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NETGEAR FS105UK ProSAFE 5 Port Fast Ethernet Unmanaged Switch
NETGEAR FS105UK ProSAFE 5 Port Fast Ethernet Unmanaged Switch
Price: £19.98

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, small switch, 17 Feb. 2008
Does exactly what it says on the tin. Five switched 10/100 Ethernet ports in the usual Netgear pro-range good looking, blue metal case. Runs cool and silent, and can be wall mounted if desired. You can never go wrong with the Netgear blue metal boxes when it comes to networking equipment.

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain (Nintendo DS)
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain (Nintendo DS)
Offered by CD DIXIE
Price: £3.95

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, interesting and useful, 2 July 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This 'game' has been very well thought out and makes the process of "improving your brain age" a lot more fun than it first sounds. It keeps track of your progress via a profile (the game can handle several profiles, so different members of the family can use it without interfering with each others records) and rewards you for doing your 'training' daily by giving you a stamp for each day. You can track your progress over the days via graphs and statistics.

The activities themselves adjust to your skill level so they're never boring. Activities that sound like they may be tedious (such as doing 100 calculations!) pass quickly enough, and the more fun activities make up for them. Like any game, you find yourself wanting to beat your best score and that's a real motivator. Progress in the games unlocks new games and possibilities, and this happens at about the right rate.

The sudoku is a nice addition. There are a large number of puzzles of several levels to complete. I would suggest that if you like sudoku then this title is worth it for this function alone.

Multiplayer looks like it would be fun but I have not had a chance to try this yet. The game also supports download play if you have DS-owning friends who don't own it.

The only minor criticism I have is that sometimes the game doesn't recognise what you write correctly, which is frustrating when it thinks you've got an answer wrong! However, with a small amount of practice you can get the hang of what it expects to see (although I find 8's a it tricky sometimes). You just need to write everything as large as possible and that usually works.

All in all this title should have a long life and is well worth the asking price.

Never Apologise Never Explain
Never Apologise Never Explain
Price: £8.71

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent album, 6 Oct. 2004
It seems that Therapy? can do no wrong! The last album 'High Anxiety' was a return to the Troublegum-esque Therapy? sound, and this album continues the theme. This is the first album from the band for a while as a three-piece, but all of the energy from the earlier albums is there and evident right from the start.
The first track 'Rise Up' is getting good airplay on the radio and you can tell why. It has an energy that reminds you of a live set (and if anyone can play a good live show, Therapy? can!). You can't help but get fired up even the first time you listen to it. This feeling only increases as you continue listening to the album. If you want to listen to something that will get your heart pumping, ready for jumping about, listen to this. Therapy? are one of the few British bands that are still playing for the music, not 'the man'. You can't help but notice this. The music is infectious, and this CD will stay in your CD player for some time.

So Much for the Ten Year Plan
So Much for the Ten Year Plan

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a 'best of' of the best UK rock band, 3 Oct. 2000
At long last here is a chance for people who haven't yet heard more than a couple of Therapy? songs to hear more. This is a great collection, featuring some of the earlier songs (such as 'Meat Abstract') as well as some of the later ones. There is a definite difference of style as the albums progress, until the most recent 'Suicide Pact: You First'. Every album has the same raw power however - anyone who has been to a gig will know how the band perform with a ferocity that keeps you jumping for hours. This comes through on the recorded material too, and even the quieter songs (such as 'Diane') have a dark edge that just fits the mood perfectly.
If you haven't heard much Therapy?, or if you haven't been able to find some of the albums, this is the CD to get. You won't regret it.

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