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Marware SportGrip Silicone Skin Case for Kindle Touch Cover, Black (will only fit Kindle Touch)
Marware SportGrip Silicone Skin Case for Kindle Touch Cover, Black (will only fit Kindle Touch)

5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot fault this, 7 Jan. 2013
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I cannot fault this Kindle cover. It covers the Kindle Touch perfectly, and all the cut outs (For speakers and connectors) line up properly without any sort of overhang (I've bought cheap cases that are poorly made and sometimes cover things they shouldn't!) It also fits tightly and is not loose anywhere. This may be more expensive than the cheap products you can get elsewhere, but it is of much higher quality and probably far more durable.


Past Orbits of Dust:Live 1969/1970
Past Orbits of Dust:Live 1969/1970
Price: £10.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, but sound quality is below average in places, 6 Jan. 2013
This is a collection of songs from the original lineup of Renaissance, not the popular lineup with Michael Dunford and Annie Haslam. The tracks were recorded between 1979 and 1970, before the original lineup split up. The performances are excellent and tight, especially when you consider on some of the recordings the band had only been together for a short period of time. I particularly enjoyed the 'No Name Raga' instrumental and Islands. There are two versions of Kings & Queens and a rare studio track called 'Islands'. (I think Face of Yesterday is a studio demo.)

If you're a fan of that original lineup (Or even the later lineup.) this is a good document of how it sounded live & due to the excellent performances is well worth owning. The only thing to be aware of is that the sound quality varies from track to track, including one that's quite difficult to listen to due to the amount of noise and distortion. If your desire to hear this lineup outweighs concerns about sound quality, then this is a must-buy.


Berberian Sound Studio [Blu-ray]
Berberian Sound Studio [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Toby Jones
Price: £8.27

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The creepy world of Italian cinema!, 5 Jan. 2013
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Although set in a studio where post-production of an Italian Giallo called The Equestrian Vortex is taking place, this is not a horror film. A timid sound engineer (Gilderoy) more used to producing the sound for pastoral documentaries finds the material he's working on a little shocking - there's a slight hint that the satan undertones disturb him - and the staff at the studio indifferent towards him. There's a running theme about trying to get money for his plane ticket. As he gets to work, he also discovers conflict between the actors and producer and... well, it just turns out that they whole thing is being run by a bunch of fairly unpleasant characters (I'm reminded of Ian McCullouch, the star of Lucio Fulci's Zombie, complaining that he was promised a caravan but didn't get one...) who clearly don't like paying their bills!

We never see the film he's working on (Apart from the title sequence), but we hear it and see the Gilderoy's response to it as he's working on the sound recording and editing. The film itself is full of mysterious touches, such as sound effects guys who just vanish. When Gilderoy asks where they are, he is just told they are sick. Gilderoy receives letters from his Mum at home that slowly become more sinister, and as the conflict in the studio heats up, it all gets very strange indeed. The slow change from atmospheric thriller to a surreal ending works brilliantly. If you're looking for a typical hollywood climax

It's all helped by a fantastic soundtrack by Broadcast, but the music we hear is only in Equestrian Vortex.


NERO 12 (PC)
NERO 12 (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Disc Burning, 20 Dec. 2012
This review is from: NERO 12 (PC) (CD-ROM)
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I've been using Nero for some years, and each version seems to come bundled with more and more stuff that I don't use. This version has a media library (Which bombed out after trawling my hard drives for a few hours), and a whole bunch of other stuff that I doubt I'll use. I tend to like the photo-viewer, as the inbuilt windows one is quite poor, but my attempts at re-encoding video files have rarely succeeded. This was the case with this version. There's now a 'launcher' that gives you quick access to all the Nero applications, but I prefer to just go straight to what I want. This sort of thing is more irksome than useful to me.

The disc burning application is pretty rock solid. I've burnt a bucketload of discs with it and not had single problem. It's a reliable application these days. I have not seen it crash or lock up. It's a bit sluggish sometimes. You have control over almost all aspects of burning, and the choice of disc types is pretty comprehensive.

My main problem is that there are plenty of free applications available that can do all this, albeit not in a single 'package', and are also very reliable.


Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch and Motion Sensor Bundle for Apple iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch
Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch and Motion Sensor Bundle for Apple iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good hardware, but flaky application, 11 Dec. 2012
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First impressions count, and the WeMo comes in attractive, minimalist packaging and neatly packaged in a box with a flip top lid. There's a small instruction leaflet and not a lot else, but for a reason - you don't really need.

First thing I did was download the application for my Apple iPod touch (Disappointed that there's no specific iPad app yet.) Setting up is relatively simple: the WeMo has a wireless network that you connect to directly over WiFi. Using this connection, you enter the details of your main WiFi network and it connects to your main network - at least it should do, but I found this stage tended to be quite flakey and the app just crashed out with an error after a while or just remained in a busy state. However, once installed the devices are stable and I've not had any problems since.

This package also comes with a motion sensor, which comes with a long cable and is attached to your network in the same way as the WeMo plug.

Once setup, you should see your WeMo devices within the app and be able to control them. I found that on my network the devices tooka time to get recognised and sometimes vanished. However, once stable, they work fine. You can control the plug's power by pressing the on/off switch on the HMI or display the state of the movement sensor. You can also setup rules to trigger other plugs when movement occurs. I currently use mine to turn on a hall light when one of the children gets up in the night and needs to find their way to the toilet. You can control the sensitively of the motion sensor.

They are quite expensive, but work well - the only problem is that you need an Apple device to control them!


Seagate STBC2000200 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive
Seagate STBC2000200 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Future proofed?, 25 Oct. 2012
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The goflex series consists of hard drives that can be detached from the dock that connects to your computer. The idea is that the dock contains the connection hardware(USB3.0, Firewire, Thunderbolt,etc) and can therefore be upgraded by just getting a new dock to stick your hard drive into. This model comes with a dock that supports USB2 and Firewire (800). The other unique point about this particular model is that comes pre-formatted for Mac use. This might appeal to non-technical folk who just want to plug something in that works. For people (Like myself) who use both Macs and PCs, Seagate offer a download that will allow you to read/write the Mac filesystem from your windows box.

The actual product sports a fairly minimal design. The drive caddy is two wone silver and dark grey with a seagate logo on it, and isn't actually much bigger than a 3.5 inch hard drive. The dock supplied has a power light and four vertical LEDs that light up to show how much space has been used. Illuminated LEDs mean the space is used. However, the power light seems to leak across into the first one making it hard to read. I doubt I'd ever use this feature, anyway, but it might be handy if you're using the drives for automated backups from Time Machine and want to just see how much space you have left without messing around. Build quality, overall, is very good. The connection between the dock and drive unit is very good and there's no chance of it accidentally falling off. When connected, you would not even know that there are to separate parts. I can see this withstanding plenty of removing/reattaching.

In use i was pleased by the lack of noise, and the speed of transfer.

It could be argued that you could just buy a hard drive and move it into a different caddy when technology changes. However, I prefer this solution. I have a couple of other docks (Including a USB3.0 one) that I use with my Goflex. The docks much stay in place with their power supply and I just move the caddy around.

Seagate's website offers drivers to allow you to use NTFS drives on Mac (Along with one that allows you to use Mac formatted drives on windows.)


Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desktop Adapter (USB 2.0,Firewire 800)
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desktop Adapter (USB 2.0,Firewire 800)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars USB 2.0 and Firewire Dock, 23 Oct. 2012
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This dock gives you USB and Firewire 800 capabilities with a GoFlex desk disk. If you want to use your GoFlex with a Mac or PC then this should be fine. The Firewire is faster than USB2.0. This works fine. There's a power light and a series of lights that tell you how much of the drive you have used, which I feel is a bit of a gimmick. It's a well made, sturdy device and it grips well onto the hard drive so there's no chance of it falling off.


Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 3.0 Desktop Adapter and PCI-E Adapter Card
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 3.0 Desktop Adapter and PCI-E Adapter Card

3.0 out of 5 stars Handy for expanding to USB 3.0 speeds, 23 Oct. 2012
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This dock works with the Seagate GoFlex Desk hard-drives. The concept is quite simple - the hard drive can be detached from the data transport mechanism. This means the same drive can work on USB, Firewire, USB 3.0 or newer connectors such as Thunderbolt.

This kit contains everything you need to get going with USB 3.0: a small PCI-E card for USB3.0, a cable, the dock and a power supply. I have used it one a windows PC and also a Ubuntu Linux PC. I'm not entirely convinced by the concept, but this is a good way to get external USB3.0 capabilities, which is much faster than USB2.0, and it shows!


Now Here This
Now Here This
Price: £16.04

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 18 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Now Here This (Audio CD)
I'm more of a fan of the seventies jazz/fusion output by McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti) than his later work, but this band is simply stunning. McLaughlin plays riffs that sound effortless, duelling with the bass player at times, and while the drumming is fantastic. I listened to this at work through headphones, and just couldn't stop tapping my feet along with it. The music never stands still, never descends into predictablity and is by turns exciting and relaxing.

If you're a fan of the Mahavishnu Orchestra then you should really enjoy this.


Asus RT-N66U - 900Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router, Gigabit LAN/WAN, 2x USB, Print FTP UPnP VPN Server, IPv6, 8x SSID, Wireless 3D HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty
Asus RT-N66U - 900Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router, Gigabit LAN/WAN, 2x USB, Print FTP UPnP VPN Server, IPv6, 8x SSID, Wireless 3D HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty
Price: £104.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to setup and use, 17 Oct. 2012
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I wanted to use this as in 'access point' mode, which thanks to the excellent user interface was just a matter of selecting this as an option during setup. Full points for easy setup, although the default IP address conflicted with another router - this was easy to change.

In use the router is easy to configure and offers two channels - one for streaming video and the other for more general web browsing. My older machines and laptops could only connect to the 2.5G connection, but newer devices could take advantage of both. In use for streaming video wirelessly from a server to a TV I had no problems with stuttering or drop outs.

There are also USB ports that can connect to storage or printers, so you can use it as a Network Attached storage device if you want to plug a drive or memory stuck into it.

I've used ASUS routers before, and always find them easy work with with a decent User Interface - this is no exception, and helpfully uses diagrams to show you your network layout, which is good for beginners.


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