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Tefal Authentic S.Steel Pressure Cooker 6.0 Ltr
Tefal Authentic S.Steel Pressure Cooker 6.0 Ltr

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pressure Cooking? It's a No Brainer.., 16 Nov. 2011
Well, as if we didn't already know it mum was right all along. I remember my mother cooking with a pressure cooker when I was a child. So here I am at 62 years old, and retired, not wanting to spend hours before a stove cooking for two. So I took the plunge and bought a 6 litre pressure cooker. I chose the 6 litre capacity because this will provide 4 good size helpings when the kids come to visit. This is an old fashioned pressure cooker, no bells and whistles. It has a screw and clamp down lid, and a simple weight and pipe pressure regulator. If you want a stand alone electric pressure cooker with variable pressures, and timers etc. then this model is not for you.

Not only do pressure cookers save typically 70% in cooking times, they are extremely energy efficient and cost effective. Another often overlooked issue is that bacteria and spores are very unlikely to survive a 15-20 minute journey through a pressure cooker at 1 atmosphere pressure and a temperature of 121 degrees centigrade.

I cook beef joints, whole chickens, casseroles,wonderful beef stews, and soups in less than one hour.

So go ahead, don't hesitate buy a pressure cooker, you will never regret it.


HP Mini 210-2003sa 10.1" Netbook (Intel Atom N455 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Up to 10hrs battery life, Windows 7 Starter) - Blue
HP Mini 210-2003sa 10.1" Netbook (Intel Atom N455 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Up to 10hrs battery life, Windows 7 Starter) - Blue

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Product... However Be Careful When Ordering RAM Upgrades, 4 May 2011
This HP netbook really performs well. What is really impressive is the battery life, I get between 6-8 hours depending upon what I'm doing. I am very satisfied with this product.

The only hassle I had was ordering the correct RAM upgrade package. What you have to remember is that the HP Mini 210 descriptor refers to a range of products with 40 or more different model numbers. I purchased the HP MINI 210 2003sa. Amazon sells other models in this range.

When looking for the correct RAM upgrade for your HP MINI 210 YOU MUST search for
"Ram upgrade for HP MINI 210 2003sa" or whatever model you have purchased.

CORRECT RAM upgrade for the HP MINI 2003sa is 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SODIMM PC3-10600 (1333Mhz)

Similar methodology for different model numbers..


Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (12.1 Megapixel, 12x Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Screen)
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (12.1 Megapixel, 12x Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Screen)

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Performer BUT a Terrible Battery Hog..., 28 Nov. 2010
Firstly a word of warning... This camera is unusable with standard Alkaline AA batteries. If you are going to buy this camera, then include a good set of NiMh rechargeable AA's with a capacity of at least 2000mah and a charger. The AA battery feature is great, even taking into account the camera is an AA alkaline eater; you can pick up a set of AA's at most convenience stores on the planet; and complete your shoot.

Having got that out of the way. This is a cool camera that delivers good image quality. What I like about it is the manual mode offering either aperture or shutter priority which is pretty rare in a camera in this price slot.

I am satisfied with this this buy, 12.1 mega pixels delivers excellent quality, and Cannon's build quality is reassuring.

Al Taylor


Scientific Calculator With 30KB Ram - Black
Scientific Calculator With 30KB Ram - Black
Offered by Oxford Educational Supplies Limited
Price: £44.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP Back To Basics With The HP35S, 25 Dec. 2009
I have previously owned a HP35. HP41CX. and I currently use a HP50g. I bought the 35S as a sort of sentimental trip down memory lane triggered by my purchase of the original HP35 in 1973. I was not disappointed. I guess my main gripe is the absence of the polar to rectangular conversion key, sort of unforgivable if you happen to be in the surveying business. There is a work around, but its takes a few key strokes as opposed to just one...

The manual supplied is very adequate and harks back to the days when HP manuals were considered by many engineers to be the best in the business. (HP back then had an extensive test equipment division). You can stretch out on the sofa with a coffee, the 35S manual and the calculator for a good read; rating the documentation supplied against that of the HP 41CX (considered by many to be the apotheosis of calculator documentation)a 7/10 would be appropriate.

The HP35 is a safe buy, a good entry level calculator if you are interested in developing RPN operational skills in order to free you from the inefficiencies of the algebraic operating system.


HVAC Handbook (McGraw-Hill Handbooks)
HVAC Handbook (McGraw-Hill Handbooks)
by Robert C. Rosaler
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Handbook, 11 Jan. 2008
Yes its from the USA.... this is the land of ft cfm TR lbs boiler horse power etc....etc...etc... So it should come as no surprise that SI units don't figure. The review should have been more up front about this.

So if you feel comfortable in both SI AND church of england units..as some of us old engineers do, then go ahead and buy this book, you will not be dissapointed.


How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office Excel 2003
How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office Excel 2003
by Guy Hart-Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office Excel 2003...NOT REALLY, 29 Dec. 2007
An OK book if you are looking for a sort of advanced overview of EXCEL. However, if you are looking for an in depth explanation of specific functions such as MACROS etc. etc. or importing data into EXCEL, then this book is very definitely not for you.

In short, the books title is very misleading.


Water Treatment Essentials for Boiler Plant Operation
Water Treatment Essentials for Boiler Plant Operation
by Robert G. Nunn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £46.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent presentation of H20 Treatment Issues For Boiler Plant, 26 Dec. 2007
Robert Nunn's book is an excellent backgrounder concerning H2O treatment for boiler plant. It covers the basics, and some advanced topics of water treatment such as cycles of concentration in terms of chlorides and their role in determining boiler and cooling tower blowdown intervals and duration. Corrosion issues in hydronic, and steam systems are well covered.

In addition, pumps and pumping systems are described. Pump and system curves are well explained; as is the important concept of NPSH (Net Positive Suction Head) when pumping hot fluids.

However, just keep in mind that this is a book from the USA, and Imperial units are used throughout, (psi, gallons, gpm, TR, boiler horsepower, lbs, ff2, ft3, cfm...etc etc). If you are comfortable dealing with these units then this book is for you, and it represents very good value for money.


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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Product..Absolutely Abysmal Documentation, 23 Dec. 2007
I bought the HP50g back in March 2007, and I have delayed writing my review until now in order to provide a more considered and balanced review.

It was back in 1973 that I bought my first HP calculator, a HP35, and years later a HP41CX, both of these machines were RPN enabled only, and they were great machines. The documentation supplied with both were absolutely superb, the manuals well printed on high quality paper, and in a spiral bound lay-flat format.

The build quality of both machines were first class, both benefiting from a beautifully designed and tactile keyboard that provided superb keystroke entry feedback.

That was HP of yesteryear, unfortunately the HP50g is a recent product of the "modern HP" and frankly in terms of build and documentation quality the HP50g is not on the same page as the HP35 or HP41CX... WAIT..!! its not even in the same book!!!

The issue is not that the calculator is built in China, after all the Chinese can build first class products, its a reflection just how far HP have let their standards slip in terms of design imperatives, and quality control standards.

As it stands, the HP50G IS UNUSABLE OUT OF THE BOX OWING TO THE TRULY ABSYMAL DOCUMENTATION SUPPLIED.

Many math functions are not adequately identified or explained. The HP50g's programing capability is not explained at all. The user has to research the net for advanced user documentation, and that is found only for the HP49+, the information being applicable to the HP50g.

In closing, I am happy with the performance of the HP50g, but Iv'e really had to hang in there and research and adapt available user data in order to effectively use the calculator.

I would not recommend the HP50g to a student, or anyone that is not willing to dedicate time and effort to research appropriate applications data.
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Conversion Factors (Oxford Science Publications)
Conversion Factors (Oxford Science Publications)
by James L. Cook
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Conversion Factors Book Available, 23 Dec. 2007
Do not think that this publication will ever be made redundant by computer based data. This is a very well put together book in an A5 format that will fit very well into a brief case or toolbox...no batteries needed!!

It has just about everything that any engineer will need in terms of conversion data and information, chances are that it will accompany you throughout your entire professional career.


HVAC Equations, Data, and Rules of Thumb
HVAC Equations, Data, and Rules of Thumb
by Arthur A. Bell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Source of Useful Information (Non SI), 22 Dec. 2007
Great Data...but be warned that this book is US based, and does not provided any data expressed in SI units. Strictly Church of England measures only, lbs, ft, psi, gpm, btu's, cfm, (TR) tons of refrigeration, and boiler horsepower etc.. Includes steam tables, and condensate piping sizing.

If you are comfortable with these units, then this book is a great buy.


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