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Bolse® 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Network Adapters - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater; 2.4G 802.11ngb 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible For Laptop, Desktop Computer
Bolse® 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Network Adapters - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater; 2.4G 802.11ngb 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible For Laptop, Desktop Computer
Offered by LowerPriceUSA
Price: $36.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Small WiFi Adapter, October 21, 2014
I was really happy to get this WiFi USB stick because I have a couple of older or low-power computers that did not come with native WiFi connectivity. The WiFi stick comes with a small CD which contains all the necessary drives for my computer. I installed the drivers on my old Windows 7 machine and with that the USB stick was recognized immediately. I recently moved that computer from my home office to my workshop, and this WiFi adapter was exactly what I needed to get full functionality out of that machine. I was really impressed with the data transfer rate. Even all the way across the house and through several walls away from my WiFi router, this WiFi adapter was still receiving a very impressive and smooth Internet connection. (I do have the latest powerful Netgear WiFi router though.) I was able to stream the high-def online content to it without a glitch. So far I have only had the best of experiences with it and would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive and reliable WiFi adapter.

I also tried connecting the adapter to my diminutive Raspberry Pi computer. To my surprise and delight the adapter was immediately recognized and started working on the spot. Raspberry Pi is a bare-bones computer that requires a lot of add-ons in order to get some of the rudimentary functionality of the “regular” sized computers. It does come with a dedicated ethernet jack, but connecting it to ethernet can sometimes be awkward. Its ultra-small size makes it an ideal wireless computer, and a micro WiFi adapter like this one is a perfect accessory for it.


Steel Screws 1/4" Tripod Quick Release QR Plate Camera Flathead Slot Stainless SS ideal for Manfrotto / Sachtler (3 Pack)
Steel Screws 1/4" Tripod Quick Release QR Plate Camera Flathead Slot Stainless SS ideal for Manfrotto / Sachtler (3 Pack)
Offered by OEC Camera Accessories
Price: $7.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Small Camera Screws, October 21, 2014
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This is a very well made and durable set of camera tripod/mounting screws. Screws fit tightly and easily into any 1/4" camera mount screw hole. I've used them with my Canon DSLR camera and an aluminum bracket in order to attach a small accessory. The screws worked great for such a purpose. I would just recommend getting a small amount of rubberized padding to put between the plate and the camera, in order to avoid getting it scratched.


ISA Professional EVAO Extra Virgin Argan Oil 100% USDA Organic EcoCert Organic Cold Pressed 2 fl. oz. 60 ml. Moroccan Oil. Leave in Conditioner and Heat Protectant for Curling Iron and Flat Iron and Blow Dryer styling tools
ISA Professional EVAO Extra Virgin Argan Oil 100% USDA Organic EcoCert Organic Cold Pressed 2 fl. oz. 60 ml. Moroccan Oil. Leave in Conditioner and Heat Protectant for Curling Iron and Flat Iron and Blow Dryer styling tools
Offered by Isa Professional
Price: $69.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Natural Oil, October 21, 2014
This little bottle is a very generous amount of pure extra virgin argan oil. The oil looks pretty clear and pure. It only has a very slight pleasant scent and it is very light. I have used it to moisturize my hands, and the experience has been very satisfactory. The oil is very smooth and it feels really good on my hands. One small drop of this oil is sufficient for completely moisturizing my hands, so this small 60 ml bottle could really last you a long time. The oil could also be used as a treatment for damaged hair, but I have not used it for such a purpose.

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Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America
Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America
by Ilan Berman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.43
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grim View of Russia's Current Predicament, October 21, 2014
Russia is a sick country. It has been a country on a downward spiral in terms of all aspects of human and social development for decades. The collapse of the Soviet Union only accelerated those trends, and the recent spate of relative calm and prosperity only slowed down the decline. However, the country remains very badly run and destined for further decay. A total implosion is only a matter of time.

In “Implosion” Ilan Berman gives a fascinating account of the current state of Russia’s national health. He gives a well-documented account of some of this nations greatest political, demographical, and economic problems – undiversified economy that is heavily dependent on exploitation of natural resources, abysmal birth rates and even more disastrous mortality rates (especially for men), rapidly rising and assertive minorities (especially Muslims), and encroaching threat of Chinese territorial pretensions in the Far East. Any one of these problems would be almost insurmountable to overcome for any nation on its own. Their combination does seem to forebode very difficult days ahead.

One issue that I have with this book is that it feels too journalistic and fragmentary in its approach. The book reads like a series of well-informed and interesting articles. However, there is a lack of the sense of coherence and the overall picture of Russia that is portrayed here never raises above the sum of different parts. Many points are repeated throughout the book. I would have in particular liked a more detailed and comprehensive prediction of what the nature of the upcoming “implosion” will be like, and the consequences it will have on Russia and the rest of the World.

In the light of this book, one can see that the recent Russian military aggressiveness and adventurism stems more from the sense of weakness and vulnerability, than confidence of an ascending power. This, if anything, makes Russia’s actions even more unpredictable and dangerous. It is very likely that Russia’s coming implosion, if it indeed transpires, will have devastating consequences on geopolitical stability. This should make all of us worried and this makes “Implosion,” despite its shortcomings, an immensely important book to read.


Cootree® Wireless Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Multifunction Car Kit with Hands-Free Calling, Music Controlling, Radio Adapter and USB Charging Port for Smartphone, iphone, ipad
Cootree® Wireless Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Multifunction Car Kit with Hands-Free Calling, Music Controlling, Radio Adapter and USB Charging Port for Smartphone, iphone, ipad
Offered by Kumu World
Price: $36.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Way to Connect to Your Car Stereo, October 18, 2014
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This is a pretty neat Bluetooth FM transmitter that can come in handy for music listening purposes in your car. Here are some of my observations.

Pros:

1. It is very easy to pair up. It took me just a few seconds to put it in the pairing mode, and then it was immediately recognized by my iPhone 6 plus. After that the connection was fairly robust and consistent – I never had to “re-pair” it again.

2. The range seems pretty good. Obviously, you are primarily going to use this device from within the car, so this feature should not in general be much of an issue. Nonetheless, I tried beaming music to the car from some distance (about 20 – 30 feet), and it still worked without a hitch.

3. The sound quality was pretty good. Almost as good as having a direct connection between my iPhone and my car’s audio system.

4. The transmitter is not too large and it doesn’t clutter up my car. It really helps with keeping the mess in my car to a minimum.

Cons:

1. It takes a while for the transmitter to be turned on/off. I have to press and hold the on/off button for a few seconds in order to accomplish this.

Overall, this is a pretty neat gadget that will really help get your smartphone music to the car music system on an older car without Bluetooth connectivity.


Smatree Ajustable GoPro Clamp Mount+ Tripod Mount with 13.4" Gooseneck Extension + 1 PC Smatree Black Screw for GoPro Hero 4, Hero 3+, Hero 3, Hero 2 HD (Also Fit for Compact Cameras with Tripod Socket)
Smatree Ajustable GoPro Clamp Mount+ Tripod Mount with 13.4" Gooseneck Extension + 1 PC Smatree Black Screw for GoPro Hero 4, Hero 3+, Hero 3, Hero 2 HD (Also Fit for Compact Cameras with Tripod Socket)
Offered by Kumu World
Price: $16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible and Versatile, October 18, 2014
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I have been using the Joby GorillaPod tripod for years, and in terms of versatility and flexibility I have not come across anything that comes close for using your cameras in all sorts of unusual situations. However, this Smatree has a lot to offer, especially if you are a GoPro user. It features a very long and flexible gooseneck that can position your action camera in a lot of different configurations and angles. The base clamps very securely onto a variety of fixed surfaces and protrusions. However, if you are using it to film rough action I would still recommend that you use extra tape or other adhesive. The head of the mount features a small GoPro specific attachment, but that can be unscrewed and you can use it with almost any camera that attaches to a standard 1/4" tripod mount. The whole mount is very well made and functional. It will not win many high-style points, but it is something a very handy accessory that can really make a difference when shooting footage with your GoPro.


Smatree® High Capacity Li-Polymer Battery (2-Pack) 1290mAH and 2nd Generation Portable Dual Channel Charger Kit with a built-in US Plug including European plug+ 3.1A/15.5W Dual USB Car Charger for GoPro HD HERO3,HERO3+ ,Replacement for Gopro AHDBT-201, AHDBT-301, AHDBT-302
Smatree® High Capacity Li-Polymer Battery (2-Pack) 1290mAH and 2nd Generation Portable Dual Channel Charger Kit with a built-in US Plug including European plug+ 3.1A/15.5W Dual USB Car Charger for GoPro HD HERO3,HERO3+ ,Replacement for Gopro AHDBT-201, AHDBT-301, AHDBT-302
Offered by Kumu World
Price: $26.99
3 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Batteries and Charger, October 18, 2014
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I’ve used these batteries with my GoPro for a few weeks, and so far I have been really pleased with them. They are the exact size and capacity as the battery that comes with my camera, and hence they have been really easy to use and install. The batteries charge relatively quickly with the included battery charger that comes with this product. This is really a convenient way of charging your batteries – you can charge two batteries at the same time. Carrying these batteries with you on a trip is also a very convenient option. I do wish, however, that these batteries come with a small carrying case of their own. That way they would be much more convenient to take on the road. As it is I am using the small cardboard packages that they came in, which is far from optimal.

The battery charger in its own right is a really good product to have. It’s compact, snaps securely into the wall socket, and allows you to use the USB port for charging of any one of your other devices while the battery is being charged.

This set also includes a small car lighter socket charger, as well as an adapter for European wall outlets. Both of these come in handy if you engage in lot of traveling, domestic and international.

Aside form the lack of a convenient carrying cases for the batteries, I am generally really pleased with this product.


OnlyTM Unique Innovative 18 seconds Car Cover, waterproof, cotton, automobiles all weather Y Series fast & easy to operate for SUV (Y-50 Length 196'' to 205'')
OnlyTM Unique Innovative 18 seconds Car Cover, waterproof, cotton, automobiles all weather Y Series fast & easy to operate for SUV (Y-50 Length 196'' to 205'')
Offered by ONLY Auto Parts
Price: $158.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Cover, October 17, 2014
This is a very impressively designed and made protective car cover. I have tried it out on my Honda CR-V, and I was able to put it on without too much hassle. The only slight issue that I had was with the roof rack beams that I have permanently attached on my car, but even that did not pose too much of a challenge. I would, however, suggest that you might want to consider buying a cover that is slightly larger than the recommended for your car if you have something like that on your roof.

The cover is made out of durable well insulated materials. The reflective outer surface will minimize the amount of heating that your car endures if it's left in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time. I've left my car outdoors covered with this for a few days when we had some pretty intense storms, and it managed to endure them without any problems.

In its collapsed state this cover takes up remarkably little room. It is also not very heavy, and it is easy to store when not in use.

I would strongly recommend this cover to anyone who leaves their car outdoors for a prolonged period of time, especially in Winter. It is clearly a superior product to many other ones on the market. If you care about protecting your car from teh lements than this cover is for you.

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Moon Monkey 2 in 1 Frosted Matte PC Hard Snap on Case Cover Unique Champagne Color for Macbook Pro (15.4 Inch Macbook Retina)
Moon Monkey 2 in 1 Frosted Matte PC Hard Snap on Case Cover Unique Champagne Color for Macbook Pro (15.4 Inch Macbook Retina)
Offered by iVAPO US
Price: $49.99
4 used & new from $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Elegant, October 17, 2014
I really like Apple's design of their products, and for the most part enjoy using them in their "naked" form. However, if you want to get extra security for your high-tech and extremely valuable gadget, then a protective case is a must.

This Moon Monkey is a very simple yet well made protective case. I got mine for the use with 15" MacBook Pro Retina, and it was a perfect fit for it. The case is easy to put on and take off. I am not too keen on the color, but it does exude a certain refined sense of elegance. The case is pretty lightweight and thin, and it really doesn't add too much bulk to your Mac. It is partially translucent, which I think works really well. The case has enough openings on the side for all of you Mac's ports.

The main purpose of this case is to protect your computer from minor bumps and scratches. This is not a rugged case that will protect your computer from major falls. The case also provides a certain level of heat insulation, which comes in handy when you are using your Mac on your lap all day long.

I am pretty satisfied with this case and would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple, inexpensive and elegantly designed protective case for their MacBook.

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Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Kevin Passmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars So You Want To Know About Fasicsm, October 17, 2014
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Fascism and Communism are the two major evil political systems that dominated the twentieth century politics. They both have their roots in the nineteenth century European ideas and circumstances, but have managed to have an unprecedented global impact. Unlike Communism, though, Fascism has been comparatively much less studied and even less understood. This primarily stems from the fact that there are no “canonical texts” of Fascism. It seems like a much more ad-hoc and opportunistic movement, and it embraced a vast variety of political regimes and institutions.

This very short introduction tries to present as a comprehensive of a view of Fascism as it’s possible in a book of such a short length. Instead of trying to give a single overarching definition, the book presents several different definitions and schools of thought on what Fascism is. This approach is probably the most intellectually honest for such a heterogeneous topic. The book gives the case studies of several important Fascist regimes, starting, of course, with the ur-Fascist regime in Italy. The Italian Fascism was also one of the longest lasting Fascist regimes, and one that most other such regimes tried to emulate. However, even within the context of Italian Fascism there have been many significant changes and developments over the years, the most notorious one being the embrace of anti-Semitism in the late 1930s in an attempt to more closely align itself with German Nazism. In fact, it is still an open question of Nazism and Fascism are indeed two manifestations of the same phenomenon, or if they are sufficiently different to be treated separately by political scientists and historian.

This is a very well written and an immensely informative book. The author manages to present his very clear mastery of this topic in a manner that is accessible to the widest imaginable audience. He manages to give a very coherent account of a pretty heterogeneous and difficult subject. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in political history, or history and politics in general.


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