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Two Tone Keep Calm And Carry On-Coffee Mug-11 Ounce from The Gag
Two Tone Keep Calm And Carry On-Coffee Mug-11 Ounce from The Gag
Offered by The Gag
Price: $9.95
2 used & new from $9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product., November 28, 2014
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Solid cup and will enjoy using it.


AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A power adapter
AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A power adapter
Price: $31.49
9 used & new from $28.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, Great product, November 28, 2014
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Best hub on the market. There are two 3 USB speed ports for high speed and five ordinary, 2 USB speed ports on the other side. I've used this hub for a month and it performs well. It is solidly built and the plugs are less prone to bending than competitor models.

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Garmin nüvi 2597LMT 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and Traffic
Garmin nüvi 2597LMT 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and Traffic
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72 used & new from $116.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid product updates, reset still a problem, November 28, 2014
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I bought this Garmin to replace a faulty predecessor that reset itself constantly --- once or twice a trip in the beginning and finally a dozen times during a 15 mile trip.

The performance is superior to its predecessor. The programming is easier but it has some gliches. For example, if you want to store a location in memory you have to use save home then change the name to suit. The Garmin still resets itself. It is unnerving to be driving down an unfamiliar highway and lose your map for a minute. I've missed several turns this way. I've learned to keep the Garmin charged initially to get me started. Another tip is to remember the details of the next turn so that I won't get lost if Garmin resets. I had the predecessor for almost 2 years.

The reason I docked a star is because the nuvi 2597 frequently gets lost in the town I work in. It got me to the store I was headed for but not by the most efficient route. Then, when I found the route the Garmin decided we were lost: the infamous (?).

On the trip here from Ohio the nuvi 2597 performed well. I think there were only two resets during the entire trip.

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Smith 190285 1-Gallon Bleach & Chemical Sprayer With Non-Corrosive 15-Inch Wand and Single Nozzle System
Smith 190285 1-Gallon Bleach & Chemical Sprayer With Non-Corrosive 15-Inch Wand and Single Nozzle System
Price: $14.92
8 used & new from $6.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, great product!, November 28, 2014
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Right price, solidly built, and has the range. I used it to spray chemicals about 20 ft, at a 45 degree angle. The one shortcoming is the low capacity. I reloaded 3 times to cover a roof about 60 ft long by 25 ft.I used the sprayer to add wet and go to a roof to handle moss.

I intend to use the sprayer again next spring.

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HP ENVY 15t i7-4710HQ Quad Core Notebook Laptop PC
HP ENVY 15t i7-4710HQ Quad Core Notebook Laptop PC
Offered by National Sales LLC
Price: $714.99
16 used & new from $704.88

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5.0 out of 5 stars The keyboard has good play, not as good as my old Pavilion ..., November 28, 2014
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Laptop performs well. The screen is adequate. The keyboard has good play, not as good as my old Pavilion dv7-6b55dx but close enough. The Pavilion is very fast. The Envy requires a little more concentration to move as fast. The Envy is compact and Win-8 is easy to learn and has a few advantages over Win-7 after a little practice. Win-7 was more cluttered.

The CD player runs smoothly. I should note that the first version of this Envy did not come with a CD player but I replaced it easily with a $30 investment. You will need the CD for some software. The CD player is noisy in the Envy.

The first version of this laptop that I received, died 10 days later. It could not communicate by wifi or wire to the modem. The seller sent a replacement very quickly and the replacement works well as my back-up laptop.

This machine runs a little hot because of engineering limits that are becoming worse with each generation of faster air-cooled CPUs. I suggest buying a cooling pad; I bought a Xpad4Laptop, available on this site.

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The Next Three Days
The Next Three Days
DVD ~ Russell Crowe
Price: $5.00
74 used & new from $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller, July 24, 2014
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I took notes on this one. As a guy who may someday be on the wrong side of the law I found this story enlightening. The truth is this guy's wife went to jail because the police were lazy and didn't do their jobs. As a story, this movie is both fascinating and thrilling. I rank this as one of Russell Crowe's best movies.

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A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
by Chris Harman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.64
85 used & new from $8.05

5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, not a good reference, July 24, 2014
I gave this book 5 stars because it is an excellent idea. However, to properly cover the world would take several volumes like the Durants did it with their epic series on history. Will and Ariel Durant wrote a series on world history entitled “The Story of Civilization.” ''Rousseau and Revolution,'' a book in that series, won the Pulitzer Prize. “A People’s is not of this caliber.
With that said, I will say that the book was enlightening. As with Zinn’s People’s History of the United States, Harman manages to unearth history not covered, or covered badly, by American textbooks on history. Harman pulls together certain facts on the fall of the Roman republic:
“Slave labour led to the impoverishment of free labour ….”
“Brunt relates how ‘the poor could not afford to marry and, if married, to raise children. Families were limited by abortion and infanticide, if not by contraception.’ Many children abandoned by poor parents would end up in the slave markets.’
‘The leading families used their political control to increase their already substantial landholdings at the expense of the peasantry, pushing them into debt, taking their land and relying on the judges to find in favour of the Patricians.’
Eventually, the Patricians, represented in the Senate, were forced to allow nomination of Tribunes to protect the Plebeians from the magistrates (judges) (who were in the hands of the Patricians.
Two such tribunes, Tiberius Gracchus and his brother Gaius, who were too troublesome for the Senate ---- because they were active in their support of the poor --- were murdered by the Patricians. Eventually, this class warfare resolved itself by nomination of the Czar. The role of the Czar was to assure the power of Patricians who had begun to fight among themselves.
In American history text books, the Gracchus brothers are described as transferrers of wealth. Definitely a capitalist perspective. I’m surprised they didn’t smear them in red by confusing communism with socialism.
A good read, if you poke through a chapter at random, as I did. I will keep this book on my shelf with hopes that the author writes an improved second edition.
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Distillation Troubleshooting
Distillation Troubleshooting
by Henry Z. Kister
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $124.50
33 used & new from $95.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great cases!, July 19, 2014
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Excellent, case-by-case, description of distillation problems Henry Kister has solved during his distinguished career. As a contributing editor to Chemical Processing magazine, I find his case problems helpful in developing puzzles for the magazine.

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Atlantic Summit Media Cabinet 261CD/114DVD/132BluRay/Games Espresso
Atlantic Summit Media Cabinet 261CD/114DVD/132BluRay/Games Espresso
Price: $41.99
19 used & new from $39.05

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great, July 19, 2014
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Adequate. Handle assembly with care. The lock washers will become loose during the final assembly. That final assembly, the nailing of the back cover, is awkward. The bottom plate is longer than the rest for stability. By laying the cabinet flat, to nail the back cover in place, the sections above will be stretched and some of the lock washers will become loose. I wouldn't plan on moving this cabinet much because of the damage done by stretching. The cabinet works, has good capacity and is very compact, but this negative could bother some people.

To the builders: perhaps have the back cover section for the bottom attached separately.

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Sony NWZE385 16 GB Walkman MP3 Video Player (Black)
Sony NWZE385 16 GB Walkman MP3 Video Player (Black)
Price: $93.00
27 used & new from $64.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right size for convenience, July 19, 2014
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Excellent MP3 player. I bought one for myself and for a friend who loves it. The mobility is excellent, the radio works very well.


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