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TP-Link TL-PA211KIT AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack
TP-Link TL-PA211KIT AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, though attached are my troubleshooting notes for my specific bt / panasonic smart tv setup, 31 Mar. 2015
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These work really well for me, though I had to spend quite a lot of time troubleshooting my specific setup. I am using the home plugs to connect an upstairs bt openreach router with homehub 2.0 to a downstairs panasonic viera smart tv. From time to time the connection drops - the TV tells me it 'can connect to network devices' (ie the homeplug) but 'cannot connect to the internet'. BT were no help and told me that the problem is with the homeplugs, which obviously they do not support. To bring the connection back I find I have to do the following (1) Turn off TV (2) Turn off both homeplugs (3) Open bt home hub manager in web browser, go to Settings, Advanced Settings, Home Network, Devices and click Refresh 4) Go to IP Addresses tab and change Lease Time to any number between 14 and 21 ... it doesn't matter which number as long as you do change it from the current value, then click Apply 5) Go to DHCP tab and hit Refresh 6) Close home hub manager 7) Turn on homeplugs and re-pair them 8) Turn on TV and test network connection
Quite often a lot of those steps probably aren't needed, but doing them all every time seems safest...
I guess the reason I get this issue is a combination of some specific thing about our electrical network in the house combined with the bt equipment not handling the homeplug connection perfectly...
I have a feeling that if my TV had an option to 'Renew Lease' on the connection, that this might solve the problem. But my TV doesn't have that option...


D'Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Normal  (.028-.043) Classical Guitar Strings
D'Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Normal (.028-.043) Classical Guitar Strings
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Test results!, 18 Mar. 2015
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I've been meaning to do a proper test for twenty years and I finally got around to it. I sat down with two classical guitars (a bad one and a good one) and eight different sets of strings, including the pro arte ej45s and spent all day trying out all the combinations. The most noticeable differences were all on the treble strings. My good guitar has a sweet spot on the treble strings between the 7th and 12th frets. Only the ej45s and one of the cheap brands brought out the sweet spot, but the ej45s brought it out best. Also, only the ej45s gave an attractive sound on a slow slide. Therefore I am finally, completely converted - these are definitely the best strings for my style of playing. I like to play romantic, melodic stuff mainly - so 19th/20th century classical and fingerstyle jazz. I think possibly for renaissance pieces I might go for a different brand, but for melodic pieces where you really need to bring out some warmth and resonance eg Tarrega's Adelita, these strings are fantastic, on my guitar anyway. Of course, every guitar is different.... By the way, I found that on the bad guitar it didn't really matter what strings I used. But it seems like a good guitar needs good strings...


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium inkl SP1 32 Bit UK - Refurbished Full Version (PC DVD), 1 User - Win7 home Premium 32 Bit [DVD-ROM] Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium inkl SP1 32 Bit UK - Refurbished Full Version (PC DVD), 1 User - Win7 home Premium 32 Bit [DVD-ROM] Windows 7
Offered by WINLicense GmbH
Price: £29.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars upgrade from vista to windows 7 went smoothly, 8 Dec. 2014
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Worked perfectly for me. Took around 4 hours to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. It hung for up to an hour on a couple of occasions but I followed some advice to use shift-F10/taskmgr to check it was really doing something ... it was .. and eventually the installation moved on. Maybe the delay was due to searching for drivers or something. At one point when it was hanging, I unplugged all my external devices and the installation moved on immediately... Before upgrading I uninstalled all software I was no longer using just in case that helped the installation to run quicker ... I followed the windows compatibility report advice to uninstall itunes beforehand.


Everyone's Got One
Everyone's Got One
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Price: £3.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes, crunching guitar and singer who sings like she means it, 22 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Everyone's Got One (Audio CD)
What more could you want...
One of the best albums of the past few decades in my book.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, 16 Mar. 2014
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11 year old boys bashed each other with these for several hours ... and they didn't burst! (the boys or the bananas). I am very impressed ...


The 20-Minute Piano Workout
The 20-Minute Piano Workout
by Douglas Riva
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont' be put off by the cover!, 5 May 2010
The cover is a little cheesy - but don't let that put you off. This is a really excellent, effective, painstakingly planned book for improving piano technique. I am a self-taught pianist, who just plays for fun - content to sight-read simple pieces, without ever learning to play anything perfectly. Having never had formal lessons, my technique has never progressed far enough for me to be able to play anything particularly fast or complicated. I have tried scales, but got bored. I have tried a few other tutorial books, but lost interest. This book is different though. All the exercises are interesting and often very melodic - and the 'timetable' way of presenting them makes it very easy to keep motivated. I am not following the routine exactly - I play for around half an hour every two days and just get through as many exercises as I can, going through them exactly in the order given and only moving on once I have achieved the quoted metronome speed. It is astonishing how quickly my playing has improved in just two months. I am particularly impressed by the way the exercises encourage a gradual improvement by using the left hand, then right hand then both hands approach and by gradually increasing the metronome speeds. I've tried this method before, but I think have always tried to progress too fast. This book just paces everything perfectly in order to maximise improvement. Probably not as good as a real teacher, but definitely the next best thing! I wish the author had written a book like this for the guitar too!


A Glass Half Full
A Glass Half Full
by Felix Dennis
Edition: Paperback

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebirth of Poetry, 31 Mar. 2003
This review is from: A Glass Half Full (Paperback)
This is the way poetry should be. Easy to read and absorb,
with plenty of sharp observation and a wicked sense of humour.
It's great to find a poet who is actually writing to
entertain his readers.
I hope that Mr. Dennis' poetry moves swiftly into school
national curriculums and that future poets will learn
from his style. This is the sort of book that can make
poetry popular again.


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