Brayson Rivera

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Plum Island (UNABRIDGED CD EDITION)
Plum Island (UNABRIDGED CD EDITION)
Plum Island (UNABRIDGED CD EDITION) by Nelson DeMille A Novel. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1711 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Shadow Hunter
Shadow Hunter
Shadow Hunter by Geoffrey Archer. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 135 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly Book 13)
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly Book 13)
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly Book 13) by Perri O'Shaughnessy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 97 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Desarrollo Web con PHP (Spanish Edition)
Desarrollo Web con PHP (Spanish Edition)
Desarrollo Web con PHP (Spanish Edition) by Oscar Capuñay Uceda. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Mark Zuckerberg (Innovators)
Mark Zuckerberg (Innovators)
Mark Zuckerberg (Innovators) by Gail B. Stewart. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the MarkZuckerberg category.
Flying High: My Story: From AirAsia to QPR (Peng01 13 06 2019)
Flying High: My Story: From AirAsia to QPR (Peng01 13 06 2019)
An interesting read an account of his life but don't think you are going to learn too much about business. The book is very short on detail particularly of how he started and kept going. One day Mr Fernandes is a corporate guy the next he has bought an airline! No idea where the money came from or how he managed to keep it coming in. Maybe it was inherited? No doubt he had a lot of fun along the way....but both the QPR and the F1 investments have been more about ROE (return on ego) than pure business.
Google Speaks: Secrets of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Google Speaks: Secrets of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page
In fewer than 15 years, Google built the largest index of Web pages, dominated the Internet search industry, grew into a giant with a 1.5 million square foot headquarters in Mountain View, California plus two dozen other U.S. offices and technical centers in more than 30 countries, and became a global household name. Here the bestselling author of numerous popular business books, Lowe (Ben Graham on Value Investing, Bill Gates Speaks, Dividends Don't Lie, with Geraldine Weiss, Jack Welch Speaks, The Man Who Beats the S&P, The Rediscovered Benjamin Graham, Ted Turner Speaks, Warren Buffett Speaks; articles appeared in more than 100 publications; frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, FOX Business Network, and PBS; former financial editor of the San Diego Tribune) retells the amazing story behind the revolutionary, public corporate colossus (more than 20,000 employees) with a market capitalization of around $123 billion and about $16 billion in annual advertising revenues. With access to family, friends, employees, and company records, the author unofficially examines the founders' personalities and values as well as Google's vision, culture, business strategies, new business models, philanthropic projects, future, and more. Presenting more than a mere company profile, Lowe also addresses the criticisms and controversies surrounding Google as the primary portal to the World Wide Web, including copyright infringement, antitrust issues, personal privacy, and intellectual property concerns. Nicely-written and organized, this well-presented book provides a concise overview. Lacking a bibliography and a back-of-the book index but including a historical timeline, glossary, and footnotes, it belongs on the shelves of many public libraries where general readers can read about the secretive company that has become the prototype for a successful, twenty-first century business entity. Recommended as a good introduction but not as a definitive publication.
Candide
Candide
NOTE: Due to difficulties in posting this review, until it is completely updated the full text of the review, with links, can be found in the comments section directly below. I apologize for this but have been having an unusually difficult time in getting this review to post. This note will be removed once the review is finalized and posted in final form.

This review will address the newly issued Kindle edition of Candide that has been released by Open Road Media as well as give an overview of editions of Candide available for the Kindle and available on Amazon.

Many Kindle versions of well-known classic books are available. For books available in the public domain, as is the case for Candide, oftentimes these Kindle versions are available for free or for very low price.

Some of these Kindle editions are of low quality and have various issues that make them less desirable for those who like to read classics on their Kindles. When I am looking for a classic book to purchase for my Kindle, it is usually a minor research project to determine which one I think will be the 'best' for my reading, and sometimes I end up purchasing more than one version in order to get one that is well presented and formatted for the Kindle.

This is a relatively short book, normally about 100 pages in printed form, and not a difficult read. This Kindle edition is well produced, the publishers website claims that it has been professionally proofread, and I have detected no errors myself (such as often appear in Kindle books which have been scanned and published without careful check).

This Open Road Media version of Candide appears to be the most common version offered on Kindle and uses the translation by Philip Little (see note below) which was originally published by Modern Library in 1918 and is public domain and readily available online (see for example Project Gutenberg link below). It includes the following:

- short introduction written by the translator Philip Littell
- complete text of Candide (presumably also translated by Philip Littell)
- table of contents is included and functions properly, with book 'locations' indicated but not page numbers

It does not include footnotes, which the Gutenberg Library (online) version of Candide does include (see comments section below for link to the Gutenberg Library website). The two versions are otherwise identical as far as I can tell, and the Gutenberg Library version indicates where edits have been made in order to correct typos, and those corrections have all also been included in this Open Road Media version.

(I note that this Kindle edition does not indicate which translation is used, nor does the Open Road media website provide that information, however it does show Philip Littell as the author of the introduction and several references I've found also indicate Littell is the translator. However, the NY Public Library article on Candide (see link in comments below) refers to this as an anonymous translation, saying "NYPL is using the most widely available e-text of the book, from the anonymous translation published by the Modern Library in 1918, available on Project Gutenberg").

Candide has been well reviewed on Amazon and is available in many different editions, both for the Kindle and in print. The listings on Amazon with the greatest number of reviews are listed below. I would refer to these listings and the accompanying reviews for discussion of the book itself, which is generally regarded as a major classic and which has been included on many lists of 'best' or 'most influential classic novels:

LAURITAMI 16g Lip Rings Stainless Steel Horseshoe Labret Monroe Lip Rings Nail Tragus Helix Earrings Studs Ring Medusa Piercing Jewelry 8mm
LAURITAMI 16g Lip Rings Stainless Steel Horseshoe Labret Monroe Lip Rings Nail Tragus Helix Earrings Studs Ring Medusa Piercing Jewelry 8mm
So i bought this pack for the helix piercing and was completely disappointed. The Helix isn't bent correctly for it to look good or sit comfortably and I struggled to get the ball off at all. I currently have the infinity one in and its doing its job so it's still a win in my boat and not a complete waste of money (especially because I can use the other hoops. Not a fan of the straight ones.) Its not TOP quality by any means but I wasn't expecting it to be for 8$. Four Stars because the whole reason I bought it was the helix and it's screwed up and bent wrong.
Rubie's Men's Deadpool Deluxe Muscle Chest Costume and Mask
Rubie's Men's Deadpool Deluxe Muscle Chest Costume and Mask
5ft 10
188 pounds
Not muscle bound but slightly fit and have small stomach where most of the weight tends to stay.
Standard size fits good and the "muscle padding" took care of the stomach.
Boxer briefs needed if you are going to any formal gathering but even without it isn't too bad.
So 33 waist (guess Jean's) large sized polo (banana republic ) medium sized boxer briefs (expresss)
Brands provided because each fit differently which is why I'm all over the place on that facet. Gist of this is, a standard size will feel good at 33 waist. A 34 waist could work but would be tighter. Fabric does stretch and not worried about it ripping. Pretty great deal for $30 . I'm happy with it and it is a good buy.
Ruslan and Ludmila
Ruslan and Ludmila
Lovely edition, beautiful illustrations, perfect copy and arrived quickly
Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse - Sandstone
Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse - Sandstone
I purchased this mouse for occasional use - I wanted a wireless mouse without (1) Spending a small fortune on a Logitech MX wireless desktop (I have six sets distributed everywhere) and (2) needing to use another USB port on my computer.

I was pleasantly surprised with this mouse.

- BATTERY LIFE: The website claims "up to 12 months typical usage" - I purchased mine (three different colours) in February 2020 and have been using the black mouse as my daily driver - 100+ hours on Windows 10, and the battery is still going strong. To extend the battery life, remember to push the small button on the bottom of the mouse (press, then release - do not hold) to turn it off when you are not using it.

- NUMBER OF BUTTONS: This is an excellent productivity mouse, with a left and right mouse button. If you are a gamer, note that there are no side triggers or programmable buttons. Also: this mouse is wireless (using Bluetooth), which may increase your response time in FPS or twitch games.

- FUNCTIONALITY: This mouse connects via Bluetooth and does not ship or require that a USB dongle. The mouse works with Windows, MacOS, iPad OS and Android.

- BUILD QUALITY: Nice, clicky buttons and metal scroll wheel feels "solid" when scrolling using it.

NEGATIVES:
- Black mouse is a fingerprint magnet (walk with a microfibre cleaning cloth in your bag).

- Gestures are not supported - this is an "old-school" 2-button mouse with a scroll wheel that happens to support Bluetooth connectivity to your devices.

- There is no battery gauge on the mouse (Windows 10 users: Access "Bluetooth & Other Devices" in the Control Panel to check the battery life).

- This mouse remembers ONE device at a time - you cannot connect it to multiple devices and expect it to work (the mouse remembers the last device you connected to it, but nothing else). If you are purchasing this mouse to connect to multiple devices, consider purchasing multiple mice (in different colours).

If you are an office or knowledge worker and want a simple, robust and reliable wireless mouse - without having to use up *another* USB port - look no further. This is your mouse.

Purchase with confidence.
HamiltonBuhl Smart-Trek Headset || Durable Steel-Reinforced Gooseneck Mic, USB Plug
HamiltonBuhl Smart-Trek Headset || Durable Steel-Reinforced Gooseneck Mic, USB Plug
These only have an inline volume roller type switch. I bought for my work but headsets need to have inline volume and mute buttons so they will not work for me. I didn't bother to even plug them in to test so I cannot speak to how they sound. I gave them to my daughter who is in college, hopefully she can find a use for them. Unfortunately I wasted my money on these.
OPPO F17 Pro (Magic Blue, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
OPPO F17 Pro (Magic Blue, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
So, I ended up ordering this for my mother. I think I am going to keep it for myself.
So far so good, 1st day of usage-

If we say that One Plus and Iphones are 9/10s or 10/10s then Oppo F17 Pro is-

Battery Charging Capacity- 8/10
Battery Lasting Capacity- 8/10
Rear Camera- 8/10
Front Camera- 8/10
Screen- 9/10
Sound- 9/10

Comes with a cover, ear phones and a charger which is indeed amazing.

The phone is surprisingly good. It has a good camera which has multiple modes to click photos. It's front camera is top notch. I think if you get this phone for less than 20k by exchanging your old phone, it is totally worth it.
It is a very light phone btw. Easy on the eyes and easy on the pocket.

This is a day 1 review, first impression and a few hours of usage after full battery. It charges real quick btw.

Shall update and edit this review in future if anything changes.

Oppo has caught up with One Plus phones and with this budget phone, it has moved a step ahead.

Buy it without any regrets if you can exchange an old phone and get this within 20,000.

Go for it.

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