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LINDY USB 2.0 Audio Adapter
LINDY USB 2.0 Audio Adapter
Offered by Cable Mountain
Price: £8.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Less than 3 months old, stopped working., 23 Mar. 2010
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Initially, I thought this product was acceptable. It provided decent sound - as good as or better than I expected.

However, it's been less than three months since purchase, and the product has simply stopped working. Reinstallation makes no difference. The green light no longer comes on to indicate it's working, and it doesn't work.

If you're looking for an intermediary to get you by until the product you really want is available, then this one's okay. Otherwise, skip it.

The New Rulers of the World
The New Rulers of the World
by John Pilger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth., 20 Mar. 2010
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Illusions can die hard. Mine were gone by the time I'd read this book - in part thanks to the documentaries Pilger did on these same issues. I'd expected the book to be dry, that the documentaries would be a hard act to follow. I was very wrong. Between the book and the documentaries, I'd recommend the book - though either is absolutely brilliant.

Others have covered the subject matter quite well, so there's no point in my rehashing it. The main thing to know is that what Pilger has uncovered is shocking and horrifying. Be prepared to acknowledge that your view of the world was far from reality - even if you'd thought you were a progressive and aware of what first world nations have done and are doing.

This is THE book to tell people to read if they want to believe that their country (US, UK, any other first-world nation) is a good guy, that their actions are based on doing what's right for people around the world.

Just tell them to read this book, and tell 'em that they have no idea what they're saying until they have. That goes for conservatives and liberals. If the liberals and progressives can still say that supporting their party (Democrat, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat) makes sense, then you know they haven't actually read it.

Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but unpleasant to type on., 12 Jan. 2010
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The solidity, heft, and ability to stay where its placed without sliding around are superb. The overall quality seems to be excellent.

Using the keyboard, though, isn't ideal. To a large degree, this may be a matter of personal taste. I'm a very fast typist and spend a great deal of time at the keyboard. I like a touch that is short, light and crisp. This keyboard's touch is a bit mushy, a bit higher, and takes more force than I like. It is, though, quiet, which is a big plus. There's an odd off-centred feel to it, too, which I find interferes with returning my hands to the right position.

There's an odd curve to the keyboard, like it's trying to be one of those ergonomically designed ones, but didn't quite make it there. I prefer one without the curve, and suspect that those who like genuine ergonomically designed keyboards will find this one less than satisfactory. I'm finding it difficult to return my fingers to the right position after reaching for something.

The optional feet for tilting the keyboard, which are easy to remove, give the option of a flat or tilted board, and the ability to share it with someone who prefers the opposite.

Function keys have icons on them, making it easier to know which one to use, but they aren't grouped, so the person who's used to reaching them by touch will find them inconvenient. However, the icon labeling is resulting in this old dog using them routinely for the very first time.

I like the layout of the Insert, Delete, Home, End, PageUp, and PageDown keys. The 3x2 layout is easier to access without error than the 2x3 one common on many keyboards.

There's no visual indication on the keyboard of whether the NumLuck key is toggled on or off, which might trouble many people. However, a small indication is displayed on the lower right corner of the monitor when it's changed, so it's quick and easy to find out its status.

In spite of the fact that I'm not fond of the feel of the keyboard or the odd curve layout of the keys, this product still stands out as remarkably well thought out and appears to be of exceptional quality. For the money, it's an excellent buy.

Across the top, above the standard function keys, are a bunch of others. Five are very easily and intuitively programmed, and there's a star key to their right that will display what they're keyed to if you forget. A very nice touch.

There are volume and other sound/video control buttons grouped to the right of the programmable buttons, plus a button to bring up the gadgets bar (though it doesn't toggle it off).

To the left of the programmable buttons is one for bringing up Windows Messenger, Window Mail, and your browser's home page in a new window. To the left of that is a browser window back button, but there's no matching forward button.

In spite of the feel of the board and odd curve of the layout, this is a superb product - well thought out and apparently of very good quality. For the money, it's a remarkably good buy.

The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD]
The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of those shows that don't wear well over time., 29 Dec. 2009
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When The Equalizer was being shown on television, I looked forward to it with great anticipation each week. That was then - many moons ago.

So, of course, I was thrilled to find it on DVD and could hardly wait to see it. I told my husband how wonderful the show was. And now I'm wearing egg on my face.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why The Equalizer seemed so great at the time. Though Edward Woodward handled the part as well as anyone could have, the fact is that the stories and scripts were terrible. Trite dialog, sometimes to the point of campy. Stupid and unbelievable plots. Single dimensional characters. Predictable and utterly trite.

The Equalizer is an American fantasy world: Hero leaves "the agency" because of its corruption to help the downtrodden - for free or almost free. Hero steps up and fixes the problem of bad guys who are bereft of anything but badness. Poor victim never stood a chance, though the hero shows them how to take care of themselves.

Some old shows wear well - especially British ones that relied on story and script. Others, like The Equalizer, make you embarrassed that you'd ever watched them. Could I really have liked that show?
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Jabra BT2050 Bluetooth Mono Headset
Jabra BT2050 Bluetooth Mono Headset

1.0 out of 5 stars Won't hold a charge!, 24 Jun. 2009
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There's nothing else to say. It doesn't hold a charge, so it's useless. I'm hoping that Amazon will take it back without the original packaging.

Kingston 19 in 1 USB 2.0 Media reader in retail packaging
Kingston 19 in 1 USB 2.0 Media reader in retail packaging

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy., 12 Jun. 2009
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This product was defective - likely a short circuit. Caused my computer to malfunction - was able to fix, but feel fortunate a motherboard circuit wasn't fried.

Igenix IG3080 Steam/Spray Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate 2200W
Igenix IG3080 Steam/Spray Iron with Stainless Steel Soleplate 2200W

5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy., 12 Jun. 2009
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I'm delighted to have purchased this iron - and sorry to have wasted money on more expensive ones in the past. It does the job very well. Doesn't stick to fabric - glides around easily. Gets into tight spots without trouble. Has shot of steam, which I've little use for, but wasn't documented in the listing. It has what I do really like - built-in spray, which works quite well, making it easy to undo creases accidentally ironed in. The fabric-wrapped cord stays out of the way while ironing and doesn't get in the way of standing the iron upright. It also folds easily. It does stand upright quite well - no fears of it falling over if I walk away. It heats quickly.

Like most irons, the reservoir is a tad difficult to fill, but not a serious problem. The cord doesn't tuck inside the handle, since the handle doesn't form a loop. However, I find that this makes the iron a bit easier to use, so can't complain - but you may find it inconvenient.

It doesn't have a coating, something that had concerned me before purchase. As it turns out, I'm now convinced that such coatings are nothing more than a scam. This iron glides more smoothly than any iron I've had with coatings, and at several times the price.

If you want to use it as a steamer, you can - there's a setting for it, though it isn't documented in the listing. It has every feature I could want and seems to make ironing far less of a chore than any other I've had. (I do hate to iron, but don't dread it as much now.) Frankly, I can see no reason to spend good money for a more expensive product that won't do anything better than this one, and may not do it as well.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb value, good design., 12 Jun. 2009
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This bag was purchased for my husband, who's found the need to carry some items with him on our daily jaunts around town. Thus far, it's proven to be tough and comfortable to carry. It has several pockets of different sizes, both inside and out, which makes it easy to tuck things away and find them again. The size is perfect for carrying a small number of items or, when checking in on the charity shops, taking home a few items like knickknacks and books.

Made of honest canvas, not synthetic. Simple and straightforward. It's been in use for several weeks now, and looks like it's wearing well. Excellent value for the money.

Criterion Collection: Before the Rain [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Before the Rain [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £18.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Rain - or After?, 12 Jun. 2009
One of the most brilliant films I've ever seen. Other reviews cover well the basics of the film - three ill-fated love stories set in or associated around a war-torn country (Bosnia implied). It draws you in, sickens you, and makes a point of how war goes on and on and on simply because people always always always have a history of mistreatment by others, so always have a reason for their own revenge.

What no other review I've read seems to note is the time trick played by the film. The tales loop back, so that each one takes place after the previous tale, and the first tale takes place after the last one. This simple twist is what makes the points of futility and pain and eternity of war - and is what makes the film so powerful and brilliant.

Pain Free for Life
Pain Free for Life
by Scott Brady
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.02

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get the original, not this second-rate book., 23 April 2009
This review is from: Pain Free for Life (Hardcover)
Scott Brady is a disciple of John Sarno. Frankly, my impression of this book is that he was trying to make a quick buck off Sarno's technique, The Mindbody Prescription. If he'd offered something new or put the information in a form that makes it more understandable - or added anything of value - then it might be worthwhile. However, it doesn't. Worse, it's repetitive and boring.

The book says that it's divided into chapters based on disease conditions so that information targeted to the specific issues can be presented. What happens instead is repetition of the same stuff over and over, with some rants added in that seem to imply that people who suffer from pain, especially certain conditions, are often just malingerers.

If you're interested in the mind-body connection to pain - and I do believe that there's a great deal of value in the concept - then go to the source. John Sarno, who developed the technique, wrote The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain. It's written in a readable, but not simplistic, style with great sympathy for those who suffer, yet offers a concept that most would think is not possible - that the problem really does exist in the mind. It isn't condescending, though, and offers a physical reason for how real pain is created by the mind. With that understanding, it may be possible for many people to overcome it. Sarno's book also offers techniques for using his discovery. And it costs significantly less than Brady's.

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