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Logitech HD Portable 1080p Webcam C615 with Autofocus
Logitech HD Portable 1080p Webcam C615 with Autofocus
Price: $49.99
108 used & new from $31.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice portable camera; perfect for a laptop & OK for a desktop; easy to install, September 4, 2014
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This is an excellent relatively high-resolution, portable web cam with a good microphone. It folds up and slips into the included case for easy transport. It's designed for a laptop, so if you're planning to use it on a desktop monitor you may have to mount it using Velcro, which is not included (and which should be). Installation in a Windows 7 PC was a snap. Logitech's simple to use software lets you manage both the camera (field of view, brightness, etc.) and the microphone. You can use a different mic if you prefer, but this one seems to give high fidelity on video calls.


Kensington Quick-Release Car Mount for iPhone 5/4S/4/3G, Black, K39256US
Kensington Quick-Release Car Mount for iPhone 5/4S/4/3G, Black, K39256US
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62 used & new from $15.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent design for easy windshield mounting & dismounting, September 4, 2014
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I bought an earlier version of his, liked it a lot, and bought a couple of these for my daughters' cars. This version is a bit less solid and more cheaply made, but it does the job. The suction cup design is excellent - easy to mount & dismount and no need to wet the glass surface. The gooseneck is flexible enough and once you set it, it doesn't move.


OXO SteeL Garlic Press, Stainless
OXO SteeL Garlic Press, Stainless
Price: $19.95
11 used & new from $19.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Cleans out the holes after you press; stainless steel won't oxidize, September 4, 2014
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This is the ultimate garlic press (as it should be given the cost). It squeezes well and then you can flip the integral cleaner to clear out all those little holes. Doing that was always a pain with a standard garlic press. It replaces an old aluminum one that had begun to oxidize, and since this one is stainless and feels quite solid, it should last for a very long time.


I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Good action, despite some problems., August 28, 2014
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This is a hard-edged spy thriller with lots of rock-em, sock-em violent encounters between the good guy(s) and the bad guys. The encounters are well-written and they keep you turning the pages. The development of the protagonist's character, a former spy who has to go back out into the cold to save the country, is not entirely convincing. But hey, it's an action story and there's plenty of entertaining action to keep you engaged. The author has researched the locations where the action takes place -- e.g. Bodrum, Turkey. But he does make a couple of mistakes in the details, as when he has a Turkish police office describe the height of a cliff in feet, not meters. And you do have to suspend your disbelief regarding the speed with which one can genetically modify and grow a pathogen, among other things. There are a few too many side flashbacks that the author uses to explain the protagonist's angst about his work.

The main story is about a Muslim terrorist, and I did not need the snide remarks about Muslim society. I'll give the author the benefit of the doubt regarding whether he's a bigot, but if not, he does seem to have felt a need to play to the groundlings in his audience. Despite that, it's a gripping story because of the author's excellent ability to sustain action.


Big Horn 19038 2-In-1 Edge Trimmer
Big Horn 19038 2-In-1 Edge Trimmer
Price: $9.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Good tool for getting clean corners on an edge-banded cabinet face., August 28, 2014
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Good for getting into the corners when you apply edge banding to the face of a cabinet. It takes some care to avoid cutting into the surface of the cabinet side. The blade is very sharp and it cuts smoothly. It's not an expensive tool, and it does better job than a utility knife. It comes with an additional blade for softening edges, but I haven't tried that feature. Keep the package to store that blade, because it would be easy to lose.


OOK 55502 10-Pound Steel Pro Picture Hangers, 35-sets 35 sets
OOK 55502 10-Pound Steel Pro Picture Hangers, 35-sets 35 sets
Price: $12.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the higher cost, August 28, 2014
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These are more expensive that normal picture hooks, but the nail is very thin and when you want to remove it, it goes comes out of the wall leaving a very small hole that's not very visible.


Quad Trimmer With Tungsten Carbide Blades
Quad Trimmer With Tungsten Carbide Blades
Price: $37.57
4 used & new from $37.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Effective, but be careful to trim with the grain of the edging, August 28, 2014
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This edge trimmer is similar to a less expensive version with a carbon steel blade. I can't say yet whether the tungsten carbide blade in this one lasts long enough to justify the higher costs, but the blades are adequately sharp. To get smooth results on a typical glue-on or iron-on edge banding, move the cutter in the direction of the grain -- the lines of the grain should go out toward the edge, not in toward the center of the edging. If you get edging with an inconsistent grain pattern try to take thin "bites" to avoid ripping the edges of the edging. The "pneumatic" feature in place of springs is helpful if you want to separate the two halves of the trimmer, since springs are easy to misplace.


WordPress To Go - How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner
WordPress To Go - How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner
Price: $4.97

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear directions for non-techies setting up a website, August 16, 2014
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I'm 70, comfortable with computer software but not a techie, and setting up a website for the first time. This guide led me step-by-step through the process of setting up and managing a website for a small, new nonprofit. It gives you directions on how to use WordPress, which is a set of free website-building templates. The author starts with the very basics, and moves you along in logical steps. Her illustrations are helpful. Nothing in the book is overwhelming. The first 8 chapters will give you enough to build a simple website, and then chapters 9-19 move up the ladder to a moderate level of sophistication, including such topics as how to set up a comments page that's protected from spam and how to embed links to videos. The author has a website with further help. If you want the next level of knowledge, e.g. how to write HTML, you have to go elsewhere, but this book is a great way to learn the basics of website setup and management.


Wiremold/Legrand C56 CordMate II Flat Elbow
Wiremold/Legrand C56 CordMate II Flat Elbow
Price: $1.70
35 used & new from $0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perefct fit for Cordmate II, August 7, 2014
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Fits C-series Cordmate perfectly; makes for a neat installation when the cable or wire has to turn 90 degrees on a surface like a wall.


Wiremold/Legrand C57 CordMate II Inside Elbow
Wiremold/Legrand C57 CordMate II Inside Elbow
Price: $2.01
32 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fit for Cordmate II, August 7, 2014
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Fits C-series Cordmate perfectly; makes for a neat installation in corners.


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