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H&R Block Tax Software Premium + State 2013 Mac [Download] [OLD VERSION]
H&R Block Tax Software Premium + State 2013 Mac [Download] [OLD VERSION]
Price: $64.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not function on a case-sensitive file system, March 30, 2014
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The developers assumed (naïvely) that the software will run on a case-insensitive file system. This is a reasonable assumption, since it is the default on OS X, and the vast majority of the users will not touch that default. However, my Macbook Air's boot disk is in fact case sensitive. This has some far-reaching consequences. For example, the images are not picked up correctly. Since "Back" and "Continue" buttons are just image files, navigation is impossible.

Copying the software to a USB stick (with a case-insensitive file system) is an option; at least, it will let the software run. However, this is not a solution. This, in turn, means:
1. Software update is not correctly performed. (The updater appears to assume that it will be in /Applications.)
2. The help will not be available. When I click on the "?" marks for guidance, the help window is blank.

Fortunately, we have a second machine whose boot disk is case-insensitive, so that we can work with this rather stunning issue.

This could be decent software (I'm still in the middle of tax preparation), but the experience so far has not been stellar, to say the least.

Halo Screen Protector High Definition (HD) Clear (Invisible) for Google Nexus 4 E960 - Lifetime Replacement Warranty
Halo Screen Protector High Definition (HD) Clear (Invisible) for Google Nexus 4 E960 - Lifetime Replacement Warranty
Offered by TDC Direct
Price: $5.95
2 used & new from $4.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Might be a bit oversized, March 25, 2013
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It is a decent screen protector for a good price. You get 3 in the package, so $2 apiece; you can't beat that.

It gives good protection of the Nexus 4 screen, but it appears that is is a bit too wide. The side edges reach the area where the curves start, and there are areas where the adhesive side is exposed (about 1mm on each side). I tried minimizing this of course, but it seems impossible to not have the exposure. It is possible that this particular piece was not cut right. It remains to be seen if the other 2 exhibits the same problem.

HTML5: Up and Running
HTML5: Up and Running
by Mark Pilgrim
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.01
86 used & new from $1.74

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of HTML5, August 25, 2010
This review is from: HTML5: Up and Running (Paperback)
The book aims to get the reader acquainted with the new HTML5 standards (yes, plural) fast. It has some organizational flaws (more on this in a minute). The book assumes basic familiarity with HTML as well as DOM and JavaScript. This suggests that the target users are practicing web developers who want the answers to the question "What's new?", and the book succeeds for the most part. Over all, I recommend this book.

What's good?
* O'Reilly took care to insert meaningful hyperlinks in the PDF version, and it is very handy.
* Some practical coding advice, including how to tag video for HTML5 while falling back to older technologies.
* A HTML4 => HTML5 enhancement walk through in Chapter 3 is quite instructive.
* While the content of this book is available online for free at [...], I simply like the PDF formatting better.

What's bad?
* Somewhat repetitive. This may be due to the book's genesis as web pages.
* Less relevant materials (the history of the IMG tag can be more succinct; and how to encode video is probably downright irrelevant for HTML coders) eat up pages.
* The web site mentioned above is more up-to-date. (For example, compare p. 62 and its counterpart on the web.)

2003 World Series of Poker
2003 World Series of Poker
DVD ~ Artist Not Provided
11 used & new from $4.92

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy only if you are a "collector", January 21, 2005
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This review is from: 2003 World Series of Poker (DVD)
This is just a collection of 2003 WSOP as broadcast on ESPN. Each of the 7 episodes is commercial-free, and it contains three poker-related short segments (1, 3 and 6 minutes in length) from other ESPN shows, but there is nothing new for this DVD set. If you have seen the episodes on TV already, and don't expect watching the episodes again, I suggest passing this one and registering for an online satellite tournament for this year's WSOP instead.

Also, I noticed that the video is at times pretty choppy and nearly unbearably blocky. You would think that any professional production company can do a better job of image transfer. Oh, well. Maybe they will do a better job for the 2004 edition (if they make it).

Rounders (Collector's Edition)
Rounders (Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Matt Damon
Offered by closeoutmovies
Price: $6.55
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra features justify a new edition, December 24, 2004
I own the original DVD of this film. Certainly I hesitated to buy a second copy of the essentially same movie, but(...) I thought I'd take a chance. The main feature remains the same, so if you are in the same situation as I was, you'll be paying for the extra features. In short, the extras certainly make it worthwhile to own this edition, whether or not you own the original.

1. If you play poker already, "Heads Up Texas Hold 'Em" won't help you. (I bet you suspected that already.)
2. The two bonus features, "Behind-The-Scenes Special" and "Inside Professional Poker", are short at 5'20" and 5'40" respectively. The former is a little disappointing; it appears that the cast and the staff simply talk about the movie retrospectively after the production. In other words, it looks and feels like an afterthought. The latter is a little more satisfying; it gives some well-known (to regular poker players) principles of poker. The soundtracks are very annoying.
3. Champion Poker Tips gives a few sound-bite tips from Johnny Chan, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, and Chris Moneymaker. Again, if you play poker already, there is nothing new here.
4. Now, these professional players are featured in the extra commentary. Mr. Whear characterized this commentary as "odd," but I thought this was the best part of this Collector's Edition. The comments they make are sometimes off the wall, but it just adds to the charm (to me, anyway). They analyze the hand Mike McD loses to Teddy KGB at the beginning of the movie, and also the showdown at the end; their analysis is good, and they explain how (and why) things will be quite different in the real life. Also, the commentary shows the characters of these pros. Hellmuth is usually the motor mouth; Chan is the happy guy, but complains about how fat he appears in the film; Moneymaker seems a little reserved around the others; Ferguson is pretty quiet, but when he speaks he is brilliant (he even cracks a joke).
5. Staff's commentary gives some insight into the production of the film, including the real-world model of Teddy KGB (it turns out he is Eddie KGB in real life). This commentary is also good.

What was on the original DVD edition that is missing on this edition is the theatrical trailer. You might wonder why I bring this up. Well, the trailer contains a couple of scenes that didn't make the cut. I'm sure these could have been added as deleted scenes, too. For that, I subtract 1 star.
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