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PCIE to SATA III and eSATA CONTROLLER CARD - 2 + 2 PORTS - PCI EXPRESS 1x - CHIPSET SATA 3.0 : ASM1061
PCIE to SATA III and eSATA CONTROLLER CARD - 2 + 2 PORTS - PCI EXPRESS 1x - CHIPSET SATA 3.0 : ASM1061
Offered by ADAPTER WORLD
Price: £17.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply worked :), 4 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Disabled my dying onboard controller completely and only had to shift the jumpers across on the card. (Moving the jumpers from the external to the internal position was obvious but no document for users exists.)
You do not need drivers, it just works without any fiddling. Do not even bother with the enclosed cdrom. Performance is pretty much same what the on-board controller gave me (using SATA II drive, while the card is SATA III capable). Linux Mint17 boots sweetly from it without any help.

Oh and it came with 2 sata II cables, bonus!


HUGE Radio Remote Control Hovercraft 1:10 scale Rechargeable 2012 Model 9V Power
HUGE Radio Remote Control Hovercraft 1:10 scale Rechargeable 2012 Model 9V Power
Offered by IKS UK LIMITED
Price: £49.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive working hovercraft, 14 Nov 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is the kind of toy that boys dream of - ideal for large indoors spaces where obstacle courses can provide for interesting control puzzles (not on carpets) and hours of fun. And it goes on water. Learning how to drive is pretty realistic. It does not take long to get enough charge in the battery to start playing around, and get a lot of playtime. As a scale model it operates really well.
My down-marking is that the remote is a tad flimsy and the battery connection needs some attention. Reversing does not really work on a floor, other than to stop forward motion. This means that getting out of a tight corner is almost impossible if you are not on water, since the rear of the skirt "digs" in. On water I suspect this will be fine and translate into realistic slow backwards movement. I hope to verify this and get this all boxed up again for Christmas. Cannot wait to see how it runs on water, but maybe my son will get the wind-up. This dad is enjoying test-driving all of the toys :-)
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Arcanum (PC)
Arcanum (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, 27 Aug 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Arcanum (PC) (Video Game)
An immersive game, which plays out in a huge world, it's often disappointing when you get to an edge because it was feeling so real and engrossing up to that point. Real character development, replayable as either a technologist or magic user, but never anything in between.

Hours of entertainment in a steam-punk atmosphere. This title will sit on my classics shelf forever, it sucked up enough of my time for sure :-)


AD&D - Dragonshard (PC DVD)
AD&D - Dragonshard (PC DVD)
Offered by Startup Media
Price: £1.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Mixing up RTS and RPG, 27 Aug 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Dragonshard (Aug 2008) has a very compelling storyline or 'plot' if you like, and easy fun. It plays in 2 modes, RTS and RPG, a pretty novel idea which is it's saving grace. It is possible to focus on the RTS chapters in the game, where your skill at clicking and strategizing is often tested, but never fully rewarded. As each battle progresses, you get the usual change of enemies, but generally it comes down to establishing ambushes, deciding on unit types... Then creating groups of them to rush positions with, and thinking economy all the while.

I enjoyed the "underground" RPG sections more, even though they are not really RPG, you get to build a party, but the potions, weapons and buffs are all pretty basic. Once you find what items and play combination works for you, you stick to it for as long as possible. You never get a chance to really imerse yourself in your hero's actions. This is because you swap heroes, and end up playing in different styles as required by each one's abilities. BUT the graphics and controls work really well with the game. Dragonshard was a great filler after re-playing Diablo, Baldurs Gate and coming off the back of Diablo II. (I started on the Elder scrolls series afterwards.) I give Dragonshard a 4, because it is a playable RPG and a good RTS, while it excels at neither it was more fun to play than most titles in the same space.


Hunted: The Demon's Forge (PC)
Hunted: The Demon's Forge (PC)
Offered by MyMemory
Price: £5.10

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More FPS than RPG, 27 Aug 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is re-playable, twice. It's even sexy at times with it's dry adult humour and jibes coming from Caddoc, opposite tomboy rebuffs of the egotistic 'solo' male Caddoc from E'lara's pointy tongue. You will enjoy this pairing, or you will hate it. Play like a rogue with ranged attacks and your whits, or with Caddoc's brute force, slow but sure. Either way it's still an FPS, with leveling and character elements from the RPG gaming genre thrown in.
The story is pretty linear, and I suggest swapping characters, and finding a walkthrough on your second play-through so you can play the limited number of side quests. Remember to save often. I implore you to play Hunted twice, because the graphical environments are so rich, and to not revisit them would be your loss.


Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 - Black (Standard Packaging)
Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 - Black (Standard Packaging)
Offered by Office Heaven
Price: £13.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Quiet but uncomfortable, 2 Feb 2012
This keyboard is a lot quieter than my last one. I try get the cheaper models, since the kids and I invariably destroy them. I know you can get really waterproof keyboards, but why bother if they yank the cable off or twist it.
The extended keyboard functions all work very nicely on Windows 7.
This MS keyboard is actually not that nice to use, the key travel is long. So depressing keys is uncomfortable and feels a but wierd, some keys do in fact press down below the level of the fascia. The ESC key is also a bit small - along with the FN keys. I will probably get a Microsoft Natural soon unless this one grows on me.


Jonathan Creek Complete Series 1 - 4 & The Christmas Specials Box Set [DVD]
Jonathan Creek Complete Series 1 - 4 & The Christmas Specials Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Davies
Price: £13.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series, 3 Feb 2011
Almost half way through them already, I first saw the Christmas episodes on the Telly and instantly loved them. So here is the low-down, the Xmas episodes are polished pieces, but you are left with the feeling that the regular episodes are not cut with the same attention to detail. So you have to be content with the great storyline which frankly gets a bit repetitive, and instead focus on the main characters. I think Renwick has a winning recipe here, it is credible, funny, and even saucy - but perhaps just missing some gravy.


District 9 [DVD] [2009]
District 9 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Sharlto Copley
Offered by MEDIA-MOST-WANTED
Price: £2.80

0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever, and cruel, 7 Nov 2010
This review is from: District 9 [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Racism, corruption, everything is there. If you are not a racist, you will probably not give this movie 5/5.

It's about district 6 (yes six), in Johannesburg instead of Cape Town - very clever. Nuff said.


Forever Young, Forever Free ( E' Lollipop )  ( Forever Young, Forever Free ) [DVD]
Forever Young, Forever Free ( E' Lollipop ) ( Forever Young, Forever Free ) [DVD]
Dvd ~ José Ferrer
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £24.69

5.0 out of 5 stars For old times sake, 7 Nov 2010
I first saw e-lollipop when I was around 7 years old, as someone born on the "right" side of the color line. If you know what I'm talking about, and have walked back to the racial dividing line and fought with it, you have to watch this movie. Alongside the big issue, the movie is also about what boys should be, how life should be for boys, and how they grow up.

If you want to know what happens, just type it into wikipedia and IMDB, but that will spoil the plot, instead, grab a box of tissues, and travel back into the past; hopefully to understand the present better. Although sad at times, it did bring back happy memories for me. I believe there is a remade version becoming available soon, this was the origional version - pretty much as I remember it.
You may also want to see District 9, a movie made just yesterday, it's e-lollipop, but "played" backwards with some SF and CG.


Software Testing: An ISEB Foundation
Software Testing: An ISEB Foundation
by Brian Hambling
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory for the certificate, 7 Nov 2010
If you want to pass, let me tell you this up front, without this book or a similar guide coming from the exam setters you will fail. This is a pity, because depending on what kind of software you will be testing in your career, and what kind of dev team you work with, this book may just be really good as a backup. As study guide it gets 6 out of 5.

Software test is a new area, it is likely to change, and this guide explains why and where testing techniques must change as the product and environment changes. The book is laid out in the correct sequence, does not waffle, and lays out the industry best practices in a way that anyone new to test can understand. I would however not recommend it as the only book to read to anyone who Never intends sitting the exam, even though the book explains the theory, the evolution and the best ways to design and test software very well. If you want to learn how to test software and how to find tools and create automated test frameworks, find a second book, this is a study guide; it will not teach you how to test software at the coalface. You will find the level of the material frustrating if not using it just to pass the exam, because it never goes quite deep enough. I say find a second book, and read "An ISEB foundation" last, being an exam guide, it has really good questions during and after each chapter, and the reinforcement these give is invaluable.

PS: If you want to pass the exam in future, you want the newer version of the book.


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