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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
Price: $84.99
73 used & new from $69.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clueless Customer Service, December 6, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This was my first experience with Roku 3.

Pros:

- clean menus, organized nicely. Unlike Apple TV, you can remove the channels you don't plan to watch.
- with the Roku app on iOS or Android, can easily search and downloads Channels, control Roku, etc. You don't need to put any passwords in, the app automatically identifies the Roku on your network.
- with the Roku Media Player channel you can play .m4v files.
- for kids, PBS kids is free and has all the cartoons from PBS. Better menus and quality than even the paid channels.

Cons:

- made in China, so bound to fail sooner.
- does not play .iso files like WD TV.
- for us, the Hulu 3 months for free offer did not work. The subscription has started, but the new account didn't exist on Hulu. After 1 1/2 hours with Customer Support from India, nothing was solved. The CSR was polite, but completely clueless. We got put on hold a number of times, while he was asking around. In the end, we were told our issue has been elevated with Roku's technical support and we will be called back. 24 hours later - nobody called.
- the first 15 minutes of the call to Roku's CSR became a marketing exercise, where the CSR was trying to get as much data about us (where did we buy the item, etc), instead of trying to solve the issue.
- in the end, we had to return the item, since we couldn't make Hulu to work. Nobody called us back.
- after 90 days, calls to Roku's CSRs cost money, so - if need to - try get answers before the 90 days.


Borgia: Season 1
Borgia: Season 1
DVD ~ Borgia: Faith & Fear
Offered by kylakins
Price: $18.99
11 used & new from $18.99

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The better Borgia, December 28, 2011
This review is from: Borgia: Season 1 (DVD)
This may be a bit confusing, but there are actually 2 Borgia series that were made in 2011:

- Borgia - a series made by Canal + (the European 'HBO'). To date, there is only 1 Season. Entire season is in English.
- The Borgias - a series made by Showtime. 2 Seasons to date, one on DVD/Bluray. Entire season is in English.

Borgia (Canal +): 4 out of 5 stars

- This series is very similar in nature with Rome and Mad Men. It deals with the politics of the time, has mostly brilliant writing and acting and tries to stay historically accurate, through most of the episodes. This is an adult show, with lots of violence and nudity - similar to Spartacus and Game of Thrones.
- Characters are well written and ruthless. Rodrigo Borgia is made similar to Rome's Caesar and played brilliantly by John Doman, an American actor.
- There is only one negative to an otherwise excellent show: the last episode has very weak writing (almost seems written by somebody else), hence the 4 stars.

The Borgias (Showtime): 3 out of 5 stars

- Writing is a notch better than Camelot and Tudors, but maintains the 'soap-y' aspect of these type of shows. Acting is very good, but characters are not developed well enough.
- Take first episode for example: 'Borgia' spends 2 episodes on how Rodrigo Borgia manages to outplay the Italian powerful families (Orsini, Sforza, etc) and become Pope. This is probably one of the biggest achievements of his life and an incredible one, considering he was Spanish and really an outsider among the Italian Cardinals. In 'The Borgias', the election takes 10 minutes of one episode. There is no explanation on how he manages to outsmart the other Cardinals or even who they are. And - that's ok, because this series is not Rome or Mad Men. Story is much lighter and historical accuracy is not such a big deal. Neil Jordan is a brilliant director, knows entertainment and that's exactly what this series is.
- Cesare is very much a soap character here, unlike the Canal + series where he is a complex character, fighting his inner demons. Same with Juan - almost a naughty teenager here vs the vicious and ruthless Juan in the other series. Still, both entertaining.
- On the negative side: what would it take for Showtime to add subtitles to their series? This is Closed Caption (like the Tudors too), but most older LCDs cannot display CC on HDMI ports. Thus, no subtitles.
- This series is entertaining, but nowhere as deep or powerful as 'Borgia', thus 3 stars.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 8, 2013 8:51 PM PDT


The Borgias: Season 1
The Borgias: Season 1
DVD ~ David Oakes
Price: $17.25
19 used & new from $12.64

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment, December 28, 2011
This review is from: The Borgias: Season 1 (DVD)
This may be a bit confusing, but there are actually 2 Borgia series that were made in 2011:

- Borgia - a series made by Canal + (the European 'HBO'). To date, there is only 1 Season. Entire season is in English.
- The Borgias - a series made by Showtime. 2 Seasons to date, one on DVD/Bluray. Entire season is in English.

Borgia (Canal +): 4 out of 5 stars

- This series is very similar in nature with Rome and Mad Men. It deals with the politics of the time, has mostly brilliant writing and acting and tries to stay historically accurate, through most of the episodes. This is an adult show, with lots of violence and nudity - similar to Spartacus and Game of Thrones.
- Characters are well written and ruthless. Rodrigo Borgia is made similar to Rome's Caesar and played brilliantly by John Doman, an American actor.
- There is only one negative to an otherwise excellent show: the last episode has very weak writing (almost seems written by somebody else), hence the 4 stars.

The Borgias (Showtime): 3 out of 5 stars

- Writing is a notch better than Camelot and Tudors, but maintains the 'soap-y' aspect of these type of shows. Acting is very good, but characters are not developed well enough.
- Take first episode for example: 'Borgia' spends 2 episodes on how Rodrigo Borgia manages to outplay the Italian powerful families (Orsini, Sforza, etc) and become Pope. This is probably one of the biggest achievements of his life and an incredible one, considering he was Spanish and really an outsider among the Italian Cardinals. In 'The Borgias', the election takes 10 minutes of one episode. There is no explanation on how he manages to outsmart the other Cardinals or even who they are. And - that's ok, because this series is not Rome or Mad Men. Story is much lighter and historical accuracy is not such a big deal. Neil Jordan is a brilliant director, knows entertainment and that's exactly what this series is.
- Cesare is very much a soap character here, unlike the Canal + series where he is a complex character, fighting his inner demons. Same with Juan - almost a naughty teenager here vs the vicious and ruthless Juan in the other series. Still, both entertaining.
- On the negative side: what would it take for Showtime to add subtitles to their series? This is Closed Caption (like the Tudors too), but most older LCDs cannot display CC on HDMI ports. Thus, no subtitles.
- This series is entertaining, but nowhere as deep or powerful as 'Borgia', thus 3 stars.
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 27, 2012 9:12 PM PDT


Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Pioneer VSX-1020-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
4 used & new from $249.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stopped working after 15 months, December 10, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
While it worked, this was an excellent receiver - hence the 2 stars. Unfortunately - it turns out there is a reason why Pioneer is one of the few companies that dropped their warranty to 1 year: their receivers are not as reliable as they were in the past. As it happens - we passed the year mark and they were right - receiver stopped working.

Now - please do not get me wrong. I understand electronics are more and more complex and less and less reliable. I did not expect this receiver to last 10+ years, like my previous one, but I did have an expectation of a minimum of 5. 15 months is unacceptable and it will be the last time we buy this brand.

So - what happens? Our receiver switches automatically to Phones In/Phones Surround, meaning it thinks the headphones are plugged in. This cuts the sound on and off, every 10 seconds or so. The headphones port is good and clean, so the failure is in the internal electronics.

Since this is out of warranty, we now have an option of finding a Pioneer dealer and getting this fixed or cutting our losses and buying something else. Considering the quality of this thing, we decided to cut our losses and bought a similar Yamaha receiver. At least this one comes with 3 years warranty.

If you are planning to buy a Pioneer receiver - please take into consideration their quality and super short warranty. I would recommend not to buy one, but if you do, get an extended warranty!


Lafe's Organic Baby Foaming Baby Shampoo &  Wash,  Bottle
Lafe's Organic Baby Foaming Baby Shampoo & Wash, Bottle
Offered by Express Health
Price: $11.28
31 used & new from $6.19

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth Mama vs Lafes, November 20, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
We bought Earth Mama Organic Baby Shampoo and Lafes Organic Baby Shampoo after learning about the Johnson & Johnson fiasco. Up to that point, we were using Aveeno, a J&J brand that had the harmful chemicals in it. J&J committed to remove these chemicals in the next 2 years, but that's not good enough.

Earth Mama:

- makes good foam and is certified organic.
- has a rating of 0 on Skin Deep Database (0-2 rating means no harmful chemicals)
- fragrance is medium-strong (citrus).
- not tear-free.

Lafes:

- makes better foam than Earth Mama's shampoo.
- it's not certified organic, but still has a rating of 0 on Skin Deep Database.
- almost fragrance free
- tear-free formula.

Baby seems to like both. We use Lafes on her hair and Earth Mama on her body, but in the future we will stay with Lafes.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 28, 2012 3:43 AM PDT


Earth Mama-Angel Baby Organic Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, 5.3 fl oz (160 ml)
Earth Mama-Angel Baby Organic Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, 5.3 fl oz (160 ml)
Offered by LivWell Rx
Price: Click here to see our price
65 used & new from $5.44

78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Earth Mama vs Lafes, November 20, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
We bought Earth Mama Baby Shampoo and Lafes Organic Baby Shampoo after learning about the Johnson & Johnson fiasco. Up to that point, we were using Aveeno, a J&J brand that had the harmful chemicals in it. J&J committed to remove these chemicals in the next 2 years, but that's not good enough.

Earth Mama:

- makes good foam and is certified organic.
- has a rating of 0 on Skin Deep Database (0-2 rating means no harmful chemicals)
- fragrance is medium-strong (citrus).
- not tear-free.

Lafes:

- makes better foam than Earth Mama's shampoo.
- it's not certified organic, but still has a rating of 0 on Skin Deep Database.
- almost fragrance free
- tear-free formula.

Baby seems to like both. We use Lafes on her hair and Earth Mama on her body, but in the future we will stay with Lafes.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 29, 2013 11:24 PM PST


Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo with Natural Oat Extract 18-Ounce
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo with Natural Oat Extract 18-Ounce
Offered by Pharmapacks
Price: $10.58
27 used & new from $6.99

285 of 332 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Know what you buy, November 17, 2011
Added note: Aveeno is a Johnson & Johnson brand. It's supposed to be their 'better' brand of shampoo, but has same dangerous chemicals as all their lines of shampoos. The review is for this product, which we owned and used until we learned of this fiasco.

After years of being pressured to remove harmful chemicals from the baby shampoos, Johnson and Johnson finally announced today that they will phase them out in next 2 years or earlier. A simple google search of 'chemicals in baby shampoo' brings up articles from USA Today, Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, CBS News, etc.

The 2 nocive chemicals are 1.4 dioxane and formaldehyde. None are listed in the ingredients section because they are a byproduct of other chemicals shown on the label. There are countless articles on this and this has been in the news at least twice in the past 2 weeks.

These substances are banned in most European countries, but still used by J&J in their US baby shampoo. Reason? They are very cheap to make and this market is not regulated. The fact that today they agreed to phase them out is a first step in the right direction, although it will not motivate me to ever buy their products again.

For now, we have stopped using this shampoo and are extremely disappointed in the way J&J has treated US babies. We bought 2 organic shampoos from Amazon, based on ratings from Skin Deep Database and plan to stay with these for now.

What should you do? I don't pretend I know what is good for your kids, but would recommend to do your homework about what you buy for them. Protecting them from all the chemicals in our life is impossible, but everything starts one step at a time.
Comment Comments (19) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 15, 2014 4:55 AM PST


Mylo Xyloto
Mylo Xyloto
Price: $9.49

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A change for the worse, November 17, 2011
This review is from: Mylo Xyloto (MP3 Music)
Whoever produced Mylo Xyloto should stop producing and change jobs. All instruments are to the max, there is no harmony, no rhyme or reason. Couple of Coldplay's strengths lie in vocals and the piano, but they are almost nowhere to be heard in all the noise. This album sounds like an orchestra warming up for the concert.

I thought I'm getting a deal at $5, but this has been a waste of money. This album is Coldplay's 'St Anger' ...


HTC EVO 4G Android Smartphone Sprint, No Contract, Clean ESN
HTC EVO 4G Android Smartphone Sprint, No Contract, Clean ESN
Offered by NuTwo
Price: $82.57
51 used & new from $20.00

30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero Stars, November 5, 2011
The good:

- big and bright screen.
- decent battery life - around 12 hours with the standard battery. This includes running some apps (Eurosport, UEFA, USA Today, etc), but gaming would burn through the battery in less than 4 hours. The Yahoo Mail app also seems to drain the battery pretty fast.
- Android market is growing and Amazon had some amazing deals on games and apps.
- freedom to Copy/Paste music, pictures and movies from PC to the phone. Not something specific to this phone, but worth mentioning.

The bad:

- after slightly more than 1 year of light usage, the phone keeps rebooting itself. Changed the battery, still same issue. Phone is basically unusable.
- contacts can't be sync-ed with the GMail account. The sync does nothing. Since the phone is not on long enough (without rebooting itself), I probably lost all the contacts too.

Considering how expensive this phone has been, this has been a terrible experience. I would not recommend buying this phone.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 14, 2012 7:04 AM PST


Naturepedic Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Crib Mattress
Naturepedic Quilted Organic Cotton Deluxe Crib Mattress
Offered by Aidleyco Baby
Price: $399.00
25 used & new from $399.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, July 29, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Like any parent, we wanted to buy the best organic mattress we could find, for our little one. We had 2 choices - either this one or another organic mattress that one of biggest warehouses sells at a third of the price. We picked this one, because we thought it to be better quality.

After 3 weeks of sleeping on this mattress, it has deformed under the baby's weight (all 6 1/2 - 7 1/2 lbs) and it has become all 'wavy'. When we received the mattress, we checked it and there were no obvious defects. Now - we can understand this starting to fail in 1 year, but 3 weeks is simply unacceptable for something so expensive.

Considering our buy, we know realize that - in this case - higher price didn't mean better quality, but a manufacturer taking advantage and inflating their price to suggest it.

Our 2 cents - stay away from this and check your local warehouses. You may be able to get same quality at a third of the cost. In our case - we will probably have to buy a new one soon and plan to practice what we preached.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 10, 2013 9:38 PM PDT


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