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The Best Stereo Receivers

by Ryan •

Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Receiver

The Versatile Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Amplifier This receiver from the respected Harmon Kardon brand, is an audiophile-quality receiver that sells for under $300. It’s gets an average rating of 4.7 out 5 from 82+ Amazon reviewers. The Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Receiver  uses around 80 watts for both channels and there’s an FM tuner included with room for …

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The Best Cargo Carrying Bikes Of 2014

by Justin Thomas •

Surly Big Dummy Longtail Commuter Bicycle

If you are interested in carrying cargo on your bike you should consider a dedicated “cargo bike” or “utility bike”. These bikes are great for transporting luggage while commuting, touring or running errands. Cargo bikes feature a long wheel base for more space on the rear luggage rack. They usually have a strong frame and wheels to carry more weight …

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New Longtail Utility Bike: The Madsen kg271

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a rare find — a new longtail bike. This bike is called the kg271, and it’s made by Madsen Cycles. They describe the bike as an “urban utility bike”. It comes in two versions: one with a rack built with oversized steel tubing, and another version with a bucket that incorporates a removable seat and two seatbelts.

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Review: The Best Flashlights (2008 Update)

by Justin Thomas •

Update: See our newer post The Best Flashlights Of 2009 What are the most efficient flashlights available today? We think LED-based flashlights are the only ones worthy of consideration. LEDs will shine longer than other bulbs, and can withstand shocks and temperature extremes. The best LED flashlights incorporate bright, high-quality LEDs with regulatory circuits that insure a consistent, long-lasting light. …

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eZee Electric Bikes: Great Performance and Affordability

by Justin Thomas •

eZee’s Torq II electric bike. A to B Magazine is a comprehensive electric bike review magazine published in the U.K. Here’s their electric bike review page, where bikes are rated on a five star scale. Unfortunately, all of their 5 star bikes are only available in Europe. One brand that got a 4 star rating is the eZee electric bike …

The Hague To Warm 4,000 Houses With Geothermal

by Justin Thomas •

The Dutch city of The Hague on Wednesday announced plans to use geothermal heating — water from a hot well deep underground — to warm 4,000 households and several industrial buildings, as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although the idea of using underground warmth to heat homes is not new, the plan would be the largest …

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Good Green Kitchens

by Justin Thomas •

This new book by Jennifer Roberts is a detailed and well-photographed guide to remodeling your kitchen using green techniques. Roberts examines green kitchen building materials in depth, and brief surveys water and energy efficiency in the kitchen. The book has over 150 color photographs, and includes case studies of some great looking green kitchens. The strength of this book is …

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Very Efficient: Vari-Cyclone Ceiling Fans

by Justin Thomas •

These “Vari-Cyclone” ceiling fans from FanWorks are perhaps the most efficient ceiling fans available. The fans utilize what Fanworks calls “Gossamer Wind” blade design technology, which is said to deliver 40% more air flow without any increase in power use. They also run on DC power, which also adds to their efficiency when off-grid power is used.

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Best Digitial Camera Reviews

by Justin Thomas •

The best source for in-depth digital camera reviews is Digital Photography Review. They have a useful buying guide, where you can specify exactly what type features you want in a camera. The reviews are often ten Web pages or more in length, and feature product views, sample images, features discussions and evaluations on everything from shutter lag to movie recording …

Best Wines Under $10

by Justin Thomas •

Here are the best wines that can be acquired for under ten dollars, according to the New York Times. About their selections, the critics say: We tasted 12 whites and 12 reds, and picked our top 5 of each. Of the whites, three of the five were made from the sauvignon blanc grape. A fourth tasted as if it were, …