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J. S. Hardman "Consultant software developer (contractor)" (Near London, UK)
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G Data Total Protection 2013 3 user 1 year license (PC)
G Data Total Protection 2013 3 user 1 year license (PC)
Price: £57.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple to install and use. Ideal for non-techie users., 9 Mar 2013
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Wanted some anti-virus software to run on an old 32-bit PC that is running on a local area network that already provides good protection from the outside world. As such, the key for this particular machine was to have something simple to set up and something that was simple to maintain, whilst providing unobtrusive protection without slowing the machine down too much.

The box contains both a CD ROM and booklet with instructions in various languages. The instruction booklet is (thankfully) not full of small print, but straightforward and easy to follow. It reminded me to uninstall my old virus software from a different provider, and even suggested I might want to use any special clean-up program that the old provider's website might recommend. Loading the new software took a while, but on this old PC this was not unexpected. Once installed it was easy to load updates to both the software and the virus signatures.

The only thing that seems a little strange is that Windows Security Alerts appears to recognise that the G Data anti-virus software exists on my machine, but does not recognise that it is switched on. So it tells me that my virus protection is switched off, yet when clicking the box "Turn on now" it takes me to the new software which happily confirms that everything is fine and protected. There does not appear to be any impact on the ability of the software to function though, as this appears to work ok.

Overall, this software meets my needs for this particular PC.

Recommended.


John Pilger - The War You Don't See [2010] [DVD]
John Pilger - The War You Don't See [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julian Assange
Price: £9.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory viewing in secondary schools, 9 Mar 2013
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It has been clear for many years that the mainstream television channels broadcast a very limited amount of world news (for example, how often does the BBC show anything about Central or South America?). It has also been abundantly clear that the amount of investigative journalism on the mainstream channels has reduced and reduced over the years. Even something like the BBC's Panorama programme rarely shows anything as challenging as it did 25+ year ago (although it does seem to be recovering from the depths it had reached). With the advent of satellite television and 24 hour news, which largely means sitting on a loop that repeats every 15 or 20 minutes, the depth of news coverage on the traditional channels has got worse and worse. I find it telling that I regularly switch to Al Jazeera English to get more information, both in terms of world coverage and in terms of in-depth reporting.

The lack of knowledge amongst many of my friends, colleagues and acquaintances about what happens in the world, often in their name, worries me. Would our troops have died in Iraq and Afghanistan if people were more informed and more questioning? Would so many civilians have died? Would civil rights across the world have been destroyed to the point that rendition to a place of torture was allowed to happen? Would we allow people who should be on trial for war crimes to run governments?

I have recommended previous John Pilger titles to some of my friends and colleagues, and watching them has opened their eyes to things that they previously knew nothing of. Quite how news coverage has got to the state it is in is what John Pilger covers in "The War You Don't See". I wouldn't say this DVD is as informative, challenging or "in your face" as some of his previous titles, but even so, this is another John Pilger title that people should watch, if only to make them ask what else is out there.

For me, I only learnt one thing from this DVD - the use of white phosphorous by the USA (we criticised Israel for using it, but who knew about the USA using it?), but for many viewers I think the whole DVD could be an eye opener. I think this should be shown in secondary schools to make teenagers ask questions before their minds get too blinkered.

For more challenging viewing, I'd recommend anybody considering watching this to also watch "John Pilger - Documentaries That Changed The World ".

Recommended.


Under Armour CG Men's Shirt Thermal with 1/4 Zip
Under Armour CG Men's Shirt Thermal with 1/4 Zip

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very practical, slightly dodgy appearance, 9 Mar 2013
I wanted a top for use while exercising, that was fitted, rather than either baggy or compression. Although Under Armour shorts and leggings work well for me, I have found that some of their tops appear to be designed for body-builders rather than just somebody who keeps reasonably fit, reasonably toned, and reasonably but not overly muscly. However, as this particular top was described as fitted, I thought I would give it a go. As it happens, the fit is perfect - no need to be a body builder to wear this one.

I know the top is described as ColdGear Thermo, but based on my experience of other Under Armour ColdGear products, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as warm as it is. Once you get into your exercise, you could cope with being in pretty cold conditions whilst wearing this "Under Armour ColdGear Thermo Mens Fitted 1/4 Zip Long Sleeve" top. The inside feels like a very thin fleece, but with a woven fabric outside, with a hexagonal pattern through it that traps heat. In cold conditions the wicking is pretty good, although in the warm it doesn't cope quite as well (but it's not really designed for those conditions). Just be aware that if your exercise takes you both indoors and outdoors, you may find cold sweat against your back.

As great as Under Armour products are, my usual irritation with a large part of their range is the colour schemes used and the lack of co-ordination between products. It may be that in the USA there is a larger range available, but trying to match different products in the UK is a nightmare, not helped by things going out of stock on a regular basis (buy the bits you want when you can!). As a result, I have this item in Black/Red (reminiscent of Post Office colours), wearing them with Graphite/Black/Red leggings or shorts. Although the individual products are great, the lack of coordination between products and the lack of availability when there are actually matching items in the range, means that the overall effect is not good visually!

Despite the irritation about appearance, this is yet another product from the Under Armour range that I recommend for good, effective, exercising, particularly in cold conditions. I'll be making a lot of use of this, and when I spot an equivalent not in the ColdGear range, I will buy that too.

Recommended.


Travalo Pure Essentials Refill Perfume Atomizer
Travalo Pure Essentials Refill Perfume Atomizer
Offered by Online Beauty Buys
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks very girlie, but very practical, 9 Mar 2013
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When packing to go travelling, I've pretty much perfected the art of only taking what is required for a particular trip, and ensuring that as a result my bags are compact and light. The one exception to that has been where I am going on trips where I need to be "well-turned out" (so not hiking through Africa or South America), whether that be a trip that involves going to a wedding, going somewhere where there will be dancing, smart business trips etc. For those, the compact packing has always been ruined by the chunky bottle of smelly stuff (usually Dolce & Gabbana). I've always wondered why somebody didn't produce a sensible answer to this, and now I am slightly irritated that somebody did it before I got around to doing it myself and patenting the answer!

This "Travalo Pure Essentials Refill Perfume Atomizer" solves the problem. It is a sensible size for travelling (it can go in hand luggage on aircraft), has not broken so far (time will tell on that one), easy to fill, and easy to use. The only downside to it is that it looks very girlie. A more refined, gentleman's equivalent would be appreciated!

Although I haven't used it this way, it's small enough to fit in a pocket if you want to freshen up shortly before a meeting (not immediately before though, otherwise you'll engulf everybody in a cloud of smellies) or after finishing at the gym.

Suitable for use with smellies that have a removable nozzle.

Recommended, despite the girlie look. I might try and find a more manly version and give this one to my wife :-)


iBoutique® 30W Bayonet (B22) Daylight Energy Saving Light Bulb Equivalent Output 150 Watts (Full Spectrum) Great For SAD Sufferers, Snooker, Pool, Hobbies, Crafts, Photography
iBoutique® 30W Bayonet (B22) Daylight Energy Saving Light Bulb Equivalent Output 150 Watts (Full Spectrum) Great For SAD Sufferers, Snooker, Pool, Hobbies, Crafts, Photography
Offered by SechsiTech
Price: £1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best low energy, daylight bulb I have tried, but not for 8000 hours, 9 Mar 2013
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I have always preferred daylight bulbs, to standard yellow-ish filament bulbs, using them in various rooms around the house, particularly those where I spend a lot of time reading. When the old-style 100W filament bulbs pretty much disappeared from shops (particularly daylight ones), a number of companies started producing supposedly daylight, low-energy bulbs, but these never seemed to produce a great amount of light. As technology has improved things have got better. This iBoutique bulb seems to take advantage of those improvements. Of all of the energy saving daylight bulbs I have tried, this one from iBoutique is by far my favourite.

This bulb is quite long though - as I prefer lots of light I don't have anything beneath it, but if you use a shade of some sort (why would you?) you may find that you need to adjust it slightly.

Equivalent to a 150W bulb, but using only 30W, this light produces 1600 Lumen. It's bright enough that you won't want to look directly at the bulb, but as a result it lights up rooms very well.

However... the "up to 8000 Hrs use" seems optimistic - my first one lasted 550 days. I estimate it would be on 2-3 hours per day on average, so actual use before it died was 1100 - 1650 hours.

Recommended, despite the limited lifetime.


Aidapt  3-in-1 Pill Cutter/ Crusher and Storage
Aidapt 3-in-1 Pill Cutter/ Crusher and Storage
Price: £3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gone back to using a knife until I find something better, 9 Mar 2013
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I used to have an old Dutch "Pill Tool" for cutting tablets into the required size, but when that was "borrowed" I needed to find a replacement. I couldn't find another of the type I had before, so I searched on Amazon and found this instead. I figured that what it does is so simple that it couldn't be that much different to my old one. How wrong I was. Whereas my old one cut cleanly through tablets almost every time, this Aidapt cutter seems to break approximately half of the tablets into multiple bits. Is it a design issue, a manufacturing issue, is the blade simply not sharp enough? I don't know. All I know is that this Aidapt cutter is now sitting unused, and I have gone back to using a sharp knife to cut tablets until I find a better cutter.

(oh, and like another reviewer, I have snagged my finger on the blade in the Aidapt more than once - it's never drawn blood, but it's come close).


Coghlans Eyeglass Repair Kit
Coghlans Eyeglass Repair Kit

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has saved the day many times, 23 Feb 2013
It's nothing more than a cheap feeling screwdriver and a similarly cheap feeling magnifying glass, but since I bought one of these whilst on a trip to the USA a few years back, it has saved the day for me and for friends/colleagues many times. I paid less than four dollars in the USA. On Amazon today, this is being quoted at three and a half times that including UK delivery. That's just ridiculous, but even at that price, if it saves you from struggling home with a lens missing from your glasses, then it could be worth it...

Recommended, but the current price, including delivery, is just ridiculous.


Berlitz Language: Finnish In 60 Minutes (Berlitz in 60 Minutes)
Berlitz Language: Finnish In 60 Minutes (Berlitz in 60 Minutes)
by Inc. Berlitz International
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't worked for me, 11 Feb 2013
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I've learnt the basics of multiple languages from audio CDs, and then gone on to other forms of learning for some, whether face-to-face instruction or using Rosetta Stone studio sessions with a tutor. In learning the basics of those languages I have experienced a range of quality in the audio CDs, with some being very good at getting the listener to a point where he/she can do certain tasks (coping in restaurants, shopping, typical tourist stuff etc), and others being good at teaching a large vocabulary. There have also been some that just didn't achieve much at all. For me, this Berlitz "Finnish in 60 Minutes" unfortunately falls into that latter category.

Now, I listen to audio courses whilst driving, so I am not in a position to look at any printed material until some time later. That can be a bit of an issue - certainly one Polish course I listened to had me thinking I had heard certain letters, but later reading of the materials showed that I had misheard some subtle changes in pronunciation. Where I have hit that problem before, it only took one look at the materials or a bit more knowledge of the language (especially Polish) and then I was ok listening again. I haven't found that to be the case with this Finnish course. Perhaps it is just me, but with this course, I feel I need words repeated and the sounds that I am hearing explained to me. My ear is not attuned to the sounds I am hearing, so I am not sure what I am hearing, so any attempt to repeat it is likely to be horribly wrong.

It may be that if you can sit and concentrate on this course, with the materials in your hand, then it may work. However, for the way I use it - listening whilst driving, it has not worked for me at all. There seems to be a dearth of cheap, Finnish, audio courses, so I'll persist with this and hope I can find time to work with the booklet more, but based on my experience so far, I cannot recommend this course, despite the very low cost.

Note that I have used a web-site called finlandforum, and have been in contact with the Finnish Embassy. Both people on the forum and at the embassy have been incredibly helpful. Learners may find useful resources through either - hopefully, more useful than this course.


Under Armour 9" Core Short Pro Short de compression renforcé Anti-pubalgie Homme Graphite/Noir/Blanc FR : L (Taille Fabricant : LG)
Under Armour 9" Core Short Pro Short de compression renforcé Anti-pubalgie Homme Graphite/Noir/Blanc FR : L (Taille Fabricant : LG)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comfortable, lots of support, 11 Feb 2013
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There are items in the Under Armour range that work really well for me, and there are some that do not. These Under Armour Core Compression Men's 9 inch Coreshort Pro shorts (and the very similar Coreshort Pro shorts - very little difference) fall into the category that work. If I want a bit of extra warmth then I go for the leggings equivalent (Under Armour 2012 Men's Core Pro Compression Leggings), but otherwise either of these Coreshort Pro shorts are my preference when exercising.

They provide support where it's wanted (the X design seems strange at first, but it works) and good moisture properties to keep you comfortable even during a long workout. When they say Compression, they do mean it - these seem to work best when really snug - just take care to arrange things so that nothing sensitive gets bruised during exercise!

The only downside I find regularly with Under Armour, is that when you find an item you like, they very quickly sell out and it's hard to get the same again (in the UK, at least). Be warned.

Highly recommended.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shorts - excellent support, 11 Feb 2013
There are items in the Under Armour range that work really well for me, and there are some that do not. These Under Armour Coreshort Pro shorts (and the very similar Core Compression Men's 9 inch Coreshort Pro - very little difference) fall into the category that work. If I want a bit of extra warmth then I go for the leggings equivalent (Under Armour 2012 Men's Core Pro Compression Leggings), but otherwise either of these Coreshort Pro shorts are my preference when exercising.

They provide support where it's wanted (the X design seems strange at first, but it works) and good moisture properties to keep you comfortable even during a long workout. When they say Compression, they do mean it - these seem to work best when really snug - just take care to arrange things so that nothing sensitive gets bruised during exercise!

The only downside I find regularly with Under Armour, is that when you find an item you like, they very quickly sell out and it's hard to get the same again (in the UK, at least). Be warned.

Highly recommended.


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