Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Glad Press'n Seal Wrap




This is pretty nifty stuff.  It is far superior to traditional plastic wrap.  I personally find most plastic wrap as next to useless.   This stuff sticks to itself and to the bowl or container it is wrapping.  I put it over a glass of ice water and turned the glass upside down (over the sink) and not a drop came out. I thought that was pretty darn impressive.  I put it on a bowl and left it for 24 hours and it was still sealed just as tightly 24 hours later.  My only negative is that the serrated edge to tear it off should be a bit longer. It was difficult to get it to tear the wrap evenly.  All in all this is a very good product and far superior to plastic wrap.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

CoverTop Universal 15.6-Inch Laptop Shock Protection 100% Pure Silicone Cover (LCBLACK156)




This looks like a decent product.  It is pretty heavy duty.  In spite of claiming universal fit, it did not fit my Acer laptop. It fit my Toshiba laptop but there was enough tension on the cover that it didn't close properly.  I surmise that if you put it on and then weighted down the laptop with a couple of books, it might stretch but due to it being silicone, I doubt it.  The bottom is covered with a bunch of knobbies that would give you some air flow on a hard surface.   It feels like it would provide a modicum or protection.  It comes in a variety of colors.   I see this product being more appealing to the younger set who tends not to use traditional computer cases.  My laptop is not carried around and when it is carried it is in a traditional case with plenty of padding, carry strap and pockets for accessories.   The kids just top their laptops into their backpacks and in that scenario, this cover would be of good use.   Fit could be an issue regardless of universal fit claims. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget!

Please take 4.25 minutes to watch this remembrance of September 11, 2001.   Please offer a prayer for those who died that day, their families and for all those who are sacrificing themselves for the rest of us on a daily basis; especially our cops, firemen and troops. 


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

VIZIO S2121w-D0 21-Inch 2.1 Sound Stand



This is a very nice product.  The form factor is less obtrusive than the standard sound bar.   The set up was very simple.   The TV recognized it and immediately worked.  Bluetooth pairing was seamless and also very easy.  The sound is surprisingly vibrant.   I was shocked at how good the bass was.  The remote is simple to use and the documentation was adequate.   Overall my impression is quite good at $266.00 it isn't the cheapest solution for the lousy sound most flat screen TVs have but it is a good one.

 Follow up, I wanted to program my universal remote with the code for the S2121w-D0. Imagine my surprise when I could find zero documentation on-line under any Vizio site I could find. The product comes with a quick start guide that works fine but...nothing advanced. So I called and got a delightful young woman who tried her best to help me but to her surprise she could find no documentation for this model either. I am aware it is a new product but that means it should be more important to have proper documentation available. I had to knock this down one star due to lack of documentation. The customer service rep, provided me with the codes for their other sound bars and I will try those and report back here on my results.

2nd follow up, I was unable to get the sound stand to respond to the Fios remote.  I tried multiple solutions to no avail.  I then had to reprogram the Fios remote for my Yamaha sound bar 
and that was a 5 minute task with the documentation that accompanied the Yamaha.  Vizio may be able to do it but with out documentation, you couldn't prove it by me.  If you can deal with the pain of having to turn up the volume and turn on the sound stand with it's own remote, the sound is quite nice but the inconvenience turns me off. 

·                        Enjoy up to 101 dB of room filling, crystal clear sound with less than 1% harmonic distortion
·                        Integrated subwoofer adds rich, powerful bass with low frequency responses reaching as low as 60 Hz
·                        Conveniently stream your music wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth
·                        Premium audio with Dolby Digital decoding, plus DTS Tru Volume, DTS Studio Sound and DTS Tru Surround audio post processing provide enhanced audio fidelity, consistent volume levels, and surround quality audio without the need for rear satellite speakers
·                        Compact form factor provides versatility to be placed under the TV as a stand, as a table top device for music, or in other places where a sound bar won't fit, such as custom built-ins or traditional media cabinets

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Friday, September 5, 2014

RCA Indoor Antenna ANT111F



Good price, absolutely useless at my location.   I don't know if this antenna picks up digital or analog anywhere but it sure didn't pick up anything at my location.   Since I am an hour north of Philadelphia and about an hour and half south of NYC, I should have been able to pick up something.  I got butkus!  Well I got glimpses of stations but nothing stable enough to watch.   A disappointing experience as I concluded I could dump the cable box on the TV where I exercise since I don't watch anything of consequence when I am exercising.  Well with this antenna, I would not be watching anything, let alone something of consequence.  

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Genuine Joe GJO01014 Low-Density Flat Bottom Trash Can Liner, 60 gallon Capacity, 58" Length x 38" Width x 0.80 mil Thickness, Clear


This type of bag is surprising in it's strength.   It is certainly not puncture proof but it is more so than some I have had.   It is good for leaves and shredded paper.  Sharp object puncture it fairly easily.   It sounds like it should fit the big waste disposal service can but it doesn't.  It works great in a standard 30 gallon can with overlap.   Pretty good value for the money when buying the box of 100 at $29.95 at Amazon. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Red Devil 0878 Wallpaper Seam Repair Adhesive, EZ Squeeze Clear


I was hoping for something with a little more immediacy.  I've used rubber cement to repair wallpaper seams and although it does not hold up over time, the immediate result is faster and easier.  The adhesive takes too long to grip.  The area that I was able to put wax paper over it and then a ruler and brace that with a long dowel rod was fine.   However most wallpaper seams are not easily accessible for clamping ie. bracing such as I did.   So this works but it's hardly spectacular at a price of $8.10 at Amazon.

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