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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 31 Oct. 2014
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Low bandwidth cable in todays world, disappointingly can't get full refresh rate out of the cable.


Suma Fairtrade Organic Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Beans 1 kg
Suma Fairtrade Organic Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Beans 1 kg
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Taste isn't amazing, 8 Sept. 2013
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As decaf coffee goes this isn't terrible but its far from the best tasting decaf I have drunk. It doesn't seem to work well in an Aeropress or french press.


Sony Vaio P1321X9E 13.3 inch Notebook (Black) - (Intel Core i7 4500U 1.8GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
Sony Vaio P1321X9E 13.3 inch Notebook (Black) - (Intel Core i7 4500U 1.8GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 largely ruins an otherwise great laptop, 8 Sept. 2013
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The laptop runs reasonably quickly has a decent screen and all in all its a decent piece of hardware. The main problem is Windows 8. The touchscreen would seem to be Windows 8 saviour but in practice it doesn't really work all that well. The touchscreen seems to work great but Windows 8 isn't the right operating system to be using it with unfortunately. In addition Sony has piled its usual bundle of rubbish bloat software on top of the OS and an amount of SSD space and RAM is wasted running useless software like Intel's application store. It takes hours to remove all the garbage, each seems to require a machine reboot and even Sony's software updates cut off the introduction to the machine.


Total War Rome II (PC DVD)
Total War Rome II (PC DVD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £21.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buggy, 8 Sept. 2013
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On launch and after two patches the game has a significant number of game breaking bugs. Some of the new mechanics, like the flag based capture of towns, are problematic for the AI in the game and often ends up ruining a battle. Rome 2 has moved away from open field battles and mostly into sieges of towns and the AI also has path finding problems. Sea battles are terribly buggy. So in the end I can't recommend the game in its current state. Once its been fixed I think it would be fun and interesting and detailed but as it stands its largely not fun to play.


S Filter for AeroPress - Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Coffee Filter
S Filter for AeroPress - Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Coffee Filter
Offered by Kaffeologie Europe
Price: £18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lets a lot of gunk through into the coffee, 8 Sept. 2013
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This filter lets a lot of particles through into the coffee. I get a thick syrup of ground beans in the bottom of the cup and at the best ground size (for the coffee beans) its undrinkable due to the volume of particles allow through. I had to increase the ground size and that negatively impacted the flavour. At a significantly bigger grinding size less syrup gets through but its still much worse than the particles let through by the paper filter at any ground size.

The flavour of the coffee is different to using the paper filter. The flavour is weaker but often smoother so at least in some ways I think the filter does produce a better coffee. But the particles in the bottom of the cup do ruin the positive effect for me, getting a mouthful of fine bean pieces is a horrible way to finish a cup of coffee. My Sumatra beans actually taste better overall with the paper filter, I suspect because the coffee is made under a higher pressure since the paper filter is harder to push through than this is.

I just can't recommend this filter, it for the most part negatively impacts the actual drink the Aeropress provides. It needs to be significantly finer to reduce the drawbacks.
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Zotac Mag Mini-pc (Intel dual Core)
Zotac Mag Mini-pc (Intel dual Core)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So many faults, 26 Dec. 2010
There are so many problems with the Zotac Mag I think its best I just list them out:
1) The Wifi N seems to have incredibly short range and poor performance. Its incapable of streaming HD video even when its 6 feet from the access point.
2) The HDMI video connection seems to have problems with a lot of hardware. Many people are having to do silly things ranging from starting the device after the TV/Amp through to changing settings in their TV back and forth to get it to resync. Then the resolution will be wrong and need resetting and this is everytime you turn the TV on. For me it just doesn't work at all, I simply can't get HDMI video working no matter what settings I try.
3) HDMI sound seems to have major problems with all operating systems but especially with Linux. The drivers provided don't always work and it requires a lot of tweaking and then sound only comes out in very particular circumstances where the source has the right frequency, channels and compression.
4) Linux support is listed but its not just a matter of installing some drivers. The drivers provided by Mag are for Ubuntu released in 2008, some 4 releases from the latest Ubuntu. Those drivers are beta and don't seem to actually work with that version of Ubuntu. The latest Linux with latest drivers from NVidia also don't work and your often left with no sound at all in Linux.
5) Performance is pretty poor. Vista takes nearly 2 minutes to boot and the installation process end to end is about 4 hours. If you don't have a video that is supported by the hardware acceleration its not going to play, the CPU is not fast enough without the NVidia ION doing most of the decoding work.
6) Support from Zotac seems to be lacking. The Mag was sent back after days of fighting all these issues and finding that its fatally flawed.

So many fatal flaws, this is a product to avoid.


York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case
York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad at all, 13 Jun. 2009
The weights certainly aren't high quality, but for the price they get the job done:

- The case is a bit flimsy for the weight contained within. Mine came somewhat broken and battered, but had protected the weights within. Just don't expect the case to be a display case!
- The iron is roughly cast, the black paint showing the rough areas up pretty badly. They aren't sharp but the weights are no where near as smooth as the picture would suggest.
- They do smell quite a bit of the black paint that is used, still hasn't gone after a few weeks.
- Its surprisingly easy to chip the paint if you clang the weights together.

But they weigh about the right amount and get the job done. The handles are rough, but beyond providing good grip they do not hurt to use for 2 normal rounds of 15 exercises. The kit also comes with a sheet of exercises for different muscle groups, in case you do not know how to properly use the weights.


Building Scalable Web Sites
Building Scalable Web Sites
by Cal Henderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.52

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scalability light but wisdom heavy, 1 Mar. 2008
Somewhat written towards PHP, MySQL and Linux users the text manages to cover a good number of topics every web programmer should know about without being too strong on its chosen technology stack. Some chapters are affected more than others, and some of the problems with UTF-8 text are specific to PHP. 90% of the text however manages to be generic that it is not a big problem.

While the book covers none of the aspects of scalability in great depth, since it only really devotes one chapter to it, the book makes up for it by being a check list of things to know and do with any site that is going to get larger. There is certainly more to know about scalability than this book gives you, but many gems of information can be found in it which even experienced developers will find useful. Its not really the definitive reference to scalability but rather the introductory book to all of the non functional aspects that impact how an application is deployed and written, and it covers many topics well and clearly.

Some elements of the book will age quite badly as they refer to particular tools or the speed of a server, but in general it is a clearly written book. It is one of those books you'll go back to and use as the basis of where to start with many aspects of the system.


Apple iPod touch 8GB
Apple iPod touch 8GB

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vista 64 bit does not work, 25 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Apple iPod touch 8GB (Electronics)
Seemingly Apple doesn't consider support for any 64 bit operating system (XP 64 or Vista 64 bit) necessary as itunes will not connect to the ipod touch. So unless you are running an old computer you could find you have significant problems with an ipod touch, and there is no solution that will allow you to use the device.

Itunes is required the first time the ipod touch is turned on, until itunes connects to it you can not use it. Since it can not be connected to from Vista 64 or XP 64 the ipod touch is effectively a useless brick. Alas no where in the specification nor on Apples own website do they tell you it won't work, so be wary.


Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature)
Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature)
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.44

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a great book, 17 Nov. 2007
The whole premise of this book is to help the reader understand and improve the development choices they make on a second by second basis. This is not a book about guidelines but rather explaining why a variable name is better named one way or the other. All of this is for the very valuable goal of making the code easier to read for a future maintainer.

While the idea itself is brilliant the book itself feels very disjointed. The choices are presented entirely in text format and the density of the information is very high. This makes for a potentially very valuable reference book, but it is equally hard to read. Its not that the book is terse but rather that the level of explanation is not good enough and the sections either waffle or are so rich in things unsaid its hard to understand the reasoning.

If you are new to programming Java then this book may well introduce the low level patterns a lot of the old hands are used to, all be it you'll need to read this one a few times for any of it to sink in. For the old hands it feels like an abstract view of everything you have been doing for a decade and while there may be new things in there, its going to be hard to spot them.


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