the Hand. While I am not a prolific contributor to the discussions, I do consider myself a part of that fabulous community of devoted fans. Let me say that the opinions expressed on this review are not in any way intended to be a personal attack on any member of the community. This review is a criticism of this product, "Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring". It is a criticism of the opinions expressed by some of the authors who contributed to the collection. In my opinion, the opinions expressed here were very biased. Some of them almost read like a propaganda against a particular family or a particular character. That is not what you want in a collection of essay. You want balance.


Life n Soul BM101-BR IPX4 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
Life n Soul BM101-BR IPX4 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
Price: $24.99
5 used & new from $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite, in a small package!, May 9, 2015
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Dynamite can come in small packages. Apparently, so can portable speakers.

Ok, let us get straight to the point. How does this portable speaker sound? I would say it sounds a little bit better than the built-in the speakers on a mid-price laptop. It has a little bit more bass than a built-in laptop speaker and the sound quality is also dependent on the surface that you set it on. For best results, put the BM101 on a sturdy, non-vibrating surface. You can also set it on top of a heavy book to give you the cleanest possible bass.

One of the first songs that I played on it was "Another One Bites the Dust" to test out the bass output. Needless to say, considering the size and the fact it is powered by a small battery, I was impressed. If you have just bought a laptop and you enjoy listening to music without having to resort to wearing headphones, then this is for you. The sound quality that you will get out of this unit is much better than what you will get out of a typical Inspiron's or Thinkpad's built-in speakers. Naturally, there are high-end, multimedia laptops with top-notch name brand speakers that may sound better. I am comparing this to your typical, mid-price laptop from the likes of Dell and Lenovo, and not something high end like Alienware.

This is a terrific product with a niche market. Most people will not need this. I suspect most people will find it more convenient to listen from a pair of small ear bud headphones. However, for those who are unhappy with the sound they are getting out of their laptop, or those who would rather not have an ear bud headphones blasting music into their ear canal, this is a good choice. It will work with your mobile phone, iPod, and laptop. Basically, anything that has bluetooth capability.

The key to getting good sound quality from these speakers is to set it on a surface that does not vibrate. Otherwise, keeping in mind the small size and the power source, there really is not much more you could ask for. By the way, carrying it around on its strap is not going to give you good sound quality. It needs to be stable. The less you allow the body of the unit to vibrate, the cleaner the bass output.

This is an impressive product. Do not let the low price fool you. If you are one of those users who need a product like this, you owe it to yourself to try this out. I am sure there are more expensive products on the market, as well as more economical. You will have to test them out and find the best cost-benefit ratio for your requirements. This product is a good starting point for your search.

Let me just say that I did not test the unit's water resistance. I am a careful user and do not subject my electronics to water. However, this product is designed to be water resistant.

Highly recommended.


Febreze HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier
Febreze HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier
Price: $69.99
6 used & new from $69.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good air cleaner for large rooms., April 19, 2015
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I got this to replace an old Holmes HAP-240 air filter.

I was initially surprised at the size of this Febreze unit. Clearly, it is meant to be placed on the floor. The instructions says that for best performance, it should have about 3 feet of clearance all around. That means it is designed for use in larger rooms.

This filter uses two large cartridges. The surface of the cartridge has carbon bonded to the fibers. It is a HEPA unit. However, it does not ionize the air. There is a small compartment at the top where you can insert Febreze brand air fresheners. The unit can run just fine without the scent cartridges. As far as electrical consumption is concerned, this unit is energy star rated.

I am using this in my bedroom. Since the room only measures 15ft by 16ft, I have the unit on its lowest setting. At this setting, you cannot hear the fan at a distance of five feet from the unit. It is quiet. I have been using the product for less than a month. The filter cartridges are still clean. I suspect they will last another 3 to 4 months at this rate. The scent cartridge has lost some of its fragrance, but that is alright with me.

The product is of good quality and feels sturdy. I suspect most people will use this in the kitchen. The size of the unit and the amount of air that it can pass through the filter cartridges at the high setting should help you keep your kitchen from smelling like the food that you just cooked. This is a very good product that sells for a very reasonable price. It should serve you well if you have the room to accommodate the physical size of this filter. For smaller spaces, you may be able to get away with a small table top air filter. This one will be too big to put on your desk. If you need a unit that can process a lot of air in a short amount of time, this unit will be good for you. Just keep in mind that the higher the fan speed, the higher the noise level of the unit. At the lowest setting, you will not be able to hear the unit working.

You can run the unit continuously, 24/7. However, if you are concerned about your electrical consumption, you can run the unit only as needed. I have not looked into it, but perhaps there are many different scent cartridges that you can get for your unit. I did not like the smell of the one that came with the product. But perhaps the manufacturer offers other scent varieties. It is certainly worth looking into.

Highly recommended.


Cable Matters® SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station - Supports 3TB+ Hard Drives
Cable Matters® SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station - Supports 3TB+ Hard Drives
Offered by Cable Matters
Price: $22.99
2 used & new from $22.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the "hard" out of working with hard drives!, April 19, 2015
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This is a wonderful peripheral to have for those who work on data recovery. You can also use it to add an external hard drive to your computer if you have an extra SATA hard drive available.

This desktop adapter works on both 2.5 and 3.5 hard drives. It has its own power supply, allowing the connected hard drive to receive its power from the A/C outlet rather than drawing power from your computer's USB port. As such, it will not add any additional burden on your system's power supply and motherboard. The unit even has its own power switch in the back. That way, you can leave it constantly connected to your computer without the need to constant having to unplug the power cord. In short, very convenient and very useful.

I have done a lot of data recovery from desktop and laptop hard drives. In the past, I depended on a contraption consisting of a SATA to USB adapter and a power supply. It worked, but it was also a hassle. Now, with this new adapter, all I have to do when someone gives me a hard drive is to insert it into the top slot of this adapter. No need to connect cables and a separate power supply. Life is easier.

There are a lot of peripherals and devices out there for your computer. Once in a while, someone comes up with a product that really can make your work easier. This is one of those.

Even you are not a data recovery technician, you can still find this device useful. Say you have an extra SATA hard drive from your old computer. You can take that drive, reformat it, and use it as a backup device for your current computer.

The build quality is very good. The transfer speeds are good enough for use as a backup device. And the fact that it has its own power source make this equipment very valuable to those who work on computer hard drives. However, it does not work for IDE drives. This one is SATA only.

Highly recommended. This device takes the "hard" out of working with hard drives and makes it easier.


All-Clad Textiles 100-Percent Cotton Checked Kitchen Towel, Pewter
All-Clad Textiles 100-Percent Cotton Checked Kitchen Towel, Pewter
Price: $7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't your mother's kitchen towel!, April 3, 2015
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Kitchen towels are normally humble items. Is there such a thing as a "luxury" kitchen towel? If so, then this All-Clad towel would count as one. When it comes to kitchen towels, this one is high end.

The sample of the product that I have is very attractive. The color is called pewter. In terms of usefulness, this one might be a bit larger than the typical towel, allowing it to absorb more liquid. It also has an anti-microbial agent to keep molds from colonizing the material and breaking it down. Let me confess that I have not tested the effectiveness of this agent. There are sure to be some questions out there. For example, will washing the towel remove its anti-microbial properties? I did not put the product to the test. I suspect one could wash it repeatedly, and then let it sit while its wet to see if it develops that musty smell. But I like the product too much to subject it to such a test. I like using it in my kitchen.

What would be the product's selling point? The anti-microbial properties? It's luxurious feel? Both. It does have a luxurious feel when you use it to dry your hands. Although I did not really put the anti-microbial properties to the test, it does seem to really work. Usually, when you leave a moist towel sitting out, it starts to get that musty smell. The kind of smell that prompts you to add a little bleach to the wash to get the stink out. This one has not developed that smell. Which is a good thing. The design looks too good and you would not want to subject the towel to bleach. Even thought it has antibacterial properties, my recommendation is to avoid creating a situation that may require you to use bleach to wash the product. Take care of it like you would a quality product. I suspect that this is one of those products that you buy once and you will never have to buy another for a long time if given proper care.

This All-Clad kitchen towel may offer more quality than you need, but then it never hurts to have more quality than you need. And, it's not like the product cost a fortune. The price is very reasonable for the quality that you get. I am sure there are other uses around the house for this towel. Actually, if the color was solid rather than patterned, it would serve as a nice gym towel. And you may not have to worry about what will happen if you forget to empty out your gym bag after a workout, only to find out a few days later that the sweaty towel you left inside now smells like mildew. The window pattern design on my particular towel screams "kitchen" too loudly for me to ever consider using it as a gym towel. However, perhaps solid colors may become available in the future. And when they do, you can bet that I would be buying a few for gym use.

Highly recommended! Order one for yourself. Order a second for your mother.


Fruit Infused Water - 80 Vitamin Water Recipes for Weight Loss, Health and Detox Cleanse (Vitamin Water, Fruit Infused Water, Natural Herbal Remedies, Detox Diet, Liver Cleanse)
Fruit Infused Water - 80 Vitamin Water Recipes for Weight Loss, Health and Detox Cleanse (Vitamin Water, Fruit Infused Water, Natural Herbal Remedies, Detox Diet, Liver Cleanse)
Price: $2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough flavor!, March 26, 2015
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Don't expect Kool-Aid!

Let me confess that I have not tried all of the recipes in the book. The book came with an order of an infusion water bottle. Of the ones that I have tried, the taste were not what you would call "bold". So what do they taste like? They taste like water with a bit of subtle flavoring. And the key word here is "subtle". If you are used to drinking soft drinks, kool-aid, Tang, and instant lemonade, you will find the taste of "infused" water to be rather unremarkable. If you do not have a sensitive palate, you might find the taste boring. Let me put it this way. If you compare these to hot sauce, what you get out of the infused water is not even going to be spicy. So, if you can accept the plain taste of water, you will be fine with this.

Having said that, I cannot fault the book for the lack of taste. This is to be expected really. Say you mix kiwi, strawberry, and water. You should realize that even fresh strawberries will not taste as sweet as the typical powdered drink mix. Therefore, that should tell you that there is no way your infused water is even going to come close to the taste of Hawaiian Punch. It will not even be close. You can add Splenda to make the taste more acceptable. I am having to do that, as I do not like plain water. Typically, I drink diet soft drinks and iced tea sweetened with Splenda. I rarely drink plain water. Therefore, it is understandable that I will not be impressed with the amount of taste that you can get out of an infuser. Some people just demand a strong, bold taste. Whereas some like mild. If you are of the latter, you will enjoy these recipes.


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