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No Leak Lids 12-Pc Storage Set
No Leak Lids 12-Pc Storage Set

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed, October 27, 2012
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These bowls looked good "in print" but I'm not pleased with them, and find myself not using them -- in favor of plastic -- which is contrary to the whole point of getting the glass containers.

The molded gasket in the lid is subject to warping, and I'm not sure how long this is going to last. But my biggest beef is with the vent. I think you are supposed to pop open the vent before you put the dish in the microwave. But if you are taking the dish from the freezer, good luck with opening the vent flap...It will be stiff and tight. The best way I've found is to lever the vent flap open with a soup spoon. Even at room temperature the vent flap is too tight.

The confusing thing is that there appears to be another line of Pyrex "No-Leak Lids" (TM). I came across them today at a large retailer (with a circular red logo). With these lids, you just press down on one side of the vent flap, and the other end opens up the vent hole. (They have a clear plastic center, and a colored edge/gasket.)

I'm heading back to the other store to get more of these better dishes (can't tell if they are new, discontinued, or whatever) and then the gray lid dishes will be heading for Goodwill.


Johnston & Murphy Checkbook Cover
Johnston & Murphy Checkbook Cover
Price: $27.35 - $52.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not For Duplicate Checks, August 11, 2012
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This review is from: Johnston & Murphy Checkbook Cover
This cover lacks the divider that would it allow it to work with duplicate checks. Nothing in the item description tells you that.

Otherwise, it appears to be of decent quality.

I am returning it.
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Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows
Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows
by Michael Rosenbaum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.63
50 used & new from $5.86

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership and Respect in a Business -- What a Concept!, March 25, 2012
If you've had a feeling that maybe you don't have to act like Donald Trump to be a success, this is the book to give a little more "oomph" to your argument. In fact, after reading "Six Tires, No Plan" you might even wonder if Donald Trump really IS a success.

Calling this a "rags to riches" story is correct, but that's just the outer wrapper. The thoughtful stuff comes as you use this book to look at how Bruce Halle runs his business. A couple of important ingredients are respect and determination.

Bruce Halle made a decision respect his customers and respect his employees. Not just when things were going good, and not just when it was convenient. Holding onto that vision takes determination, as does keeping your focus on the fundamentals of the business and what makes it a success.

Is Discount Tire an anomaly? Probably so -- both in terms of its success and in terms of how the business is conducted. For me, it raises some questions. Would Discount Tire be the company it is today if it had multiple investors? If it was publicly traded? Would the company have been able to stick to just tires and wheels? Would Discount Tire's expansion have been put on a schedule to meet at timeline and plan, or allowed to proceed at a pace dictated by the business environment?

Some things in the book beg asking a question or two. Although the decision to not move into the Washington, DC area was said to have been based on the cost of living (have to sell tires at a competitive price, but you also have to make sure your employees can afford to live), but Discount Tire is operating in other areas of the country with higher costs of living. But that's a critique in the margins.

For me, the value of this book is to remind the reader that there is no one way to success, and there is no single set of rules to guide you in your relationships with your workforce and your customers. Bruce Halle "broke" with "common wisdom", has loyal customers and loyal employees, and is a billionaire. Hmmmm.

Four stars because the flow of the writing rambles and jumps a bit more than I prefer. But don't let that stop you from reading this book.


Walkstool WA22 Comfort 55cm/22in. Portable Folding Camping & Hiking Seat
Walkstool WA22 Comfort 55cm/22in. Portable Folding Camping & Hiking Seat
Offered by JZS Camera & Electronics
Price: $94.95
15 used & new from $94.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Too Cool To Be Just A Stool, January 8, 2012
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Review for both 18" and 22" models:

I use a stool for shooting soccer. I use two cameras; one with a long lens on a monopod and the other (with a zoom lens) handheld. Standing is not an option, since I am rapidly switching back and forth between cameras during the match. I've tried several but most are not that rugged, and certainly not that comfortable after 90 minutes -- or 180 minutes.

I had been thinking about one of these for awhile, when my brother and his wife gave me the 18" model for Christmas.

Perfect.

Sturdy legs. Folds and collapses nicely. Functional bag. Strong, large, comfortable seat. Foot ends are wide to give good support in soft ground (soft ground on the edge of a soccer pitch -- whodathunk!).

It also fits in the top case of my maxi-scooter, so I have a place to take a break on long rides.

This stool is great for just about any activity where you may want to take a break, but don't want to burden yourself with that folding big chair business. Think concerts, fireworks at the park or mall, picnics, sporting events, hiking, birding, working on your motorcycle, waiting in long lines, hanging out in the Pentagon parking lot waiting for Rolling Thunder to start, etc.

As you can tell, I also bought a 22" model for when I need a little more height. We're short of chairs for impromptu huddles in my office, so the 22" now spends most of the time there. People are constantly asking "Where did you get that stool?"

My latest purchase was the "Walkstool Steady" -- which should be extra good for soft ground.


Victorinox Luggage Suitcase
Victorinox Luggage Suitcase
Price: $244.95 - $279.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some Unfortunate Design Problems, January 8, 2012
I needed a replacement for a worn-out suitcase. My main criteria were capacity, low empty weight, and protection. I trusted that Victorinox would offer superior design and durability. I was wrong.

Take a look at the picture of the open suitcase. Notice the zippered compartment in the lid? See how in unzips from the bottom when the lid is up? This means that unless your lid can lay out flat, all your stuff will fall out of the bottom of the lid. If they had just started the zipper from the other side, it would have formed a natural pocket. Dumb.

The corded zipper pulls look good, but the plastic snap tabs on the end come off easily. Then the plastic tube that the cord ends pass through disappears. Then you loose the entire cord. So you have to find some other way to get the zipper open -- hopefully using something that you can actually take through security.

Those cinch straps that snug down the lid? They take a certain technique to tighten down. But that doesn't matter since they won't stay snug in transit. Which may be a good thing, since if you snug them down, you are now trying to pull the central zipper (on the lid) apart. You should take a hot knife and cut the straps off the lid, save the four Fastex buckles, get some flat nylon strapping, and with some additional Fastex pieces, construct your own adjustable straps that will work.

The flat ID pouch on the back of the suitcase. Rips right off after sliding on and off a few airplanes. So you end up having to attach your ID some other way. Why bother designing and producing something that doesn't work?

This was designed by people who just don't understand travel, luggage durability, or luggage usage.
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OneTouch Can Opener
OneTouch Can Opener
2 used & new from $33.49

1.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS!!!, January 2, 2012
This review is from: OneTouch Can Opener (Kitchen)
Don't buy this can opener! Because it cuts below the crimp, the entire rim of the can is a knife edge. And because it cuts low, liquids can spill.

True safety openers cut on the side, but in the middle of the crimp ring.

This opener manages to be both messy and DANGEROUS!


Cowon iAUDIO 10 / i10 Portable Media Players (32GB) - Black
Cowon iAUDIO 10 / i10 Portable Media Players (32GB) - Black
Offered by TOP SHOP JAPAN
Price: $201.68
32 used & new from $117.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Audio - Touchy Interface, December 30, 2011
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I keep my eyes open for music players that have large storage capacity and very good audio quality.

My favorite player has been the Sony NWZ-S739F (the 16GB version that was never sold in the US). The Sony is about as close to a perfect player as I could hope for: Small, good display, superior tactile controls, SensMe (some people think that is a gimmick, but it scans your music and groups it into different "moods), good battery life, and good noise cancelling ear-buds. But one of these days it will pass on (or the battery will conk out). I also have my original NWZ-S738F (8GB) but that means more managing of my tunes.

Cowon is a bit of an under-the-radar manufacturer, but has a strong following among people who are looking for good audio quality and a wider range of playback formats (MP3/2, WMA, OGG, APE, WAV, & FLAC). TheiAudio 10 has 39 playback presets (35 preset & 4 User), including several different BBE setups.

Cowon is very much into the aesthetics of the players they sell, so you get a sleek design and interesting graphics in the interface.

Listening is excellent. I'm still trying different ear-buds and headphones, and I have a coast-to-coast flight coming up that should be a good test. But the interface is more logical then the Creative 32GB player I have, and the audio is superior.

Pro: Sleek design; great audio; tactile volume control and on/off switch; BBE; effective presets.

Con: Proprietary USB; touchpad (screen is not a touch screen) is too sensitive; no tactile feedback on touchpad (so you have to look at what you're doing too often; JetAudio doesn't yet list cords for this unit; nothing to hang it with.

Wishlist: Gel cover with neck strap loop.
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Balanzza Ergo Digital Luggage Scale Travel Case, Black
Balanzza Ergo Digital Luggage Scale Travel Case, Black
Offered by DBROTH
Price: $10.69
6 used & new from $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Fit -- Does the Job, December 24, 2011
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Maybe I worry a little more about this kind of thing than most people, but if you take care of your stuff, your stuff takes care of you. And when you're traveling, things tend to get stuffed into suitcases and banged around. Considering that your digital scale has the potential for saving you 2 or 3 or 4 times its cost in overweight baggage fees, you might want to treat it right. The case does bulk things out a bit, but I think it is worth the extra space.

One reminder: The scale and case together weigh right around 10 ounces -- or just under 300 grams. (It would be too ironic if you stuck the scale into your checked baggage and that put you over the limit. But you don't play things that close, do you?) ;-)


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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful for Some -- Might be Good for 0thers, December 24, 2011
I've been using one of these at the office for 2 years and have to say that (at least for me) it is no good. The problem is that this is just about the only seating option at work -- unless you can snag a chair from the hallway when someone is changing their seating out.

The worst thing is the seat. No matter what you do with a sling/hammock design it's going to sag in the middle and put pressure on the outside of your hips. A seat that is build on a platform won't have these problems. I ended up buying a ROHO ATV cushion -- but I hate paying $80 just to make a work chair acceptable.

The armrest locks don't engage firmly, so you are constantly readjusting them back into position.

Our model has the blob-type lumbar support with an adjustment channel on each side (engages a track on each side of the seat back). It won't stay in position.

And then there is the sandpaper effect. If you have real cotton trousers (like Dockers) don't be surprised if this chair starts rubbing away at them. The material is so abrasive that you can get permanent light colored rub marks in a matter of weeks. I was wearing a thick belt for awhile and the chair back actually rubbed through the belt loops. (This might be a warning for any LEOs who belt-carry in civilian clothes.)

Just in my little seating area of six desks, three of us feel the same way. I bought the ROHO cushion, and the other two guys stole chairs from somewhere else.

A seat with a well made tradition platform might be good with the mesh back (which does a good job dealing with the sticky back problem) but you'll still have to deal with the sandpaper.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 16GB (Dual Core, Universal Remote, WiFi)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 16GB (Dual Core, Universal Remote, WiFi)
12 used & new from $89.00

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got This -- Sent Kindle Fire Back, December 20, 2011
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I tried the Kindle Fire, but it just didn't cut it. The decision to return it was prompted by the same three hardware problems everyone else talks about; (1) no physical volume control, (2) not enough internal storage, and (3) no way to use memory cards. Then there was the highly restrictive version of Android. The only thing I kept was the Amazon Basics case.

Enter the Tab 7 Plus. My beefs were solved. And I can shop around for apps. Movies I store on the 32GB microSD are visible to the video player just the same as those in main memory. Controls work. You can get an adapter that fits into the multi-pin socket and read directly from SD cards and low-power USB drives (such as thumb drives)...It's the adapter kit for the Tab 10.1 but it works on the 7 Plus (but I don't think for the former 7). You can also get an HDMI adapter.

I like the 7 inch screen over larger tablets. When I have real work to do, I need a notebook or desktop. But I can surf the web, watch movies, and all those other activities with this unit. Back there in coach, I can set it on the fold-down tray and still have room for a soda and a snack -- and not worry about the dude in front of me doing a crash recline.

If you are looking for a small tablet, this one should get some serious attention.

BTW: If you are looking for a case for this tablet, make sure it is for the Tab 7.0 PLUS -- not the original Tab 7.
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