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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash

It's blue, it is peppermint and does not taste bad.  It appears to freshen my breath.  I soaked my mouth guard in it and it gave the mouth guard a nice minty flavor too.

I have no idea if it actually kills germs or prevents gingivitis.   Same as the
12 hour protection and plaque reduction, no one has complained about my breath since I have used it but no one complained before I used it either.   Plaque reduction probably is a very long term thing but one can only hope.   I like it better then the 800 pound listerine gorilla.

·                        12 hour protection
·                        Alcohol free
·                        Kills 99% of germs
·                        Significantly reduces plaque
·                        Prevents gingivitis

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e

This is one of those things that you won' think about until you need it.   I find the sound from my speaker phone on my S4 is adequate, no better than adequate.  I paired this puppy with my phone and had excellent clarity.   The recipient of my call said I sounded fine but with the "tunnel" sound that often occurs with speaker phones. 

I successfully paired with the Bluetooth on my cell phone.  I was unable to get the speakerphone to pair with my Acer tablet.  This was somewhat surprising as I have a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and a Logitech Bluetooth mouse successfully paired with the same tablet.   I even turned off my cell phone thinking it might be interfering but the documentation for the speakerphone states that up to eight devices can be connected but with only two simultaneously active.   Rebooted the tablet and the speakerphone several times to see if that was the issue.   I went to the Logitech support web site for the product and found nothing there that I had not already done.  So I have no clue why the Acer tablet would not connect. 

I was able to successfully test it with Skype on my laptop by using the USB connection.  The clarity again, was excellent.  

A side bonus when I tested it on my cell phone,  after the call I played some music and the speakerphone was a very effective portable speaker as well as a speakerphone.   This is a nice unit, my only reservation is the inability to connect to my tablet.   I will try it on an iPad and a Samsung tablet when I am around somebody who has one and update when I do.    $139.00 at Amazon

It is a very compact unit. 

From the vendor:
Advanced DSP technology enables precise tuning for both the mic and speaker so conversations are more life-like.

An integrated stand positions a mobile phone or tablet at just the right angle for shake-free video calls and hands-free access to the mobile screen.

Hear and be heard in true wideband audio, so those on both sides of the call can enjoy a life-like communication experience.

USB plug-and-play connectivity easily connects to PCs or Macs, or pair up to eight Bluetooth devices

With 15 hours of talk time between charges the Mobile Speakerphone P710e outlasts the longest workday

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Neodymium Magnets Hold A Grill Cover

10 Neodymium Magnets 1/2 x 1/8 inch Disc N48
Arrows show where magnets are attached to
hold the new door. 

At $8.00 on Amazon,these magnets are pretty darn cool.  The magnets are roughly the size of a Tums and they are strong!  They come in a stack and they are a bit difficult to separate.  6.1 pounds of pull doesn't sound like much but when you stick one of these puppies on a flat metal surface you either need very strong fingernails or be able to slide it off the surface on which you place it.  

I'm a re-purposer, sometimes referred to as Rube Goldbergerish.   I was not happy with the back of my new grill being open to the world.   I took the side of an old computer tower, spray painted black and used it across the back of the grill.  Rather than purchasing hinges, I thought I would see if I could the metal on the grill cart with magnets.   Surprise, surprise, it worked just fine.   There is still a large gap at the top for ventilation and the unsightly propane tank is now hidden.  

These magnets are surprisingly strong and I can think of many uses for magnets that actually work.   I think they were a good value for the money. 

Product Features From Vendor:

·                   Size: 1/2 inch diameter x 1/8 inch thick discs.
·                   Nickel (Ni) Plated (silver-like shine)
·                   Grade: N48 - Extremely powerful magnetic material
·                   Pull Force is approximately 6.1 pounds under ideal conditions.
·                  Axially magnetized

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Maxell LR03 AAA Cell 36 Pack Box Battery (723815)

            Batteries seem to be batteries regardless of the name or price.  I stay away from the no name
battery.  The Maxell have given me good life in kids toys, tooth brushes and flashlights.   The Wii controller seems to blow through whatever battery it has in it so why pay an arm and a leg for the lithium.   The lithium batteries do last much longer but for the price differential these batteries are an excellent deal at $8.80 for 36 batteries at Amazon.  

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Levi's Men's 514 Straight Jean Need A Much Clearer Part Number and Color Marked ON the Jeans

Not Me

The jeans fit exactly how I expected.  I had purchased what I thought was the same pair of jeans at Costco for ten dollars more than the price I got  at Amazon for  $26.40.   I tried to get all the correct numbers off of the label and order the exact same thing  at Amazon.  Levi has a very difficult to decipher part number.  They also have a wide range of colors.  If I am buying a new pair of jeans, I prefer them looking like new jeans, I will add the wear as I wear them.   The one I got from Amazon are the same color every where but on the thighs which have that slightly faded look.  Since they fit so well I kept them but I was disappointed that they were not exactly what I wanted.  However at the price I couldn't turn them down. 

A plea to Levi, you have all kinds of labels and printing on the inside of the jeans,  how about putting a clear reorder number and or color name so if you want the same exact jeans again, it is easy to order them.  

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Revlon RV544PKF 1875W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Dryer

A hair dryer review by a bald guy is somewhat amusing.  I bought this for my wife who luckily is not bald.  The dryer is quieter than her last one which was supposed to be quiet and certainly wasn't.   Quietness is very subjective while this is quieter I don't see how all you haired folks stand that noise for the length of time it takes to dry your hair.  This does a good job.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Cobra Products 00412BL Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool Works Well

This is a simple plastic strip with teeth on it.  You shove it into your dirty drain and it pulls out stuff that you really don't want me to describe.  The crap that comes out of the sink trap could star in it's own horror movie. The price is silly for what you get but since it works, it is hard to complain and it is only about $100.00 cheaper than have a plumber make a call.  At $5.00 at Amazon it really isn't priced too crazy. 

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