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Anker® 2nd Gen Astro3 12800mAh 3-Port 4A Portable External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus and More (Black)
Anker® 2nd Gen Astro3 12800mAh 3-Port 4A Portable External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus and More (Black)
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: $99.99
4 used & new from $45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great battery in a compact package, May 21, 2014
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This is a fantastic, high-performance battery in a tiny package at a great price. I use it to charge my Android phone and iPad during busy days when I'm away from a power source. I only charge the battery every couple of days.


IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35013 (Gray)
IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35013 (Gray)
Price: $7.88
7 used & new from $3.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Study, utilitarian case, July 26, 2012
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I use this with the Newer Technology Voyager Q Quad-Interface Drive Dock for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Drives for backup purposes with my iMac, although less expensive drives are available, this provides the fastest transfer with my iMac. It's a great way to re-use spare hard drives or the less expensive internal drives (compared to external drives).

These cases keep the drives not in use safe. The drive fits snugly enough, and the case sturdy enough I'm comfortable handling the drives a little roughly (throwing them into a drawer or fireproof safe, for example).

I use a variety of colors for each backup drive or type of backup (for example, IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35009 (Orange) for a bare metal, bootable backup, green for Time Machine, IO Crest 3.5-Inch Gray for music).

In a pinch, I can use a NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter to quickly connect the drive to another computer without messing with external cases and additional cables or power adapters.

I recommend placing the drives in the case with the connector side down to provide the most protection.


IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35010 (Green)
IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35010 (Green)
Price: $7.80
9 used & new from $4.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, nothing flash, July 26, 2012
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I use this with the Newer Technology Voyager Q Quad-Interface Drive Dock for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Drives for backup purposes with my iMac, although less expensive drives are available, this provides the fastest transfer with my iMac. It's a great way to re-use spare hard drives or the less expensive internal drives (compared to external drives).

These cases keep the drives not in use safe. The drive fits snugly enough, and the case sturdy enough I'm comfortable handling the drives a little roughly (throwing them into a drawer or fireproof safe, for example).

I use a variety of colors for each backup drive or type of backup (for example, IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35009 (Orange) for a bare metal, bootable backup, green for Time Machine, IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35013 (Gray) for music).

In a pinch, I can use a NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter to quickly connect the drive to another computer without messing with external cases and additional cables or power adapters.

I recommend placing the drives in the case with the connector side down to provide the most protection.


IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35009 (Orange)
IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35009 (Orange)
Price: $7.61
6 used & new from $5.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, but nothing flash, July 26, 2012
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I use this with the Newer Technology Voyager Q Quad-Interface Drive Dock for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Drives for backup purposes with my iMac, although less expensive drives are available, this provides the fastest transfer with my iMac. It's a great way to re-use spare hard drives or the less expensive internal drives (compared to external drives).

These cases keep the drives not in use safe. The drive fits snugly enough, and the case sturdy enough I'm comfortable handling the drives a little roughly (throwing them into a drawer or fireproof safe, for example).

I use a variety of colors for each backup drive or type of backup (for example, Orange for a bare metal, bootable backup, IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35010 (Green) for Time Machine, IO Crest 3.5-Inch IDE/SATA HDD Storage Box SY-ACC35013 (Gray) for music).

In a pinch, I can use a NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter to quickly connect the drive to another computer without messing with external cases and additional cables or power adapters.

I recommend placing the drives in the case with the connector side down to provide the most protection.


Quaker Real Medleys Summer Berry Oatmeal +, (Pack of 12)
Quaker Real Medleys Summer Berry Oatmeal +, (Pack of 12)
Offered by keys1428
Price: $24.75
10 used & new from $20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, delicious, healthy, portable breakfast, July 26, 2012
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I was skeptical at a "summer berry" oatmeal. It's difficult to reconstitute berries, but Quaker has managed to do it. It's slightly sweeter than I might like, but otherwise delicious.

It's important to follow the microwave directions exactly, especially stirring before microwaving. Failure to do so will result in lumpiness and an inconsistent texture. It's ready in just 45 seconds, which is perfect when racing out the door to work.

Also note that this is results in a thicker oatmeal than you might be used to. However, it's delicious and just right.

It also contains 8 grams of protein, which is more than many breakfast cereals (excluding milk).

I also keep a few at the office for those mornings I wasn't able to grab breakfast before I left.

I've tried several other flavors Quaker Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal and Quaker Real Medleys Apple Walnut Oatmeal, and this is by far my favorite.

The Peaches in the Peach Almond are great, but the almonds don't work as well for the texture and flavor; I will not reorder this flavor. The Apple Walnut is what you'd expect for an Apple Walnut oatmeal. It's good, but not great. I will reorder it for variety.

I'll definitely order the berry flavor again.


Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock Technology, Inkjet Printers, 5.5 x 8.5 Inches, White, Pack of 50 (8126)
Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock Technology, Inkjet Printers, 5.5 x 8.5 Inches, White, Pack of 50 (8126)
Price: $6.99
48 used & new from $4.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Great multi-purpose labels, July 7, 2012
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These labels are great for things like the USPS Click-N-Ship service, UPS, or FedEx shipping labels. They're great in that they don't limit use to any particular service.

The TrueBlock technology allows me to easily use existing boxes to either return a product or use it for shipping something else. Other labels would frequently let some of the old label show through

If you do a lot of mailing with Click-N-Ship, shipping, or return items, the time and ease of these labels is well worth the cost. It's much, much easier and faster than printing the label, cutting or folding to be the right size, and taping it to the envelope or box.

In the case of Click-N-Ship, it's great being able to print the label for a Priority Mail or Express Mail box or envelope, go to the Post Office to get the box or envelope and just affix the pre-printed label. It's much easier than trying to find tape or bring tape with me to the Post Office.


Apple MacBook Pro MD103LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Apple MacBook Pro MD103LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
45 used & new from $700.00

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great MacBook Pro, easy to upgrade, July 7, 2012
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Apple's released another great MacBook Pro.

The MagsSafe 2 is an improvement in that it provides a more elegant vertical cable orientation rather than the original MagSafe connection that stuck out horizontally (like traditional cables). Note, however, that any existing MagSafe accessories you have will not work with the MagSafe 2 connection. Apple does provide a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter.

Unlike the 13" MacBook Pro or new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, this model does include an Ethernet port.

The new Thunderbolt port replaces the previous Mini Displayport from the previous generation. It provides much more flexibility for connectivity. There's an increasing number of Thunderbolt accessories such as external disk drives and displays, though you do pay a price for the improved performance. The same port is compatible with existing MiniDisplay accessories and cables, which lets you connect a display via HDMI, DVI, or VGA with various adapters. If you have devices that use a regular DisplayPort, adapters from Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort are also available.

The Firewire 800 port provides support for existing FireWire 800 digital video devices or external hard drives.

The 2 USB ports have been upgraded to support the much faster USB 3.0 devices while retaining support for existing USB 2.0 devices. USB 3.0 hard drives like the Western Digital My Passport 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive are great for TimeMachine backups. TimeMachine now supports FileVault encryption, and TimeMachine provides the option to Encrypt Backup Disk when you connect a compatible disk the first time.

The SDXD card slot supports SD cards up to 64GB cards. It's ideal for transferring photos from your digital camera. You can also use an SD card as a startup disk such as a custom "rescue disk" that also has applications like the essential Alsoft DiskWarrior 4.0 or Drive Genius 3. NOTE: If you use FileVault 2 to encrypt your entire hard drive, you'll have to decrypt it before using any 3rd party utilities run from an external drive.

The Audio In port works with standard 3.5" mics, while the adjacent Headphone / Audio Out port does 3 things. It supports standard analog audio out using a 3.5" cable, digital output using a mini-optical to Toslink cable. It also supports the iPhone headphone with Mic and remote (and compatible headphones) that allow you to have audio in and out in one port. It's ideal for FaceTime chats and VoIP applications.

The FaceTime camera in the top bezel supports full 720p HD.

While the battery life is rated at 7 hours, my time averages about 5 hours, but it recharges very quickly.

I'm a fan of Extended Warranties like the well-known AppleCare, which allows you to take your computer to your nearest Apple store and let the Geniuses take care of the rest. I opted for the SquareTrade 3-Year Computer Accidental Protection Warranty ($1500-2000) which also support "accidents" like drops and spills that are NOT covered by AppleCare. Unlike AppleCare, though, it's a mail-in service with a 5-day guaranty.

All of that's great, but to really soup it up, I upgraded the RAM to 16 GB with something like the Corsair Vengeance Laptop Memory Kit 16 GB (2x8 GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL10 PC3 12800 (CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10). That's a quick upgrade that even a novice can do in under 30 minutes. You'll need a small phillips screw driver and a nylon pry tool. If you're going to do any upgrades such as RAM or hard drive, I recommend the NewerTech 11 Piece Computer ToolKit. It contains all the various screw drivers (phillips and torx) needed for Apple devices and 2 nylon pry tools.

Another upgrade that's a little more difficult is upgrading the hard drive to either a larger drive like the Western Digital 1 TB Scorpio Blue SATA II 5400 RPM 8 MB Cache 2.5-Inch Bulk/OEM Notebook Hard Drive - WD10JPVT or an SSD flash drive like the Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2.

Both of those upgrades shouldn't void the warranty according to the FTC's Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, though the upgraded components would be covered by its manufacturer's warranty and not Apple.

I use a lot of virtual machines and photo and video editing software, so I went all-out, though, and used the OWC Data Doubler Optical drive to SATA Hard Drive/SSD Converter to replace the SuperDrive with the stock hard drive, installed 16 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. NOTE: These modifications are NOT covered by AppleCare, and I wouldn't recommend going that far unless you're comfortable with more advanced computer issues.

That said, this laptop is screaming and wicked-fast. I easily see it lasting me 4+ years.
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Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, White
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, White
Price: $99.99
4 used & new from $86.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best grinder for French Press, April 25, 2012
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This grinder replaced my Capresso burr grinder. This Bodum is much, much better. It has a much more consistent particle size. The hopper is generous and can be removed for easy cleaning (good coffee beans are naturally oily). The best part is the glass receptacle, though. It's much less messy than the plastic Capresso. It doesn't have any corners that can trap grounds, and it doesn't have a static cling effect that always resulted in stray coffee grinds on my counter.

I haven't found a reliable "time" of grinding for my 8 cup Bodum french press. It's around 25 seconds, but the timer on the grinder tops out at 20. As a result, I have to measure the coffee into the pot each time. That's not a bad thing, though, as it produces a more consistent brew.


SMS Backup+
SMS Backup+

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic free way to backup SMS and Call Log, June 21, 2011
This review is from: SMS Backup+ (App)
This is by far the best SMS and Call Log app for Android. Texts and MMS messages are backed up to Gmail. The car log is backed up to your calendar, with the option to save incoming, outgoing, and missed calls.

SMS messages and your Call Log can be restored if you get a new device or had to reset your phone to the factory condition.


EZ Bagz EZ13TK 13-Gallon Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, 2-Set of 12 White Bags
EZ Bagz EZ13TK 13-Gallon Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, 2-Set of 12 White Bags

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, flawed execution, April 22, 2010
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I think the idea is great, and I love biodegradable bags, but the implementation leaves much to be desired. The elastic band at the top, meant to secure the bags to the trash can, is too small to effectively fit over my trash can lips. The bag within bag also means that if one bag is punctured (from paperboard boxes or other sharp items), two or three other bags are casualties. The 12 bags was really more like 9 as a result.
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