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Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500  (Brown Box)
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 (Brown Box)
Price: 11.29

2.0 out of 5 stars Useless if you're left handed, 21 July 2014
Small and not particularly comfortable. About three quarters the size of the previous model MS mouse that I had. But, my main quibble, is that being left handed the scroll wheel on the side of the mouse is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

There isn't really anything to recommend this mouse over HP, Logitech etc so don't pay a premium price.

And if you're left handed, just don't bother at all.


Microsoft OEM Office 2003 Professional Edition - 1 Pack
Microsoft OEM Office 2003 Professional Edition - 1 Pack

5.0 out of 5 stars like me, you hate the Office 2007+ ribbon then ..., 16 July 2014
This is really the definitive version of the old style office interface. If, like me, you hate the Office 2007+ ribbon then go for this. Obviously over 10 years old now but still works extremely well in practice. Less bugs than Office 2000 and stable in operation. Note that it will read new format .docx files with a MS add-in.

Note that Office 2003 will work happily with all current versions of Windows up to Win 7 (not tried it with Win 8 but I believe it does work). Note that it will not happily co-exist with newer versions of office on the same machine as they use some common files. You can get round this but it requires some twiddling.

I use this version on a legacy machine and oddly I have started using it more and more in preference to Office 2010/2013.

Note that there are some flaky discs supplied by some vendors but replacements are usually delivered quickly.


5 x 25mm Pick n Pluck Camera Packaging Foam Inserts + Corrugated Carry Case / Storage Box - 360mm x 265mm
5 x 25mm Pick n Pluck Camera Packaging Foam Inserts + Corrugated Carry Case / Storage Box - 360mm x 265mm

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for storage of models, 14 July 2014
Being used to store some fragile models. The boxes are made from stiff cardboard with a fold-over flap on the front for carrying. Like all card, these will degrade over time and I will replace with a plywood box when time allows. The foam consists of a 10mm thick base pad with 25mm thick top pad. There is a 25mm wide foam edge and the rest consists of 25mm cubes which can be removed as required. The cubes have a peel-off adhesive base so you can stick them back down anywhere on the base sheet. There is also an additional top 10mm thick plain sheet.

The foam provides exactly what I wanted and gives good protection. My only gripe is that the boxes are quite expensive for cardboard. The seller did, however deliver promptly and well packaged so overall a good 4*


Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A Male to Female Extension Cable in Blue 1 Metre
Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A Male to Female Extension Cable in Blue 1 Metre
Offered by Cable Matters
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality USB3 lead, 14 July 2014
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Worked exactly as intended for a USB3 external disc drive. Also proved sufficient to connect up a USB3 4-port hub (my PC sits behind the monitor and so the USB ports are not easily accessible). Excellent for the price.


Mini 300 Lumen CREE Q5 Zoomable and Focus Adjustable LED Flashlight Torch With Waterproof Design
Mini 300 Lumen CREE Q5 Zoomable and Focus Adjustable LED Flashlight Torch With Waterproof Design
Offered by cheap4uk(From hongkong,2-3 weeks delivery)
Price: 1.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Compact & bright, 14 July 2014
Good for what I wanted. Takes a single AA battery and produces a bright white light. On the down side, does not focus the beam. Gives a single circular pattern which I have not been able to adjust. Note that no documentation whatsoever is provided with this torch. It has no CE mark and no madel numbers etc. At the price I cannot complain.

Please do not look directly into the beam as it is strong enough to cause eye damage.


Night of the Whirlwind
Night of the Whirlwind
Price: 1.86

4.0 out of 5 stars A good WW2 flying read, 8 July 2014
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A good solid WW2 / flying read. The story was not overly imaginative but I was impressed by the level of technical detail that the author had included on flying the Westland Whirlwind. On the plus side, at least the characters were largely believable and there was not a complete happy ending. (Some people get killed). The book was also largely well written. Not a great read but a darn good read.


Karrimor Hunter Mens Hat Black Lge/XLge
Karrimor Hunter Mens Hat Black Lge/XLge
Offered by Field & Trek
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a sun hat, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: Karrimor Hunter Mens Hat (Apparel)
If you want to keep the sun off your head then get a sun hat. This does the job pretty well for the price and is a comfortable fit. There is a useful pocket under the top with a velcro fastening. Useful for a 10 note but pretty hopeless for keeping a tin of Fosters in. The hat is supplied with a long black lace to keep it on your head in windy conditions but I removed this as it annoyed me. If I have a criticism it is that the crown material is a bit too soft and the central section of the hat tends to slump. For Aussies, the brim is too soft to tie corks to although you can clip both sides of the brim up to give that Crocodile Dundee look ;)


Asus EB1007P-B0180 Eee Box Small Desktop PC (Intel Atom D425 1.80GHz Processor, 320GB HDD, 2GB DDR3, Wi-Fi, 4-In-1 Card Reader, USB 2.0, VGA, No Operating System)
Asus EB1007P-B0180 Eee Box Small Desktop PC (Intel Atom D425 1.80GHz Processor, 320GB HDD, 2GB DDR3, Wi-Fi, 4-In-1 Card Reader, USB 2.0, VGA, No Operating System)
Price: 215.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too slow for serious work, 7 Jun 2014
The Intel Atom processor is low powered but is really too slow to do anything more serious than basic word processing and spreadsheeting. Having only 2GB of ram doesn't help either. Windows updates can take an age to install (typically 30 minutes at a time) and tie the machine up completely.

Don't bother trying to watch high definition video, this machine will drop frames at 720P leading to jerky video so no use as a media machine either. Much better with one of the smaller Linux distros which have a lighter system load. Small box means limited expansion so you can't add more hard disc space and RAM

On the plus side, it's very small and quiet and has a very low power consumption so if all you need is a basic machine for word processing / spreadsheeting and a bit of light internet surfing then this may be OK. TBH, I would not install Windows but would stay with Linux and maybe one of the smaller Distros like Lubuntu or Puppy which will run quite quickly on this machine.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 13, 2014 6:27 PM BST


First Team: Soul of the Assassin (The First Team Series Book 4)
First Team: Soul of the Assassin (The First Team Series Book 4)
Price: 1.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. First team, 1 star., 21 May 2014
Characters from cardboard, miracle recovery from injuries, storyline is not credible. Based on previous experience, I reckon that this book is 90% Defelice and 10% Bond. Defelice has made a living churning out 3rd rate drivel hanging on the coat tails of other (more famous) authors and this book is no different.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 5, 2014 2:32 PM BST


Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition] [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition] [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: 22.22

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worryingly flaky, 12 April 2014
Fine on some computers but not on others. No apparent rhyme or reason. Typical problems:

Computer slows to a crawl (Norton hogs CPU & RAM)
Random crashes
Sometimes refuses to start after installation
Will report other security software as a Virus / Trojan e.g. Malware bytes, Spybot
False positives for legitimate software
Registry problems
Occasionally trashes the Windows installation (!)

Extremely difficult to remove when it does go wrong. You will need to:

a) Run uninstall from control panel
b) Manually remove the Norton directory any any left over bits of code
c) Search your C drive for all instances of "Norton" and "Symantec" and manually remove
d) Use CCleaner or similar to sort of all the registry errors left over
e) Restart the machine
f) Install Bullguard, Kaspersky, AVG or something similar

Norton customer support is not the best either . You have been warned!


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