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Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router with Internal Antennas (300 Mbps) - 2.4GHz - 802.11b/g/n - Compatible with Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / Linux [Discontinued Model]
Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router with Internal Antennas (300 Mbps) - 2.4GHz - 802.11b/g/n - Compatible with Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / Linux [Discontinued Model]
Offered by Mediabridge Products, LLC
Price: $49.99
26 used & new from $13.00

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you can afford an attorney, you can afford a better router., May 8, 2014
Do not buy this router. The company has a reputation of harassing and suing their customers for negative reviews. There are plenty of good routers out there from companies that are not actively hostile towards the people who buy their products. If you wouldn't want to eat at a restaurant where the manager comes to your house afterwards and kicks you in the family jewels, this is probably not the product for you. And in the interest of full disclosure, no, I do not own this product.


Popeye
Popeye
DVD ~ Robin Williams
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $10.60
34 used & new from $2.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underground classic-- a cartoon brought to life almost perfectly, February 19, 2013
This review is from: Popeye (DVD)
Popeye is such a strange film, and yet it's one of my family's all time favorites. Critics hated it, but I am very pleased to know that the film has grown into a cult-favorite over the years. I find myself watching this movie over and over again and discovering hilarious new things about it every time. I had an in-law over recently who speaks english as a second language, and just turning the subtitles on made me aware of tons of hilarious new jokes that I had missed before-- particularly the witty political themes of the opening musical number (the Sweethaven National Anthem).

Robin Williams is Popeye. He was hardly a superstar when this film was made, but I consider this to be one of his best roles. Through the magic of makeup he really does look as if Popeye stepped off of an animation cell and into the real world, and his characterization is spot on. He mutters hillarious little comments throughout the film, and every time you watch you'll probably find yourself picking up new ones. He truly brings to life the tough, witty, ruffian sailor who finds himself passing through a secluded and unfriendly island town, and charms his way into the hearts of its citizenry. He's an unlikely hero who spouts the wisdom of the common man, and isn't afraid to use his fists when the time calls for it. I honestly can't think of any other actor who could pull off the role as brilliantly as Williams does here.

The rest of the cast, likewise are picture perfect counterparts to their pen and ink versions, least of which is Shelly Duvall as Olive Oyle. Like Williams, she is a perfect re-creation of the cartoon version, bringing to life every one of Olive's awkward mannersisms while still managing to be strangely charming, and she also gets in quite a few endearing musical numbers. Pretty much everyone is cast perfectly, and they all manage to make it feel like you are watching the world of the cartoon as it would have existed in real life.

This movie isn't for everyone, but if you are the type who likes quirky comedies, musicals that value humor and wit over grandiose and spectacle, or you're just a huge Popeye fan, this movie will wrestle its way into your heart just like it did mine. It's one of the few cartoon adaptations on film I've seen where I can honestly look at it, and say it does full justice to the source material. This is a great family movie that stands the test of time.


Explorers
Explorers
DVD ~ Ethan Hawke
Offered by Garots Media
Price: $36.99
63 used & new from $4.72

3.0 out of 5 stars An adventure in the Spielberg tradition that starts off strong, but gets lost in the third act, January 9, 2013
This review is from: Explorers (DVD)
I remember seeing a tape of this movie once when I was a kid, although even back then I seemed to have a pretty good grasp of what the movie did right and what it did wrong. As an adult revisiting it, I can see with a lot more clarity how this movie started out with great potential, but unfortunately it suffers from a bit of an identity crisis in the third act that stops the movie from being the classic that it could have been.

The first two acts of the movie are great. We are introduced to a strong cast of A-list child actors who all deliver great performances-- no doubt due to the direction by Joe Dante, who directed Gremlins (which, unsurprisingly, was executive produced by Steven Spielberg). If you are familiar movies like Close Encounters, E.T., or the more recent Super 8, and even The Goonies, this movie will immediately have a familiar sense of charm. The story of some innocently mischievous kids getting into a bit of trouble so that they can build their own spaceship is something just about any kid can identify with, and the way the movie approaches the ends up being strangely plausible. The kids are memorable characters, and seeing the journey that takes them from happening upon a crazy, mysterious idea to flying their own spacecraft is one that will capture the imagination of both the young and old.

Unfortunately, the destination is not nearly as satisfying as the journey. When the kids get into space and finally make first contact, the thoughtful "Spielbergian" wonder disappears quickly, and is replaced with an obnoxious saturday morning cartoon. The aliens themselves look like leftovers from a Ren and Stimpy cartoon, and they are about as tactfully written. The rest of the movie did such an admirable job of taking itself seriously that when our protagonists come face to face with pop-culture spouting Nickelodeon rejects, the movie falls apart.

I will always remember this movie as a mixed bag, and a missed opportunity. You get 2/3 of a great movie, and the last 1/3 of a crappy one. The first two acts of the movie definitely at least make it worth checking out, but the fact that the movie started off so strong only to rapidly devolve into cartoonish antics keeps it from being a must-see. I almost wish I had just stopped the tape when the kids made it into space, and left the mystery of the aliens as just that so I could better enjoy the rest of the movie for what it was.


Wacom Bamboo Flex Nib Set (5 Pack) For CTL, CTH, CTE, MTE, INTUOS4
Wacom Bamboo Flex Nib Set (5 Pack) For CTL, CTH, CTE, MTE, INTUOS4
Offered by GeeksHive, Inc.
Price: $8.02
33 used & new from $4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for achieving a more paper-like feel on your tablet, November 30, 2012
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One thing about Wacom tablets that takes a lot of getting used to is that with the default nibs, drawing on it does not feel very much like paper at all. Some people try to fix this by taping a sheet of paper to the tablet, and while you could do it that way, in my opinion there is way too much friction in comparison to a pencil on a piece of paper. Felt nibs are the best solution for the problem, because they provide just enough friction to mimic the feel of a good graphite pencil on a smooth piece of paper, unlike a regular nib witch is too slippery, or the piece of paper trick which has too much friction (and the latter will likely cause your regular nib to wear out a lot faster, anyway).

I always keep felt nibs for my Wacom handy. I highly reccomend them if you are a traditional artist who has switched to digital, because they make digital drawing a much more enjoyable experience.
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eForCity POTHDVIX6F01 Gold-Plated DVI-D Digital Dual Link Cable 9.9Gbps 24 Plus 1 Pin 6-Feet, Black
eForCity POTHDVIX6F01 Gold-Plated DVI-D Digital Dual Link Cable 9.9Gbps 24 Plus 1 Pin 6-Feet, Black
Price: $7.86
10 used & new from $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good cables, November 30, 2012
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They're dirt cheap and they work well. That's pretty much all there is to say. These are DVI cables, and they do exactly what they're supposed to. I don't have any fancy scientific equipment to test them with, but the picture quality is just as good as on an expensive cable and the price is much better.


Gigabyte GM-ECO600 Long-Life Wireless Laser Mouse
Gigabyte GM-ECO600 Long-Life Wireless Laser Mouse
Price: $24.99
8 used & new from $23.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're not going to find a better wireless gaming mouse for this cheap., November 30, 2012
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I've had this mouse for about 2 months or so, and I love it. Yes, it is not a super-high-tech-pro-gaming mouse the way one of Logitech's or Razer's is, but the difference is that those mouses cost about $100, while this one costs $25. If you are just looking for something solid to tide you over until you can afford something better, or you just want something affordable and of good build quality, and you REALLY hate having to battle with annoying USB cables while you work and play (like me), this mouse is just the thing you'll want. You cannot hack the polling rates unfortunately you you will be stuck running at about 120hz, but for the price and convenience of wireless that is something I am OK with. You still get on-the-fly DPI controls which is a staple of gaming mice, as well as two side buttons (I like to use them for melee attacks and grenades in shooters like Battlefield 3, and they are handy for RPGs too).

The battery life on this thing is great. I have been able to leave it turned on since I bought it and I have not yet had to change the batteries, so it gets high marks for energy efficiency, which is another way this mouse is a good economy choice. The blue LED lights are cool, but you'll only ever see them when changing the DPI settings since they turn themselves off pretty quickly (no doubt to save the batteries). Overall the construction is very good. It feels like a much more expensive mouse than it actually is, and I especially love the rubber grips on the sides, because they make it more comfortable and easier to pick up to re-adjust. It even comes in a plastic carry case with laser-cut foam, so if you want to use this with a laptop it's easy to transport safely.

One final note: I recommend that if you are going to go wireless, you buy a USB extension cord so you can keep the USB receiver for the mouse close to your mouse pad. My keyboard has a USB port on the side where I keep my mouse's receiver plugged in, and the reason this is important is because the less distance there is between the mouse and the receiver, the more smooth and reliable the mouse's performance will be. Just a little protip to help you out!


NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller with Five 30 Watts Channels (Black)
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller with Five 30 Watts Channels (Black)
Price: $20.62
14 used & new from $20.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Matches CM Storm Scout case perfectly, November 30, 2012
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I recently bought a Cooler Master Storm Scout case, and I like it quite a bit. My rig was very noisy though, and this fan controller was highly recommended by other Storm Scout enthusiasts. Installation was a breeze (no pun intended), and once it was installed it was extremely simple to use. Within a few minutes I had optimized the amount of airflow in my case, and by my totally non-scientific grading metric, I'd say the system is at least 50% quieter than it was before I had it installed. It went from sounding like a jet engine to a gentle hum, and I'm sure that once I get a better CPU cooler installed it will be even quieter. Best of all, it matches with the look of the case perfectly, and I love the low-profile slider controls because I know they are not going to break off.


Xbox 360 controller led mod RING OF LIGHT LEDS- BLUE
Xbox 360 controller led mod RING OF LIGHT LEDS- BLUE
Offered by Modd3rzUnlimit3d
Price: $0.55
8 used & new from $0.55

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice for people who know what they are doing., October 26, 2012
Let me say this up front: do not buy this kit if you have no idea how to solder correctly and do not want to learn. If you have a basic understanding of soldering tecniques, there are tutorials on Youtube that show you exactly how to install new LEDs on an Xbox 360 controller, and if you are patient and take great care to follow the instructions you should not have problems.

If you are looking at this item because you just want LEDs to use in your controller project, you are at the right place. If you want a simple swap-in-swap-out solution for changing the color of your controller's LEDs though, I'm afraid no such solution exists, and I recommend having a professional modding service change the LEDs for you. You MUST know how to solder and have the correct equipment for this mod, or it will end in tears.


Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition [Online Game Code]
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition [Online Game Code]
Price: $19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With mods, this is hands down the best version., October 26, 2012
Many people seem to write off the PC version of Dark Souls because of some flaws that the game launched with due to the developer's inexperience with the PC format. Fortunately, thanks to Nexus Mods, most of these problems are easily remedied. In addition to base mod that lets you run the game at 1080p and 60 FPS (if you have a decent rig), if you do not wish to use an Xbox 360 controller you can download a mouse fix to make the game control as smoothly with a mouse and keyboard as it does with a controller. I also recommend the Silver UI, and the optional keyboard icons file if you are using a keyboard.

It is in the nature of Dark Souls to be a bit sadistic and make you work to get what you want, and that applies not only to the gameplay but also setting up the game. Once you've taken the necessary steps to install the mods though, this is without question the ultimate Dark Souls experience. Once you have experienced DS with 1080p graphics and 60 FPS gameplay, you will never want to go back to the console version! This is an excellent RPG that belongs in any genre enthusiast's Steam library.


Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8200 (RIKB-11004) with Blue Backlight
Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8200 (RIKB-11004) with Blue Backlight

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid budget gaming keyboard with some very nice features!, September 2, 2012
As far as membrane keyboards go, you are probably not going to find one better than this for this cheap and still get the features that this keyboard has. For $35 I got backlit keys, a windows key locking key, a handy programming app, multiple profile buttons, media keys, 10 macro keys, a side USB port and headphone / microphone jacks right on the keyboard. It's a little on the big side, and the flat keys might take a little while to get used to (they are somewhere between a standard keyboard and a laptop in terms of flatness and depth), but I find it to be very comfortable to type on, and for gaming it's about a good as I could hope for without buying a mechanical keyboard.

If you want something that will be good for gaming until you can afford a mechanical gaming keyboard, this is a very solid entry level board that will definitely serve you well. It even comes with alternate WASD keys for gaming and a key extractor, which I thought was a very nice touch. And I can't stress this enough-- the winlock key is a lifesaver! Don't play games without it!


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