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Martin A Hogan "Marty From SF" RSS Feed (San Francisco, CA. (Hercules))
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HDE Slim Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Optical Mouse w/ Adjustable DPI (Black)
HDE Slim Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Optical Mouse w/ Adjustable DPI (Black)
Offered by HDE
Price: $11.99
2 used & new from $7.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Okay But Not Intuitive, May 24, 2015
Not super thrilled about this mouse. It was a pain to set up to Bluetooth. You may need a USB dongle or other Bluetooth adapter in order to pair this mouse with some laptops. I had no problem with my Lenovo, but I did have to read the instructions – it is not intuitive.

The functionality of this mouse is sleek and works well enough and it’s ergonomically designed. However, good ‘mice’ are so cheap nowadays that I don’t see this standing above the rest of the ‘mice’ on the market. Product supplied for review.


Etekcity® RoverBeats T3 Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, CSR 4.0 Chipset, 1 Year Warranty, Built-in Mic, Enhanced Bass Resonator, Powerful High-Def Sound for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC, Nokia and More (Black)
Etekcity® RoverBeats T3 Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, CSR 4.0 Chipset, 1 Year Warranty, Built-in Mic, Enhanced Bass Resonator, Powerful High-Def Sound for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC, Nokia and More (Black)
Offered by Etekcity
Price: $19.99
4 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handsome, Great Sounding Speaker, May 23, 2015
This little 2” X 2-1/2” mini Bluetooth speaker packs a solid sound. There is so much that it almost distorts when my phone and the speaker volume are turned up to the maximum. This is all from a 3-watt power source. Charging is easy with the enclosed cord that contains a micro-USB port. Transferring directly (non-Bluetooth) from another sources via the enclosed 3.5mm-3.5mm cord is great.

Unlike many mini speakers, the use buttons are easy to see and use. The 3.5mm and microphone jacks are easily seen as are the Vol +- and phone/pause buttons. It’s very light and gets it bass power from three little intake holes in the bottom. The entire speaker is well built and sturdy with no fears about shock. Three is also a carry bag enclosed. Great Product. Product supplied fro review.


OUTAD 2-in-1 Outdoor Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker & LED Lamp with Built-In Mic, Adjustable Light and Broadcom 3.0, Ideal for Camping, Hiking and More
OUTAD 2-in-1 Outdoor Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker & LED Lamp with Built-In Mic, Adjustable Light and Broadcom 3.0, Ideal for Camping, Hiking and More
Offered by Bsyexcellent
Price: $49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Camping Lantern With Good Sound, May 23, 2015
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. 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. The Bluetooth speaker produces a clear, crisp sound with good highs and medium mid-range. The bass is not bad and vibrates if sitting on a table. With only 3 watts, this speaker still rocks. 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. 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. Nor is there slot for a mini SD card for extra music storage. The phone works well, however.

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 1.0-2.0 hours on a medium/low level of sound. This will vary greatly with the loudness.

The price is 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


Yunteng YT-188 Self Picture Monopod
Yunteng YT-188 Self Picture Monopod
Offered by Schülke
Price: $16.99
6 used & new from $12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Extra Steps But Works Fine, May 23, 2015
This is not as simple as a Bluetooth or a ‘plug-in’ to your phone’s headset jack, but it works well. Simply turn on the thumb-sized remote (it fits in a slot on the monopod) so it gets paired, open the app (“Camera 36)” on your phone (you must download this free app) and click the remote for a selfie. Its two extra steps, but it works fine.

The monopod has a solid feeling, and it extends out to a maximum of just over four-feet. The handle is very cushy and snaps on the rod are solid. It takes two hands to take a selfie – one to hold the monopod and the other to push the remote button attached to the monopod above the handle. You could do it with one hand if you choked up on the monopod.

It comes with two lanyards and can take just about any camera, as it also includes an attachment for larger cameras. I do prefer the Bluetooth or the ‘plug-in’ phone jack models better, but for the price, this is a good deal. I can’t tell how long the battery will last on this remote, but it should be fairly lengthy. Product supplied for review.


iPhone 6 Waterproof Case, Ghostek Atomic 2.0 Gold Apple iPhone 6 Waterproof Case W/ Attached Screen Protector - Lifetime Warranty - Apple iPhone 6 Slim Fitted Waterproof Shock proof Dust proof Dirt proof Snow proof Super thin metal frame Case for iPhone 6 4.7" (NOT FOR IPHONE 6 PLUS) GHOCAS283
iPhone 6 Waterproof Case, Ghostek Atomic 2.0 Gold Apple iPhone 6 Waterproof Case W/ Attached Screen Protector - Lifetime Warranty - Apple iPhone 6 Slim Fitted Waterproof Shock proof Dust proof Dirt proof Snow proof Super thin metal frame Case for iPhone 6 4.7" (NOT FOR IPHONE 6 PLUS) GHOCAS283
Offered by TalkinTree
Price: $39.95
2 used & new from $39.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Works Well If All The Plugs Are Closed, May 20, 2015
There is a lot of design that went into this waterproof case for iPhone 6. It is certainly waterproof, if you put it together the right way. Fortunately there are good instructions that are legible to follow.

I had a bit of frustration getting the soft rubbery textured grip fame to cling to the edges of the metal frame. It took me about ten minutes, which is too long. The raised bevel around the perimeter is good for extra shock resistance and the screen protector is scratch resistant although not very resistant against sharp objects. The metal frame has two ports that have water plugs – the charging port and the headphone port. These are water-proof but if you want to listen to music or charge your iPhone, you need to be away from any water.

The grip is tight and the buttons that work your volume, power and ringer are exposed enough to make for easy use. The bottom line is it’s not that great looking, but if you close all ports it will be waterproof. The price is a bit high for this kind of device, but if you are careful, it will protect your iPhone from water. Product supplied for review.


Mpow® Bluetooth A2DP Music Audio Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock and 30-Pin iPod iPhone Dock Speaker
Mpow® Bluetooth A2DP Music Audio Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock and 30-Pin iPod iPhone Dock Speaker
Offered by Patozon
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars When You Go From A 30-Pin To A Lightning pin, May 20, 2015
Now that I have an iPhone 6, I can’t use my 30-pin connectors for anything. My iHome docking station is a 30-pin so I was out of luck there as well. With the CoolStream Duo, I simply attached it to my iHome and play music from my iPhone 6 by Bluetooth. It’s a great way to still use my iHome.

I also can use it for any speakers I have that have a 3.5mm plug, by inserting the included cable into the speaker and the other end into the CoolStream Duo. Instant music from my iPhone through the Duo. This is a very cool invention for when you have to trade up. Product supplied for review.


iPhone 6 Case,iCosow Clear Premium Protective TPU Case for iPhone 6 (4.7") -Clear
iPhone 6 Case,iCosow Clear Premium Protective TPU Case for iPhone 6 (4.7") -Clear
Offered by iCosow
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Protection Without Slippage, May 20, 2015
It’s clear, light and feels good. This iPhone cover (Thermoplastic Urethane0 fits very snugly over your iPhone and has all the appropriate cut-outs for volume, power, etc. It wraps around the edges of your phone for added protection. For the price it is an awfully good shock absorber for everyday use. Comes on and off easily without losing it tight fit. Product supplied for review.


Gshine iPhone 6 plus Anti-spy Privacy Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 6 plus 5.5 inch
Gshine iPhone 6 plus Anti-spy Privacy Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 6 plus 5.5 inch
Offered by Gshine
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Lasting Privacy Screen!, May 18, 2015
The kit comes with a wet wipe, a dry wipe and de-dusting stickers (although scotch tape works too). Thoroughly clean your iPhone with all these items in a wet lit, clean place. When ready and with a steady hand, peel off the covered plastic, carefully place the screen on your iPhone and allow it to spread itself across, adhering to your iPhone case.

Rub out any bubbles (there will probably not be any as this is one the best iPhone covers I’ve used). If you do, use your thumbs or a credit card, if necessary. The protection is fantastic. I dragged a key across the surface slowly, then very hard and there were no scratches. Plus the outside edge is even with no indents that create bubbles.

Another great aspect of this glass protector is the dark shading. When at an angle, no one except you can see your screen unless looking straight onto it. This is the ‘spy’ feature and it’s unique and cool. I used to have to cover my screen when in public for privacy reasons. This is a winner. Product supplied for review.


On the Move: A Life
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.86
65 used & new from $12.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Warmth - A Journey Unlike Any Other, May 17, 2015
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Having read many biographies, I have to say this one has me running the gamut of emotions. Dr. Sacks is one of the rare author/neurologists that can bring warmth and intelligence to the reader with a scientific eye. Told in a near linear fashion, we learn of a British upbringing with a family full of doctors. London, it seems is full of Sacks. With a family of unique individuals, Sacks describes his leaving to Canada with his beloved motorcycle and his adventures thereon. Arriving in San Francisco, he participates in the medical field while exploring this new feeling of ‘homosexuality’; both a joy and a concern.

Having the urge, he treats the reader to stories of living in Los Angeles and his new love of swimming, exploring psychotropic drugs and his indulgence in weight lifting on famous ‘muscle beach’;. He breaks a weight lifting record, of all things. His nickname among the weight-lifters is ‘Wolf’.

His journeys take the reader around the world, from London, to Micronesia to his new home in New York (and City Island). His love of cephalopods and jellyfish are a treat to read about and his favorite botanical plants (cycads) are almost joyful.

His book and film, ‘Awakenings’ is told with a fresh tale and the writing and making of them are exhausting. The term ‘heroic’ almost comes to mind. His warmth, generosity and true concern for patients is real throughout the book. In fact, notes and stories of all his books are brought up, tantalizing the reader to know more about what eccentricities caused such enthusiasm.

This memoir is a non-stop journey of a truly unique and fascinating man who has the capacity to treat patients lovingly and still keep a scientific handle on all details. In the early years, he was cautioned about publication of his works. In the end his is exalted at his amazing success. “On The Move’ is a masterpiece and one that will beg the reader to read more of Dr. Oliver Sacks wonderful humanity filled books.


UNIFUN® 10400mAh USB External Travel Battery (2Amp In Fast Charging,2.1A /1A Out) IP66 Rugged Water/Dirt/Shockproof Power Bank w/Strong LED Flashlight+Strap Hole Heavy Duty Portable Backup Charger for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5 4S 4 iPad Air Retina Mini ,Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 2 3 4 ,LG G2 G3 G Flex Nexus 6 7 10 ,Bluetooth Speaker GPS ,Smart Watch and other 5V Android /Window Phone Tablet
UNIFUN® 10400mAh USB External Travel Battery (2Amp In Fast Charging,2.1A /1A Out) IP66 Rugged Water/Dirt/Shockproof Power Bank w/Strong LED Flashlight+Strap Hole Heavy Duty Portable Backup Charger for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5 4S 4 iPad Air Retina Mini ,Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 2 3 4 ,LG G2 G3 G Flex Nexus 6 7 10 ,Bluetooth Speaker GPS ,Smart Watch and other 5V Android /Window Phone Tablet
Offered by Unifun
Price: $25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Back-up Battery For The Outdoors!, May 17, 2015
With its heavy construction, rubberized exterior and safety covers, you can have an external battery that is waterproof, dustproof and shock proof. This is the kind of battery backup you’ll want if camping, skiing, swimming or anywhere outdoors in the elements. There is a plastic hook for a lanyard for backpacks as well.

It contains the typical USB ports of 5V/2.1A and 5V/2.0A, which means you can charge equally two electronic devices at the same time. To charge the actual unit, there is an included cable with a micro-USB plug that charges in about four hours or less. When charging the unit it is best to charge from an AC outlet for a faster, more even charge.

The lithium battery charges (the manufacturer claims) up to 1,000 charge cycles, which is twice the number of a typical external battery. The four blue LED lights show how much power is left in the battery and it is best to let it drain to one light (25%) before recharging. This will make your battery last longer, as well as not overcharging it. The light is very strong and comes in handy in the dark of outdoors, however, this will use up a good deal of energy.

With 10,400 mAh, you can charge an average smartphone about four times easily. An iPad would charge almost three times. When charging two devices, it really depends on how much power is required for each device. Regardless, this is a lot of protected back up power for any electronic device. Product supplied for review.


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