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Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Price: £4.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Usually I like this author's work, 20 Dec 2014
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Just a long short story, really, and not very engaging. Usually I like this author's work, but this time I was glad it was so short.


Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Price: £38.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Top class keyboard, 20 Dec 2014
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Bought to replace a Microsoft keyboard which I'd previously been using, since I replaced a dead PC with a mac Mini but kept all the peripherals. It is actually much nicer to type on than the Microsoft device, and is small, neat and pretty. If the key layout matched what you need on a PC I'd buy another to use with the PC on my other desk!


Sebago Teague T-Toe, Mens Hi-Top, Black (Black Leather), 11 UK (45 EU)
Sebago Teague T-Toe, Mens Hi-Top, Black (Black Leather), 11 UK (45 EU)
Price: £122.45

2.0 out of 5 stars Did not fit like my previous Sebago shoes, 3 Dec 2014
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Nice looking and well made, but a very different shape than my previous Sebago's. Returned for refund.


Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner
Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent scanner if you avoid Silverfast, 16 Nov 2014
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A first class scanner. I've had it a few months now, and been very pleased with the results and the versatility. I need to scan quite a few negatives including strange sizes, so the fact you can easily get non-Epson adaptors is a bonus. The main thing to tell potential purchasers is to think carefully about what software to drive it with. My experience is that despite its complex interface, VueScan is better that Epson's own drivers, and FAR better than Silverfast. To use VueScan, you also need to get a copy of "The Vuescan Bible" - but even including that, it's also a lot cheaper than Silverfast. Note in particular that the IR scan in Vuescan seems to work correctly with Kodachrome slides, whereas digital ICE certainly doesn't, despite using the same hardware.


NEC EA244WMi 24 inch IPS LED Monitor, black
NEC EA244WMi 24 inch IPS LED Monitor, black
Price: £286.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new screen for Mac Mini, 16 Nov 2014
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Bought as a replacement screen for my Mac Mini as its native resolution matches the best the Mac can do. Connected the two, they worked out how to set each other and did it all themselves, correctly. I just had to tell the screen to get the sound over HDMI and job done. Excellent clear picture, wide visible angle, no errant pixels that I can see. Sound quality is only moderate. Nevertheless, overall I'm very happy. One very small niggle - NEC supply almost every cable you can think of, but not the HDMI one, so I had to spend another £1.87 to get one.


The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning
The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning
Price: £18.53

4.0 out of 5 stars clear and useful, 18 April 2014
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I am an experienced scanner of photographs, but found myself using Vuescan for the first time. It is significantly different from other scanning programs, and at first seems hard to understand. You need to persist, though, because once you learn its ways, it is both powerful, and strangely, rather easy to use. You need help to get going, though, as the official information is brief and not well organised. Hence this book. I'm not sure if it was originally written in English or translated from German, but either way the style takes a little bit of getting used to. Once you are attuned to that, it's really very helpful. The first half is a tutorial on scanning for quality, using Vuescan. Necessarily, the author begins at the beginning so I was able to speed-read in places, though even experienced users should not skip this part entirely. The second half goes through all the menu options in detail, not just explaining what they do, but recommending the best combinations of settings for different tasks. Overall the book was very helpful in getting me up to speed faster than I would have done on my own, and very probably better. With its help I now regard Vuescan as one of the most useful and versatile scanning tools I have found. I have the kindle edition which is much cheaper than print. It is a bit more difficult to navigate a than a book would be, and the illustrations, even viewed on a modern iPad, are not clear enough to make points they are supposed to make. However, the book doesn't really need them, so I think most people would be happy with the Kindle version on iPad. I tried it on a real Kindle too, but found that the book really benefits from the larger screen of the iPad, far more than a novel does.


The Caravaggio Conspiracy
The Caravaggio Conspiracy
Price: £3.79

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly written, trashy novel, 15 Mar 2014
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The art world is full of quite enough mystery and probably skulduggery, but this book contrives to have a ludicrous and unconvincing plot. The formulaic structure and cardboard characters are even further let down by clunky writing. Avoid, and try Michael Frayn's "Headlong" instead.


Reamde
Reamde
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars outstandingly good thriller, 3 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Reamde (Kindle Edition)
With action taking place mostly in the real world, and partly in a multiplayer online game, Stephenson has created the best thriller I've read for a year or two. The considerable length of the book allowed him to maintain the pace not by moving the plot too fast, but by allowing the characters and situations to develop, and allowing real time to pass from multiple points of view. The characters, some of whom begin as opponents before changing allegiances, are well drawn and engaging; even the chief baddie has a sense of humour. Perhaps the rather OTT American survivalists could get up the nose if they were any smugger, but overall time spent in this world (these worlds) was highly entertaining, and in was sorry it ended, even after about a thousand pages. Go buy it!


Scotch C10 Desk Tape Dispenser -  Black - 25 mm to 75 mm Tape Core Up to 25 mm Wide
Scotch C10 Desk Tape Dispenser - Black - 25 mm to 75 mm Tape Core Up to 25 mm Wide
Price: £11.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid heavy dispenser, 13 Dec 2013
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Well made, strong and heavy enough to use one-handed. It is quite bulky as a result, so it will take up a bit of space on your desk. Only 4 stars because I was less impressed with the roll holder. This is a pair of plastic mouldings for 1" and 3" cores. Most people will use the larger size with a dispenser this big, and you have to push the outer moulding over the inner one, which is quite difficult. I wouldn't fancy getting them apart again, at any rate! Once done, though, it is fine, cuts the tape well, and looks like it should last for years.


Wolfcraft 5505 Adjustable Trolley Ts600
Wolfcraft 5505 Adjustable Trolley Ts600
Price: £62.44

5.0 out of 5 stars How did I manage without it?, 13 Dec 2013
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Excellent trolley. It folds compactly, nice and flat, and is easy to erect and to collapse after use. Folding out the foot also erects the wheels, and two rather stiff flaps can be opened to allow the handle to be extended. It is really rigid and stable; weaker trollies which flex in use are much more difficult to use. It is strong enough, though it would be sensible not to run carelessly up and down steps and kerbs. Also like any wheeled device, the size of the wheels governs the roughness of the surface it is happy on. It is fine on normal road, car park and pavement, and of course indoors. Goes easily into the car boot beside your boxes.


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