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Voices In Summer
Voices In Summer
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars However she seems pleased. That's all I can say to get it ..., 21 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Voices In Summer (Kindle Edition)
The missus is reading this so I have no idea what its about.
However she seems pleased.

That's all I can say to get it off my list of reviews.


Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer Razor Blade
Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer Razor Blade
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a fun and novel little razor, 21 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These chappies used to make the finest regimental; blades y'know? What!
This unit takes the standard Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 blades, so I can use my existing kit with ease.

The razor head is the same as the basic unit, but with a bigger handle for my big hands.

Turn it around and you have a battery powered mini trimmer, complete with lateral cross cut shutter blades.
It's tiny of course, but exactly whats needed for catching the stray sticky-up hairs or trimming the hirsute upper lip.
Do this this last trick, the cutting depth guide pulls off and the bare blades can be applied with rank and precision.

Slip the cutting depth guide on again and one can trim the side-burns to regulation length.

The trimmer will dismantle for cleaning and polishing, whilst the 5 blade razor gives a very smooth and painless shave in seconds. There is a lubrication strip on all 'Wilkie' Swords - which when pre-wet helps glide the old blades across the ugly mug without carving out strips which would cause the memsahbs to faint!

I have been using Wilkies for two years now, since I discovered those dastardly Dutch Chaps at Phillips forgot how to make a £150 rotary shaver actual shave without pain. Strangely the old diesel powered (kidding) 1975 Phillips still works correctly!

These Wilkies are therefore a damn fine thing and worthy of being mentioned in despatches forthwith.

Should you buy one?

Of course - one can't go on parade looking like Jimi Hendrix's cousin can one?


Netgear D1500-100UKS N300 Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections, Essentials Edition
Netgear D1500-100UKS N300 Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections, Essentials Edition
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-range router, but first class performance, 19 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Mid-range router, but first class performance.
Very easy to setup out of the box.
Simple to setup, plug in, boot up and go.

I got the two ethernet port to try - but most enthusiasts would appreciate the four port version. (I need three minimum !)
I use my main PC on the ethernet wired connection as its very, very much faster - we're talking 100mbits/sec rather than the wireless connections, which never in reality even approach 300mbits/sec.
That only happens in an open room with no furniture and the two devices on the same table!

However the wired connection sings!

A good basic unit with quality performance and a good price to match.
There are tweaks in the settings for the geeks to play with; but it will work out of the box with no effort required.
ideal for noobies and the family.

Using a simple plug-in ethernet over mains link kit, or the Sky wireless box for HD+ steaming on-demand - this unit connects automatically and Sky downloads movies at lightning speed over the mains link - again faster than wi-fi any day.

Should you buy one?

YES


Bigjigs Rail Magical Train Set and Table
Bigjigs Rail Magical Train Set and Table

5.0 out of 5 stars It's big, fun and in non-gender specific colours., 10 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's big and in non-gender specific colours.
Train sets are so macho.
However my daughters loved playing with a small train set when they were young.
This set come flat-packed and needs an adult to assemble the play table.
Its fibre board and quite sturdy and can be used for many other games and playsets too - so its a very useful base for playing.
That said, it does not fold, so you need space to store it.

The train tracks are brio compatible, so the set can run other trains and be expanded.
The object of this set appears to appeal more to girls - true there are pastel non-gender specific colour options; but what gives it away is the three fairy figures and the predominance of soft pink.

There is also a pre-made helicopter and a train with only three carriages.
Being a chap and a dad - I would have liked at least 6 carriages for this money!

There are a few other inclusions, such as pastel shaded trees, again a bit girly.

However the track has a tunnel and even a bridge and level crossing, plus a red car to cross it! brmmm brmmmm.

The whole kit seems well made and the instructions are good enough to follow easily, with simple screw bolts for assembly.
keep the box in case you need to store it.
Bear in mind when this package arrives, its heavy!

This would make a great present and the table is not only multi-use, but its also good for multiple small children access and great for dads to play with as its not on the floor - oooo my aching back!

Should you buy it?

Yes


Corel PaintShop Pro X7 (PC)
Corel PaintShop Pro X7 (PC)
Price: £48.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Good software for the experienced user, 4 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A much preferred software is once again upgraded.
This release comes quickly on the heels of v6 ULTIMATE which is available for less than this price
"Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate (PC) by Corel Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
4.1 out of 5 stars (100)
£39.99"

Quite honestly - its not worth the £50 cost to upgrade.

The software however as a standalone far outpaces Photoshop Elements.
PSP (this program) has menus for starters and is much easier to find your way around and search for nuggets of useful tools.

That said, it's a daunting start for any noobies as its tricky to get going and adapt to the interface.
You cannot win them all.

New stuff in this version worth having.
Red-eye, at last, works automatically in the image instead of opening a small window and locating the eye and the size yourself.
I've been using the free google Picasa to this for 5 years because doing it in PSP x2/3/4/5/6 was so slow and painful.

The interface has not changed one iota.
There is a new magic, wos it called........??? Reads description...
Magic Fill. Yes BUT that only really works on an object with the same fill all around it - as in the demo photo.
Try that with the same character half in the sky and half on grass and you'll be crying.

Layer sharing. Okay -no idea when I would want to do that 'new' feature as you could already just copy and paste a layer.

"Amazing instant effects for unique photos" Really - these have not changed since JASC owned PSP; nothing new for these tired and mostly obsolete effects.

One useful item in the 'Ultimate edition is the inclusion of Reallusion FaceFilter3 portrait enhancement', which was never that effective anyhow and 'Perfectly Clear' which does exactly what the one step photo improver tool does anyhow.
Stick with this version and save £25

You can add-in Photoshop plug-in filters, some such as the FREE Beautify are well worth having - but bear in mind these are all 32 bit plug-ins; so they don't work in the 32 bit version.

Yes - you get both the 32 bit and 64 bit version of the same program; other than the plug-ins not working in the 32 bit software I can't think of a reason you'd need two identical programs, and yes - they worked at the same speed on my stinking fast 12 CPU Core PC

Should you buy it?

YES
but don't bother to upgrade from v6, there's nothing new worth the price.
But it is finally stable if you are a nasty x2/3 user - its worth it.


Rapesco Stapler - Full Strip, Power-assisted X5-50f
Rapesco Stapler - Full Strip, Power-assisted X5-50f
Price: £15.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Chunky but effective stapler, 4 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Chunky but effective stapler.
The stapler is rather chunky and very much a plastic beast, it feels a bit light - but it's stable in use, doesn't fall over and is very easy to use.
However I find that these plasticky devices that do solid mechanical work don't last very long - my metal stapler is 23 years old.
But my Rapesco staple hand gun fell apart after two years of ligh tuse.
Lets hope this isn't the same.

The unit loads from the front with small staples - for such a big machine- and is ready for use in seconds.
When pressing down on the tool, there is a small delay as leverage is generated, then a shot like bang as the staple is fired.
The 'bang' is loud and hardly office discrete, I can imagine the cat women I used to work with tut tutting and whining if I had to staple the usual 20 reports.

The staples are easy to get, a tiny little sample box comes with this unit, so order a decent sized box with the tool.
It uses Rapesco Staples 26/6mm Ref S11662Z3 [Box 5000]

The paper depth margin is useful tool, but as this unit only staples 20 pages, its a bit limited in real world functionality.

Should you buy it?

Yeh, why not - if you don't share a quiet office and don't staple 30 page reports. There are stapler available that will do that for the same price made from Metal.


Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate (PC)
Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate (PC)
Price: £72.14

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much preferred software is once again upgraded, 4 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A much preferred software is once again upgraded.
This release comes quickly on the heels of v6 which is available for half this price
"Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate (PC) by Corel Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
4.1 out of 5 stars (100)
£39.99"

Quite honestly - its not worth the £75 cost to upgrade.

The software however as a standalone far outpaces Photoshop Elements.
PSP (this program) has menus for starters and is much easier to find your way around and search for nuggets of useful tools.

That said, it's a daunting start for any noobies as its tricky to get going and adapt to the interface.
You cannot win them all.

New stuff in this version worth having.
Red-eye, at last, works automatically in the image instead of opening a small window and locating the eye and the size yourself.
I've been using the free google Picasa to this for 5 years because doing it in PSP x2/3/4/5/6 was so slow and painful.

The interface has not changed one iota.
There is a new magic, wos it called........??? Reads description...
Magic Fill. Yes BUT that only really works on an object with the same fill all around it - as in the demo photo.
Try that with the same character half in the sky and half on grass and you'll be crying.

Layer sharing. Okay -no idea when I would want to do that 'new' feature as you could already just copy and paste a layer.

"Amazing instant effects for unique photos" Really - these have not changed since JASC owned PSP; nothing new for these tired and mostly obsolete effects.

One useful item in the 'Ultimate edition is the inclusion of Reallusion FaceFilter3 portrait enhancement', which was never that effective anyhow and 'Perfectly Clear' which does exactly what the one step photo improver tool does anyhow.

You can add-in Photoshop plug-in filters, some such as the FREE Beautify are well worth having - but bear in mind these are all 32 bit plug-ins; so they don't work in the 32 bit version.

yes - you get both the 32 bit and 64 bit version of the same program; other than the plug-ins not working in the 32 bit software I can't think of a reason you'd need two identical programs, and yes - they worked at the same speed on my stinking fast 12 CPU Core PC

Should you buy it?

YES
but don't bother to upgrade, theres nothing new worth the price.


Netgear R7500 Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Wireless Quad Stream Gigabit Cable Router, 1.4 GHz Dual Core, Dynamic QoS, Twin USB 3.0 and eSATA Ports, Beamforming+, IPv6 Support
Netgear R7500 Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Wireless Quad Stream Gigabit Cable Router, 1.4 GHz Dual Core, Dynamic QoS, Twin USB 3.0 and eSATA Ports, Beamforming+, IPv6 Support
Price: £229.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's big, black and very fast, 4 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's big, black and very fast.

The unit comes in compressed cardboard liner and a shiny box - some environmental concerns addressed well there.

The unit is quite large, it has the four aerials with stickers to say where they go (one of the sides is a reverse thread)

The the cling-film top protector is a sticker with the initial password and admin details, reatain this unless you like crawling on the floor.
Personally I photograph the data plate for future reference!

A quick connect with the supplied yellow Ethernet patch cable to the Desktop Pc and its ready.
Note there is a sequence to setting this up, basically power up, then connect.

So follow the brief but comprehensive instruction sheet.

Once done, many a bright LED lights up, which are so bright they light the under desk at night, but they are switchable to OFF when you are bored with them.

There is also a quick connect button, but that should really be on the top, where its easy to find; hence the need to take a photo!

I didn't use it - once the system is up and going it just works.

Registering other devices is simple and you only need the password (on the cling film and the bottom) to connect i-phones / i-pads/ kindle and even my Canon camera. Doddle.

Sky is confused however, just go into the settings Sky (HD+ here) page and choose re-set. Voila! All done. Simples.

Admin Password, well that is actually it!
This is of course very silly.

Change it straight away to avoid nawty boys mucking with your system.
There are simple instructions to enter the Router software from the desktop PC (LAN) and finding the password is tricky, but its there half way down, in another menu.

Just change it on installation .

There is another trick to getting access to the Router software; but NOT the admin pages - that just doesn't work from a remote wireless device.

The software is called Genie
Well worth using it on the main machine and it gives you set-up to the USB3 storage and all the other goodies.

Yes this unit does tricks. It's possible to use your USB printer as a wireless machine by plugging it into the USB on the router.
However as my Canon already is, I did not need too.
Last year I did, but this wasn't invented then! Duh!

Signal strength.

Most excellent.
i connect the I-phones /-ipad to the 5Ghz channel
and the lesser machines to the 2.4 Ghz channel
and the connection is reliable and steady.

I use a 30Mb/sec Virgin coaxial connection and its really reliable (many years now)
I do understand that BT hub owners don't see much difference; but that's the old ADSL: BT service over historical twisted copper pairs from the local exchange - you would never ever see an improvement until they upgrade the local loop! (Google it)

I always have used my Wi-fi routers upstairs, so that the signal beams down through wooden floors and the coverage is generally much better than trying to beam upwards and encountered more brick walls.

The normal speed as measured on the laptop is about the same, however throughput is greatly increased.
I measured this with a simple Broadband speed test and now I encounter x3 the throughput.

Plus the range has improved dramatically. The conservatory now has standard connectivity and a reliable speed; thus satisfying the daughters no end as they twiddle on their phones; meanwhile I save the world on my wired PC and the trouble & strife made a Tesco order at the same time - no-one complained.

Now that's good.

Should you fork out your fortune and buy this?

YES

UPDATE: It does drop out for no reason occasionaly - I think I agree with other users - It badly needs a (NEWER) FIRMWARE UPGRADE


Tech World (Undying Mercenaries Series Book 3)
Tech World (Undying Mercenaries Series Book 3)
Price: £3.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with each volume., 25 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Gets better with each volume.
Good read, bit amateurish - but some good ideas and some really weird ones.

I have read all three on the kindle and enjoyed them a lot.

Good work That man.


Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 13.0 (PC)
Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 13.0 (PC)
Price: £136.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful product., 25 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Weird and wonderful product.
I have a standard English accent, so the recognition is quite good - not sure it would do a Glaswegian accent though, however I know of this real life issue.

It installs quickly.

I have a Plantronics Headset and microphone and Word 2007 (full) so it appears to be okay.
I will see if it will work with Open or Apache Office if I ever get around to it. (These are FREE word processors)
I suspect it will be easier to dictate and convert to text first, then cut and paste it into whatever program you have.

Of course I have a spiffing eight processor beast of a PC, I wonder if I can get it to work on the little laptop, need to check the licence to see if it's allowed!

This software has been around for many years and is constantly improved.
The surgeon in our eye unit uses it to dictate his notes, for some years, with the medical terms expansion kit and he loves it.

What am I going to use it for - informal reports of meetings, idea brainstorming and occasional amusing real life stories to e-mail to my admirers, who say I should write a book.
Lets see if this does it for me.

I forgot to add , this product comes with a full headset with microphone.
It uses mini jack plugs and has a converter for a single 'triple' jack.
However ii is not a USB headphone; but most PC's have mini-jacks by default.

Update, word recognition is getting better all the time and it does uses Firefox, although it locked up Google Maps.
However it can't recognise its own manufacturers address NUANCE.
Most amusing.


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