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Chilli Technology Action 3 VGA Head Cam - Black
Chilli Technology Action 3 VGA Head Cam - Black
Price: 38.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor design ruins a good little cam..., 11 May 2012
I think the best way to do this would just be to list the pros and cons, so here we go...

Pros

1. Good, clear footage provided light is satisfactory
2. Lightweight and compact design
3. Good range of accessories
4. Good value for money

Cons

1. The one-touch record function is terrible. If the camera is strapped to your head it is difficult to tell if it is recording or not. There is no consistancy to the record function as sometimes it records, sometimes it doesn't. It would have been far more sensible to just have a one-touch on, one-touch off record rather than having to hold the button down for 3 seconds to start recording.
2. Apparently it has a 20 second power off to save power. This is the longest 20 seconds I've ever seen. I actually timed the 20 second power off and got 52 seconds!
3. Microphone picks up nada. All you can hear is wind noise.

In summary, spend a little more and buy a camera designed with a bit more thought. This frustrated me after one use. I actually fell like just binning it but I'll try to sell it on as someone will no doubt appreciate it. All I can say to the designers is sometimes the simplest way is the best way. Keep that in mind.


Football Manager 2006 (Mac/PC CD)
Football Manager 2006 (Mac/PC CD)

14 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like a cracked record..., 17 May 2006
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
OK. I bought this game as an alternative to Championship Manager as version 5.0 was so glitch-filled that I couldn't handle the frustration of actually playing it. At first Football Manager seemed a better alternative...until the problems began to arise. As there are so many and I don't have the patience to talk you through each one I'll do a list and I promise reading this will be more tolerable than playing this travesty of a management game. Here goes...

1. The comments made after a team's performance make no sense. If your team played well and narrowly lost the media will say you were basically never in the game.

2. If you manage a lesser team the players are so poor that they cannot even hit the target from inside the penalty area. Ever!

3. If you tell your players to play shorts corners only, for example, they don't do it, so whats the point in telling them in the first place!

4. Even if you are at a club which is expected to achieve a mid-table finish, a run of defeats that leads the team to just below mid-table but NOT relegation leads to you getting the sack, even though you essentially achieved this preset goal.

5. Playing a better team almost always guarentees defeat, often by an embarrassing scoreline. Any chance of the underdog prevailing essentially goes out of the window.

The list goes on but I won't bore you any longer.

In summary, different year, same old mistakes.

Save your sanity, don't buy this!


Championship Manager 2006 (PC CD)
Championship Manager 2006 (PC CD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: 0.99

14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different version, same old problems..., 17 May 2006
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I have been playing football management games for longer than I care to remember. When Championship Manager appeared on the market and I bought a copy, I was initially refreshed by the innovations in the intricacies of the game of football as portrayed in earlier versions of this game. However, having bought more than my fair share of Championship Manager (and Football Manager for that matter) the glaring inadequacies of the newer versions have become more and more apparent.

Aside from the numerous glitches (which have gotten progressively worse instead of better), it is the unrealistic programming of collective player abilities that really riles me. If you chose to manage a lower division team in England for example, you find the players are unable to perform the simplest of tasks, such as hitting the target from six yards out or running and keeping control of the ball. Someone who has never played football in their lives could do these things better, so why can't professional footballers? Also if you are managing a lesser side and playing a team significantly better, it is unlikely your team will be able to compete without being completely played off the park.

Maybe the programmers should consider the fact that underdogs win matches against better teams sometimes. This title does little to iron out these flaws.

Avoid, avoid, avoid.


The Triumph of the Sun
The Triumph of the Sun
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.26

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Quality Offering..., 22 Feb 2006
This review is from: The Triumph of the Sun (Paperback)
For those Wilbur Smith fans out there this is a book you will enjoy I think. It is not vintage Smith by any stretch of the imagination but instead is a largely enjoyable and very readable tale.
For first time Smith readers I suggest you start with a book like River God or Warlock and then progress to the Courtney and Ballantyne novels. You will not appreciate the flowing style and historical competence of his writing by reading this book first.


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