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Canon Extra Multifunctional Paper 100gsm 500 Sheets per Ream A3 White - Ref 76421 [1 Ream]
Canon Extra Multifunctional Paper 100gsm 500 Sheets per Ream A3 White - Ref 76421 [1 Ream]

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's paper, 4 May 2011
There's nothing wrong with this. It's white enough, sturdy enough (100gsm is a good thickness generally and perfect for an A3 printer) and cheap enough.

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103 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To all you teenagers with acne, 4 May 2011
Hi Guys,

if you've been having trouble with acne then try this. When I was a teenager (a very long time ago, sadly) nothing worked until a doctor prescribed me this. The effect was dramatic. All skins are different so I'm guessing that it's not absolutely guaranteed to work for everyone - but it's definitely worth a punt.

Remember these rules:
1. wash with warm water and rinse thoroughly with cold (otherwise the soap will be worse than the dirt)
2. dry with a clean towel
3. don't ever touch your face with your bare hands (LOTS of bacteria)
4. steer clear of greasy foods - the oil blocks pores and that's bad. Food high in antioxidants (like tomatoes) are very good
5. don't be tempted to squeeze spots too hard - otherwise the scars will take you well into adulthood long after the infection has gone.

Sorry, bit off topic, but if i help one kid going though the hell of acne then I'm happy.

Good luck
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Amadeus - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
Amadeus - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ F. Murray Abraham
Price: £8.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Well produced stuff and nonsense, 4 May 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
As long as you're not going to be too particular about historical accuracy and don't mind Mozart's thick North American accent, then this could entertain. To be honest, if you're the type of person to insist upon 100% agreement with documented events then you're likely to find this film very irritating indeed.

The overall atmospheric feel of the movie is faithfully recreated in the blu-ray transfer. There was something about the shots of the theatres that makes the experience very immersive. It would have been easy to lose this in going from cinema to home, but I think the technology can take some credit for its preservation.

The music is a real joy given a decent home cinema system (well, it is Mozart after all).

In summary, one star was dropped due to extreme historical inaccuracy. But remember that it would probably have lost at least two stars for crushing boredom if the truth was given precedence over the obligation to entertain.

Telecam TCE2001 *Ricabillity reviewed* Amplified Digital Freeview Indoor TV Aerial
Telecam TCE2001 *Ricabillity reviewed* Amplified Digital Freeview Indoor TV Aerial

1.0 out of 5 stars Just how strong does the signal have to be?, 4 May 2011
Unfortunately I seem to be one of those for whom the signal just isn't strong enough.
There was not even the slightest hint of receiving anything from the transmitter. In all other contexts we have what any reasonable person would describe as a strong signal. I guess it needs to be extremely strong.
Sent back under amazon's excellent return facility.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Half-baked in all respects, 3 Jan. 2011
There are some games that are more "story" than "game" and this is definitely one of the "story" variety.

There are no puzzles; there are minor obstacles - they are the equivalent of pressing the 'Y' key on a keyboard every so often, though I will concede, a BIT less tedious, just. You might have to scout around a little for a key - but you won't have to look very far. You might need to rememember a four-digit number occasionally. But you'll only say that's fun if you're defending the SH franchise against a naysayer.

There are no physical challenges aside those of forlornly trying to avoid creatures that start a tad scarey but very quickly become extremely irritating. Evasion is the only defence from these jokers apart from the happy times when you find a torch that burns for maybe 30 seconds to ward them off. Then it's gone and they come back. They grab you around the torso and you're supposed to throw them off with slightly embarassing movements of the wiimote and nunchuck together, like you're some kind of demented synchronised swimmer. Often, when you're grabbed from a certain direction, you stand a better chance of wrecking your controllers, or of frightening your children with your erratic behaviour, than of throwing the nasties off you.

No weapons. If there was ever a chance to pay the poor gamer back for the pain-in-the-a*** baddies, it would have via the auspices of a sawn-off shot gun. No. We're all supposed to pretend that running helplessly in all directions, looking for a route that cannot be deduced, is "fun".

There are collectables, but you don't use them - so you don't need to collect them and so they're totally pointless. That would be as irritating as the hell-entities if it wasn't for the fact that you don't know they're pointless until the end, when you realise that you didn't use them.

This has the look of a game that wasn't finished. I think the development strategy must have been to very quickly build an end-to-end framework so that the story had a beginning, middle and end. Thereafter the details were going to be gradually added, but with the knowledge that however far they got there would be an end-to-end product released to the market for Christmas 2010. I suspect that if they had aimed for Christmas 2011, the collectables would have had some purpose, there would have been weapons and there would have been a proper explanation of every aspect of the story.

If you're new to the franchise, then you'de be much better off with Silent Hills 2 and/or 3. If you're not new to Silent Hill then the mediocrity of this may well shock you unless your loyalty goes way beyond reason.

Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3)
Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £9.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Game-stopping glitches render all else largely irrelevant, 10 Jan. 2010
Just before the point from which I could go no further because of a glitch, I was going to say...
1) There's more thinking to do than in Uncharted
2) There's less shooting skill required (well, there's no skill required, actually) than in Uncharted
3) The graphics ... bla bla bla ...

...oh the list was going to be extensive, informative and articulate but what's the bl00dy point? If you're playing a game for a few accumulated hours and then have to start again from some checkpoint WAY back (after scouring the internet to find out if it IS a glitch and then what you did to trigger it), it wipes out any other consideration. Every quality of the game is irrelevant because the game is likely to completely shaft you at some point.

The game should be about finding out if the block WILL break that cracked trap door, or whether that rope CAN be cut to release the large weight, for example. In this game, you end up trying to find out what glaring error failed to be picked up by the testers. After all, if you're stuck it might be your lack of intelligence or the testers' lack of industry; you just don't know which. That's very bad. It would be bad even for a new bunch of people trying out a new franchise. But this is Tomb Raider for crying out loud - people will, and do, wait for a working version for something they love. There was no need to rush anything but there was every need to remain competitive with the likes of "Uncharted".

I hate to sound like a teacher, but they let the public down, they let the legend down but worst of all - you guessed it - they let themselves down.
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DVD Lens Cleaner with Audio & Set-up Modes (PS2/Xbox)
DVD Lens Cleaner with Audio & Set-up Modes (PS2/Xbox)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked perfectly - but user interaction is very eccentric!, 7 Dec. 2003
I used this on my PS2, which was playing up so badly that I was rapidly losing the ability to play DVDs on it, or play several of the games that I have. It would have failed completely before Christmas - unthinkable disaster or what.
At the end of the process, the PS2 was like its old self - everything - that's everything - worked perfectly.
The events leading up to its eventual triump were very bewildering, however. No manual of any kind. All that you have is something on the box that says to follow the on screen instructions. The first "instruction" is a graphic showing a picture of the cleaning DVD being placed in the machine, which is something that you must have mastered otherwise you wouldn't be watching the display!! Then you're given the choice of testing the sound or testing the video. The second of these is a particular lengthy process that I estimate took 10-15 minutes (a long time when all you want to see is something about the lens being cleaned, and wondering whether you've been conned).
By the end of it all, nothing had mentioned a lens of any kind, or cleaning or anything else representing the purpose for which one would buy the product. However, the lens had been cleaned. If you think about it, the only mechanism in the DVD player is something that turns the disk round - there's not "let's wiggle the disk about a bit because I've been told to wipe the lens". The difference on this disk is that there are cute little brushes on the underside that must stick out far enough to wipe the lens - and as long as the disk is turning the brushes will do the rest.
I can't speak for normal DVD players or the XBox. But on my PS2 it was my hero. I love it and want to have its babies.

Unix Shell Programming (Computer Science)
Unix Shell Programming (Computer Science)
by Lowell Jay Arthur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.66

4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's not perfect, but..., 6 Mar. 2003
I am an IT contractor with 14 years of experience. A few years ago I had an interview for a contract on the strength of the small exposure I had to UNIX Shell. I knew that to carry on paying the mortgage I was going to have to be pretty impressive in this area.
I already had the "Unix in a Nutshell" which is excellent, especially for understanding shells written by other people. However, I knew that I was going to need a framework of understanding if I was going to be able to knock a script together from scratch. I was also going to have to be able to read something that was presented in a very readable "start to finish" manner.
This book provided me with this basic understanding. Taking me from the description of the various flavours of Unix shell, through to the login process, regular expressions, pipes, redirection and then on to how the commands "work".
I will concede that there are some typos, and various features described that I have never found in any of the sites at which I've worked. But after a weekend of unremitting reading and taking notes, and rereading, this book got me a job and earned me money. That's the bottom line.
It is for experienced and capable IT professionals who have no broad understanding of the UNIX world. It will take you from a person with no UNIX credibility to someone who sounds like they've been doing it for a year or so. The commands and their options should be tackled with "UNIX in a Nutshell". With a book you can quickly flick from one page to another, cross referencing and sticking postits around the place - you can't do that with the man command.

Virtual Kasparov
Virtual Kasparov

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What about the BUG?, 5 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Virtual Kasparov (Video Game)
I pretty much go along with what the others have said, apart from...
1. "sometimes cpu will just do a silly move that will remind you that you are playing a cpu" - what, and humans never do a silly move?
2. Kasparov himself beats me only about 90% of the time, and I am a bit of a newbie to chess - and not unusually intelligent. Hardly "almost unbeatable"!
The important thing is there is an irritating BUG. Sometimes a black pawn will turn into a black bishop. I've only seen this happen (a lot) when playing Kasparov himself and I think that I would have noticed it if it happened when playing the other opponents. It can happen to either side, and inspite of the numerical superiority that a bishop has over a pawn, can really scupper your plans even if you are the lucky recipient.
My aim was to improve enough to at least not look like an utter buffoon when playing a human. It satisfied this aim. Using it in conjunction with a good beginner's book (like "The Right Way to Play Chess" by D. Brine Pritchard) will bring an added dimension to the experience.

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