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Shinntto(TM) New Battery for Apple Macbook 13" White MAC A1185 A1181, 10.8V 10400MAH Battery White
Shinntto(TM) New Battery for Apple Macbook 13" White MAC A1185 A1181, 10.8V 10400MAH Battery White

4.0 out of 5 stars For MacBooks that won't charge - it's unbeatable, 28 Dec 2012
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A great value battery, considering that some are asking in excess of 5 times the price of this one for an equivalent. It fits perfectly (both physically and aesthetically) and works.

Adds a little extra life to an otherwise power-cable-bound lappy.


6 Pack Screen Protector for New Apple iPad Tablet WiFi 16GB 32GB 64GB
6 Pack Screen Protector for New Apple iPad Tablet WiFi 16GB 32GB 64GB
Offered by iDELTA UK LTD
Price: £2.47

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me, 26 Jan 2011
My experience was as follows: --

1) Clean the screen making sure there's no dust in the room - you'd have to be in outer space to get all the dust off; you can't do it with those cloths they give you.
2) Align the home button with the hole in the screen protector, and make sure the protector is straight with the edges of the iPad - OK.
3) Carefully peel off layer one, while pressing gently to apply the protector to the screen - OK. One or two bubbles can be ousted with a handkerchief-clad credit card.
4) Carefully peel off layer two - Uh-oh. The whole thing's coming away from the screen.
5) Press down where it's peeled away until all the air has gone.
6) Feel smug.
7) Feel less smug the next day when half of it has peeled off again and won't restick.

Six times over.

I thought I would go for a cheaper option so that if it went wrong I wouldn't feel too bad (some protectors are in the £20 region for a single). It went wrong. I don't feel too bad. I'm still not buying these again. I'll settle for cleaning the screen every now and then.


Electric Cafe
Electric Cafe
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.51

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A praise-worthy final throw from the quartet, 8 Oct 2003
This review is from: Electric Cafe (Audio CD)
"Electric Café" is a good album that came slightly too late to achieve greatness. It marks a time when everybody was moving towards samples and the digital audio domain, having had enough of touchy analogue synthesisers. Had it come out at the time it was intended, it would have pipped Jean-Michel Jarre's first major delve into samples on the fantastic "Zoolook" album by one year. However, rumour would have it that Ralf and Florian were unsatisfied with the state of the album at that time. That and Ralf's cycling accident delayed the album for another three years.

It was 1986 when "Electric Café" finally emerged, but even at that time when most other artists had to some extent caught up, the album still packs a few punches. The best thing about this album is the fact that you're left guessing what some of the songs are about; the themes are so ambiguous. If Kraftwerk haven't been as clever with the music on this album as usual, they certainly have with the lyrics and the ideas.
The best track bar one is the title track itself. With its multitude of vocal instruments, it provides a lush background, a strange melody and funny stuttering sample effects and multi-language vocal snippets that you'll find on almost all of the tracks on this album. Basic in theme, it simply intones a catalogue of everything that's good and groovy (or bad and cheesy, if you like) about modern times. Art, food, politics, music, and the atomic age all get a mention.
Second best bar one are the first three tracks: "Boing Boom Tschak", "Technopop" and "Musique Non Stop". It contains mostly rhythm and vocal samples with as little melody as possible. It has a theme that encompasses the whole of Kraftwerk's career, in that every sound you hear is music and every sound inspires you. Wherever you go you will hear music, even if it's simply the clanging of metal girders, or the repetitive sound of an industrial machine ("industrial rhythms all around", and in the Spanish lyrics, "music will bring new ideas and will continue forever"). It really is music non-stop.
"Sex Object" conforms to the rigidly sequenced style of the first three tracks. It has an extremely bland vocal track from Ralf, but you can't help thinking that it's meant to be that way as it tells the story of a sexual relationship that is totally devoid of any emotion. The lyrics are not specific, so you can take this as a homosexual relationship as easily as a heterosexual one. This track comes last of all of the tracks in terms of quality, but it's not bad. It's just not quite as good as the others.
And the one I keep barring? "The Telephone Call". The only Kraftwerk track where Karl gets to strut his vocal stuff is the highlight of the album. His voice could not be more different to Ralf's. Human-sounding and warm; it makes a welcome contrast. It tells the story of a man who is obsessed with somebody's voice, and constantly tries to hear it on the phone. But is it a real person he tries to call, or is he simply infatuated with a recorded message?
Budding recording engineers should listen to this track and be humble, because it doesn't get any better than this. Every voice, every sound, every instrument has its own place and space in the stereo field. It fairly boggles the mind, and considering it was 1986 when this album finally came out, it's a rare achievement that still stands up to this day.
How anyone can say that Kraftwerk had run out of ideas with this album is a mystery to me. There are so many ways to twist the lyrics that it's really a fun album.
Sadly, it does mark the last good work from the "four". It's all downhill from here.


Tour De France
Tour De France
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £11.02

6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did they bother?, 12 Aug 2003
This review is from: Tour De France (Audio CD)
I can't believe that anyone would want to listen to this album more than once.
This is Kraftwerk's second re-tracing of their steps, but this time it has produced a really bad album rather than a mediocre one. All of the tracks are dull and repetitive; listen to the clips available on this web site and repeat each one for eight minutes - you really have heard the whole album.
For me, Kraftwerk suffered greatly when they lost their robotic connections with Wolfgang Flur and Karl Bartos.
Now it seems that they have also lost connection with each other, and it's a real pity that they had to release this before the end comes.
Avoid.


Tour De France 03
Tour De France 03
Offered by shakedownrecords
Price: £14.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rushed to release and it shows, 18 July 2003
This review is from: Tour De France 03 (Audio CD)
This CD is very pale when compared to the original. The tracks are lifeless, cheesy and unimaginative. They all sound like dreary bonus remixes you might get on an EP. Considering that it's the title track of the new album, it doesn't bode well.
Maybe the guys from Düsseldorf think that any new material from Kraftwerk is something we should be grateful for, but they could have come up with something better than this.
Sadly, it'll probably do quite well.


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