Finnegan Martinez

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JavaScript Frameworks for Modern Web Dev
JavaScript Frameworks for Modern Web Dev
JavaScript Frameworks for Modern Web Dev by Tim Ambler and Nicholas Cloud. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Murach's MySQL
Murach's MySQL
Murach's MySQL by Joel Murach. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 58 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Manuale del linguaggio SQL: Guida alla sintassi del linguaggio SQL, con riferimento ai sistemi Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL e Microsoft SQL Server ... di informatica Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Manuale del linguaggio SQL: Guida alla sintassi del linguaggio SQL, con riferimento ai sistemi Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL e Microsoft SQL Server ... di informatica Vol. 1) (Italian Edition)
Manuale del linguaggio SQL: Guida alla sintassi del linguaggio SQL, con riferimento ai sistemi Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL e Microsoft SQL Server ... di informatica Vol. 1) (Italian Edition) by Riccardo Cervelli. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Die Akte: Roman (German Edition)
Die Akte: Roman (German Edition)
Die Akte: Roman (German Edition) by John Grisham and Christel Wiemken. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Directive: A Novel (Mike Ford Book 2)
The Directive: A Novel (Mike Ford Book 2)
The Directive: A Novel (Mike Ford Book 2) by Matthew Quirk. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 74 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Grave Decisions
Grave Decisions
Grave Decisions by Stephen R. King. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 178 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
UN Saco De Huesos (Spanish Edition)
UN Saco De Huesos (Spanish Edition)
UN Saco De Huesos (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Game Development Using Python
Game Development Using Python
Game Development Using Python by James R. Parker. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
R For Marketing Research and Analytics (Use R!)
R For Marketing Research and Analytics (Use R!)
R For Marketing Research and Analytics (Use R!) by Chris Chapman and Elea McDonnell Feit. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
AngularJS y Apache Cordova: Del ni idea al ¡soy un maestro! (Spanish Edition)
AngularJS y Apache Cordova: Del ni idea al ¡soy un maestro! (Spanish Edition)
Creo que el libro está bien enfocado y que toca palos realmente interesantes, pasando por el detalle de las instalaciones de node, bower, gulp... la creación de tareas con gulp, la realización de un mock para emular la llamada a un servicio...
Todo esto está bien para tener un conocimiento básico de la integración de todas estas herramientas y de cómo realizar una aplicación en angular 1.X pero no esperéis convertiros en maestros con el libro.
Al margen de algunas erratas (no se especifica en algunos puntos la declaración de variables necesarias y la instalación de algunos paquetes) que se pueden resolver por uno mismo, el libro está bien.
Lunch with the FT: A Second Helping
Lunch with the FT: A Second Helping
52 interviews of the most influential thought leaders across a wide range of activities and acheivement. The proximity that a lunch table brings is a refreshing change to interviews and also reveals the true character of the person interviewed. Great read and some refreshingly insightful look into facets of life.
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
There's been over 3300 reviews written on this title by fellow Amazon members. So there's not much new that I can add to this book except my full recommendation that you read it.

Washington has been pushed out of New York City with grand defeats and loss of great property that he could ill afford. He creates his winter quarters at Morristown, NJ. Supplies to sustain his Army as well as critical information as to what the British are up to in New York City are two critical bits of information he must be aware of just to survive to fight another day.

Where does the enemy plan to strike come Spring 1777? What is their strength. Any new deployments and if so, where? Who is still in command and what is the enemy's troop strength? When do they plan to march on Philadelphia. What about their Southern campaign. How secure is his own Army and Congress in terms of gathering and protecting sensitive information?

Lot's of questions that George needed answered and couldn't read about in the local newspapers. Washington had proof that his ranks had been infiltrated by spies, so turnabout was fair play. The Culpepper Spy Ring was created in New York City in and around1776. The ring was composed of very common people, 5 men and one woman. They had jobs that would fit into the city and no direct any undue attention to their positions. Their jobs allowed them to listen to and even infiltrate the homes of the British in subservient rolls.

While Washington and his army were floundering in New Jersey, the one war he stood a chance of winning was that of words and ideas. This ring of spies was his formal entrance into the world of espionage.

It is interesting to read of the many challenges facing both nations and the interpersonal relationships that his spies were able to develop. The old adage that lose lips sink ships worked on both sides of this contest .But the information that this new unit was able to accumulate became an important part of the Colonial overall strategy. This is a well written and very interesting book.
Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures
Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures
How many of you have imagined at some time what it would be like to hang-out with Bob Dylan? Louie Kemp has taken the reader through some wonderous and playful portions of his and Bob’s life, from its early roots in Duluth and summer camp, with their great friend, Larry, through open parties where Bobby played the piano with his feet, through Bobby hitch-hiking his way to Manhattan in the winter, dressed as a snowman, into Carnegie Hall and the March on Washington, growing up into the American psyche and leaping over a few years into superstardom. Louie has described his friendship with Bobby with gentle humor and fun, as after near 10-year separation, he contacts his old friend in NYC and soon after they meet, Bobby pulling pranks on him with his “Soon-to-be ex-girlfriend.” Then into a long-term romp through the rare pleasures of Bobby’s extraordinary life and into to prolonged circus of the Rolling Thunder concerts, which no one wanted to end. Louie seems to have reserved his criticisms for Mr. Dagnasty himself, Albert Grossman. Along with all the others, it’s a tale best read yourself.
Unlocked Smartphone CUBOT X19 4GB RAM+64GB Cell Phone, 4000mAh, Dual 4G SIM, 5.93 inch FHD Display, Android 9.0 Pie, no Bloatware, T-Mobile, Face ID, Fingerprint, Gradient
Unlocked Smartphone CUBOT X19 4GB RAM+64GB Cell Phone, 4000mAh, Dual 4G SIM, 5.93 inch FHD Display, Android 9.0 Pie, no Bloatware, T-Mobile, Face ID, Fingerprint, Gradient
UPDATE 08/02/2020: I have determined that, contrary to what T-Mobile's IMEI check says, this phone IS NOT compatible with T-Mobile VoLTE. That means that it will no longer work on T-Mobile's network, including any T-Mobile MVNOs, starting in 2021. Also, due to AT&T's VoLTE whitelist system, it will not work on AT&T's network starting in 2022. It's a shame, because the specs for the price really are amazing, but due to the coming VoLTE requirement I can no longer recommend this phone for use with US GSM carriers.

OLD REVIEW:
Is the Cubot X19 going to measure favorably against a $1000 flagship? Of course not. However, I feel confident in saying it will beat most similarly-priced models from better-known brands. First: the negatives: the speaker is not very good for games/media, though standard voice calls are just fine. The body is all plastic. Battery life isn't as good as the Huawei Honor 7X it replaced. The stock camera app is seriously the worst I've ever seen. However, none of these downsides are anywhere near dealbreakers. I'm not a big music/movie/game player on my phone, and I use a good pair of headphones when I do, so the weak speaker is no big deal. With a case on, the plastic body isn't too troubling. Battery life is still pretty good; the 7X's was just exceptional. Bad camera app? Install Open Camera, problem solved. Where this phone shines is in bang for the buck, and the specs are outstanding for what is a VERY inexpensive piece of hardware. I paid $80 more for the Honor 7X, and the X19 runs rings around it. It runs a very clean version of Android, too, without a lot of manufacturer fluff. Again, this is a cheap phone, not a flagship. Compared to other smartphones in its price range, though... and to many budget phones up to $200 or so... it is truly a standout.
NIKE Jordan Mens 1 Low Black 553558-010
NIKE Jordan Mens 1 Low Black 553558-010
かれこれストリートの服装始めて8年の大学生ですが、
ジョーダン1はいつまでたっても最高のパートナー。
今回購入したのは黒、ということもあり
ジョーダン1のツヤが一層引き立っていてとても気にいりました。
シルエットも、フォース系より細みで尚且つ薄くて、履きやすい。
どんな服装にも合わせることができる万能君です。

エアフォースもいいけど、やっぱ僕はジョーダン1を選びます。
参考になれば。
Marvel Boys' Costume Hoodie
Marvel Boys' Costume Hoodie
I ordered this sweatshirt in a size medium for my six year old son (he is more the size of an 8 year old at nearly 70lbs). When it arrived it appeared to be an adult size. My 220lb husband who is very fit/muscular tried this sweatshirt on that was meant for our son and it fits him perfectly.

We are keeping the sweatshirt for my husband but now I am on a mission to find one like this that will fit my son as it was supposed to be a birthday present!

When it says "Big Boy Costume" I think it means "Man Child" lol. It was a bummer that it was the wrong sizing but on the flip side, now my husband has a fun sweatshirt to wear for Halloween this year :) If I could get this same sweatshirt but truly in my son's size, I would have given 5 stars.
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas
We love Wild Kratts in this house. My kids were very excited about the Christmas episode, so I bought it for them. It was...okay. I mean, they liked it and would watch it again (and have). I thought it was pretty lame and not typical of what I've come to expect from the Kratt brothers. Oh well, $4 I'll never get back.

Definitely check out other Wild Kratts episodes though: the show is great...just not this particular episode.
Cover Story
Cover Story
I was disappointed by this series. After watching Ólafur Darri Ólafsson in Trapped, I was excited to return to Iceland and see a female protagonist. The lead character, owing a great deal of money after losing a court case, rushes off on a series of melodramatic, and to me, unbelievable choices. One of my favorites was when she takes her tween daughter and newborn baby to stake out a murderous motorcycle gang. Parking about 25 yards away from some gang members, she leans out her car window with a huge camera to snap pictures of them. The baby starts crying and alerts the gang who rush her car. Really? Any show that has me rolling my eyes multiple times gets two stars.
The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss)
The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss)
Dr. Seuss takes one of the most historic eras of the twentieth century and transforms it into one of life's lessons that may appeal to young and old. The Butter Battle Book was first published in 1984 during the latter part of the Cold War of the mid 1980s. The story involves two communities, the Yooks and the Zooks, and what can they possibly be in conflict with? The right and wrong of spreading butter on a piece of bread, the Yooks argue that butter should be spread on top of the bread while the Zooks believe it should be spread on the bottom side of the bread. What arises after each cannot come to a consensus?

The entire premise of the story involves building new inventive concoctions to deter the opposing group. As all of this is going on within each side, the Yooks and the Zooks simply cannot see an end to the conflict. Instead, they continue to build and build bigger walls and massive machinery with the attempt that one will give up. However, neither side gives in. And as one reads the story, one of the resolutions that neither side even attempted, a peaceful means of negotiation through communication and speaking with each side rather than producing more unnecessary inventions that simply have not worked. So where does the story end? Where it began.

The Butter Battle Book is one of Dr. Seuss's classic stories that falls within the same vein as other controversial storylines that speaks to the masses and offers a lesson, The Lorax. This story also leaves much room for further discussion almost twenty years after it was written as well as within the present day.
One Piece, Vol. 88 (88)
One Piece, Vol. 88 (88)
The Whole Cake Island Arc nears it's finally with Volume 88 of One Piece. As with the other volumes set in the Whole Cake Islands the artwork is truly something special, with food being incorporated in both the setting buildings and the shapes of the islands themselves as well as the Big Mom Pirates.

But the big star of this volume is the many transformations in it, it both treat visually and emotionally. I won't spoil any of them but if you enjoy that sort of thing I think you'll be very happy with Volume 88. A fun side effect of the transformations and confrontations is it goes a long way to making Big Mom seem like a true powerhouse of the One Piece universe, without making discrediting her or changing her personality. Well done Of a, keep up the awesome work. One final thing is between this volume and the last it makes a great case as to why Jinbei will be a Straw Hat and what he offers to the crew beyond being another capable fighter. It's always a plus when other characters get have have their time in the spotlight. I have been MickManga and I hope you all have a great day.
The Book Lover's Tale
The Book Lover's Tale
When we first meet Matt de Voy, he is about to relate the story of a murder he has committed, to a solicitor. Matt helps choose libraries for rich clients, while his wife Cecilia is an interior designer. Between them they create lifestyles and homes for the wealthy and Matt fits the image his clients expect - educated, bookish and handsome. Between them, they are a successful couple, but there are cracks in the marriage which cannot be repaired. Part of what attracted Cecilia to Matt was the fact he was a writer - however, after having one novel published, he never managed to write another. Cecilia's disapproving parents set them up with a home and helped her career, in which business Matt is now a partner. As far as their partnership goes though, work is the only place they really seem to cooperate or have anything in common.

Dissatisfied, Matt continues his life as a serial adulterer. He enjoys using literature to woo the wives he is working for - and, one imagines, enjoys being seen as more educated and sensitive than their husbands. When he first meets the Swanson's, he is immediately intrigued by the beautiful Claudia, while taking an instant dislike to her husband Jim. Jim works in Canary Wharf - he trades, he deals in money and business and banking. Matt, who collects first editions and wives, finds it incredible that the stunning wife can really love him and sets out to add her to his collection.

This book is the story of what happens over a sweltering summer in London, as Matt seems bent on the self destruction of his life and marriage. In some ways, the story is a sordid one - his attempts to make wives love him, while investing little of himself seems cruel and impossible. As he finds himself falling in love with Claudia, you are almost grateful that he is unable to hold himself aloof. However, from the start we know that the events of that summer lead to murder and the feeling of impending disaster hang over the book. It was a little hard, at times, to have sympathy for Matt, but his sheer arrogance could also be appealing. A well written, well crafted and enjoyable story and I will certainly go and discover this author's first book. This will appeal to all book lovers I think, who will understand the appeal of literature as a tool of seduction.
Goosebumps Horrorland X 10 S W [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2011] R L Stine
Goosebumps Horrorland X 10 S W [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2011] R L Stine
Most of these have a lower Lexile for a chapter book, upper 300-400. They will be great for my struggling readers in grades 3-5 who want to read books for kids their age, not 1st grade books about cute forest animals. I especially love that they say 8+ on the back!!! This will make kids absolutely positive that it's not a "baby book." 😂

Something they don't tell you, these are the UK version. I'm not sure whether that will make a difference to my students unless they come across the word "trousers" and get confused.
College Weekend (Fear Street)
College Weekend (Fear Street)
Here I am a 35 year old woman still reading R.L. Stine Fear Street books. I grew up on them, never did the whole Goosebumps thing. Yes, they are childish for me, and very often they don’t really have any horror in them. But I still like to read them, especially the ones I missed out on as a teenager, and I think this was one of them. This was a very short read for me, at 147 pages long it took me a little over an hour to read. Perfect to bang out a review on when I’m short on time.

Tina Rivers’ is a love struck teenager who can’t wait to see her boyfriend who is away at college. They haven’t seen each other in months. Her parents won’t allow her to travel by herself so they have her cousin Holly go with her. Not a problem, as Holly can’t wait to check out some college parties. All Tina can talk and think about is her boyfriend, Josh. Its actually pretty annoying how much she keeps going on and on about the guy throughout the book. But I do know since I was a once a teenage girl in love, that we tend to just keep talking about the boys we like. When Josh doesn’t show up to pick them up at the train station, Holly goes on and on and on saying the same things over, questioning Tina about Josh knowing what station it was, what time, etc. It was very annoying to me as it just seemed over the top filler.

Chris, Josh’s roommate, shows up to save the day and pick up the girls when Josh is a no show and some creepy guy is harassing them. He explains that Josh went camping with a friend and has been having car trouble so he’s there to pick them up. Off they head to the campus dorms. Repeatedly Tina questions whats going on with Josh. Things just don’t seem to add up. Tina and Holly meet another friend of Josh’s, Carla. Her boyfriend is off camping with Josh. They all decide to go and check out a party together, and that is when Holly goes missing.

Chris and Carla seem to have answers to all of Tina’s questions and fears about Josh and Holly, and neither one of them seem concerned. Chris always seems to have some kind of excuse for why Josh and Holly haven’t shown up or made any attempt to call. Or when Josh does call its to Chris’ phone. Not to where he would reach Tina.

Its obvious to me from the beginning that Chris wants to hook up with Tina, he’s slow dancing with her, taking her out places, trying to kiss her, etc. So its obvious from the beginning that he has something to do with everything going on, but what exactly is going on?

The thing I did like about this book is there was actually death in the book which isn’t always present in Stine’s books and it was a quick read. The characters to me weren’t all that interesting. But its also hard to really invest in characters in such a short teen book when you’re an adult reading it.

This review is cross posted from my horror movie/book review blog: Shivers of Horror (link in profile)
Reflections: (InterMix) (Bannion Family Book 1)
Reflections: (InterMix) (Bannion Family Book 1)
I expected this story to pick up tempo eventually, but after Chapter 11, gave up on that hope. As always, Nora Roberts has detailed character development for her characters -- except Seth, the male lead. Ms Roberts' novels usually switch back and forth, from the heroine's to the hero's point of view. In Reflections, she focuses solely on the female lead--in nearly boring minutiae. When she does venture from Lindsay, she is developing friends such as Monica and Andy, or her dance partner Nick, or prodigy Ruth. Seth is supposedly a quiet man of great depth and feeling, but confirmation of that will not be found in this book. While focusing on stammering, child-like conversations, "Hello" and "Hi", and other characters' love interests, Ms Roberts ignored the opportunity to develop sexual friction between Seth and Lindsay--the sexual friction for which she is so well known and causes the reader to embrace the characters.

After Chapter 11, I purchased the whisper-synch audible, thinking I was reading the story incorrectly. No such luck. The audible narration is irritatingly whiny and makes Lindsay sound like a nervous, babbling, self-conscious high school girl instead of an internationally renown ballerina.

The only good thing I can say about Reflections is that when you read the next Bannion story, many of the characters are already well developed; and you will have a better understanding of Nick in the Stanislaskis books.

Addition: Research shows that this book (Intermix 2013) was originally published in 1983, making it one of Ms Roberts's earliest publications. Her writing has flourished over the years and I will definitely read her other early writings to see how her style has developed.
Dragon Ball Color Cell nº 01/06 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball Color Cell nº 01/06 (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Comprado el día de su lanzamiento a 10.30 €.

Como han comentado ya, la calidad de color y viñetas es muy bueno.

Por otro lado, no trae la viñeta final, además del cambio de color (en la original japonesa era verde, a juego con Célula) y en el lomo aparece un logo de Planeta distinto al de las 2 primeras sagas (ahora Planeta Comic, antes Planeta DeAgostini).
The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team
The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team
There are so many good Berenstain Bear books, and this one fell flat. My 6-year-old loves baseball and the B. Bears, and a book explaining how to cope with pressure seemed like a good fit. But while pressure is mentioned, it doesn't really address the problem, and as another viewer said, having Sister call Brother sexist in a children's book was unexpected. Good intentions, but there are better ways to encourage equality in ways young children can understand.

While no one wants to see Brother and Sister fail, I can't help but think the story would have been more effective if either one or both did not get a spot on the team, and showed how they coped, successfully, with overcoming the pressure and disappointment to a positive outcome.
The Truth about Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club, No. 3) by Ann M. Martin (2006-11-01)
The Truth about Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club, No. 3) by Ann M. Martin (2006-11-01)
Posted originally on my blog: [...]

As a fan of The Baby-sitters Club, I always found myself more interested in the books that focused on Stacey McGill. I know that may sound odd to someone who’s never read the series, but those who have, they can relate. Though they may not all have found her to be their favorites, we all had one or two that really just stood out as a favorite character.

For this particular book, I must admit that I really despise the title: The Truth About Stacey. Since one of the two main plots in this book focuses on Stacey’s diabetes, it gives off the impression that the reader isn’t aware of this fact and that Stacey is lying or hiding something from the rest of the club. However, this isn’t the case as Stacey revealed the secret to the other girls in the club during Kristy’s Great Idea. However, in this story, you do discover that Stacey did hide her illness from everyone in New York. Despite being seriously ill and having her friends not only turn their backs on her, but also bully her for it, she and her family never tell anyone about her illness.

Now, a year later, Stacey’s managing her diabetes, adjusting to a new life in Stoneybrook and enjoying her new friends. However, her parents can’t seem to stop worrying. Their concerns are wearing thin on Stacey’s nerves, not because she is unappreciative for her caring parents, but because they are forcing her to see one new specialist after another. In the end, Stacey manages to convince her parents that she needs to have a more active voice when it comes to her care. She’s comfortable with the two doctors she has and she doesn’t need to see every single one in the country in order to continue maintaining her diabetes. But that is only one of three successes Stacey experiences in this book.

The second success comes from her reuniting with her lifelong best friend, Laine. At her sickest point, Stacey embarrassingly had a bed wetting accident while at a sleepover are Laine’s house. As with most preteens, Laine rejects Stacey privately and publicly in the aftermath of the incident. Thus fueling Stacey’s conviction to remain quiet about her illness. It only while on a trip to New York City to meet with new (and well known quack of a) doctor, that Stacey and Laine finally get to hash out all of their problems. My only issue with this comes from the fact Stacey feels as if she needs to apologize to Laine. Just from the details given (and not referencing a later book that goes more in depth about this story), Stacey has done nothing that warrants an apology. She was sick and it caused her to have an accident. She didn’t purposefully go out of her way to bully Laine and I honestly feel she was right to hide her illness. This girl was supposedly her best friend and despite realizing Stacey was sick,(i.e. fainting spells at school, countless doctors/hospital visits, etc.) Laine never once asked if she was okay or inquired about what was wrong.

Stacey’s third success is actually a shared success with the other girls in the club. As another (older) babysitting services pops up in Stoneybrook, the girls find themselves wondering if this is the end of The Baby-sitters Club. After all, how could they possibly compete against older teens who are available later into the night? As they lose jobs left and right to the other side, they girls try to come up with ideas for how to compete. Everything from offering to do housework, special deals and recruiting new members is discussed and as reports from the children come in about smoking, being ignored and even boyfriends coming over, the girls are becoming really concerned about the impact this other service is going to make. But nothing works until the girls notice three year old Jamie Newton playing outside in the cold by himself. The girls finally resign themselves to informing his mother of the situation at hand and it is with her support that the rest of the families realize that the other service is not quite as efficient.

Now, I must say I enjoyed this reread far more than I did the previous two books. But much like the last two books, there was something that took me back when I read it. While I understand a preteen may not understand that women don’t normally go back to being a size 0 a few days after having a baby (unless they are really lucky), reading her call one of her clients (even mentally) fat was disturbing. Nonetheless, as I found myself questioning why I even bothered going down memory lane with this series (and the Fear Street series), this book renewed my interest to continue on. Because eventually, I will hit books I never read as a child and of course, some of my favorite stories are yet to come.
Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit
I was really excited about this purchase, but when I pulled the toy out of the box I thought he was defective because he doesn't have a nose! The picture makes it seem like the little upside down triangle (that most bunny stuffed animals have stitched on their face) is under his fur, but it isn't-- there's just nothing there. It looks...well...kinda weird. I suppose I will keep it since Easter is so close and my infant son won't know the difference, but it's disappointing since I paid for a cute Peter Rabbit that would look like the one from Beatrix Potter and this one is just a little "off".
The Forgetful Bride
The Forgetful Bride
This is just a very fun read; two people with a childhood connection which develops into a challenge of understanding and accepting the personal relationship. The interpersonal relationship of the main characters is cute, funny and sensitive. Debbie Macomber has a way of bringing the characters and the reader into a relationship and I love this simple, fun and clean,with moral ethics, style of fiction,
Hot Demon Nights
Hot Demon Nights
I totally enjoyed this easy blend of Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy. The heroine is a total woman--issues included. The hero, oh, he's so yummy! I can't wait for the sequel to find out how Blaise, this uber sexy demon is going to overcome her obstacles. Woot! Loved!
Hannah Massey
Hannah Massey
I have bought and read almost all of Catherine Cookson's books. This is the third time I've read this in over 30 years and the third time I've read it cover to cover in one go. It grips you from the start and you can't put it down.
The Kindle wasn't invented in 1971 when I bought the book for 25p. It remains in my bookcase still. Old and worn.
Review: David Baldacci's King & Maxwell
Review: David Baldacci's King & Maxwell
This review convinced me to continue on with Baldaccis series and purchase the sixth book, King and Maxwell. While it was shorter than many other Expert Book Review products, I still found it useful. The “Who would like it?” section says “Lovers of political thrillers and conspiracy theorists will get a kick out this book.” That perfectly describes me, and what I am looking for continuing on with Baldaccis series. I also found the review helpful in pointing out the good and bad parts of the book. As the review states, the characters are very relatable, and the “good guys” aren’t all good, nor the “bad guys” all bad. Since the bad parts the review states seem mostly related to those having not read the first five books, which I have, I made up my mind to purchase the book. Expert Book Reviews helped me make the commitment, and I am glad that I did.
Phenix n39 anne rice et les vampires
Phenix n39 anne rice et les vampires
comme d habitude les livres de la collection Phenix sont une sources de renseignements tres complets et agreables a lire.livre en parfait etat,emballe avec soin et rapidement.
EASTDREAM uzbek original aluminium casting cookware (kazan) 6 LITERS (1.5 gal) For making pilaf\palov\plov.Brand Eastdream. Uzbekistan.
EASTDREAM uzbek original aluminium casting cookware (kazan) 6 LITERS (1.5 gal) For making pilaf\palov\plov.Brand Eastdream. Uzbekistan.
Kazan lid arrived with uneven edges, leaving noticeable gaps between the lid and the walls of the Kazan. In addition, the lid has a deep circular scratch on the inside from being packaged directly under the kazan. Sellers's photos seemed to suggest that kazan comes with a complimentary set of spices, but none were included with the shipment. Bottom line - the quality does not justify the price.
Rhyme? And Reason?
Rhyme? And Reason?
Not a problem with the book, but I think the text file is corrupted - I've tried to download it twice now, and the file won't open and it tells me to delete it from the kindle and reload it from archive. I deleted from the archive and "bought" it again, with the same result. have given up for now.
The House of the Bears (Dr. Palfrey)
The House of the Bears (Dr. Palfrey)
I was a great John Creasey fan when younger but this was not as good as I remembered. Also it needs re-editing as there are duplicated pages and missed pages on the kindle version. I realise that this was written first but I have also read alot of Colin Forbes "Tweed" series and the style and feel are almost identical.
Even with this criticism I still enjoyed it.
Disguise Harry Potter Illuminating Wand, Light Up Costume Wand Accessory Brown
Disguise Harry Potter Illuminating Wand, Light Up Costume Wand Accessory Brown
I bought and returned four HP wands (for Halloween) before keeping this one. If you’re looking for a costume wand, this one is soooo much better than the others for sale. Yes it’s plastic and yes it looks like plastic. It’s a toy not a collectors item. But it’s perfect for an HP costume. 4 stars because it doesn’t actually light up every time you push the button so there’s a glitch somewhere. Oh well!
Kangaroo Halloween Accessories - Wizard Wig, Grey, Size One Size Fits Most
Kangaroo Halloween Accessories - Wizard Wig, Grey, Size One Size Fits Most
This wig/beard combo is not perfect but it is an excellent value for the price. I wore it for a Con as Gandalf and it worked well. To be fair, I bought it with Prime, it came right on time, a day out from DragonCon so I didn't get it tweaked quite as well as I wanted. For Halloween it would be fine for most costumes.

For Cosplay it needs work. First the challenges:

It is VERY shiny. I tried a combination dryer sheets, dry shampoo and baby powder to try to kill the shine. Ultimately, I hit it with dry brush acrylic paints and made some headways but didn't get it quite where I wanted it. I will get there but just didn't have the time at that time. So be warned if you care about shine.

The second issue is that the 'stache is pretty awful, there is a potential that you could trim it and I have seen worse but it is only "quick and dirty" Halloween quality at best. I chose to cut it off and integrate it into my own facial hair with decent but not exceptional results.

Both of these minor gripes can probably be resolved with some time and effort.

The good is:

1. The price is more than fair - it is a great wig for this $15 price point.
2. The quality is very good for artificial hair.
3. You get plenty of hair to work with for both the wig and beard. I wouldn't mind a bit more fullness for the beard but it is definitely meets expectations.

For the price, this is a 5 star wig and beard. I gave it 4 because it needs to be perfect at any price for me to throw it a 5.

I included a picture. Very happy with what I was able to do 3 days before the Con.
Funnlot Cosplay Tie for Birthday Party Costume Accessory Necktie
Funnlot Cosplay Tie for Birthday Party Costume Accessory Necktie
It's a nice enough tie for the money... but after reading the description saying one size fits all and good for adults and children and then reading reviews sayings their seven year old wore it at Halloween and it fit just fine... I thought it should fit our nine year old enough for Halloween. But, it is way way too long. When tied it hits him mid thigh. He is on the slightly shorter end, but it is so big I don't know that we can make it work.
Aquarius Harry Potter Marauders Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Aquarius Harry Potter Marauders Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
This was a very fun and difficult puzzle to assemble. I felt like the border pieces were not clearly distinguishable and could too easily connect incorrectly. I actually had it assembled approximately six inches too long on one side and not connected at all on the other for quite some time. I could tell the error had happened, but couldn't find the problem area.

The red border was incredibly challenging as the imagery on it is not very clearly in segmented form. For avid puzzlers this is probably a good thing. For those just graduating to puzzles of the 1000+ piece size, this might become frustrating. The rest of the puzzle looked like it was going to be just as difficult, but the image on each piece was just enough to help keep things in the general area.

I did hope that this was going to be a good enough puzzle to frame, but after it was complete I decided not to do it. The final product looks fine, but I decided it wasn't actually a good enough representation of the franchise to consider it as an art piece in my home.
Ameenha Lee's High School Survival Guide
Ameenha Lee's High School Survival Guide
I originally purchased this book for my son, who is of middle school age but I know will eventually be tackling a lot of the issues covered in the book. Once I started reading it...I found myself relating (as an adult) to many of the issues discussed! Where was this book when I was younger?? Ameenha does a great job covering important issues with advice that can transcend across the lines of age, gender, race, and religion! As a parent, it will help me understand what my son may be going through. But chapters like Chapter 7 "Procrastination" and Chapter 8 "Confidence" also helped me reflect on my own career and personal life. This will be a great guide for my son and he will also appreciate that it is written by someone close to his age! This "High School Survival Guide" can help spark many relatable dinner/family conversations that might otherwise be sensitive topics! Thank you Ameenha for writing this wonderful book!
ASURION 2 Year Mobile Accident Protection Plan with Tech Support $1000-1249.99
ASURION 2 Year Mobile Accident Protection Plan with Tech Support $1000-1249.99
This Is An Update, To My Review. I Have Received My Protection Plan Via E Mail And After Alot Of Searching, All Is Well The Company Did An Outstanding Job In Clarifing How To Find My Coverage Via Email. I'm Blind and My Kids Couldn't Find It. I Thank You For Helping Us Locate The Email. Thank You, Kerry L. Cantrell
Learning Mandarin Chinese Characters Volume 1: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn Chinese Characters! (HSK Level 1 & AP Exam Prep)
Learning Mandarin Chinese Characters Volume 1: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn Chinese Characters! (HSK Level 1 & AP Exam Prep)
I am currently learning chinese through Duolingo and Busuu- both great apps for learning to read, recognize, and pronounce chinese characters but not at all useful for writing. Writing helps me to remember and recognize characters better, and have more of a relationship with the language. This workbook is perfect for beginning, I am slowly going through each exercise and really enjoy the design and all the little facts that are placed to help you learn about the language and why the characters are they way they are.

Highly recommend!
Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscious Business
Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscious Business
This book was extremely insightful. Each chapter held something that enhanced my knowledge of CSR and Social Enterprises or taught me something new. This book is extremely transparent on what it takes to be a responsible business that cares for the environment, being socially responsible and for the people that work for. I read this book as part of a class in Corporate Social Responsibility and my classmates and I were motivated and empowered to do more for the world. The author, Russ, even took time out of his day to video call my class and explain to us behind the scenes of his book and answer any and all questions we had about the book. Business can be and do GOOD. This book truly shows that. This is a book I will definitely refer to in the future.
Fast Focus: A Quick-Start Guide To Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions, And Getting More Done In Less Time!
Fast Focus: A Quick-Start Guide To Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions, And Getting More Done In Less Time!
As an avid reader, I thrive on learning new ways to improve my life, achieve more, and be more productive. A few months ago I discovered Damon Zahariades blog on productivity and I’ve been hooked since. Damon has a down to earth approach to making more out of your time and getting things done. His writing is witty, engaging, and practical on every level. He knows that few of us have the time or attention span to read through the verbiage to get to the meat of his ideas. Damon’s new book Fast Focus – A Quick-Start Guide To Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions, And Getting More Done is a gem that you need to pick up to embark on streamlining your life without added stress and work.

So many productivity books jump around and never really get to the point. Fast Focus is the exception and I was quickly engaged and immersed myself into Damon’s writing. As a professional with four boys I have been a self proclaimed multitasker extraordinaire for years. Guess what? Wrong! I finally admit that I can’t multitask and am not so great at blocking distractions out. Damon jumps right in and explains how his system can assist with showing us why it’s hard to keep focus, how to create an environment where we can focus, and 23 ways to fight distractions so we can get things done. I quickly related to the stories that Damon shared from his own distraction and productivity experiences and found myself nodding in agreement. Already, I have implemented some of his ideas and they work!

In particular, Fast Focus introduced me to the concept of “voluntary focus” which we all have. It is a muscle that can be strengthened with practice and time. I never thought about attention in this way and will gladly share this with my husband. What we can’t control is involuntary attention so let’s not even try. Damon calls out the key distracters to focus and if you are cell phone connected, you can guess what preys on most of us and the list does down from there. Even physical clutter can inhibit our success and as I looked around my own office, I cringed and made adjustments. Scents, lighting, background noise and air quality can be a key interrupter to focus.

Fast Focus offers 7 sound reasons why we need to strengthen our focus muscle for life improvement. In the past, I gave scant attentions to just how critical a honed in focus can impact my life. Most books don’t focus enough on the benefits to both our internal and external lives. One of these benefits will hit home for you:

Improved production
Stronger relationships with those that matter
A boost in your critical thinking
Better decision making
Increased grit (my favorite!)
Information retention
Increased self control.

These sure do sound like effective goals don’t they? This is a dream list for anyone interested in becoming more efficient and in growing both professionally and personally. For me, the real meat in Fast Focus is the numerous tactics to improve your focus. I suggest that you read them over and pick 5 to try over a 3 month period and see what improvements you see. Here are my favorites:

Limit daily task to 5 and no more or you will be overwhelmed
Do some aerobic exercises before you sit down to focus and work on your task list
Practice batch processing to keep your mind on one thing. For example, handle any tasks related to your email and online tasks in one session. Manage handwritten work within a separate work frame
Keep a log for a week or so to determine your peak energy levels. Choose your most productive times to tackle work
Tame your inner perfectionist. This one is a huge challenge for me. I focus too much on detail and perfection and it derails my results every time.

Reading Fast Focus is like having a conversation with a good friend and gleaning tips, tactics, and hacks in a relaxed format to apply to your life. Information that Damon shares is very actionable and to the point. He offers a quick test to gauge your current focusing ability (mine was embarrassing). You won’t waste any time reading through pages and of pages just trying to find insight that will help you. This book reads like a blue print for success and can be used as a road map to bring you efficiency and success. Again, my favorite section of the book is the tactics to improve focus in addition to the numerous links Damon offers us to digest more information.

This is the perfect time to make a new start to achieve your goals and strengthen your focus so you can breeze through this year with focused thoughts and less stress. Pick up a copy of Fast Focus today to get on the best track for success!
Middle Class Melodies
Middle Class Melodies
I am from Tenali. Making the movie with all new characters and making it very close to reality is engaging for most part. Hero's mom is very natural. The girl who works in mobile shop is too good to be true to real life character. Giving story to all characters is one aspect very appreciable. Also, highlighting the real problems like throwing garbage, people cheating with money, mokaalla noppulu, blind belief in astrology etc is very good. The only part that is boring is Bombay chutney and adding mango to it and showing it as Newton's apple. Lol. This part was overly dramatic. Telugu movie hero chetha chettha etthinchinanduku hatsoff. Heroine role is also very close to reality. All the actors did great job in their roles.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Laptop PC, 14" HD Display, Intel i5-2520M 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 (Renewed)
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Laptop PC, 14" HD Display, Intel i5-2520M 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 (Renewed)
These were purchased for use by our service technicians. Hope they last a long time. They have nice displays and good size hard drives and RAM. They start up very quickly and I had no problem in swapping them over to log onto our corporate network instead of the default workgroup, since they do come with Windows 10 Pro. We like the fact that they still have a 9-pin serial port, something that has been dropped from most laptops. We have older equipment that we still need to communicate with over a serial port and have found that many of the USB to serial converters are not very good. Only certain chip-sets work and it is much nicer to have a built-in port. I have connected to our network via both wired Ethernet and WiFi with no issues. The monitors are wide screen and bright. I went ahead and purchased car chargers for them but have not tested them yet.

I must say, I originally took one star off of the rating because I purchased two PC's at the same time and one of them was completely DOA out of the box. I added the star back after receiving another unit that is working. Since I had a second unit, I tried it's battery and even without a battery and it just would not turn on at all. I contacted the company through Amazon and they did call me back and tried to troubleshoot the problem.. They were very nice and without taking much time, apologized for the trouble and agreed to send me a new unit, which they did. As of March 3rd, I have finished loading all the software needed on the two machines and have tested the networking, both wired and wireless, the serial ports and USB ports. All seem to be OK. Will get them into the hands of our servicemen soon and see what they think of them.
Hanes para hombre, Active Cool (frescor activo)
Hanes para hombre, Active Cool (frescor activo)
I am not one to complain about things very much. I'm not one to ask to speak to the manager. And if I am, it's definitely not about something as simple as socks. That being said, these are the worst socks I've ever worn and I they make me so angry.

I've worn Hanes socks that I buy at Target my whole life so I figured, hey, I need more socks, so let me just buy more Hanes socks, but this time from Amazon because I'm a lazy millennial. These things are terrible. They're paper thin. I've washed them 5-6 times now, and even still, my feet and toes and toenails are completely covered with lint that I have to scrape off my feet prior to getting in the shower, otherwise the lint will clog my drain. They're not absorbent at all; when I go for a run, my feet are sliding around inside the socks from the sweat.

Do not buy them. Hanes, you should be ashamed.
Social Media Marketing when you have NO CLUE!: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Beginner Internet Marketing Series 3)
Social Media Marketing when you have NO CLUE!: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Beginner Internet Marketing Series 3)
I love this book! I read it just a few days ago and was able to organize my YouTube channel. My 7 minute intro video is very straight to the point with my watchers.

They know exactly what I have to offer and how it can help them. I no longer have a blog because I'm too ADHD to sit and write out posts. :-P
I do everything by video so I can speak my mind and people see my emotions.

This book will also help you set up your very own blog. I'm not sure what I have, is it a vlog? Perhaps. Chapter one is the meat, and potatoes of your blogging journey. There are some very provocative questions for you to answer.

I suggest you write down your answers for clarity. As I said before, I took the questions and answered them right on my intro video. Get this book and read chapter 1 immediately. If you get stuck on a question, don't skip it. Simply put it to the side until you think a little more, but make sure you answer that question. Best wishes to you all!
The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
The book examines the friendships and rivalries between four pairs of 19th and 20th century artists (in the following non-chronological order): Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. My review is perhaps too long, but, concentrating as it does exclusively on the relationship between these artists, it deals with only one part of this superb book, which brings the artists’ personalities vividly before us, is full of other incidents in their lives and has perceptive things to say about the climate in which they worked.

Freud and Bacon met for the first time in 1945, when Freud was 22 and Bacon 35. They took to each other immediately. They were both wild, led rackety lives and were socially undisciplined, Freud’s paintings were at that time very precise, controlled and result of the closest scrutiny; Bacon’s the very opposite: impulsive and daring; and Freud was fascinated by it (and by Bacon’s extrovert personality). Bacon, for his part, admired Freud’s draftsmanship, though probably indifferent to his friend’s work. They made portraits of each other. Freud’s portraits of his sitters often took weeks; Bacon’s distorted portraits were mostly dashed off in an intense spurt from memory or from photographs. Bacon was, at that time, much better known and very much better off than Freud, who became financially dependent on him until his own marriage in 1953 to his second wife, Lady Caroline Blackwood of the Guinness family. The relationship between Freud and Bacon began to fray as Freud observed Bacon’s masochistic infatuation with and dependence on one of his lovers, the violent Peter Lacy; Bacon resented one of Freud’s intervention in 1952, and made more negative comments on Freud’s style. Their close friendship came to an end (though they still socialized on and off for the next twenty years or so and they even worked on each other’s portraits. And Bacon’s work contributed to the changes in Freud’s later style, when Freud abandoned precise linear draftsmanship for an equally intensely observed but now powerful impasto and for the three-dimensionality of heavy bodies. There is now a ruthlessness about his depiction of flesh which some critics have called “cruel”, which is also a charge made against Bacon. Freud now became really successful and prosperous, and perhaps Bacon’s resentment of this brought about their final falling out in the early 1970s. Smee has written four books on Freud, which may account for this chapter to be the best and least speculative of the four. It is superb in its analysis of the personalities and works of both men.

Manet and Degas, both in their late twenties with Degas the younger by about three years, first met in 1861. Manet was had a relaxed and sociable personality, Degas an austere, puritanical and somewhat tortured one. Manet seemed happily married; Degas, though moved by female beauty, was a natural bachelor. Manet was already a fluent painter of “real life” subjects (as distinct from the allegorical, historical or mythological subjects that were favoured by the establishment of the Salon), whereas Degas was struggling to find a path between Ingres and Delacroix, the revered senior artists representing Neo-Classicism and Romanticism respectively. Manet persuaded him to abandon this for painting “real life”. The two men became close friends, but Degas was anxious to be his own man and not merely an acolyte of Manet’s. Smee argues that the difference that appeared between the two men was that Manet was interested in external appearances and paid little attention to expressing characters through faces (true, I think of Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, but surely not of Olympia? And Smee himself writes about Manet’s interest in the face of Berthe Morisot with whom he was for a while bewitched), whereas Degas looked for an inner truth in the people he painted and that this would best be captured if he caught them unawares. Degas was good at conveying tensions in a marriage. In 1869, during the period when Manet was known to be pursuing Berthe Morisot, he painted a picture of Manet and his wife Suzanne. He showed Manet on a sofa listening to Suzanne playing the piano, and painting conveyed a distance between them (partly caused also by the fact that Manet was not very interested in music). Degas presented the picture to the couple; but when he next visited them, Manet had cut a piece off the painting, which upset Degas very much. Smee sees this episode as very important; but the two men did not break off their friendship, though “its intensity was missing”.

When Matisse and Picasso, his junior by twelve years, first met in 1906, Matisse was an established painter and Picasso was a rising star. Matisse was well disposed to Picasso as a fellow flag-bearer for modern art and encouraged him, but Picasso was determined not to be Matisse’s follower, and it was long before the two men were equals, with Picasso the bolder innovator and seeing himself as a rival to Matisse. Art historians agree that that this rivalry did exist, though Smee has, I think, too many phrases like “Picasso must have felt”, for which there is no evidence. The “breach” between them was over Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907 – that is only year after their first meeting), but Matisse was not one for personal grudges, and, as in the case of Manet and Degas, the two men kept up friendly relations; and much of the antagonism was between their respective followers. When Picasso embraced cubism, Matisse even painted some pictures with something of cubism about them.

De Kooning’s early art work showed that he was a very fine draftsman, though this bothered him, and he was looking for an escape from this particular talent. He moved away from representational to abstract art, but the latter was still linear and disciplined. Pollok, on the other hand, was initially unhappy about how poor his own draftsmanship was, and for this and other reasons he took to bouts of binge drinking during which he was occasionally violent. He then attached himself to Thomas Hart Benton who saw talent in him and helped him to improve his skills in representational art; but this did not satisfy him either. He experimented with surrealism; then was influenced by Roberto Matta, who got him to draw with blindfolds. In 1942, encouraged by a Jungian analyst, he began to doodle; some of this now went into his paintings; Peggy Guggenheim took him up, and he suddenly became famous among aficionados of modern art. The great 180 square feet mural he painted for her in 1943 a single night were, if you like, a gigantic but wonderfully rhythmic doodle. From there he moved on in 1947 to his famous drip-paintings of canvases he laid on the floor: to these apparently chance marks also he imparted a rhythm. Pollock had first met De Kooning in 1941. Fame had so far eluded De Kooning. He now began to admire the freedom in Pollock’s work (rather as Freud had admired Bacon’s) and he began to cut loose in his own paintings. The works he showed in 1948 were fluid and thickly-painted abstracts, though they lacked the rhythm of Pollock’s. As these began to attract attention, Pollock became aggressively jealous of De Kooning. Even so, they established a gruff and sometimes literally sparring friendship. They were now regarded (and regarded each other) as the two great masters of modern American painting. Just as in the case of Matisse and Picasso, it was not they but their followers (notably two leading art critics who hated each other) who sided with one and denigrated the other. In 1950, De Kooning abandoned abstract art and embarked on his famous set of “Woman” paintings. He was embarking upon something new and vigorous and much acclaimed at the very moment when Pollock’s work was becoming mechanical, critics were turning against him, and his behaviour became more intolerable than it had ever been. But De Kooning would not have achieved the fierce freedom of these new works if he had not initially been liberated by Pollock’s influence. When Pollock saw these figurative paintings, he shouted drunkenly to De Kooning that he had “betrayed” abstract art. There was of course no betrayal involved, any more than there had been when the paths of Freud and Bacon or of Manet and Degas or of Matisse and Picasso had diverged; and I don’t think “betrayal” merits its place in the subtitle of this book. The last few pages of this chapter show how, after Pollock’s death in a car crash in 1956, De Kooning’s behaviour and alcoholism became increasingly as unhappy and as alcoholic as that of his late friend. At the time of Pollock’s death, De Kooning was considered the greater artist; but that, too, would change during the remaining 41 years of De Kooning’s life.

Sadly, the book has only 18 illustrations. Thank goodness for Google Images!
HP - Pavilion 15.6" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 - 256GB SSD - Shadow Black
HP - Pavilion 15.6" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 - 256GB SSD - Shadow Black
The following is my own experience upgrading my new HP Pavillion 15-ec1073dx. It does come with the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, running at 3.0 Ghz, with 6 cores and 12 threads and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB of VRAM. The display is the weak link. This is only 60Hz, and the usable viewing angle is narrow. Although the display is adequate, you really see the difference when you mirror the display to a decent TV/monitor. BTW, the wireless mirroring works well, but not for gaming, as there is a lag of nearly one second! To game on a big screen use an HDML cable. There are only 2 USB 3.0 ports, so you may need a USB hub at times. For the money, I think this is the most bang for the buck in a gaming laptop. At this price level you can upgrade the RAM and internal storage and have a capable, useful system for a relatively low outlay.

First off, there is only one M.2 SSD slot. To upgrade it, you must clone the drive onto the new, larger SSD using a USB adapter. I used the Jesot NVMe to USB Adapter, available here on Amazon. For the new SSD I bought the Western Digital WD_Black 1TB SN750 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD - Gen3 PCIe, M.2 2280, 3D NAND - WDS100T3X0C. I used the Western Digital free software to clone the drive. It failed on automatic settings, but worked fine when I chose the manual settings mode, and the default choices in the software.

This laptop comes with dual channel RAM, with one 8 GB card installed. The maximum allowed is 32 GB. I replaced the stock RAM with Crucial 32GB Kit (16GBx2) DDR4 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600) CL22 DR x8 Unbuffered SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT2K16G4SFD832A. These are dual rank cards!

This HP laptop also has a 2.5" SATA bay, complete with mounting frame and plastic dummy drive. This makes it very easy to add a drive. I installed the Western Digital 2TB WD Blue 3D NAND Internal PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm, Up to 560 MB/s - WDS200T2B0A . If you have not done it before, you go to the Disk Management in Windows to initialize the drive. Let the internet be your tutor.

These upgrades brought my overall benchmark numbers up from 2648 to 3039. Now this PC lives up to it's speed potential and has an abundance of fast, reliable storage. (Plays BF4 at ultra settings). There are many other ways to go, but I can tell you that these parts work great in my own machine. Computer and all parts purchased on this site.

PS: There are no hatches under the PC to access the components, you must remove the lower cover completely to work inside. The HP manual shows opening the bottom cover by removing 4 screws toward the rear and 3 tiny screws in the front. Your plastic pry tool is used only at the front seam. I found that you can easily insert the tool if you start at either front corner, then slide carefully across the front edge, prying as you go. Once the front is free, the rest of the cover will unsnap all the way around. When refitting, be sure to snap the cover on COMPLETELY before refitting the screws.
Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair without Arms in Black
Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair without Arms in Black
PROs : Got this chair today, the package was considerably lighter than I expected. I'm and old lady and I had no problem getting it in the house and down the basement stairs. It took longer to unwrap all the bits than it did to build it. It was very easy to build and the directions are straightforward. I am the god of screwing up simple, I got it all right on the first go! The hydraulic lift does it's job well and quickly (played with it for a while, because I'm two.) The seat is well padded and super comfy.
CONs: The wheels seem a bit stiff, but that may have everything to do with my not perfect floor, or may change with a bit of use. The back rest does not adjust back from the chair far enough. If it had an inch more distance, you would be able to get more of your legs on the seat making it comfortable for long sits...or you can just leave the back off. The foot rail is definitely too high. I am only 5'6, when the chair is at its lowest height, my knees and I can have a staring contest. A tall person would find it unusable at that height. The set up would have to be re-engineered to make it workable.
For the money, it is a fantastic chair! I absolutely recommend and I would buy again.

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