mike h.

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Mid 50's man trying to find opportunities to change my career to writing and photography. (thanks to the Great Recession downsizing of my former employer).

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I have been an amateur photographer, shooting pictures since 1972. A bit of a computer nerd, I have an associates degree in electronic engineering. My other interests include bicycling and reloading for .357 and .44 mag revolvers.


Photography, writing, amateur chemistry

9 Reviews by mike


If you are into science... especially chemistry and physics, then this is one of the most fun and exciting sited available in the U.S.A.

Here you can buy (with sufficient cash) infrared laser systems up to 100 watts in power. (yes, REAL 100W CO2 lasers) which can do a LOT of cutting and burning. Care should be taken when "playing" with the "toys" available from this site. They have 1100 mW blue lasers which are not de-rated like some other web sites (Chinese 1000 W in the ad but 750 mW in operation) advertise. You can also buy jet engines, and hi power rocket making kits there.

The chemicals and chemistry equipment are too numerous to list. Suffice it to say that you can buy almost anything you want, Alkali metals included. I have mainly purchased chemicals and glassware from them for my home lab. The equipment list includes distillation equipment (not available in Texas) and some interesting electrolysis equipment like the Hoffmann Aparatus.

The company started in business by supplying the Sandia National Laboratory with nuclear research supplies and equipment. As they expanded, many items sold to the nuclear research community are now available to us, the general public.
You can buy Spinthariscopes to track nuclear particles in a cloud chamber. They also sell non-enriched nuclear materials to the public. Many different isotopes of radioactive elements are available. Use good judgment, these materials can be hazardous in the wrong hands.
The most disconcerting listing they had was for U-238; Yes, naturally occurring Uranium 238. It is not regulated in smaller quantities. These materials should be carefully stored because of their potential radiation hazards.

The company recently moved from New Mexico to Michigan. Since then, they are completing a manufacturing facility to produce even more fascinating devices.

They have always made prompt shipments at decent prices, but remember that if you order hazardous materials, there are HazMat shipping surcharges required.

Overall, for a science nerd this site is an absolute must.

BTW, I am not sure if they will ship to Canada, there may be restrictions on that. I know they cannot ship to Europe.


Just on a whim I typed the name of a favorite health product into my browser.

I used to get them at Target (who quit carrying them a few years ago) and to my delight, they were available at drugstore.com.

The Dentek Superpiks were my favorite because they were sturdy, worked well, and were not too sharply pointed like most of the other products out there.

I ordered a bunch of them. My order was promptly shipped, and I am delighted with them. I intend to continue to buy from drugstore.com and will probably move most if not all of my drugstore purchases to the site.


The site itself was not bad to navigate. They displayed exploded views of the assemblies, which was helpful. I ordered the part for my bike and then the fun began.

The part was not expensive. They had it listed for $17.65. Problem was, that for a part weighing less than a half pound (actually a couple of ounces) the shipping charges were $13.99 - nearly the entire cost of the part. Shipping it in a US postal service flat rate box would have cost five bucks at most. The actual cost marked on the package was around three dollars, meaning that they padded my bill by 10 bucks.

Another issue I had with this company was that they promised to bill my credit card when the part shipped. The card was billed the same day as the order. I had to e-mail the manager of the store a month later to find out if they had shipped the part yet. They had not. When they finally shipped the part, it came in about three days. I had already paid the credit card charge for it and was worried that I would have to dispute it because the part had not arrived.

Unfortunately, this is one of the few Kymco parts suppliers out there.
I would prefer not to deal with this company again. Their service is not prompt, and they overcharge for shipping.


After reading Chris's review of Photography Cafe, I went there and took a look. Chris described the site accurately, there were a formidable array of superb images obviously from talented photographers.

After looking around awhile, I elected to sign up for the site myself.
It took me some time to figure out how to scale images in order to upload them to the site. There are not a lot of good instructions on how to do this, and I got lucky and read how on one of their e-mail postings sent out on occasion.

Thanks to my new found knowledge, I posted my three daily allowed images and to my surprise received several complementary comments on my photographs almost immediately.
Getting these compliments from some of the most talented people on the board exemplified the friendliness of the site. I went to the main Gallery and surprisingly, my photos were displayed there.

The site does have a few MINOR drawbacks. Like Chris noted, the navigation buttons are tiny. If you don't look closely, you will miss them. Also, I was on the site over a week before I discovered how to scale images. Perhaps a small tutorial on scaling would be in order.

Since all operating systems have similar photo editing software, I used The Gimp on my Linux box to do the scaling. The Software they mentioned in the e-mail was Photoshop of course, and from that I gleaned that most editing software had these capabilities.

Picture size limits are 250 Kb, so anything from a high resolution camera will have to be scaled before uploading to the site. Aside from this, everything uploaded all right.

I am impressed by the site, and I expect that I will be a member for a long time.


Like Sitejabber, Ripoff report.com is a site which takes consumer input and posts them on a searchable database for all to see. This is a second site which I go to whenever I do not find enough information about businesses here on Sitejabber.

They allow rebuttals to unflattering posts, and refuse to take ANY reviews down for any reason. (including the rebuttals). This way, they are able to be fair and balanced insofar as the business being reviewed can defend themselves if they so choose.

Oddly, there are not many who do. This leads me to believe that the critiques stand as being valid and true; either that or the businesses being criticized do not care or unaware of the critique. Either way, I almost always screen all of my internet transactions now through one or both of these sites.


I am presently researching job and work at home sites when I was e-mailed by partnerwithpaul.com. They made many promises of good money, $500 - $800 weekly with minimal time invested.

I was doubtful, so I went to another site RipoffReport.com. The postings there were enough to convince me that you do not want to deal with them. Here is what I read:

The site is a MLM operation which is shilling for Herbalife. They want to sell you a video for $9.95 to tell you how to make the promised weekly income.

The high pressure tactics in the initial e-mail include the statement that only 84 positions are left to fill. I read on the other site that if you go to the link trying to sell the video, they have a countdown on the 'open' positions in order to goad you into buying the video quickly. Refunds for dissatisfied purchasers are apparently possible if you are persistent. There are some posters who tried looking them up with the BBB, but they are not registered.

Personally, I would suggest avoiding the site.


I first learned of this site from my subscription to NASA Tech Briefs.
They were reporting on a spectrophotometer (a device used to analyze the elements in a chemical sample).

Two students at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana developed a simple working spectrophotometer using materials costing less than two dollars. (and a cell phone camera)
They developed software which is free to download which takes an image using a cell phone camera and the device you set up to analyze the sample.

As a physics project for a high school level this invention is awesome. Even better, since you build it yourself, you can learn the limitations of it and perhaps design your own improvements (like a light resistant enclosure.)

The system uses a diffraction grating (25 cents each), a cuvette (about 1 cent each), and a white LED, which can be bought from MPJA.com for 43 cents each.
The device is a cardboard frame to hold it all together which you cut out and mount the components in, and add a battery to drive the LED.

You shine the LED on the cuvette holding the sample and take a picture of the light through the diffraction grating. By running the picture through the software analysis program, it will analyze the sample and tell you what compounds/elements are in it.

This could be fantastic for high school chemistry classes and even for small hobby labs (my interest). Note that the design, plans, and software are all licensed as open source, meaning that they are free for your use. They run on Windows, Mac, and Linux.


This site searchworklisting.com displays a single page of jobs posted on most other work search sites.

The site searchworklisting.com displays many different url's to go to in order to 'see all job postings' but when I click on any of them, it is either 404 not found, or gmbatrack not responding.

The site WILL happily redirect you to a career quiz costing $ 39.00 in order to assess your job skills.

The site will also happily send you to 'education offers' who of course want to sell you training classes.


This site claims to provide plans for a perpetual motion machine which generates electricity while powering itself.
Of course, anyone with a tiny bit of education in physics realizes the claims made by the site are IMPOSSIBLE.
I would suggest carefully researching the basics of power generation before wasting $29 on plans for a "magic" generator which uses no energy to produce "free" electricity.

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