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Martin A Hogan "Marty From SF" RSS Feed (San Francisco/Oakland, CA.)
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(Smart & Portable) MINI USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver & Adapter for Home Stereo , Portable Speakers , Headphones , Car (AUX In) Music Sound Systems , and more 3.5mm Media Devices
(Smart & Portable) MINI USB Bluetooth 3.5mm Stereo Audio Music Receiver & Adapter for Home Stereo , Portable Speakers , Headphones , Car (AUX In) Music Sound Systems , and more 3.5mm Media Devices
Offered by soonhua2013
Price: $4.99
15 used & new from $2.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Price & Quality Bargain!, December 23, 2014
For about ten dollars you can Bluetooth to your home stereo or car from virtually any phone device. I have an iPhone 4S and had no trouble immediately pairing up. A little blue light lit up as well. Like most of these devices, they need power, so you need to have a (Apple) type USB AC outlet plug to power the Bluetooth and then you have to connect the 3.5mm male-to-male plug to your stereo or car.

My stereo does not have a 3.5 female input, but my car does. Using a cigarette/USB adapter, I was able to connect the Bluetooth for power. However I had to use an extension from the cigarette/USB adapter to the Bluetooth, as the male-to-male cord is only 12-inches long. You could buy a longer cord however.

The sound is good. There was no distortion and it was clear. The range can go over 30-feet, but in my car that was not an issue. For the price and quality, this is a great bargain. Product supplied for review.


Generic USB Bluetooth Music Audio Stereo Receiver Fit for Car AUX in Home Mp3 Speaker Iphone
Generic USB Bluetooth Music Audio Stereo Receiver Fit for Car AUX in Home Mp3 Speaker Iphone
Offered by Emmanuel US
Price: $4.98
51 used & new from $2.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Price & Quality Bargain, December 23, 2014
For less than ten dollars you can Bluetooth to your home stereo or car from virtually any phone device. I have an iPhone 4S and had no trouble immediately pairing up. A little blue light lit up as well. Like most of these devices, they need power, so you need to have a (Apple) type USB AC outlet plug to power the Bluetooth and then you have to connect the 3.5mm male-to-male plug to your stereo or car.

My stereo does not have a 3.5 female input, but my car does. Using a cigarette/USB adapter, I was able to connect the Bluetooth for power. However I had to use an extension from the cigarette/USB adapter to the Bluetooth, as the male-to-male cord is only 12-inches long. You could buy a longer cord however.

The sound is good. There was no distortion and it was clear. The range can go over 30-feet, but in my car that was not an issue. For the price and quality, this is a great bargain. Product supplied for review.


Absolute Pet Cat Dog Toy Rolling Jumping Crazy Weasel Chaser Moving Ball
Absolute Pet Cat Dog Toy Rolling Jumping Crazy Weasel Chaser Moving Ball
Offered by InfinityandBeyond
Price: $9.99
3 used & new from $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Drive your Cats Crazy!, December 22, 2014
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My two Bengal cats will only play with a piece of string, if that. No toys ever gave them a challenge or enjoyment. This ball and tail toy stuns them. They go absolutely crazy over it. It's not so much the tail that intrigues them (although they do like to chew on that). The big sell here is the movement of the ball that never stops. With the two batteries and a large enough ball, it keeps rolling in random directions always able to reverses out of a corner or tight spot. They cats believe this is a living thing. With so many pet toys out there, few seem to work. The simpler the better, it seems. This guy works great!


Easy to Use Digital Basal TherMOMeter for Rectal, Oral and Underarm - Dishwasher Safe - Accurate, Fast & Easy to Read with Large Display and Feverglow(tm) For the Whole Family - Babies, Children and Kids, Adults, Seniors.
Easy to Use Digital Basal TherMOMeter for Rectal, Oral and Underarm - Dishwasher Safe - Accurate, Fast & Easy to Read with Large Display and Feverglow(tm) For the Whole Family - Babies, Children and Kids, Adults, Seniors.

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate With Repeat of Last Temperature, December 21, 2014
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This is a nice thermometer and accurate as well. Press the arrow button once and the unit lights up green with the previous reading. Then it drops to a dull gray background with a blinking "F" (Farenheight). (It also reads in Celsius). Placing the device under the tongue for about 8-seconds will cause the thermometer to beep four times and then turn green again with your correct temperature.

The unit will also work under the armpit or rectally. It also comes with a set of plastic covers for sterility. The thermometer can also be cleaned in a washing machine, but I wouldn't trust that. My washer has a 'dry-heating' setting that could damage it. Simply using a wipe of isopropyl alcohol can do the job.

The battery should last a long time, but replacing it is as easy as taking a dime and using it to turn to battery cover. The unit is stored in a nice fitting clear plastic cover which protects the end of the thermometer. It's on the higher price range of most thermometers, but the quality is so good this makes for a good investment.


Leather Conditioner & Restorer, Premium Leather Protector in Cars, Furniture, Purses, Saddles, Shoes, Boots, Bags & more. Wild Bill's Leather Conditioner is Made in U.S.A. & Eco-Friendly 8 oz.
Leather Conditioner & Restorer, Premium Leather Protector in Cars, Furniture, Purses, Saddles, Shoes, Boots, Bags & more. Wild Bill's Leather Conditioner is Made in U.S.A. & Eco-Friendly 8 oz.
Offered by Wild Bill's Car Care Products
Price: $14.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Leather Look New, But Keeps The Weathered Appearance, December 21, 2014
After using "Wild Bills Eco-Friendly Cleaner", I tried the conditioner. For ten bucks this was a good deal as it took very little to condition my couch, boots and jacket (once again - not a suede jacket).

With a micro-fiber cloth, I was able to apply a small amount of conditioner to my boots, couch and jacket in circular motions. All three resulted in a new look and any cracks, creases or discolored spots seemed to disappear. It did not make everything look brand new, but that's the beauty. I like the clean weathered look. As I mentioned, a lot goes a long way.

These two products worked great at making my materials look like I actually care about them. They all look great now. This is something I'll use up over the next few months. Product supplied for review.
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Wild Bill's Leather Cleaner for Cars, Furniture, Boots, Jackets, Shoes, Saddles, Purses, Golf Bags, Clothing & More. Made in U.S.A. & Eco Friendly 8 oz.
Wild Bill's Leather Cleaner for Cars, Furniture, Boots, Jackets, Shoes, Saddles, Purses, Golf Bags, Clothing & More. Made in U.S.A. & Eco Friendly 8 oz.
Offered by Wild Bill's Car Care Products
Price: $13.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Long Lasting Cleaner - Great Result, December 21, 2014
For fifteen bucks you get good eight-ounces of leather cleaner. It goes a long way. First to get hit were my leather boots which had water discoloration and dirt. I used a good micro-fiber cloth to gently rub the cleaner in circles and found the color to even out and look almost like new. There was a very slight white froth that quickly disappeared.

Success, so then I attacked the head rests on my leather couch. Same result. I was surprised how much dirt/dander was on the couch, but it cleaned it well giving it the same even clean look as my boots.

Next was my leather jacket (NOT suede!). This took a little work, but it was nice to have a weathered jacket look clean, as if it was meant to be rugged and clean when bought. After all this, I had only used about ¼ of the bottle. I am very happy with the result. I figure another cleaning will be needed in a few months. Product supplied for review.


Jelly Comb Wireless Bluetooth Speaker W LED Lantern for Outdoor Camping & Indoor Night Lamp
Jelly Comb Wireless Bluetooth Speaker W LED Lantern for Outdoor Camping & Indoor Night Lamp
Offered by Jelly Comb
Price: $39.99
2 used & new from $34.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Lantern Bluetooth Speaker, December 20, 2014
This is one of those uniquely designed Bluetooth speakers that are oddly shaped, but are easy to work. It doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and a lantern. Note up front: The product was sent to me initially and it would not pair. The manufacturer sent another and it paired immediately. That is great customer service.

As a lantern, it works fine. Weighing almost a pound, backpackers might wonder about this weight, but for car-camping or picnicking, it's not an issue. The light is bright with two settings. There is a half circled hook on top for hanging which is nice, as the light also emits from the bottom as well as the sides. The sides with the coil are covered with a mesh which looks rather fragile. Even if the mesh ripped, the light would not be affected that much. It can also be collapsed so only the bottom light is shown. It's a nice little gimmick.

The on/off button is next to the volume up/down and the switch for radio. The radio reception was sketchy, but this is going to depend on where you are. Incoming phone calls can also be taken with this device, with the call coming in and the music shutting off temporarily. The Bluetooth speaker produces a clear, crisp sound with good highs and medium mid-range. The bass is not very strong, as the wattage is only 3.7. With 6 watts, this speaker would really rock. As it is, with volume full on my iPhone and the speaker, there was no distortion. Some people only want light ambient background music and this is fine for that. There is a TF Card slot for those who want to simply listen without Bluetooth. These are always a nice feature/option to have.

One thing lacking is a female input 3.5mm plug. With no double-ended 3.5mm male/male plug there is no option for other exterior music sources.

It took about two hours to fully charge and I have not played it through long enough to know the battery time. It should be at least 1.0-1.5 hours on a medium/low level of sound. This will vary greatly with the loudness.

The price is very reasonable for this size speaker and the additional lantern. It would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the average person (not an audiophile). Product supplied for review.
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Mpow® Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Jogger, Running, Sport Headphones Earbuds Earphone with AptX,Mic Hands-free Calling for iphone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5c 5s 4s ipad, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 and Other Android Cell Phones
Mpow® Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Jogger, Running, Sport Headphones Earbuds Earphone with AptX,Mic Hands-free Calling for iphone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5c 5s 4s ipad, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 and Other Android Cell Phones
Offered by Patozon
Price: $27.99
2 used & new from $27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Far - The Best!, December 20, 2014
There are a lot of Bluetooth headphones on the market and having played with a few, I have to say that if it's Bluetooth, you can expect sketchy sound. All are comfortable to wear, no doubt, but also don't fit well.

The MPOW headphones rock in a lot of ways. The design is so well designed that it fits in your ear without fear of falling out. Also included in the kit are a multitude of attachments for any size ear. It only took me two hours to charge the headphones through the USB port (the input on the headphones is a bit tricky to get to. It's under a tiny green flap that takes sharp fingernails and patience to open.

So it's attractive, light and has enough power of hours of music and they can fit any ear. What about the power and sound? I turned both my iPhone and my headphones up full volume. There was no distortion. When you've reached maximum volume, you hear a few beeps. I found maneuvering forward/backward through songs and adjusting the volume cumbersome unless you take the headphone out of one ear. However, you don't need to do that often and with practice you can get the process down. The highs and mid-range are very very good. The subtle nuance of strings, horns or high chords is distinct. The bass is `sufficient', meaning it is balanced enough, but there is no real power. I like strong bass, but honestly, with any headphone or earbud, solid rock-hard bass is a rarity. But the fit is tight enough that outside noise can be heard but is snuffed out enough to give a great listening experience.

Given the appearance, functionality, reasonable good sound and price, MPOW has a good product. If bass can be improved, it would be a wonderful improvement, but for this stage, it's a nice electronic set and one I do recommend. Product supplied for honest reviewed.
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DayMinder Daily Appointment Book 2015, Wirebound, 4.88 x 8 Inch Page Size, Black (SK46-00)
DayMinder Daily Appointment Book 2015, Wirebound, 4.88 x 8 Inch Page Size, Black (SK46-00)
Price: $10.04
8 used & new from $10.04

5.0 out of 5 stars I Get One Every Year, December 19, 2014
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It's that time of year again - time to buy a new Dayminder for 2015. This is the perfect daily reminder for me. Almost the size of an iPad, it easily transportable and has just enough room on each daily page for my notes and meetings. It's simple and clean. About as basic as you can get and that is exactly what I was looking for at this price. The tabs and organization is just as good as anything that costs more. It's that simple.


iGearPro USB Voice Recorder - Portable 4GB Flash Drive Digital Audio Recorder with 15-Hour Battery Life / No Flashing Light When Recording
iGearPro USB Voice Recorder - Portable 4GB Flash Drive Digital Audio Recorder with 15-Hour Battery Life / No Flashing Light When Recording

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - How Does It Record So Much??, December 19, 2014
I have this 4GB version and I have no idea how it can record so much highly clarified sound. I charged it overnight via a USB port (I would imagine 4 hours might be enough). Once charged, it's ready to record or to be used as a GB file transfer USB. One side has the switch to extend the USB for portage to a PC or other USB input. The other side has a smaller switch that when slid forward starts to record (there is a tiny blue light that appears - its barely visible). The light also shows red when it is ready and on. Blue means it is recording.

No one would suspect you are recording a conversation (I don't know what legal ramifications this has). You could literally hold this is your hand and wave it around while talking to someone and they would never know your conversation is being recorded. To hear recording, simply plug into your computer and click on the .wav files to listen. It is supposedly able to record up to 70 hours of sound. I don't know who could verify his, but be assured, it ha plenty of staying power. I do want to mention that some of the short .wav files had nothing on them or were simple scratchy noises. It was probably from experimenting with it. Of course, the GB data file is great. I can never have enough of these. Product supplied for review.


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