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Earliest: December 13, 2003Latest: February 21, 2021Total: 70
December 29, 2009

ClearSound Neckloop Headset

I got a lot of exciting gifts for Christmas this year, including an Amplified Neckloop Headset by ClearSounds. This is a handy device that allows hearing aid users to use their cell phone hands free. The really cool thing about this model is that it will work for any phone type - cellphone and home phones!

The CLA7v2 kit comes with 4 different cables to handle both a 2.5mm and 3.5mm connections. There's a mono and stereo cable for the two connector types. It took a while to figure out which one would work with my LG Vx8360, but after a couple of tries I discovered that my phone uses a 2.5mm stereo cable!

I did a quick test of the Neckloop this morning and it worked great! The sound was very clear and the caller said that my voice was also clear. I was able to answer the phone very quickly and didn't encounter any problems using the new Neckloop. It was a little weird to hear the conversation in both ears.

This is supposed to also work with iPods too, but I haven't tested that yet. However, since the Neckloop needs two AAA batteries to opperate, I am not sure I would be using this for my iPod on a regular bases. I can see this being handy for traveling since I can use one device for multiple sources.

I would highly recommended getting the Amplified Neckloop Headset. ClearSounds has a Bluetooth model, but its more expensive and will only work with Bluetooth devices. This means you can't use it on home phones or with an iPod. The CLA7v2 model works great and very easy to set up.

December 24, 2009

Christmas Shopping 2009

Looks like the online shopping is completed for Christmas 2009. Any last minute shopping will be done at the local malls or other shopping areas. At the Natick Collections, it has been really busy. The traffic around the mall is terrible and there are some issues with getting a parking space.

Best advice if you are going to the Natick Collection is to park near JCPenny. There's plenty of parking on the basement level and its easy to get out of the mall back on to the Mass Pike or Route 9.

Here are some good last minute stocking stuffer ideas:

  • Lottery Scratch Tickets
  • Purell Hand Sanitizers
  • Gum
  • AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • Bath and Body Works have great sample sizes
  • Small Yankee Candle Jar
  • USB Thumb Drive
October 30, 2009

Wii Sales

Last Christmas you couldn't find a Wii any place. Stores weren't able to keep inventory of them for even a day. On Ebay, people were selling Wii's for $500, and were getting multiple bids!

This year it might be much easier to find a Wii, according to this Wall Street Journal Story:

Nintendo Co. said Friday it was caught off guard by how quickly the market for its Wii videogame machine slowed down and estimated that it would take some time for the home console to regain its momentum.

We got a Wii last year and its a fun machine. We don't use it that much, no real reason. We have plenty of games to play with, there's no real game that we feel that we have to play with all the time. It makes great fun with company is over and people are looking for things to do.

October 16, 2009

Books for Christmas this year

Looks like the Christmas 2009 is going to get a little nasty:

Wal-Mart launches a price war with, putting 10 hotly-anticipated new books online for just $10 each. Amazon then matched the price, after which Wal-Mart fired back by dropping prices to $9. Wal-Mart is also selling 200 bestsellers at a 50% discount. Combined with Google's move into ebooks yesterday, Amazon now finds itself under a two-prong assault.

October 13, 2009

Subaru Rust

If you are looking at buying a used Subaru Impreza, you should be aware that some of them rust very easily. This is probably more true for cars that are driven in the North East and North West. (I don't know how many people in the South West need to have all wheel drive.)

Take a look at the photo taken of the left rear tire. You can see some of the rust appearing between a couple of panels. The problem is that during a winter storm sand can build up between the panels and over time can cause rust.

Make sure that you look at the rear panels very carefully. If there is any signs of chip or rust, chances are that the rust and chip will get bigger.

September 1, 2009

Sony Camera

I am looking around the internet for some accessory for my Sony DCR-TRV720. Its an old video camera and there's not much out there. The camera works great and I am looking forward to taking it on my trip to the west coast.

I recall there use to be a camera shop on Hollywood Boulevard that use to sell all sort of lens for the Sony DCR-TRV720. I purchased a really cool fish-eye lens there.

August 11, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

Little known fact about the Cars for Clunkers program:

There is a waiting period between the time the car is bought and when it drives off the lot. That's because the dealership has to wait for the government's money to come in.

June 2, 2009

Grand Summer Gazebo 2.0

This past weekend we put up the new canopy on our Grand Summer Gazebo. There was no problems putting it up and it fits like a charm.

The key thing to keep in mind is to not put the top (Small Canopy) on all the way. You'll need to maneuver the bottom part (Large Canopy) over the top. Its a little hard to explain but once you put the canopy on it makes sense.

Here's some Pictures of our Grand Summer Gazebo.

This is what it looked like last year:
Grand Summer Gazebo

This is what it looks like this year:
Grand Summer Gazebo

This is related to the Grand Summer Gazebo topic.

May 21, 2009

Energizer Rechargeable Batteries

This morning I purchased some Energizer Rechargeable Batteries (2450 mAh) at CVS in Waltham, Massachusetts. I paid $12.99 for the four pack. That comes to about $3.25 a battery.

I was surprise that I wasn't really able to find them much cheaper online. had them for $11.45 plus shipping. I found a few deals on but I don't know about the quality of those batteries.

We are going on a trip to LA and Vegas in September and I thought I stock up now on getting batteries for the trip.

Interesting post on Instead of the Energizer 2500mAh cells, I recommend buying the Rayovac "Hybrid" 2100mAh cells. They have very low self-discharge rate (see my review on "RAYO 4PK AA") and are cheaper than the better-known Sanyo eneloop 2000mAh cells.

I'll have to get Rayovac batteries and try them out.

May 6, 2009

Nikon D700

Check out this clip on Flickr. Looks like the Nikon D700 would be a great camera to use to take photos in the Haunted Mansion.

The only downside to this camera is that it cost about $1,700! There's probably some other camera that can do excellent night mode and has an interval timer.