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Saints Row 2 (PC DVD)
Saints Row 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: 3.80

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, but too deeply flawed to recommend, 8 April 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Saints Row 2 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Saints Row 2 PC is great fun to play if you can ignore the bugs, but the PC version is too deeply flawed to recommend. I have played many bad ports of console games, but this has to be the worst.

The game is incredibly buggy and the controls are awkward and badly thought out. With other console ports using a joypad eases most of the pain, but not here. That just allows you to concentrate on the terrible stutter while driving, the poor quality of the graphics (and no, Volition, motion blur just makes them look worse) and the fact that on many machines (including mine) the game runs about 1.5 times too fast. Do Volition/THQ realise that tying the speed of your game to the clock speed of your CPU went out with the 80286?.

On top of that, the developers abandoned the PC port after only 2 minor patches and without delivering the DLC for the PC either. I suspect they realised they would have to fix too many things to make the DLC work.

Luckily, there are unofficial fixes out there for the game running too fast, but they shouldn't have had to be made. Unfortunately nothing can be done about the jerky, laggy driving, and as driving is such a huge part of the game, that's a deal breaker

In short, If you want a fun game about driving around creating mayhem, buy the XBox 360 or PlayStation 3 version, or better, buy GTA IV.


KINGSTON DataTraveler 102 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Fluorescent Yellow
KINGSTON DataTraveler 102 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Fluorescent Yellow
Offered by KING OF FLASH
Price: 19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars At best, a rather average cheap USB stick, at worst a waste of money, 9 Dec 2010
The best that can be said about the DataTraveller 102 USB stick is that it is cheap. Otherwise it's a disappointment as Kingston USB sticks go.

It's so small that its easily lost, and unlike most other Kingston USB sticks there is no way to attach it to a keyring or toggle, so you just have to hope it doesn't fall out your pocket. The cap is easily lost as well as unlike other Kingston USB sticks with caps, the cap doesn't fit over the rear of the drive.

If all you want is a cheap and cheerful USB stick but you want the Kingston name, this one is for you. If you are looking for a quality Kingston USB stick, choose something else like the DataTraveler G3 or 310.


7" White Mini Netbook Laptop Wifi 2GB 128MB
7" White Mini Netbook Laptop Wifi 2GB 128MB

51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs, 1 Aug 2010
This is not a real Netbook. This Windows CE "Mini Netbook" (if there is such a thing) is useless for anything other than light web browsing as it has no Flash support, no proper Word Processor installed and its excuse for a web browser doesn't work with Google Docs.

Luckily it has Solitaire installed.

While it is possible, if difficult to install programs on it, there are almost no programs out there that will run on it. Worse, there is apparently no way of removing Win CE 5 and installing a proper OS like Windows XP or Linux.

Annoyingly, the WiFi appears to only work with unsecured networks.

This "Mini Netbook" reeks of missed opportunities as on paper it sounds adequate: 3 USB slots, 1 SD slot and WiFi support. But then you see the downside: Win CE 5, 128 MB RAM, 2 Gig storage, no programs will run on it.

Basically an expensive doorstop.

EDIT: spelling


Orientation (Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1)
Orientation (Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1)
by Thomas Siddell
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read delightfully presented, 3 July 2010
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"Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation: Volume 1" is a beautifully produced collection of the first dozen or so chapters of Tom Sidell's web-comic "Gunnerkrigg Court". Any fan of the web-comic will want to buy this and Volume 2 just to have a hard copy of it.

But what of those who have not heard of Gunnerkrigg Court? How do I explain this mysterious, wonderful place to them? People often compare it to the Harry Potter books, but I think it is better contrasted to them.

While there is magic in both worlds, the magic in the Court and Woods beyond is very much low-key and scorned by the inhabitants of the Court in favour of technology. Nevertheless, it is there, affecting everything.

Antimony Carver, our hero, is apparently an orphan, like Harry Potter, but is perhaps a much darker, complex and on the surface at least, a far more self-contained person than Harry. Also, unlike him she has at first no obvious allies, enemies or goal.

Nevertheless, she soon discovers why the students are barred from Gilletie Wood, that the Court is far larger than she imagined and finds several invaluable friends and unlikely allies. All of this proves invaluable as she begins to investigate the nature of the unusual relationship between Court and Wood.

Symbols and meaning are at the heart of this story and Tom Sidell delights in lacing the story with snippets of information, whether they be a symbol on a wall, a careless aside by a character or any number of things. Even the name Antimony is of significance. You never know when or if the most inconsequential thing will later turn out to be of vital importance. Much fun can be had spotting foreshadowing and speculating what certain things may foreshadow.

But even if none of this piques your interest I still heartily recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys the works of Diana Wynne Jones, J.K. Rowling or just a ripping good yarn.


TINY USB 2.0 WIRELESS BLUETOOTH ADAPTER DONGLE
TINY USB 2.0 WIRELESS BLUETOOTH ADAPTER DONGLE
Offered by WAAHA ship from US (arrive in 7-18 days)
Price: 0.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, 25 Jun 2010
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This USB Bluetooth dongle appears and feels rather flimsy and it would probably be possible to break the black casing while removing it from a USB slot. However you will probably just want to insert it and forget about it, unless you have a shortage of USB slots.

It comes without an installation disc, but no software is needed as Windows XP and later automatically detect it and install the appropriate drivers.

Despite the flimsyness of the casing it works quite well. The packaging (a plastic blister pack) claims a transfer rate of 3Mb/s, which appears correct. I'm not sure of the range, but as long as you are in the same room as it you should be OK, but it's definitely not the 100m claimed on the packaging.

If you need to synchronise a cellphone, or use it with a keyboard or mouse, this will do pefectly. I would probably not want to use it with headphones, though, although I have not tested it with them. Basically you get what you pay for.

EDIT: blister pack not plastic bag, range.

EDIT 2: For synchronising cellphones, you will probably want to download the relevant software from your cellphone manufacturer's site. In my case I downloaded the Nokia Ovi Suite, you may need the Nokia PC Suite if you have an older Nokia Phone.


Yotsuba&!: Vol 1
Yotsuba&!: Vol 1
by Kiyohiko Azuma
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great manga, lackustre translation, 12 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Yotsuba&!: Vol 1 (Paperback)
This is a great, funny and heart-warming manga that is beautifully illustrated as well. The attention to detail in the drawing is astonishing, even for a manga.

However I feel it is somewhat let down by a somehow lacklustre and sometimes irritating (to me) translation. For example, the sound effects are left untranslated, with Romanji and translated versions below. In addition the translated SFX often seem wrong. To me it all just seems clumsy, putting the translations of sound effects in a footnote would be more elegant.

In the translators defense, I think that they have captured Yotsuba's malapropisms better that the scanlators do.

Fortunately the stories are very visual, so the translation is not as much of an issue as it might be.

The book could also benefit from an appendix or footnotes, explaining some the little details of Japanese life that that seem so central to the stories, as not all of us are such rabid Japanophiles that we know them. For example, what's the deal with the salt?

Despite these minor irritations, I would still heartily recommend Yotsuba&! to anyone who wants a funny and non-violent manga.
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