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Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 13 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 13 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
by Richard Wentk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent and usable approach to improving photoshop elements skills, 16 April 2015
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This is an excellent book in an excellent series

Photoshop elements is an excellent tool, and although moderately intuitive, there are a wealth of features below the dashboard that it takes a long time to work through.

This book provides a great way to learn to use and extend your use of photoshop tools. The have worked hard on the visual format so that it really earns its keep - as other reviewers have commented the illustrations don't merely illustrate, they are the heart of the book and do their job extremely well.it is well structured allowing you to reaonably eaily find the section you need (i presume most people dont read it from cover to cover)

i should comment that i don't have version 13 (i'm using 11 still) so i can't comment on the feedback from others that the newest features are not well integrated with the book. However the core of photoshop elements has been the same for years, so this book is still relevant to most versions

This has very usefully taken forward my range of skill with photoshop: i think it represents a very straightforward way to get to grips in a manageable way with its host of features an eas recommendation.


ByteStor Pro 16GB 40Mbps Class 10 High Speed Micro SDHC UHS-1 Card with SDHC Card Adapter
ByteStor Pro 16GB 40Mbps Class 10 High Speed Micro SDHC UHS-1 Card with SDHC Card Adapter
Price: £6.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and speed, the higher specced sibling is better value, 20 Mar. 2015
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This is a good straightforward product at a perfectly reasonable price. There is though, plenty of competition out there and decent quality no-name cards of this size and class (ie speed) can be had around a fiver elsewhere (see 7dayshop also on amazon).

What is rather better value is the high speed card byteStor which in this size is cheaper than this more basic one.

I was pleased to see it coming in an ordinary paper and polythene wrapper - appropriately green

Overall decent value for a card which is fast enough for all but the most demanding applications.


Mr. Beams MB702 Wireless Motion-Sensing Mini Stick-Anywhere LED Nightlights, Small, White, 2-Pack
Mr. Beams MB702 Wireless Motion-Sensing Mini Stick-Anywhere LED Nightlights, Small, White, 2-Pack
Price: £19.70

5.0 out of 5 stars useful small lights for awkward locations, 13 Mar. 2015
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These are handy, effective gadgets for lighting difficult areas. A case in point is the porch of my house which is dark, being shielded from the street lamps. Running a mains cable here would be a major pain involving getting floorboards up and re-plastering, but we still needed a light so you can see to get your key in the lock etc.The electronic switch works very effectively, it doesn't activate during the day, it doesn't falsely activate and it always comes on when you are about 6 feet away, remaining on for long enough to (in my case) get in and out of the house comfortably.

These lamps provided a great solution. they stick/screw onto the wall (the sticky tape is quite enough in practice as they weigh very little). Since they are LED powered and come on intermittently the batteries last for ages (i haven't change the batts on mine which has now been there for maybe 18 months). And they are bright enough for the job. That is to say you can see enough to find your keys, see the lock and that sort of thing. they are not like a "proper" light. This review is mainly based on a predecessor model. I got these as i thought that having 2, one either side of the doorway would give me more light and work that bit better - as indeed they do.


Vax Dual Power Max Carpet Cleaner
Vax Dual Power Max Carpet Cleaner
Price: £128.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good, cost effective carpet cleaner, 13 Mar. 2015
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This is a great piece of kit. Everyone needs to clean the carpets from time to time and the options are between hiring a machine, hiring a company and having your own machine. Having your own machine requires some space to store it (after all you are not going to be using it all that often) and it doing a comparable job to the professional machines and at a reasonable price. This one scores highly on both those points (and whether or not you have room to tore it is not the fault of the machine!).

Its a straightforward machine both to assemble out of the box, and more importantly to use. It works by spraying clean water/detergent on the carpet and then sucking it back up again whilst the rotating brushes dislodge the muck. the dirty water is sucked back into a separate container so you don't recycle the dirt back onto your carpet.

Down points - the containers don't hold huge amounts, so for a decent sized carpet there will be a fair bit of refilling and emptying. it is reasonably good at sucking the water back up again, but inevitably the carpets remain damp (and very vulnerable to new dirt) for a few days. It is on the noisy side, but not to a problematic degree and as a fairly bulky vacuum cleaner, it needs space to store it.

On the plus side, at the price (which is via amazon at a substantial discount), you'd only need to use it a few times to save on the costs of a hire machine. So all in all a worthwhile, cost effective piece of kit (though perhaps the professional machines are better if you have very large areas to cover)


GROSCHE French Press Universal replacement Beaker, Hand Blown Glass Replacement Beaker. (Large - 1000 ml)
GROSCHE French Press Universal replacement Beaker, Hand Blown Glass Replacement Beaker. (Large - 1000 ml)
Offered by Rizpresso
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value replacement, 5 Mar. 2015
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FIne - marginally smaller than the original bodum so it is minimally more effort to push the plunger in, but this is no reason not to buy this wellpriced alternative


Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Hard Case and Auto Wake for iPad Air 2 - Black
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Hard Case and Auto Wake for iPad Air 2 - Black
Offered by Silicon Alley
Price: £36.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Very well designed case and keyboard: a miracle of thinness., 5 Mar. 2015
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This is a really well thought out ipad cover.

It has a nicely implemented keyboard to covert your ipad to a laptop effectively (naturally this is on the small side - but it has to match the ipads diminutive size) the case clicks neatly into position and offers a decent degree of protection. The case is rubbery plastic, but very cleanly and neatly made: it detracts not at all from the elegance of the laptop

But perhaps the best thing about it is that although it is a case and a keyboard it folds incredibly small and the ipad feels little fatter with than without it. my old ipad cae is a similar folio without the keyboard, yet they have managed to incorporate the keyboard in a way that makes it only
minimally thicker. So the portability of your ipad is preserved.

The bad news from my point of view was discovering - as it tried to fit it in - that i have the original ipad air - not, as i thought the new Air 2! the external dimensions are the same, but the various cutouts don't link up and the new ipad is slightly thinner, enabling it to click properly into place. SO if you have the older version IT WON'T FIT!!


VAX Air Lift Upright Cordless Vacuum
VAX Air Lift Upright Cordless Vacuum
Price: £210.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cleverly designed and implemented tool,but at a considerable price, 5 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a great vacuum cleaner. It is a trendy design with lots of transparent bits so you can watch the fifth building up inside (is this a good idea? - i'm not so sure!). Not only does it look rather Dyson like, but it works the same way using the "cyclone" type extraction which doesn't cause the machine to clog up as it fills with dirt.

Beyond that it is battery powered - the battery system is well thought out. batteries only take a couple of hours to charge and give you around 5 mins of hoovering time - and 2 are supplied (these figures are rough and ready). That's enough to make it a serious household tool. Despite the batteries it is quite light in weight and the battery power enhances the portability. An additional feature is that the "innards" can be taken out to provide a smallish portable cylinder cleaner, which is even easier to take around the place. apart from the rotating brush of the upright m,achine it comes with a few finer tools for cracks and crevices.

Using it is straightforward, there is a foot button to release it from the upright position (a little stiff on mine). when you fire it up a light comes on - handy to make sure you've got everything sucked out of the dark corners. you can run it with or without the rotating brush, and there is a boost setting if you need to push it up to 11.

It picks up dust and dirt reasonably well - it is not a particularly powerful machine, but quite good enough for average household grime. It is a touch on the noisy side

My one gripe is the price: admittedly lithium batteries aren't cheap and there are a lot of bits making up the package here, but still at nearly £350 it is in a different league from most vacuums. Is it worth it? I'm equivocal to be honest. Its good and neat and clever and a trendy design, but i don't particularly want to frame it or put it on a pedestal for visitors to admire; i just want to lug it out of the cupboard when needed and whip round the floors and there are plenty of much cheaper machines out there which can do that.


NETGEAR D6100-100UKS AC1200 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections
NETGEAR D6100-100UKS AC1200 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality modem/router, easy to set up, good range, reliable, 5 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've had several Netgear routers over the years and they have all been excellent, so that i've tended to buy new versions when the old has finally died. This one is no exception. what is an exception is that it is much the easiest router i've set up. it comes with software called netgear genie, which opens automatically on wiring up the router and plugging it into your computer. You then have to fill in a few settings, which are all entirely straightforward and obvious and Bob's your uncle!.

(Unusually i have a gigabit switchbox between modem and computer (which allows me to plug in lots of extra stuff) and with this in place the gfenie software didn't come up - this was simply solved by plugging the router cable direct into the computer, after which the software was recognised and re-routing back through the box when that was done, at which point everything was working again. the genie software now works fine with the swtichbox in place)

How does it work? Decent wireless range, good wired connection. there are only 2 wired ports on it - most have 4 - so this might be tiresome if you want a lot of wired connections coming out of it (get a switchbox).

It calls itself the "essentials edition", which suggests its all a bit basic. But I don't see anything basic bout this at all - this is a fully fledged modem/router with full security, the lot. Don't be misled by this: this will do pretty much all you want.


Barbie in Princess Power Super Sparkle 2-in-1 Doll
Barbie in Princess Power Super Sparkle 2-in-1 Doll
Price: £13.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - but why the pink legs?, 13 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Good fun and well made, this should appeal to little girls anywhere. It comes with interchangeable outfits which to transform from pink barbie, to pink but super barbie - which will apparently tie in with a film i hope never to see.

Perhaps as a middle aged man i'm not quite the target audience, but my daughter was delighted with it - so i guess i'll be seeing the film anyway,

the only downside is the bright pink legs (in contrast to the flesh coloured, albeit anorectic upper parts). When i expressed consternation at this multiplicity of pinks i was told this was because she was wearing pink stockings: i guess that might be the idea, but frankly the effect is both naff and slightly strange looking.

Never mind - who cares what i think? small girls everywhere will soon be craving the latest addition to the Barbie family.


Jabra Evolve 30 Stereo Headset for PC, softphone, mobile phone and tablet
Jabra Evolve 30 Stereo Headset for PC, softphone, mobile phone and tablet
Price: £48.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent headset, but set up a bit of a pain, 13 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The bottom line is that this is a pretty good headset once you get it working, but getting there is not plain sailing.

Firstly as other reviewers have noted, the instructions are useless. They essentially tell you to plug the set in and put it on your head - what else where you going to do?

The drivers install automatically on plugging in - so far so good.

What it doesn't say is that the headset won't work with USB 3 - a pretty astonishing omission for a top end set. This tool some time to work out, and then to find a USB 2 socket on my new and fairly fancy computer (mentioned in the instructions - of course not)

Secondly, when it still won't work, you need to go into control panel > sound and change the default speakers to the headset. Then when you plug in the speakers it will default to those, and go back to the speakers (after a little delay) when you unplug them again.

And once that's all done, what's it like? Firstly the sound: Its pretty good ;pleasant and listenable to. Te mid range is none too crisp and there is not much bass or treble extension: they are certainly not audiophile products, but good enough to enjoy your music. The microphone behaves reasonably well too. I used it with Dragon dictation software and it copes with that perfectly well, and certainly better than the bog standard headset that comes with the software.


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