Do you guys remember the $3 Vibe 3-in-1 USB Cables?
Whelp folks, if you’re pining for more, MorningSave has them up for $3.33 each available as a 3-fer. It’s just for today 2/3/20 only as the “Daybreak Bonus Deal” so sorry @Barney, the VMP coupon won’t work on this. Click on the picture for deets.
Those are the ones I use and love!! Even better are the magnetic kind that are swivle with a 90° angle, no bent or torn cable, not ever!! Best thing since sliced bread in small world!!
Price has increased 15 cents since I posted the link but it clearly shows shipping to the United States.
If you’re having trouble buying from this particular vendor, select another. I picked that one randomly and cannot vouch for them in particular. There’s probably about a billion other vendors selling the exact same cord for about the same price.
@therealjrn I want to try one of the magnetic kinds too. The one where you can leave the lightning connector in the device and magnetically connect it when you need to.
The only problem is that I cannot find any cheap ones that are less than 1 meter long. The charging stand I have and the USB port is within inches of each other and it’s on a small table so I don’t have much room to coil up that much excess cordage.
If you have any links to short magnetic versions, please post them for me.
That link is for one that’s only $1.79 and free shipping. You can pick Black, Blue, Red, or Silver. If you do a search, you might find others too. This was another link picked at random and without searching too long.
Please note: I cannot vouch for any particular vendor on Aliexpress. However, I have purchased about 140 items. I didn’t receive 2 items and there was good tracking that showed it’s still in transit 60 days later. I filed a claim and the vendor said to give it more time but I did not accept that offer because buyer protection would expire so Aliexpress refunded my money. Has happened twice out of approximately 140 purchased items but I never lost a penny.
@cengland0@Lynnerizer@therealjrn The use of power banks have also increased the usage of mobile phones. Now we don’t think about the charge if we carry a power bank. If you want to buy a good power bank, you can follow my suggestion on this Facebook page.
Speaking of MorningSave Daybreak deals, the main event today 2/3/20 is the HISY “Reactivate” 2600 mAh Black Power Bank available as a 2-fer for $7.
I paid $5 for one just this last December. Why did I buy it? I have no idea. I used to have to drive all over Oklahoma transporting prisoners and having an extra battery saved me from getting lost a few times. So I guess I still have a “thing” about keeping extra phone juice nearby when I’m out amongst the Great Unwashed.
Once again, sorry @Barney, only available in black and no, the VMP coupon doesn’t work for this either. Click on the picture for the deal.
@Barney This product will not affect one’s capability to over-apologize.
Studies have shown that the over-apologizer is not at all that interested in what others around them say. More critically, they are obsessed with making sure any issue at hand remains “all about them” and that the topic remains focused on the apologizer, not the apologizee*.
I don’t think I can handle a 1000 piece puzzle after I tried to do one that was all dogs
The larger pieces puzzles are much easier to put together. It usually takes me three or four hours to do a standard size 300 piece puzzle, and about half that to do the larger pieces puzzles. As little as an hour to do the jumbo piece size puzzles (Ravensburger XXL pieces for example).
Ok, jigsaw-puzzlers, I have a question (or three):
What do you do with a puzzle once you complete it?
Take it apart, put it back in the box and put the box on a shelf?
I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles but never end up buying any because I don’t find any that I’d like to frame when I’m done, nor do I want my walls covered by dozens of framed puzzles.
It also seems like a waste to just put it back in the box and put the box on a shelf; and I also don’t want my shelves stacked with dozens of boxes of puzzles.
In the ~18 years I’ve lived in my house, I bought, assembled, framed and hung one - it’s a collection of all the Simpsons characters that existed up to that point in time - and assembled, disassembled, re-boxed and shelved one that a roommate brought and left here.
I haven’t bought, found, acquired - let alone assembled - any others, even though I’ve been tempted often, just because I have no desire to collect them.
So here’s what I’m really wondering - anyone know of any kind of jigsaw puzzle exchange group?
I think it’d be handy and fun if you could assemble a puzzle, admire your handiwork, the put the puzzle back in the box and trade it for a different one.
I’ve never heard of such a thing before but, in this day and age, if you think of something, chances are that someone else thought of it first.
Of course, I wrote all of this before bothering to google the concept, so I’ll go and do that now.
edit: lol, of course that’s already a thing. Lots of google results. Going to do some exploring and see if I can find anything locally.
Do libraries ever lend puzzles? Because that also seems like a good idea that someone must’ve already had.
Ok, so yeah - libraries loaning puzzles is also a thing, but I’m not sure I want to touch one that has been handled as often as those must be.
Going to continue exploring this idea.
BTW - I have a cheap, folding card table that I use for any projects that need a large, flat surface.
It’s got a soft, cushioned top, so I also have a large piece of scrap 1/8" plywood that I can put on top, if necessary.
@DennisG2014 I have built… I don’t know, several dozen puzzles… maybe over a hundred-ish? I have never framed one. I finish them, leave them on the table for a day or two to admire the fruits of my efforts, then pile them back in the box. I have traded a few with friends and associates who enjoy puzzling, but most are donated to the charity shop near my office. I have sold a few in yard sales, but most are donated.
I won’t buy a puzzle at full price. I look for the bargains. Maybe it’s a design I wouldn’t otherwise choose for $15, but at $3? Absolutely. And for three bucks you get a few hours of relaxation and enjoyment. Then if you don’t want to keep it, donate it, toss it into the recycle bin or give it to a friend. You definitely got your moneys worth.
The one I posted above is definitely on the top end of my spend limit for puzzles. I was intrigued by this one because it’s 1,000 pieces (I usually stick to 300 or 500 pc puzzles), because it’s a brand name I’ve never built, and because it promises “extra large pieces”. So I’m curious enough to drop $11 on this one. But usually I stick to the $3 to $5 bargains ($12-$15 regular price, sale or clearanced to $3-$5).
My last bit of wisdom: Building a jigsaw puzzle is not like watching a movie. You’ve seen the movie, you know the movie, maybe you’ll watch it again, but it’s the same movie. Building a puzzle is a bit different. It’s not like you will memorize all the pieces and know exactly where they belong. I have a couple that I’ve built two or three times and it’s still relaxing and enjoyable.
BTW, my current new-in-box waiting to be build puzzle queue is 22. 23 once this one arrives. I have a puzzle problem. More puzzles than free time!
It’s got a soft, cushioned top, so I also have a large piece of scrap 1/8" plywood that I can put on top, if necessary.
I have a couple sheets of Coroplast, taped with duct tape on one edge that I put on my padded folding table. If I need to take a puzzle break for a day or two, I can fold the second sheet over the top and it keeps the pieces from wondering away or getting dusty like that one time at band camp when I built a 1,000 piece puzzle and it went on for three weekends.
@DennisG2014 Usually when I find the cheap puzzles I post them here.
I find the deals a few different ways. I check SD several times a day and have notification options set there. But the hot bargains often sell out before I receive a notification, so manual checking is the most reliable method. There are other similar sites I haven’t really had much success with like Brad’s Deals, Cheapskate and whatnot.
I also have a bot that checks pricing based on keywords and stows the data into a SQL database for parsing and comparison.
Finally, I just do a hard target search. Most retailers provide “wish list” capability, so I load up my lists with stuff I’m interested in (tools, electronics, automotive stuff, puzzles, whatever) and peruse my wish lists when I’m bored or have time to kill, taking note of any bargains and beginning the process of trying to talk myself out of spending money.
@mike808 is going to have a conniption over yet another uni-tasker but I’m first sucker on this Lasting Charm Meat Tenderizer over on sellout today. I do lovelovelove chicken-fried steak so I hope this will facilitate making them.
Here ya go, @DennisG2014! Fortuitous timing. Buffalo Games Large Pieces are my preferred puzzles. Although I wouldn’t ordinarly select this design, for $3.43 I would definitely be in if I still had Prime. Maybe I’ll call my mom and ask her to order it for me.
Actually, I think I might already have done this one. I’ll have to check my previous Amazon orders.
Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel… All in a day’s work.
For Evangeline Hollis, a long ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.
Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted into service to kill demons, Eve’s learning curve is short. A longtime agnostic, she begrudgingly maneuvers through a celestial bureaucracy where she is a valuable but ill-treated pawn. She’s also become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history…
But she’ll worry about all that later. Right now she’s more concerned with learning to kill while staying alive. And saving the soul she’d never believed she had … in S.J. Day’s Eve of Darkness.
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I’ve only bought a couple of things from Anker but, in my experience, they’re one of the only brands of anything that sell their products for what they’re actually worth.
The bluetooth speaker I bought sounds exactly as good as they claimed it would (which is surprisingly good for such a small package), and the battery lasts at least as long, if not longer than what they claim.
As opposed to other brands who make audacious claims and charge outrageous prices for cheap and shoddily made products (cough Monster cough), Anker products actually seem to be the opposite - high quality at low prices.
Anyway, rant over.
I saw this and thought someone might be interested in a pair of headphones that actually cost what they are worth.
Now, I know absolutely nothing about these headphones but, knowing what I know about Anker, I’d bet they sound, at the very least, fine. And I’d bet few, if any, come out of the box already broken or break soon after.
My experience w Anker products has been similar to yours. I don’t hesitate to purchase something with this brand label if I need or want the item. I think their stuff is also v popular on slickdeals, and frequently shows up on one or another of Amazon’s various daily deals.
Usually decent pricing. Not the lowest perhaps for whatever, but quite good pricing. .
I stopped by Rockler today on my way home from the office. I’m building a gardener’s planting bench for my mom and needed some specialty hardware the big DIY stores don’t carry. I picked up this decent set of casters for a tenner.
@RiotDemon They do. And Home Depot and Lowe’s and of course Amz. I was there for some threaded biscuits and saw a stack of these casters on the table of featured sale items. A similar set from Home Depot would have been closer to $20.
For some reason Google felt it should put a headline from Orlando in my news feed that all Publix subs are on sale for $5.99 next week. I guess Google knows that I’ve been to Florida and I like sandwiches. So Florida people, go get you some sammiches on sale.
@Barney@RiotDemon@sammydog01 I really like Publix. Florida is the only place I’ve been that has them, but it’s where I go for groceries when I’m there. Good to know they’re other places. Maybe one day they’ll replace something we have up here.
I’m also glad to know that some of you can get and will appreciate this sandwich opportunity. No idea if it’s Florida only, I didn’t actually read the article
@JnKL, @djslack, Get this Dremel 3D printer for $279 today only, Friday, Feb. 14 by using coupon code TREATME on checkout. I think that might be a VMP/Member only discount code. If you don’t already have one of those memberships, it’s definitely worth the $4.99 price for one month to get the discount and free shipping.
So I said just above that I bought some earbuds from Morningsave. My wife kind of wanted some airpods, but only kind of, and I saw these. They had good reviews from what I found through Google, which is why I picked them from among the half dozen or so knockoffs that were on the site at the time even though they were on the high end of price. I used my 20% off code at $29 and was pleased enough with them that I ordered myself another set without the code.
They sound decent and the range is way better than my little rowkin or whatever little button ones I got here before. I guess that’s because the leg piece gives more room for an antenna. I left her phone in the kitchen and walked to the master bathroom before they broke up, which is three rooms away. The case also charges with a lightning cable, so if you’re an iPerson that’s a plus. The specs don’t mention that. The “wall charger” mentioned really meant “short USB cable”, which was totally ok.
Now they’re only $17, which is even better. Use that TREATME code today and they’re less than half the price I was cool with.
(The code totally should have been TREATYOSELF by the way. Missed opportunity if you ask me.)
@Barney If it helps you skip this purchase opportunity, the reviews say it’s very complicated to assemble. Maybe not something you want to get into yourself? Perhaps @therealjrn could give you a hand with assembly though when he’s up there visiting the Rockler store and dropping off that RV…
First, I do own a few DeWalt tools, and my lunch bag is DeWalt branded, though I am not a DeWalt fanboi. If you cut me I do not bleed yellow and black.
DeWalt is owned by Stanley B+D. So basically DeWalt hand tools are Stanley, DeWalt power tools are Black + Decker. However, tools sold under the DeWalt nameplate are generally a bit more premium, though not the be-all-end-all of tools like many believe. But they are usually decent tools.
This set is a fair price for what you get. DeWalt sockets are, for the most part, 6-point sockets. Which is a good thing. Even their 1/2" drive sockets are 6-point which is uncommon. The fit and finish is usually good to excellent on their hand tools. Durability is good, socket and wrench fit is acceptable.
Keep in mind: of the 226 pieces, you’re going to wind up with around 80 pieces of filler. Allen wrenches and screwdriver bits which manufacturers inevetibly throw into socket sets to drive up the piece count, most of which you will never use. Still, this is a fair price for what you get. Maybe even a good value considering you also get the ToughSystem large toolbox with an MSRP around $50. But this isn’t a set for the average homeowner. If you fuss about with cars or motorcycles, this would be a good fit for you. Other than that you’re probably not going to get much use from this set.
@f00l Are these not MA compatible? I bought a couple titles in the iTunes store and I am able to watch them in MA, Prime Video, Apple TV… all the usual suspects. Even able to watch them in Google Play Movies & TV.
What is “MA compatible”? Spoze i should google it, but that has to wait.
How do you watch purchased video content from the iTunes Store in an android device or watch that stuff using using the Amazon or Google video player (running on Android)?
I don’t spend any time at all figuring out how to watch content from “digital media store A” using “device Z”, if it’s not obvious up front how to do it. I just look for the official player app, unless the content is in a “universally playable format”.
I’m pretty clueless about all this. Tho I have used Roku and similar devices in the past, I currently don’t have a TV hooked up to anything.
There is AFAIK no Apple/ITunes video player that runs on android. Am I behind the times?
Maybe the solution is simple, and I’m just out of the loop.
But since I was not sure that iTunes vid content could be watched on android, I thought I’d better mention my uncertainty.
@f00l MA = Movies Anywhere. MA allows you to link your media libraries from the popular platforms like Vudu, Google, Amazon, and create an aggregate media library which is then cross-populated back to all the linked services.
For example, I received a free digital copy of The Lego Movie from Amazon a few years ago. I created a Movies Anywhere account, linked my Amazon library to MA, linked my Google library to MA. Then The Lego Movie appeared in three libraries. MA, Prime Video, and Google Play. I can watch it in any of the 3 apps (yes, MA has their own media player also).
Currently I get cross pollination between Apple, Amazon, Google, Fandango, Vudu, and some of my stuff from the now defunct Ultraviolet service.
BUT… not all titles will swim in the stream. Due to studio license minutiae or some such crap.
@f00l@Nate311 I guess that’s kind of the primary advantage to Movies Anywhere. You can continue to use your digital echosystem of choice, but when a deal is available via a different venue, you can purchase it and it will be available back in your home echosystem. Just check before purchasing to be sure that title is MA compatible and your golden.
I own more vid content from Amazon than anything else. But I have a smattering from all over the place. Google. Vudu. Maybe Disney? Perhaps even a few from ITunes. Some other sources I forget right now?
So this Movies Anywhere service could be pretty great.
Periodically I start to make databases or spreadsheets of my video streaming stuff and where I bought it.
I start. Spend a few hours. And then never come back to the project.
Now all I need is a similar service for digital instant-download or streaming audiobooks. That would be just too great.
Altho I’ve been decent about only having a v few dup titles.
@sammydog01 Is that the one set in the french revolution? If so, it was free for a while on Ubisoft Uplay just after the Notre Dame burned.
Haven’t played it, but the game model of the Notre Dame is reportedly the best virtual reconstruction generally available. I have had the good fortune to have visited IRL, and it is/was a magnificent building, regardless of one’s personal religious beliefs.
@ruouttaurmind@tinamarie1974 So you think the ladies will be wooed by that talking TP holder? I don’t think that would be creepy at all! Don’t they have some kind of flash camera that will take a picture of the special movem…er…moment?
One of my favourite party pranks was to shoot a few minutes of video of the empty bathroom from a high angle before anyone showed up.
The first time someone used the facilities I would gather everyone else in front of the TV. When the person came out of the bathroom we would all be watching the video I took earlier of the vacant loo. But of course the victim would believe it was a live CCTV feed and we all just watched them do their doo… er, duty. We were able to repeat the gag several times throughout the evening as new guests arrived.
It was generally well received by the target after we let on it was just a gag… until that one girl was so upset she called the police and demanded to file a complaint for molestation of privacy.
Thankfully, after showing the coppers the gag they were able to convince her it really was a prank.
The Tor.com eBook Club BONUS Selection for February 2020 is…
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Mars Xi can kill you with her mind, but she’ll need more than psychic powers to save her in Killing Gravity, the thrilling science fiction space adventure debut by Corey J. White.
Before she escaped in a bloody coup, MEPHISTO transformed Mariam Xi into a deadly voidwitch. Their training left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust, and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.
Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.
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6 pack of led recessed light trims. 2700k, warm white. About $7.50 for the pack. Check online locally to see if the prices are the same. Regularly $49.98. Replaces your trim ring and bulb. The other store in my area has them for 17.99.
@ruouttaurmind I mean, if you have incandescent light bulbs, it would be a nice upgrade. I don’t mind 2700 for living rooms/bedrooms because the color is relaxing. I tried a daylight bulb in my living room once. I kept thinking I left my blinds open when I would walk into other rooms.
Previous gen (9th, 2018-2018)
Kindle Oasis (8gb, wifi only)
Usually $225, today’s Treasure Truck deal $150 or so.
Is on the Amazon Treasure Truck today.
This Kindle does Bluetooth (for speaker or headset; for text-to-speech or for listening to audible books).
It’s waterproof. It’s quite pretty.
The backlighting/frontlighting/sidelighting (or whatever they call it) is Amazons best design.
Battery lasts weeks. Perhaps somewhat less if it’s playing audio files a lot.
I don’t know if mp3 and other audio file types will play on it.
Overall, gorgeous device.
Normally $225 on closeout. Today, the Treasure Truck offering is $149.
You have to live in/near a Treasure Truck location metro area, and reserve one on the web or in the app, and show up in person during the time window to get it.
Again. This is a lovely and fabulous e-reader. But expensive compared to the paperwhite.
The only improvement I know of for the current 10th gen Oasis is that the newest version lets the user control the warmth of the light.
The current 10th comparable memory version is currently $250 I think?
These (today’s deal version or the current version) don’t go on sale often. Sometime right before Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, sometimes for Prime Day or during the holiday season.
/image kindle oasis 9th generation
Here is a link to the higher $, same generation device, with more internal memory and cellular as well as wifi data capacity, etc. this linked item is not part of today’s Treasure Truck deal, but will show the device specs.
@Barney No! No more impulse buys. I needed some gallon size Ziplocs. I use them for all kinds of things like computer cords, wall warts, random stuff. That way I write on the bag what it is. I also use them for cubed ice from my maker to fill the voids in my freezer. Whew! close call.
Cancel your Prime subscription. When you have to leave the house, then go deal with Walmart, you will suddenly find yourself weighing how much you really need whatever you’re after. That hoopty Saran Wrap solution quickly becomes more palatable.
I have a friend who got a bunch of gold and silver permanent sharpies. When he gets another one of this black anonymous power bricks, he uses the one of the gold or silver sharpies to label them (by writing on them), as soon as he is sure the item isn’t a return.
A tape or sticky label doesn’t work well, since the bricks get hot when used. (The adhesive tends to melt smd get sticky and horrible.)
The sharpie marking is legible and it lasts, so I also started doing this.
Douglas Adams (the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author) wrote a quite funny essay on these horrible anonymous power blocks.
I think I read this essay in the posthumously published DA compilation, The Salmon of Doubt? Was worth the read, of course.
@Barney@f00l You would be surprised to see how few variances there really are in them. Note the gine print of the V (Voltage, commonly 5V, 12V, or 19V) and A (Amperage, commonly 1.2A).
If the V and A match, you’re good. Then there’s the plug size (diameter) and shape (center pin or center hole) to match up.
Luckily economies of scale work in favor of consolidation, and fewer differences across devices and brands because their choices are driven by suppliers, who charge more for custom and low-volume production runs. Since most electronics with a wall wart are price sensitive, if the wall wart is 30% of your component cost of a $5 BOM cost, you’re making a dent designing to the cheapest, most common wall wart a supplier has.
The problem is that, like all things, quality is tied to price in commodity manufacturing. So the cheapest wall wart will have the cheapest tansformer and components the supplier can get away with, and quality controls, consumer safety controls (UL listing or other certifying body) go out the window as added cost worth the risk of “not getting caught”.
So, if you have mulitples, you might consider keeping/using only the quality ones (measure or are for an item of a reliable electronics brand known for quality).
@mike808 I just finished labeling all my a/c adapters that I’ve collected throughout the years and there are more differences than you can imagine.
Your comment about matching V and A is close but you really only need to match V and the A listed on the adapter needs to be equal to or larger than original.
I had adapters that output AC and some DC. The majority of them were 12V but I did have many 6V and 5V. Surprisingly, I also have many that are close to 5V but not quite such as 4.8V, 5.4V, and so on. 9V was sort of common but they were all the same one so may be a bad statistic. There were some that had higher voltages like 24V too.
Some adapters had multiple outputs such as 12V and 5V in the same device and did not use a coaxial plug but had some proprietary 4-pin connector.
Most adapters did use the coaxial connector but there were about 5 different sizes. Others had a proprietary connector and real old ones used phone plugs that can be shorted out if plugged in while power is on.
My laptop one had the largest coaxial and my Ooma uses one that’s almost microscopic. Then there’s polarity. The vast majority of them used tip positive but many from older devices did use tip negative.
If you find a 12V DC 5A adapter that has a coaxial connector and is tip is positive with an outer diameter of 5 mm and inner diameter of 2.1 mm, it can probably be used with 60% of the devices I have.
@cengland0 “throughout the years”. I have no doubt the marketplace was the wild west in the age of proprietary vendor lock-in cough Apple cough, with all manner of devices built and then the wall wart spec’ed out to whatever engineering said to use.
Now that most consumer electronics are commodity items, BOM and scale matter and engineers build to a pre-selected commodity power supply with cost constraints, and design the device within those parameters.
Since many devices in the 21st century are battery-powered, the wall warts are just chargers, and battery chemistry and configuration (# of cells) have turned most wall warts into a USB power supply. The device is constrained by battery capacity these days, and charging time is where all the variation in power needs get transferred to. i.e. more power equals bigger batteries and longer charge times instead of unique connectors (to not be interchangeable with other products with different power needs that could damage the device, and goose proprietary sales as a bonus).
I too have a drawer full of cables, adapters, power supplies for legacy devices. That reminds me, my city has a free electronics recycling event next week. Time to cull the “junk drawer” again.
@mike808 I am very familiar with the selectable voltage universal ac adapters and I have an entire box of those too. I used to work for a company that sold electronics and adapters like these so I acquired a boat-load of them.
Many devices in the 80’s didn’t always state the power requirements next to the power jack. Today that’s very common but when I sold those devices it wasn’t. Customers who lost their original adapters asked me for replacements. I had to continuity test the jack with the battery compartment to figure out the plug polarity and assume the voltage was related to the number of batteries. Have to be careful because some older devices didn’t have protection against reverse polarity or over voltage and you can damage devices.
Harney and sons has 29% off all teas today. That’s a darned good deal but it also stacks with the 20% they had off city teas. Victorian London Fog is $16 for a pound. I also picked up a pound of Boston for $13. https://www.harney.com/