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Battle of Britain: The Making of a Film
Battle of Britain: The Making of a Film
by Leonard Mosley
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 7 Oct 2013
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Great book for those of us old enough to remember when the film was released. I even remember as a child watching from fields nearby, some of the sequences being filmed at Duxford when the hangers were destroyed (blown up!) so the book is especially poignant for me! If you have a love for the film it is a fascinating insight into the not-so-smooth behind the scenes trials and tribulations of big movie making. If you do not have a great affection for the film them maybe a bit of a dry read!

TaylorHe 15.6 inch 15 inch Laptop Skin Vinyl Decal with Colorful Patterns and Leather Effect Laminate MADE IN BRITAIN Dragon Eye, Blue
TaylorHe 15.6 inch 15 inch Laptop Skin Vinyl Decal with Colorful Patterns and Leather Effect Laminate MADE IN BRITAIN Dragon Eye, Blue
Offered by TaylorHe Skins
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality decal, 7 Oct 2013
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Bit disappointed when it arrived as initially the print quality did not look as good as in the picture and it was also creased where it had been folded in the post. Was assured by seller that the crease would come out when applied, though I had my doubts. All unfounded, as when applied it looks fantastic and there is no sign at all of the crease when applied. My daughter loves it! A high quality item and reasonable price too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality replacement, 7 Oct 2013
Was looking for Dell power supply to replace original with faulty plug but Dell wanted 40! Also, reviews for the original were poor, whereas reviews for this were excellent. Arrived quickly and is of excellent quality. Works perfectly. Does the job and does not overheat like some poorer quality items. Would highly recommend to all who need a reliable PSU at a very fair price. Not the very cheapest but not worth trying to save the last penny when you are powering an expensive item like a laptop.

Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling
Dune HD Smart D1 High Definition Expandable Network Media with 1080p Upscaling

5.0 out of 5 stars The best!, 6 May 2013
This player "does what it says on the tin". Has played just about all of my files. Before this I had a Sumvision MKV Enclosure which was excellent for the price. Also played everything thrown at it (actually plays a couple of non-standard MP4 files that the D1 plays with no audio) but had much cheaper build quality and overheated with the supplied hard drive. I've now taken the drive out of the Sumvision and it's excellent as a network player.

Choose drive carefully for the Dune D1. It definitely needs a "green" eco-drive which is low power consumption and therefore low heat, as there is no fan in the enclosure. I bought a WD Caviar Green 2TB here on Amazon which is recommended by Dune and this works perfectly. It is also whisper quiet.

Where the D1 really shows its class is in the build quality (solid) and most of all in the software of the transport controls. It's fine being able to play anything, but if it's difficult to get around a file it makes using it a chore. No such problem on the D1. It is Best in Class. All menu actions are fast and smooth (not quite instant, but fast enough not to be irritating), with many ways of navigating the file.

Up and down arrows go forward/backward in 1 min chunks, left and right arrows do the same in 10 second chunks. Number buttons instantly go to points in the file 10%, 20% 30% duration and so on (0 goes to start). MKV or iso file chapter markers are navigated in the normal way and of course there is good old forward and rewind which are generally very smooth and work in increments with multiple pushes in the time-honoured way. Only slight criticism here is that you cannot go straight from FF to RR without going via Stop - a bit annoying and can't see why they have done it this way. Just takes some getting used to.

The front display, far from being redundant, acts as a counter when playing, gives names when navigating menus (good if the TV is not displaying the Dune output) and clock in standby. Regarding standby, noticed that for some reason the Dune does not let the drive spin down even after long inactivity. Great shame as this is one feature of the hard drive that ought to be fully supported. I leave powered all day and switch off at night, whereas I'd like to leave it in standby 24 hours, to allow easy access from the PCs in the house.

Setting up networking was a breeze.... actually I didn't do anything... it just worked! Only point is to format the hard drive in NTFS if you want your windows PC to see the files on the Dune without any Linux drive-format plug-ins.

The adventurous who want glossy display of their film library might try jukebox plug-ins Zappiti or Yadis. I like to keep it simple so I just use the standard Dune menus.

In short, what's not to like, except the price which is a bit steep by the time you have paid another 70 GBP for the 2TB drive.

If you want a media player buy this. It's well built and it works perfectly out of the box with no fuss, which is a lot more than can be said for most other media players (see the forums!).

Acer Aspire One 725 11.6-inch Netbook (Blue) - (AMD DC C70 1GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-Bit)
Acer Aspire One 725 11.6-inch Netbook (Blue) - (AMD DC C70 1GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-Bit)

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than a tablet and not much bigger!, 5 Feb 2013
Was looking at something portable to take on the road and keep an eye on business. Looked at tablets but put off by lack of compatibility with desktop software. Then came across this little Acer. Unusually for me purchased from Tesco instead of Amazon as they had a flash sale one weekend at 229.

If you are looking for a power laptop then obviously this is not for you. Get something with an Intel i5 processor or similar, but you will pay double the price and get something much bigger and less portable, or much more for anything approaching something as light and portable as this.

This is great if you want something to:
Keep in touch with emails
Run office software (I always use the excellent and free Open Office suite)
View HD videos, iPlayer or YouTube (not DVDs - this doesn't come with DVD drive, but you can add an external USB DVD drive of course).

Not so good for:
High processor load tasks like editing HD video or very large file size graphics.

It has a very solid set of features which are so hard to find in such a small package:
Low weight - only 1.2 Kg
Great screen size to tote around but big enough to work on. Much better than a 10 inch tablet.
In connection with above, great screen resolution at 1366 x 768
Very good quality screen with loads of brightness, even visible in quite bright sunlight.
4 Gb memory built in
320 Gb hard drive (but beware, around 20 Gb lost to Acer recovery software + more to operating system leaves around 280 Gb for working - still more than enough)
Excellent Wi-Fi (but as soon as you get it go into "Power Management" and change Wi-Fi settings from "Best Economy" to "Best Performance". Took me a while to find out this was causing very poor wi-fi as supplied out of the box).
3 USB ports, including one USB 3.0 port (not even some bigger laptops have USB 3.0!)
Lovely keyboard. Nice feel, good spacing between keys.
Excellent large and responsive touchpad. Some don't like the "tap to click" feature but this can be turned off easily enough.
Win 8 gives best of both worlds. Large icon type screen for those who like the "tablet" app style look, and the old familiar desktop for day-to-day office style working.
(Tip - search on Google and search for "Classic Shell" if you want to restore some of the feel of Win XP or Win 7, including the older style "Start" menu).
Respectable battery life - I'm getting around 3.5 hours between charges with mixed office style/video viewing use.

Note to Win 7 lovers.... persevere with Win8. It's worth it in the end (this comes from a die-hard Win XP lover). Particularly, Google Win 8 keyboard shortcuts for users without a touch screen.

Only small negatives:
No Bluetooth, but you don't need it as wi-fi nearly always can be made to serve the same purpose, and faster!
Sound not fantastic, but still perfectly adequate for such a small package.... if you want quality get some headphones!

All in all, can't fault it if you want something to keep in touch, perform office tasks and watch HD video in excellent quality, but don't expect blistering "instant" performance of higher spec laptops. Just as a guide, from clicking Open Office "Writer" icon to getting to the open window ready to type takes around 18 seconds on this Acer versus around 5 seconds on my Dell 15R 15 inch laptop, but of course once it is open, the program itself is just as responsive on both machines.

Oh, and by the way, it looks great too.
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Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet
Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for everything - not just drawing, 11 Mar 2011
I suffered from RSI. Noticed many others using tablets at work (video editing). Bought one and never looked back. No RSI anymore. I use this for everything, drawing or not, to competely replace the mouse. Might feel a bit odd at first, but persevere and you will never go back to using a mouse, which now seems crude and clunky.

Just beware - pens are liable to stop working if dropped onto a hard floor (fragile iron dust part cracks inside) but no problem if treated carefully. My daughter droppped our old one so I replaced it with this new model Bamboo, which has a much improved feel over the last model. Only slightly odd thing is they moved the cable to the left of the tablet, whereas it is much better for most desks if the cable exits the top as on previous models - strange decision from Wacom.

Also, we (everyone in family is a convert) find it better to reduce the active area of the tablet (in Control Panel) to reduce distance pen needs moving to get around the screen, and the resolution is so good, it's still really easy to get accurate pointing with very little hand movement.

Overall, go for it - but persevere in getting used to it at first. You will never go back to a mouse again, and be pain free for good (been using for 10 years or more and still no return of RSI).

Targus XL Citygear Messenger Notebook Case
Targus XL Citygear Messenger Notebook Case
Price: 23.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great bag, 26 May 2009
Strong. Well made. Loads of pockets. Lifetime guarantee. Very pleased with my choice after reading the reviews of others on Amazon. Can't add any more to what others have written other than to agree. Buy this bag, You won't be disappointed. And free and prompt delivery from Amazon too. Well done Targus and Amazon. Keep it up!

Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet
Wacom Bamboo One Graphics Tablet

41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to usual Wacom standard, 19 May 2008
I have had Wacom graphics tablets before. My last was Graphire 3. So when I bought a laptop I naturally looked for a similarly priced Wacom tablet to go with that. Bamboo seemed to have replaced the Graphire at that price point so I bought one. Highly disappointed. The smooth perspex covering of the Graphire has been replaced with a horrible cheap flip-over flexible plastic sheet. This gives the pen a "gritty" feeling in use. The surface of the tablet itself has the same gritty texture. This also makes the pen tip feel soft and spongy in operation so it often takes several "clicks" to activate something on the screen. Taps on the are now no longer nice hard clicks or taps but a soft spongy clunk. I would agree with another reviewer that the pen doesn't feel as accurate, but this is probably mostly down to the horrible surface texture of the tablet. Have persevered to like this tablet but I just don't, so it's going on eBay and I'll be looking for a 2nd user Graphire 3 which I love. Shame.

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