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LED Bulbs Pack of 6 - A19 E27 7w Brightest 60W Soft White 3000k Light Bulb
LED Bulbs Pack of 6 - A19 E27 7w Brightest 60W Soft White 3000k Light Bulb
Offered by Vemotix®
Price: $29.99
4 used & new from $19.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as advertised., July 24, 2015
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It seems that there is an endless list of various models of Vemotix bulbs, so these comments are specific to the ones I received marked "1506 AC110V Vemotix 7W 3000K". First, these are not 60W equivalents, the box is labeled 600 lm (lumens), not 800 lm like most "60W equivalents. Second, the bulbs seem a little larger than A19. Third, the light from these bulbs has a yellowish hue when compared to other bulbs marked 3000K. That might be OK for a hallway light needed to see your way, but not for reading, and not for any work in which accurate discernment of color is required. Fourth, the label on the box reads, "Great Looking LEAD BULBS". Surely, they mean "LED BULBS". Fifth, the rating of 7W, as for all LED bulbs, is somewhat inaccurate; the voltage times current for LED bulbs would properly be given as VA (volt amperes) not W (Watts). This number is needed when you add up the load supplied by a circuit breaker in your house, but does not give you an accurate measure for computing the cost of the electricity used. The good news is that the wattage is less than 7W (I measured 5.5 W).
I downrated this item to 3 stars primarily because of the yellow color, and because, at 600 lumens, I don't consider this a 60W equivalent. I recommend that Amazon should revise the description to "45W Equivalent" and include "600 lumens" in the description.
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With Wings Like Eagles: The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain
With Wings Like Eagles: The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain
by Michael Korda
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.95
163 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars His critics felt that the resources given to air defense were useless, and detrimental to building the only effective deterrent, November 23, 2014
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Korda contributes much information that is not usually presented in the history of the Battle of Britain. The generally accepted view among the press and aviators going into WW2 was that the bomber would always get through, and large cities could be erased from the map. Therefore, most military experts believed that the only defense was the creation of a large bomber force so as to be able to threaten retaliation. Korda makes the case that two British rime ministers, Baldwin and Chamberlain, were so repelled by the concept of killing civilians that they backed the development and deployment of radar, and building the RAF's Fighter Command into an effective force for air defense.
The astounding thesis in Korda's book is that the man in charge of Fighter Command, Air Chief Marshall Dowding, was a visionary who brought together not merely planes and pilots, but also the communications and information processing needed to direct his planes based on radar and human observations along with the strategy needed to hold the Luftwaffe at bay - and this despite heated opposition from within the RAF, and even within Fighter Command. His critics felt that the resources given to air defense were useless, and detrimental to building the only effective deterrent: a massive bomber force.
The bomber people, in the event, did not have the technology to place their bombs accurately in WW2; so without Dowding's work Britain would have lost control of the air over her beaches and could not have prevented invasion by the Wehrmacht.
However, Dowding was hindered to a considerable extent by his critics, by lack of resources, and did not succeed in building an effective defense against nighttime bombers. This, along with relentless criticism, led to his forced retirement shortly after it became clear that the Germans could not gain the air superiority required for an invasion.
The astounding thing presented by Korda is that in the face of German superiority in many respects, what Dowding provided was absolutely essential to the survival of Britain, and no other RAF officer can be named who was inclined to do anything like what Dowding did.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, could be better, May 23, 2014
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I haven't had this long, so I can't comment on long-term reliability - but it seems to be OK. However, there are a few items to be aware of:

1) You can connect phones and cordless base stations "in series" such that the Blocker intercepts the first ring and Caller ID info, and if the caller is on the blocked list, then you hear nothing and the call is rejected before the second ring. This means that these phones never get any Caller ID info, and you cannot avoid answering a call for the first time a scammer calls based on that info. But, these phones can program the Blocker.

2) You can also connect phones or cordless base stations "in parallel" and these phones will get the first ring (and any later rings) and the Caller ID info. But, these phones cannot program the Blocker (considering this point, and the first point, you might consider having one phone connected in series, and the rest in parallel).

3) The display does not show you the caller's name - only the number. And, it does not show you any information on date, time, and number of previous calls (not even the last call after it is completed). For this reason, you will really want at least one phone with a caller ID display connected in parallel, or that can easily be switched to being in parallel for a short period of time.

4) The documentation is very sparse. The above information is based more on experience rather than the very small booklet that is supplied. For example, the Blocker has 4 buttons on its face; the booklet gives you the name of each button, but no information on when to use them, or exactly what they do.

5) Be aware that you can add a caller to the list of blocked numbers: (a) while the call is ringing by pressing the large, red "Block Now" button, (b) during the call by pressing the red button , (c) after the call is completed by dialing a code using a phone connected in series, or (d) using a phone connected in series to program an addition to the Blocker's list of blocked numbers. I.e. there is a huge incentive to install the Blocker in a convenient location so you can get at the red button and save the effort of having to program the unit after hanging up on the scammer.

But, even though I have all phones in parallel, save one for programming, and therefore hear one ring when a call is blocked followed by silence (and there is no chance the scammer can get to my answering machine), the point is that I find the silence to be golden. One ring only I can tolerate, it doesn't really interrupt my activities so much.

I bought this product because the reviews of other products indicated questionable quality control or poor features. It looks like this Blocker will be a big help in preserving sanity. However, it would be nice if there were an option to pass the caller ID info to phones connected in series (even though this would also require passing through the first ring) so that the user could press the "Block Now" button before answering.
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Uniden UDW20553 Wireless Video Surveillance System with 7-Inch LCD Color Monitor and 3 Cameras
Uniden UDW20553 Wireless Video Surveillance System with 7-Inch LCD Color Monitor and 3 Cameras

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious deficiencies, September 9, 2012
I too purchased this product at Sam's, and found it fairly easy to install. The video is low resolution, but you may find it nevertheless useful. The IR used for night vision seems to be quite useful out to about 20 or 25 feet - a nice feature. The receiver and each camera use no more than 5 watts each.

Now for the bad news. The computer software supplied to allow your computer to sound an alarm and/or record the video from a selected camera (can be changed each hour) might work on your computer (Windows only), but on my Vista/Home Premium computer it will run correctly until the end of the day, then it gets weird, really weird - even Task Manager cannot shut it down, you have to shut the computer down and power up from scratch. Customer service claimed to have never heard of this before, and had no solution. Hard to believe!

The system can display or record only one camera at a time except for the ultra low resolution quad camera display which you probably won't find useful. Unless you activate the computer program, there is no alarm function - so who is going to peer at the monitor continuously?

Don't buy this system without thinking through exactly how you plan to use it. I wanted to know what was going on with my mail and newspaper deliveries/losses. This system was no help.

Kagemusha (The Criterion Collection)
Kagemusha (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Tatsuya Nakadai
Price: $29.69
42 used & new from $13.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A few clarifications, April 15, 2011
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The 2-disk (I have the DVD version, the Blu-ray may be the same) Criterion Collection edition is listed by Amazon with a run time of 162 minutes, but the commentary, and the display function agree that this is the full 180-minute version, not the 162-minute international release.

Some of the reviews disparage the quality of the transfer to digital media. The copy I received from Amazon shows no lack of resolution, and has vibrant colors. What could have caused the negative comments is a mystery, unless there is truly a disparity in the quality between the 162-minute and 180-minute versions.

I see no reason not to give the 180-minute edition all 5 stars.
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Sony TDG-BR100 Adult Size 3D Active Glasses, Black
Sony TDG-BR100 Adult Size 3D Active Glasses, Black
Offered by ECHO MAN
Price: $29.99
15 used & new from $12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, March 28, 2011
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I purchased a Sony Bravia 46HX800 and the 3D kit and a Sony 3D capable BluRay player. The included 3D movie, Alice in Wonderland, would not play until ALL of the relevant options in the TV were set correctly to allow full control/communication via HDMI. After that, all seems to work as intended.

You do need to understand that the supplied IR transmitter must have a clear line of sight to your 3D glasses, and should be aimed correctly (read the supplied instructions, do not aim the transmitter backwards). Also, the glasses must be turned on!

So, all is good? Not really. LCD TVs work by exploiting the way electrical signals into liquid crystals can control the intensity of polarized light transmitted through the liquid crystal. Thus, the light leaving the TV screen is polarized. I have 4 pairs of these 3D glasses, and all 4 give me a better view when I tilt my head slightly to the right. It seems that the axes of polarization don't quite match between the TV and the glasses. In any case, this means that while watching 3D you will instinctively keep the tilt of your head under tight control - a recipe for fatigue. Also, the polarizers add up to reduced brightness and contrast. Still, the 3D effect is spectacular, and adds to the viewing experience. All we need now is more 3D movies worth watching.

Monsignor Quixote [VHS]
Monsignor Quixote [VHS]
8 used & new from $44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is available on DVD, but..., March 7, 2011
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This review is from: Monsignor Quixote [VHS] (VHS Tape)
If you buy the VHS version you may risk wearing it out. The answer is to get the DVD version. But, for Region One and NTSC this seems to be the impossible dream. However, you will find a few copies of the DVD at - as a Region TWO, PAL-encoded disk. For viewers in NTSC territory (e.g. USA), viewing the disk is a nightmare unless you are into all the technical issues, or purchase a region-free (or multi-region) DVD player that will convert PAL to NTSC. I've had good luck with the Philips players. I haven't tried a Sony player, but it seems that some of their players play multi-regions, but in any case require an external converter to turn a PAL signal into NTSC.

Many PAL TV sets will display an NTSC signal, but few if any NTSC sets will display a PAL-encoded signal, so be warned if you don't elect to get the right player. Fortunately, the Philips multi-region, converting, players are not very expensive.
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Queen of the Oil Club: The Intrepid Wanda Jablonski and the Power of Information
Queen of the Oil Club: The Intrepid Wanda Jablonski and the Power of Information
by Anna Rubino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.80
77 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars A Queen Hidden from View, October 11, 2008
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"The Wanda" had influence and access that boggles the imagination, and that most journalists can only dream about. Yet, few people outside the upper reaches of the oil industry knew who she was, and the importance of what she did.
This book renders an important service by putting a spotlight on Wanda, and by laying bare some of what the oil industry has done to create dangerous tensions in the world, and a flaw in our economy that could turn out to be deadly.
It's too bad that the author didn't expose more of the dirt. But, as it is, this book is a fascinating read. It tells the reader a great deal of who Wanda Jablonski was, warts and all, and what made her tick. It also tells us a lot about how society's prejudices and ignorance spread into the oil industry, and in turn how the oil industry has influenced politics in America and elsewhere.
For whatever reasons, this book does not talk about Mexico, Italy, the mob, or any number of important aspects of the oil industry. Oh well, what it does have is worth more than the price.

Philips DVP5960 Hi-Def 1080I Up-Converting Multi-Region DVD Player with HDMI, DivX Ultra, USB Direct
Philips DVP5960 Hi-Def 1080I Up-Converting Multi-Region DVD Player with HDMI, DivX Ultra, USB Direct

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect DVD player if your interests go beyond your "region", May 24, 2008
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At a good price, you can get this player, put into it almost any DVD-Video from anywhere on the planet, and watch your movie.

The only caveats are: you need to go through all of the setup items with a good understanding of what the characteristics of your TV display are, and what the setup items mean. If you merely accept all the default settings you will probably be disappointed by seeing a distorted picture on your screen.

Also, there is no claim that the player will handle SECAM.

If the setup is done correctly once, you should thereafter expect trouble free viewing for a huge variety of disks.

If, for example, you want to watch a PAL-encoded disk from overseas on your American TV without worry, without fiddling with settings, withot frustration - then this is it. You pop it in, and play it. All the problems are solved by the initial setup menu.
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Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
by Sir Max Hastings
Edition: Hardcover
166 used & new from $0.68

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge pluses & curious minuses, May 24, 2008
Hastings does a marvelous job of describing actions and policies at the lowest and highest levels spread over large distances and two years without causing the reader to suffer a form of vertigo. This accomplishment should never be underrated. In addition, the author presents material from interviews and written accounts in a way that lets the reader appreciate the experiences and mindset of the participants in a way that is almost beyond compare.

While it is true that Hastings makes a case that Iwo Jima was of marginal value in terms of lives saved versus lives lost, he also points out that the loss of Iwo was important in opening the eyes of at least some Japanese. I would add that Iwo served Japanese air defense as a warning post to the cost of American planes and crews, and the positive effect on the morale of aircrews who saw Iwo as an emergency airfield after it was captured should be added to the balance. As for Okinawa, if the US had not had this experience, the planning for invading Japan might have been based on totally false assumptions which would have cost far too many American lives.

Hastings does a terrific job of clarifying the misleading nature of the claim that "Japan was ready to surrender." As he details, the civilians were ready to surrender if they could be guaranteed not only the emperor, but also Manchuria, no occupation, and no war crimes trials. Hastings gives enough details to put to rest the idea that the war could have been ended before August 9 if only America had been willing and more skilled in diplomacy. Against the duplicity, stubbornness, and self deception of Japan's leaders the shock value of the atomic bombs (for the civilians), the Russian entry into Manchuria (for the military), and the Imperial intervention were the sine qua non of the prompt capitulation which saved so very many lives on many sides.

As others have commented, the book reads well and is hard to put down.

There are, however, some faults that I find inexplicable and that I would not have expected given the merits of the author and his book.

In Hastings' discussion of the atomic bomb he doesn't mention directly the order from Imperial Headquarters to wipe out all Allied prisoners leaving no traces in the event of invasion of Japan's main islands. Also unmentioned was that Japan was starting to build advanced fighter airplanes that might have cost America dearly if the war had not ended as it did. Still another unmentioned factor was that orders had been issued to perpetrate a biological attack on California in September with the goal of 100,000 dead. Hastings mentions that continued war would have meant starvation for Japanese civilians, but doesn't give numbers; yet the estimate for Japanese deaths from starvation was in the millions. Were these omissions due to an appreciation on the part of Hastings that these factors were too poorly documented to be credible, or what? Such observations, if credible, would go a long way toward illustrating the truism that in war delay is usually costly and sometimes disastrous.

Hastings does a good job of illustrating how racism influenced the attitudes of the grunts on all sides, and led to much callousness and brutality, but doesn't show the effect on much higher level decisions. For example, he faults the Japanese Navy for never perfecting its anti-submarine warfare capability, but doesn't relate this, as the author of Downfall does, to a racist assessment of Americans as too sissy to fight well in submarines. Why?

Finally, and only as a very minor warning, the book seemed to me to be poorly edited. I would have preferred not to see so many examples of lists that did not include "and" before the final item. The inclusion of a comma after a verb followed by its object jarred me; in general the placement and non-placement of commas was puzzling and disconcerting, as was the occasional lack of agreement of subject and verb with respect to number. I wasn't expecting a British wordsmith to use "whom" where "who" was required.

Please understand that, if Amazon would allow it, I would subtract only a half of one star from my rating: the pluses are much bigger than the minuses.

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