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Eisenhower: Soldier and President (The Renowned One-Volume Life)
Eisenhower: Soldier and President (The Renowned One-Volume Life)
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.53
243 used & new from $0.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money for Eisenhower: Soldier and President, February 23, 2015
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Excellent. One books covers 3 books of
Eisenhower: Soldier and President.

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5.0 out of 5 stars price plus Quality, July 16, 2014
Excellent for the price.

Rayovac Recharge PLUS High-Capacity Rechargeable 900 mAh NiMH AAA Pre-Charged Batteries, 4-pack (PL724-4)
Rayovac Recharge PLUS High-Capacity Rechargeable 900 mAh NiMH AAA Pre-Charged Batteries, 4-pack (PL724-4)
Price: $10.24
31 used & new from $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 batteries work for 1 year, July 16, 2014
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Works well now. In the past 2 batteries work for 1 year.

Extra-Protection Callus Pads (Oval)
Extra-Protection Callus Pads (Oval)
Offered by Dr. Todd's Foot Care Products
Price: $12.00
2 used & new from $12.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stays on for 2 days of showering., July 16, 2014
Stays on for 2 days of showering. Comes off, yet you can reattach it with bandaids.

Apple Digital AV Adapter (MC953ZM/A) - [OLD VERSION]
Apple Digital AV Adapter (MC953ZM/A) - [OLD VERSION]
Offered by AmericanTvAppliances
Price: $22.55
20 used & new from $14.76

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited use, March 19, 2012
Does not work with the new iPad three works well with iPod touch 4g.
Received error message when plugged into the iPad

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited function, March 19, 2012
Apple iPad keyboard does not work with the new iPad it works fairly well with my iPod touch 4G.
The connector on the new iPad does not fit because it is too big for the Apple iPad keyboard. Apple is not selling the apple iPad keyboard at this time.

My New Mac, Lion Edition: Simple Projects to Get You Started
My New Mac, Lion Edition: Simple Projects to Get You Started
by Wallace Wang
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.06
95 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tricks and Treats Using Simple Projects in Lion, February 23, 2012
This book has unique Chapter Signature Style.
Each chapter starts with 24 point typeface
(12 point is normal reading font).
Book chapters run four to eleven pages.

This Simple Projects book has well done
Screenshots with illustrated tables.

My New Mac, Lion Edition: Simple
Projects will get you started
on quickly learning to use your Mac.

Working with Simple Projects

Page 216, Chapter 26 (Table 26-1)

Typing foreign characters by pressing
Combination keys. You can select the foreign
letters by using the option key with various letters.

Page 219, Chapter 26

Use a Foreign language keyboard layout. Go into Mac System preference. Select language and text.
Examples Portuguese, French, etc.

Page 242, Chapter 28

Ripping songs off an audio CD.

5 different formats AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless,
MP3and WAV is explained in detail.

Page 244, Chapter 26 (Figure 31-1)

Learn how to Burn custom CD. 3 formats: Audio, MP3 and Data CD or DVD is explained.

Page 262, Chapter 31 (Figure 28-3)

You can listening to Free College lectures from iTunes U. You can take free on-line courses.

Page 269, Chapter 32

Capturing video from a webcam using iMovie.
This is a good way to record your video. Just make sure you receive permission from the
video conference members.

Page 406, Chapter 48

Using Junk Mail filters in Apple's mail

Page 408, Chapter 48

Using a Dummy email address to avoid Junk
Mail. Use Yahoo for your junk email account.
When it becomes full of Junk Mail just shut it
down and create a new one.

Pro Reaction

Learned how to eject a stuck CD in your Mac computer using Disk Utility's Eject button.

Keyboard shortcuts are easy to work with in unison my Mac file menus.

iMovie editing functions are well illustrated.
Also, how to import a video file into iMovie is described.

Con Reaction

No mention on the uses of Preview for editing
photos. One of the best free programs for making quick edits.

No mention on the uses of Quicktime for
editing my movies. Quicktime is one of the best free programs for making voice recordings on your Mac.

Final Words

Fun, enjoyable and easy to read while mastering Lion.

I find that most of the Simple Projects also works with the old Mac OS X 10.4 system.


I was requested to write this review for my Mac computer user group. I received this free review copy of Make My New Mac, Lion Edition: Simple Projects for this review.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 -Old Version
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 -Old Version
12 used & new from $44.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plain and Simple using Lightroom 2.0 for the Mac, April 3, 2009
Using Lightroom

Heal photo spots and blemishes with Photoshop Lightroom. Check out the excellent help menu in Photoshop Lightroom. The Remove Spots tool lets you repair a selected area of a photo with a sample from another area. In the Develop module, select the Remove Spots tool from the Lightroom Toolbar.

Lightroom is Nondestructive

Your photographs are not changed by Photoshop Lightroom. Your photo changes are stored in metadata as a series of instructions. This saves your hard drive space because you do not have to save your edited photographs.

Lightroom applies instructions to the original photo file. This allows you complete control over your photographs. Changes you make to your photo images are reversible.

Pro Reaction

Photoshop Lightroom 2 contains the same features on both Mac and Windows platforms. Lightroom 2 includes dual-monitor support, Library Filter Bar, and streamlined search capabilities.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 application is quick and easy to use for editing your digital photographs. Now, you can create your own digital photo style and look.

You have elegance and power in your hands when you use Lightroom application. The Photoshop Lightroom tool suite is powerful. You can use Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS applications for your difficult photo editing work.

Con Reaction

Keyboard shortcuts is incomplete. The following are the missing letter functions: N - Remove spots, D - Loupe view, Control-Click Virtual Copy.

There is no mention of Function Keys F5 to F8 on the help menu. Lightroom needs more fill color themes in the preference file would be a good addition since Photoshop Lightroom's interface is black.

Final Notes

Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 allows you to spend less time sorting and organizing images. You have more time to shoot and edit your digital photos.

Lightroom 2.0 is for on-the-clock professional photographers.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 [Mac] [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Photoshop CS4 [Mac] [OLD VERSION]
Offered by SoftwareCW
3 used & new from $1,305.26

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Working with Photoshop CS4 Mac, January 26, 2009
Blessed Speed

The new Photoshop CS4, along with Bridge CS4, gives me the blessing of speed for my older iMac GS5 (non-Intel) computer. My new Photoshop CS4 takes advantage of OpenGL. The new Adobe OpenGL is a hardware and software engine for drawing graphics faster and more efficiently when my iMac is rendering my photo and graphic images.

Working with Adobe Photoshop CS4

* The Adobe Bridge: The next generation of the Photoshop File Browser. This allows you to organize, browse and locate photos, images and movies across shared Adobe Creative Suite applications.

* New Camera Raw gives you control over your digital negatives in Photoshop CS4. It is much easier to work on several images simultaneously. The Camera Raw has Auto checkbooks for Exposure, Shadows, Brightness and Contrast sliders.

* Smart Guides appear when you're moving text or objects around, making it easier to align them.

* Photoshop CS4's Smart Objects allow you to scale and transform images and vector illustrations without losing image quality.

* The Vanishing Point lets you clone, paint and transform images. With Image Warping, you can fold, stretch, pull, twist and wrap an image into shape. You can do this by selecting an on-demand preset or dragging custom control points.

Working within Adobe Photoshop CS4

Bridge CS4 application is the key for opening, sorting and keeping my camera images. Most of my Photoshop CS work is done in the Browser. I single-click the photos that I need for my Photoshop CS4 project. Now I have a group of highlighted photos that can be used in the Browser's Automated menu.

The Photoshop Browser's Sort contains Date Created, Date Modified, Copyright and Custom. You can sort them in ascending or descending order.

Working with the Inner Core of the Photoshop CS4

Photoshop's Browser's Automated menu contains Batch, PDF Presentation, Contact Sheet II and Online Services. Also, Automated menu contains Photomerge, Picture Package and Web Photo Gallery.

The Photoshop CS4 Browser has Sort capabilities that contain the Filename, Flag, Rank, Width and Height. Also, the CS4 Browser has Sort capabilities that contain File Size, Resolution, File Type and Color Profile.

Photomerge is improved in CS4. The new Photomerge Layouts has Auto, Perspective, Cylindrical, Reposition Only and Interactive Layout.

Working with the 'Outer Core' of Adobe Photoshop CS4

Keyboard Commands

I created one-key letter shortcuts that I use quite often: M for Marquee, V for Moving objects, T for Text, I for Eyedropper and C for Crop. There is a multitude of Toolbox one-key letter shortcuts that you can use or change.

Toolbox uses the Shift bar to get to related tools on the same pop-out menu. For example, to cycle through the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso tools, hold down Shift bar and keep pressing "L" key.

Now, without using the computer mouse, I use the Command, Control, and C keys in unison. Like a piano chord, I can now change the contrast and brightness in my digital photographs.

I use Command, Control, and letter keys for adding keyboard commands. This works well within the menus and plugin filters that I use in Photoshop CS4.

Pro Reaction

Photoshop CS4 works well within Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and with native Intel Macs ac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

I find Photoshop CS4's Help menu an excellent way to learn the various functions of Photoshop's program.

The new Photoshop CS4 offers flexibility and nondestructive editing. Photoshop has a Welcome screen and improved Help that ease the learning curve for new users. The Help menu is changeable.

Con Reaction

The CS4 Bridge does not work in older Photoshop programs. The Photoshop CS4 supports 64-bit in a Windows only features. Mac users should wait for a future release for 64-bit power.

Final Words

Remember Photoshop remains the industry standard for professional photo editing, graphic design, and digital imaging. Digital photographers will benefit from Adobe Photoshop with its strong digital-camera raw workflow.

Final Cut Express 4 - Old Version
Final Cut Express 4 - Old Version
6 used & new from $59.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Work: Final Cut Express, December 22, 2008
Working with Final Cut Express

Creating titles and credits with Express is important. The key is the Video Generator. You can create synthesized clips that you superimpose over your existing video clips in the Final Cut Express Timeline.

For good-looking titles, you can use san serif fonts such as Arial, Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica and Impact. I have found using bold, red or blue 30 point fonts effective for my titles.

You need to watch for the 20 percent factor. The 'Title Save Boundary' is 20 percent smaller than your television screen. To see the boundaries in Final Cut Express, go to View then to Show Title. Best to keep your titles within the safe zone.

Final Cut Express allows you to create rolling credits like the credits at the end of a movie. You can set the duration of your video clips plus set the in and out points for speed of the text and scrolls.

Looking at Final Cut Express Storyboard

Storyboard gives me a visual look at my movie. I control-click the Final Cut Express browser and choose large icon new. Then, I drag the clips into the order that I want them to be played. Next, I click on the project's tab in the Browser and save it. Finally, I save the entire project.

Now to add my new storyboard to Final Cut Express 4 sequences. Draw a marquee around the Storyboard clips. Next, I drag the clips from my Final Cut Express Browser to my Timeline and save the project. To protect them, I can lock them to make sure that they cannot be modified. I can lock and unlock them with the F4 key for video tracks and the F5 key for audio tracks.

Pro Reaction

Express allows you to import iMovie projects. You can also import your Final Cut Express project to iDVD complete with special chapter marker. Express comes with an excellent hardcopy paper manual for learning how to use Final Cut Express 4. The manual is easy to follow without computer jargon.

Con Reaction

You have to work at learning how to use the Final Cut Express application. You have to spend the time to read and work with the Final Cut Express manual.

You cannot capture DV across time-code breaks. You cannot import your Final Cut Express project to iMovie or QuickTime with chapter markers and comments.

Final Remarks

Express is better than my iMovie applications and gives you professional storyboard, title and video effects.

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