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Seek CompactXR Extended Range Thermal Imager for iPhone
Seek CompactXR Extended Range Thermal Imager for iPhone
Price: $289.99
48 used & new from $235.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware if on galaxy 5+ with android 5.1.1, January 14, 2016
Beware if on you're running on a galaxy 5+ with android 5.1.1. You may find (like I did) that it fails to stay "connected" via the USB connector, thus disconnecting the apl on the phone. You will be prompted momentarily to reconnect, sure, but it gets way annoying.

From Seek's support site:


"Galaxy S5 Running 5.1.1

We have discovered that many Samsung Galaxy S5 devices running a recently released update to Android 5.1.1 are experiencing app crashes when attempting to launch Seek Thermal.

After investigating the issue we have found that there is a bug on the Android side in how it grants permission to access the USB.

Given that the error is related to a bug on the Android side, we are not able to solve the issue with an app update.

We will continue to monitor the situation, but in the meantime the only solution for S5 users experiencing this issue is to attempt to manually upgrade or downgrade their Android versions.

Website here:


I Left Something Turned on at Home (In the Style of Trace Adkins) [Karaoke Version] - Single
I Left Something Turned on at Home (In the Style of Trace Adkins) [Karaoke Version] - Single

3.0 out of 5 stars No screen lyrics., January 1, 2015
No screen lyrics.

Anker 2 x 3100mAh Li-ion Batteries for Samsung Galaxy Note 2/II N7100, I605 (Verizon), I317 (AT&T), T889 (T-Mobile), L900 (Sprint), R950 (U.S. Cellular), fits EB595675LA with Anker Travel Charger, and 18-Month Warranty
Anker 2 x 3100mAh Li-ion Batteries for Samsung Galaxy Note 2/II N7100, I605 (Verizon), I317 (AT&T), T889 (T-Mobile), L900 (Sprint), R950 (U.S. Cellular), fits EB595675LA with Anker Travel Charger, and 18-Month Warranty
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Price: $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, June 9, 2014
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It was great to get two batteries for my Note II at such a relatively low price. I'd been looking all over for them in stores, to no avail.

They seem to be as good as the original. So far the charger seems to be working fine, too.

My biggest challenge (and it's merely a personal one!) is just remembering that I have these spares now. I swapped out one of the new ones for my old, but I'm just so used to just putting up with the battery running low after a day that I have to remember now to keep the other charged and in my pocket to swap out if/when needed, and then to recharge that each night. That's just a process thing, and a good problem/option to have!

Railo 3 Beginner's Guide
Railo 3 Beginner's Guide
by Paul Klinkenberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $44.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Written as in intro both to CFML and Railo, but still with value for experienced CFers, March 3, 2012
This book is aimed at those interested in the open source CFML server, Railo. It introduces readers to both the server and the language, CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language, in the form of both tags and script, popularized by the commercial product, Adobe ColdFusion.) Railo is perhaps the most popular of the open source CFML engines. The book presumes you have no prior experience with either CFML or Railo.

I've written a fairly comprehensive review of the book, at my blog, (Amazon removed the direct link I'd offered to the review when I first posted this here). That's written more to my blog's audience, experienced CF developers (and is much lengthier than the typical Amazon book review), so it doesn't seem appropriate to just duplicate it here. In that review I do go over the specific chapters, identify some of the key things discussed in the book, and evaluate the level at which content is written. I also explain that I was given a review copy of the book by the publisher.

But here's a snippet from my conclusion, slightly modified to stand on its own here:

"Is this a book for you? It really depends on where you are in your understanding of Railo, and indeed CFML. It's not really geared toward those already having prior CFML experience, in that it starts from square 1, but then it also covers a lot of ground way beyond square 1. For those with prior CFML experience willing to dig through, they may not only learn things new to Railo (compared to Adobe ColdFusion, aka ACF) but also things existing in ACF that perhaps they've not paid attention to. Then again, some readers may wish it covered more about what is specifically different between the two (or may wish that it was made more clear). Still others will think it's great that it just "rolls with Railo", which suits a reader not coming from CF at all."
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Active Life: Extreme Challenge Bundle with Mat - Nintendo Wii
Active Life: Extreme Challenge Bundle with Mat - Nintendo Wii
Offered by Valeria Landin
Price: $74.49
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as fun as reviews led me to expect (Adult perspective), January 5, 2010
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I'm not happy and will be returning this game. Like "Rick" below, I bought it based on the reviews here, when it was offered at a bit of a discount as a an Amazon "Deal of the Day". Having bought a couple other Wii activity games before (Wii Fit and EA Active), I was looking for some new variety.

But the Extreme Challenge was just not that enthralling, and was often more annoying than fun. First, even at the basic levels, some of the games were frustrating (like kite surfing, where the controls and needed actions weren't intuitive). It kind of felt more similar to traditional (non-Wii) games where there's an expectation that it SHOULD be tricky and only those "in the know" or who can figure it out should have the most fun. That didn't suit me, as an adult, and it's not what I've come to expect from Wii games.

Second, besides the mat not being wide enough for two adults (as others had commented), I was also annoyed to find that it tends to slip as you jump, especially in the jump-roping (but also other games). Given that landing accurately is key, yet you have to look up at the screen to know where to land, the movement of the mat was really frustrating. And having to play without shoes also added a bit of strain to the action.

Then, as others have noted, it just didn't feel like I was always really exerting physically, which was my main goal. Perhaps later levels or other games I didn't play would have gone better.

Clearly, others have enjoyed it, so more power to them. There will be one more available in the warehouse for you.
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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
by J. I. Packer
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $17.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great explanation of why and how we should evangelize--God's got our back!, October 13, 2007
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When we as Christians try to reach out to others to share the good news of the Gospel, it's so easy to fall into a trap of relying on our abilities and techniques (our own or those we learn from others). In this book, J.I. Packer lays out a clear case for why all such efforts are doomed to fail, unless we recognized that it's fruitless without God also moving in the life of a new believer.

So what does that mean? That we need not bother? Far from it! Further, if only the elect are saved, does God really need us? He does, and we need to understand why. It's all in the Bible, but just as good commentaries help us to understand the context of a passage, and relate it to systematic themes throughout the Bible, so too does Packer's book do the same to explain Evangelism and our role in it.

The book is divided neatly into 4 parts: Divine Sovereignty, Divine Sovereignty & Human Responsibility, Evangelism, and Divine Sovereignty & Evangelism. Though I was listening to an unabridged audiobook version, the presenter spoke the clear breakdown of the book's sections into numbered sections and subsections (often a few levels deep). This is a very clear, well-organized, and cogent work. Call it, "The Case for Evangelism". :-)

Of course, along the way, we're washed with lots of other essential truths that bear repeating. It's a classic, timeless, valuable book, and with the audio format I look forward to listening to it again and again, just as I have with Mere Christianity and other foundational books. Just like good sermons that press key points over and over in our lives, we can never hear enough of such expository truth. I recommend it for all.

Server-Side Flash: Scripts, Databases, and Dynamic Development
Server-Side Flash: Scripts, Databases, and Dynamic Development
by William R. Sanders
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Note: Book is about Flash 5, not FlashMX or Flash Remoting, January 29, 2003
This isn't a criticism of the book, but pay attention that it's from 2001 and covers Flash 5, NOT the latest Flash MX and its available Flash Remoting technology which offers far easier server-side integration.
Still, the info in the book still has value today to those who have not yet bought Flash MX. Indeed, even if you have Flash Mx, if your server is Perl, PHP, CF5, etc, then the approaches here will work since the new Flash Remoting only works on CFMX, ASP.NET, and select J2EE platforms.
Then again, MX users who do get the book should check out the newer LoadVars object as an alternative to the older but still supported LoadVariables. The approach to processing XML is also vastly improved in MX.
Of course, the book can't be faulted for having come out prior to MX. It's just that since the title doesn't say Flash 5, if you buy the book thinking it's about the latest and greatest ways of doing Flash/server integration, you'd likely be disappointed. Just offering this as a caution.

Performance Analysis for Java¿ Websites
Performance Analysis for Java¿ Websites
by Stacy Joines
Edition: Paperback
Price: $36.84
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book--and for more than just Java web app developers, November 9, 2002
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What a great, pragmatic, deeply informative book. As a web application developer for 5 years and enterprise application developer for 20, I came to the book with considerable experience, yet I still learned a lot. And as a trainer and writer, I'm always looking for good books to recommend and this is one I do most highly.
Important to note is that it's also valuable for those developing ASP, ColdFusion, or PHP web sites, because the performance analysis approaches used by the authors (and tool discussions) are rather generic. You don't really need to understand Java to benefit considerably from their excellent explanations of the fundamentals of web application performance analysis and tuning.
That's not to take away from its unique value for Java developers. Clearly there are many specific aspects for them, but other developers will find that 80% of the book is perfectly useful and deeply informative.
I rate a book by how many notes I take as tidbits of useful info. And though I've used several load testing tools and even given seminars on the subject, I still learned much in every chapter.

Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP)
Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP)
by Marty Hall
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, made better in follow-on "More Servlets and JSP", January 26, 2002
Some reviews have suggested that this excellent book is due for a face-lift. The good news is that this can now be found in Marty Hall's follow-on book, "More Servlets and JSP" ( The book takes the topics in this book much further adding several topics, updating them for the servlet 2.3 and jsp 1.2 standards, and even showing how to do things in 3 different servers (Tomcat, JRun, and ServletExec).
Interestingly, it also digests most of this older book into its 2nd and 3rd chapters (about 200 pages), so some readers may just want to jump to that book. There's more detail on basic subjects in this book though, so it certainly still has value.

Making Patriots
Making Patriots
by Walter Berns
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.00
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Published just in the nick of time, September 21, 2001
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This review is from: Making Patriots (Hardcover)
It's hard to believe that so timely and appropriate a book could arrive in the face of the horrors of September 11. Rather than offer my own pithy praise, let me quote Senator John McCain from the book's dustjacket:
"Making Patriots is an extremely timely and important work. Walter Berns brilliantly and gracefully explains how our nation's future depends upon the patriot's understanding that freedom must serve the great cause of 'government of, by and for the people' and not only our own individual interests. Though patriotism, as Berns shows, may require sacrifice, it enlarges our hearts and minds, and forms a great and necessary bond among ourselves and with generations past and future."
I hope people will pardon my offering this quote rather than my own. It's just that he--and this book--offers a sentiment that is so right for our time. I wanted other readers considering the book to know that it's been so highly regarded by one of America's true and well-known patriots.

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