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[6 USB 3.0 + 2 Charge Ports] Unitek 8-Port USB 3.0 Hub (USB 3.0 6-Port Hub + Two 5V 2.1A Charging Ports) With 12V 4A Power Adapter & USB 3.0 Cable, Support Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 /Mac OS X 10.8.4/ Linux - [Via VLI812 Chipset - Backward Compatible with USB 2.0 /1.1], Black
[6 USB 3.0 + 2 Charge Ports] Unitek 8-Port USB 3.0 Hub (USB 3.0 6-Port Hub + Two 5V 2.1A Charging Ports) With 12V 4A Power Adapter & USB 3.0 Cable, Support Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 /Mac OS X 10.8.4/ Linux - [Via VLI812 Chipset - Backward Compatible with USB 2.0 /1.1], Black
Offered by Inateck
Price: £45.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, 24 Feb 2014
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I used this for about 3 weeks before sending it back. I had two problems with it.

Firstly, this isn't an 8 port usb hub - it's a 6 port usb hub with 2 extra power ports. The power ports don't have data connections, so this hub can't be used for something like Apple's external DVD SuperDrive. This hub can either power it, or allow it to communicate with the Mac, but not both. This isn't a deal breaker; I could live with this. Not my second problem though.

I use a Mac laptop on my desk with an external keyboard plugged in through the hub. About once a week when booting my mac, both the external AND internal keyboards would stop working. The only way I found to fix this was to disconnect the hub and then move the port that the external keyboard is connected to, before reconnecting the hub to the mac. The external keyboard would never work on that port again. With only 6 data ports on this hub, I'm destined to get no more than 6 weeks use from this hub.

Of course, this is an incompatibility with my Mac, so if you're on a Windows setup, or you don't use an external apple keyboard, you might not have this issue. Therefore, I would say that the hub works well, and sits well on the desk. I thought it might be too light, but the rubber feet stopped it moving around at all. Having two power ports on my desk has been very useful, allowing me to keep my phone and tablet topped up easily.
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BestDealUK Aluminum Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Dock for Google ASUS NEXUS 7
BestDealUK Aluminum Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Dock for Google ASUS NEXUS 7
Offered by mobileFDL
Price: £13.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 4 Jun 2013
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On the one hand, it's a tidy product that neatly fits over the Nexus 7 as a removable cover, and setting up the Bluetooth connection from the keyboard to the tablet was easy. The tablet sits firmly in place, in landscape and portrait orientations.

On the other hand, the keyboard feels cheap, and the whole board flexes when you press a key. Because it's the same size as the Nexus 7, it's too small to use comfortably as a keyboard - unless you have tiny hands - and there's a plastic clip in front of the space key, right where your thumbs want to go, and this makes it more uncomfortable.

Mine sits in my office drawer, unloved and unused.


Serious user 10x50 binoculars with fully coated optics for all uses including birdwatching, astronomy, sports and wildlife. 10 x 50 high power magnification. Comes with case, lens caps, strap, cloth and warranty.
Serious user 10x50 binoculars with fully coated optics for all uses including birdwatching, astronomy, sports and wildlife. 10 x 50 high power magnification. Comes with case, lens caps, strap, cloth and warranty.
Offered by UKHobbyStore ~ PowerSaveBulbs UK
Price: £49.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, 4 Jun 2013
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I returned these binoculars because I couldn't get them to produce a single clear image. They felt cheap in the hand, and one of the removable covers was very scratched.


Professional Node.Js: Building Javascript Based Scalable Software
Professional Node.Js: Building Javascript Based Scalable Software
by Pedro Teixeira
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction but slightly flawed, 20 Feb 2013
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On the whole I found this book to be well written and well structured. It covers a lot of ground by having lots of small chapters - some are only 10 pages long. This gives the feeling that as you're reading, you're really moving through the subject rapidly. As the title suggests, this book is for professionals - if you're new to JavaScript or Server-side development, this is unlikely to be the right book for you.

Overall, the quality of the writing is good and I only spotted a handful of typos. I do think that the editing could have been better, especially towards the end of the book. The last few chapters have large amounts (up to 5 full pages worth) of code repeated again and again. Quite often the changes from one version to the next are not highlighted - earlier in the book, changes are highlighted in bold, but this convention drops off in the last few chapters.


Google Nexus 7 Tablet Case - Black Carbon Fibre Print PropUp Stand Case Cover with integrated stand function and magnetic sleep sensors (Fits all Nexus 7 versions - 8GB, 16GB, 32GB Wi-Fi & HSPA+). With 2 x Screen Guards Included & BONUS: G-HUB ProPen Stylus
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Case - Black Carbon Fibre Print PropUp Stand Case Cover with integrated stand function and magnetic sleep sensors (Fits all Nexus 7 versions - 8GB, 16GB, 32GB Wi-Fi & HSPA+). With 2 x Screen Guards Included & BONUS: G-HUB ProPen Stylus
Offered by OGADGETHUB
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Smelly, 1 Feb 2013
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The cover is good for the price. The pen is cheap ballpoint but it works. I don't use screen covers, so I can't comment on those. The main things is though that the cover smells very strongly of glue. It's so bad that after a couple of hours I had to take the cover off and put it in another room. Now, my Nexus 7 smells of glue. Hopefully, the smell will fade and eventually I'll be able to use the cover.


RAGE (Xbox 360)
RAGE (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £7.76

3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 27 Nov 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: RAGE (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I expected a lot from this game; id software don't make a lot of games but they make iconic games, and this one was supposed to showcase their new rendering engine, the IdTech5. What it actually showed was that the new engine is far from great. It suffers from two problems.

Firstly, it can't keep up with what the game is asking, so every time you spin around or turn a corner, you see the engine loading and drawing the textures. It's distracting and it never stops. Even as you're stood still but turning around, the objects that come into view appear blurred before a higher resolution texture is loaded.

Secondly, as you move around, you never feel like your character is an agile man wondering around a wasteland. Instead, you feel like a cube, sliding around, and getting stuck on things.

Actual game play is better; the scenery is flawless - once it's loaded - and never suffers from repetition. The same can't be said for the game's missions though; there is little diversity. Most of the game is taken up with racing, fighting endless bandits when you're really just trying to drive somewhere, and dungeon crawls when you're expected to single handedly kill lots of men with guns. This is part I found the most fun. The driving parts, and shopping for ammo are just distractions. You also soon learn that after you've finished a mission location, you'll be back again shortly to do a reprise mission.

Without giving it away, I have to say the ending was disappointing - not so much of a climax as just an end. You fight the last mission which is nothing particularly unusually, there's a cut scene, and the game is over; you can't even go back and do any side missions you missed.

I'd say, wait for the price to come down or buy it second hand. The retail version comes with some extra downloadable content that you won't get if you buy the game second hand, but in reality, the extra content isn't special and you wouldn't be missing anything.


Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise Isolating Earphones - Black
Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise Isolating Earphones - Black
Price: £21.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable, 4 Oct 2011
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I've had three pairs of these over the last couple of years, and they've all broken fairly easily. The last pair but one arrived with the right speaker already broken, and the replacement pair have developed the same fault after only 5 months. This is a shame because the audio quality and noise isolation are fantastic.


Aluminium Foil 18" (450mm x 75m) - industrial size for your kitchen or professional establishment
Aluminium Foil 18" (450mm x 75m) - industrial size for your kitchen or professional establishment

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than curtains, 2 April 2011
I used just one roll to cover all my windows. I put the shiny side out, I also get the added benefit of blinding my neighbours.


Agile Web Development with Rails (Pragmatic Programmers)
Agile Web Development with Rails (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Sam Ruby
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for all developers, 6 Dec 2009
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Not only is this a great introduction to the marvelous Rails framework, it is also an easy read. Technical authors can learn a lot from this book on how to write quality 'how to' books. I'll also say that even if you don't intend to use Ruby and Rails for your web developement, this book is still useful; I use PHP but I've taken a lot of the ideas from this book and applied them my work.


Beginning Zend Framework (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Beginning Zend Framework (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
by Armando Padilla
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The author doesn't know who his audience is., 6 Dec 2009
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I found this book very disappointing. The blurb suggests that the book is not for beginners in PHP but for experienced developers looking to start using the Zend Framework. Unfortunately, no one seems to have told the author this. He spends far too long explaining topics (for example, the difference between GET and POST) that an experienced developer should already know and he also wastes many pages printing and reprinting reams of irrelevant source code.

Furthermore, the code that the author produces is often not to a standard that I would expect an experienced PHP developer to produce. As an example, even after explaining the advantages of using the Zend_Db package to avoid SQL Injection attacks, the author still includes code that is open to such attacks (and in some cases doesn't even achieve what the author intends).

I also found the content list confusing in parts; For example, chapter 6 is called "Sending and Receiving Email" but it doesn't cover receiving email.

Overall, I would suggest looking elsewhere for a book on the Zend Framework. Unfortunately, I haven't found one yet that I can recommend.


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