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CUK HP ProBook 450 G3 15.6-inch i7-6500U 16GB RAM 500GB SSD Windows 7 Professional Notebook Business Laptop Computer
CUK HP ProBook 450 G3 15.6-inch i7-6500U 16GB RAM 500GB SSD Windows 7 Professional Notebook Business Laptop Computer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast...but, April 4, 2016
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I got it to run Matlab scripts fast.. and it does - Faster than my older Qosmio laptop, probably because it has a slightly faster I7 chip and 16 GB of memory. It is also lighter and boots up more quickly. However, the screen is really poor - sensitive to viewing angle, hard to read when you scroll and the font looks cheap compared to my Qosmio. I will soon move to an external 32" flat screen so I expect better performance. The audio card is also relatively poor - even for laptops.
So, I give it 4 stars for speed, weight and price but other than that it is pretty mediocre.


My Life with the Great Pianists
My Life with the Great Pianists
by Franz Mohr
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.00
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dogmatic, Naive and Closed-Minded, February 2, 2016
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Franz Mohr’s book is both interesting and irritating. It is interesting because, in the first half, it is brimming over with anecdotes about pianos and famous pianists.

It is irritating in at least three ways. First, Mohr is constantly introducing religious side trip discussions based on his unassailable confidence that there is a God, that Jesus is his son and that the answers all lie in prayer, religious faith and in the Bible. He cites frequent examples of how praying caused something beneficial to happen. It is interesting that he appears to pray for specific outcomes, such as being able to smuggle Bibles into Russia or that a concert will go well. The inclusion of religious claptrap builds throughout the book until it completely dominates the narrative. The ghost writer actually overtly insults anyone believing in evolution during one of the prolonged rants near the end of the book.
Second, his continual comments about the superiority of the Steinway piano is tiresome and not necessarily true. There are many top class pianos: Fazioli, Steingraeber, Bosendorfer, Bechstein, Grotian, Bluthner, to mention a few. He provides no observations about other pianos with the exception of a Yamaha concert grand that he was forced to tune unexpectedly.

Even more absurd are his comments about how each Steinway coming off the production line is different and has a unique character as though this was a desirable quality. Anyone who has worked in a manufacturing environment, as I have, knows that when the manufacturing process is under control the product meets certain well defined specifications and does not have individual characteristics. Anyone who has visited the Steinway plant in Queens, as I have, knows that does not happen with Steinway pianos. Making products with individual character is not a virtue – it is the hallmark of an out-of-control process.

Steinway does not make pianos to meet specifications. The individual characteristics of Steinway pianos appear randomly, and unpredictably at the end of the manufacturing process and the technicians then attempt to somehow warp them into something presentable (after letting the instrument “tell them”). These individual characteristics are frequently touted as why Steinways are superior to so-called mass produced pianos that come from, say, Yamaha. His denigration of Yamaha’s ability to make thousands of similar pianos compared to Steinway’s dozens of irregular instruments is preposterous. Mohr talks about how the technicians have to regulate the pianos coming off the production line to behave differently so as to be acceptable to different pianists like Horowitz vs. Rubenstein vs. Gould. If the process were under control, Steinway could make the pianos meet whatever requirement immediately coming off the production line.

Third, Mohr dismisses any piano technician that uses electronic equipment to aid in tuning a piano, again without any factual basis. There is, in fact, much evidence that supports the use of electronic equipment as aid to tuning pianos.
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An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis: Applications in Signal Processing and Music Informatics
An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis: Applications in Signal Processing and Music Informatics
by Alexander Lerch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $131.35
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2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment, December 8, 2015
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A huge disappointment. I gave it a two instead of a one only because of some of the other reviews were good and my particular background and interests might be different from others. The book is a collection of formulas with a few associated graphs where the formulas are illustrated but with no ancillary explanation of how the formula was used. It is IMHO not an introduction to anything.
I analyze musical sounds using spectral methods (see "Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds with Emphasis on the Piano") and I was hoping to get some new insight on the definition of and determination of pitch. The definition is useless and the methods of determination are vague and also useless. For example, many acousticians define pitch as the frequency associated with the first and strongest peak in the autocorrelation (see Heller's "Why You Hear What You Hear"). The autocorrelation was indeed defined but its relationship to pitch was not mentioned. For me (consider the source) this book was $90 out the window.
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Murder in a Private School (A Ruby Neptune Mystery Book 3)
Murder in a Private School (A Ruby Neptune Mystery Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for a fan of nyc, November 19, 2015
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This series is fun to read for a variety of reasons. Ruby is an interesting person. Brooklyn is an interesting place. I enjoy her descriptions of the neighborhoods and the subways. The style is fun to follow. Many murder mysteries seem like a series of crises, each constructed somewhat arbitrarily just to prolong the story. MsChristensen does seem to resort to this trick and it is appreciated. I look forward to next Ruby mystery.


Fit System RM1300 Clip-on Aspheric Extra Wide Angle Mirror with Optical Blue Lens
Fit System RM1300 Clip-on Aspheric Extra Wide Angle Mirror with Optical Blue Lens
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not Fit, August 13, 2015
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It does not fit my 2015 Dodge Dart or my 2000 Subaru Legacy. There should be sizing choices.
After realizing that shipping it back was going to cost about $15 I decided to use my Dremel tool to force fit it to my Subby. The mirror curvature requires your eyes to refocus which is irritating. After a day it fell off and I put it in the trash...caveat emptor.


The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller Series Book 5)
The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller Series Book 5)
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Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Halter Does it again!, July 3, 2015
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A well written tale of courtroom drama. Interesting character development and a nice plot with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader hooked. On to the next one!


Custom Leathercraft 5000M Elastic Back Support Belt Fits Waists, 32-Inch to 38-Inch, Medium
Custom Leathercraft 5000M Elastic Back Support Belt Fits Waists, 32-Inch to 38-Inch, Medium
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works great. Wish I could get it in white, May 27, 2015
I use it to support my back when I take long walks or when I have to stand for a long time (like when visiting a museum). Works great. Wish I could get it in white.


Chromo Inc Vibrant Color Coded Matching Tips Mini Capacitive Stylus Set - 20 Pack
Chromo Inc Vibrant Color Coded Matching Tips Mini Capacitive Stylus Set - 20 Pack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and Inexpensive, April 5, 2015
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They are handy and useful. I had been using the larger sized styli. I tried these on a lark and I do not miss the extra length...and the price is right.


The Wicked Flee (A Marty Singer Mystery Book 5)
The Wicked Flee (A Marty Singer Mystery Book 5)
Price: $1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, February 7, 2015
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The story line is simple. The plot is drawn out with too much filler. A series of small crises. Not his best work.


Dynamics of elastic systems
Dynamics of elastic systems
by Witold Nowacki
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed, December 4, 2014
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I got this book used from an associated Amazon supplier. I am interested in vibratory plates. This book is basically an advanced engineering calculus book with a concentration on elastic systems. It is the only book that actually had what I was looking for. Witold Nowacki must have been a genius.


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