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acctim 14117 Europa silence tick alarm clock
acctim 14117 Europa silence tick alarm clock
Offered by HARTS
Price: 11.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Size of a brick, 26 Feb 2013
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It's an alarm clock, it is silent, the alarm is loud - but if you were thinking of travelling with it, forget it. It is the size of a brick.


Philips DS3100/05 Docking Speaker with 30 Pin Dock Connection
Philips DS3100/05 Docking Speaker with 30 Pin Dock Connection
Offered by Desire IT
Price: 49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 11 Dec 2012
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I bought this product as an easy way to play music in the photo studio. I only just received it, so I cannot comment on build quality yet. I bought it based on brand name because no Philips product I have ever owned was faulty.

Design is typical Philips - neither exciting nor offensive. Operation is very simple. You just plug in your (in my case) iPhone and it works. On first use it asks to download a free app. I am not sure if you need the app at all to use the speaker. It has a clock, weather and an equalizer, which does not seem to do an awful lot.

The docking socket feels a tad flimsy and will require gentle handling.

Sound quality is probably not as rich as I would have liked it but for an item of its size it will do for its intended use, which is to provide background sound only.


Byron Elro ES24 Energy Saving Compact Fluorescent Floodlight with PIR Motion Detector Black,24w
Byron Elro ES24 Energy Saving Compact Fluorescent Floodlight with PIR Motion Detector Black,24w
Price: 22.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 19 Nov 2012
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The problem with buying on the Internet is that you cannot see what you are buying.

This light is one poorly manufactured item, using third rate materials. The little plastic box that houses the mains cable connection broke when I was putting up the light (and I am very gentle with these things). Unusable now of course because the electric connections are no longer waterproof. The supplied energy saving lightbulb was also faulty.

The light went out with the rubbish, where it belongs. I won't bother to return it because packaging it up and taking it to the post office would only inconvenience and annoy me even more.

Total waste of money, time and effort, this was a disappointing experience.


Trust MC-1200 PC Microphone
Trust MC-1200 PC Microphone
Price: 4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good, 28 May 2012
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The Trust MC-1200 microphone is really quite awful. It works but not very well.

Recording levels are too low, which means that it is not sensitive enough to be of much use. To record your voice, you need to hold it very closely to your mouth and speak very loudly. There is a lot of crackling in the recordings.

Could not get it to work with Windows 7 speech recognition.

Then again, at a price of under 5 it would be a miracle if it worked better.


Tweezerman Tweezermate 10x Lighted Mirror
Tweezerman Tweezermate 10x Lighted Mirror
Offered by Beauty Makeup
Price: 11.32

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Corroded Batteries, 11 Jan 2012
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When this item arrived today, the built-in light did not work. On opening the battery compartment, which is a very fiddly task, I noticed that the batteries were partly corroded. The item must have been kept somewhere for years for this too happen. Not impressed. I would have returned the item if Amazon would not make returns so difficult. I either have to pay for the return postage myself or take it to some collection centre. This is not good customer service at all.


De'Longhi KG49 90g Electric Coffee Grinder
De'Longhi KG49 90g Electric Coffee Grinder
Price: 24.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, 11 Nov 2010
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As much as I like DeLonghi products for their legendary quality, this coffee mill is not going to make it into the inner circle of indispensible household aids.

It is too big to sit discreetly next to the coffee machine, far too heavy, cumbersome to use and impossible to clean: Who needs settings for the number of cups and for fine or coarse, when all you need to do is push the button a bit longer or shorter. It is also impossible to use without making a mess - and that's before getting the ground coffee out. The on-button is so hard to push that two hands labour to do the job where a single thumb should suffice.

My real issue with this mill is that it does not actually grind coffee fine enough. Grind it as long as you like, it will always remain a little too coarse.


Ars Erotica: The Best Modern Erotic Art
Ars Erotica: The Best Modern Erotic Art
by Michelle Olley
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Arbitrary, yet enjoyable, 2 Mar 2009
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As a photographer, who also offers nude portraits to his clients, I am confronted with the issue of eroticism on an almost daily basis. "Ars Erotica: The Best Modern Erotic Art" showcases the work of a number of artists from different periods. Print quality is as you would expect it from a glossy, high volume print run.

There is a short write-up about every artist featured. Well researched, I believe, and very useful for the names, with which I was not already familiar.

Introductory notes are equally well researched but not given enough space to provide much information. Then again, this is not a text book.

The selection of artists seems a little arbitrary, which means that the book does not feel very representative of the genre. The selection of the specific works by Klimt and Schiele is disappointing within the concept of the book.

Nevertheless, this book is very enjoyable and probably a good visual resource for the novice to this subject.


The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit)
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit)
by Lilian Jackson Braun
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars First-class murder mystery, 29 Jan 2009
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A traditional who-dunnit, well written with an intriguing plot, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It has all the required components of a good murder mystery: Interesting characters, unusual setting, mystery, passion, tension (and more than one cat).
The cat, of course, solves the mystery in a perfectly plausible way.
I suppose I'll have to buy the rest of the series now.


Official SWiSHmax Bible
Official SWiSHmax Bible
by Donna L. Baker
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Falls short of expectations, 7 Jan 2005
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I have been using SwishMax since it was first released and wanted a definitive guide to help me improve my scripting skills.
The book starts off by explaining SwishMax from the ground up but it does not say much that you could not pick up from simply using the programme and reading the relevant sections in the help file.
The section on scripts is ill designed, presenting little more than a list of commands without any consideration of how or when you might want to implement certain functions, or why you might want to use one method over another.
An awkward style of writing does not help the reader's understanding of the subject. The examples given in the book are neither really useful nor inspiring.
I also could not get some of the code in the companion website to work.
Overall, the book is disappointing and little more than a hardcopy of the programme's help file, hampered by a ponderous style of writing.
Wolf


HTML, XHTML, and CSS Bible
HTML, XHTML, and CSS Bible
by Bryan Pfaffenberger
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for those with a basic but limited knowledge of HTML, 30 Dec 2004
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I bought this book to update my rather basic knowledge of website development to the latest standards and to acquire insight into the more formal aspects of HTML and CSS. This book was to help me in an ambitious, forthcoming update for my photography portfolio website, [...]
The book delivered everything I had hoped for. I read it front to back in (nearly) one go, scanning the parts that were already familiar and reading carefully some of the more advanced techniques. The book is extremely well laid out and follows a logical path of progression, so it is easy to pick only the topics that you need. I would recommend reading the whole book anyway - there is something useful and new in every chapter.
I am not entirely sure that it is ideally suited to those with absolutely no previous HTML knowledge. However, for people with a basic, limited knowledge of HTML it is an invaluable guide to extending and updating that expertise. You also want to keep it by your desk as a useful reference.
Wolf


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