Millie Diaz

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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
With the exception of one laptop and 2 non-smart cell phones, in my personal and professional life since 2004 I've had nothing but Apple products - computers (both desktop and laptop), iPads, iPods, and my crown jewel: my iPhone. None has ever disappointed me. I say this not to put forth a review of the Apple products but to explain that I am part of Steve Jobs's choir: I value, respect and rely on the products that he created. I'm sold, so to speak. And so it seemed only logical that I would eventually read this book to gain insight both in the genesis and evolution of Apple and in the person of Steve Jobs. The book did not disappoint in either.

What I found out about the early years and the development of the personal computer was fascinating. I do remember a lot of the news articles from those years - I was living in San Francisco at the time and a good friend of mine worked for Apple - but I would not consider myself previously knowledgeable about Apple in any comprehensive way. I learned so much of the nuts and bolts of Apple Computer, Inc., from this book. The chapters about the creation of the iPod, iPhone and iPad were very interesting to someone who has used these products for years and years and feels she has some proficiency using what they offer me.

But the insight I gained from the book on Steve Jobs the man left me very sad. While I consider him to have been a true genius with an almost other-worldly imagination, I can't imagine that I would have liked him very much or respected him outside of his professional arena. As the founder and developer of Apple Computer, he was spectacular. He had an intense imagination, vision, and belief in things that had yet to be discovered. He was fortunate enough to find those people who had the same precise work ethic that he did. To find those people and to hone the abilities of the ones who stayed, he had no reservations about crushing their substandard efforts or their feelings. The ones who lasted were the ones who believed in his vision and their Jobs-given opportunity to indulge and demonstrate their own creativity. The ones who lasted were the best and brightest the tech and artistic world had to offer. The ones who lasted were the ones who took his ideas and made them into our reality. I am profoundly grateful to them and to him for the advances they made in technology and artistry. And I guess the one cannot exist without the other. Without his exact personality would the tech world have been turned on its ear and eventually controlled by Apple? I don't know. Actually I doubt it.

In terms of his family, it seemed as if his attention to them was given only when it was not required or demanded elsewhere. His children were discussed very little; the same is true about Laurene Powell, his wife. But it is clear that in his wife he found the one person who was his equal in intelligence and commitment. Their marriage is portrayed as strong but him as absent.

The sections on his cancer and eventual death were moving but not enough to make me feel for him as a person. I am sorry he died but my sorrow has to do with the loss of him professionally and what he might have accomplished and achieved had he lived but not with the loss of him as a man. And yet I can recognize his genius and I'm glad I read the book.
Japanese Singles Collection (Blu-Spec CD2)
Japanese Singles Collection (Blu-Spec CD2)
過去のディランの総集編的な二枚組CD。
これまでのディランの印象的な曲が網羅されており、なかにはなかなか聴けない曲も。発売当時のジャケット写真も懐かしい。
Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook
Bob Dylan's Great American Songbook
The originals from which the Triplicate issue got its inspirations. I share Mr. Dylan's affection for the songs of the pre-rock n roll generation, and probably sing them about as well as he does now. It is interesting to hear them in earlier versions versus Dylan's more limited arrangements and instrumentation. The face of Bob Dylan on the cover is possibly a selling ploy, or might be a drawback as it does not hint at the wide range of artists actually included on the album. The rating is primarily for affection for the musical generation and its value as a contrast and compare stimulus against the Triplicate album by Dylan.
AIMS Power REMOTELF Remote Switch with LCD Monitoring Screen
AIMS Power REMOTELF Remote Switch with LCD Monitoring Screen
This remote does what it is supposed to do... let you see the status of the battery and inverter remotely. Mine is mounted in the drywall of my kitchen and let's me control and monitor the inverter that's in the basement.

Great. Now the bad... well not bad, just not polished..... the display glitches every once in awhile when displaying the graphics. It's likely a refresh the screen and CPU interrupt issue, no cause for alarm... it just screws up the battery or bar graph icon for a fraction of a second every so often. The voltmeter and frequency meter aren't very accurate and sometimes the input reads different than the output when on AC power. Other reviewers have mentioned the backlight button. You have to press it for about 3 seconds and the display will light up for 30 seconds which is plenty.

For what it's worth, the cable is a straight thru RJ45, so any CAT 5 cable will work. Some workers around my house severed the supplied cable and I replaced it with a 50' cat 5. Works great. They probably should tell you this in the instruction manual.

If you just want to remotely turn on the inverter and don't care about the display functionality, you can simply install a switch on the RJ45 jack. 3-5 turns inverter on, 5-7 turns on with power saver mode.

NOTE: the inverter's power save mode is practically useless since it only triggers with a resistive (heater) load, not a motor. I had wanted the inverter to run in power saver until, for example, my fridge came on. So the work around I can see is using a battery powered timer tied to the remote pins 3 and 5 to turn the inverter on every so often. The idle current on the inverter is kinda high, so you end up using 35-40% of your batteries just to idle the inverter all day. The best solution is this remote panel and simply turning it on or off as needed manually.

The remote panel is a great idea and the only one that'll work with the aims inverters but it sure could have used a little more spit and polish.
Pentel EnerGel Pearl Deluxe RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen, 0.7mm, 4 Pack, Assorted Colors (BLN77WBP4M)
Pentel EnerGel Pearl Deluxe RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen, 0.7mm, 4 Pack, Assorted Colors (BLN77WBP4M)
I tried the Energel Needle-point in 0.7mm. These write beautifully. The ink is bold and consistent. They write a little more smoothly than the G2, S-Gel, Inkjoy Gel, or Pilot Juice at 0.7mm. The needle tip is reminiscent of the Pilot Precise rollerballs and the effect is the same. They are great for tracing a ruler or fine detailing where you really need to see the tip.

The body is okay. It's a little stout but that's okay. There isn't anything remarkable about the shape. The button is fat. There is a lot of play in the button. It works flawlessly but it feels squishy. It's different from usual clicky pen buttons. It rattles a bit. I ended up putting the cartridge into a Sarasa Clip, which has a cheaper-looking but more comfortable and more practical body.

That said, I tried the refill in a few other pen bodies. It fits perfectly into the Sarasa Clip, Pilot Juice, and Sharpie S-Gel bodies. It'll fit into the Jetstream Standard and Inkjoy Gel bodies but is a little tight in both cases. It'll work but clicking is a little stiffer and less satisfying. This is supposed to work with the Pentel Philography but I don't have one handy to test. That would be a nice fit for everyday writing.
Badge-Usher-Magnetic-Black Plastic (1-1/4 x 2-3/8)
Badge-Usher-Magnetic-Black Plastic (1-1/4 x 2-3/8)
I like my pin, I don't have any regrets, I don't have to worry about putting holes in my closes with the one that pin on. This magnetic usher badge is just what I needed. Love, love, love it. Please order some you want regret it the pin stay in place where every you place it.
Inuyasha, Vol. 35 (35)
Inuyasha, Vol. 35 (35)
This series was full of heart, full of mystery, full of action and adventure. The anime is wonderfully written and the soundtrack is superb. The manga is powerful. It contains alot of things the anime wasnt able to give you. There is alot more detail and alot more character elements in the manga. That being said every single piece of this wonderful series is worth buying and Amazon offers one of the best prices youll find to collect it without going bankrupt.
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos for Strings: Cello (with Piano Acc.), Book & CD
The Lord of the Rings Instrumental Solos for Strings: Cello (with Piano Acc.), Book & CD
Il prodotto è costituito da:
- un libro a colori contente partiture complete per pianoforte e violoncello.
- un libro contenente solo le parti di violoncello (utile per lo studio in quanto permette di concentrarsi sulle proprie parti in una o due pagine massimo per pezzo).
- CD per effettuare il playalong. Ogni brano è presente in una versione completa di violoncello ed una in cui è assente per consentire di suonare insieme agli altri strumenti. Da notare che all'inizio del CD viene dato il LA in modo da poter accordare i violoncello. L'accordatura è LA 442.
Per chi ama LOTR è sicuramente un buon sistema per incentivare lo studio, lo consiglio però anche a chi non ama il film in quanto la colonna sonora è scritta da compositori di fama internazionale ed alcuni brani sono veramente piacevoli da interpretare al violoncello.
Cape Cod
Cape Cod
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is probably best known for “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience.” Neither has the readability of “Cape Cod,” one of the accounts he wrote of his extensive travels. He was a great travel writer, eager to describe the places he visited, using a more relaxed tone with lighter philosophical inclination than that used in his controversial essays.

As an essayist he was relentless as an advocate for the discovering of life’s true necessities. He was a lifelong abolitionist and champion of civil disobedience. Some described him as an anarchist, although he seemed to favor the improvement of government rather than the destruction of it. While either sitting in prison or residing in solitude on Walden Pond, his writings were heavy with transcendental idealistic musings on “the meanness of the world.” Not so much with his travel tales that seemed to lighten his countenance.

Always known for his pointed satire and cunning wit, Thoreau seemed to bring them forward more easily as he rambled around. A Thoreau biographer, Walter Harding, called “Cape Cod” his “sunniest and happiest book. It bubbles over with jokes, puns, tall tales, and genial good humor.” That might be stretching it a bit, but there’s no doubt that the book is pleasant to read, if a bit wordy. After Thoreau left Walden Pond in 1847 he became increasingly interested in natural history and the environment, and began writing more about them in his travels and expeditions. His love of flora and fauna sometimes dominated his writing providing the reader with great skimming opportunities to survive the redundancy.

The walks he recorded in “Cape Cod,” were compilations of four treks he took, covering most of Cape Cod’s towns. His observations are full of descriptions of the countryside from the seashore to the marshes, plains, scrubby trees, and fields of the Cape’s inner reaches. His encounters with a shipwreck in which many people were killed, an educational encounter with an oysterman, and a riveting description of a lighthouse are informative and highly readable.

I noticed an oddity about his writing. Enthusiastic travel writers are heavy into the food they encounter as they wander. Thoreau tended to ignore the subject. Although he was not a strict vegetarian, meat was low in his priorities because of his perception that it was unclean, and he seemed to subsist on little but air as he trekked around. At one point he mentioned that a clam and a couple of crackers would make a fine dinner,

His writing received widespread praise in later years but also received some pointed criticism from some of his well-known contemporaries. Luminaries such as Robert Lewis Stevenson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Nathaniel Hawthorne all took their shots at him, calling him unmanly, a skulker, and a “woodchuck.” Thoreau answered by invoking the idea that every man needs to consider the scope of his own life and not worry about what he has heard of others.

There was a good deal of satisfaction for me in the reading of “Cape Cod.” Thoreau’s ideas are thought provoking, his vistas are well formed, and he is, after all, considered a literary icon. I feel much more intelligent and well read after completing “Cape Cod.”

Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
Oringially, I found this book on a display in my local library under the corner "classics" section, a rotating display to catch one's interests. Indeed it did becasue I found an author I knew little about. I had heard of Pushkin and he being considered the paragon of Russian poetry. Although I love to read a variety of subjects, I really don't care for any type of poetry (except for epic tales like the Aeneid, Oddessey and Beowulf etc...) and usually stick to prose writing. That's why I found this amusing, a collection of short stories by Pushkin.

Needless to say, I checked it out and was enthralled by the first "short story" entitled "The Negro of Peter the Great". I was stumped and a little surprised at the title but was curious and started reading. The first page swept me in and definitely kept my attention. By the end I was dissapointed because it was obviously unfinished, I then turned to the intro and found out it was originally a novel Puskin was working on at his early, untimely, stupid death. I was upset because I personally felt this indeed might have been one of the most interesting and maybe, if finished, greatest novels of the Russian language and litterature in general.

"Dubrovsky", which is, actually a novella, "Queen of Spades" and "The Captain's daughter" were also quite good but I reiterate the point that to me, feels that "The Negro of Peter the Great" is indeed, one of the greatest tragedies of lost litterature. I liked it so much, I went out and bought a copy for my personal library.
Adultère (French Edition)
Adultère (French Edition)
Je me suis terriblement ennuyé en lisant ce livre, j'ai pourtant persévéré jusqu'a la fin en me disant que j'allais accrocher, mais rien du tout mise à part vers la 250 ème page ou on à un espoir, mais finalement cela s'essoufle très vite pour finir sur du baclé de chez baclé avec une morale complètement débile (surtout de la façon dont elle survient) qu'on lit partout, avec toujours se même baratin au sujet de l'amour..., c'est ridicule, autant se dire je vais bien tout va bien, ca revient au même. Bref les passages s'enchainent sans réel lien, le personnage de linda passe par des sentiments dont on ne comprend pas l'origine, c'est balancé tout cuit au lecteur, on ne sait même pas pourquoi elle fait ces actes, on entre à aucun moment dans sa souffrance intérieure ce qui nous permettrait de compatir et de vivre chaque situation avec elle. Le tout est rythmé par des scènes de sexe extrêment crues, sans aucun intetêt, surtout la 1ère scène qui arrive au bout de 5 pages, à peine on apprend qu'elle s'ennuit dans sa vie qu'elle est déja à genou sur la moquette... euh c'est quoi le lien?? on à sauté des pages ou quoi?? En fait le titre n'a rien à voir avec le contenu, car au final jamais dans le livre la question de l'adultère est disséquée.
There's Always a Trail (Dramatized)
There's Always a Trail (Dramatized)
We purchased this audio CD to listen to in the car during a long road trip. It's been a few years since I've read Louis L'Amour books, but these well done stories brought his books vividly back to mind for us. The sound effects and character voices were top notch, and we enjoyed every minute of this CD.

For anyone who enjoys Westerns and especially Louis L'Amour's books, I recommend this audio recording.
Box Crepúsculo (Portuguese Edition)
Box Crepúsculo (Portuguese Edition)
O produto físico em si, não é o que outrora foi como em suas publicações anteriores. Ele é mole, qualidade inferior das edições antigas, papel ainda amarelinho; mas fino. Os quatro livros juntos não aparentam ser os mesmos que suas primeiras publicações aqui no Brasil. A editora não foi feliz nessas reimpressões. As lombadas parecem achatadas, comprimidas.
Resumindo: parecem edições econômicas, porém, com orelhas.
Comparando com as edições antigas, que ainda possuo e muito bem conservadas; novas, parecem mal feitas; apressadas. Acho que deve ter sido isso: a pressa em voltar ao mercado com essas edições as fez serem mal acabadas, com um material (miolo) inferior e o box dos livros mais molinho.
Me decepcionei com o produto por pensar ser o que, um dia, a editora nos forneceu, mas, com todos os livros juntos, em um box que eu não possuía.
Vale para aqueles que os querem juntos para completar coleção, tê-los novos, começar a ler os livros ou reler, etc... Mas, eu, em minha posição pessoal, não gostei do material como um todo.
Die Jäger: Thriller (Camel Club 4) (German Edition)
Die Jäger: Thriller (Camel Club 4) (German Edition)
Ein Mann auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit. Oliver Stone wird selbst zur Jagdtrophäe.

Einst war er ihr Auftragskiller - inzwischen riskiert Oliver Stone mit seinen Freunden vom Camel Club alles, um die finsteren Machenschaften der US-Regierung aufzudecken. Deshalb ist es kein Wunder, dass auf allerhöchster Ebene eine gigantische Hetzjagd auf ihn angezettelt wird: Stone wird zum meistgesuchten Mann Amerikas.

Er taucht unter in den Wäldern Virginias, in einer kleinen entlegenen Minenstadt. Hier häufen sich rätselhafte Selbstmorde und Todesfälle. Ist der Ort wirklich eine Zuflucht für Stone - oder vielleicht eine tödliche Falle?

Mit "Die Jäger" hat David Baldacci wieder einen rasant erzählten Thriller erschaffen, der die Leserin, bzw. den Leser in die scheinbare amerikanische Idylle entführt und bei jedem Gänsehaut hinterlässt.

Die Geschichte fesselt den Leser erbarmungslos ans Sofa.

Mein Fazit: es lohnt sich, wenn man sich mit dieser "Jagd" auf die Folter spannen lässt!
Shotgun (87th Precinct Book 23)
Shotgun (87th Precinct Book 23)
The final McBain 87th novel of the 1960s. This came out in 1969 and has a great twist.

It begins with a couple brutally blasted in the face with a shotgun. Bert Kling is so overcome he has to throw up. He and Carella work together on this one. There are some interesting references to prior events in the series. Kling is still with Cindy Forrest but they encounter some problems when Bert is seen with a pretty blond witness. One of my favorite parts of the book is when the cops encounter Roger Broome from "He Who Hesitates." The final wrap up is one of the best so far in the series, well worth sticking around for.
Robe Factory Harry Potter Slytherin Shower Curtain House Bathroom Decor with Hook Rings
Robe Factory Harry Potter Slytherin Shower Curtain House Bathroom Decor with Hook Rings
Was looking for something new and different for the guest bathroom. Seeing how we’re Potter fans why not turn it into a Slytherin dungeon. Lol! Made of 100% polyester it feels really durable and well made with good stitching and vibrant graphics. Curtain came exactly as described with curtain rod rings as well. The rings themselves are nothing special just thin plastic but they work and do the job. Couldn’t be any more happier with this purchase. A great shower curtain all the way around.
Harry Potter - Hermione’s Light Painting Wand – Award Winner
Harry Potter - Hermione’s Light Painting Wand – Award Winner
Bought this as a Christmas Present for my Wife who is a huge Harry Potter fan. I must say this product was even cooler than the little promo video on the page states.

Pro's: The build quality is great very thick plastic that doesn't feel cheap. The molding is almost as good as the prop replica wands you can buy that are twice as expensive.

The only Complaint about the build quality would be that the power button isn't molded more seamlessly into the wand itself, it kinda sticks out like a wart. And the LED light at the tip was not socketed into the want casing as well as it could. Small complaints for an otherwise great Product.

The App is easy to use, and in less than a minute my wife was painting the room in light (and it really does a good job of mimicking the "wand effects" from the movies)

If you want a Potter Movie wand that looks good, and has extra features, I'd suggest going with this company.
PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets - Harry Potter Hogwarts
PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets - Harry Potter Hogwarts
I got this for $5 earlier this year, but I wouldn't have paid $15 for it. It stuck to my phone case really well . . . too well. 6 months later I tried to remove it and I swear the popsocket was super glued to the case! Multiple nails were broken in the process, and floss had nothing on the adhesive. I gave it up as a lost cause. It gets hot here, but I spent the majority of those 6 months indoors, so maybe there's a time limit on how long you have to reposition it.

Side note: I like the convenience of having an extra hand hold, but I thought the ridges were uncomfortable on my fingers.
The Secret Self (Nexus)
The Secret Self (Nexus)
If you like Domination, Spanking, and Incest, this book is for you. I did enjoy the details of dressing and the author did a great job in making you see the world through Eve's eyes. There were times I pictured myself as her. I didn't care for all the bondage, domination, and spanking that occured. I think it went over the top being way to submissive. I enjoyed her aunt and kind of wished I had an aunt that would help me dress. In my opinion though, some of the sexual acts between Eve and her aunt were unnecessary. And for someone being completely passable, why did it take to the upper 20's to finally go out in public? For crossdressers/ and transgenderists who don't care for domination/ bondage, you may want to read something else.
Multiple USB Charger with 18W PD Port, SUPERDANNY 10W Wireless Pad with USB C Port & Quick Charge 3.0 & LED Display, 8-Port Desktop Charging Station for iPhone 11 Pro Max/iPad Pro/MacBook Pro, Black
Multiple USB Charger with 18W PD Port, SUPERDANNY 10W Wireless Pad with USB C Port & Quick Charge 3.0 & LED Display, 8-Port Desktop Charging Station for iPhone 11 Pro Max/iPad Pro/MacBook Pro, Black
Recieved it last night. Im not very impressed. The main reason I bought it was for wireless charging. The wireless charger is definitely hit and miss. I tried with and without the phone case and it wasn't different. I set the phone on top of the wireless charging pad overnight. The phone was at 32% when I went to sleep. When I woke up 6.5 hours later the phone as at 65%. The only other things that were also connected were a JBL Link10 Speaker and a Blue Parrot bluetooth headset. Both of those devices were pretty much fully charged before I attaced them to the charger. In my opinion the wireless charger is very poor. The USB ports are average.

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