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Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500  (Retail Packaging)
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 (Retail Packaging)
Price: £12.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing, 25 May 2014
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I got this mouse to replace a Microsoft Intellimouse that was finally starting to show its age. Unfortunately, despite the superficial similarity it is rather shorter and otherwise has a very different feel in the hand from the classic Intellimouse, and to me at least is actually quite uncomfortable.

In short if you are looking for a drop in replacement for an Intellimouse, this is not the mouse for you.

On the positive side it seems quite sturdy, as you would expect from a Microsoft mouse.

If you are just looking for a decent Microsoft mouse, than I sure this could do the job quite well.

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 13 May 2014
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Doesn't come with any assembly or installation instructions so I had to guess that.It also feels a little flimsy, but it hasn't fallen out or come apart yet. Still, you can't expect much for the price

Link in the Chain
Link in the Chain

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a real of best of, 21 Nov 2013
This review is from: Link in the Chain (Audio CD)
Best of and compilation albums tend to be pot luck at best of times, and with an artist with such a long and eventful career as Pete Seeger with such a massive catalogue to choose from, this could have gone horribly wrong. However, despite a few tracks, this really feels like a collection of many of the great songs of Pete Seeger.

If you are new to Pete Seeger, bewildered and don't know where to start, then this is probably the (double) album for you. It certainly helped me find my feet when I bought it back in 1997 or so.

Versus Touchtab 7" Tablet Android PC touch tab screen pad Google
Versus Touchtab 7" Tablet Android PC touch tab screen pad Google

1.0 out of 5 stars Looks promising, but beware!, 23 Aug 2013
This looks like it might be a good cheap Android Tablet with a decent specification (it ticks all the boxes, like having an SD Card slot), but IMHO it's not really worth the money.

There are a lot of little problems with it, which build up to a frustrating whole. Overall it feels sluggish and unstable. The touchscreen seems to over-sensitive in some spots and hardly registers inputs in others. The browser is just painfully sluggish. Apps hang and have to be killed with annoying frequency. Some apps install but don't work properly, like the Kindle App, which just displays a blank, white screen when you are trying to read a book. Versus UK are aware of this, there response is "update the firmware" which does nothing to fix the problem. Be warned "update the firmware" is their stock answer to any problem with the tablet.

On the plus side the battery life is surprisingly adequate considering all the other problems it has.

I get the feeling that if the makers had spent a little more and used a slightly more powerful CPU and slightly better quality touchscreen this would have been a wonderful little tablet.

Forces Favourites - 12 SOngs by SOuth Africans Supporting the End Conscription Campaign
Forces Favourites - 12 SOngs by SOuth Africans Supporting the End Conscription Campaign
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have, 9 May 2013
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Not only is this an important document of a time of growing opposition to Apartheid among young White South Africans in particular (and of course, South Africans in general) in the 80's, it's also a collection of excellent music.

Behringer PP400 Microphono Ultra Compact Phono Preamp
Behringer PP400 Microphono Ultra Compact Phono Preamp
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars At last I can listen to my records again., 9 May 2013
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After my ancient but still decent sounding amplifier with built in phono stage died I was forced to brave the waves of the audiophile world again. After much searching I decided that nothing had changed, it was still 90% BS and decided to plug my equipment into my PC soundcard until I could find a decent sounding and cheap amplifier. That left me the problem of finding a phono preamp that wasn't an outrageous price.

After almost giving up I stumbled across this, almost by chance. Having used Behringer equipment having had only good experiences with it, I decided to buy this, without giving it a listen.

It does what it says on the tin, it doesn't cost the earth and it sounds pretty good to me, although I've been accused of having a tin ear. Most importantly, it has a Ground terminal, which my turntable requires and which seem to be sorely lacking in other cheap phono preamps.

Rule 34
Rule 34
by Charles Stross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not his best work, 1 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Rule 34 (Paperback)
Set in the same world as Halting State, things have gone downhill since then, it's very much used future, edging toward dystopia.

The story is told from multiple viewpoints, the first of the 3 major ones being a cynical Detective Inspector, Liz Kavanaugh, who we met as a rising star in Halting State. Her star is on the wane now as a result of the events in that book. The other two are Anwar, a small time crook who has gotten in way over his head and the mysterious Toymaker, who runs a rather unpleasant criminal syndicate. Their stories start to interconnect when a ex-con known to DI Kavanaugh is found murdered in an unusual manner.

Things rapidly go South from there, and the body count goes through the roof and conspiracies start to pile up in a rather nasty trainwreck.

I found the twist at the end a bit obvious and disappointing. It's almost as if Stross were ticking the Cyberpunk thriller boxes and found he'd left a cliché out, so he shoved it in there.

Overall a good read, if disappointing at the end. Not Stross's best, certainly not as good as Halting State, but better than most

Cherry Cymotion Expert PS2/USB UK Layout Keyboard - Black
Cherry Cymotion Expert PS2/USB UK Layout Keyboard - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cherry Mid-Ranged Keyboard - Ever, 12 Nov 2012
The Cherry Cymotion Expert is the best mid range keyboard Cherry has produced. Unfortunately it is no longer in production, so if you can find one, buy it.

The Cymotion is comfortable to use, with firm, responsive keys and is built like the proverbial brick outhouse. My present keyboard has withstood 6 years of punishment and is still going strong.

The models Cherry has replaced this with (like the Stream XT) are not a fraction as comfortable, look ugly to me and worst, are disappointingly flimsy. If you can't find a Cymotion, buy one of Cherry's basic £10 models, they are far better than the present mid-range models. Or buy one of their programmer's keyboards.

Old Ways
Old Ways
Price: £7.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent album brought down by a turkey, 9 Mar 2012
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This is probably Neil Young's most Country album and overall, if you ignore one song, it's a decent if uneven album. There are a couple of very good, but not great tracks, "Get Back To The Country" and "Are There Any More real Cowboys?". Most of the other tracks are average.

Unfortunately it has that turkey, "Misfits" on it, which sounds like Neil Young decided to do a Bob Dylan style stream of conciousness song and that it needed to be a country one. I'm hoping it's meant to be a parody, but it still stinks.

Maison Ikkoku Volume 1: Vol 1 (Manga)
Maison Ikkoku Volume 1: Vol 1 (Manga)
by Rumiko Takahashi
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Flawed Classic, 20 Feb 2012
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This is a review of the series as a whole.

Maison Ikkoku is a classic but deeply flawed manga. The flaw being the lead characters are totally unlikeable, even more so than most of Rumiko Takahasi's leads. The only Rumiko Takahashi leads that are not unlikeable are those from "Mermaid Saga" Mermaid Saga 1.

Godai is either the most weak willed man on earth, or a despicably manipulative pervert, keeping 3 or 4 woman at his beck and call.

Kyokyo is little better and seems perfectly happy to have Mitaka and Godai running after her for 14 volumes. In addition she undergoes very little character development.

Mitaka is the only decent one of the lead characters. Despite a reputation as a playboy (which he never really exhibits in the manga), he is constant in his dedication to Kyokyo, even overcoming a fear of dogs for her. What does Godai do that's comparable? Not drop out of college?

Despite this it's mostly quite engaging and readable, but almost like watching a car crash.

The other inhabitants of Maison Ikkoku are a refreshing contrast to the leads. The drunken busybody, Mrs Ichinose, her brattish son, Kentaro, the apparently sluttish bargirl, Akemi and the peeping tom, Yotsuya. Despite being pretty much one note characters they are well constructed and instantly likeable despite their glaring flaws, perhaps because they are quite honest about what they are.

The main characters are kept apart by various sets of contrived circumstances throughout the manga, and then the resolution is through equally contrived circumstances. I know this is a light romantic comedy, and Japan is a different culture, but have these people never heard of talking to each other?

Still, it's the least infantile harem manga I've come across by a long margin, and there is a decent love story and brilliant secondary characters buried in the dross.

It also has the great advantage of being far shorter than Takahashi's other works apart from "Mermaid Saga". Even so you will only need the first 2 or 3 and last 3 or 4 of volumes as the middle is basically filler, like most long running manga.

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