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Logic Pro X For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
Logic Pro X For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
Price: $16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A Professional Guide to Logic Pro X, July 25, 2014
As personal computers have become increasingly powerful – growing in processing speed, memory size and hard drive capacity, the programs we use have also grown in the number of features offered. Unfortunately the average user can no longer understand or utilize all features available in most software packages. This has created a large number of instructional books that help bridge the gap between complex software and the average user.

Logic Pro X, by Apple, is a very powerful software that provides a professional recording studio. Logic Pro gives musicians everything they need to go from first note to final master. But in order to fully utilize all the power and features of Logic Pro X, most people will need a lot of guidance. That is where Logic Pro X for Dummies comes in.

I have always been impressed with the “for Dummies” series by Wiley Publishers. Each book in the series of “for Dummies” covers everything you need to know about the subject matter. Logic Pro X for Dummies is no exception. Graham English, the author of the book, does an excellent job of tracing the history of the software, providing a getting started introduction and then developing a step-by-step explanation of the features. This book covers everything you need to know about Logic Pro X.

You know from the title of Chapter One that Mr. English writes with a bit of a sense of humor. Instead of the usual, “Getting Logic Pro Up and Running” he uses “Getting Logic Pro Up and Sprinting”. He starts by tracing the history of the software, the benefits of creating with Logic Pro, getting in the Logic Pro mindset, developing a productive mindset and setting up your Logic Pro studio.

The book follows the typical format of all “for Dummies” books. There are plenty of bullet points, check points, “Remember” and “Tip” icons. If you have read any previous “for Dummies” books, you will feel right at home. If this is your first, you will find the information well organized, presented in an easy to understand manner with plenty of screen shot illustrations to make it easy to understand.

Mr. English writes with just a touch of humor and his deep understanding of Logic Pro X clearly shows. Mr. English is a master of the software and an accomplished musician. So he understand the needs of a musician and can speak directly to those needs.

The book is a complete guide to Logic Pro X. Unfortunately some people have trouble going from the book to getting the software to do its magic. Mr. Graham provides a series of short videos that will help the reader go from theory to implementation. These videos are professionally done – they are well designed, showing actual screen shots with a step by step explanation of what to do, how to do it and more importantly why to do it a particular way. These tips have the potential to save you lots of time in mastering the learning curve that any software program presents.

If you are serious about creating music, Logic Pro X, is a very powerful software tool. But do yourself a big favor, learn the inside tips and tactics from a master.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


MeasuPro DPT150 Digital 8" Stem Thermometer with Temperature Alarm and Large LCD Display
MeasuPro DPT150 Digital 8" Stem Thermometer with Temperature Alarm and Large LCD Display
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $16.95
2 used & new from $14.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Features, Good Price, July 24, 2014
When I first begin to cook, you had to rely on some old rules of thumb to know when something was done. Unfortunately most of the time I tended to overcook than risk the problems associated with undercooking a dish. Now thankfully we have a wide range of thermometers that take the guess work out of cooking.

The MeasuPro DPT150 Digital 8" Stem Thermometer with Temperature Alarm and Large LCD Display is an excellent addition to any kitchen tools set. It has a large digital read out, it has an alarm and a long probe for those large items like a ham, turkey or roast.

The temperature range is from 14 degrees up to 230 degrees F. That should be sufficient range for anything you are cooking.

The thermometer comes with a nice sheath that you can clip on to your pocket or apron if you are going to be using it often – you are cooking multiple dishes.

The thermometer is very easy to clean. It comes with 2 special batteries. If you use this properly, these batteries should last a very long time.

I like the large display, the long probe and the sheath w/clip. So it has some very nice features. The price is very competitive. It makes a very nice addition to the tools in the kitchen and it takes the guesswork out of cooking. You know precisely when something is properly cooked.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


MOCREO® Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Indoor/Outdoors Ultra mini W/ Dual Speakers / Rechargable Built-in Battery / TF card Supported for iPhone,iPod,Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Other Bluetooth Devices,MP3 Players (Black)
MOCREO® Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Indoor/Outdoors Ultra mini W/ Dual Speakers / Rechargable Built-in Battery / TF card Supported for iPhone,iPod,Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Other Bluetooth Devices,MP3 Players (Black)
Offered by MOCREO
Price: $41.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound for an Excellent Price, July 24, 2014
The MOCREO® Waterproof, Wireless, Stereo Bluetooth Speaker has a large number of features at a very affordable price.

Unlike many Bluetooth speakers I have owned, this one actually has two speakers – so you get stereo sound. The sound quality is remarkably good for a speaker in this price range. The sound quality in the mid and high end is excellent. The bass or low range is good but not outstanding. However for speakers in this price range, the overall quality of sound is excellent.

The speaker is wireless, it has a rechargeable battery that has a playing life of about 6 hours. So this would be sufficient time for most activities.

The speaker is “waterproof” but that does not mean you should submerge it in water. It is okay around the bath or the pool, but there is no point in being foolish about it. You can use it indoors or outdoors. It will pick up the sound from a transmitting source within 30 feet of the speaker.

The pairing up is easy and automatic. The controls are all on the speaker and are easy to use.

The speaker measures about 7” X 3” x 3” – so it is fairly compact for a stereo speaker.

It is compatible with the iPhone, iPod, tablets, laptops, desktops, any devise that is Bluetooth compatible.

All in all this is a very good compact stereo Bluetooth speaker with good quality sound at a very good price.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Yoga Full Toe Socks (Various Colors), 2 Pairs Value Pack Set
Yoga Full Toe Socks (Various Colors), 2 Pairs Value Pack Set
Offered by YogaAddict
Price: $28.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get a Good Grip, July 24, 2014
If you do yoga (or any other exercise) where you are on a hardwood or tile surfaces, one thing you need is a sure grip to prevent accidental slipping.

The primary benefit of the Yoga Full Toe Socks is to provide an excellent grip. There are a number of non-slip “dots” on the bottom of these socks that prevent slipping. These non-slip dots really give you the traction you need to fully engage in your exercise without fear of losing your balance or traction.

These socks come with full toes – like a glove instead of a mitten, these socks have individual slots for each toe. They are very comfortable and fit very well. The socks come in two sizes s/m and large. Be sure to order the proper size.

You should hand wash and air dry these socks. The washer will subject them to excess wear and the heat of the dryer can damage them.

I’ve seen lots of people exercise barefooted. This is a much better alternative. It protects your feet, provides warmth during the winter months and provides comfort and safety at all times.

A real nice addition to your workout attire.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


TopG Apple Certified - Lifetime Warranty - 5.1A / 25.5W Tri-USB Port Car Charger -Portable Travel Charger Rapid Car Charger For Samsung Galaxy S5;The All New HTC One M8 M7 M4, Mini 2; iPhone 5S 5 5C 4S 6, iPad Air 4 3 2, iPad Mini 1 2 Retina, iPad touch, iPod Nano; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 4 3, 2, Tab S 4, 3, 2 7.0 8.0 10.1;LG Optimus G3 G2, Flex,G2 Mini,G Pro 2,G Pad 7.0 8.0 8.3 10.1; Google Nexus 5 4 7 8 FHD 2;Other Android Smartphone/Tablets (Black+Red)
TopG Apple Certified - Lifetime Warranty - 5.1A / 25.5W Tri-USB Port Car Charger -Portable Travel Charger Rapid Car Charger For Samsung Galaxy S5;The All New HTC One M8 M7 M4, Mini 2; iPhone 5S 5 5C 4S 6, iPad Air 4 3 2, iPad Mini 1 2 Retina, iPad touch, iPod Nano; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 4 3, 2, Tab S 4, 3, 2 7.0 8.0 10.1;LG Optimus G3 G2, Flex,G2 Mini,G Pro 2,G Pad 7.0 8.0 8.3 10.1; Google Nexus 5 4 7 8 FHD 2;Other Android Smartphone/Tablets (Black+Red)
Offered by TOPG
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality - Good Price, July 23, 2014
The TOP USB charger lives up to its name. It is a top of the line, charger that fits into your automobile cigarette lighter socket. One of the best features about the TOP charger is that it has three slots for charging devices. So you can charge up to three devices at the same time. The slots are all different amps, clearly marked – 2.1 A; 2 A and 1 A.

The charger is Apple certified to work on the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The charger will also work on a number of other devices. It has LED lights to let you know when the charger is working. The charger will stop charging when the plugged in device is fully charged. It also has a safety feature that stops the charger in the event of a short or other malfunction.

The Charger is rather small, measuring about 2 ½ inches long. It is attractively designed – so it looks great. The small size makes it easy to store in your travel case.

Charging with the TOP USB is quick and very convenient if you have more than one device that needs charging at the same time.

The charger is very competitively priced. Excellent product, good price.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


[Upgraded and Unique]Ipow Retractable Belt Pet Dog Leash with Smooth Leash Retraction- 16.5 Feet Long ,Supports up to 26 Pound,black
[Upgraded and Unique]Ipow Retractable Belt Pet Dog Leash with Smooth Leash Retraction- 16.5 Feet Long ,Supports up to 26 Pound,black
Offered by Empire Palace USA INC
Price: $11.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Features, Excellent Price, July 23, 2014
The Ipow retractable leash is very competitively priced and loaded with some nice features that make it a real bargain. This leash is recommended for small dogs - up to 33 pounds.

The metal clip that hooks the leash to the collar is easy to operate, it has a nice sliding mechanism that appears to be made of stainless steel. The slide is very easy to operate, you can do it with one hand.

The leash itself is a flat ribbon that extends to 16.5 feet. There is a nice plastic slide on the end of the ribbon that ensures that the ribbon will not get tangled up as you retract it.

The handle is ergonomically designed to fit in your hand. It is made of black plastic and has two buttons, one to operate as a brake/retrieve and the other as to lock the leash in place.

I found the operation to be very smooth. When the leash is locked, the ribbon stayed very secure.

The competitive price and the nice features makes this an excellent leash.

I was provided a sample product for testing/review purposes.


Dog Training Clicker - 2 Sounds Options - 2 Tricks with 1 Clicker (Pink) © Pet Magasin
Dog Training Clicker - 2 Sounds Options - 2 Tricks with 1 Clicker (Pink) © Pet Magasin
Offered by PetMagasin Direct
Price: $7.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Way to Train Your Dog, July 23, 2014
If you are not familiar with training your dog using a clicker, I suggest you check it out. Briefly, the idea is to catch the dog doing a desired behavior and click the clicker and then offer a treat as a reward. The dog will associate the clicking sound with the behavior and the treat reinforces the training. According to most pet trainers, this is superior to the training that only uses rewards after a desired behavior.

The Pet Magasin dog training clicker comes in a bright pink with a handy yellow coil wrist strap. The clicker has a sliding lever on the back of the clicker that will allow you to adjust the sound of the click. In one position, the sound of the click is fairly faint. Move the adjuster to the other position and the click is much louder.

The coil wrist strap makes it very handy to keep the clicker in easy reach when you are training your dog. I found the clicker very easy to operate and the sound difference between the two settings was very distinguishable.

The clicker appears to be well made and durable. It comes with a two-year guarantee in the event of some malfunction.

The clicker does not come with any training instructions but you can do an Internet search on dog training with a clicker and find plenty of free information on how to training your dog using a clicker. This one offers three main benefits – the clicker has two settings for different sounds, the coiled wrist strap and quality construction.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


How to Design a Life Worth Smiling About: Developing Success in Business and in Life
How to Design a Life Worth Smiling About: Developing Success in Business and in Life
by Darryl Davis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.55
60 used & new from $14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tool for Designing Your Ideal Life, July 21, 2014
I think if you ask most people what they really want from life, the answer would be “happiness”. And if you are happy, you will be smiling. So this book is all about smiling and ultimately about finding happiness in life.

The first chapter is taken up with “The Science Behind Your Smile”. It deals with the brain chemicals involved in smiling, how and why we smile and the social impact and benefits of smiles.

Darryl Davis, the author of How to Design a Life Worth Smiling About, then gets into the real meat of the book. Mr. Davis is a speaker and life coach. Starting with Chapter 2 of the book, Mr. Davis gets into the specific steps we need to take in order to design a life worth smiling about.

We all constantly have thoughts running through our head and for the most part those thoughts are negative – telling us we can’t do something. Mr. Davis gives a good framework for understanding where these come from and how to effectively deal with them.

We also have an automatic thought process that basically rules our lives. According to the author, “The thoughts we have in our lives are a result of what we think, not the other way around.” Again, this is process is explained in-depth along with some effective methods to deal with these automatic thoughts.

Then Mr. Davis tells us how to design the life we want. “When you do something that you enjoy, the actual work is the reward. The success and money will come later.” He does not advocate blindly following your passion, rather being strategic about your plans while making sure you are doing something you really enjoy.

Mr. Davis writes in a very conversational style. The book is easy readying. At the end of each chapter is a exercise or series of questions for the reader to work through/answer. These are valuable questions/exercises. The value of the book is not so much in the information, but in the transformation that will occur in you work through the “Smile Action Steps”.

If you work through the book and do all the exercises you will certainly have a real-life breakthrough. One of the better exercises is dealing with stress. He suggest that when you are feeling stressed, the first thing to do is to separate the facts from the feelings (often we confuse the two). Our thoughts and feelings come from our pasts. By separating the facts from the feelings, we can get clear about why we are feeling stressed and how to deal with it.

The first chapter was interesting information. The remaining 16 chapters are all about designing your life so that it is worth smiling about. This book would be a good tool for any life coach or a great workbook for self-coaching. A very good tool for helping anyone design a better life.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


Overextended: A Practical Guide to Correcting the Housing Market
Overextended: A Practical Guide to Correcting the Housing Market
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Basics of the Foreclosure Process, July 21, 2014
Even if you were not directly involved in the massive foreclosure debacle, there is a high probability you felt some consequences. Also the chances are good that you knew someone who was directly affected or your neighborhood was impacted by one or more foreclosures. If you would like to know more about the process, why it happened and some ways foreclosure can be dealt with, then this book could be of some help.

Part 1 of this book deals with “How did it come to this?” David Prentice, author of Overextended, gives a brief summary of the forces that came together to create the largest number of foreclosures in US history. While his explanations are generally on track, in my opinion the approach is a significant oversimplification. In addition, his approach tries to place the majority of the blame on governmental social, fiscal and monetary policy. While there is no doubt that those factors were significant contributors, there were plenty of other participants that contributed to the foreclosure disaster.

Part 2 of the book give a basic lesson on the foreclosure process. This is fairly complex in that each state has their own laws and regulations regarding foreclosure. Mr. Prentice does a good job of discussing a complex process.

Part 3 of the book – Stand up for Yourself – give some specific tactics for those unfortunate people who are facing foreclosure. The author gives plenty of tips that can be used to either stall or eliminate the foreclosure proceedings, he is quick to point out that in many cases there are no magic steps that a borrower can take to halt the process. He clearly states that if your home is underwater – the value is less than what is owed on it – it is probably foolish to try to delay the process.

Mr. Prentice writes, “Until we as a nation establish some systematic constraints and the majority of citizens exercise self-control, the market will continue on the path of instability.” I think it is wishful thinking to expect the majority of people to exercise sound fiscal judgment. The tightening of credit standards following the real estate bust tempered credit markets for the short term. For a long time now, credit has been the primary driver of our economy and I suspect that we can expect a continuation of legal problems surrounding credit issues.

For anyone seeking a general understanding of the foreclosure process, this is a fairly good primer. There is a lot of helpful information in the appendices.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


Mpow® Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Headset with AAC aptX - Supports Wireless Music Streaming and Hands-Free calling
Mpow® Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Headset with AAC aptX - Supports Wireless Music Streaming and Hands-Free calling
Offered by Patozon
Price: $36.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product at a Good Price, July 20, 2014
In my work, I spend a large portion of my time on the phone or on Skype talking with clients. I have used many different telephone headsets and/or a computer headsets – none that were close in comfort to the Mpow® Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones.

There are several real advantages to the Mpow headphones. First the design is very stylish, the headphones are light and extremely comfortable. The fact that the headphones fold can be a real advantage – makes them much easier to store or for travelling. These headphones are very light – you hardly notice that you have them on.

The Bluetooth functionality is superb – pairing up is a cinch. The battery life is extra long – 15 hours of playing time, so you do not need to recharge too often. The controls are on the right ear piece and very easy to use. The USB charging port is on the bottom of the right ear piece as well as the built in microphone.

The sound quality is excellent and is on par or better than some more expensive headphones I have owned.

This is a very stylish, attractive, comfortable headphone that works very well with any Bluetooth compatible device. It can also be used to answer cell phone calls.
If you are looking for a very reasonably priced Bluetooth headphone that provides great sound, long battery life and is very comfortable, this product fits that perfectly.

I was provided a sample for testing and review purposes.


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