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Toshiba HDDR500E04ER_CS StorE Art 500GB 2.5-inch Portable External Hard Drive, Red
Toshiba HDDR500E04ER_CS StorE Art 500GB 2.5-inch Portable External Hard Drive, Red

5.0 out of 5 stars Had the drive for two weeks..., 24 Sep 2010
It's nice, quiet and even when transferring files for a few hours, never gets any hotter then a bit tepid.

Single USB cable provides power as well as transfer.

My only qualm with this product was that I bought it as a backup hard-drive; and the filesystem it came with was FAT32 (which can't have files larger then 2gb) so I formatted it to EXT4 (though for you Windows people out there, NTFS is quite easy to do as well)

To those non-tech-types out there, this drive has a rpm rate of 5400, which means it'll go a little slower then a standard hard-drive. Also, having a single lead for both power and transferring files reduces clutter, but it comes at the cost of the speed of transferring, which is also slower then a standard drive.

In short; if your looking for a hard-drive to backup your files to, or even want to just put some music/movies on it, great. Don't try and install an operating system on it, though; it'll be as slow as hell.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!, 2 Jan 2010
This headset is of the 'under your ear' type, in that it puts most of it's weight (which is not very much at all) on the top and hangs under your ear. It is light and comfortable to wear, held in place by gravity rather then shoved into your ear.

There are two minor problems with it, though;

Because it hangs by gravity, rather then other methods, the earpiece has a tendency to slide out of the ear (though the unit never falls off)

also, it's design makes it more or less unusable if jogging, or any other similar activities.

Other then that, sound quality (on both sending and receiving) is good, despite the microphones small size.

If you often find yourself in the car, in front of the computer or just generally doing anything that does not run the risk of moving your head quickly, then you've found the perfect headset :)

Artificial General Intelligence (Cognitive Technologies)
Artificial General Intelligence (Cognitive Technologies)
by Ben Goertzel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 102.68

5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is what I should of bought in the first place., 6 July 2009
For those interested in AI, but who do not have the relevant knowledge to which you know it's histroy, I would advise you keep away from this book until you've increased your skills a bit.

It's not the lightest of reads, (nor the cheapest, though apparently this was the publisher's decision, not the editors) but for those who are interested in seeing AI get back on track, it's worth the money.

I'd love to see another book, possibly with fictious accounts of said software to inspire thought. Can be a tad dry sometimes.

Arguing A.I.: The Battle for Twenty-First Century Science
Arguing A.I.: The Battle for Twenty-First Century Science
by Sam Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books out there., 6 July 2009
Most AI books are written for the scientist...but this is written for the philosopher at heart. It deals with the arugments of AI, rather then hard-core maths. Light read, entertaing and thought-provoking.

9ct Yellow Gold Ladies Amethyst & Diamond Pendant on 18" Curb Chain
9ct Yellow Gold Ladies Amethyst & Diamond Pendant on 18" Curb Chain

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made Mother's Day Special., 6 July 2009
This was for my Mother (who else?) and she was very pleased with it. The most I ever got her before was a card and some chocolates.

I'd like to thank Amazon for bringing the price down near Mother's Day into my price range (Hey, I only have so much money, it took most of my money that month). It was exceptional. :D

The Singularity
The Singularity
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good golly Miss Molly!, 6 July 2009
This review is from: The Singularity (MP3 Download)
Dr. Steel is...well, Dr. Steel, there are no two ways about him.

The Singularity as covered by Dr. Steel in this bit of music is very entertaining, and is about the only peice of music out there on it.

Keep up the good work, Doctor.

Battlestations Pacific (Xbox 360)
Battlestations Pacific (Xbox 360)

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good! But has a fatal flaw...., 6 July 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Ok, first off this is an interesting way of combining RTS and FPS games, you can just as easily operate a plane as you can set your forces to move, patrol, attack targets..etc

What also suprised me was the amount of vehicles at my disposal. I had planes, ships, submarines and in quite a few instances, weapons on land. You could get in a plane eqiupped to deal out torpedos, or bombs; you could get in a Battleship and blow the hell out of your foes, get in a PT boat and zip around shooting ships and planes alike, or launch planes from your aircraft carrier, or go deep underwater in a submarine and pop up behind your enemies.

Now, the fatal flaw; the text is too small. Having used this game on both a 9 inch and 36inch screen, I can attest that the game's text (IE, objective menus, tooltips, breifings...) too be so small so they are very difficult to read. I spent ages looking for a ship named Krha, when the real name was really is that difficult.

Some of the best multiplayer ever here, as well.

Red Faction: Guerrilla (Xbox 360)
Red Faction: Guerrilla (Xbox 360)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: 19.45

18 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of the demo's GeoMod Engine, 12 May 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a review of the GeoMod 2.0 engine found in the demo;

Many games have claimed in the past to allow a completely destructible enviroment, many have lied, whilst others produced a throughly unentertaining method.

Thus, with some suprise and, indeed, Irony; we come full circle, back to Red Faction, the orignal destructible environment game.

In the first red faction, I could shoot at a wall with, say, a rocket launcher, and watch in amazment as a hole was created, I could even dig through walls in this way...with this game, and the new GeoMod engine, I could just as easily walk into a building and use one of it's computers as I could take a vehicle and drive right through it, debris (all adhering to the games physics engine, and no sprites) falling around me. I could smash a wall down with my trusty sledgehammer, then continually break it up, again and again, till it was almost powder...

This is the third red faction, and when I heard about it, I hoped to God it wasnt anything like the 2nd...thankfully, my prayers were answered, I shall be preordering this game!
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Oblivion: The Shivering Isles Expansion Pack (Xbox 360)
Oblivion: The Shivering Isles Expansion Pack (Xbox 360)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 6 May 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The game is....fantastic, this expansion pack adds to it! :D

Also includes Knights of the Nine.


First off, install it from the disk, you'll need just a little over 1 GB of space on your harddrive (if you install both Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles). This WILL fail if you have never connected your Xbox to Xbox Live! as the game requires an update to use the new content (which is diffrent from the patch it applies on the disk)

If successful, wait between 12 hours and three days (game time) for you to recive a quest about a strange door...(shivering isles)

For Knights of the Nine, speak to an NPC around Anvil, a prophet will be one of the dialoug choices, where you will get the start of the quest.

Brian the Brain
Brian the Brain

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UK version needed., 22 Mar 2009
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Brian the Brain (Toy)
It works by recognizing voice...trouble is, it only recognizes American accents.

Some MP3's have trouble playing for some unknown reason.

It knows next to nothing about anything else other then America even though it has the Encyclopedia BRITANNICA stuffed into it.

So, good concept? Hell yeah, but let down by poor implementation. My advice? 1. Shoot the person who was dumb enough to send it to the UK and 2. Don't buy it.

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