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Ocshirts

Ocshirts

4/9/10
I have ordered from this company before and they have great quality and a very good price.
Rockmelt

Rockmelt

11/16/10
Giving this site a cool rating for right now as they are still only giving out beta invites to those who sign up through facebook connect. Interesting concept by the Netscape founders and it looks like it integrates facebook more than anything else, but I guess we will just have to see how well they do in the future. With Bing also using facebook as part of its social search, looks like the real winner here will be FB.
Hows Your Hearing.org

Hows Your Hearing.org

1/21/11
For those experiencing hearing loss, it is easy to get overwhelmed with information. Many sites are out to just make a buck selling hearing aids to those who are in need. This website is by the American Academy of Audiology and serves as a great information resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. They can help you find an audiologist and have information on hearing aids and implants.
ThePortableCIO

ThePortableCIO

5/14/12
I have used The Portable CIO for years and have always had a great experience with them. They evaluate your situation and make recommendations that are best practices and never oversell you. When working with an IT team, you want a company that has both integrity and the technical skills to get the job done, and the portable cio has consistently delivered for me. Highly recommend them. Ask to speak to Evan when you call.
Ultra Sabers

Ultra Sabers

10/20/18
I received one of their combo deals where you get a children's lightsaber as well as an adult lightsaber with the obsidian sound card. The smaller childrens lightsaber is great and actually cheaper than many of the lightsabers sold at toy stores. It is of higher quality and sturdier as well. For anyone buying a lightsaber for their child, I highly recommend it. For their real ultrasabers, I would highly recommend just going all out and getting the ones with the obsidian sound boards, flash on clash, etc. Odds are you will eventually end up buying more than one and you will want them to all have a similar sound. Shipping can take awhile depending on your order, so if you are planning on getting this before an event, order far in advance. These ultrasabers seem extremely study and have survived my children throwing them downstairs and wacking every object in sight. Now I just need to get one of those double bladed lightsabers....
AliveCor

AliveCor

9/9/16
I needed a portable rhythm strip and found out about the alivecor app and medical device that simply attaches to your iphone case. Works very well and it matched my actual EKG that I had done at the same time (just to test it out). I couldn't believe the low price compared to value that it provides and is even FDA cleared. You can even email the reading to your cardiologist.
Loom & Leaf

Loom & Leaf

12/28/15
I have slept on tempurpedic beds for years ranging from the rhapsody to their top of the line Grand. I was in the market for a new memory foam mattress and found loom and leaf. I was a little skeptical about buying a mattress without first testing it, but they did offer a very generous return policy so I decided to buy it. Turned out to be just as comfortable as the memory foams I had slept on in the past and slept even cooler, but for a fraction of the price. After trying the Loom and Leaf for a month, I decided that memory foam was not going to work for my back issues anymore and that I needed to go back to a spring mattress. (In the past I had really enjoyed memory foams and my back was better on foam, but my current back problem seemed to be responding better to traditional innerspring....which is why I called them for a refund). My wife loved this mattress and begged me not to return it. But sadly I had to call loomandleaf.com for a refund and within days they had credited my account the full refund minus delivery charges which is perfectly acceptable. They hadn't even picked up the bed and my account was credited back....now that is excellent customer service.

In the end, I still highly recommend Loomandleaf.com for anyone shopping for a memory foam bed. It was just as comfortable as my much more expensive memory foam mattresses in the past. You cannot beat their customer service and price point. Definitely a most impressive company and a quality memory foam mattress.

As an addendum, I realized that Loom and Leaf is the same company as http://www.saatvamattress.com
I sadly didn't realize they were the same company until after I purchased another innerspring mattress. However, if you are looking for an innerspring, I would definitely recommend Saatva as they are part of the same great customer service company.
HTC Vive

HTC Vive

4/15/16
I went with the HTC Vive over the Oculus rift because I'm betting on the overall in room experience will be the future of VR and because they have already developed controllers designed for VR. I don't need another xbox controller. Plus partnering with steam and having that streamlined process to acquire new games give them an advantage in the future. However, given that oculus is owned by FB, they have the infinite resources to potentially beat HTC Vive and steam in the long run. I can foresee many of us buying multiple VR headsets the same way we buy multiple consoles as prices decline. But for now, I'm giving HTC Vive a big 5 stars for being the first to create a true VR experience.
Rotolight

Rotolight

11/28/17
I purchased the rotolight Neo 2 knowing full well that this light will not over power the sun and is not as powerful as a standard off camera flash. For portraits and photos of children, this is an ideal flash. The Elinchrome trigger works very well and is easy to set up. There is ample power for almost any indoor situation and is also useful outdoors in the right light. You just need to choose the right outdoor light. I didn't realize the convenience and power of being able to change the color temp of the light until I had that option at my disposal. So much easier to get great skin tones now. I will admit the price is high for an "LED" light as you can easily find LED lights with the same power output for far less. The difference is the quality of the light and circular light pattern really makes all of the difference in the world for catch lights in the eyes. It was well worth the money for me and I plan to sell off my other lighting gear and use Rotolights for my portraits. I don't think I can ever go back to using speedlights anymore after not having to deal with recycle time. If you have children and especially toddlers to photograph this is definitely the light for you as not having any recycle time is great as well as just having continuous light. (Kids hate flashes). They are also extremely durable, as my todder threw this light several times on the ground and it didn't break at all. My only suggestion is that I hope that Rotolight creates yet another light that is in between in size of the Aeos and the Neo. The Aeos is still too big for me, and yet sometimes I wish the Neo was a little larger. Or if they could create a DTAP battery that is smaller that would work too. Still, those are just my wishes for an already amazing product which has enabled me to capture some priceless moments. I can't wait to see what Rotolight creates as their future products.
San Diego Sign Company

San Diego Sign Company

1/4/18
I have used this company for years for all sorts of physical signs for trade shows and in office retail. Their quality on both materials and excellent customer service has always been great.
NestBedding

NestBedding

8/27/17
I purchased the Alexander signature hybrid bed back in Dec 2016 and so far it has been one of the best purchases I have made. I tried several online mattress stores and settle on this as my personal favorite for being a combination back/side sleeper. I had some neck/back pain but this bed helped in reducing that discomfort. The delivery was very easy and on time. The only drawback was that my adjustable bed frame did make the bed feel somewhat lumpy, but I'm still giving them 5 stars as I don't know if this mattress is supposed to be able to be used with an adjustable bed frame. I stopped using my adjustable frame and the mattress is fine.
VR Lens Lab

VR Lens Lab

7/13/17
There is nothing worse than paying $1000 for a new PC, $800 for a VR headset and then having to cram your glasses into an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and not really be able to see anything. Luckily VR Lens Lab created a way for people who wear glasses to send in their prescription and receive the inserts which fit snugly into the headsets. You do need to know your prescription but you do not need a doctor's rx to send to the company. Works very well as intended and I did not notice any distortion on my prescription. Everything crystal clear. I did opt for the blueguard coating. I figured if one is going to spend this much $$$ on VR, you might as well get the best results. The only sad thing is when the new versions of these headsets come out these old inserts will be useless.

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