Terry Caliendo

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October 15, 2014
Costco 14" Primifina Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

Our 5 year old Simmons Beauty Rest spring mattress recently hit the end of its practical lifespan.  My wife was no longer comfortable as it really sagged at our waist areas, and the amount of turbulence when one of us rolled over in the middle of the night would wake the other up. Unfortunately, mattress warranties […]

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September 24, 2014
D-Link DCS-5020L Cloud Wireless IP Camera Review

Trying to save some money a while back, I set up an old iPhone on a mini-tripod for use as a baby video monitor. It worked fairly well but crashed just about every night, making it useless to monitor the baby in the morning before getting out of bed. Plus it didn't work at night […]

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May 22, 2014
The Best Piano Movers in Las Vegas

My wife and I were recently had a Steinway & Sons grand piano shipped from Seattle to here in Las Vegas.  We used a national shipper, who it turns out is actually a middle man who trucks the piano across the country, but contracts the pick up and drop off to local piano movers. When […]

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April 17, 2014
iFixIt iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Kit Review

I recently replaced the battery on my iPhone 5 as my phone would quickly lose power during the day.  When I first got my phone, I could go pretty much a whole day without needing to charge.  And that included taking lots of pictures and video as well as spending time texting and using social […]

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March 3, 2013
The Least Expensive (Cheapest) way to get Belay Glasses for Rock Climbing!

UPDATED: 8/24/15 I can pretty much tell if a person's been rock climbing for a long time just by looking at their neck.  People who spend a lot of time belaying (looking up for a long time) develop this reverse "c" curve to their neck from craning their head all day while looking up at […]

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March 1, 2013
Does recording video at higher bitrates allow for higher quality zooming resolution during post production?

I often record at the lowest bitrate on my Cannon VIXIA HF20 mini camcorder to save space.  The camera has multiple recording speeds with LP being the lowest bitrate and MXP being the highest.  MXP videos take up about 4 times the space as an LP video of the same duration.  For example, an 8 […]

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February 24, 2013
GE 800 Watt Juice Extractor Review

Somewhere around a year ago, my wife and I were looking for entertainment via Netflix streaming on our Wii, and we ended up watching the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", which is about some Australian guy who's got too much money to sit around and do nothing, so he decides to health up by […]

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February 7, 2013
Words With Friends - Z words that won't work on Windows Phone 8

My wife recently purchased a Nokia Lumina 920 Windows 8 phone.  And while she can still handily beat me at Words With Friends, she now has a bit of a handicap.  It seems as though Words With Friends on her Windows 8 phone won't let her play quite a few words that start with the […]

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January 20, 2013
DERMagic Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar Review

We rescued our dog Keena from the Lied Animal Shelter here in Las Vegas about 3 years ago. Though her paper work stated she was roughly 4 years old (i.e. fully grown), we quickly found out that wasn't correct as within a year, she doubled in weight from around 27lbs to 54lbs. When we first […]

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January 9, 2013
FastTech.com Review - Ordering iPhone 5 "Lightening to USB" cables directly from China

A couple months ago I dropped my iPhone 4 for the last time. It was the perfect drop that not only shattered the screen, but hit at the perfect spot to completely kill the touch screen sensitivity. So I took the opportunity to upgrade to the iPhone 5. And along with the phone upgrade, I […]

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