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Mediabridge 3.5mm Male To Male Stereo Audio Cable (4 Feet) - Step Down Design - (Part# MPC-35-4 )
Mediabridge 3.5mm Male To Male Stereo Audio Cable (4 Feet) - Step Down Design - (Part# MPC-35-4 )
Offered by Mediabridge Products, LLC
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $5.79

5.0 out of 5 stars nice cable, April 7, 2012
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As advertised, the clever design of the plugs on this cable allow it to seat properly in my cell phone even with the case on. The cable is heavier and seems to be a lot better constructed than your average cheap cable.


Verso Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (Turquoise)
Verso Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (Turquoise)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does what it should, March 2, 2011
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This light clips securely on to my Kindle 3, whether it's in its case or not. The clip is still secure when I adjust the light at an angle, to avoid having the light point at my dog's eyes. It's about the right brightness for comfortable reading in an otherwise dark environment. The light is about as even as you could ask for, given that it's mounted at the top of the page. It seems fairly sturdy, and stays put when you adjust it. It's attractive. It comes with extra batteries. What's not to like?


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4.0 out of 5 stars nice little workbook, February 25, 2011
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Nice little book. The layout is great, with treble staff and tabs on the right (six of each, in pairs) and chord diagrams and notes/lyrics space on the left. There are two pages of chord diagrams at the front (I counted 108, the cover says 192). The compact size is nice. The only drawback is that since the book is now perfect bound (the predecessor was spiral bound), which means it won't lay flat easily. But overall a good book for jotting down musical ideas and notes, or in my case, keeping track of what you're supposed to be working on.


C. Crane BNB Bright Night LED Nightlight Bulb
C. Crane BNB Bright Night LED Nightlight Bulb

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bright, but no diffuser, February 15, 2011
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This bulb is very bright, but the light isn't at all diffuse, the LEDs are right on the outside of the package. This makes it non-ideal for night lights that leave the bulb exposed from some angles.


Sylvania 78562 LED C7 1-Watt Night Light, 2-Pack
Sylvania 78562 LED C7 1-Watt Night Light, 2-Pack

5.0 out of 5 stars not too bright, reasonably diffuse, February 15, 2011
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This bulb is bright enough to allow you to get around in a small room, not so bright that it will keep you up. Unlike some other LED night light bulbs, the light is diffuse, because the cover is translucent, not transparent. And it doesn't get hot. Perfect for my needs.


Tuff-luv Eco-nique natural Hemp Brown case cover for Amazon Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 / Global Wireless 6 - Inch / 15 cm - Book Style
Tuff-luv Eco-nique natural Hemp Brown case cover for Amazon Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 / Global Wireless 6 - Inch / 15 cm - Book Style

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars actually enhances the kindle, February 4, 2011
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This case is attractive, comfortable, and functional. I'd planned to use it just when commuting, but it's so comfortable and light, I've been leaving it on even when I use my Kindle at home. Somehow it seems to actually enhance the Kindle. It holds the Kindle in place very securely (not just by the corners), while providing easy access if you do want to take it out often. The cover folds all the way back without any stiffness, and in that position it's very much like holding an uncovered Kindle. It even has a nice organic smell. It did take a while to arrive, but no longer than it was supposed to. It was worth waiting for.


Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
23 used & new from $23.00

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not perfect, but it's still great, September 11, 2010
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I've been using my latest generation WiFi 6" Kindle for five months
now. This is my first e-book reader, and here are some thoughts.

Overall, I love this device. All the obvious advantages apply: you
can carry around a large collection of books and read them on a device
that rivals (and in many ways exceeds) paper for comfort. My review
is divided loosely into pros and cons. For whatever reason, I have
more to say about the cons, even though the pros far outweigh them in
my mind. The below should be qualified in a few respects. I haven't
used any of the social networking features, and I have done very
little marking of text. And I have no interest in the voice features.
I really just want it to be a better way to read books.

Pros:

The screen is gorgeous and easy on the eyes, especially in bright
light. The text is crisp, and the option to select font size and some
other text layout attributes is very nice. This will be critical to
some people (I'm in my mid-40's and will soon need reading glasses).

Single page turns are reasonably fast, actually less irritating than
with paper. I expected this to be a con, but for routine reading
(mostly forward, occasionally back), it's very nice.

The device is small and light, just as sleek as advertised. It fits
in some pockets, even with a case (most cases roughly double the
weight and bulk).

The option to download free samples from Amazon is wonderful. Shop on
Amazon. When you find a book you might like to read, grab the sample.
When you're ready to read it, buy it (although beware -- clicking on
the buy button does not ask for verification or show you the price
before completing the purchase).

For me, and for many people, 3G would be pointless, so the WiFi Kindle
is a great bargain.

The battery life is terrific, especially if you turn off WiFi, and not
too bad with WiFi on.

Surprisingly, the little speakers are not terrible, good enough to
enjoy music if you're not too picky. (the interface for that needs
some work).

PDF reading and web browsing will never be ideal on an e-ink device,
but they're serviceable for spot use, especially the latter.

The email facility for converting doc and other format files to use on
your Kindle works well, and is very convenient. It works like this:
Amazon provides an email address, you (or your approved friends) email
stuff to it, and it shows up on your Kindle. And as long as you do it
over WiFi (which is the only option with this model), it's free.

The availability of instant dictionary lookup is a tremendous
advantage over paper books. Inexplicably, the pop-up dictionary
entries only give you two lines (the rest is a click away). I hope
this will become configurable at some point.

I'm just starting to get into the notes and highlighting features.
This is very cool, and will eventually be even cooler, although there
are some software issues with it right now.

Cons:

The biggest con for me is DRM (copy protection). This may be a
complete non-issue for some people and a complete deal-killer for
others. For me, it's somewhere in the middle. It's very important to
understand that if you buy a book for your Kindle, you can only use
that book on your Kindle or on devices that run the Kindle software.
Right now, you can get Kindle software for many devices, but not all,
and there are no guarantees for the future. Amazon gets to decide
where you can read your books, now and in the future. And you're
forced to stick with Amazon's store if you want to buy copy protected
books -- you can't shop elsewhere. If you get great new e-book reader
software for your computer or tablet, it won't work with your Kindle
books. You can only read them with Amazon's application, and you can
only do the things that software lets you do. You can't for the most
part lend Kindle books to friends (recently, Amazon announced that
some titles will be lend-able in a very limited way).

Other cons are more pedestrian:

The screen is matte, but slightly reflective, more so than paper,
meaning that you have to be careful about your reading position if
there is a light somewhere behind you. This seems to only be a
problem in dim environments, though.

The software is fair, but there are things to iron out. There's no
easy way to navigate larger collections of books (this may be tricky
to fix with the constraints of e-ink). There are occasional minor
glitches in the text layout and paging. It's a little awkward to
navigate within a book, although there are some helpful shortcuts.

E-books are often cheaper than physical books, but not always, and not
generally by as much as one would expect. Occasionally you run into
Kindle books that are moderately or even substantially more expensive
than their print counterparts.

Bizarrely, only two or three fonts are provided. I realize that
nobody needs zany decorative fonts for reading text, and the ones they
provide are fair. But if I had a choice of a dozen sedate fonts, I
don't think the ones Amazon chose would necessarily be my top choices.
Even if it's just a hidden "advanced" feature, more fonts or
downloadable fonts would seem like a no-brainer for a future update.
Relatedly, for some reason some books don't use the font you've
selected (try the sample of "Tinkers" to see what I mean). There
should be an override option (as there is in most web browsers).

While light and comfortable in the hand, I haven't found a comfortable
one-handed holding position that also gives me good access to the page
turn buttons. The best position has my thumb centered above the
keyboard, and then I either slide it to the page-turn buttons (risk of
dropping it, slows reading) or use the other hand. Second best
position is gripping it across the back, from which position you can
pull the buttons back at an awkware angle. This compromises one of
the Kindle's best features, the fact that it's light enough for
one-handed reading.

Outside the latest books, it's hit or miss whether or not a book will
be available for the Kindle. I imagine this situation will improve
dramatically over the next few years. But for now, unless you choose
your reading material by its Kindle availability, or you happen to
read mostly bestsllers, don't expect to make a complete transition
right away.

Of those books that are available, many books have errors in
transcription that appear to be due to faulty OCR. There generally
aren't so many that it's a huge drawback, but for some books, there
are enough to make it irritating. I assume this mostly pertains to
older books that had to be scanned. Bizarrely, there seems to be no
mechanism for tagging these errors, so that they can be fixed. This
would seem like an obvious feature to have in a connected e-book
reader, but it's not on the Kindle.

E-ink is easier on your eyes than an LCD panel, and overall I prefer
it for reading anything that is mostly text. But bear in mind its
drawbacks. It's not lighted. It's not in color. The resolution is
not great for figures. And you can't scroll around on the screen, at
least not quickly. So you really just want to use it for text, maybe
with the occasional non-detailed figure.

Finally, whose brilliant idea was it to call this the "latest
generation" Kindle? "Latest" is relative. The name is just going to
cause problems once the next Kindle comes out. I've mostly seen it
called the Kindle 3, and that would have been a much smarter move for
the official name.

That's about it. I love my Kindle, warts and all. The next
generation will be even better, and this generation will improve with
software updates. But for right now, it's great enough to make me
happy.


LCD Adapter Plate
LCD Adapter Plate
Offered by Bottom Dollar Brownie
Price: $31.19
3 used & new from $23.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comes with a nice collection of screws, January 21, 2010
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I wasn't sure if this was going to come with screws or not. Turns out it includes a well-labelled packet of M4, M5, and M6 screws, each in a few lengths, as well as washers for the M4s and M5s, four nylon spacers, and a little straw to help check the depth of mounting holes. I'm using the bracket to attach a nettop with VESA 75 holes to a TV with VESA 100 holes, and this was perfect.


The Divine Farce (LeapLit)
The Divine Farce (LeapLit)
by Michael S. A. Graziano
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.95
38 used & new from $2.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly fast-paced, November 18, 2009
The Divine Farce has a mildly intimidating cover, and seems intended to be more thought-provoking than relaxing. But surprisingly, it still pulls you along at a pretty good pace (and then comes screeching to a halt -- the book is only 155 pages long). All in all, a pretty rewarding read.


David Bowie's Low (33 1/3)
David Bowie's Low (33 1/3)
by Hugo Wilcken
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.84
94 used & new from $7.35

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating look at fascinating subject matter, November 13, 2009
Bowie's time in and around Berlin has long been a subject of tremendous interest, and this small book does a nice job of distilling it into manageable form. Wilcken shows tremendous respect for both the subject matter and the reader, and does not waste space. I think there's something important in this book about the nature of creativity, although it may take a second read, or another book covering the same material, to be sure.


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