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WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black
WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works out of the box with Ubuntu, 10 Jun. 2011
A first class product. Unwrap, plug in, large usable storage ready to go.

Works out of the box with Ubuntu 10.10.

After long idle times the unit goes to sleep, takes a short while to wake back up when you access the drive again - it's not "hung", its just needs 5secs to spin back up.


Acctim CK2340 Auric Alarm Clock
Acctim CK2340 Auric Alarm Clock
Offered by Red House Direct
Price: £9.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective, 10 Jun. 2011
Large, clear display with push-button back-light. Takes 2xAA batteries (reasonable lifespan).

This is a simple and highly effective clock. If all you want is something to tell the time and wake you in a morning, this is it (especially for the price).

It's also great for kids as its simple enough for them to use and and robust enough for the heavy handed treatment.


ASUS PCI-G31 Wireless Lan PCI-card (802.11g Software Access point,WPA2,Windows,Linux,MAC OS)
ASUS PCI-G31 Wireless Lan PCI-card (802.11g Software Access point,WPA2,Windows,Linux,MAC OS)

4.0 out of 5 stars It's "ok", 10 Jun. 2011
More like 3.5 stars.

Not as effective on signal quality and range as I hoped, but "good enough" at the price.

Works out of the box with Ubuntu 10.10.


Water Pump Whale In Line 12v 12 Litre
Water Pump Whale In Line 12v 12 Litre

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly effective and good value, 10 Jun. 2011
12v line pump with adapters for larger pipe sizes. Pump not suitable for continuous running.

Sometimes has problems self-priming if small pockets of air get in the system, esp when pumping into a large "head" of back pressure and/or with low feed pressure.

Overall, a highly effective pump and good value for money.


Relaxation Mask -  Total Darkness with your Eyes Open
Relaxation Mask - Total Darkness with your Eyes Open
Offered by Relax UK Ltd
Price: £14.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective, 10 Jun. 2011
Thick black plastic and deep foam padding blocks out all light, even direct sunlight.

Mask is a little bulky and best suited to sleeping on your back.

Overall, highly effective.


Black Water Rising
Black Water Rising
by Attica Locke
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but missed a chance to be brilliant, 10 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Black Water Rising (Paperback)
More political thriller than crime thriller. An outstanding read until near the end.

From reading other reviews, it's clear that one persons "detailed character and storyline build-up" is another persons "too slow and boring". If you like intricate back story and detailed plot development, you will like this novel. If you like stories which get straight to the point, you might find this one heavy going.

At 75% of the way through, I thought this was one of the best novels I had ever read, but was a little dubious the author could conclude the story in the same exceptional way she had done the build up - sadly I was correct.

Given the incredible detail in the build up, and the interesting nature of some of the (none core) sub-plots, the chosen ending for the book seemed a very odd fit - almost as though the author had either run out of steam or the publisher said "finish it or you won't get paid".

The last section of the book contains a chapter about the author and how the storyline came into being; whilst this is interesting enough, it further adds to the shock of the ending because you think you have many more pages to the "end" of the main story than is actually true.

Had the author concluded the story in the same manner as the build up, it could have been an all time great; as it stands, it's just "pretty good".

Still recommended if you can pick up a cheap copy and like detailed characters and back-story.


3.50 - 8 Tyre and Innertube for Wheelbarrows PLUS FREE Handle Grips
3.50 - 8 Tyre and Innertube for Wheelbarrows PLUS FREE Handle Grips
Offered by Keto Plastics Limited
Price: £8.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value for money, 11 Nov. 2010
Ships squashed flat, arrived within a couple of days and with reasonable shipping costs.

Fitted easily and perfectly first time - used as a replacement on a B&Q "premium" galvanised barrow.

Tyre and tube appear as well made and as durable as the original item.

Very strong smell of plastic/rubber when first installed - if you stow in a small shed or garage, it's better to leave the barrow outside for a week until it "airs".

After lots of messing around trying to fix punctures and then trying to source a new tyre and tube locally, the ease with which you can have this product delivered to your door, at a fair price, makes it highly recommended.


E-volve MP3 Vibe-Dock Home portable speaker system compatible with (Sandisk Sansa Fuze Fuze+ / Clip / Clip + / Connect , ClipZip Zip / View / E200 Kubik Evo Edge Sweex / E250 / E260 / E270 / E280)
E-volve MP3 Vibe-Dock Home portable speaker system compatible with (Sandisk Sansa Fuze Fuze+ / Clip / Clip + / Connect , ClipZip Zip / View / E200 Kubik Evo Edge Sweex / E250 / E260 / E270 / E280)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not HiFi but great value for money, 11 Nov. 2010
With a footprint similar to that of a DVD case and a price tag of £20, you cannot expect HiFi quality and volume from any product of this type.

I found the volume and quality to be perfectly acceptable when placed next to the sofa or the bed. The kit comes with all the required adapters for power and audio connectivity. My player connects using the audio jack adapter and hence does not look like the "pretend ipod in a dock" in the product picture on this page - the setup works perfect for me (Sansa Clip) but I can imagine it would be less than perfect for some types of player.

The plastic construction does not feel especially solid and I cannot comment on battery use (untried).

Came with a useful zip-bag, into which the whole thing, adapters, player etc can be stowed.

This device will not provide music for a party, but if you want acceptable sound quality and reasonable volume for 20 quid - if you set your expectations accordingly - this product is great value for money and highly recommended.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent chair at this price, 11 Nov. 2010
Assuming the manufacturer has not made any changes to the product, the wide range of reviews for this chair clearly indicates the highly personal nature of chair comfort - and I am going to further confound some of the critical reviewers by stating my experience with this chair was extremely positive.

Like others, I bought this chair partly on the basis of previous reviews, and I was not disappointed. I also bought this chair as it seemed to cater for taller people - I find this chair to be an ideal height for me (at 6'6") at its highest adjustment.

Other reviewers comments about problems with assembly are valid - you have to take extreme care to ensure all bolts are perfectly aligned with the threaded slots before tightening, else the bolts will be ruined by the cross-threading. I did this on 2 of the 6 tricky seat-back-to-base mountings, but the outstanding Lindo customer service shipped me replacement bolts, free of charge, the next day. It would not hurt for Lindo to add an extra note in the assembly instructions to warn of this issue and maybe even supply a couple of spare bolts in the kit.

I also had an issue with a faulty part in the kit (the gas spring), which just seemed like bad luck and, again, the great Lindo customer service shipped me a replacement asap (the gas spring is tricky to remove when the chair has been assembled, but it is doable with care).

I find the springing force on the tilt-back to be ideal for my weight, making for a very comfortable and relaxed working position.

For me the head rest is a bit of a non-entity as I'm too tall to line up with it - some true adjustment on this would not hurt, as others have said, but its not an issue for me.

Having sat for long hours in this chair already, I can attest to its comfort.

From a style point of view, I like the mesh back and have no use for a more fancy looking finish.

I can totally understand that other people did not find this chair as comfortable as I did, but from my personal experience the only chairs I have used which have seemed noticeably better are a few in the >£500 range.

Overall, I find this chair great value for money and this, along with my very positive experience of Lindo customer service, makes me happy to recommend it.


Nobo Slimline Magnetic Whiteboard with Pen and Eraser - 280 mm x 220 mm, White
Nobo Slimline Magnetic Whiteboard with Pen and Eraser - 280 mm x 220 mm, White
Price: £10.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and effective, 11 Nov. 2010
Lightweight plastic construction with cardboard backing, A4 sized board with clip for holding pen; pen has eraser attached.

Mine shipped with a number of additional magnets and also stick-on adhesive mounts - these are not shown in the picture and may be in response to other reviews about weak mounting.

I had no problems mounting my drywipe board and find it extremely useful - especially at this low price.


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