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GE H11-55NHX/BP2 Nighthawk Xenon Replacement Bulb, (Pack of 2)
GE H11-55NHX/BP2 Nighthawk Xenon Replacement Bulb, (Pack of 2)
Price: $49.17
2 used & new from $49.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Xenon bulbs: very white, brighter?, July 27, 2014
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This pair of bulbs is about four times more expensive than the H11 xenons you find in your local auto parts shop. Are they worth it? Well, it depends, the color on these GE bulbs is nice and white, not horrible blue like some of the inexpensive "hey I want to look like HIDs" bulbs, and less yellow than many of the cheaper xenon bulbs. Brightness? Well, it's hard to get more brightness in the same technology bulb without increasing the power of the bulbs. Normally the H11s run at 55W and you can find 65W replacement bulbs which presumably are most of the 18% more power, brighter. These NightHawk bulbs are claimed to be the nominal 55W. Couldn't see a change of brightness in my use, just a color change.


The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs
The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs
by Greil Marcus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.52

4.0 out of 5 stars So, Kurt Cameron hanged himself by standing on a block of ice, and so ended the first US tour of Nirvana, July 27, 2014
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Okay, it's a fun book, but it's hard to imagine it as a history of "rock 'n' roll" rather than an extended riff along the lines of:

"Hey, here are some songs by which the old rock and roll, including doo wop and girl groups and some mandatory mentions of Telstar and Phil Spector are hooked to names in the news like Beyonce and Amy Winehouse and the Obama Inaugural events, did I mention that Buddy Holly features prominently? And there are soliloquies about Mr. Zimmerman in Hibbings and Robert Johnson's afterlife (after being poisoned for running around with the bartender's wife) in New York City musical circles? Plus a close look at the Joy Division movie "Control" which has replaced Joy Division itself for images."

Okay, so I liked it, and any other sort of history of rock is probably doomed to excess, pedantry, and endless worship of those kids from Hamburg or Liverpool or whatever. You mileage may well vary.


Wilson Electronics Mobile 4G Vehicle Cellular Signal Booster Kit - Retail Packaging - Blue
Wilson Electronics Mobile 4G Vehicle Cellular Signal Booster Kit - Retail Packaging - Blue
Offered by The Nerds
Price: $322.99
23 used & new from $322.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good system with limitations, understand them before spending the money, July 27, 2014
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There are quite a few different models of the Wilson cellular boosters, and many antenna options, make sure you're getting the right one before ordering. This one is intended for a mobile application with a small magnetic mount antenna for the roof of your car with a thin (fairly fragile) coax cable to route through the door gasket. The interior unit runs on 12VDC and then rebroadcasts the signal from outside the car with amplification. This means that if you could just about get a good signal outside of the car, then you'll have a usable signal inside the car with the booster operating. It's not magic, if there's really no signal or not much to work with, you aren't going to get additional coverage. Note that upgrading the external antenna could help, and in the home-mount systems, going to an antenna mounted up high on the roof of your house could be a big win.

For this installation, two little spots that I would often lose coverage along I-94 in Wisconsin were smoothed over, and no coverage loss occurred. Near my house, the indicated signal on my iPhone was typically a bar higher with the booster operating than when it was not. Note that the "bars" are not linear, and especially for data transfer, a small "bar" increase can be significant.

A worthwhile product for your car if you need to help a little with signal strengths. It's not cheap, but seems well built save for the delicate (by construction) antenna cable.


Verilux Tazza Productivity Desk Lamp
Verilux Tazza Productivity Desk Lamp
Price: $39.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, simple desk lamp with fluorescent bulb, July 26, 2014
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This is a nice, basic desk lamp with an AC outlet and a USB outlet built into it. The bulb is a reasonably broad spectrum fluorescent bulb (with some goofy text on the box about the huge benefits of a more natural spectrum). The lighting isn't as nice as a good halogen for reading, but it's pretty close. Works well as a small desk lamp with some electrical outlet flexibility.


Ziploc Freezer Bags 2 Gallon 10 Count (Pack Of 3)
Ziploc Freezer Bags 2 Gallon 10 Count (Pack Of 3)
Price: $13.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, heavy duty, large ziploc bags, July 25, 2014
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Excellent for summer, veggie garden produce that always comes in the quantities which require large ziplocs. The boxes that were delivered to me had 12 2 gallon bags in them which was a nice surprise!

These are sturdy, nicely reusable bags (if you just had produce in them) and are nominally recyclable via grocery store recycling boxes. Also work well for bread dough, but in that mode are much harder to reuse.


Orb-3 Lake and Pond Antifoam Bottle, 1-Quart
Orb-3 Lake and Pond Antifoam Bottle, 1-Quart
Price: $22.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Works brilliantly on pond foam, July 23, 2014
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This works very quickly, knocks the foam down in minutes. Listed as food-safe and harmless to animals and the environment. The one bottle should last a long time. I use it in conjunction with the enzymes package from Great Lakes Bio Systems.


Orb-3 Water Garden Enzymes Bottle, 1-Quart
Orb-3 Water Garden Enzymes Bottle, 1-Quart
Price: $25.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This foamed a lot, but definitely cleared the water up, July 23, 2014
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Am using this to clarify the water in a small water feature. Using it in parallel with other Great Lakes Bio Systems products also from amazon. There was quite a bit of foaming when this was first added, but there's no doubt that it does clarify the water. The bottle should last a good long time which definitely helps with the value proposition on the bottle of enzymes.


Orb-3 Lake and Pond Liquid Bacteria Bottle, 1-Quart
Orb-3 Lake and Pond Liquid Bacteria Bottle, 1-Quart
Price: $26.97
2 used & new from $24.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Seems to work..., July 23, 2014
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This is the sort of product that's difficult to figure how well it's working. Added it to an outdoor water feature, following the directions, and the quantity of algae seems to be less even though it's been warmer. The product is advertised as harmless to animals.


Epson WorkForce WF-3640 Wireless and WiFi Direct All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, 2-Sided Auto Duplex, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible. (C11CD16201)
Epson WorkForce WF-3640 Wireless and WiFi Direct All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, 2-Sided Auto Duplex, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible. (C11CD16201)
Price: $129.99
12 used & new from $129.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice unit at a fantastic price, but beware cartridge prices..., July 23, 2014
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The setup and installation was painless other than the length of time it took. Six minutes to "initialize" the print cartridges. Cartridges that I note would cost more than the printer to replace... Makes it clear how Epson makes its money on these units.

The whole printer/scanner setup is pretty small for having a full automatic document feeder on top, copying ability, and the large paper tray at the bottom. The printer can also act as a fax machine if you have a hardline or want to recreate the 1980s.

The Epson is well packed in its shipping box, and is decidedly impressive in scale and speed for the cost. It prints well, copies alright, the sheet feeder worked for a couple of quick tests, and the image quality isn't bad. Cartridge prices would be the one thing that I'd be concerned about for this printer.


Epson LabelWorks LW-600P App-enabled, Portable Label Printer with Bonus 1" (24mm) Tape Cartridge
Epson LabelWorks LW-600P App-enabled, Portable Label Printer with Bonus 1" (24mm) Tape Cartridge
Price: $112.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Very simple and easy to use bluetooth label printer, July 23, 2014
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This was extremely easy to setup and get going. I downloaded the iPhone app, connected over bluetooth, and was editing a label on screen in a couple of minutes. Hard to imagine an easier setup. Print cartridges install and eject easily as well. (Several extras were included with the review unit.

The best use that I had found right off was incorporating QR codes with weblinks into "normal" printed labels.


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