Antec USB – Powered Notebook Cooler Only $25.95 + A 3 Year Warranty

Why a do you need a notebook cooler? One of the main reasons is to extend the life of your notebook and it’s parts. With the new dual-cores being the main notebook cpu’s, our notebooks are running hotter than ever. To cool down your notebook Antec makes a dual fan unit that plugs into an available USB port, but still allows you to use the port with a USB connector on the Antec plug.

The Antec notebook cooler is described as:


  • Protect your valuable investment and reduce heat-related instability
  • USB-powered cooler with pass-through connector included
  • Draw power from any USB port without losing use of the USB port
  • Low power consumption
  • No batteries or power adapter needed
  • 2 Double ball-bearing fans for reliability
  • Quieter than a whisper, only 25.9 dB(A)
  • AQ3 Antec Quality three-year warranty

I have two of the units and they both run perfectly after two years.

Antec USB-Powered Notebook Cooler Only $25.95

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 On Sale For $25.99

I have been using the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 for about a year now, and I have the product to work very well. I am using Apple Talk to stay in contact with family and friends and this web cam works great. It includes a built in microphone and setup is fairly easy with the software that comes with the unit. If you are using Windows 7 Microsoft has a download to update the software to make the web cam compatible with Windows 7.

On the Amazon site they describe the product as:

Technical Details

  • Superior video quality and high definition still photos
  • Automatic face tracking software
  • Crystal-clear audio with built-in microphone
  • Video effects let you express yourself during chats
  • Optimized for Windows Live; Windows Live Call Button, LifeCam Dashboard, and One-Touch Blogging

As I previously stated, new software is available from Microsoft for Windows 7 users. Check out the link below.

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 (68A-00001) From Amazon For $25.99

Upgrade Software For Windows 7 Users Available For Download From Here

Deal Of The Day – Left 4 Dead 2 – Xbox 360 $34.99, PC $27.99

The folks at Valve have introduced a sequel to their first installment of Left 4 Dead, which is currently on sale at Amazon. If you have ever played Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress or Counter-Strike,  you are already familiar with the quality these games offer.

The game is described by Valve as:

Just as with the original Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 is a first-person shooter which pits players against hordes of zombie-like enemies. As you would expect in a scenario where you are regularly surrounded by masses of the undead, it is very good thing to have plenty of help, as well as weapons at your disposal, and Left 4 Dead 2 has players covered on both accounts. The game features several multiplayer options including 2-8 player online and offline support in several modes seen in the first game, including Campaign, Versus, and Survival, as well as the new Scavenge Mode. This new multiplayer option tasks players, in the role of survivors to find a limited number of fuel canisters hidden in a level in order to keep their individual generators going, while other players in the role of the infected try to stop them. In addition the game features very strong co-op play support, with 2-player support locally and 2-4 player support online.

The game features a wealth of melee weapons and additional items handy for battling enemies up-close and personal. Along with melee weapons seen in the first game, players can look forward to wielding new weapons like axes, chainsaws, frying pans, etc. Firearms are also available, but seeing as zombie fighting usually requires a little elbow grease, melee weapons are the mainstay. In addition, players can carry other useful items, including a variety of throwing weapons and several different kinds of support items, like flashlights to startle enemies and light the way in dark environments and healing items like first aid kit and defibrillator kits.

I’m not a gamer so I haven’t a clue about how good these games are. But I have ordered Left 4 Dead 2 for my husband who does enjoy the games from Valve on his gaming PC.

But hurry, this deal is for a limited time only.

Left 4 Dead 2 For The Xbox 360 $34.99

Left 4 Dead 2 For The PC $27.99

Philips PET729/37 – 7 Inch LCD Portable TV / DVD Player Only $72.99

Most of us can not afford to buy a new vehicle with a DVD player built in. But we can afford to  have a portable unit for the kids to keep them entertained during those long drives. The Phillips 7 inch LCD – DVD player with a built in TV tuner is one affordable option for us parents and grand parents to consider.

The main thing that makes this unit attractive is that it comes with a car adapter, a slim remote controller and a headset to keep from disturbing the driver. On Amazon they  provide these specifications:

Product Features

  • DVD, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, (S)VCD, CD compatible; MP3-CD, CD and CD-RW playback
  • View JPEG images from picture disc
  • Free-to-air digital TV channel reception
  • Enjoy up to 3 hours playback with a built-in battery
  • Car adaptor, slim remote control, and headphone jack

Philips PET729/37 – 7 Inch LCD Portable TV / DVD Player – Amazon Price $72.99

Get yours today.

Magellan Maestro 4700 4.7-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator On Sale For $139.99

If you have been waiting for the price of a GPS unit to come down in price, your wait is finally over. Amazon is discounting the Magellan Maestro 4.7-inch Widescreen unit with Bluetooth which retails for $299.99 and is now on sale for only $139.99.

The Magellan Maestro is described as:

Product Features

  • Ultra-slim GPS device with 4.7-inch color touchscreen, personalized OneTouch search, spoken street name guidance, Bluetooth capability, voice command and more
  • Multi-destination routing with route optimization lets you plan the most efficient trip
  • Highway lane assist points you in the right direction when approaching interchanges and exits
  • QuickSpell with SmartCity search narrows your address and city searches Highway exit points of interest (POI) search lists upcoming gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and more near highway exits
  • Includes maps of United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico

Magellan Maestro 4700 4.7-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

I Met a Man in a Prayer Group

I met a man in a prayer group who seemed very well educated. While attending breakfast together, we became very good friends and he told me his thoughts on my ministry and my life. He began telling me about his problems with his ex-girlfriend and how she said he was stalking her. He said he had dissolved their relationship and he did not know why she was saying these things about him or why she got a lawyer and was pursing the stalking charges. I don’t know who this woman lawyer is that is representing her and why would I be stalking somebody that I said goodbye to. He said, “I am feeling very bad over this. But how to you prove where I was three days ago when someone says I thought I saw him in my rearview mirror about 11:30 at night following me in a car? I don’t know if these charges could lead to a possible two years in prison.”

I told him, “I believe you are in a lot more trouble than you could ever imagine.”

Talking to him on the matter I told him he would have been better off prosecuted by the toughest attorney in town. Then I told him to find out who this attorney is and anything else you can find out about her. “I’ll seek the mind of the Lord for you on this matter.”

About two weeks later while vacuuming the floor, the Lord spoke to me in regards to what to do for this man.

“Start a new notebook showing everywhere he goes and it will be of a wire bond type of book”

The man said “The instructions are simple enough and I will think things over and call you back in about an hour.” When he called me back he said,”My attorney thought that was such a good idea he told me to go buy the stuff you told me to get and do that right now.”

“Now,” I said to him, “learn all you can about your ex-girlfriend.”

After the prayer meeting was over we went to breakfast and with a lot of expression in his face he said, “I took this other lady to lunch and asked her about my old girlfriend and she said a lot of things I didn’t know. She also said the girlfriend’s attorney receives government grants for the prosecution of women that have been wronged by a man and I realized then that I became a financial target. I told my friend how her attorney would add to the court case at the last minute so there would be no chance on his part to prove his innocence in court and to pass this on to his attorney.

Seeing him later, he said they got the case thrown out of court.

I have changed churches and have not talked to him since.

By Gilbert Steele ©

The Day Gilbert Gave His Life to Jesus Christ the Son of God

As I mentioned yesterday, Mr. Gilbert Steele has been sending my husband articles of his personal experiences that I will be sharing with you, my readers. I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading Mr. Gilbert’s stories.

All the best, Jackie Schenone

The Day Gilbert Gave his Life to Jesus Christ the Son of God

I was working with an old Navy man who was an electrician then and now. He treated me well, and he would explain a political situation I got myself into. As the years went by, he became a Christian.

I always felt our conversation was more high tech than I had with anybody else. Then he became an ordained minister. You might say the conversation was talking about high stakes in our relationship with the Lord. We were always at the point of losing our lives — that is, hanging from the side wall working on a fan, standing on very hot bricks that are part of an electric furnace roof. You might say the job had real physical pain to it. I firmly understood what salvation was all about.

I had this ongoing struggle for over six months. It was the weekend and I was in my garage working on my van. I decided I needed a hole in the floor of the van for the window water system. I had a long steel pin and a 3 lb. hammer. I was driving the pin through the car floor and missed. I hit my left hand with that small sledgehammer as hard as I could. I firmly hit the first and second knuckles and by the way my stomach rolled over I thought I’d broken my knuckles. I’ve been a maintenance man long enough to know I had about two minutes before I passed out.

I got away from the van and sat in the chair, leaning on the table. My first thought was “This is a good place to pass out. I have been here before.”

As bad as my hand hurt I thought about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I said the to Lord, “My mental pain is so much greater than my physical pain in my hand; I would like to deal with that now, Lord. I give you my life, for whatever you can do with it.”

I just quit.

“Now at this time looking at my life, Lord, I wish you the best of luck.” By now, I realized I did not pass out, and looked at my hand. I opened and shut it, wiggled my fingers, and opened and shut my hand over again and wondered why it wasn’t broken. I answered the altar call at church to profess my faith in Christ.

When I look back on this, I wonder if the Lord just didn’t heal my hand.

By Gilbert Steele ©
1966 – 1967

Gilbert’s Theory: The Speed of Light is Slow

My husband Ron was contacted by Mr. Steele asking if it would be possible to post one of his works on Lockergnome. My husband’s site mainly deals with computers, electronics, HDTV, and cars, so I suggested he post Mr. Steele’s article here at Reflections. I hope that you will enjoy what he has written and share it with others.

Kind Regards, Jackie Schenone

How Jesus Christ Moved from Heaven to Earth

The Speed of light is Slow.

Math : Maximum Super Symmetry.

Gilbert Steele’s Theory in Logic of how Jesus Christ Stepped from
Heaven to Earth and Earth to Heaven.

Given: 1000 YEARS = 1 DAY … II PETER 3:8 ( KJV)

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the
Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day.


What is the meaning of time in our solar system, in its complete form?
We are looking at time travel across the solar system.

1000 YEARS = 1 DAY
1 DAY = 1000 YEARS

KEY: Now in maximum super symmetry.

Note: This is long to short and short to long.
Brake Down: This is long to short.
Brake Down: Short to long.

KEY: Now in maximum super symmetry.
NOTE: With the understanding it takes a long time to go a long way.

1000 YEARS = 1000 LIGHT / YEARS

1 DAY = 1 FOOT / SEC


Note: With the understanding, it takes a short time to go a short distance.
Again in maximum super symmetry:
Note: The very short to the very long.
(You can cross over the universe end to end in one step.)

Therefore the speed of light is slow when time and dimension are fully explored.

A different understanding or seeing the time and dimension in our solar system.

It would be as if God walked over to the a fish aquarium and the fish are like people, they cannot get out and are trapped in their own little place to exist.

Copyrighted under Time and Dimension Version 6.0 by Gilbert Steele ©

Oxymorons Worth Sharing

I received this in an email this morning and thought I would share this with you. If you have any other oxymorons please share them with us. The one I like is this one: Why do we call it a pair of pants when there is only one? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to call them a pair of pants when we have two pair?

Thanks for stopping by,


1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?

2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

6. Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?

7. Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?

8. Why do “tug” boats push their barges?

9. Why do we sing “Take me out to the ball game” when we’re already there?

10. Why are they called “stands” when they are made for sitting?

11. Why is it called “after dark” when it really is “after light”?

12. Doesn’t “expecting the unexpected” make the unexpected expected?

13. Why are a “wise man” and a “wise guy” opposites?

14. Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things?

15. Why is “phonics” not spelled the way it sounds?

16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?

21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

23. How come abbreviated is such a long word?

24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them?

25. Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

27. Christmas – What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

28. Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

I dunno, why do we?

Will Natural Gas Be Able To Save The U.S.?

There is no need to convince anyone that we in the U.S. are gluttons when it comes to the amount of oil we consume. Our consumption of  coal fires up to 50% of our electrical power and contributes to the amount of carbon dumped into our atmosphere. But according to one article I read, natural gas is now abundant in the U.S. since we have enough of the gas to power our needs for the next 90 years. Yet the current administration and congress have avoided natural gas and instead is pushing wind and solar power as the savior to our energy woes.

It’s natural gas, the same fossil fuel that was in such short supply a decade ago that it was deemed unreliable. It’s now being uncovered at such a rapid pace that its price is near a seven-year low. Long used to heat half the nation’s homes, it’s becoming the fuel of choice when building new power plants. Someday, it may win wider acceptance as a replacement for gasoline in our cars and trucks.

Natural gas’ abundance and low price come as governments around the world debate how to curtail carbon dioxide and other pollution that contribute to global warming. The likely outcome is a tax on companies that spew excessive greenhouse gases. Utilities and other companies see natural gas as a way to lower emissions — and their costs. Yet politicians aren’t stumping for it.

In June, President Barack Obama lumped natural gas with oil and coal as energy sources the nation must move away from. He touts alternative sources — solar, wind and biofuels derived from corn and other plants. In Congress, the energy debate has focused on finding cleaner coal and saving thousands of mining jobs from West Virginia to Wyoming.

Utilities in the U.S. aren’t waiting for Washington to jump on the gas bandwagon. Looming climate legislation has altered the calculus that they use to determine the cheapest way to deliver power. Coal may still be cheaper, but natural gas emits half as much carbon when burned to generate the same amount electricity.

Plus there is this:

The wells still only capture only about a quarter of the gas locked in the shale formations. Future improvements could double that recovery rate. Bottom line: this new source of gas supply in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New York and other states holds out the promise of as much as 2,000 trillion cubic feet of supplies. It is estimated that the U.S. sits on 83 percent more recoverable natural gas than was thought in 1990.

“The question now is how does this change the energy discussion in the U.S. and by how much?” says Daniel Yergin, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and chairman of IHS CERA, an energy consultancy. “This is domestic energy … it’s low carbon, it’s low cost and it’s abundant. When you add it up, it’s revolutionary.”

After reading this article it makes one wonder why we are not pursuing the use of natural gas as a way to cut down on our use of imported oil. I am not sure, but can we not use natural gas in our cars instead of oil?

Please share your knowledge with us and explain why or why not using natural gas is wise or not.

Thanks for reading this post.


New Zealand Billboard Of Mary And Joseph In Bed Is Disgusting

A billboard in the New Zealand town of Auckland is causing quite a stir, since it depicts Mary and Joseph in bed with the caption that says “Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow. ‘ The billboard has been defaced with brown paint to prevent people from seeing the image and the quote. But what is disturbing is the reason why the billboard was placed on a city street.

A news article stated the reason that the billboard was erected:

St Matthew-in-the-City Church in Auckland, which erected the billboard, said it had intended to provoke debate.

With a response from a Catholic church:

But the Catholic Church, among others, has condemned it as “inappropriate” and “disrespectful”.

This is what the billboard looked like before it was defaced:

I personally find the billboard disgusting and offensive to Christians. There are other ways to conduct a debate without being  insensitive to others and displaying this type of trash in a public place.


Consumer Group Claims Zhu Zhu Pets A Danger To Your Health

Cnn has been reporting that a consumer group by the name of GoodGuide is claiming that the Zhu Zhu Pets may be unsafe. The consumer group is claiming that the toy Mister Squiggles contains a high quantity of the chemical antimony. The toy company denies the allegations stating that their toy is safe.

Here is a picture of what Mister Squibbles looks like:

GoodGuide states the following:

“We found levels of about 93 to 106 parts per million,” O’Rourke said. “The new federal standard is about 60 parts per million.”

The toy company says:

“All our products are subjected to several levels of rigorous safety testing conducted by our own internal teams, as well as the world’s leading independent quality assurance testing organization, and also by independent labs engaged by our retail partners,” Russ Hornsby, CEO of Cepia, said in a written statement. “The results of every test prove that our products are in compliance with all government and industry safety standards.”

Until a governmental agency reports on this issue, it is difficult to decide who is reporting the truth. Hopefully we will learn more soon.

Cnn source

When In Branson, MO. Stop By Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede

My husband and I enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving holiday with two of our daughters and 4 grand kids. My husband treated the family to a trip down to Branson, MO., on Saturday to see Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Christmas Show. Only one word can really describe her show and that is WOW!

We arrived early before the show and I am glad we did. Once we parked our vehicle we proceeded to the main entrance. There are open horse stalls with about 20 or so horses that are part of the show. The children thought this was great and were already enjoying themselves before we even got into the building.

Upon entering the building and presenting our tickets, we had our pictures taken for souvenir photo;s of our visit. We than entered into an area of open seating for what is called a pre-show which comprised of a solo comedian, banjo player, acrobat all rolled into one. This man was very personalable and entertaining. We were than led into a large arena of open seating around the show area which held about 500 people.

Included in the show is a meal which is presented while the show is in progress. The meal was very good and consisted of a cheese roll, cream of veggie soup, a whole game hen, potato, corn on the cob followed up by an apple turnover.

The show was a constant exhibition of expert horsemanship, riding and tricks that was entertaining beyond imagination. The Christmas theme thrilled the children with characters such as raggedy Ann & Andy, elfs, and angels all choreographed in a great presentation that was tastefully done. The looks on our grand kids faces said it all. They were entertained and mesmerized during the entire performance.

If you have the opportunity to visit Branson, MO., I would highly recommend seeing Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. You will be in for a treat and a memorable experienec for you and your family.

On This Thanksgiving Day What Do You Have To Be Thankful For?

I am writing this the day before Thanksgiving Day and wanted to share some thoughts with all of you who read this. First off, since some of you may not be familiar with Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., it is a day in which we celebrate with family. The celebration is to give thanks for the things we have in life, whether it be good health, or wealth or whatever else that we are thankful for.

The origins is in myth that the Pilgrims broke bread with the Indians when the Pilgrims arrived in the new world. The myth also has it that the Indians shared turkey with the Pilgrims, so usually a bird is cooked on Thanksgiving Day. My husband and I are having all of our children and grandchildren into out home this holiday and yes, we are cooking the traditional turkey.

As I reflect back this past year, I am thankful that our family has been in good health. No one in our family has lost their jobs and all are able to put food on the table. We celebrate that our grand children will learn the values of our family including our belief in God and our Lord, Jesus Christ. We thank Him for being with us always and in his guidance as we make our way through life.

These are the things I am truly thankful for.

What about you? What are you thankful for?

Newspaper Subscriptions Continue To Decline; Do You Still Get A Newspaper?

The Associated Press is reporting that in the United States, newspaper subscriptions have declined on average of 10.6% for the six month period ending in September, 2009. The survey of  379 newspaper publications that sell print editions, may not be entirely accurate. New counting methods have been introduced that may skewer the results.

As an example the AP cites the following:

These looser standards are especially helpful to a newspaper if it sells an “electronic edition.” That can include a subscriber-only Web site, such as what The Wall Street Journal has, or it can be a digital replica of a newspaper’s printed product. Several dozen publications, including USA Today, sell access to these daily “e-editions” that show how the news was laid out in print.

Under the new auditing standards, if a newspaper sells a “bundled” subscription to both the print and electronic editions, the publication is often allowed to count that subscriber twice.

In has also been reported that Microsoft is trying to make a deal with newspaper organizations by paying them not to be in the search index of Google search. The Redmond giant wants to get the newspapers to use Bing instead. But as newspaper circulation continue to decline, this may not be enough to save newspapers.

What do you think? Do you still subscribe to your local paper and why?

Let us know what you think.

AP Source