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F-Secure Internet Security Plus 2012 1 Year 3 PC + 1 Phone (PC/Android)
F-Secure Internet Security Plus 2012 1 Year 3 PC + 1 Phone (PC/Android)

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple to setup and easy to use, 30 Jan 2012
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F-Secure Internet Security Plus 2012 is a great example of a no-hassle internet security solution. The installation asks the minimum of questions and is very quick, the user interface is simple and uncluttered, and impact on the machine's resources is very small and hardly noticeable.

F-Secure is run from a new Launcher that is installed on the desktop. This then opens the main interface that displays 3 separate sections consisting of Status, Tasks and Statistics. All of F-Secure's components can be accessed directly from here.

The suite comes with all the standard security features you'd expect such as anti-virus/spyware, anti-spam, anti-phishing browser protection, a firewall and parental controls. All these features are very easy to setup and configure with most configuration being done automatically.

The firewall, for instance, will automatically grant access to known safe programs and only resort to popup questions if it encounters an application not in its database. Setting up spam is also a breeze and is simply a matter of setting it to aggressive or medium. With browser protection F-Secure will annotate links to show if they are suspected of being malicious, with full URL blocking for fraud sites enforced.

Parental controls are extensive and, again, simple to configure, though one flaw is that anyone who is assigned the administrator can completely switch off parental controls without prompting for an additional password. So make sure your kids don't get their hands on the administrator password!

Overall F-Secure Internet Security Plus 2012 is a very good and easy to use security suite. It lacks of some of the sophistication of rival products but will nonetheless give you an excellent level of on-line protection.


Business Accountz Professional 2012 (PC/Mac/Linux)
Business Accountz Professional 2012 (PC/Mac/Linux)
Price: 199.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book keeping has never been simpler, 23 Jan 2012
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The primary emphasis of Business Accountz Professional 2012 is on simplicity. Book keeping is never a straightforward task and is generally quite tedious so any application that simplifies this is worth a look if you run your own business.

The interface of Business Accountz is very stripped down and simple, and if anything it almost seems too simple for something as complex as book keeping. But after using the application for a while it becomes obvious that the simplicity is achieved through hiding the tedium of accountancy as much as possible by automating many tasks.

On first run the setup wizard asks a series of questions about your business and from this it then creates the 'Chart of Accounts'. Once this has been setup it's amazing how many jobs become simple one-click tasks via the application's 'Eazy' button. Double entry book keeping is still required but it doesn't have to be done manually as Business Accountz automates much of this. VAT Returns are also extremely easy to do. In fact the 'Eazy' button soons becomes your best friend as it gives simplified and hassle-free access to so many functions.

For anyone wanting to maintain their own accounts but lack any background in the world of book keeping, Business Accountz Professional 2012 is the ideal solution.


Nero 11 Multimedia Suite (PC)
Nero 11 Multimedia Suite (PC)
Offered by Kryonet
Price: 44.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent one stop multimedia solution and now with an improved interface, 23 Jan 2012
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One thing that becomes immediately apparent about Nero 11 Multimedia Suite is that it's big! The install takes a long time and creates a whole load of icons on your desktop. Navigating the whole suite can be a bit overwhelming at first but the re-designed and intuitive interface is a big help.

The look and feel of Nero has now been freshened up and has a friendlier feel to it. Additionally, the interface now incorporates the MediaBrowser which makes accessing media files very simple. Long time Nero users will be re-assured to see all their old favourite applications still present like the venerable Nero Burning ROM, and the excellent NeroWave Editor for editing audio files.

Video editing in Nero is very powerful and includes some advanced features such as 3D effects. Nero now uses 'Express Storyboard Editing' which generally makes video editing far quicker and easier for the novice without compromising any of the advanced features.

Nero 11 includes a superb transcoder that can encode to more or less any media format you can think of, including the exporting of media files to Android and iOS devices. Tools are also provided for sharing media files with all the main social networking sites.

Nero 10 was always an excellent multimedia suite and Nero 11 Multimedia Suite enhances this functionality further, all within a new and improved interface that makes the product feel far more unified and coherent.


National Geographic Little Kids: First Big Book of Dinosaurs
National Geographic Little Kids: First Big Book of Dinosaurs
by Catherine D. Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kids eye view of dinosaurs!, 23 Dec 2011
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This book groups dinosaurs into simple categories that children can relate to, the categories being Small, Big, Giant and Gigantic. Every dinosaur in the book gets a big colourful drawing, accompanied by a series of easy to understand facts about the creature concerned. The text never gets too long-winded or dull and is written in a way that will keep a child's interest. A great touch is a phonetic spelling of each dinosaur name so the child knows exactly how to say it. This is very handy for adults as well as many dinosaur names can be quite tricky to pronounce!

This colourful book makes the world of dinosaurs easily accessible to young children and is a fun way of broadening their knowledge in the subject.


QuickBooks Premier 2012, 1 User (PC)
QuickBooks Premier 2012, 1 User (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive accounting solution for accountants and non-accountants alike, 23 Nov 2011
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Being a complete amateur when it comes to accounting I was very curious to see if such a feature-packed accounting package like QuickBooks Premier 2012 could be used by a novice like me.

Once installed and registered, getting started with QuickBooks is surprisingly quite straightforward. Very general information is asked about your company and then you're ready to setup a chart of accounts. Additional company data can then be added when required.

Report generation is extensive and is one of QuickBooks's strong points. It comes with over 100 pre-set reports with even more available via the Report Centre. Very professional looking reports can be created with a few mouse clicks and saved in PDF format if need be. Estimates can also be converted into invoices with very little effort.

The GUI is very intuitive and most of the QuickBooks's common tasks can be accessed from the home screen. Document Centre allows scanned in documents to be attached to particular transactions. Batch creation of timesheets is also supported, as is the ability to import and export Excel spreadsheets. VAT can also be managed electronically for submission to HMRC.

Extras that are exclusive to this Premier edition include the Inventory Centre, which provides detailed analysis on company inventories, and batch creation of time and expense invoices, which is a huge timesaver.

QuickBooks Premier 2012 offers an extensive toolbox of accounting tools that are easily accessible to non-accountants thanks to QuickBook's easy to use interface. These tools are further complemented by a huge range of plug-ins available on the Intuit website. Many of the features still require a bit of learning and, indeed, there'll be many features that will never be used unless you're a professional accountant. Overall, however, Quickbooks Premier 2012 is a comprehensive and very well designed accounting package.
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Dirt Devil DCC043 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner with Microban Antibacterial Protection, 1800 Watt
Dirt Devil DCC043 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner with Microban Antibacterial Protection, 1800 Watt
Price: 49.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A small and powerful cleaner, 22 Nov 2011
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This Dirt Devil combines the convenience of being small, light and easy to carry with great cleaning suction thanks to its hefty 1800 watt engine. As soon as the cleaner is switched on it's obvious this is a powerful little cleaner as those 1800 watts generate a fair bit of noise, though the noise isn't excessive.

Everything about the Dirt Devil is designed for convenience, the power lead is self-winding, the crevice unit can be stored in the cleaner when not in use, as can the floor brush.

The flexible hose system combined with the crevice tool makes vacuuming hard to reach places very easy, sucking up loads of dust from places you never realised could get so dusty. Being bagless it's also to see when it needs empting, and the anti-bacterial HEPA filter is washable.

The power of this unit means it can easily clean carpets and hard floors as thoroughly as any full-size vacuum cleaner, though the floor brush's small size means it's only really suited for quickly cleaning small areas of carpet and flooring.

The Dirt Devil 1800 Watt Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner manages to combine lightweight design with very powerful suction. It's easy to carry, clean and store away, and can vacuum as well as many larger vacuum cleaners, recommended.


Dirt Devil 1000 Watt Mains Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with Microban Antibacterial Protection
Dirt Devil 1000 Watt Mains Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with Microban Antibacterial Protection
Price: 49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little vacuum cleaner, 24 Oct 2011
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Despite being a handheld vacuum cleaner this Dirt Devil is very powerful and will pickup more or less anything that a conventional vacuum cleaner can, with the added convenience of being extremely portable.

It's slightly heavier than I expected so I attached the shoulder strap, only for the shoulder strap connector to snap straight away. This wasn't a great start and was surprising considering the Dirt Devil itself feels very sturdily made. I suspect the shoulder strap was a bit of an afterthought on the part of the manufacturer and probably should have been left off. To be honest I soon got used to the cleaner's weight anyway so the strap is a bit superfluous.

One other minor negative is that the power lead isn't self-winding and there's nowhere on the cleaner to wrap the lead, making storage a little untidier than it could be.

In use the Dirt Devil is superb, the suction is very powerful and the flexible hose is a great addition, making even the most inaccessible areas very easy to clean. I even used it to clean some of the dirtier parts of my garden shed and it made very light work of this. So apart from a few minor gripes the Dirt Devil is an excellent handheld vacuum cleaner, recommended.


House of Marley People Get Ready In-Ear Headphones with 3 Button Mic - Rasta
House of Marley People Get Ready In-Ear Headphones with 3 Button Mic - Rasta

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different and very good!, 24 Oct 2011
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These Bob Marley-themed headphones certainly tick all the eco-friendly boxes, even sporting wooden earphone buds, and the design is refreshingly different to the usual monotone colouring you get with conventional headphones. The pink and purple colour scheme looks great and the Rastafarian colours on the headphone cable is also a nice touch. Aesthetically these headphones are undoubtedly distinctive and will certainly standout from the crowd.

Fortunately the high design quality is also reflected in the audio quality, with the sound having a wholesome and warm feel, not tinny at all, with no noticeable distortion at higher volume levels. The sound quality is certainly an improvement on the standard headphones supplied with the iPhone.

So if you're tired of the dull and generic design of your MP3 player's headphones and want to upgrade them to something a little bit more exciting, then these House of Marley headphones are ideal.


10,000 Zombies: Create More than 10,000 Zombies and 10,000 Stories
10,000 Zombies: Create More than 10,000 Zombies and 10,000 Stories
by Alexander Cox
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comical zombie fun!, 18 Sep 2011
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This is very much a tongue in cheek book that explores the macabre world of zombies in a whacky, light-hearted way. It starts with a foreword from the film director Rob Zombie who gives the book his enthusiastic seal of approval, and is followed by an intro from the author, then a cartoon journey into the world of zombies begins.

The book is a flip book, with each page divided into 3 sections consisting of a drawing of a zombie's head in the top section, the body in the middle section, and the legs in the bottom section, so you can mix and match each section together to make a huge variety of zombies. An added touch is that each drawing is accompanied by a story that is also divided into 3 flip pages, so it's possible to create an appropriately grisly story to match your zombie creation.

All in all this book is a good bit of silly fun, it's not to be take too seriously and will provide plenty of giggles for any fan of the zombie or horror genres.


Fellowes Powershred P-35C Cross-Cut Shredder with Safety Lock - White
Fellowes Powershred P-35C Cross-Cut Shredder with Safety Lock - White
Price: 36.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great design but this shredder is not robust enough for regular use, 26 July 2011
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Aesthetically, the Fellowes Powershred P-35C would certainly look good in any home office with it's modern sleek white and curvy design. But unfortunately the P-35C's attractive design is where the quality ends as the shredder itself is disappointedly lightweight and often unreliable.

Although the box claims it can cross-shred 5 sheets of paper at a time, I found it would intermittently jam when feeding through this sort of volume, 2-3 sheets seems the most the shredder can handle without repeatedly jamming. It was also quite fussy about how thick the paper was and any small obstructions like staples would frequently cause a paper jam. The shredder would also run quite hot at times which was not encouraging.

The Fellowes Powershred P-35C shredder is definitely not suited for use in an office environment, it's for casual domestic use only, and the fact that paper has to be fed through carefully and only 2-3 sheets at a time means shredding by hand is probably just as effective.


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