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Friday, June 30, 2017

GolfBuddy WTX Smart Golf GPS Watch, Black

Lot of features and the charger is more convenient that my previous golf watch, which still works but this is much nicer.  The Garmin charger is just a poor design, while this is similar which means it too has little holes to get clogged by sunscreen, it sits on the charger rather than clipping on.  For someone reason that seems to work better. 

From the vendor:
Simple and fast touch user interface
Course update via Bluetooth with GolfBuddy Smartphone app
Notifications sync from Smartphone
Pedometer activity tracker
Hole layout view with current position of the player

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Fossil Q Marshal Display Leather Touchscreen Smartwatch

I am struggling to come to terms to Dick Tracy on my wrist.  The ability to interface my phone with my watch is very interesting.  So far I have used the apps to download a Halloween watch face which my 2 year old granddaughter found highly entertaining.   The pedometer may or may not keep me fit.  Sadly the thing that I like the best is not very smart at all, it is the ability to select different watch faces and I selected one for my default that is so big I an see it on my desk from the door way.  The watch band is very good looking too.

Documentation could be better.  Noting that it must be charged prior to first use seems obvious but it still should be noted.   I do not suggest trying to synch to your phone unless you are on your home or office network.  Synching was SLOOOW.   Really, not to much complain about.  I am still playing and it appears to have lots to play with. 

 From the vendor:

·            Leather
·    Stay connected with display notifications for texts, calls, emails, and app updates. Control your music on your favorite music player through Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, GooglePlay, iTunes, or Apple Music.
·    With built-in activity tracking, you can track your everyday accomplishments including steps, distance, and calories burned.
·    Fit your style with customizable watch faces and interchangable straps - compatible with all Fossil brand 22mm straps.
·     Use the built-in microphone and speaker to do a variety of tasks on your Android smartwatch using just your voice.
·    Stay charged for up to 1 day (based on usage) with the wireless conductive magnetic charger. Compatible with Android Devices 4.3+ and iOS 8+ / iPhone 5+.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mini Cobra Goggles - Clear/Blue

These are very nice goggles.  They fit snugly against the face and remain clear while swimming.  There was next to no fogging.  A good purchase to keep the chlorine in the pool and out of the kids’ eyes.
  • Kids-specific version of the Cobra Mask
  • Ideal mask for swimming and many other water sports.
  • The Cobra Mask features a 180 degree view lens
  • Flexible frame with integrated skirt for superior fit, flexibility and comfort.
  • Skirt forms a complete watertight seal around the face.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Honeywell T83240HB220 LED T8 Light Tube - 32 Watt Equivalent - G13 Base - 4 foot

Confusion abounds in my life. For some reason I thought these were 6' bulbs not 4' bulbs. No big deal as I could use 4' bulbs in the light over my work bench. That became a lot more problem than I anticipated. In moving the light to change the bulbs I noticed the cord insulation was flaking off. That necessitated on rewiring the wall switch to the light as it seemed a definite fire hazard. Once I got everything rewired, I decided to replace the old fixture with a new one anyway. So a simple change the light bulb ended up as a 2 hour project. Eventually I got the bulbs in. The one bulb seems to output at least 50% or more light than the previous fluorescent bulb. The other seems to output roughly the same light. This is why I am hesitant to go five stars when there is such a dramatic difference in light output between the two bulbs that came out of the same two bulb packaging. If the LED tube holds up as to it's lifetime rating, they are worth the price of $20.00 at Amazon particularly as you can drop $15--$18.00 for the much shorter life fluorescent bulbs. 

From the vendor:
·                        FILL ANY ROOM WITH LIGHT INSTANTLY - Honeywell LED tube lamps do not need to warm up before they come on so when you're walking into a darkened room you'll be able to safely see all around you the second you switch it on. This is safer and more convenient than CFLs which have delays before they fully light up.
·                        MAKE SAVINGS ON YOUR POWER BILLS - With a low energy usage rating of just 18 watts, you'll be able to save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills especially if you replace all your current fluorescent tubes. The energy consumption of LED tubes can be over 80% less so it adds up to a huge amount over time.
·                        SAFE FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT - Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED lamps do not contain any mercury so this makes them safer for the environment. LED tubes are also cool to the touch which renders them easier and safer to clean. They are more durable than fluorescent, CFL or incandescent bulbs which reduces the risk of them shattering and injuring someone.
·                        BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE - Your LED tubes will provide you with 1800 lumens of consistent white light when they are lit. This will provide excellent lighting for domestic properties, garages, offices and even industrial premises. To add to their adaptability they are also suitable for use with troffers that have electronic ballasts.
·                        VERY LONG LIFE SPAN - The lifespan of your LED tubes is a jaw-dropping 45 years. Just think of the time you will save not having to change bulbs frequently. Let's not forget how much money you'll be able to save by not wasting your hard earned cash buying bulbs and replacement tubes.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, Grey Edition

My first reaction was that the toothbrush tickled.  Once I got accustomed to the sonic feature I liked the brush.   It has a variety of features and it is hard to tell how effective they are but the charging station part is very nice.  Keeps the toothbrush ready to go.  The timer part is a bit hard to determine, you don't know if it is a stutter or the timer.  Overall I like the toothbrush and I guess only my dentist will be able to tell if it is more effective than my old brush.

From the vendor:
Featuring nine customizable brushing options, an intuitive pressure sensor, and our most advanced brush head technology, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is your total solution for an invigorating, deep clean and exceptional plaque removal.
Utilizing patented Sonic technology, this rechargeable toothbrush removes up to ten times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Choose from three cleaning modes and three intensity settings to create a brushing experience that’s just right every time. The unique Deep Clean mode, combined with our AdaptiveClean brush head, offers Philips Sonicare’s deepest clean yet! The FlexCare Platinum also features timer options to help you reach the dentist recommended brushing time of 2 minutes, an intuitive pressure sensor to reduce harsh brushing, and an extended battery life to keep you brushing for up to three weeks between charges.

What's in the box:1 Philips Sonicare toothbrush handle , 1 AdaptiveClean brush head, 1 travel charger, 1 hygienic travel cap and 1 deluxe travel case.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

DS18 HDPBT Noise Isolating Over Ear Foldable Bluetooth Headphone with Mic and FM Radio

Overall I liked these headphones.  Initially I was not happy with the connectivity.  I first tried to connect to my Galaxy tablet and they would not connect.  Then I tried my Kindle Fire and they connected immediately.  Next I tried my S7 phone and it connected immediately.  I went back to the tablet and tried a few more times to connect and finally it connected. Not sure why there was an issue with the tablet. I had difficulty getting the headset to connect to the device I wanted to use.  After experimenting, it seemed to prefer to automatically connect to the Kindle and I had to distant myself from the Kindle to get any other device to connect.

I read some of the other reviews and was a bit surprised at the negativity regarding the FM reception.  I was not surprised when a station would get static as I moved around.  Considering all the metal 2x4 replacement studs, I am often surprised to get any radio reception.   I thought the FM aspect was acceptable.

The Sound quality through Bluetooth was fine, not exceptional but fine.   The headset was as comfortable as headsets get.  I have never found a pair, regardless of price, that I found comfortable for any length of time. 

Somebody must make a headset that can be controlled via a menu on your phone or device, I find the buttons on the headset to be impossible to use when I am wearing the headset.

The headset did not do well for making calls.  People complained they could not hear me.

Watching videos the headset did just fine.  Considering the  price, this headset is a decent value. 

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Monday, June 5, 2017

YS831 Water Flosser - Portable Oral Irrigator with Nasal Wash and Orthodontic toothbrush - 4 Modes Cordless IPX7 Waterproof Rechargeable by USB With Inductive Non-Contact Charger for Dental Care Green

I’m a firm believer in water flossing or water picking.  This is cordless, rechargeable and highly portable.  This allows successfully cleaning my teeth when I am traveling.  I have tried some portable units before but this is the first that was rechargeable.  In addition, it works better than the last two I purchased.  It is not as powerful as the plug in type but it is far smaller and certainly portable.  I like it.  I did receive this product at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

From the vendor:
  • ★ Great after-sale service. If any question of your order, please don't hesitate to contact YASI seller service team. YASI team will handle your case within 12 Hours.
  • ★ 4 clean modes (Normal, Soft, Pulse,Point Control) with LED indicating light provide the needs of oral care for you and can remove harmful bacteria and food debris deep between teeth and below the gumline.
  • ★ 135ml high capacity detachable water tank and convenient water tank mouth at the bottom help you fill and drain water fast.360 degree compre hensive cleaning, Convenient to clean your oral area.
  • ★ Two minute auto-timer: It is stop operating automatically in two minutes in order to avoid any accident happened when you forgot to turn off the device after finished washing. Built-in rechargeable lithium battery lasts for long time.
  • ★ Oral Irrigator can flush out the food leftovers easily, Pulsating jet-water flush effectively; Orthodontic toothbrush clean the exposed spaces between the roots of molar teeth due to periodontitis and gum recession, keeping furcations clean; Nasal Wash Prevent periodontitis and other gumline diseases such as sinusitis, allergic rhin.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Ode to Donuts

On this National Donuts Day I wish to pay tribute to one of my favorite things.

Ode to Donuts   

Never did I see

A more perfect food for me!

So round, so firm so fully packed,

I must admit my brain is racked,

To come up with a better snack.

So well rounded as a treat,

The zero calorie center that can’t be beat.

Life’s paths are leaved so well,

With May’s donuts that were simply swell,

With First Street Bakery’s kind souls

Who filled our bags with glazes so gold,

With Ronnie’s Hilton Head knarly treat,

With Hornburger’s cream filled oh so sweet,

With Publix’s maple glaze dream,

Only beat by YumYum’s cruller of sour cream.

My life defined by donut’s sweet road.

Three exercise bikes worn to a nub,

In an effort to keep donut’s sweet love,

from making me a happy but lardy tub.

On this day celebrate the wonder

Of this wonderful, awesome treat

This ode’s to you oh donut delight,

Your ability to turn darkness to light,

To defeat depression and stifle blight,

There is no mental state so dire

That a donut can’t un-mire.

There is no treat so sweet

That the wonderful donut cannot beat.


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