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How to Stop Being Frustrated by Politics

The way to stop being frustrated by politics? Get involved! (And before you stop reading because you have no spare time, please know that there are small ways to get involved that don’t take a lot of time!)

Think about a sports game. It can be frustrating watching a game when your team is losing. But when you are in the game, you can be affecting the outcome and at least know you did your best even if you don’t win. It is the same with politics! So, get on the field of play and use your energy, resources, and your right to contribute to our government. It won’t just make you feel better, it will make your community and country a better place!

Whether you are on the right, the left, in the center, or out in left field, you CAN make a difference in the world. “Somebody” is already making a difference. Why not join in?

If you don’t like the way things are going, stop shouting at the TV and do something! Here’s how:

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: Best Digital Point & Shoot Camera with Super Zoom

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: Best Digital Point & Shoot Camera with Super Zoom

I am writing a review of this camera, which I bought this summer, because it is a truly amazing small high powered digital camera. How will this improve you life? If you’re in the market for a new camera, it will save you on research time so please read on. If you’re not looking for a camera at this time, bookmark this for when you are because you’ll want to read this when you are searching for a great new camera. I wish I had read a review like this at when I started my search!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S (The S is for Silver)

Is This The Right Camera for You?

If you are looking for a small super zoom camera with 10x optical zoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is in a class by itself. Not only is it the smallest in the 10X Optical class of digital cameras, but it has the added bonus of having a wide angle lens (28mm – 112mm Leica-branded lens with image stabilization). For those of you who are like I was, the 28mm lens is better than a 35mm lens which is more narrow. The wide angle lens is a pretty awesome feature. You’ll be able to get much more into your pictures creating both spectacular panoramas and exquisite close up portrait shots.

Any of the other 10X optical zoom cameras will be big and bulky and they don’t feature the wide angle lens that the Lumix DMC-TZ3 has. This camera features 7.2 megapixels and if you purchase through Amazon, it is priced at around $300 with free Super Saver Shipping. (Anywhere else you’ll pay about $350)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K (The K is for BlacK)

Other Things I Love

  • Fits in pocket or small purse easily.
  • 3.0″ View Screen.
  • Turn Dial for choosing between settings.
  • Quick shots, extremely low lag time between shots.
  • Video: can shoot in 16:9 widescreen format or normal.
  • Battery: Long lasting rechargeable.
  • On/Off button is an easy switch.

The Only Downsides

  • No zoom during video although you can zoom in before starting to shoot the video.
  • No viewfinder, but this is a small camera so you make up for this in small size.

Some More Specs


  • W 4.1″ X D 1.5″ X H 2.3″
  • ISO: 100,200,400,800,1250,3200, Auto
  • Digital Zoom: 4X (so a total of up to 40X with the Optical factored in)
  • Optical Zoom 10X (12X at 5MP, 15X at 3MP)
  • Special Effects: Cool, Warm, Sepia, Vivid, Neutral, Black & White
  • Colors: Silver, Black, Navy Blue
  • Digital Video: Quick Time: 640×480, 320×240, 848×480

Where to Buy

I researched this fully and the lowest price is with Amazon. I bought it through them for $306 with free shipping. That’s a savings of $46 over the average retail price anywhere else. It has a 4.5 star (out of 5 stars) rating on Amazon with 136 reviews.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3A 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3A (The A is for NAVY BLUE)


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Fluid Yoga, Fluid Power

Review: Shiva Rea Fluid Power: Vinyasa Flow Yoga

I was fortunate to try this new yoga DVD recently. I loved it so much, I want to share with you a review of this remarkable yoga DVD.

I’m a big fan of yoga beacuase of the total body and mind conditioning it gives you. And I’m a big fan of yogini Shiva Rea. Her yoga videos give you everything you could want:

  • Inspired, organic, and unique yoga instruction.
  • Background music that fits well with each portion of the practice from invigorating to meditative.
  • Easy to use matrix that allows you to create your own custom practice.
  • Preset practices for when you don’t want to make choices.
  • Beautiful scenery and inspiring demonstration of the poses.
  • Many extras including interviews and education.

Shiva Rea Fluid Power – the DVD

Shiva Rea’s latest DVD, Fluid Power, creates a wonderful follow up to her other 2 sensational yoga DVD’s, Yoga Shakti and Yoga Trance Dance. Fluid Power is a creative yoga DVD that celebrates and honors the fluid wave motion of our bodies and of our world. Shiva presents her yoga practices in vinyasa form which is a series of yoga poses that flow together.

There are over 3 hours of yoga sequences to choose from when creating your custom practice or choosing from the 6 preset practices. The matrix system that allows you to do this on your DVD player is very easy to use. The DVD comes with a beautiful booklet that describes each sequence and guides you in how you might want to structure your practice. If you want super easy, just choose from one of the 6 preset practices that vary in both length and level of intensity, from purely meditative to advanced.

What I really like about this video is how it combines creativity of motion, meditative poses, and also challenging poses that leave you feeling not only stronger and more flexible, but also like you tapped into a whole new part of your being, getting in touch with your fluid self. I found that this was very relaxing even while gently challenging. It is truly unlike any other yoga video I’ve ever seen. I would say that it falls somewhere between Yoga Shakti, which is quite challenging and Yoga Trance Dance which is highly creative. Fluid Power combines the best essences of these two DVD’s giving you creative yoga that lets you explore, while at the same time providing structure that is comforting.

This video is for beginners with some experience all the way up to advanced yoga students. If you want a Shiva Rea yoga that has it all, this is the one to buy. I have all 3 of her top videos and since each one is unique, I can recommend owning all 3. Below is a list of some of her popular videos. Which is your favorite?

Other Shiva Rea Yoga DVD’s

Shiva Rea - Yoga ShaktiShiva Rea – Yoga Shakti

Shiva Rea - Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow YogaShiva Rea – Fluid Power – Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Acacia - Yoga Trance Dance - Exercise And YogaAcacia – Yoga Trance Dance – Exercise And Yoga

Prenatal Yoga With Shiva ReaPrenatal Yoga With Shiva Rea

Sun Salutations with Shiva ReaSun Salutations with Shiva Rea

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What are your favorite yoga videos? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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Top Five Time Saving Cleaning Tips

This is a guest post by Lisa Bell of


Why Do You Keep a Clean Home?

The reasons for keeping a clean home are virtually endless. Some people associate a clean house with cozy relationships and order within the home. Others feel that a clean home welcomes guests into a warm and friendly environment. The pragmatist merely wants the health benefits of removing grime, debris, dust, and other environmental vehicles for bacteria and viruses.broom

Time Saving Cleaning Tips

Everyone has a few favorites when it comes to cleaning. However, for people whose homes shine, there are five treasured tips of cleaning that they cannot live without. The following items can mean the difference between scrambling to stay on top of the basics, and keeping a gleaming, well ordered home.


  1. Buy a good vacuum cleaner – It may seem painful to spend hundreds of dollars on a cleaning appliance, but this is one of the essentials to cleaning. Have you ever purchased a decent sweeper, only to have it lose suction after a few months? Or worse yet, it can begin to spew dust in the air. The last thing you need is to take the dust from your floor and spread it on all surfaces in the room.


  1. Avoid Clutter – Some people don’t think picking up clutter counts as house cleaning. There is no way you can effectively clean around clutter! How can you sweep a floor covered with toys, or dust a table covered with papers? Most of us have been there. It’s easy to avoid cleaning an area to avoid the clutter. Let me tell you a personal story. I used to find my dining room table covered with books and papers because I found myself studying and working in the room. Finally I recognized that I wanted to work there, but I hated the mess. Instead of fighting my habits, I took the linens out of my buffet and put them in the linen closet. I put a few desk organizers in the buffet and suddenly had the perfect work space with storage for my papers.


  1. Dust Between Polishing – After you have cleared the tables of clutter, you can dust them. Every so often you should polish your furniture with your favorite furniture polish to keep it lustrous. Sometimes in between polishing, you might want to do some basic dusting. There are effective, disposable products on the market that can make dusting easy because they pick up dust easily instead of spreading it around the room.


  1. Find Easily Forgotten Details – It is easy to avoid the details that can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your home. Walk up to your front door and look around. This is the first impression someone has of your home. Does the front porch need sweeping? Are there cobwebs in the corner? Does your door need a paint touch up? To you this may seem like a seldom used part of the house, but it is the place that first welcomes your guests. Another often neglected detail that can make a big difference is dirty baseboards. It’s easy to clean them, but obvious when they are neglected. This is especially true if your walls are a light color. Look around as if it were the first time you walked into your home. You may spot some overlooked details.


  1. Use All Purpose Cleaners – The bathroom and the kitchen: you knew we would get there! The kitchen is the hub of activity for most families and sometimes it shows. I have a favorite cleaner that works for everything in the kitchen and most of the bathroom. It contains bleach and cuts through almost anything. Many people buy cleaners that are specific for certain surfaces, appliances, and rooms. You lose a lot of time switching cleaners. If you can grab one cleaning bottle and bag of your favorite rags or a paper towel roll, you can tear through the cleaning much faster.


It is conceivable to have a cleaner house with less effort. By streamlining your cleaning process and supplying yourself with easy-to-use equipment and cleaners, you can finally have a home that you are comfortable in. Instead of avoiding company, or hurrying to shove a broom around the room while stuffing a toy under the couch pillow, you can open your door with pride and make your friends and family feel comfortable in your home. Please visit for more ideas and a friendly forum to answer your cleaning questions.


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Solutions for 7 Annoying Problems

Solutions for 7 Annoying Problems

I have a guest post over at today.

It gives solutions and handy references for 7 annoying problems of modern day life including:

  • Cell Phone Contracts – How to Get out without the penalty.
  • Rebate Runaround – How to get your money without a hassle.
  • Expensive Tech Support – Several Free Solutions.
  • Unused Airline Miles and Reward Points – How to Get the Most out of them.
  • Get a Live Customer Service Person on the Phone
  • Spyware and Viruses
  • Identity Theft

Check it out here: Solutions for 7 Annoying Modern Day Problems

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How to Buy a Used Car – a Frugal Guide

Getting a Great Used Car

I grew up always buying used cars. I was taught how to do this by my dad who grew up on a farm in Ireland and knows how to find a good value. I thought everyone knew how to do this, but over the years in talking to many of my friends I realized I was wrong.

Many people, if they do buy used cars, go to a used car dealership thinking they’ll get a good warranty or at least they’ll be assured that the car will be in good running order. That may be true, but often it is not. And the bottom line is you are paying for that middle man. Here’s a better way as taught to me by my frugal, bargain hunting, Irish dad.

How to Buy a Used Car and Get the Best Deal

  1. Determine your budget. Calculate in these costs as well:sales tax, registration fee, insurance, and possibly minor fix-up costs.
  2. Research and choose the model of car you want to buy. Choosing a model that is know for longevity is a good idea, because chances are you won’t have as many expenses over the years. Longevity cars: Toyota’s, Honda’s, and Volvo’s. Even older Mercedes can be a good choice if it has been maintained well. Check out Edmunds to research the model that will be best for your needs.
  3. Search for cars for sale your local paper or Craigslist.
  4. Talking to the Seller. For best results try to find a seller who sounds mature and has all the maintenance records for the car going back over time. Try to find a one-owner car or perhaps a two-owner car. If you feel uneasy over the phone, either you feel they’re telling lies or you feel unsafe, move on to the next car on your list. Some questions to ask:
    1. What is the car’s condition?
    2. Mileage?
    3. Any problems: leaking oil, transmission fluid, does a/c work, rust, ever been in accident?
    4. Are you the original owner?
    5. Do you have all the maintenance records?
    6. Why are you selling the car?
  5. A quick safety note: use your best judgement. If you are uncomfortable, move on. If you want to be safe you can ask to meet at a public place and it’s always smart to bring someone along with you, preferably someone who knows about cars.
  6. Test Drive. Drive for a long enough distance to get a good feel for the car. Test the radio, but drive without it on so you can listen for problems. Notice these things:
    1. How does it brake?
    2. How is the alignment and suspension? How does it handle around corners and over bumps?
    3. Anything sound funny?
    4. Ergonomics: does the car fit you? Can you see out the windows, are the seats comfortable?
    5. How is the transmission? Automatic: does it shift smoothly. Manual: how does the clutch feel? Does the pedal go down very far? That could mean the clutch might be on it’s way out.
    6. Review the Car. Check for all these things that can be negotiating points and also safety issues:
      1. Rust, if so is it surface or deep body rust?
      2. Doors and trunk do they work?
      3. Body: do you detect repair work such as different color paint on the car?
      4. Tires: is there wear on the treads and are all tires the same size?
      5. Trunk: any signs of water leakage such as dampness or mildew smell? Is there a jack and spare tire?
      6. Interior: water leakage signs? try all the electronic and manual controls such as adjusting the seat, windows, etc.
      7. Undercarriage: any signs of oil leaking, how does the muffler look.
    7. Optional: check the car’s history by asking to review the VIN (check that it matches the Title document) and then you can purchase a history of the vehicle. If you’re spending a lot of money this might be worth it to you.
    8. Additional information for inspecting a car: Used Vehicle Inspection Guide by Autotrader.
  7. Mechanic Inspection: Ask your mechanic to check for things you’re not qualified to review.
  8. Negotiate Price. You should research the approximate value of your car first. Kelly’s Blue Book is a good online resource.
    1. Mention drawbacks: the things that you feel are negatives about the car, and also the fix-up costs you will incur after buying the car.
    2. Make your first offer. It should be lower than your maximum.
    3. Be silent until the seller responds with their price.
    4. Negotiate to a final price in smaller rather than larger increments. When you get to your maximum tell the seller that is your final offer. Try not to go above your maximum unless it is a small amount. Don’t be afraid to walk away. You can leave your phone number. You’d be surprised how often you’ll get a phone call later saying let’s make a deal.
  9. Seal the Deal. Write up a bill of sale with names, phone numbers, car model, VIN, price, date and any conditions. Have the owner sign over the title to you. Pay the owner. The only caveat: If you feel uncomfortable, listen to your gut, and walk away. Get another person’s input. You can always come back later. And there’s always another car!
  10. Register and Insure the car.
  11. Enjoy Your Car.

 Beautiful Used Car

Please share your comments and tips on buying used cars. Anyone have any funny stories, cautionary tales, things to look for? Let’s hear them!

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It’s OK to Not Finish Your Peas

Reading Book Reviews

I used to think that my hobby was reading books. And it is… or used to be before I became a parent, but that’s not the whole story. What I’ve discovered is that more often than not, I read the book review, become interested in the subject or story, buy or borrow the book, and then never finish the book. It’s not for lack of interest or willingness to do the work of reading. It’s that my interests greatly exceed my time. So I’ve determined that my hobby has become reading book reviews.

BooksSelf Flagellation

This realization has taken me a while to acknowledge consciously. But as the unread books in my room keep piling up, I’ve had to face it. And my first reaction has been to beat myself up about it, mentally that is.

I tried behavior therapy such as not allowing myself to buy books anymore. Only library books for a while. But then I started modifying my rule, saying well if I buy a book from a yard sale, then that’s OK. But it’s not OK. The books keep piling up. And I keep feeling bad.

I tried disallowing book review reading. If I am not tempted by the luscious new books hitting the bookshelves, then I won’t buy any more books, right? But that didn’t work. I found myself doing drive-by’s of the bookstore like a lover mourning a break-up. And eventually I found myself inside the bookstore… on the way to the grocery store… just a quick stop I told myself.


So fast forward to today. I was trying to think of a story to write for the Not-So-Boring Challenge, and it hit me! It’s OK to not finish every book I buy or borrow. It’s OK to only skim a book. It’s OK if you rarely use that power tool you impulsively bought that’s collecting dust in the garage. It’s OK if it takes 2 years to finish the quilting project you were so excited about at the start.

Hobbies should be fun. We shouldn’t attach our crazy insane work ethic to our hobbies, because if we do, then they become work and then we avoid them altogether.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to read what I can, skim without guilt, and enjoy reading book reviews. Maybe I’ll even allow myself to fantasize about buying a new book now and then.

….And now over to Not-So-Boring-Life’s Rare Must Read Books to see if I can find something juicy to read….or not read! 🙂


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Easy Blog Posting by ECTO: Why You Should Check It Out!

What is ECTO?


Ecto is a desktop blogging client for MAC and Windows that is compatible with most major blogging platforms including Blogger, WordPress and Typepad, amongst many others.

Why I Started Using ECTO.

I switched from Blogger to WordPress for two reasons. One was for more flexibility with my template and the other was for a better tool for writing my blog posts. Well I’m sorry to say that even WordPress, while much better than Blogger still has some kludginess in it’s text editor. I need the WYSIWYG feature. I found my holy grail of text editors: ECTO from a recommendation by ProBlogger, Darren Rowse.

Why You Should Try ECTO:

Time Saving Benefits

  • Easy formatting in WYSIWYG. No more losing your post in unreliable WYSIWYG text editors. Both Blogger and WordPress have this problem. ECTO eliminates this problem.
  • No more losing code or gaining random code.
  • Free 21 day trial.
  • Save your posts locally on your computer
  • Easy insertion of YouTube videos.
  • Easy insertion of Flickr photos.
  • You can manage multiple blogs across multiple blogging platforms inside one program!

Monetizing Benefits

  • Amazon links with your Amazon Associate ID is all embedded in the program for ease of use.
  • ECTO allows you to set up HTML tag shortcuts, which is handy if you use Adsense Deluxe,

Promotion Benefits

  • ECTO comes set up to automatically ping weblogs,, and technorati. so the world will know each time your blog is updated.
  • You can use tags with ECTO. This important because Technorati, Flickr and all use tags making searching for your information easier.

Try It Today

I am writing this review because I have found this software to be so useful. I hope you do too. I have kept this post short and sweet to give you a quick flavor for what ECTO can do for you. Please share your thoughts and learnings with our reader community!


Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Reivew: Microsoft vs. Logitech

I recently got my act together to improve the ergonomics of my computer setup to eliminate that nagging neck pain. I thought I would share my experience to help others who are looking for a similar solution. I will explain the components of my setup and also offer a review of two brands of wireless keyboard and mouse systems, Microsoft and Logitech.

Expansion Base Setup

I raised up my HP laptop on my desk with a Rolodex Laptop Stand. This is a nice simple unit that I can recommend. It costs approximately $23 at Office Depot. The wireless keyboard and mouse setup that I am using and will recommend to you cost $29 after rebates at Office Depot. (This rebate deal is good until June 30th 2007.) So for $55 I was able to get just about the same functionality as the HP xb3000 Notebook Expansion Base which costs $250. Not bad! 

Keyboard and Mouse 

I tried both the Microsoft Optical Desktop 3000 and the Logitech Easy Call Desktop products. Although the Microsoft had a couple of nice features, the winner by a landslide was the Logitech Easy Call Desktop solution.

Microsoft Optical Desktop 3000

Likes: Here’s what I liked about this product. The keyboard keys were very quiet. And the keyboard is spill-resistant. But after that there were many things I didn’t like.

Dislikes: The keyboard has the ergonomic feature, Curved Comfort Design with wider keys at the “G” and “H” keys area. I found this awkward when typing. It also made the overall keyboard wider and thus more difficult to reach over to the up/down arrows and the number keypad.

The system interfered with myscreen saverr and the only way to solve this problem was to disconnect the base from the USB drive. Not difficult to do, but a nuisance all the same. I searched on the web on this seems to be a common problem for users.

The mouse design is bulky and not as sleek as the Logitech mouse. Clicking on the mouse often didn’t work until clicking it several times. This is not acceptable. The left to right scroll controller never worked.

Cost: $40 after $20 mail-in rebate which is good until March 31, 2007 at Office Depot.

Here is the description of this product from the Office Depot site:

  • Ergonomic wireless keyboard and wireless optical mouse in 1 convenient package.
  • Comfort Curve design lets your hands rest naturally on the keyboard.
  • Keyboard is spill-resistant — enjoy a cup of coffee while you work!
  • Enhanced 1-touch function keys, media keys and hot keys make performing everyday, frequent functions fast and easy. Access Web sites and files with the push of a button.
  • High-definition optical mouse delivers smooth, precise tracking.
  • Handy tilt wheel lets you scroll from side to side as well as up and down for versatile navigation.
  • Point-and-click Magnifier button on mouse lets you enlarge, view and edit details easily.
  • Mouse battery life is typically 6 months or more. Requires 4 AA alkaline batteries (included).
  • For use with Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X 10.2 and later.
  • Backed by the manufacturer’s 3-year limited warranty.

Logitech Easy Call Desktop

When I saw the price after rebates on this product I thought I would try it even though I don’t use Internet calling yet. I knew I was dissatisfied with the Microsoft keyboard and mouse, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to try this. I’m glad I did!

Likes:  I really liked this product right away. The keyboard is compact for all the features it contains, including Internet phone, music, email, search, and 12 programmable function keys which were very easy to program. Typing is very comfortable and the keys never stick or miss like my laptop keys do.  Unlike the Microsoft system, this system did not interfere with any programs on my laptop, such as the screen saver.

The mouse is wonderful! For me function is most important in my computer tools, but this mouse also has great form. It is sculpted beautifully to fit in your right hand very nicely. Every click registers. Customizing the buttons and speeds is very easy with the Logitech control panel. Lastly this mouse has tons of functionality. All the basics, plus scroll wheel for both up/down and left/right navigation. It has zoom buttons. And it also has forward and back keys that you can use when web surfing in your favorite browser. You would think that all this functionality would make it cumbersome, but that’s not the case at all. Elegant design and super-charged functionality.

The Internet phone service works with most Internet phone service providers like Yahoo and Skype. I have not used this feature yet so I can’t comment on it. I will add to this post when I have done so. My guess though is that it probably works great.

Dislikes: The keys are louder than the Microsoft keyboard, but not so loud that it is bothersome. Some of the controls are on the edges of the keyboard so if you pick up the keyboard you may accidentally launch your music or the phone. I’m not sure if the keyboard is spill-resistant. It doesn’t say, so I guess it’s not. But that’s not a very important feature for me as I’ve learned over the years to try to avoid spilling liquids into my keyboard!

Cost: $30 after rebates at Office Depot.

Here is the description from the Office Depot site:

  • Enjoy Internet (VoIP) calling from your desk. Speakerphone and call headset make it simple to connect hands-free with friends or colleagues.
  • Speakerphone has 1-touch controls for easy call management and includes RightSoundâ„¢ technology that cancels echoes and room noise for clearer calls.
  • High-quality stereo headset ensures call privacy. Plugs into audio jack on speakerphone.
  • High-performance cordless laser mouse provides precise tracking and control. Gently contoured sides and soft rubber grips for support and comfort.
  • Convenient wireless keyboard with straight layout and hot keys.
  • Long battery life: up to 15 months for keyboard, up to 6 months for mouse. Mouse also has on/off switch to extend battery life further.
  • For Windows XP/Vista only. Requires an available USB port and Pentium III 1GHz processor or faster. Broadband Internet access recommended for best sound quality. Internet phone (VoIP) service sold separately.
  • Backed by the manufacturer’s 5-year limited warranty.


I recommend the Logitech Easy Call Desktop wireless keyboard and mouse system. For $30 (after rebates) you get fully functional keyboard, a super-charged elegant mouse, and internet calling functionality. This is much better than the $40 (after rebates) Microsoft keyboard and mouse which don’t work well and don’t come with online phone features.

For an inexpensive way to elevate your laptop for more ergonomic usage, I also recommend the Rolodex Laptop Stand. It is sturdy mesh metal so your laptop won’t overheat and you can choose from multiple heights.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this review was helpful and if you have any thoughts to share. 

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