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Dell Computer XPS15-8947sLV XPS 15-Inch Touch Notebook
Dell Computer XPS15-8947sLV XPS 15-Inch Touch Notebook
Price: $1,959.89
11 used & new from $1,599.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fatal design flaws - recommend Dell redesigns the XPS 15 line and honors "warranty", August 21, 2014
I made a huge mistake buying the Dell XPS 15. I needed a reliable laptop to handle MS Office 2013 and Adobe CC. The Dell XPS *should* be capable of these tasks however its been utterly useless. Wondering if I just had a lemon I hunted down an acquaintance who has this Dell XPS 15, and discovered they've also experienced serious issues.

Common issues:
* Heat - the Dell XPS 15 is excessively hot. Heat is the death of electronics.
* Hangs - the Dell XPS 15 tends to hang frequently. It is difficult to "wake up" from "sleep" sometimes sitting 20 minutes on a blank screen with just fan noise.
* Wi-Fi issues - frequently drops connection, never compares in connection speed to other laptops on the same network (all else being equal) often lags down to 0.5 mbps - on a 100 mbps broadband connection. Since the Dell *repair* its far worse and now useless.
* wired ethernet - doesn't connect
* between these 2 issues - NO NETWORKING POSSIBLE.
* Warranty - starts prior to purchase. Mine was out of warranty at 8 months.
* Customer Service - overseas call center, difficult to understand language barriers, no escalation to an American, now won't troubleshoot without a credit card to pay to fix their junk.

I escalated my issues with Dell Corporate. Someone called left voicemail again could not understand. Played message for Dell Corporate contact, they also could not decipher tge message. Hours later an email arrived from "tech support", I *immediately* replied and called leaving voicemail. Waited 36 hours, still no response.

I have a very expensive paperweight, after 9 months of continuous issues (and a 500 gb data loss!), I now bought an ASUS. The difference is like night and day! Meanwhile the Dell is still a heavy brick, unable to be used hence I cannot even sell it for anything close to reasonable. Who's going to buy a laptop that cannot connect to a wired nor wireless network?

If you buy a Dell XPS 15 be sure to install a backup service like Backblaze or Carbonite. Buy the extended warranty (if available). Buy with a credit card that offers extended warranties. And buy another laptop to use while the Dell is useless. Or save yourself the hassle and buy something else.


The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line
The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line
by Jennifer Margulis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.44
58 used & new from $3.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the MONEY TRAIL - most of the garbage we are taught (er... sold) today is to fatten the corporate bottom line!, August 18, 2014
Finally, someone willing to look at the TRUTH - just follow the money trail to the corporate interests!

Mid-wives have made tremendous strides proving many of the procedures and actions are not only useless, they harm the baby. Mid-wives have long known methods to greatly increase the odds of successfully having a natural birth free of unnecessary medical intervention.

If these topics are not already familiar to you AND you can maintain an open-mind when reading The Business of Baby you'll likely come away with a serious paradigm shift.


Iams Proactive Health Adult Large Breed Premium Dog Nutrition, 15 Pound
Iams Proactive Health Adult Large Breed Premium Dog Nutrition, 15 Pound
Price: $17.97
9 used & new from $17.97

2.0 out of 5 stars Chicken, corn meal and grains predominate the ingredient list...., August 17, 2014
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Iams still has much to learn about quality dog food. First 10 ingredients are: chicken, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken-by-product meal, ground whole grain barley, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, dried egg product, chicken fat, and brewers dried yeast. The list then goes into many chemicals, a few nutrients and far too much over-processing without any vegetables, no probiotics, no fermented foods, nothing that would spell out wholesome nutritious quality food. I've noticed a trend that several Iams dog foods list 10 ingredients before going into a list of chemicals n such.... is that part of marketing or a coincidence?

Ingredients: Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Caramel, Flax Meal, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, L-Tryptophan, L-Carnitine, Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract.

I gave 2 stars for leaving out the unnecessary artificial colors - unlike Beneful which has petroleum based artificial colors (now you know why the dogs fed that have stained white fur and stain the carpets when they have accidents...)

Healthy dogs need wholesome sources of protein and essential fatty acids for proper health maintenance. My concern is with so much grains and no sources of vegetables nor probiotics nor fermented foods is a recipe lacking for a foundation of health. I seek wholesome sources of foods because I value my dogs' health and well-being.


Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Premium Food, 15-Pound
Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Premium Food, 15-Pound
Price: $17.97
7 used & new from $10.96

2.0 out of 5 stars Where are the wholesome ingredients the growing pup requires for a solid foundation of health?, August 17, 2014
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Iams still has much to learn about quality dog food. First 10 ingredients are: chicken, corn meal, chicken-by-product meal, ground whole grain sorghum, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, chicken fat, chicken meal, fish oil, dried egg product.. the list then goes into many chemicals, a few nutrients and far too much over-processing without any vegetables, no probiotics, no fermented foods, nothing that would spell out wholesome nutritious quality food.

I gave 2 stars for leaving out the unnecessary artificial colors - unlike Beneful which has petroleum based artificial colors (now you know why the dogs fed that have stained white fur and stain the carpets when they have accidents...)

Puppies need wholesome sources of protein and essential fatty acids for proper development to establish a solid foundation for a lifetime of health. My concern stems from this formula of Iams puppy contains so much grains and no sources of vegetables nor probiotics nor fermented foods - this is all missing at a very critical stage of the dog's life. I have had great results feeding Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Pacific Stream Dry Dog Food for Puppy, 30-Pound Bag to our German Shepherd pup. To learn more about the nutritional needs of our furball family members, please read the books by Veterinarian and Naturopathic Dr. Joel Wallach DVM ND such as Hell's Kitchen: Causes, Prevention and Cure of Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome and the very expensive Diseases of Exotic Animals: Medical and Surgical Management.


Iams ProActive Health Adult Weight Control Premium Dog Nutrition Food, 15-Pound
Iams ProActive Health Adult Weight Control Premium Dog Nutrition Food, 15-Pound
Offered by UNPLUGGED
Price: $19.18
11 used & new from $19.18

2.0 out of 5 stars First ingredient Corn with lots of grains (cereal). At least there are no artificial colors (unlike Beneful), August 17, 2014
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Iams still has much to learn about quality dog food. First 10 ingredients are: Corn meal, chicken-by-product meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken, ground whole grain barley, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, chicken fat, dried egg product, brewers dried yeast... the list then goes into many chemicals, a few nutrients and far too much over-processing without any vegetables, no probiotics, no fermented foods, nothing that would spell out wholesome nutritious quality food.

I gave 2 stars for leaving out the unnecessary artificial colors - unlike Beneful which has petroleum based artificial colors (now you know why the dogs fed that have stained white fur and stain the carpets when they have accidents...)

Dogs, like People, get the munchies or "cribbing" as horses are known for doing when their bodies are lacking minerals and nutrients. Resolve that issue and the dog (and person) often returns to a healthier weight...


Transcend 32GB MicroSDHC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter 45 MB/s (TS32GUSDU1E)
Transcend 32GB MicroSDHC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter 45 MB/s (TS32GUSDU1E)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Sony Handycam camera!, August 17, 2014
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I use this card in a Sony handycam video camera - 32 GB is ideal for short shoots such as making home videos. Look for a larger capacity card (64 GB, 128 GB) for an extensive day of shooting video.


PNY 128GB Elite Performance 90MB/s SDXC Class 10 Flash memory Card (P-SDX128U1H-GE)
PNY 128GB Elite Performance 90MB/s SDXC Class 10 Flash memory Card (P-SDX128U1H-GE)
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38 used & new from $63.37

5.0 out of 5 stars IDEAL for Canon Rebel T3i, T4i, T5i or 70D cameras!, August 17, 2014
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The PNY Elite Performance 90 MB/s memory card is IDEAL for shooting rapid fire shots (continuous shooting) on the Canon Rebel line of cameras including the Canon T3i, T4i, T5i or 70D cameras. The high speed data transfer is also a welcome addition when frequently unloading these large cards after a long day of shooting! Reliable and fast - the perfect combination.


Great Northern Popcorn Original Popcorn, 12.5 Pound
Great Northern Popcorn Original Popcorn, 12.5 Pound
Price: $19.87
10 used & new from $16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Flavor! This is a BIG bag, plan for the storage needs!, August 17, 2014
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This is a fairly large bag of popcorn - think a dozen of the typical 1 pound bags of popcorn at the grocery (our grocery stopped carrying the bags of popcorn though!) The Great Northern has GREAT flavor and is easy to store. I believe in utilizing what I have on hand, so I store the extra popcorn in drink pitchers that are also stored in the pantry. The popcorn can also be stored in convenient sized batches in the zip-lock storage bowls or decorative and festive canning jars.


Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt 5 Lbs Medium Grain
Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt 5 Lbs Medium Grain
Offered by San Francisco Salt Company
Price: $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOOD GRADE - for cooking, Himalayan salt inhaler, making "magnesium oil" and bath soaks, and much more!, August 17, 2014
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PERFECT for many uses! I use this in cooking, refilling our Himalayan Pink Salt Inhaler - All-Natural Respiratory Aid, a pinch with magnesium flakes for our own "magnesium oil", etc. The Himalayan salt is LOADED with essential trace minerals we require for our health. Regular bleached table salt is simply sodium and chloride - important but lacking vital nutrients. Sea salt consists of far more than 50 different trace elements and minerals, most of which are vital for long-term health. There is a legitimate reason the SEA salt and spice trades were held in such high regard in long ago eras - they understood the importance that society has all but forgotten today. A great beginning point for further information can be found in books by Dr. Joel Wallach including Hell's Kitchen: Causes, Prevention and Cure of Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome and Immortality.


Collective Wellbeing Pure Magnesium Flakes, 44 Ounce
Collective Wellbeing Pure Magnesium Flakes, 44 Ounce
Price: $19.29
9 used & new from $12.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I make our own "magnesium oil" using distilled water, magnesium flakes, and a pinch of sea salt!, August 17, 2014
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I've bought magnesium oil before and found it to be very beneficial to massage into my skin, especially where I deal with lymphedema and circulation type of issues. I was running low and needed to buy more when I learned that I could make my own. The Pure Magnesium flakes is magnesium chloride which is perfect for making magnesium "oil". It's as simple as taking a tablespoon of magnesium flakes, enough distilled water to fully dissolve the flakes and a pinch of sea salt. Then I just massage it in anywhere I need extra magnesium. The benefit of absorbing magnesium vs consuming magnesium - absorbed magnesium bypasses the digestive system to help avoid loose bowel issues common when consuming a high dose of magnesium. It is well documented in the scientific literature the vast majority of us across the planet are deficient or insufficient in magnesium. We found this mineral, plus vitamin D, along with some other trace minerals and alpha lipoic acid was instrumental in CURING my husband of his former 18 year long battle with Type 2 Diabetes (it's often misnamed, very often it is really a basic metabolic dysfunction due to nutrient deficiencies.)

A great place to learn more about these issues includes: Hell's Kitchen: Causes, Prevention and Cure of Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome and The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated 2014 Edition) as well as The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology.


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