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Warren Miller: Like There's No Tomorrow
Warren Miller: Like There's No Tomorrow
DVD ~ Chris Davenport
Offered by spinnakerx
Price: $13.25
18 used & new from $7.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Blah, November 25, 2012
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I really liked last year's film Wintervention, but this one isn't really very interesting. The visuals, narration, and dialogue just didn't hold my interest because they are not very good. This one is probably only for Warren Miller Films enthusiasts only.

Warren Miller's Fifty
Warren Miller's Fifty
DVD ~ Warren Miller
7 used & new from $7.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, December 7, 2011
This review is from: Warren Miller's Fifty (DVD)
I'd heard about Warren Miller's films and this is the first one I tried. It won't be the last, but overall the movie was pretty disappointing. It could be this isn't holding up well with the passage of time. The comedy is cornball stuff. The ski/board runs are a bit tame. The narration is largely on the dull side. Some of the music is good but otherwise I didn't find much particularly noteworthy.
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AdvanCED USB3.0 Hub 4-port with Power Supply
AdvanCED USB3.0 Hub 4-port with Power Supply

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Device, April 12, 2011
For over five years, I've been running a weather station for the San Jose area. During this time, I've slowly gone from reporting weather to other things like earthquakes and even radiation. When recently upgrading the server that all my devices connect to, I found myself in need of a USB hub.

There are lots of USB hubs out there to choose from and many of them are your typical low quality junk. I wanted to make sure I had a hub that could power lots of devices, was reliable, and fast. This led me to the AdvanCED USB3.0 Hub 4-port with Power Supply.

I've been using this USB hub for a couple of months now to power and connect a Davis Instruments weather station, a seismometer, a geiger counter, and a portable hard drive. During this time, the USB hub has been flawless. It worked straight out of the box and I've never encountered any compatibility issues. The hub comes with a power supply and enough ports to suit my needs.

Performance wise, I ran extensive HD copy tests using this and other hubs to gauge performance. The AdvanCED hub for USB 2.0 devices supported full throughput. I have not been able to test the USB3.0 transfer speed, but having USB3.0 support will allow me to continue to use this hub far into the future.

The design of the hub is also pretty nice. The unit is attractive, has a good set of status lights, and is generally well thought out. The design seems superior to the usual mass produced gear.

Overall, I am quite pleased with this hub and would not hesitate to recommend it.

Montreal Canadiens '47 Brand Franchise Fitted Hat
Montreal Canadiens '47 Brand Franchise Fitted Hat

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Hat, March 8, 2010
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This hat is comfortable and of decent quality. 100% cotton. Made in Macau. The fabric could probably be a little thicker but doesn't feel cheap. Keep in mind that the hat is NOT adjustable, so order the appropriate size.

Speedway: Auto Racing's Ghost Tracks
Speedway: Auto Racing's Ghost Tracks
by S. S. Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.80
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, January 27, 2010
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This book is a follow up to the fantastic book Autodrome. Autodrome described some of the retired racing circuits in Europe with a combination of history and photography.

In this new volume of stories and photographs of former auto racing tracks, coverage spans both North America and Europe. In fact, some of the circuits described in Speeday are duplicates of those in Autodrome. Some of the new tracks covered in Speedway include Chicago, Augusta, Middle Georgia, and North Wilkesboro. Returnees include Avus, Brooklands, Monza, and Montlhéry.

While Autodrome was quite enjoyable, Speedway is a bit of a letdown. Both the photography and track selection for the North America circuits are somewhat poor. Furthermore, rounding out the book with a bunch of the same tracks (albeit with some new photos) from Autodrome seems like a cheap trick. Surely the authors could have found more worth tracks to include like Marlboro Motor Raceway, Riverside, and others?

If you already have Autodrome, then I'd say skip this volume.

Stanley 92-715 Metric Combination Wrench Set, 11-Piece
Stanley 92-715 Metric Combination Wrench Set, 11-Piece

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, January 27, 2010
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I've been using these wrenches in weekend automotive work for about a month now. They are decent wrenches and usable for most tasks. However, they are not super heavy duty and can be broken if you push them beyond their limits. In my case, I found that limit on a stuck transmission fill plug. Nonetheless, I think they are good value for the price.

Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Blue)
Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Blue)
Offered by Blue Sky Co.
Price: $139.99
51 used & new from $69.90

243 of 265 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Device Hindered by Unreliable Software, September 22, 2009
I've been using the 405CX for about 1 1/2 months and have found it to be a device with loads of potential. Sadly however, the full potential cannot be realized due to both unreliable software for the Mac and an unstable web site provided by Garmin. But before going into further detail on the software and web services, let me describe the GPS sport watch.

This GPS watch from Garmin is designed to be used while training to track things like route, speed, pace, time, heart rate, and other items of interest (e.g. if you have a bike, then you can track cadence). In this regard, the watch works pretty well for runners, walkers, and cyclists.

The watch utilizes a built-in GPS to track route and speed. GPS acquisition time is very fast -- typically less than 30 seconds. Tracking accuracy is reasonable -- I'd estimate about +/- 30 ft. Note that it is also able to track altitude, which is something I find useful as a cyclist.

Keep in mind that to track some things, you will need to buy additional accessories like a bike cadence sensor (one for each bike) or a foot pod. So the upfront cost may be substantial depending on your situation. But if you are an exercise junkie, then this may not be much of a concern.

General usability of the watch is OK once you get accustomed to the typical quirks most gadgets seem to exhibit these days. Ease-of-use isn't top notch or anywhere close to it. The watch uses a touch-sensitive bezel that can be both over- and under-sensitive. Nonetheless, you can grow accustomed to the menus and functions after a while and the quirks don't get in the way much on a day-to-day basis. The watch also has some nice customization abilities that can be used to arrange what items to display during workouts.

The interesting part of the watch package is the USB stick that allows you to sync the collected data. The stick plugs into a USB port on your computer and, in theory, automatically (and wirelessly) transfers workout information both to the computer and optionally the Garmin web site. But this is where things get very frustrating (on a Mac at least).

In short, Garmin is really struggling (as of 9/2009) to produce reliable and functional software. I have wasted countless hours dealing with their buggy Ant agent. Frequent Garmin software releases have yet to solve the many issues on both Leopard and Snow Leopard (I have tested on multiple Mac OS X versions). At least 50% of the time, the software fails to transfer properly -- even on repeated attempts. When this happens, there are no diagnostics to indicate the reason for failure. Worse still, the USB device sometimes causes kernel panics (the Mac equivalent of Windows' blue screen of death).

Once you are able to successfully transfer your workout data, then it will also be uploaded to the Garmin Connect web site. This Java-based web site is sometimes overloaded and spews copious error messages due to the situation. Furthermore, Garmin takes the web site completely offline for hours at a time (during North American weekday working hours even). When the site is stable and running, then workout summaries, charts, and reports are at your disposal to track your fitness program. The web site services aren't anything fancy, but they are pretty good and getting better over time.

This ability to track workouts over time online is the primary value proposition of the GPS watch. When the whole thing works, it is very cool and a useful tool for exercise junkies. But the sad truth is that most of the time the potential isn't unleashed and instead you feel cheated by Garmin. And until these problems are solved, then the price of the package just isn't justified by the lousy software and service.

P.S. Other things of that may be of interest to potential buyers of the watch...

Battery life: the watch uses a non-user-replaceable battery (the bane of iPhone and Kindle 2 users) and requires a service fee from Garmin to replace. Battery life is good at about 6-8 hours in practice. Lifetime of the battery remains to be seen.

Standalone Software: the watch also comes with a standalone software product, Garmin Training Software, that can be used to view workout information locally instead of using the Garmin Connect web site. This software provides some of the same functionality as the web site, including maps, but isn't all that polished.
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.41
103 used & new from $1.72

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, January 24, 2009
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This book demonstrates how true stories are often the most interesting. The tale of explorer Fawcett's discoveries in the Amazon in his quest for the lost city of Z are gripping. The author has done an excellent job re-telling the story through detailed research using both published and previously unpublished material. The interwoven account of the author's own quest to unravel the mysterious disappearance of Fawcett only serves to enhance the story. This book is hard to put down and thoroughly enjoyable.

Buzz Master Quiz - Sony PSP
Buzz Master Quiz - Sony PSP
Price: $4.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, December 30, 2008
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Yes, its Buzz on the PSP. But if you ask me, it is a poor imitation of the real deal from the console and is disappointing. I only played the solo quiz mode but didn't find it very much fun or very challenging. Tasks like placing events in a chronological time line hardly feel like fun. And after you've done a few challenges like this you are likely to put Buzz away and never play it again.

Warhammer WarCry: Battle for Atluma - Sony PSP
Warhammer WarCry: Battle for Atluma - Sony PSP
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $13.95
22 used & new from $3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Strategy Game, December 30, 2008
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I picked up this game while searching for a portable strategy game and was not disappointed. The game combines elements of strategy and virtual card collecting in a satisfying manner. Battle against both real and computer opponents is supported.

Turn-based combat using collected cards is the core of the game. Combat against an opponent consists of multiple combat rounds, each lasting from 10-20 minutes, in a best of 3 format. Overall, expect to spend about 30-40 minutes for each contest.

All of the cards are nicely illustrated and each has varying properties useful in battle. Examples of card properties are things like tactical points, spell points, strength, etc. During combat, cards are selected and arranged prior to battle. Once the battle has started, cards are then activated to attack or defend. Support cards are played to bolster an attack or defense. Finally, a "roll" of dice is performed to determine the final outcome of an attack after which cards are destroyed or survive and have their "victory" points counted towards the final scoring for the battle.

The initial learning curve is somewhat difficult if you are not familiar with these types of games. And the tutorials are not particularly helpful either. Unfortunately, struggling through a few losses is necessary before the game begins to become understandable. However, the payoff for this potential frustration is well worth it.

Regarding other game features, additional cards can be purchased using virtual gold won through battle or by trading with other players via wifi (please note: I did not evaluate the multiplayer options for card trading or combat).

Fans of Eye of Judgment on PS3 or similar card games will almost certainly enjoy this one.

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