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Fracture Classifications in Clinical Practice 2nd Edition
Fracture Classifications in Clinical Practice 2nd Edition
by Seyed Behrooz Mostofi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.64
37 used & new from $34.39

3.0 out of 5 stars OK; Kindle version stinks, April 25, 2014
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Good for a quick reference manual to fracture classification only. Most of the classifications are in any MSK reference text anyway, they are just pared down here. There are better diagrams in other texts and the images are pretty low-resolution. The text is listed as being 115pp long, but it could easily be condensed to about 70-80pp. There is a lot of extra white space.

Kindle version is quite bad - text is way too big in proportion to the images. It does not look at all like the format of the printed book in the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon.


Dewalt Handle Ratcheting Hex Key Set 500 " Metric 31 Piece
Dewalt Handle Ratcheting Hex Key Set 500 " Metric 31 Piece
Offered by Great Household
Price: $20.57
23 used & new from $16.81

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice ratchet; crappy case inserts, September 1, 2013
The tool itself is nice. Good sturdy feel, easy to use, smooth ratcheting, easy bit exchange.

The shell of the case seems solid, too. But the inserts are flimsy. Multiple thin plastic parts are clearly meant to be functional, but are not built to be functional. They are definitely destined to break. See pictures and notes for details.
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Woods 13569 Indoor Wireless Remote Control (3-Pack)
Woods 13569 Indoor Wireless Remote Control (3-Pack)
Price: $19.99
62 used & new from $17.39

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all sets of same model number are on the same frequency, March 10, 2012
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I bought one set of these and liked it so much that I bought another set for another room. Unfortunately, the remotes are on the same frequency. The remote from from set A turns on the switches for set B and vice versa. Each remote controls 3 switches and if you push "1" on either remote, then both receivers labelled "1" will turn on. This may be useful for some people who want to expand their remote to control more areas, but I wanted them to function independently. I wanted to have six switches, each with a separate on-off. With two sets, though, you really only get 3 separate on-offs, w/2 switches to each on-off.

Despite what another reviewer said, the frequency is not adjustable. All sets of the same model number are on the same frequency.
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The Engagement Ring Secrets: How the Crumbling of the Global Diamond Cartel Can Double or Triple the Value of Your Diamond Engagement Ring Budget
The Engagement Ring Secrets: How the Crumbling of the Global Diamond Cartel Can Double or Triple the Value of Your Diamond Engagement Ring Budget
by David L. Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: $37.63
18 used & new from $30.35

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads like an infomercial., January 20, 2012
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This book is a waste of time if you want any substantial information. Instead, try Newmans' Diamond Ring Buying Guide, which is full of real, technical information of substance and numerous photographs and diagrams to the text.

The entire first chapter of this book is nothing more than an adevertisement for the rest of the book, which I found very annoying, considering I had already bought the book. Eight times in 12 pages, he makes a comment which is some variation of "Look at all the money you'll save with the insider secrets I'm going to show you in this book!!!!" He puts in a plug for his web page four times in the 12 pages of the first chapter, in addition to the advertisement in the footnote area of EVERY PAGE IN THE ENTIRE BOOK. Eight times in 12 pages, he uses the phrase "cut out the middleman." You get the idea - you feel like you are watching a used car commercial while reading this.

The publisher and editor should be ashamed of this book. EVERY SINGLE PAGE is rife with spelling and grammar errors. Often, this confuses the point the author is trying to get across, and you have no idea what he is trying to say. Literally, just running this book through Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar check would have yielded a better manuscript. I do not think it was edited at all. Even the back cover has an error. In addition, the "diagrams" and pictures look like they were lifted right off the web. In fact, one picture is a reprint of a web article. Strangely, there is no caption to this picture, and no reference to it in the text. It looks like it was just dropped into the middle of the page to fill space. There is no citation, either, which I am sure the original author of the article would not appreciate.

The author decribes his "credentials" - essentially, he got involved as an "insider" by helping a buddy buy an engagement ring. That buddy's testimonial is an additional advertisement for the book that is dropped into the first chapter. Apparently, that buddy told his buddies how happy he was and "how much money he saved," and before he knew it, Ross was helping buddies all over the world. He is not a gemologist, and is not involved in the diamond business at all.

The information provided is very superficial, and on occasion, flat out wrong. By the author's own disclosure, on page 80, "when discussing the 4C's, it is important to know the basics. A higher level of study can be left to the gemologists and jewelers." But he doesn't even cover the basics. He doesn't give the scale for color or clarity, doesn't even discuss transparency, and gives an extremely superficial discussion of cut. His depiction of carat size is one of the diagrams that is clearly lifted from the web.

In other cases, he gets his terminology wrong. The "culet" is the tiny facet at the point of a brilliant cut round diamond. Ross refers to it as the "CUTLET." Anyone who calls the "culet" a "CUTLET" multiple times has no business writing a book about buying diamonds. This is not the only example. He defines VSI and SI as "very slightly imperfect" and "slightly imperfect" instead of "very slightly INCLUDED" and "slightly INCLUDED." The term included is a reference to clarity. In comparison, I1, I2, and I3 are the grades for different levels of "imperfect" diamonds.

His brilliant system involves saving money by buying a lower quality diamond. Brilliant, huh? Actually, the point is well taken - you cannot tell with the naked eye the difference between the higher and lower clarity and color gradings, so why spend the extra money on the higher grades? But the point is made in many other books. The other major suggestion is to buy direct from a diamond wholesaler, for which he recommends you travel to one of the few sites in the world where they are centered. In the US, this pretty much means either New York or Chicago. Other books discuss how easy it is to get taken trying to do this.

In several places, he has written eerily similar (if not frankly plagiarized) thoughts as other authors. On page 101, he suggests asking the bride-to-be's mother for ring size, which gives the added benefit of seeing how well the proposal is likely to be received. This is exactly the same point Cuellar makes on p.116 of his book, with the actual wording only slightly different.

The place where the book is somewhat informative is in its description of DeBeers, which I had not yet read elsewhere. It tells a little bit about the history of the company, and how they control the mining and selling of rough diamonds for most of the world. However, another beef I have with the book is that there are NO references. The information about DeBeers is probably all true, but without citations, you have no idea where or how he learned about it, and where you can learn more.

Even though this book is newer (2010), there are many other books out there that are much better. Do not waste your time and money.


Panasonic DMW-BCF10 Battery for Select Lumix Cameras - Retail Packaging
Panasonic DMW-BCF10 Battery for Select Lumix Cameras - Retail Packaging
Offered by camera geekz
Price: $21.48
27 used & new from $1.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with Lumix DMC-FH20, January 1, 2011
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Battery INCLUDED with DMC-FH20 box:
MODEL NUMBER: CGA-S/106B
VOLTAGE/CURRENT/POWER:
3.6V / 740mAh / 2.7Wh
TYPE: Li-ion

REVIEWED battery described in this listing:
MODEL NUMBER: DMW-BCF10PP
VOLTAGE/CURRENT/POWER:
3.6V / 940mAh / 3.4Wh
TYPE: Li-ion

Both batteries are recognized by the Lumix DMC-FH20. I just got the spare battery. My guess, based on the current-hours and power ratings, is it will stay powered longer than the original, included-in-box battery.


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