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Vandesail® CAT7 High Speed Computer Router Gold Plated Plug STP Wires CAT7 RJ45 Ethernet LAN Networking Cable Professional Gold Headed Network Cable High Speed Premium Quality Cat seven / Patch / Ethernet / Modem / Router / LAN (3-meters-Black Oblate Shielded)
Vandesail® CAT7 High Speed Computer Router Gold Plated Plug STP Wires CAT7 RJ45 Ethernet LAN Networking Cable Professional Gold Headed Network Cable High Speed Premium Quality Cat seven / Patch / Ethernet / Modem / Router / LAN (3-meters-Black Oblate Shielded)
Offered by VanDeSaiL
Price: £14.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Cat7 in a thin cable format., 7 Feb. 2015
Very thin Cat7 cable. The main selling point is basically that combination of shielding and `tape' format. It is 2.3mm thin (7.6mm wide so its like a tape) for concealing under floor coverings etc but it still has all the extra shielding that Cat7 requires including the metal covered end RJ45 jacks.

Don't buy the oblate if you just want a standard flexible patch cable because the tape format makes it flexible in one direction only.

Do buy if you need the thin form factor plus the noise / crosstalk shielding this CAT7 cable provides. A long run of this is going to beat PowerLine or Wifi every time. Obviously don't expect miracles if your network limitations lie elsewhere.

Well made and all the shielding seem to be in order. Pings from laptop to router (both ends 1 Gigabit) were in order.
Based on a 3m review sample.


kwb Bits for Bytes 119100 30-Piece Bit Box Green
kwb Bits for Bytes 119100 30-Piece Bit Box Green
Price: £20.53

5.0 out of 5 stars High grade tool set for fixing mobile tech, 6 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
German brand (made in Taiwan) collection of professional grade 24 hex bits with quick change handle and other tools handy for fixing mobile devices. Included among the bits are two pentalobes, the smaller of which will open iPhones 4 4S and 5. All the bits are stamped and their case positions labelled. Also included: a pair of tweezers for handling small screws etc, a SIM ejector tool which is made from a very stiff metal, a plastic sucker for pulling on glass displays, a blue nylon spudger for prizing connectors etc and a hex shaft extension. All the tools are well made. Do not confuse with christmas cracker grade mobile tools which break easily.

The rubberised handle for holding the hex bits deserves some attention: it has a push forward spring-back back grip mechanism rather than a screw-unscrew action. This allows very quick swapping of the hex bits. Took a few uses to understand the subtleties here because the bits feel too easy to pull out without doing anything to the slider, but this is intensional. There is in fact fantastic grip focussed for just when the chosen bit is under compression and torsion loading.

All items fit in a very sturdy case with a rotate away hanger. The bit holes have a friction material and spring clips hold the other tools. The only item not firmly held in place is the sucker which just lies in between the rest. Apart from this if you invert the open case nothing falls out. The case lid also features a spring loaded clip in the lid.

You could spend many times less for a just a few of these items but they will be made of inferior materials and you will loose them. This set feels like it was engineered to last longer and is a pleasure to use. There is a pdf (German) on the KWB website, serach for "The 5 kwb bit boxes / Prospectus 2014" in downloads section.


MeasuPro DCT350 Instant Read Programmable Digital Cooking Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe, White
MeasuPro DCT350 Instant Read Programmable Digital Cooking Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe, White
Offered by Five Star
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know exactly when your meat is done, 26 Jan. 2015
A digital thermometer that sits on the counter, that constantly monitors the temperature of meat roasting in an oven or cooking on a griddle, that also tells you when it is safely cooked to guideline temperatures for a specific meat type.

Especially useful when you have to use an a unfamiliar oven, an oven that has temperamental behaviour or a meat joint size or shape you are not sure about or you just want to be sure you are not taking any health risks for a particular guest. It takes out any general time based calculation on your part and instantly alerts you when cooking is really finished based on the temperature measured at the probe tip.

Powered by a standard AAA battery (supplied), and the heat proof probe wire is about 1 metre long. You can choose °C or °F. Silent or audible alarm. Instructions on a folded A4 sheet double sided in English and German. Range on display is 0-200°C.

Timed vs Probe cooking.
Cooking books or handed down family rules will give you a formula to work out how long to cook meat joints, poultry burgers etc based on so many minutes per pound or kilo then add some more for rare to well done.

Packaged supermarket bought meat will also often give a total cooking time based on the weight of the item in the packet.

Thats how I have cooked meat for years but both of these also depend on many assumptions such as the temperature actually inside of the oven you are using, the starting temperature of the meat, different things also placed in the oven not to mention the deviation from the standard shape of the item being cooked or the presence of stuffing and coating ingredients. we all have experienced shoving it back in for ten more minutes or carving a leg of lamb deciding thats maybe a little to red.

Another way is to check the temperature in the meat with a probe to make sure the coldest part has indeed reached the minimum temperature for the type of meat you are cooking. This I have in recent years done with a digital probe but I have to remove the meat from the oven to do this because the probe display was not designed to be exposed to the oven temperatures and I also needed to look up the minimum safe temperatures for each type of meat.

The DCT350 gives you an automated way to do all of this without needing to know the safe temperatures and without the need to remove the roasting rack from the oven. It constantly monitors the temperature and alerts you when the meat is cooked the way you want it.

All you have to do is insert the probe so the tip is in the centre of the thickest part of the meat and select the type of meat it is and taste setting (rare to well done if applicable) and thats it. You get an audio alert just before it reaches the safe cooked point, an second alert exactly on the cooked point and an overcooked alert. Its loud enough to be heard in an adjoining room.

Heres my general observations on trying this out.

It takes a little adjustment in your thinking arrangements for cooking a whole meal. Everything else you prepare you do based on known cooking times; I often work backwards from a predicted serving time but using the meat probe you do not know exactly when the meat alarm will go off, thus you still have to estimate when that might be. Since meat should rest for 15-30 mins anyway so there is some flexibility for cooking vegetables etc.

So far oven roasting a chicken and a beef joint went well and I am beginning to like trust this method. I have also used it on some unusually thick burgers on a cast iron griddle and this also worked really well on the ground beef setting (I had to cook 3 mins more than I would have guessed by sight alone).

The safe temperatures it knows are from the USA based USDA guidelines which you may or may not agree with. If you don't want those there is one spare setting you can put your own temperature. You can also edit the standard ones to your own but removing the battery resets to the stored USDA ones. Feature wise there should be one or two more spare user programable slots and it would be nice to be able to name those.

My suggestions for improvement are largely the look of it and a few additional case moulding features. The LCD display segment design aesthetic is a bit crude by 2015 standards the word `ground' is in a font size a little to small for me to read without glasses (old eyes). The folding body is like someone tried to make it look like a curvy mini laptop but it ends up looking a bit cheesy, it only bends 90°anyway which is useful for the countertop but not totally in half for storage. At least one of the slide switches could have been put on the back (once I select °C I never want to change it again). The curved layout of the buttons, a dummy button in the centre that does nothing and the white body and silver plastic is a bit too 1990s and needlessly cheap looking which is a shame as it performs a serious task well. It would be nice if there was a slot somewhere in the base to push the probe in for storage and two `hooks' to wind the meter of wire around whilst its all kept in a draw and maybe a loop so I could hang it up. Plenty to improve on hence my star rating.

Ignoring the styling and concentrating the functionally though I will say this is a great gadget for the kitchen that actually does something useful for me that I could not do before and cannot fault its technical performance. It does what it aims to achieve. The only skill you need is identify the meat correctly, and insert the probe so the tip is in the centre of the thickest part of the meat and not touching bone, fat or pan.

Based on a review sample.


NooElec Extruded Aluminum Enclosure Kit, Blue, for Ham It Up v1.1 & v1.2 RF Upconverter for RTL-SDR Radios
NooElec Extruded Aluminum Enclosure Kit, Blue, for Ham It Up v1.1 & v1.2 RF Upconverter for RTL-SDR Radios
Offered by NooElec Inc.
Price: £16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Tailored for the Ham It Up PCB, 25 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Ordered this blue anodised case with the Ham It Up v1.2 - NooElec RF Upconverter for SDR PCB from NooElec at the same time (add both to basket, then buy) to save messing about later trying to make my own. Both items arrived in one package in just over a week from New York state without gathering additional charges, I may have been lucky.

Getting the case is a good decision I think as it is the best way of preventing damage and accidental shorts but also shields from any stray RF. I did clean off the blue anodised coating in the countersunk screw hole surfaces on the end plates so they made a `complete' conducting cage. You could go the full hog and clean the edges where the plates touch the box. The only other thing missing is a hole/optic to see the LED on the pcb.

Supplied with all required mounting hardware (screws and brass stand-offs).

Put together with the PCB it makes a neat little SDR gadget that performs well.


Ham It Up v1.2 - NooElec RF Upconverter For Software Defined Radio. Works With Most SDRs Like Funcube, RTLSDR (RTL2832U with E4000, FC0013 or R820T Tuners); MF/HF Converter With SMA Jacks
Ham It Up v1.2 - NooElec RF Upconverter For Software Defined Radio. Works With Most SDRs Like Funcube, RTLSDR (RTL2832U with E4000, FC0013 or R820T Tuners); MF/HF Converter With SMA Jacks
Offered by NooElec Inc.
Price: £34.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little circuit board. Buy the Box too., 25 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Using connected to a RTL-SDR Realtek RTL2832U R820T mini USB dongle and GQRX software built on MacOSX Mavericks via MacPorts. If you previously dabbled with this software you just add minus 125MHz in the right box: ie put "-125.000000 MHz" into the "LNB LO" field in the "Configure I/O devices" sub panel and then frequencies displayed are automatically corrected (you can do more accurate calibration later).

All together this set up performs well considering I don't have a significant SW antennae. Its good enough for a casual user exploring SW signals on a computer.

Ordered the NooElec Extruded Aluminum Enclosure Kit, Blue from NooElec at the same time to save messing about, a good decision I think as it is the best way of preventing PCB damage and accidental shorts but also shields from any stray RF. Both items arrived in one package in just over a week without gathering additional charges; lucky me. Thank you.

The crystal was already in place in the socket.

Input RF and output are both female SMA connectors.

Was also going to get the equivalent adapters direct from NooElec but these proved to be available a bit cheaper and quicker here:
SMA-m to MCX-m and SMA-m to BNC-f

You will need a USB cable for power, I use one from an old printer connected to a desk based power only hub. Seems to draw only about 20 mA in use so you could use a socket on your computer if pushed.

Pleased with the performance and strongly recommend getting the blue metal box at the same time (add both to basket, then buy).


Sourcingmap SMA Male to BNC Female Connector Coaxial Coax Cable Adapter
Sourcingmap SMA Male to BNC Female Connector Coaxial Coax Cable Adapter
Offered by sourcingmap
Price: £2.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for NooElec Upconverter, 25 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bought for the RF input of Ham It Up SDR upconverter together with this SMA-m to MCX-m. Good solid connection. Pleased. Was going to get the equivalent adapters direct from NooElec but these proved to be both a cheaper and quicker way.


19.5cm SMA Male to MCX Male Plug AV Digital Coaxial Stereo Cable Wire
19.5cm SMA Male to MCX Male Plug AV Digital Coaxial Stereo Cable Wire
Offered by sourcingmap
Price: £2.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for SDR and Ham It Up 1.2, 25 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Good quality connector. Bought for coupling an SDR dongle to the NooElec Ham It Up along side this SMA-m to BNC-f for the input side of the same. Works perfectly, good solid connection. Was going to get the equivalent adapters direct from NooElec but these proved to be both a cheaper and quicker way


7 in 1 Set Nonslip Red Black Handle Torx T2 T5 T6 Screwdriver Bits
7 in 1 Set Nonslip Red Black Handle Torx T2 T5 T6 Screwdriver Bits
Offered by sourcingmap
Price: £6.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for hard to reach fasteners, 25 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
All metal construction with the 6 bits stored in the handle in labeled slots. The title claims 7 in one but I guess they are counting the handle as a part. My criticisms would be the black knurled top comes undone too easily in use but not a show stopper, the very top part (aluminium) of the handle should spin more freely than it does, only the Torx bits shafts are stamped with ID and finally some bits do not slide out of their slots easily (had to use one of the others to push two of them out). At least the tips are hard and do not shred.

Bought this just for the tri-wing as I needed to reach screws down a narrow tube on the base of a case. My existing tri-wings were hex bits so could not reach far enough inside. Searched for prime delivery and this one came up first. The pentalobe is a 1.2mm (TS4) so too big for an iPhone 4,4S etc.

Overall its not too bad, not a perfect finish or feel to it but it did the job I wanted and I will keep it in the tool kit for those awkward to reach fasteners.


DVD Drive Replacement Repair Part for Nintendo Wii NEW
DVD Drive Replacement Repair Part for Nintendo Wii NEW
Offered by Tcity
Price: £16.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable replacement Wii drive., 25 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very affordable replacement part for a worn out Wii drive. As far as I could tell this was an unused part, no signs of wear, scratches, dust or any marks. Wrapped in plastic foam packet inside a corrugated box. No documentation, but using iFixit on line instructions made the job easy and done in 20 minutes. Came with the rubber grommets already in place. You will need a tri-wing screwdriver with a long reach for the two screws buried down tubes under the rear two feet of the main Wii case, a normal sized hex bit tri-wing will not do, so try this. The other tricky part is the drive mount screws inside front edge, I used a small bit blue tac on a screwdriver tip to lower them in to their grommets.

Drive now works perfectly. Arrived next day. Perfect solution.


AVANTEK Magic Cube Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker [20m / 65ft Wireless Range, 20-Hour Playtime & 3.5mm Audio Port for Non-Bluetooth Devices]
AVANTEK Magic Cube Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker [20m / 65ft Wireless Range, 20-Hour Playtime & 3.5mm Audio Port for Non-Bluetooth Devices]
Offered by Avantek UK
Price: £54.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Geometric design., 16 Jan. 2015
Abstract design Bluetooth (BT) mono speaker with a huge range and exceptional battery life. Recharged in less than 4 hours from my own own power source and lasted for about 20 hours.

Styling and finish:
The body is essentially a geometric design, a 9cm cube divided into a 1cm checkerboard relief pattern on all sides excluding the base. More for use around the home as the shape and size is not something that fits in a pocket or a bag. Left on a shelf it looks like an abstract ornament. The square give interesting relief shadows under different lighting and its not immediately obvious to visitors this is a speaker. You could leave this out in any room with out wishing you put it away out of sight.

On two opposing sides the squares are perforated for acoustic purposes but be aware only one side (call it the front) emits sound. This is because this is a mono speaker. The other perforated surface (back) has the aux, micro usb charge point and LED. The rear perforations are needed for acoustic improvement.

Five of the 1cm squares on the top surface are actually the controls (power, vol+, vol-, phone, BT pair). There is no track control. There is a logo on one corner.

This one is black and has a matt finish with a very slight soft feel to it and no sharps on corners or edges. It does not show any finger marks at all.

The entire bottom surface is a high friction black "rubber" surface which has a rough pattern texture which unfortunately picks up bits from everywhere you place it and is hard to clean off in situ (think crumbs in kitchen). That rubber sheet will peal off as the glue used on the cube bottom does not a permanent grab on it, thats unintentional I believe but allowed me to rinse off one time and put it back.

BT Pairing
Used a number of BT speakers and most are put in pairing mode on power on for a short spell. For first pairing on this speaker you must press (and hold) the BT button (loud two one beep) and then on devices with a display look for "magic cube" as the device name. After that it automatically pairs to your transmitter when you turn it on.. The Blue LED goes through various pulse patterns to indicate status. If you switch between more than one transmitter then make sure the other paired devices are off.

BT range:
Reception range was one of the longest I have reviewed easily maintaining an interrupt free reception down the garden from either an phone, tablet or TV transmitter including through walls, distance of 15m. As with ALL BT speakers turning on a nearby microwave will temporarily swamp the BT link. Plug in the aux lead the BT function becomes deactivated and the blue LED goes out.

Sound quality:
This is a mono speaker; it takes sounds from both stereo channels and mixes down to a single channel. It looks at first as if there might be two speaker cones because of the two perforated sides but inside is just one to the front, the rear is just a passive diaphragm for bass improvement. Volume and frequency range is better than my native tablet or phone speakers, louder and with much improved bass. Alert tones are very loud and not controllable. On is a rising four tone and off same in reverse, a beep on max volume.

No discernible interference noise, rattles or buzzes. Many BT speakers can go in and out of power saving modes rapidly in silent parts of spoken audio (recorded with noise gate) which sometimes makes a little click sound. With this speaker that sound was not noticeable which is a plus if you listen to a lot of that material. Can be used as a wired USB speaker using the black 60cm 3.5mm aux cable or your own standard cable.

Battery:
Non replaceable battery. Came charged. A USB cable is supplied but you need your own recharging source (any 5V USB will do). You know it is still charging by a red LED (if BT is on red/purple). I have an earlier version of this speaker which lasted for about 8 hours. This new version runs easily double that making it practical for several hours of use over a few days.

Instructions:
Small booklet which was printed in an easy to read font size and in good English.

Good design, excellent range, good sound quality, build and exceptional battery life.
Based on a review sample.


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