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Burning Dorothy
Burning Dorothy
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Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Shameless, 31 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Burning Dorothy (Audio CD)
Ignore the all-to-easy clichéd comparisons with better known artists: That Thea stands as a unique talent is as apparent in this debut as in any later work. If you listen unprejudiced, the guts, passion, vulnerability and rawness of adolescence can reach you in places the elsewhere-mentioned contemporaries have either yet to discover or had neutered during production; there's beauty, too. The music is there, the intellect is there, the skill is there (and how), the lucidity is there, and the way she sings f*** is just delicious; the phoney accent is also much less of a big deal than it could be. Overall a great prequel to Lipstick (if not better) - but if you're one of the gentler-eared townies who politely fill the hall when she plays at home, probably best sticking to what you're comfy with. For me, worth every penny... and Thea - and hubby - remain national treasures. (tip: if none of this quite rings true, play it again, only louder.)

Seagate Momentus 2.5 inch XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive
Seagate Momentus 2.5 inch XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice drive, no brainer for XP, 25 Jan 2013
Re. speed increase, my observations reflect arguably common sense expectations given the SS cache size, in that if usage patterns touch a few files often, you see a pretty/very good speed uplift; however, if you jump around your disk - or (e.g.) run a (big) partition backup - you can sometimes spot a tiny delay as the drive SS-cache-faults and loads the file from the platter. This is barely noticeable, but it's there. My impression is this would be an exceptionally versatile drive if the SS cache were doubled (tripled, even) in size. That said, at this price, it's very good VFM and I've just bought another one while they're available. Key point to mention, which I haven't spotted in other reviews, is that (as confirmed by Seagate Support*) this drive is NOT Advanced Format (AF) - which means it suits older OS's like WinXP just fine; whereas, as someone kindly pointed out in a dabs review, the 750GB version IS AF. So if you still run XP (which can't support AF), this 500GB version is possibly the last drive upgrade you'll (ever?) need. If you don't know what AF is, look it up. Final note, this drive ships with v28 firmware with which I've seen none of the stuttering or loss issues reported on earlier drives. Final final note, bit puzzling why you'd want to buy this for your NAS, as the speed benefit is bound to be constrained by your network, but each to their own. (*PS. Seagate also confirmed their Hybrid drives don't support their SmartAlign AF workaround.)

Price: 7.75

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only One Word, 13 Oct 2011
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A midnight blue satin glove rests on a Hugo Boss leg in a Carrera 4s pulling into GVA, as Your Wildlife fades from the Clarion.

This is a Propaganda album. And leaving that immediately to one side, 1,2,3,4 is a sumptuous collection of beautifully crafted synth-pop songs from a time when Miami Vice had run its course, the Ur-Quattro was becoming an anachronism, and Britpop playgroups were politely waiting to squat into the void left by its inevitable quadrophenic epiphany, as adulthood, responsibility, and recession finally consigned a decade of unashamed, technology-fuelled, indulgence to history.

This is a polished, sophisticated and intricate work of classy, evocative, cosmopolitan pop music. Except, ostensibly, for Vicious Circle and Ministry of Fear - the most "Propaganda-esque" of the tracks, there are no dark edges - musically, lyrically, or in the production - no edges at all, in fact.

It's easy to imagine the reprise of Vicious accompanying some of Michael Mann's imagery. On How Much Love, Betsi Miller's voice releases a hope that almost leaves the listener suspended in mid-air before each verse is first resolved, and then grounded by the chorus. Heaven Give Me Words is just consummately executed late summer pop sunshine. Wound In My Heart cordially fills a lighter waving slot and balances the remainder inoffensively enough, while La Carne, La Morte E Il Diavolo paints a cinematic soundscape more involving than any by Yello.

This album slots straight into the "unjustly overlooked" box without need even to consider the more commercially rewarded wood-chip offerings before, during and since.

If you listen without caring who, what, why, when, or how, it will stay on repeat through the winter nights well into next summer. If you come looking for Propaganda, as other reviewers have opined, perhaps you'll be disappointed... then again, like me, maybe you'll be captivated.

The 80's were over. This album underlines their passing to perfection. Only One Word: Beautiful.
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Zalman ZM-NC1500 mini - NC-1500 Mini Notebook Cooler - Black
Zalman ZM-NC1500 mini - NC-1500 Mini Notebook Cooler - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Product, Reliable and Effective, 1 Sep 2011
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More a braindump than a review, but in the absence of any other commentary hopefully the following will assist:

Build: Robust plastic case, decent rubber feet and surface pads, which prevent laptop movement.
Fan: Centrally mounted at the back, approx. 0.5 - 0.75cm underneath clearance from flat surface, reliable, relatively slow (so should last) but effective.
Noise: Fan is audible but unintrusive, no vibration or case rattles, cooling effect reduces laptop fan so overall combined noise is probably similar.
Performance: Laptop is cool to the touch, unplug the fan and it's back to sweaty palms within 5 minutes: very effective product.
Positioning: Case is elevated from hard flat surfaces at the rear by 2 rubber-ended prongs. It is quite possible to sit with case and laptop on the knees for a few hours with some, but minimal, discomfort from the prongs (unless you are inclined to sit in only your underpants, in which case you probably deserve what you get). Placement on soft surfaces will likely result in loss of air intake clearance to the fan - if in doubt, put it on a book or magazine: problem solved.
Power: Cable is well made and ideal length to reach left side USB port on XPS1330. There is no USB replicator on this model so you lose 1 port to power it.
Size: Fits my XPS1330 nicely with about 0.5 - 0.75cm overhang each side, depth is a flush fit from front to battery with no overhang.

Pros: Build, reliability, performance, price, blows upwards augmenting the base-mounted fan in my laptop, which sucks (in more ways than one).
Cons: Loss of 1xUSB port.
Overall: For the money, excellent. Owned mine for over 3 months without issue. Just ordered another for one of my other laptops.

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