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HRH Russian Language Silicone Keyboard Cover Skin for MacBook Air 13" MacBook Pro with or without Retina Display 13"15" 17" Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard MC184LL/B (US Version) Ultra Thin Keyboard Skin-Black
HRH Russian Language Silicone Keyboard Cover Skin for MacBook Air 13" MacBook Pro with or without Retina Display 13"15" 17" Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard MC184LL/B (US Version) Ultra Thin Keyboard Skin-Black
Offered by HRH-SKIN
Price: $5.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for alphabet, symbols are mostly wrong, January 22, 2016
Using El Capitan, none of the three Russian layouts for en-us keyboards match this layout. The letters are all in the correct place, but about half of the symbols in the number row are wrong, as are the last characters in the second-to-bottom row. It's possible this does match some prior version of OS X; I can't confirm.

Buy this if you wish to have a hunt-and-peck reference for learning the Russian alphabet. But you'll still need to turn on the OS X Keyboard Viewer to find the placement of most other keys. To do this, visit System Preferences, Keyboard, Input Sources and enable "Show Input menu in menu bar." You should also enable the "Russian" input source if you haven't already. Then, visit the "Keyboard" tab in that preference pane and enable "Show Keyboard, Emoji, & Symbol Viewers in menu bar." Then, in the Input menu in the top right (look for an international flag), you can pick "Keyboard Viewer" to explore the actual key layout. (As a tip, you can also enable a system-wide shortcut to cycle between activated input sources. This saves a lot of time.)

GMYLE Compact Wired USB Mini Keyboard for PC - Charcoal Black
GMYLE Compact Wired USB Mini Keyboard for PC - Charcoal Black
Offered by gigacity_amn
Price: $17.98
2 used & new from $13.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About as good as it gets for Apple-like Windows keyboards, January 10, 2016
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If you're looking at this, there's a good chance that you're an Apple user trying to replicate your setup on a PC.

The layout is very similar to the Apple keyboard. The feel is a bit cheaper, without the subtle "bounce" you get from the Apple keyboard. This feels much like short-travel rubber dome switches. I haven't opened the keyboard to confirm. Other reviewers mention reliability problems. I haven't run into problems, but at about 1/5 the price of the Apple keyboard I guess I'll consider it semi-disposable. Also note that this does *not* have global volume buttons. Most Windows keyboards have these, and the lack can be a nuisance with full-screen games. Again here, you can find add on programs that let you assign keys like Win+. and Win+/ to volume down and volume up, but this is still a small, extra nuisance.

I went through a number of other keyboards before landing on this one. I'll share some of the things that made me return half a dozen others:

* There are many Bluetooth Apple keyboard replicas. Note that the ones that prominently feature iOS and Android compatibility usually *don't* have a working ESC key. You end up with an application feature button that Windows uses to launch a new browser by default. You'll need software to remap that.

* Windows hardware generally doesn't allow you to access the BIOS with a Bluetooth keyboard. Some Logitech keyboards have a separate Bluetooth dongle that falls back to a different mode for BIOS access, but it's a hack. With most keyboards, you're stuck having another USB keyboard as backup.

* Full travel switches - even the premium Cherry switches - are a tiring adjustment if you've gotten used to a shallow keyboard on your iMac or MacBook. You likely want to stick with something with very shallow travel.

* Most Windows keyboards have a full numeric keypad. If you're used to the mouse being just beside the cursor keys, it's not a pleasant adjustment.

* Some Windows games still require the Number Lock or Scroll Lock keys. Print Screen still has use across all of Windows. But most tenkeyless keyboards omit one or all of these. This one does have a number lock key, although it behaves differently from conventional number lock. It remaps the right side of the keyboard to be a numeric keypad. But it is detected as a number lock key by games that use it for things like auto-run. Keep an eye out with other keyboards.

Your mileage may vary. But if all or most of those concerns apply, this keyboard may be the your best bet. It's where I've landed until someone comes out with something that has better quality switches.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for 180-200 fills of a typical 1 cup neti ..., November 26, 2015
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The size is generous, good for 180-200 fills of a typical 1 cup neti pot with a sufficient salt concentration. There's no extra perfume or other potential irritant added. The grain is very fine, making it mix almost instantly. The container does a sufficient job of keeping out moisture. I only had a little bit of very loose clumping toward the end. Some other brands require constant clump breakup toward the end of use.

The handle on the included scoop is a little short. This results in a bit of frustration as you get to the lower third of the container. Those with big fingers may be a little frustrated at retrieving the tiny thing each time.

Aojia Rectangular Waste Bin,steel Mesh,11.8
Aojia Rectangular Waste Bin,steel Mesh,11.8

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks decent, but cheap quality, November 26, 2015
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It's a matte black painted metal. If it really is steel, it's a very very thin gauge. I can easily dent or straighten it with just my thumb, which I had to do as it arrived with a few small irregularities that would have torn a bag.

The construction is very cheap. As above, it's a very thin steel. The mesh side also seems to be glued rather than welded to the base. It's not going to survive an accidental kick, being lightly pushed against the wall by a too-eager vacuum, a swipe with a heavy suitcase, vigorous side tapping when emptying, etc. without the bottom detaching permanently.

For my use, I'm going to use it under a sink where it's protected and where the breathable mesh sides are protection against moisture build up. It's perfect for dropping a plastic lining in, and filling with empty cans. But if I'd ordered this for my office I would seriously reconsider it. It looks nice, but it's much less durable than a $5 plastic bin or a premium priced metal can would ever be.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use caution! The originals are good, but many of these are knockoffs., October 7, 2015
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The real replacement parts work every bit as well as the originals. I can tell the difference on my carpet when I put a fresh set of rollers in. For the first few cleanings after a fresh set, the bin is extra full with all the dirt and cat hair that the previous set had begun to miss.

Use caution however: A great many sellers are offering knockoff parts. Signs to watch for: Rollers that aren't cleanly cut on both sides, rollers made of thin plastic that's almost translucent in parts, side brushes with no screws provided, side brushes with no stitching through the rubber arms, and air filters with noticeable different screen mesh spacing. If you notice any of these signs, you should return the set. Using non-OEM parts will void your warranty.

If you elect to go the non-OEM route and you're okay with knockoffs, make sure you're not paying more than $12 for a complete set. Also keep a close eye on the parts after every cleaning. The extractors may begin to shred and peel off at the edges and can hurt your motor, and a failed filter may mean you need to replace your bin if the fan is allowed to fill with debris.
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Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad, Black
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad, Black
Offered by Office & Home (NO TAX)
Price: $29.90
88 used & new from $13.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Worst keyboard since the PC Jr., September 29, 2015
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I'm perplexed by all the four and five star reviews on this.

The spacebar on mine doesn't register keypresses in the middle; it's necessary to press firmly on the left or right edge or to give a firm whack if pressing in the center. All of the keys have shallow travel and no tactile indication of when they actually register a keypress. They're just squishy with no secondary resistance at the bottom of their travel. Even if we assume my space bar is defective, it makes touch typing very difficult.

The layout around the right shift key will throw you for a loop every time if you're accustomed to touch typing on a keyboard with a traditional layout.

The touch pad doesn't register small movements without a large movement preceding them. It's necessary to constantly swish a great distance then correct, even if you only wanted to move from one UI element to another that's right next to it.

The wireless isn't Bluetooth, it's something proprietary. That would be fine if it worked as well as Bluetooth, but this is something inferior. If you've got a lot of wifi traffic, a microwave running nearby, or Bluetooth traffic, it interferes with this keyboard. Unlike Bluetooth this doesn't seem to retry until the receiving dongle confirms receipt of a keypress or key lift. Instead of delaying like Bluetooth, this just misses keys or keys get stuck in their down position until you tap the repeating key again to register another press and lift.

I mainly got this to use as a HTPC (Home Theater PC) keyboard, but it's not good enough for that.

For the good: It was easy to set up, no pairing operation was needed with the included dongle. I also liked that it has a hardware on/off switch. That should conserve batteries if it's rarely used. The extra left mouse button in the top left of the keyboard is a nice touch as well. The price is also good for something that tackles mousing and typing operations. But these don't address the bigger issues. Even at three stars, I feel I've been generous.

Imperial KK0151/FANN Doorway Booster Fan
Imperial KK0151/FANN Doorway Booster Fan
Offered by wholesaleindy
Price: $35.27
25 used & new from $26.77

2.0 out of 5 stars Loud, not enough airflow to justify the noise, July 12, 2015
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This only has one speed, and it's loud. Despite the fan moving very rapidly, the tiny plastic blades barely move any air. If you look at the picture, you can see the blade structure. Lots of short, closely-spaced blades at a high speed makes a lot of noise while moving little air.

If you can afford the space and a little more electricity, consider a floor-standing box fan instead. Even on low (40 watts for the floor fan versus 20 watts for this), a floor-standing box fan moves many times the air with a tiny fraction of the noise. This thing is about as loud as a box fan on high (70 watts), but the noise is focussed in a higher pitch that's less soothing. It's tough to describe the characteristic of ambient noise, but imagine a vacuum cleaner just around the corner of an open door, or sitting on a commercial jet with a seat just behind the wing. You don't want to try to think or relax with that anywhere near you.

Antblocker 100% Ant-Free Pet Food Tray - Sandstone
Antblocker 100% Ant-Free Pet Food Tray - Sandstone
Price: $34.95
2 used & new from $34.95

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever and slightly overpriced, a few shortcomings with easy work-arounds, July 10, 2015
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The idea is clever: It's a tray set atop two plastic pillars set in a basin that you fill with water. Ants can't cross the water, so they can't climb the pillars up to the food tray. You can approximate the effect with items you already have if you put a little water on a plate and then put your pet bowl in the middle of the plate.

There are a few caveats. First, standing water attracts ants. Ants enter homes in search of water just as they do for sugars, fats, and proteins. You can have your home absolutely pristine and still have ant invasions. You need to keep countertops dry, keep your dishwasher sealed, and keep your sink dry. You don't need another pool of standing water that ants flock to for a drink. The simple fix is to add a little soap when you add water to the food tray's basin. The same is true of the plate trick above. Avoid anything with a strong scent, such as many hand and dish soaps. You don't want a smell that puts your pets off their food. You should also change out the water at least once a week and give this a good scrub or use a little tea tree oil to avoid any mildew or mold growth.

Second, the top half of this - the tray - is difficult to keep clean. It's too large for most sinks, it has a rough surface that food sticks to, and it's not designed to snap on and off very easily. The snaps that hold the pillars in place stick and break after a few times on and off. Resist the temptation to snap them in place at all. The pillars stay in place without snapping, and it makes it easier to simply lift the top off. If the snaps do break, a little duct tape wrapped around the pillars helps.

I also like to put the food bowls on a separate tray that I set inside the top tray. I found these, and they fit just about perfectly: Any 12 by 16 cafeteria tray should work if you don't like those. As a bonus, I can also put these trays in my dishwasher (no heated drying). No hand-cleaning is involved, no matter how messy my cats get with dragging their wet food out of the bowl. Another added bonus is that the tray covers the fill hole in the middle, so the soap smell doesn't rise up between the food bowls.

Note the size of this as well. It's in the product details. It takes up quite a bit more space than the food bowls that sit on top. Measure and make sure you have a good place to put it before you commit. I was a little surprised at the size once this arrived. The height isn't as much of a worry as I thought. My adult cats can still comfortably eat from a bowl sitting on top, but kittens and puppies might struggle.

Also note that this offers a bit more freedom in food bowl placement. As it does contain food really well, you can put this on carpet. I enjoy having the food bowls in my office where my cats like to spend the day with me, and now I'll be saved from any more steam cleaning since the cats don't drag food onto the carpet.

Overall I'm glad I bought this. The price is a little high for what it offers and it has some design shortcomings. But it's easy to work around all the shortcomings, and I haven't seen a better offering.
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EAS 100% Pure Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate, 2lb (Packaging May Vary)
EAS 100% Pure Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate, 2lb (Packaging May Vary)
Price: $17.99
7 used & new from $17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good protein, but the container isn't airtight, July 6, 2015
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Whey is best just before and after workouts. It's much more bioavailable than proteins like casein, which are better for overnight or sustained satiety.

This is a solid whey protein. It's easy to mix, the taste is decent without any strong aftertaste, and there aren't a bunch of added carbs. The 2g of carbs per serving are mostly from the lactose that comes with all whey proteins without a lot of synthetic treatments. They got all the key things right.

The only thing not to love is the container. It has a rectangular lid that makes it much easier to open and take large scoops from. But the lid doesn't snap on as securely as traditional screw or coffee can-style press-on lids. I can flex the sides of the box or the lids and air easily escapes. I wouldn't trust this to have the shelf life of other proteins once it's open, I'd be careful about tipping it in transit or storage once opened, and I'd be anxious in a kitchen that's prone to ant or other pest invasions. Even if insects can't get through the small opening in the lid, they'll smell this from many meters away and they'll come exploring. Initial shipping and storage isn't a problem however: there's an additional peel-off foil lid guarding the product before it's first opened.

For my own use, I'm using the full container and I'm inclined to buy more. But I've transferred it to a pop-top kitchen storage container so it has a tight seal.

Hellmann's Squeeze Real Mayonnaise Squeeze 11.5 oz
Hellmann's Squeeze Real Mayonnaise Squeeze 11.5 oz
Offered by Skenterprises
Price: $8.21
14 used & new from $8.21

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an office kitchen or dorm room - quality squeeze mayo with a unique and less-messy cap, July 1, 2015
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Check the size - it's only 11.5 oz, which is less than a pound. That said, we're supposed to review the product and not the price.

The product is good! It's regular Hellmann's mayo, which is more or less the standard by which other mayonnaises are judged. If you buy store brand or something else, usually they're trying to make it as close to this as possible. Hellmann's generally uses higher quality, non-GMO ingredients. That's all a plus.

What's unique about this one is the container. Inverted mayonnaise squeeze jars are nothing new. They help prevent losing too much product stuck to the walls, and they make it really easy to cover a burger or sandwich without extra utensils involved. But this one has a very different top than the usual flip-top mayonnaises.

With most flip tops, there's a bit of mayo squeezed out of the bottom when putting the cap back on, and it mooshes out the sides of the cap. If the container warms and cools a couple times, usually a lot of it works out between contraction and expansion. But this one has a different angled shape to the "nozzle" part. It's more like a cone with just the tip exposed, and then the cap seals all around the cone. It neatly captures and preserves the mayo, while still making it easy to spread it across a food surface. I'd say this is perfect for an office kitchen or a dorm. Basically anywhere where you want a small container and zero mess.

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