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TFA Vision Window Thermometer
TFA Vision Window Thermometer
Price: £13.06

5.0 out of 5 stars with only two or three battery changes - good quality batteries though, 22 Oct 2014
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I had to replace this thermometer, as in the previous one the display became difficult to read (LCD displays are not very robust outdoors). The old one had lasted several years, through cold winters and hot summers, with only two or three battery changes - good quality batteries though. This new one is also now a fixture on the outside of our North-facing kitchen window.

I did not use the supplied mount, although the adhesive pads will probably hold well provided the glass is completely clean before placement (use cheap white vinegar and newspaper, an excellent window cleaning combination). To be safer still, though, a couple of extra double-sided sticky pads wouldn't hurt. A length of very thin fusewire or fishing line wound round the case and securely attached to the window frame on a small screw would prevent the thermometer from falling to the ground and being smashed or damaged, if the pads failed or dried out (in the summer, say).

The temperature displayed is not necessarily absolutely exact (perhaps affected by battery status, humidity, proximity to single glazed window etc.). It wouldn't be accepted by the Met. Office, but it is certainly good enough for home use, especially for temperature trends.

Best site for it is on a North-facing double-glazed window, where it is shielded from sunlight as much as possible - even during the summer months, when the sun rises further to the North East and sets further to North West. I advise avoiding solar-powered thermometers, since, as the name implies, they need sunlight to power them (and save on batteries), but the ideal location, in the sun, will give an entirely false day-time reading.

NewerTech NWTFWU3ES2HDK - VoyagerQ Quad HDD Dock 2.5/3.5
NewerTech NWTFWU3ES2HDK - VoyagerQ Quad HDD Dock 2.5/3.5

5.0 out of 5 stars Bare Hard Drive Dock, 8 Nov 2013
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Works exactly as described with a Apple iMac (2008). Able to back up failing internal hard drive to a new 1TB Western Digital 'bare' Hard Drive prior to installing that 1TB drive inside the Imac to replace the failing drive.

Backup was very slow, even using the Firewire 800 connection, taking almost 22 hours to copy 400 GB of data, but this was expected, despite the failing drive having started to show its 'SMART' status as likely to fail. I think the copy time will not be significantly different using the USB 3.0 connection.

But the unit was totally reliable and quiet.

Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things - Concise Edition (Readers Digest Concise Edition)
Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things - Concise Edition (Readers Digest Concise Edition)
by Reader's Digest
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Book of useful info., 15 April 2013
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Have often seen this book on a table at my local chip shop while waiting for my order, and always resolved to buy it because it was so interesting. Now I have it, but I'll still go to that chipshop (Downlands Parade, Worthing, if you are asking - excellent!)

Farnham High Back Cream Leather Faced Executive Office Chair
Farnham High Back Cream Leather Faced Executive Office Chair
Offered by Office Furniture Online
Price: £114.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable quality chair., 6 Feb 2013
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For the price, this is a good chair, but don't expect too much. It is fairly firm, but quite comfortable and supportive. However, I think it will need a few weeks for it to soften up, although I would rather that than for it to be soft to begin with and like sitting on squashy marshmallow later. The finish is leather-faced on the seat and front of the backrest, but vinyl on the rear. The wood seems to be oak-effect (or veneer) rather than solid oak.

Assembly on the other hand is quite difficult. Getting the arms lined up with their bolts requires two people and a lot of pushing and pulling. Not recommended for a single person, unless you have more muscle than most (and three hands!). The instructions are pretty clear, though not especially so, but they are quite easy to follow. Nothing in the box to explain how to use the chair (tension control, tilt locking etc.), but it all becomes obvious soon enough.

So, good for the price overall and delivery was very fast from Office Furniture Online, much quicker than estimated.

Razer Deathadder Re-Spawn 3500DPI Gaming Mouse
Razer Deathadder Re-Spawn 3500DPI Gaming Mouse
Offered by Japan_Enchant_Select
Price: £48.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Durability and ease of use, 22 Nov 2012
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1: This seems to be the only gaming mouse that has specific software drivers for Apple Mac, but the control program that comes with the download is quirky and difficult to understand and use. There is almost no help available for the different settings.

2: The mouse is not that durable (which a gaming mouse would need to be), and the weak part is the scroll wheel, which I have twice had to repair, a job not for most users and/or those with large hands. A flimsy piece of plastic is the 'axle' for the wheel, one side of which operates the scroll wheel 'button', and the other side, even flimsier, rotates the scroll wheel switch. A bit too much pressure on the wheel and this side breaks off, rendering the scroll wheel function unavailable.

3. Otherwise, the mouse is very pretty and fits the hand better than most.

Samsung UE46C8000 46 -inch LCD 1080 pixels 800 Hz 3D TV
Samsung UE46C8000 46 -inch LCD 1080 pixels 800 Hz 3D TV

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5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung UEC8000 (46inch), 4 Dec 2010
I can't praise this TV too highly. I am fairly critical of electronic kit and like things to perform well.

High Definition: HD pictures from good DVDs/BluRays are excellent, superb definition and (for an LCD TV) very good black levels (shadows etc.). Attach your laptop with the right cable (DVI to HDMI etc) and you have a very good (large!) second screen.

3D: It is fair to say that 3D is still in early days, but a well-created 3D Blu-Ray DVD is still impressive, even after the initial fascination. Some 3D material is not as well transcribed as it should be, and might disappoint. 2D to 3D conversion is a bit of a gimmick, but can be watchable even on some Standard Definition pictures.

Standard Defintion: SD pictures depend on the quality of source signal but are generally from very good to excellent. Our SD picture from an older Humax Freeview PVR - upscaling done automatically by the TV - is quite outstanding, given Freeview's compromises (not noticeable on SD TVs). Freeview HD in our area isn't yet available, but I don't expect the difference to be that great when it comes, so good can the SD picture be. A caveat: if your Freeview signal quality is, or temporarily falls, below average, then you won't get a good picture on any HD set. However, the Samsung really tries hard to make our occasionally less than ideal signal watchable.

Beware of comparing HDTVs in stores, because they are usually set to "Store Demo" mode. This sets the sound and video rather high to make the TV stand out, and often resets every half hour or so lest someone has fiddled with the settings. Also, take a little time to tweak the Samsung's settings at home to achieve your ideal picture. Some seem to leave it on the factory setting out of the box and then complain (haven't switched off "Store Demo"?), or, say, turn the sharpness up to 100 % and can't watch the result. Once properly adjusted (it doesn't take much), the picture will be more than acceptable. As with all gadgets and kit, RTFM (if only the Easy Set-up section).

Only criticism is that the sound is fairly weak on bass and slightly sibilant on higher frequencies (esp. in speech), but it is very listenable in most instances and better than most on the market. Samsung have done quite well on this model. You can't (yet) fit full range speakers into the slim form factor of the current Plasma and LCD TVs, so don't be surprised. Budget for a sound bar if you must have better sound, or go for the full 5.1 surround sound set-up.
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Brilliant Home Networking for the Over 50s
Brilliant Home Networking for the Over 50s
by Mr Greg Holden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Home networking for the over 50s (but not over 50s with a Mac), 26 Feb 2010
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This book is very comprehensive and explains things very clearly.

However, it ignores the Mac user completely!

All illustrations are screenshots from a PC running a lurid version of Windows XP. Some of the topographic depictions of network types feature a Mac OSX desktop computer, but that is it!

If you are a Mac user, you'll even find better networking information on Apple's own website (Support).

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