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Long Life Lamp G4 Halogen Light Bulbs Lamps, 20 Watt 12 V, Pack of 10
Long Life Lamp G4 Halogen Light Bulbs Lamps, 20 Watt 12 V, Pack of 10
Price: £4.10

1.0 out of 5 stars "Long Life Lamp Company" and "Rated bulb life: 2000 hours" - Call Trading Standards, 10 May 2015
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I bought this pack of 10 12V G4 halogen bulbs on 25/01/2015 for use in the extractor hood over my hob. I am on my fourth bulb since then - a rate of more than one per month. They don't get switch on and off regularly, and I'm pretty sure that it' snot possible for me to have racked up 8000 hours of use in the past few months.
I'm extremely disappointed with these - yes, you get what you pay for - and would never buy anything from this brand again without very, very careful consideration.

Caveat emptor!


David Rio Tiger Spice Chai Tea 398g
David Rio Tiger Spice Chai Tea 398g
Offered by Tea & More
Price: £6.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but it's really just flavoured sugar, 15 Mar. 2015
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Purchased via the Amazon marketplace following a trip to Copenhagen where this was for sale from many street tea/coffee vendors, and where it's particularly welcome in the bitterly cold February weather when you've been walking around the city for hours.

The only reason I mention that it's from a Marketplace seller is because of the postage which seemed to me very high - so I was actually expecting this to be one of the larger catering-size containers. No, it's a 12-serving tin, but was shipped by DHL from Germany.

In terms of the Chai itself, it's nice and warming - but none of the description or pictures tell you that in a 35g (3 Tbsp) serving there are 23g of sugar; cane sugar is the first ingredient on the list, and honey granules are also listed! Definitely not something to drink regularly... and once it's gone, we're going back to using Chai infusions (e.g. 'Velvet Chai' from another online tea seller)


Crossy Road
Crossy Road
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frogger for the new generation, 3 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Crossy Road (App)
This is pretty awesome; well designed, easy to pick up, frustratingly addictive (particularly because it isn't unfair - you die because you try to be too quick and clever, or greedy). It's taken the basic original Frogger premise and has added enough of a spin to it to not just be a shameless rip-off - great stuff.

How about Q*Bert next, or something else from that era? :)


OSRAM LEDriving LED Retrofit C5W interior lights 6498CW-01B Cool White 6000K 80% less power consumption in single blister
OSRAM LEDriving LED Retrofit C5W interior lights 6498CW-01B Cool White 6000K 80% less power consumption in single blister
Price: £8.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit and bright, 27 Nov. 2014
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Bought for a 99 SLK, perfect fit but a lot brighter than the originals - and somewhat more blue; not necessarily a bad thing, but possibly not what everyone would want or expect


SanDisk SDSDQUA-128G-U46A Mobile Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card + SD Adapter + Memory Zone Android App up to 30 MB/s read - 128 GB
SanDisk SDSDQUA-128G-U46A Mobile Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card + SD Adapter + Memory Zone Android App up to 30 MB/s read - 128 GB
Offered by B3Digital
Price: £69.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great capacity and good price, 27 Nov. 2014
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Bought for use in a Blackberry Z10 - works perfectly and holds loads; can't really say much more than that, other than it comes with an adapter so that you can also connect to a standard SD reader slot if necessary.


DS video
DS video
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be brought into line with features on other platform's version, 27 Nov. 2014
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It's a shame, but for some reason this version of the app isn't as fully-fledged as the IOS equivalent. I can't find an option to stream to my Apple TV nor to my Kindle TV - display mirroring to the latter works after a fashion but you need to keep the Kindle tablet screen active for the duration.

For what it does - streaming video from your Synology Diskstation - it works perfectly well.

You can side-load this onto your Kindle TV, and although it works well (including playing fillers that e.g. Plex won't due to transcoding requirements) the UI hasn't really been optimised for remote control input and can sometimes be frustrating.
I have also installed this onto a Blackberry Z10 and it works fine.


DS download
DS download
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for Diskstation owners, 27 Nov. 2014
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This utility is extremely useful for scheduling downloads and for pushing the download task off to your Synology Diskstation; it allows you to set a download going without worrying about the computer being on all night, or from going to sleep and stopping the download, or if you need to take your WiFi-only laptop out with you before the download has completed.
It also provides the facility to automatically scan downloads for virus infection, and also to extract archives to a specified folder once downloading has completed. In addition to this, the Download Station program can monitor a folder and take action automatically, e.g. if a torrent tracker appears, then it can start downloading the relevant torrent.

Obviously, if you don't have a Synology Diskstation (or if you haven't installed the main package on it) then this will be of no use nor interest to you.


Sony DSXS300 Bluetooth Digital Music Receiver with Tune Tray and Double USB (discontinued by manufacturer)
Sony DSXS300 Bluetooth Digital Music Receiver with Tune Tray and Double USB (discontinued by manufacturer)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great idea, but with a flawed user experience that really lets it down, 1 Aug. 2014
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This may well be perfect for many people, but having just used it pretty intensively over the course of a two-week 1,800 mile road trip I have come across some quirks and foibles that I find annoying and which - for me - let this unit down.

Executive summary: installation was easy; navigation using the jog wheel is a pain; handsfree works although voice dialling depends on how well your phone is set up; bluetooth audio works without any hitches; the display is clear, but cluttered and sometimes hard to read at a glance (as the driver); using music on a USB stick is an exercise in masochism; if you have an iPod (e.g. Classic) then it works quite nicely.

OK, a bit more detail then. To start with, installation was a doddle (a '99 Mercedes SLK) and the sound quality with the stock speakers is great; tuning the radio worked fine - it says that it supports the usual alternative-frequency broadcasts and traffic announcements, but I haven't had cause to use these.

I bought a 256GB Kingston USB stick to use with this in order that we could carry around our whole iTunes library (about 130GB of music; I wanted to ensure that there was room to grow!). It connects up easily - the Tune Tray is a great idea, and I don't miss having CDs or a CD changer.

Copying music onto the USB stick however was a big pain; in order to use the 'SenseMe' function (effectively playlists based on the tempo of the music) you need to use the Content Transfer application. This is for Windows only - there's no Mac or Linux support - and it takes _ages_ as apparently when it writes out the new files to the device, it converts from e.g. m4a to an mp4 audio file and tries to incorporate the appropriate tags for artist, track, etc. in the file. I had to leave the transfer running for two days and nights in order for it to complete (and this is with a powerful computer, and a USB 3.0 device and connection - the bottleneck is the software). It's also worth pointing out that it won't convert/transfer anything with DRM, or tracks using lossless audio codecs.

The SenseMe playlists work reasonably well, although they do occasionally seem to pick some tracks that really don't fit with the theme - a click to the right using the jog wheel skips to the next track, something that we did quite a lot of (there are only a very few Alec Empire/Atari Teenage Riot tracks that any rational person would consider including on a 'Chillout Drive' playlist, and certainly not some of the ones that it selected for us!)
One big downside of the SenseMe playlists is that it doesn't display the artist on screen - there's a large bit of text telling you what playlist you've selected (not particularly helpful) and then there's the track name in very small text beneath this - almost impossible to read while you're driving, certainly impossible to see at a quick glance.

Whilst playing one of these playlists, a Runrig track came up - and given that we were driving around Scotland, I thought it appropriate to stick one of their albums on. I used the Artist Search function, but there was no Runrig in the list; I tried the Album search, and none of the albums that I have were listed. I have since checked the device on the computer, and the tracks are definitely present, so it's a bit of a mystery. The Sony Support FAQ suggests the following:
Q: A newly copied song cannot be played back. How to resolve this? (It does not appear in the Quick-BrowZer)
A: Please check whether the song is a supported-file type. Additionally, when over 5,000 songs are stored in the device, the unit will not recognize songs that exceed the limit. Delete unnecessary songs on the device and try again.
The tracks are definitely the correct format, and I have somewhere around 30,000 on the device I think - well over the 5,000 specified - and there doesn't seem to be a cut off after a certain letter in the alphabet (e.g. if it only recognises 5,000 tracks up to the letter D or something). If it can only support 5,000 tracks, then this is a huge deal-breaker for me.

There is a File/Folder browsing option on the unit, but it took ages to initialise the list - I gave up waiting after about 3 minutes of sitting in a layby and just went back to the SenseMe playlists.
There is a similar (but shorter) delay when you start up whilst it reads through the files on the device, and also it's quite slow at populating the list when you're browsing by Artist or Album.

Another annoyance is that when you browse by Artist or Album, the tracks are listed in alphabetical order - and even though the track numbers are present at the start of the file name, they're ignored. Here's what it says in the Sony Support FAQ:
Q: Support Information Songs are not displayed in alphabetical order in Quick-BrowZer mode. Why is it so?
A: In Artist/Album/Track search, songs are searched in alphabetical order, omitting their initial articles. In Folder & File search, songs are displayed in the order they were stored.
Great, well done Sony - so even though you have to undergo a long a painful process of copying the tagged audio files to the USB stick, the track numbers aren't tagged and used? It doesn't even seem possible to play an album in track sequence, which to me is again a bit of a deal breaker, and something that I wish I'd known about before buying this.
I also discovered that although iTunes (and my music folder hierarchy) is rational and how I want my artists and albums categorised, when the music files are copied across, compilations are split up and anything listed with an artist like 'X (feat. Y)' becomes a separate entry - which makes it very hard to navigate. I'm not sure where it got its information from but I suspect that the tracks are tagged one way, but iTunes stores them differently - it's definitely worth spending the time checking and tidying your files before copying them.

Other reviews have mentioned the pain of using the jog wheel - up, down, left right, click, rotate clockwise and rotate anticlockwise. It does get better as you use it, but I still find that click to select will frequently be interpreted as a directional movement. Navigation through lists can be performed by up and down, or by rotation - the latter is a bit quicker, but not by much, and certainly not by enough to make it very user friendly if you have a lot of files. My car doesn't have steering wheel audio controls unfortunately, but I'm not sure whether these would help as an alternative control method.
The unit comes with a remote control for some reason - obviously the driver can't use it, so perhaps the passenger is expected to use it rather than trying to laboriously fiddle with the front panel controls; maybe Sony recognised that the jog wheel was a nightmare and took a lot of time and effort, increasing the risk that this would interfere with gear changes?

OK, so it seems like all I've done is to pick holes so far - so why does it deserve 3 stars? If you connect up an iPod (I fortunately had a 160GB Classic with me) then most of these complaints go away. Navigation is still painful, but the tracks are listed in the right order, artist names aren't jumbled around, compilations aren't split, albums play in order.

All in all then, it feels like Sony have come up with a great idea, and then fumbled the execution by not actually testing how it's used in the real world; they seem to have focussed on iPod compatibility (I'm not sure how well the Sony Walkman platform is supported, but given that the necessary adapter isn't even included - whereas an iPod one is - I fear the worst) at the expense of people using other kinds of devices.
I expect that a couple more iterations of this unit - with much more focus on User Experience, please - would be really beneficial, and would result in this being utterly fantastic, rather than being OK-to-good for some people, and utterly infuriating for others.


Off to Be the Wizard
Off to Be the Wizard

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 9 April 2013
Bought this having been a fan and follower of Scott Meyer's 'Basic Instructions' website, and having seen all of the praise he'd received in the comments there. It helped that he's made the first couple of chapters available to read as a taster, and upon reading that I immediately grabbed my Kindle and bought a copy of the full thing.

Clever, fun, funny, and easily readable - reminds me a bit of some of Tom Holt's stuff, maybe also Robert Rankin. Can't wait for whatever comes next!


XBOX 360 KINECT SENSOR WALL MOUNT PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE
XBOX 360 KINECT SENSOR WALL MOUNT PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE

5.0 out of 5 stars Sport on, 17 Jan. 2013
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Very easy to fit (comes with 4 screws, but I used different ones along with cavity wall rawl plugs) and is nice and sturdy. Improves the Kinect immensely, as the extra foot-or-so of extra depth, plus the extra height, gives it a much better field of view into the room.


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