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Verso "Prologue" Standing Cover for Kindle Fire HD 8.9",  Antique Tan (will only fit Kindle Fire HD 8.9")
Verso "Prologue" Standing Cover for Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Antique Tan (will only fit Kindle Fire HD 8.9")
Price: $35.99
2 used & new from $35.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average Kindle Fire HD 8.9" cover, January 2, 2013
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After I received my Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet, I quickly realized a few things. 1) I needed a better way to protect the Kindle Fire, 2) the new Kindle Fire is difficult to tell which way "Up" when the screen is off, and 3) the Kindle Fire is a little difficult to grip because of the shiny surfaces. So, that's what led me to picking up a cover. After reviewing all of the more popular covers, including Amazon's own, I was somewhat shocked at the cost - $40+ ?! Okay, so I just spent a good chunk of change on this Kindle, why not protect my investment?

Pros:

- This cover looks nice and feels nice. It actually looks like a book, and the imitation leather has a good feel to it (easy to grip and doesn't feel like it will slide out of my hand).
- Despite what some other reviews may note, I have had no problems with my Kindle sliding out or even feeling like it might do so. Mine fits very snug without any worries as I carry it around
- Two stand positions - I like having the two positions when viewing the tablet in landscape mode.

Cons:

- While the cover contains a magnet that activates the "standby" feature when closed, and "wakes up" the Kindle when opened, the magnet does not actually hold the cover in place. Instead, there is an elastic strap that is used to keep the cover closed. I found this a little awkward at first, but got used to it. The problem is that if you do not use it, you risk having the cover slightly open and close repeatedly if the Kindle is in a book bag or purse, which means the Kindle is turning on and off repeatedly, and wearing the battery down. So it's best to use the strap to secure the cover in place when you are not using it.

- No stand in the Portrait position. Although, I suppose you could just open it up and use it like an open "book" with the front cover acting as a stand

Other than that, I'm quite happy with this cover. At forty bucks it's a bit expensive, but I find worth it.


RiteAV - Cat6 Network Ethernet Cable - Blue - 20 ft.
RiteAV - Cat6 Network Ethernet Cable - Blue - 20 ft.
Offered by Ultra Spec Cables (RiteAV®)
Price: $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great network cable, October 21, 2012
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Using these cables in a gigabit network without any problems. The snagless connectors are nice when pulling a cable through a twist of other cables - they really do not snag.

I will say that these are not the best quality you can buy, but you probably know that if you're considering them. But for general use connecting short distances, they are fine and no need to pay a price premium.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent battery and charger, October 21, 2012
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I've only had this battery in use for a few days now and what I can see is that it performs similar to the original battery - not good, but not too bad. It will barely get me through a regular work day if I really limit my browsing and app use. The charger is nice because I can keep a spare always charged to easily swap out.

Three things to note:

1. The battery is a very tight fit in my phone. I have to use a knife to pry it out, and be careful with said knife so I don't cut the battery open.
2. The battery charger doesn't stop charging once the battery is fully charged; the instructions say specifically to not leave the battery in the charger once it's done charging so you don't over charge the battery.
3. The battery charger can not accommodate larger capacity batteries (I suppose it wasn't advertised for this, so it's really not the product's fault).

Overall, a decent product for what you pay. But don't expect to get a battery that will last any longer than the original battery that came with your phone.


Pleatco PH6-4 American, Harmsco ST/6, Pac-Fab, Premier, Rainbow, Swimquip 6, 108, 216, 72, SwimRite, Universal Six, 1 Cartridge
Pleatco PH6-4 American, Harmsco ST/6, Pac-Fab, Premier, Rainbow, Swimquip 6, 108, 216, 72, SwimRite, Universal Six, 1 Cartridge
Price: $13.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick shipping and product exactly as stated, October 21, 2012
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These pleatco filters are slightly less quality than the original Harmsco filters, but are a fraction of the cost. I highly recommend them, and since they are so cheap, I can afford to change them more frequently which has resulted in cleaner pool water, and less wear on the pump motors. So all in all, a great deal and a great company to purchase them from.


LOFTEK® CXS 2200 Wireless/Wired Pan:270° & Tilt:120° Dual Audio Alarm Ip camera,15 Meter Night vision,3.6mm Lens ,67° Viewing Angle, Easy installation. White.
LOFTEK® CXS 2200 Wireless/Wired Pan:270° & Tilt:120° Dual Audio Alarm Ip camera,15 Meter Night vision,3.6mm Lens ,67° Viewing Angle, Easy installation. White.
Offered by LOFTEK Direct
Price: $49.99
5 used & new from $45.99

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent IP camera for this price, September 9, 2011
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I have to say I'm impressed by the quality of this camera for what it costs. Keep in mind, this isn't going to give you HD quality video or even close. But for the sub eighty dollars it costs, you can't beat this. As background, I have extensive experience with IP cameras, from Arecont to Axis to Mobotix to Panasonic, and just about every brand in between. I thought I would take a look at the cheapest cameras out there so I could recommend them to clients looking for a cheap home solution as a nanny/pet cam or just wanting to check on a vacation home. Keep in mind, this camera (and the 100s of other Chinese made cheap IP cameras) should not be used for real surveillance or security purposes - great for casual home users, but I wouldn't rely on them to protect a business.

Image Quality
The video image is pretty decent at 640 x 480 resolution. Daylight use colors are vibrant but a tad off, which is common in low end cameras, but better than those that lack an IR cut filter (this model does not have the ir-cut filter, but the updated Loftek 3200 model does). The IR LEDs are quite powerful and you'll find that you'll want the camera at least 10 feet away from any object as they will be washed out by the somewhat powerful IR lights (i.e., if using as a baby monitor, don't put it too close to the baby, or the baby will be completely washed out in light). Also, you can manually focus this by twisting the outer ring cap of the lens. You can also replace the lens entirely if you want (different zoom or FOV etc.) by unscrewing the lens off.

Networking
I found the set up to be very easy. My machine I used to set this up on is a Windows 7 64 bit desktop. My internal network runs on 192.168.1.xxx, the camera by default runs on the 192.168.0.xxx subnet; this was no problem for the camera search utility that came on the included CD. In fact, the search utility found the camera in about 1 second. Using the utility I set a static IP address for the camera (I could have allowed my router's DHCP to assign the IP, but I manually assign all of my camera IP addresses as it makes port forwarding on the router easier). The camera rebooted and I accessed the camera directly through the Chrome browser. No problems. Video came up right away. Was able to switch between various video resolutions (160x120, 320x240, 640x480) without any problems. I then set up my wireless network; again, no issues. Like any network camera, if you aren't familiar with basic networking concepts and more advanced ones like port forwarding, you may have trouble getting this set up to be accessible from outside your home.

Camera Functions
The pan/tilt on this is quite good. For such a cheap camera I couldn't believe how quiet the motor mechanism is on this. The only other cameras that I've found to be this quiet during pan/tilt (PT) are Sony cameras, but you'll pay upwards of 10 times more. So, if you're looking for a quiet PT this is actually quite good. Pan/Tilt speed range is quite good too (in the settings, you can specify 0 - 10; I made the mistake thinking that the higher the number, the faster it would pan, which was wrong; a setting of 1 is very fast, so I set mine at 3 which is fast, but still controllable). I was however, disappointed that there wasn't any zoom available. I knew there was no optical zoom (and really, how could there be on a sub 80 dollar camera?), but I thought there would at least be digital zoom via the client software. But no, no digital zoom in either the Java client (for non Internet Explorer (IE) browsers) or the ActiveX version for IE browsers. Which brings me to the issue of the ActiveX (IE Browswer) versus other browser functionality. Like most IP cameras (even from the professional lines) you're going to be able to access more camera features through an ActiveX interface than a Java client. So on the LOFTEK CXS 2200 you can only record, take camera snap shots, access audio, and view multiple cameras through the ActiveX client. Also, I had no problems accessing the camera from my Android phone using a product called IP Cam Viewer (available in Amazon's App Store or the Android Market).

Windows/Mac/Linux Compatibility
I have not tested this on a Mac computer so I cannot comment on using this camera (or even setting it up) with a Mac. In the Windows world, this worked fine on Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), and Windows XP. I was able to view full motion video and audio on an HTC EVO 4G cell phone, running Android 2.3.2 on the Sprint Network (3G speeds only; haven't had a chance to test 4G yet). My Linux (Ubuntu 11.4) clients had no issues accessing the camera view Chrome (I did not test setting up the camera using a Linux box, though)

Conclusion
For what this camera costs, you can't beat it. The video quality is fine for this camera price range and set up was a breeze using a Windows 7 machine. Playback was fine on a number of Windows 7 and XP machines, as well as an Android 2.3 phone. There is no zoom available, but the lens can be replaced easily. I can't speak to the durability/reliability of this as I've only had it running a couple of days now. But like I said at the beginning of this review, this camera shouldn't be used for real surveillance or security purposes. If you keep these points in mind, this camera should give you more than enough value for its cost.
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Roller
Roller

2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work well on the HTC EVO, April 15, 2011
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Downloaded when this was the free app of the day on Amazon. Unfortunately it doesn't play well on my HTC EVO. Tried all the different settings like touch sensitivity and it's still difficult to "throw" the ball. Perhaps an update from the devs will fix this. Until then, I'm removing it from my phone.


Skullcandy (Product Out Of Date, Newer Version Available) SC-SBB3.5 Smokin' Earbud Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Skullcandy (Product Out Of Date, Newer Version Available) SC-SBB3.5 Smokin' Earbud Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by BEKIWO
Price: $18.98
2 used & new from $18.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for less than a day, March 14, 2007
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They sounded great for the one day that they worked. I had a few problems getting them to fit in my ear correctly, but once they were in, the sound was pretty good. Unfortunately, after less than a day of use, the left ear bud went dead. How disappointing! They are going back to Amazon for a refund...I'll spend my money on another brand.


A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Haley Joel Osment
Price: $5.00
275 used & new from $0.01

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much deeper than many here may have you believe, February 18, 2002
What makes this film so amazing is not the special effects or the gee-wiz imagery, or even the plot line. As with many Kubrick films, they're not really for "entertainment" but to provoke thought. The title of the film, A.I. is the first question that Kubrick asks - is it really possible to create intelligence? If so, then define what intelligence means. Is there more to intelligence than simply logical reasoning? Are emotions somehow part of intelligence? Of course, you the viewer, must answer those questions.
And in the end, think about what the aliens are trying to do, and what they say. Or rather, what is Kubrick really saying. Is it that he believes that humanity/intelligence, no matter how sophisticated technology becomes, can ever be duplicated or created? Does the soul have something to do with intelligence? Again, you must answer that within your own definition of intelligence.
I can see why so many people disliked A.I. They spent $9 to be entertained, and instead found themselves in a college philosophy class. If you're the type of person that likes to sit back and be entertained, than this movie is probably not worth your time nor money. If you like thought provoking films, than this is a typical Kubrick film, with the warm fuzzy Spielberg throw in for extra measure.
There is so much more to this movie than I can write about in 1,000 words. If you've already seen it and hated it, perhaps you'll spend the $5 to rent it and take the time to really understand what the film is saying and asking. It really is an interesting piece of work.


Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver Model LF2000
Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver Model LF2000

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift and Good price, April 18, 2001
I gave one of these digital picture frames to my parents this past Christmas. It was quite the hit with all family members who saw it (everyone wanted to go out and get one). The idea was, my siblings who have children could send images directly to the frame so that way my parents could, essentially, watch their grand children grow up. In today's age where family is spread out across the globe, this is particularly a difficult problem - only seeing your grandchildren once or twice a year just doesn't cut it. The Ceiva frame changes this!
Pros:
- Very easy to use. Plug it in, turn it on. Set desired preferences. Done. - Good image quality. Even for a DSTN display, the image is sharp and bright. - Good number of preferences (time on, time off, delay between images, etc.) - Additional content available as part of service (i.e., News, Weather, etc.) - You control who can send images directly to the frame - Automatic updates through the phone line - once set up, no computer needed. - Portable. You don't have to have it plugged into the phone line if you only want to see the 20 pictures currently on the frame. Take it to work and keep it on your desk during the day. Bring it home at night and let it call in and get more pictures in the evening!
Cons - Still need a computer to set the preferences and put pictures on it (no memory card access at all) - Monthly service fee required (though, you can purchase the lifetime subscription) - No memory card access. You can't shoot from a digital camera and just insert into frame like other digital frames allow - DSTN display. Although I say that it has a good display in the Pros section, other frames have TFT displays which are better in quality. - Need access to a phone line for nightly (or whatever your preference is) updates. When it's not updating, does not need phone line access, though. - Only displays 640x480 images. I've found that sometimes you need to increase the brightness of the pictures from digital cameras before sending it to the frame. - No contrast control, only brightness.
The frame really is a great gift for a grandparent, parent, or even yourself! My parents now get fresh images of their grand children on a weekly basis. What more could a grandparent ask for? We're now getting one for my Mother-in-law for Mother's Day - but don't tell her, she doesn't know :)
Although there are definitely better quality digital frames on the market (Kodak, Digi-Frame), they are more expensive and, in some cases more complicated, than the Ceiva. For it's price and quality, it's the best out there now.


Caligula (Unrated Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
Caligula (Unrated Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
DVD ~ Malcolm McDowell

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Portrayal of Roman History, February 4, 2000
This movie is certainly an interesting portrayal of Roman History's most notorious Caesar. Although he only served a short time, his antics and deviances have endured for more than two thousand years. Most of what is portrayed in this movie is the recountment of Seutonius, a "secretary" to many Caesars after Caligula ("Little Boots"), so is mostly "rumours" of his time -- though historians do give him much credit for detailing many credible stories. In any event, if you believe what you see as Roman history, so be it -- you'll be even more appalled at the vulgar and demented behaviour of this man. However, I'm more inclined to believe that some of the more vulgar portrayals were from the inventive (and perhaps perverse) mind of Penthouse's Guccione.
As many of these posts have mentioned, don't bother watching this if you're squeemish or do not wish to see graphic sexual acts.
I give this three stars for production and filming and some of the quality actors. However, the gratuitous sex and violence could have been toned down a bit -- at the detraction of the "truth" of Roman History.


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