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Nokia OEM ACP-12U Travel Charger for Nokia E70/ 9500/ 9300/ 9290/ 8801/ 8270/ 7610/ 7380/ 7280/ 7270/ 7250i/ 7210/ 6822/ 6820/ 6800/ 6682/ 6670/ 6651/ 6620/ 6610/ 6600/ 6590i/ 6590/ 6585/ 6560/ 6385/ 6310i/ 6255i/ 6236i/ 6235i/ 6230/ 6225/ 6200/ 6170/ 6100/ 6062/ 6061/ 6030/ 6020/ 6019i/ 6016i/ 6015i/ 6010/ 5140/ 5100/ 3660/ 3650/ 3620/ 3600/ 3595/ 3590/ 3589i/ 3588i/ 3587i/ 3586i/ 3585i/ 3570/ 3560/ 3520/ 3361/ 3300/ 3220/ 3205/ 3200/ 3120/ 3100/ 2651/ 2285/ 2270/ 2260/ 2128i/ 2126i/ etc
Nokia OEM ACP-12U Travel Charger for Nokia E70/ 9500/ 9300/ 9290/ 8801/ 8270/ 7610/ 7380/ 7280/ 7270/ 7250i/ 7210/ 6822/ 6820/ 6800/ 6682/ 6670/ 6651/ 6620/ 6610/ 6600/ 6590i/ 6590/ 6585/ 6560/ 6385/ 6310i/ 6255i/ 6236i/ 6235i/ 6230/ 6225/ 6200/ 6170/ 6100/ 6062/ 6061/ 6030/ 6020/ 6019i/ 6016i/ 6015i/ 6010/ 5140/ 5100/ 3660/ 3650/ 3620/ 3600/ 3595/ 3590/ 3589i/ 3588i/ 3587i/ 3586i/ 3585i/ 3570/ 3560/ 3520/ 3361/ 3300/ 3220/ 3205/ 3200/ 3120/ 3100/ 2651/ 2285/ 2270/ 2260/ 2128i/ 2126i/ etc
Offered by OEM 4 LESS
Price: $2.66
43 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Voltage Too High for OttLite, November 19, 2014
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At 5.7 volts it over-drives the LEDs in my OttLite, which is expecting 4.5 volts. Noticeably brighter, and warm to the touch when powered off of this charger, it will probably shorten the life of the OttLite. Other than that it works fine, although a 90 degree bend on the plug would sure be nice.

Some users have reported this charger failed when powering the OttLite. I'm guessing this is because the OttLite is expecting a lower voltage, and so is pulling too much power from the charger.

Caveat emptor.


PUR 18 Cup Dispenser w/ 1 Filter
PUR 18 Cup Dispenser w/ 1 Filter
Price: $27.99
14 used & new from $25.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth 19 stars., October 25, 2014
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Worth 19 stars. One held back because it's not available in heaven. The angels are picketing that decision as we speak.


Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
Price: $19.99
119 used & new from $13.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Psychotic Pricing, September 8, 2014
Great mouse. Price is all over the place. $15 two days ago. $19 this morning. $25 tonight.

The best feature of this mouse is the rocker switch on the left side, which can be programmed to do a long list of things. For me the front side switch is CUT and the back side switch is PASTE. It makes C++ coding much easier.


W. A. Baum Bulb and Air-Flo Control Valve, with Latex
W. A. Baum Bulb and Air-Flo Control Valve, with Latex
Offered by Kay Rehab
Price: $21.66
3 used & new from $21.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent function and quality. Made in the USA, September 8, 2014
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Using as a replacement for the bulb that came as part of an Omicron BP monitor, and it's spectacular. Had to fabricate an adaptor from 1/8th inch to 3/16th, but that cost me a whole fifty cents, so very happy.

I have purchased two high end BP monitors that have their own pumps, but they release the pressure so fast their readings are all over the map, and always too high. The valve on this bulb allows you to release the pressure as fast or slow as you wish - just like the professional BP units in your doctor's office, made by the same mfg.

Oh, actually Made in the USA!


Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K740
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K740
Price: $68.67
41 used & new from $25.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Died after 9 months., September 8, 2014
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Stopped working after 9 months of very light use.

Shift and Cap Lock indicators are way down below the number pad where NO touch typist can see them.

No SLEEP key. Yeah, really.

Poor design, worse quality.


Fenix E05 2014 Edition 85 Lumen LED KeyChain Black Flashlight with LegionArms AAA Battery
Fenix E05 2014 Edition 85 Lumen LED KeyChain Black Flashlight with LegionArms AAA Battery
Offered by JohnArm Store
Price: $21.95
2 used & new from $20.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still more perfection per ounce!, September 8, 2014
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Very close to the old LD01, except it starts out on the lowest setting, and is incredibly, almost a half inch shorter in length. It produces about the same light on each setting, but is more efficient, as can be seen by the improved battery life of 15, 4:15, 1hr vs 11, 2, 1hrs.

The shorter length is possible because the entire surface of this light is textured, which increases its ability to dissipate heat. Velcro-ed to the front of my bicycle helmet to light my cockpit, heat isn't an issue, as the speed of the bike creates plenty of wind to force cool it, but not everyone can rely on that, so an important design improvement.

This light makes an excellent travel companion, which will keep you from stubbing toes in strange hotel rooms, and makes a good nightlight in a pinch.

Like all the Fenix lights, this one is optimized for NiMh's 1.2V chemistry. I use the Sanyo Eneloops, which this light loves.


Serfas 80 Lumen USB Taillight
Serfas 80 Lumen USB Taillight
Price: $74.95
8 used & new from $74.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain at $59, September 8, 2014
This review is from: Serfas USL-TL80 TailLight (Sports)
A Bargain at $59, I'm hesitant at $75. There's just no way this thing can cost more than $10 to make in the 3rd world, and the USB charging port is now micro-USB and problematic.

PROS:

1. The lens, which spreads the light out horizontally, is an important advance in safety, and one I suggested 2yrs ago on my blog. According to the DOT, several cyclists have been hit when motorists lost sight of them when getting close enough to pass the edge of the narrow cone of light typical of cyclists taillights. Looking right to find them, they steered in the direction they were looking, and hit the cyclist.

The type of lens used on this light is available here on Amazon Wide Angle Lens for MagicShine, Gemini, and many other Bike Lights / Headlight. Includes O-Ring for headlights, and I purchased one and loved it 3 years ago now. This feature is especially important for taillights mounted on the back of your helmet, because otherwise when you turn your head, from the motorist's point of view, you disappear.

2. The very versatile and simple mounting system that will wrap around ANY seatpost.

3. It's own internal LION battery offering the best power-to-weight ratio.

CONS:

1. Price
2. Weak micro-USB connection
3. The mounting system doesn't work well on the back of helmets, and is too heavy for that application, causing neck strain.
4. Price

TOSS-UP:

It might have been better to have one of the LEDs drive a narrow beam with it's own flash pattern setting so the light would comprise both a 180 degree spread set to constant-on, AND a very bright narrow flashing pattern to grab motorists attention from long range. (Google "G.I.T. Lit pedaling zen")

(G.I.T. is for GRAB attention. IDENTIFY as cyclist. TRACK cyclist)

That said, I also think it prudent to have at least 2 lights on the back of a bike.

First, it's very important with LION powered lights that you have a fail-over light. Since one light should be set to constant-on, and one to flashing, the flashing one lasting longer makes a natural fail-over. This is true because LION powered devices have to have protection circuits which prevent voltages from going too low. This means, unlike NiMh batteries, which just get dimmer and dimmer, LION powered lights will shut themselves off, and there's no turning them back on until they're charged.

Second, it's important to have lights mounted some distance apart, such as on the back of the seat bag and on the seat post/tube, as that separation helps motorists discern distance and thereby, rate of closure. Motorists have a pretty good idea how far apart those mounting points are, so they can judge their distance from you fairly accurately. They judge vertical separation from behind, and horizontal and vertical from the side.

The logical conclusion is you need 2 lights. This one should be the close-in beacon set to constant on tasked to allow motorists to easily TRACK you, while this Serfas Superbright Usb Taillight (Red, One) one should be your long-range strobe meant to GRAB motorists attention, telling them you're somewhere up ahead and they may want to change lanes, slow down, or just move over a few feet before they get much closer.

As I currently have two of the Serfas 60's (and a whole box full of PlanetBike lights) I'll wait for the price to come down on this, and see how the USB port shapes up before taking the plunge.
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Oster 4961 Ice Blade
Oster 4961 Ice Blade
Offered by Goodman's
Price: $7.49
27 used & new from $1.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lead Poisoniong Risk, August 14, 2014
This review is from: Oster 4961 Ice Blade (Kitchen)
Investigating a leak after leaving a smoothie in the fridge for 36 hours, I noticed thick black stains under the base of the blades. I tried washing, then soaking and then brushing under the blades with an electric toothbrush. Then I noticed black metal dots in the bottom of the bowl I had put under the blender jar to keep from making a mess. At that point I tried to scrap the black stain off the blades with a knife - and was shocked at how thick and resistant it was to removal.

My guess is the acid in the smoothie, from OJ and Craisins is reacting with the lead in the brass bushing. (an appalling choice of material btw) leaching lead out of the brass when is redeposited on the stainless INSIDE the blender. The purpose of adding ascetic elements to the smoothie is to help leach the beneficial metals out of the kale and spinach, so I expect the lead is also subject to this process and is leaching into the smoothie where it will be ingested and absorbed by ME.

I would make the following RX: Don't leave anything in the blender, pour into another container immediately, and ASAP, get rid of the Osterizer Blender and buy something that doesn't use brass or lead anywherre.


Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
by Brett Mclaughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $39.44
84 used & new from $18.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressions after a week., June 2, 2014
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Having written several very large systems long before OO anything was codified and the OO-Nazis started insisting that 3 classes were needed to implement "Hello World" what really jumps out at me is many of the alleged OO design principals have nothing to do with OO in particular. They are the same design principals good programmers use with or without OO, and this book could be a lot more succinct if it got this.

Worth mentioning at this juncture is a similar observation RE: data structures and algorithms. About 2 generations of programmers have now come up through the ranks who have always had access to cheap/free and ubiquitous SQL databases, and so are pretty clueless about how to manage and persist data without them. Tragic, because SQL databases, and in general, anything that has to leave the backplane is 2-3 orders of magnitude slower.

Anyway, as indicated, this book, employing a welcome novel approach to human learning, gets really bogged down in examples and design principals that existed long before OO. Good if you are a total noob, but flotsam otherwise.

I'll update this when I have a more complete reading finished, but these are my 1st impressions after a week.


Cree Daylight Dimmable Led 75w Replacement Bulb. Uses Only 13.5 Watts Ba19
Cree Daylight Dimmable Led 75w Replacement Bulb. Uses Only 13.5 Watts Ba19
Offered by NovoLife
Price: $18.27
7 used & new from $17.89

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 81 Lumen per Watt Marvel, May 17, 2014
Nice to see these coming out in 5000K hue color. Cree continues to lead the pack in efficiency, and at 81 Lumens per watt, this is the best I've found anywhere. Cree is one of only a few companies that make the actual LED "bulbs", and are currently the best in the world, so it's nice to see they stopped waiting for others to use their LEDs to make high quality bulbs.

FYI, as you push an LED harder and harder to get more light from it, it uses progressively more power to make heat instead of light. The only way around this is to use more LEDs. I assume Cree, being the mfg of the LEDs, can afford to use an extra, or their very best, which are now capable of producing 1100 Lumens with a single bulb. Also nice, Cree is based in North Carolina, right here in the USA!

By contrast, many, especially those from Philips, are no better than CFLs in their energy efficiency, so what's the point of "upgrading" to LEDs then?

UPDATE: 6/1/2014
I just bought 60 watt and 100 watt replacement CREE bulbs and both of those are right at 90 lumens/watt. The former consumes 9 watts while making 800 lumens, the latter 18 watts while making 1600 lumens. By contrast, a UtiliTech 800 lumen bulb from Lowes consumes 12 watts to produce the same light - fully 1/3rd more power.


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