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Regalo Easy Open 50 Inch Super Wide Walk Thru Gate, White
Regalo Easy Open 50 Inch Super Wide Walk Thru Gate, White
Offered by stores123
Price: $45.32
40 used & new from $29.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not fit some in-between distances, April 3, 2016
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We have an exactly 47" wide opening, and this gate does not work. The length of the extensions, combined with the length of the screws, means that there will be some distances that simply won't work with any combination. In our case, it was too long with both extensions, too short with just the long extension. Technically, it fit because the screws could be adjusted, but the screws were extended so far the entire thing was unstable. It was returned, and Amazon accepted it back for full refund because the description is inaccurate.


Debugging Teams: Better Productivity through Collaboration
Debugging Teams: Better Productivity through Collaboration
by Brian W. Fitzpatrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.74
54 used & new from $13.63

5.0 out of 5 stars You can do it better, but you can't do it for them, March 12, 2016
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Leadership and management books are a hard lot to review, since most of them cover similar sets of principles wrapped in new metaphors. "Treat your people with respect and allow them to work, be a problem solver not a task master, try turning if off and back on again, etc." Same old same old.

What is different here is that the book is refreshing light on metaphors, and heavy on straight talk. "You're a great engineer, but guess what? Your project depends on that somewhat less great engineer also doing good, and its up to you to make it happen. If you don't, all your hard work is for naught." In some ways the book addresses the reader by assuming that management is not what the reader wants to be doing, and that all things being equal the reader would just prefer to do it themselves.

The twist, as all management books have to have a twist, is to apply the debugging process of a continious improvement, maybe even SCRUM, to management. The concept of having a functional team as quickly as possible, and of setting standard of having a functional("deliverable") team continually through the process, are interesting concepts.

In the end, this is not the be all, end all of management books. But what is? It's concise, direct, and effective. Good management right there.


Revell Episode VII First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter Building Kit
Revell Episode VII First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter Building Kit
Price: $15.98
46 used & new from $13.10

4.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the build is very good for this type of kit, December 24, 2015
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This isn't really a model, more of a type of Lego kit. The quality of the build is very good for this type of kit, and the addition of sound effects is a nice touch.

I built this with my kid, and it took us less than 30 minutes to build the whole thing. Very easy. It seems a little flimsy, but durable enough to withstand the usual play.


Lucien Piccard Men's LP-10618-22S Polaris Stainless Steel Watch
Lucien Piccard Men's LP-10618-22S Polaris Stainless Steel Watch
Price: $107.13
2 used & new from $107.13

3.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive for a fancy look, not that functional, November 15, 2015
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This watch has a bit of an awkward style in the band. As you can see from the photos, the band is quite large where it connects to the watch, using screws instead of pins. This looks a bit off when worn. The face also has a double bezel on the edges, taking up a lot of space and giving the illusion of an even thicker face. Finally, the red numerals that are used in several places are very low constrast against the dark blue background, making it a bit hard to read. In addition, the luminescent hands are very faint, even after being in direct light for quite a while.

The clasp is easy to use, and it was not that difficult to adjust the size with a $4 tool. My biggest complaint is the small, 24-hour clock dial. This is difficult to parse and takes quite a bit of getting used to, and even then, I question its usefulness.


Case Logic Huxton15.6" Laptop Attache (HUXA-115BLK)
Case Logic Huxton15.6" Laptop Attache (HUXA-115BLK)
Price: $36.38
6 used & new from $36.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably not worth full price, November 10, 2015
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Nothing too cosmic here, just a slightly over-priced laptop case. It feels functional enough for the cost, and is very lightweight with a little padding. I don't care for the design, everything is in one large pocket, with a few dividers and sub-pockets.

Lets go through the features:
"Padded carry handles for comfortable transportation" - it has handles.
"Removable shoulder strap adjusts for a custom fit" - feels cheap and too thin
"Luggage strap securely attaches slim case to most rolling luggage" - I guess
"Dedicated iPad or 10.1" tablet compartment" - there is a small pocket
"Multiple zippered pockets store accessories" - There are 3 pockets total, the 2 outer pockets might hold a charger or some USB cables
"Durable polyester material withstands your ever-changing schedule" - the exterior material is the best part, it does seem durable.


DII Oceanique Machine Washable 100% Cotton Woven Ribbed Luxury Spa Bath Rug, Soft & Absorbent, Place Near Vanity, Bath Tub or Shower, 21 x 34",  Cool Brown
DII Oceanique Machine Washable 100% Cotton Woven Ribbed Luxury Spa Bath Rug, Soft & Absorbent, Place Near Vanity, Bath Tub or Shower, 21 x 34", Cool Brown
Price: $19.99
3 used & new from $10.88

4.0 out of 5 stars A good mat, November 10, 2015
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Comfortable, fluffy, and it dries out fast.

Lots of comments say this takes too long to dry, but I have not found any problems.

Of course, I'm not dumping a gallon of water on it in one go. I'm dealing more with wet footprints after a shower and some sprinkles after washing hands. I use it on carpet in front of a vanity, and it works wonderfully.


Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube
Price: $22.00
35 used & new from $22.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Baby's love it, I don't mind it. What more can you want?, November 10, 2015
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This is an odd toy. For an adult, it makes very little sense. There is no "right" way to play it as far as I can tell. Instructions? This is a baby toy. If you have to read something it obviously isn't working.

Basically, depending on what button is pushed first different things happen. Sometimes it sounds like music. Sometimes not.

Either way, it isn't very loud, it sounds ok when it is going, it is durable and not too big. Baby's love it, I don't mind it. What more can you want?


North American Bear Dolly Pockets Goldilocks and The 3 Bears Plush
North American Bear Dolly Pockets Goldilocks and The 3 Bears Plush
Offered by moviesplus2008
Price: $14.94
11 used & new from $14.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made, but requires some imagination, October 5, 2015
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This is a very well made doll, with high quality bear finger puppets that come along with it. It is hard for children to use as a doll, because parents will be worried that the 3 bear puppets will be lost. Without all 3 bears, the doll loses some of its value.

The finger puppets work well most of the time, except they are a bit hard to get to stay on my "average" size hands. An animated storytelling session can result in bears flying all over the place!

The most challenging part of this toy is coming up with lots of additional Goldilocks stories. The children liked it enough to demand repeat performances, but coming up with new stories that work with a little girl and a family of bears may be challenging for some customers.


VTech Write and Learn Creative Center
VTech Write and Learn Creative Center
Price: $25.99
25 used & new from $25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnetic drawing pad with added sound and fury, October 5, 2015
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The games are relatively simple, and the basic function is is fairly robust. Essentially a magnetic drawing surface with a few features that prompt drawing.

Children will need an adult to review their work, since the board itself is "dumb." As a simple drawing toy it is fun, but without any ability for the board to evaluate the work the children draw, then it has limited value as a stand-alone learning tool. My take is also that for most children advanced enough to use the prompts independently, they are already too advanced to enjoy this as a game.

When we tested it, it was more effective to draw the shape or letter myself than using the built-in prompts. I was able to draw something that was more like what the children could actually draw on the board than the built-in examples.

If this was on sale it would be a good deal, but at full retail price it is too expensive.


ImogenStudio QCP-A200 White Edition +Cam Pro WiFi Video Monitoring Camera (HD Capable) with Free Lifetime 1-Day Cloud Storage
ImogenStudio QCP-A200 White Edition +Cam Pro WiFi Video Monitoring Camera (HD Capable) with Free Lifetime 1-Day Cloud Storage
Price: $49.99
5 used & new from $39.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Good all around, lack of battery is inconvenient, August 7, 2015
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This would be an awesome camera if it had a battery cord. The app interface is easy to setup and use, no problems encountered. The IR night vision works well, although it will wash out if it is pointing through a window.

The sharing feature is fun, although it seems unlikely that one would want to share with too many friends & family. For users in the same household, just sharing the account login makes more sense.

The lack of any battery makes it a pain to relocate, as you have to wait for it to power on again each time it is relocated. Not bad for monitoring, but if you are sharing the camera for more unusual stuff this is a problem.


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