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Dell Optilex GX280 Desktop P4 2.8Ghz 512MB RAM 80GB HDD Windows XP
Dell Optilex GX280 Desktop P4 2.8Ghz 512MB RAM 80GB HDD Windows XP

5.0 out of 5 stars Super little machine, 26 April 2013
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Excellent little machine ideal for light tasks. Don't over stretch it an it'll be fine. Handles Ms Office 2007 fine and happy with web browsing at the same time. Beautifully quiet in use unless worked hard.

Archos 35 Home Connect Internet Radio
Archos 35 Home Connect Internet Radio

3.0 out of 5 stars Faulty, 9 Jan 2013
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Bought two of these. They're basic, but do the job well enough. However, 3 months later, one of them developed a fault and was unable to be charged up. Now waiting to see what Amazon have to say.

Billion BiPAC 7800N Dual WAN ADSL2+/Broadband Wireless-N Gigabit Firewall Modem Router
Billion BiPAC 7800N Dual WAN ADSL2+/Broadband Wireless-N Gigabit Firewall Modem Router
Price: 94.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for slow speed lines, 7 Jan 2013
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Another review repeating previous comments about tweaking line speeds via SNR.

My line speed dropped like a stone with Plusnet, down to about 0.95Mb, using their supplied router. Fat load of help Plusnet were as well.

Using this router, i can get it up to around 2.7Mb, through tweaking the SNR, a massive improvement. Granted, its years away from fibre optic speeds, but for those of us on long lines, it makes the world of difference.

One tip - if adjusting the SNR, it seems that it can take a day or two to settle down. When i first tweaked mine, i was disappointed to say the least that there seemed little difference, but then a couple of days later and we were sailing along.

I would also say that the WiFi *range* is nothing remarkable, though it is stable and fast.

Professional Rapid Zap 30W Ultra Violet Fly Zapper Insect Killer Pest Control
Professional Rapid Zap 30W Ultra Violet Fly Zapper Insect Killer Pest Control
Offered by Direct Sales
Price: 38.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works like a charm, 17 July 2011
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Like many other reviewers, we're plagued by flys. Some of the electric fly swats work well, but you spend your time chasing them. This works nicely. Left it plugged in on top of the kitchen cupboards well out of the way of little fingers and it zapped 6 bugs on the afternoon we got it. Thats not much by some of the standards on here, but it was all the flying bugs in our kitchen. It is particularly noticeable that all the bugs have gone and remain gone. Its quiet in operation except for the loud crack, the puff of smoke and the smell of burnt bug when it gets something. Very pleased with it, HIGHLY RECOMENDED

Yale wirefree Premium Alarm Kit HSA6400
Yale wirefree Premium Alarm Kit HSA6400
Price: 177.00

399 of 402 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, 31 Oct 2010
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Like many of the other reviews, i rate this alarm quite highly. There are a number of features to commend it, notably some of the anti-tamper features, however don't think that its bulletproof. Some wireless alarms can be jammed by the sort of phone jammer you can get on Ebay. This isn't one of them and an attempt to jam the alarm when armed will cause the siren to go off. All of the sensors have tamper features that will sound an alarm if someone trys to remove them or deactivate them. This is also true of the siren which has a spring inside it that will cause an alarm if someone trys to remove it from the wall. I bought mine from Hunters, whose price seems to change like the wind. At the moment, Homebase seems to be the cheapest, especially when on offer

A couple of weak spots though which the install manual doesn't cover:

An easy way to stop the siren ringing is to smash it, therefore site it carefully and if possible, make use of this systems capability to use more than one siren. It comes with a dummy siren, identical to the live siren, so my advice to keep the burglar guessing which siren is live and get another live siren. They're about 40. If the burglar gets lucky and smashes one of your live sirens, the anti-tamper device will trigger and the remaining live siren will sound an alarm.

The conrol panel is a weak spot. Buy a key fob and hide the control panel. Again, if you have a break in, a burglar may try and smash the control panel to stop it calling out. (the siren will be sounding, but it may not call you)

Obvious one : Make sure the telephone plug cannot be removed from the socket. The control panel gives you 30 seconds by default from a door entry to sounding an alarm and calling you. Its unlikely that the burglar will gues your code by then, but its ample time to pull the phone plug out of the socket. The alarm will still sound, but the control panel can't call you. So, hard wire it in with the appropriate connections that any diy store sell for joining phone cables.

Buy more PIR's. The door sensors are ok, but they only work if a door or window is opened. If the window is smashed, the won't trigger an alarm.

Imagine you're a burglar - you know your house better than anyone, so how would YOU bypass the sensors? When you've worked out a 'route', move the sensors to block it off and test the setting on the control box. Have you cut the route off? Don't just blindly screw a sensor to the wall without thinking about it.

PIR sensors can see heat, so don't have them looking at a radiatior or at a IR secuity camera and for obvious reasons, not at a window.

In summary, max this alarm out. It can have 20 additional sensors, yet it comes with just four. Plan it, take your time and don't rush it. Installation is easy and straightforward. It took me about 2 hours to get it set up, but i spent the best part of four weeks beforehand siting sensors and testing them. I'm not so convinced about add flashing lights to the siren. This siren doesn't have flashing lights in order to preserve battery life. Most burglars will be aware that 50% of sirens are dummies and of course the easy way to make something not look like a dummy is to put a flashing light on it. Why make it easier for them? Leave them uncertain and they may just find an easier target to go for. This alarm won't stop you getting broken in to, but its a start and your installation of it may lessen the damage
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 6 Oct 2010
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As per a previous review, although listed as a 1001, the installation of Windows 7 effectively makes this a 1005 spec.

The delivery was very fast from the supplier and at a price much cheaper than the high street. Not much in the box, but a written instruction manual was welcome as well as a backup dvd, although unless you put this onto a memory stick, it isn't going to be much use as the machine doesn't have a DVD drive.

Machine is quite fast to boot and comes installed with Office Trial and Trend AV trial. A full version of Ms Works is installed. Strangely, the total capacity of the hard drive for my machine was 140Gb, not 160Gb, but i'm not too bothered about this.

All in all, an excellent machine for the price and highly recommended.

Swann Advanced Digital Wireless camera & receiver  *NEW* (SW233-ADW300)
Swann Advanced Digital Wireless camera & receiver *NEW* (SW233-ADW300)

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job ok, but not outstanding, 6 Oct 2010
This camera is now being discontinued by Swann as they switch to the 400 model. Can't see much different in the spec, but the camera housing is a bit different.

As has been mentioned, the images are a little odd. According to Swann, this comes about from having a lens that works in infra-red and normal colour and as a result, tries to be jack of all trades. And yes, its a master of none. The motion detection is ridiculously sensitive - much of my recordings seem to be little more that 'air' passing by(!)

On the upside, very easy to install and those who've installed Wifi cameras will have no trouble at all with these - they're much easier. Range is reasonable, but not as great as suggested. IR capability is about 4 metres. It would be nice to be able to hook these up to a home network and view them remotely, however they work well enough. I stashed the reciever away in my house and put a big SD card in it which the cameras re-record to and have otherwise forgotten about it, checking it once in a while, but otherwise letting it do its job.

Key Words: 1a Play with us
Key Words: 1a Play with us
by Ladybird
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 2.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. Excellent way to learn to read, 6 Oct 2010
I was coerced into getting these for my five year old - his grandfather suggested them to me. My little boy is doing phonics in school, but has struggled because 'some words don't sound as they should'

The Peter and Jane are completely different and work on repetition of word : I see the dog, You see the dog, We see the dog etc, etc. As the books go by, the repetitions become less and the words become more complex. We bought the series and do a couple of pages each night. There was some resentment to begin with, but we're becoming a happier reader now.

The pictures that illustrate the pages are wonderful and depict an England from another era.

LG BD570 BD Blu-ray Player  with Media Centre featuring Wi-Fi & DLNA
LG BD570 BD Blu-ray Player with Media Centre featuring Wi-Fi & DLNA

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this, 20 Sep 2010
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I bought this to replace a defunct DVD player. The streaming facility was the main appeal and it hasn't let me down. I stream from a Netgear ReadyNAS box which it picked up without fuss. Runs fine, and only stutters with streaming HD 1080 footage. I have yet to try a wired connection which may solve this.

All in all, its fantastic. An easy to use remote as well.

Would happily buy another
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Logitech Squeezebox Radio - Black
Logitech Squeezebox Radio - Black
Offered by Accessory-Shop

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All great - in the end, 15 Sep 2010
I had some problems with this to begin with. My music is on a NAS and i have previously been using a Squeezebox Boom. I bought the Radio for a bedside radio.

My first 'irk' is the lack of instructions that come with it - these you have to view on a PC. I can understand the reasons for this, but some people like to sit down with the Radio and read through the manual and see how it works. Its frustrating to have to fire up the computer just to see how to program a preset.

The second irk was its desire to update its software, which it did everytime it switched from the NAS to the internet. A trawl through the forums was futile. After some thinking, i updated the Squeezebox Server software on the NAS to the latest version and this solved the problem on the Radio. Therefore my advice to those who already have a Squeezbox product and are considering this is to keep the software up to date.

Now its set up, I love it. BBC iplayer is not installed on the Radio by default, but its easy to tick the box on the server and do this. It connected to my network easily, the only input from me being to insert to WPP key. That done, it hasn't asked for it again. I don't live in an area with the fastest broadband, but streaming radio is fine, with few if any drop outs. The menu is customisable, so wheras the 'sleep' function is on one of the many submenus by default, its easy to bring it onto the main menu.

It has two thumbwheels - one for scrolling, one for volume. Brilliant - i hate push button volume control. Also a nice feature is the autodimming of the the display. There must be a light sensor in it somewhere as the display brightness varies according to the brightness of the room.

I ermed as to whether to give this four or five stars. In the end i went for five as aside from the setup issues, its behaved well. Would i buy another? Yes. Would i buy it as a gift for someone else? Yes.

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