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The Legacy of the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok
The Legacy of the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok
by Christopher Robinson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining History Lesson, 20 Dec. 2009
This is an interesting and entertaining book that deals with Ragnar Lothbrok and his progeny's influence on Britain, Europe and North America. (In fact, more of the narrative is taken up with the adventures of Lothbrok's descendants than of himself.) The book sticks resolutely to real events, but its endearing characters stop it from becoming merely a dull history lesson. If you don't know much about the period, it's still possible to get a little weighed down by the amount of names of people and places mentioned, but luckily there is a family tree and several maps in the appendix to refer to. 'The Legacy...' is very informative and shows just how far the Vikings' influence spread across the Continent and the wider world, as well as the British Isles. Sadly, some of the punctuation doesn't do the material justice, but this doesn't stop it from being a valuable and informative read.

Fitzcarraldo [25th Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [1982]
Fitzcarraldo [25th Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Klaus Kinski
Offered by lightningdvd
Price: £44.99

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty subtitles and bonus disc, 18 Jun. 2009
The subtitles on this DVD are faulty. Often whole sentences are omitted, making it impossible to follow conversations. The beginning of a sentence is nearly always present, but after it ends, with an ellipsis, the subsequent subtitle doesn't appear, even though a character continues talking. This happens regularly throughout the film and quickly renders it incoherent.

The problem with the bonus disc, which contains the Burden of Dreams documentary, is more superficial. The icon which is supposed to show you which option you are choosing is absent from the main menu, and it appears in the wrong places on the scene selection menu, e.g. half on the picture of a scene and half off of it.

I had to return this DVD because of its subtitle problem. I contacted the DVD's maker, Anchor Bay, about its faults but didn't receive a response.

WD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS
WD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anything but Silent, 29 Dec. 2008
I bought this hard drive because its description said that 'Tom's Hardware' called called it "nearly silent," and Western Digital claimed, in the same description, that they have "minimized noise to levels virtually below the threshold of human hearing with WhisperDrive technology." Unfortunately these are both lies, as the drive has a horrifically loud processing noise which never stops, as well as a loud and persistent seek noise despite the alleged presence of 'SoftSeek technology'.

Trust Wireless Optical Mouse MI-4950R
Trust Wireless Optical Mouse MI-4950R

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't trust it., 6 Dec. 2008
The driver that comes with this mouse crashed my PC, which runs Windows Vista 32 Premium. The replacement driver on Trust's site made the mouse's buttons malfunction, reversing the forwards and backwards buttons. I tried using it without either driver, but then the zoom buttons didn't work. The main problem with the mouse, however, is that it has bursts of spasmodic tracking problems; i.e. every half an hour or so the cursor juts across the screen instead of moving smoothly; it can do this for several minutes, which makes it far too irritating to use. Trust was no help in fixing this mouse's problems, sending me a link to the driver on its site over and over again.


I found a way to stop the spasmodic tracking problems: Connect its receiver to a USB extension cable and place the receiver just a few centimetres from the mouse. My mouse was previously only about 40 cm from its receiver, however, plugged into the front of my desktop computer under my desk, so it shouldn't have had any tracking problems at that distance, especially as its box states that the product has "smooth and immediate mouse response with a range up to 8 m," a statement that constitutes false advertising and is a complete lie.

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