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My Affiliate Links

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May 252012

In this page you will find all companies I am affiliate with with. I like to provide people with information on products that make their lives easier or just work for their needs. I also have all my links on this site affiliated, another words if you use my site to link through to whatever it is you saw on this site and purchase that item I will get a part of that companies advertising revenue for that purchase. The amount I get is based on your purchase but in a lot of cases it’s not more than 4% but that does help to keep this site and my other sites running and also gives me incentive to find more solutions for you, the consumer.

My other sites include but are not limited to:
More websites will be added as others are brought online and brought up to date.

If you would like to help out just by clicking through to any of the affiliates and purchasing the products you would normally purchase as it is that would be of great help as well. Just simply click a link from my site to the site that you want to purchase from and everything else is automatic, just search for your product and purchase as you normally would once on their site.

I will start this off the links with my favorite site, Amazon:
If you wish to bookmark any of my links you will need to right click the link you want and select the option “copy link address” then add that to your bookmarks by going to your favorites/bookmarks list and “add page” or Save link, it all depends on your browser but you may have to right click over your bookmarks bar or your bookmarks menu to get to this option.

This is the “short list” of affiliates here:
www.abt.com< www.adobe.com
www.bn.com (barnes & noble)

Upon visiting the link you will find the instructions you will need. Basically it’s just a click to a retailer, shop and buy. Just be sure to do it all in one step as closing the page will end the affiliation and if you leave items in your cart to purchase later it will not be affiliated when you return to complete the purchase.

Thank you all in advance that make it a point to participate in this system to help out.

Original post date: January 1st, 2011
Updated: April 1st, 2011
Updated: October 1st, 2011
updated: March 17th, 2012

May 232012

If you are looking for a multimeter to meet your day to day needs the Extech unit will do just about everything you could probably want it to do and then some. Best purchase I’ve made in a while.

From the Manufacturer

Compact autoranging multimeter features extra large 4000 count display and built-in non-contact AC voltage detector. Advanced function include Frequency, Duty Cycle, Capacitance and Temperature. Diode test and continuity. Rubber holster protects meter. UL listed Cat III – 600V. Includes test leads, Type K temperature probe, two AA batteries and tilt stand.

Product Description

Combines a multimeter with a built-in noncontact AC voltage detector. Functions include capacitance, frequency, duty cycle and temperature. Cat. III-600V. UL listed. Large display and a host of features.

Application: Capacitance, frequency, duty cycle and temperature

Display Shows: Large 4,000 count

Accuracy: 0.05%

AC Volts: 100 – 600

UL Listed: Yes

Low Battery Indicator: Yes

Oct 172011

I received a few questions about the lack of high capacity portable drives that incorporate high speed transfer systems like eSATA. I recently went through a bit of a debacle with a Western Digital portable drive that was extremely slow in speed. This surprised me as I always thought WD took their drives a little more serious. Upon taking it apart I discovered that it was a major failure of a drive. They actually removed the SATA connections from the controller board and replaced them with a severely inadequate USB interface. I mentioned this in a few locations and among friends and they were all wondering how to get the higher transfer rates without having to buy a pre-made unit. Currently for the smaller 2.5″ drives the Western Digital Scorpio Blue are among the fastest drives on the market without having to move to a Solid State Drive (SSD). The price on the SDDs is still what has been keeping them out of mainstream markets but that’s another topic for another time.

Getting back to the portable mass storage devices, there is a simple solution to this problem. Just buy the external drive enclosure that has the features you want and put the drive you want in it and that’s all there is to it. I personally prefer eSATA enclosures simply because they commonly come with a USB interface as well and you also have the option to connect via eSATA which is a very high speed transfer rate connection.

I have always scavenged my old laptop drives and computer drives and put them into external enclosures or even as extra drives internally in other computers. A couple of brands that I rather like for external enclosures have been Sabrent and Vantec. there are of course there are other brands like Transcend who always make good products but they are still not a leader in the enclosure market. There are too many other brands on the market with better featured enclosures. Namely Sabrent and Vantec who have eSATA port 2.5″ drive enclosures and other models with FireWire 400 and 800 connections.

Here are a few links to specific models that I would suggest using:Take note that the Sabrent enclosures don’t come with an eSATA cable but they will support up to a 750gb 2.5″ drive, they may support the newer 1TB drives but this is not fully known as the newer 1TB small drives are just not hitting the market. The Vantec model also states that it is only up to 750GB for the drive but again 1TB drives where not on the market when these products were launched.

Sep 262011

Perfect for chopping down weeds, clearing a camp site or cutting small branches, the black KA-BAR machetes make great all-purpose utility knives.

Surviving the toughest field testing, the Kukri boasts excellent test results in chopping and basic field use.
Specifications: Weight – 1.26 lbs.; Blade Length – 11-1/2″; Overall Length – 17″
Shape – Kukri; Stamp – Taiwan; Edge Angle – 20 degrees; Steel – 1085 Carbon; Grind – Hollow; Handle Material – Kraton G