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Friday, August 31, 2012

500 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit PWR500 Kit

I haven’t tried one of these powerline adapters in several years.  They have come a long way.   I plugged it in to a secondary switch which is 75 feet from the main router.  I then tested it in my basement which gets a weak wireless signal and in my pool house which get an even weaker wireless signal.  Both places showed 100mps.   It worked seamlessly.  I had to look to find outlets without surge suppression though.  I’m a firm believer in surge suppression.   When I have time I will try and plus a wireless router into this and see how that works.   In the meantime, this tested out just fine and for $50 it is a bargain.  There are just some places that wireless doesn’t work.   

Addendum:Two weeks later, I have not been able to replicate my previous success.   I went to Actiontec's web site and their does not appear to be any technical notes.  I could not get a steady green link light regardless of what I tried.   So it is possible I have a defective unit or it just doesn't work.   At this point, I can not recommend buying them.   

Minimum System Requirements
·  Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS 9+, 10+, Linux and Unix
·  2 Available Ethernet ports (1 for each device connected to adapters)
·  Two Ethernet Cables (included in kit)
·  TCP/IP network protocol installed
·  Internet Explorer 7.0+ (recommended)
·  Other browsers such as Safari or Firefox, should have Java Script enabled
·  Router or other devices with HomePlug AV capability
·  A minimum of two Powerline devices on the network are required
·  Standard power/electrical wiring with at least 2 available power/electrical outlets
·  Operating Rangs is up to 300 meters in wall power lines
·  Coexists with HomePlug 1.0  (14/85 Mbps)
·  Interoperates with Homeplug AV (200/500 Mbps)
·  Data Rate is up to 500 Mbps over standard home powerlines and 10/100 Mbps over Etherent .
·  DO NOT plug into a surge protector or powerstrip as the adapter may not work.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Prince of Pin Stripes


DeWayne Connot’s the prince of pinstriping.  His company name is DOA Flatliners and his motto is “Pinstriping to Die for!”    DOA might mean dead on arrival for some but for Dwayne and his quirky sense of humor it means Designs On Anything.   The man has the steadiest hand I’ve ever seen.  He paints each and every stripe free hand.  

A bit of the psychologist, DeWayne engages you in conversation and this helps him determine whether you are a black and silver kind of stripe person or a lime green and royal blue kind of stripe person.   In other words, your personality determines what colors are used for your stripes.  This is truly “on demand” work that is specifically done for each individual.  

Did I mention that his prices are very reasonable?  They are!  BTW I don’t work for DeWayne and I got no discount or price break to write this review.  I am just a happy and satisfied customer. 

So hats off to Dwayne, The Prince of Pinstriping!

DOA FLATLINERS 215-605-7811

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Why Are Positive Safety Enhancements Restricted In Reasonably Priced Cars?

Adaptive cruise control allows a driver to set a speed just like an ordinary cruise control.   The difference is that if traffic slows, adaptive cruise control will slow your vehicle as well.  If traffic slows dramatically, adaptive cruise will alert you to take action.   How many lives would be saved if that technology was required on ALL cars?  
Gorgeous, but tough Luck If I Don't Want a  Hemi!

BLIS or Blind Spot Information System lets you know with a visible or audible alert when there is something in your blind spot.   Wow, no more pulling out to pass and side swiping the motorcycle that came up behind you and was hidden in your blind spot.

Cross traffic alert is when your backing up and you have a behemoth on either side of you and all you can see are hub caps.   It alerts you to traffic not just directly behind you but traffic coming from either direction.

All of this is available right now but unless you are willing to buy a luxury model, most likely you won’t be able to get it.   The Dodge Charger has all of that available but unless you are willing to get the Charger with a Hemi, you can’t get it all.   What if you don’t want the Hemi, you like the looks but really don’t need a gazillion horses?  Tough luck, you can’t get all the bells and whistles without taking the requisite Hemi.  

I am aware of the profit motivation.   Auto dealers need to make a living BUT it shouldn’t be to the detriment of the driving public.   Every model car should have the option of adding whatever safety devices are available.  Sure they may be expensive options but that should be the buyer’s choice, not the dealers.  

I looked for adaptive cruise and many cars including the ones that were on the lots of dealers.   The dealers have decided that buyers would rather have a sunroof than adaptive cruise.  Often the price is approximately the same so Dealers have decided that the buyer would prefer to have an option that may never be used instead of an option that could save their life.  

If auto dealers were willing to provide what buyers actually want instead of assuming that buyers are too stupid to decide what options they want, I suspect that people would be willing to buy new cars more often.   If you have a 5 year old car and are unable to do anything but improve cosmetics, why buy a new one.   But if you could increase the level of safety for your family, I feel you would be much more inclined to trade up to more safety.  I believe the buying public is much smarter than auto dealers realize.  Perhaps if we all demanded change, maybe, just maybe you could buy the car you want instead of the one they have in stock.   

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Havahart Critter Ridder 3146 Animal Repellent, 5-Pounds Granular Shaker

This is a tough product to review.  I put it around the flowers in the pots at my pool.  I was having squirrels literally toss the flowers out, I assume looking for nuts from last year. Not being terribly squirrly myself I can't claim to know why the squirrels were yanking my flowers out but that is my guess.  I put this stuff around the flowers and have not had any issues since.  I am making a leap of faith that the granules are the reason why the squirrels have not returned.  They are still in the yard but have not bothered the plants. Since I am not sure that the product drove the squirrels away I can't give it 5 stars but since I am pretty sure, I will give it four stars.  BTW it does not have the strong odor I have found on similar types of products I have used in the past.  

It has now been about three weeks after I poured this around one of my dogwoods.  The tree was being used by the squirrels to jump on my roof.   Since I put this down, I have not seen one squirrel in the tree.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100

This is another storage solution from Seagate.   At $119.00 for two 2Tb it is a pretty good bang for the buck.   Seagate says that the drive is automatically recognized by Windows.   That is true but it doesn’t mention that it is not immediate.   I didn’t time it but it was recognized and useable on XP the quickest, Windows 7 not much longer and Vista substantially longer.  Once it was recognized it was almost immediately useable.   Since I have no equipment with a USB 3.0 I have no idea how much faster the transfer rate might be.   It seemed adequate with USB 2.0.  

It does seem faster than the Hitachi, Verbatim and older Seagate USB hard drive that I have.   

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Spinsaver is another savings site similar to Groupon.  It provides discounted deals to promote businesses.   If you do decide to purchase one of their deals, I recommend registering prior to placing your order.   Just because you are getting their email does not mean you are a registered user.   If you register after you have entered your purchase, it defaults to standard settings and you may not get what you intended to purchase.   This happened to me and I was disgruntled over the process.   I emailed customer service and was surprised to get a phone call from both the chief of operations and one of the partners in the company.   They take customer satisfaction seriously and solved all my issues.    Therefore I recommend the service.   I got a 50% off deal on tickets to the Bucks County Playhouse which I’ve intended to check out since it changed hands and reopened.  That is an excellent MONEY SAVING TIP, even if there is no tech to the tip.   

BTW if you Spinsaver folks are reading this, perhaps you should move the registration part of your form to the very beginning of the process to avoid folks like me assuming that if they got the email they are registered.  It may provide some customer service savings in the long run.  Ha, I was able to get a MONEY SAVING TECH TIP in here.  
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Energizer Weatheready Compact 3-LED Flashlight

Admittedly I like flashlights.  I like them by my bed, in my pocket, in my desk, in my glove compartment and anywhere else I can put them.  I DO NOT like stumbling around in the dark.  I’m guessing some repressed memory is the root of this harmless obsession.  

This is a nice little flashlight.  6 hours of run time on a AA battery is great for any situation not just camping as their advertisement suggests.  It is small enough to be practically burden less and comes with a little carabiner clip to fasten to your belt or backpack.  All in all, a nice little flashlight.

From their site:
The water resistant Energizer Weatheready Compact 3-LED Flashlight is a great choice for camping and fishing. This durable has been drop tested to 1 Meter, and can stand up to harsh conditions. It's glow in the dark push button switch and reflective ring make this an ideal light for night use. With 6 hours of run time on just 1 easily changed Energizer Max AA battery, the 19 lumens of light are impressive.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bonkazonks Marvel Spider-Man Stackrobatic Stunt

This is a cute toy but not very challenging.  My grandson enjoyed it but ended up using his Angry Birds launcher instead of this launcher.  He ended up combining it with his Angry Birds game which is very similar.  You build a tower and try and knock it down with various super heroes.   Considering the age group, I think some of the characters from that age groups TV shows might be more appropriate.  The only character he was familiar with was Spiderman.   The game is rated at five and up, I would rate it at five or six, it did not appeal to the eight year old at all.
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