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Martin A Hogan "Marty From SF" RSS Feed (San Francisco/Oakland, CA.)
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Vtin Waterproof Speaker, Dual 5w Stereo Speakers w/ Bluetooth 4.0, Supports Hands-free for Apple iPhone 6 Plus ; Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Indoor Outdoor Use
Vtin Waterproof Speaker, Dual 5w Stereo Speakers w/ Bluetooth 4.0, Supports Hands-free for Apple iPhone 6 Plus ; Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Indoor Outdoor Use
Offered by VicTsingDirect
Price: $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Sound, August 29, 2015
At 14.0 ounces and 2.5” X 2.5” X 7” this is one powerhouse of a Bluetooth speaker. The sound is driven by two 5-watt speaker (not the usual three) with a (vibrating diaphragm) subwoofer. The sound is just fantastic. The functions are on the top and include a button for a light (it’s very bright), Volume Up/Fast Forward, Volume Down/Reverse and Play/Pause. On the back side is a rubber flap that covers an auxiliary 3.5mm input for a cable, a TP Card insert (for your own songs on a card), an input USB for powering up and the On/Off witch. It pairs immediately with a triple beep. It is definitely water resistant, but I would never place in underwater for more than a few seconds. It could fall into a pool and survive if caught, but very few Bluetooth speakers are completely waterproof. Still it’s in the proper price range for the sound quality. Product supplied for review.


You Should Be Dancing: My Life with the Bee Gees
You Should Be Dancing: My Life with the Bee Gees
by Dennis Bryon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.91
34 used & new from $9.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Of Gold Drummer, August 28, 2015
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Dennis Bryon is probably one of the most unpretentious drummers in the musical profession. His observations are forthright and told matter-of-factly, as if in a common conversation. That being said, the expectations might be high and what the reader gets is not as salacious or torrid as most autobiographies.

The book carries on in a linear fashion beginning, of course, with his childhood, his addiction to drums and his determination to follow through on his love of drumming. Ambitious, he lands several gigs and ends up with a hot central England group called ‘Amen Corner’. ‘Amen Corner’ becomes a relatively successful charting band in the UK and the author explains his excitement at being in the music scene and meeting and sometimes playing with the likes of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. It’s an interesting read but not earth-shattering. It’s not until more than 1/3 through the book before we hear about the Bee Gees.

Auditioning for the Bee Gees was non-eventful but an obvious thrill for Dennis Bryon who had no idea what his future would bring. The rest of the book focuses on touring with and being part of the Bee Gees family. It’s an exciting trip, flying around the world and touring with a major band. It’s interesting to note that he joined the band at the lowest point in their career, so the rise was particularly sharp. He details that with an expose on experiences with each album he recorded on. ‘Saturday Night Fever’ was somewhat of an explosion that Bryon explains in detail along with the follow up album. It’s not until the peak of the bands success do we read anything that sparks of ill-will.

The firing of the Bee Gees most successful back-up bands is the one part of the book that takes the reader in. In-fighting with producers, band members and the Gibbs turns into a riches to rags story that makes one take a truly different look at the music business and the Gibb brothers in particular. It’s a nasty experience.

There is life after the Bee Gees and Bryon is able to find good in the aftermath. Andy Gibb is mentioned in the later years, but Robin and Maurice seem to be missing. His final chapters focus on his wives and subsequent tragedies. The ending is as upbeat as one could expect. However, this is a fast read and a G-rated one told with the heart of a saint. Unlike other biographies involving the Bee Gees, you can be sure this has the Gibb family blessing.


Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Compact Battery Charger - Premium Quality TechFuel Battery Charger
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Compact Battery Charger - Premium Quality TechFuel Battery Charger
Offered by Battery Heads
Price: $14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential For Travel, August 27, 2015
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I purchased this for the Canon Powershot I have when I lost my battery charger. For the price, it’s nice to have around even as an extra. It quickly powers up my Canon batteries within a few hours and I can always be guaranteed that I’ll have full batteries when on vacation (usually underwater photography). One battery will last about a day with video as well as pictures, so I keep two extras on the side just in case. I can swap them out in my camera bag when one is depleted. The kit also comes with a car charger and an adapter for overseas where AC is not available. The indicator (LED) light is red until the battery is charged, whereupon it turns green. Great little inexpensive and invaluable product.


DBPOWER 9-in-1 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge With Multi Emergency Tool- Window Breaker, Flashlight, Scissors, Plier, Screwdriver, LED light for Automotive (Tools 9 in 1)
DBPOWER 9-in-1 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge With Multi Emergency Tool- Window Breaker, Flashlight, Scissors, Plier, Screwdriver, LED light for Automotive (Tools 9 in 1)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Tool For Your Car, August 26, 2015
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This is one of those car tools you HAVE to have! It’s almost like a Swiss Army knife in its variety of uses. The tire gauge measures in 90 seconds and gives you tire pressure in four different units: PSI, BAR, Kpa and KG/CM2. These can all be changed by pressing the ‘ON’ button sequentially.

Other features include a small flashlight, an LED light (red) a display light for pressure in BLUE backlit LED, scissors, screwdriver, pliers another screwdriver and for dire emergencies – a seat belt cutter. All this is a handy hand sized tool that fits in your glove compartment, an overhead space or between seats. It runs on five small lithium batteries that will last a long time. They are about ¼” in diameter and can be easily replaced. This is a necessary tool for your car.


Swees® 14000mAh Dual Smart USB Ports Power Bank Portable External Battery Power Bank Charger For iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S6 Edge, Note 5, Tab A, Nexus, HTC M9, LG G4, Nexus, MOTO X, ect. - Black
Swees® 14000mAh Dual Smart USB Ports Power Bank Portable External Battery Power Bank Charger For iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, Galaxy S6 Edge, Note 5, Tab A, Nexus, HTC M9, LG G4, Nexus, MOTO X, ect. - Black
Offered by sweesdirect
Price: $46.99
2 used & new from $17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Powerful Simple Battery, August 26, 2015
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Something different and nice about this double USB port battery is that instead of the usually 1.0A and 2.1A charging, you can get 1.5A and 2.0A charging. That’s a little bit more charging power. It doesn’t matter which port you use so there’s no squinting involved in finding the right one. The size is nice for 14000mah since that will fully charge a smartphone at least six times and an iPad almost three times (separately). The LED lights are typical in lighting up 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%.
You can charge virtually anything. Just some geek info: "mAh" means `Milli-ampere hour'. It's the rating of the battery. It means your battery is of a 14,000 mAh rating. Charging times will vary depending on your charge amount required and how many devices and what types you are charging. Regardless, this battery pack has the juice to easily fulfill anyone`s needs, no matter what they are charging.


Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Powered Subwoofer, Fm Radio, Built-in 1800mAh Rechargeable Battery, Mic, Audio Jack, Micro USB Slot, Support Tf Card function
Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Powered Subwoofer, Fm Radio, Built-in 1800mAh Rechargeable Battery, Mic, Audio Jack, Micro USB Slot, Support Tf Card function
Offered by BAYMAX
Price: $28.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Almost Perfect For Your Desktop, August 24, 2015
It weighs 14.0 ounces and measures 1-1/2” X 2-1/2” X 7”, but its sound is huge. I was very surprised to hear the two 5-watt (yes, 5 watts not 3-watts) speakers at full volume without distortion. This was on Bluetooth mode. You can also hook up a 3.5mm cord through the female plug. Charging is easy (about 5 hours) with the DC-5V input with included charging cord. There is also a TF Card slot for playing back your own specific material without the use of Bluetooth and a smartphone.
It has all the usual buttons; Play, Reverse, Fast Forward, Pause, Phone call, etc. It even has capacity for radio, but I found the reception to be poor (note that this could be my location). It’s shiny and sleek and has great sound. I can’t think of anything better for my office desktop (or a gift).
I did keep the price in mind and it rides that line of being just right in the cost range. However, as I said, the look and sound are the selling points and it succeeds. I received this for reviewing purposes and I think it’s right up there with the best.


Kmashi Arma K2 Ultra-portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 TF Card Touch Screen Operate Powerful Speaker Desk Dock Charging Station for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 iPad Mini 4 3 2 itouch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge S5 S4 Note 4 and Other Smart Phones and Tablets (Black)
Kmashi Arma K2 Ultra-portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 TF Card Touch Screen Operate Powerful Speaker Desk Dock Charging Station for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 iPad Mini 4 3 2 itouch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge S5 S4 Note 4 and Other Smart Phones and Tablets (Black)
Offered by eCase
Price: $69.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Desktop Speaker/Smartphone Holder, August 24, 2015
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This is a nifty little stereo Bluetooth speaker that holds your smartphone. The sound is loud enough with a good balance with two speakers. Crisps highs, good midrange and a decent bass make for a good desk office sound. The groove fits a smartphone vertically and horizontally, but my iPhone 6 did not fit with its case on. It takes a few hours to charge but leaving it plugged in is not a bad idea.

The display panel with the Play, Fast Forward, Reverse and Pause (with phone capability) is nicely lit up and flush with the front bar for easy use. It’s not too heavy but does hold its own in weigh and design. Definitely one of the better Bluetooth stereo speakers for desktops available. It also plays with a 3.5mm auxiliary cable.


C-100 Battery Pack
C-100 Battery Pack
Offered by Patient Sleep Supplies
Price: $279.00
8 used & new from $278.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really Researched To Find This Model, August 23, 2015
I went camping with my two nephews and it was a four mile hike into Johns Brook Lodge in the Adirondack Mountains, which has everything you need except electricity (which is great is to get away from electronics). However, I had to use my C-PAP or subject all others to my loud snoring. I researched like crazy to find the right battery and I did not trust that this would last me the full two nights. It lasted two and a half nights (19 hours)!

It was less than 2 pounds of weight not including my C-PAP, but I didn’t need my humidifier which cut down on a lot of weight as well as long tubing to my mask. It fit easily and I set it up with much thanks from the other bunkers.

The device itself is simply a rectangular battery, as you can see and comes in its own carrying case with connector tips (I never used them), an AC power supply, a DC power pigtail cord and a DC input cord. You can also charge anything else that requires a charge (cellphone, etc.) if you use one of the accessories.

It’s simple. It has a DC in Jack for powering and a DC out jack for the C-PAP. The Power meter is represented by five lights which are green and represent 85%, 50-85%, 15-50% and less than 15% (odd as I thought it would be split in quarter sections).

I have a RES MED 9, but this will work with just about any C-PAP. You have to do your research to find out which accessories you might need, such as the “DC to DC Converter for Resmed S9 Series CPAP accessory” I had to purchase. It is pricey but it was so worth it. I plan to use it on my next long flight and camping again. I was surprised to learn how many places don’t have electricity. My brother –in-law uses it on his boat. I am very happy with this purchase.


Battery Power Solutions DC to DC Converter for Resmed S9 Series CPAP
Battery Power Solutions DC to DC Converter for Resmed S9 Series CPAP
Offered by Patient Sleep Supplies
Price: $67.95
3 used & new from $67.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary - Saves You Money, August 23, 2015
You need to buy this DC to DC Converter for Res Med S9 Series CPAP, when you purchase the C-100 Battery Pack from Battery Power Solutions. Buying the full C-100 kit costs more. It is required in order to work the unit properly. When you order it, it will come delivered with the C-100 Battery Pack. Lightweight and easy to use, it fits anywhere to carry or store.


Car Dash Cam, AUSDOM® Dash Cam DVR AD260, 2.7" LCD Display Dashboard Video Camera Road Camcorder, Color 4.0MP CMOS Sensor, Motion Detection, Parking Monitor, Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080px)
Car Dash Cam, AUSDOM® Dash Cam DVR AD260, 2.7" LCD Display Dashboard Video Camera Road Camcorder, Color 4.0MP CMOS Sensor, Motion Detection, Parking Monitor, Full HD Resolution (1920 x 1080px)
Offered by VIPUnion
Price: $119.99
2 used & new from $118.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video Quality, August 23, 2015
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Unlike other cameras that have the mirror attachment, this camera actually surpasses in a lot of ways. The HD quality is excellent and with GPS settings, you’re all set for exact location. There are many extras a well, such as setting date/time and setting the resolution to whatever you want (I chose ‘fine’).

The camera takes a micro-SDHC card for recording. A 16 GB will work fine for plenty of recording time. One note of extreme importance. The battery does not last more than 20 minutes, so you must keep the camera plugged into you vehicles power outlet all the time
The color video is excellent quality and any video you see here cannot duplicate the real quality you’ll get. Simply place your card in your computer and you’ll obtain all your videos.

If your car is struck while parked it will set off the G-Sensor which starts recording. I tried this by body-bumping my car while parked and it starts recording. However, in any accident situation, you are only getting up to 105 degrees of viewing.

The looping sensor is great which is why you don’t need more than a 16 GB card for recording. For the quality of picture and sensitivity, this is a great option for a dash cam. Product received for review purposes.


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