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Ritter by Chase Electric Bass Guitar Gig Bag Soft Case 5mm Padding RJG300-6B-BLK
Ritter by Chase Electric Bass Guitar Gig Bag Soft Case 5mm Padding RJG300-6B-BLK

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit cheap and cheerful..., 1 Dec. 2013
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A bit cheap and cheerful, with a limited amount of padding. If you have a much cherished instrument, be aware that this bag won't give that much protection from knocks and bangs. Also it's very tight when stretched over the head of the neck. If your bass is even a couple of mil longer than standard, it may have difficulty fitting. I bought it to hold a cheap bass, for use whilst learning. As such I can overlook its limitations. If you have something more valuable, I'd suggest that you may be better off looking for alternatives.


Synology CAM-PACK-4, Camera License 4 Pack
Synology CAM-PACK-4, Camera License 4 Pack
Offered by Inkubus Bargains
Price: £159.15

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous pricing for what it delivers..., 1 Dec. 2013
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I give this a very generous two stars. It probably doesn't merit even one of them.

My concern isn't what Surveillance Station does. On the contrary, as far as what it does, its generally quite a good program - albeit I have three cameras that are allegedly 'Onvif 2.0 compliant', that Surveillance Station point blank refuses to recognise. (Perhaps my fault for not remembering the old adage. Buy cheap, buy twice....)

No - my issue with this is not that I have cameras that don't work with it. It's that a £40 charge per camera is a wholly unjustifiable price, considering that a version of BlueIris (a very good Windows program that does broadly the same function) will support an unlimited number of cameras for little more than the cost of a single Synology surveillance station camera license.

Even worse still, a Linux program called ZoneMinder costs precisely nothing - and delivers most of what surveillance station does for a download, and a bit of configuration. You can even trawl amazon and find entire multi-camera systems, including a central management station - for less than the cost of a four camera license.

No - 40 quid a camera, is unjustifiable. I'd use stronger language, but my review would never make it past the approval stage.

Whilst I wanted to use S-Station as the central management tool for my domestic CCTV platform, it looks as though I'm going to have to go down the software route. Much as I'd love this solution to work as a 'one box' tool, the limited support of various camera types, and the sheer cost of licenses will make a reversion to a software based solution much more cost effective in my case. If you have a choice, consider carefully before going down the synology route. For anything but a minimal system, the cost is hidden, and crippling. In other words, don't buy unless money is no object, and you are using expensive brand-name IP cameras that are advertised as being supported by Surveillance Station. And even then - consider the alternatives first.
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Rocksmith - Learn Guitar & Bass (Software Only)
Rocksmith - Learn Guitar & Bass (Software Only)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great starter for ten..., 1 Dec. 2013
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I'd previously purchased Rocksmith 2013 for the PS3. Unfortunately after an initial flush of enthusiasm, I gradually stopped working with it. Some of the gameplay started to irritate me. The biggest problem of all though was that taking over the family TV in prime time became a real pain. Gradually I gave up on it. And to be honest, the PS3 became relegated to use as a Blu-Ray player.

Step forward a year, and Rocksmith 2014 was released, I decided at that point to give both of them another go, but this time, to use the PC platform instead of the PS3. The Rocksmith 2014 version improves the gameplay significantly over the earlier version, seems to suffer less lag, and is generally a lot more fun. Rocksmith (and its later follow up) both use the Steam digital distribution platform on the PC. Even better, the same 'real tone cable' (the A/D converter used to connect your electric analogue guitar/bass to a digital game) works on both PS3 and PC, so it saves another thirty quid or so if you're changing platform. (I don't know if the Xbox360 uses a platform specific derivative, or whether that too is a common part.)

Some people hate Steam, but I quite like it. Their games are continuously updated with patches and servicepacks, ensuring that you always play the latest update. Additionally, if you're lucky enough to own the 2014 variant of Rockband and have access to both Mac and PC machines, the license covers the use of both variants. In the case of the Mac, Rocksmith 2014 is a little less developed (and seems a little more buggy) than the PC version, but it's still quite usable. Best of all with Steam, you can install the game on as many PC's or Mac's as you like, as the Steam client restricts you to running a single copy at one time. So I've installed it on Macbook Air, Laptops and Desktops - and I use the machine that suits me.

Another nice thing about Rocksmith 2014, is that it's backwards compatible with this game. For the payment of a fairly small fee, it will permit you to download an upgraded version of the content from this 2013 version of Rocksmith (albeit less a couple of forgettable tracks, where presumably the rights holders couldn't agree terms), and that enables you to run them under the new engine and game. So thinking laterally, you could do what I did - buy a cheap copy of the older game, and use it as a medium for adding loads of content to the later version (much cheaper than by buying the DLC independently). Even so, by all means go ahead and buy this, the old game. Even if you don't get on with its quirks in structure and gameplay, you can still use it as a route to adding content cheaply to the new one.

There are a couple of gotcha's to bear in mind however. Firstly, add-on content (such as imported songs, or songs purchased from the Rocksmith store) doesn't migrate between platforms in the same way that the USB hardware does. If you buy DLC for say the PS3, you will have to buy it again if you want to use it on the PC. Secondly, there's the thorny issue of territorial rights. Don't make the mistake of purchasing a US version of one of the games, and then expect european content to work on it (or vice versa). It won't. Even though I purchased this game via Amazon marketplace from an overseas supplier (in my case I purchased from "1stvideo-uk", but based in Canada. I have to say their price was great, delivery was a reasonable timescale considering it went via snail mail, they advertised it as a genuine UK variant, and I subsequently had no problems buying content for it from the UK store, nor importing it into Rockband 2014. I thus have no issues in recommending them as a supplier, albeit unfortunately, their price has gone up significantly in the interim...)

So.. If you're still wondering whether a video game can actually be a useful teaching aid in learning how to play a musical instrument, try having a look on youtube. There are plenty of examples there of people who are becoming quite proficient guitar and bass players, having been started, spurred on and challenged by this very game. Like learning anything, you'll only get out what you put in though. It delivers an experience that's light years away from the previous "plastic toy with coloured buttons on" (so will hopefully have appeal for years after "guitar hero" and "rockband" have both been well and truly forgotten as the dead end that they were.)

Buy your bass or electric guitar, and give it a go. There's an axe-man in all of us, waiting to get out.


Rockburn PB Style Bass Guitar - Black
Rockburn PB Style Bass Guitar - Black
Price: £89.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, 1 Dec. 2013
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Don't expect the world's greatest axe. It's well made for the money. It was purchased as a bit of fun, in order to learn a bit of bass in Rocksmith 2014. It's a bit picky at holding its tune within the game, but I think that's down to the game (and it's supplied A/D converter) being a little picky in itself. Bear in mind that this isn't pitched as being anything other than a starter instrument. If you overlook it's shortcomings on that basis, and use Rocksmith how it's meant to be used, you've got a great combination for learning how to play bass - and progressing thereafter.


Qi Wireless Charger Receiver Case For iPhone4s
Qi Wireless Charger Receiver Case For iPhone4s

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, but takes a while to charge., 1 Dec. 2013
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Case is slightly on the bulky side, overhanging the iphone to provide its charging plate. Charging via induction mechanisms such as this isn't as quick or effective as using the regular cable, due to increased losses involved. However its nice to be able to drop the phone on a charging mat, and for it to pick a charge up without it being too picky orientation. The only downside was that I needed to import this from China, as Amazon didn't have a competitive UK supplier.


stagg universal electric guitar bag G10UE
stagg universal electric guitar bag G10UE

4.0 out of 5 stars Its a bag, and holds your guitar. Not much else to say really., 1 Dec. 2013
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The only slight problem is that it isn't quite as 'universal' as it might be. A bass sticks out of the top. Was fine for a regular guitar though. Well made, solid, and gives as much protection to a guitar as you'd expect a padded nylon zip bag to do. Don't expect miracles - but its fine for storage, and a bit of carrying about. Recommended - if Amazon ever get any more in stock.


Expower(TM) White Qi Single Wireless Charging Plate for Google Nexus 7 Nexus 4 and Nokia 820 and 820 and Samsung glaxy S4 and S3 and Note3 Note2 and Iphone5 4s
Expower(TM) White Qi Single Wireless Charging Plate for Google Nexus 7 Nexus 4 and Nokia 820 and 820 and Samsung glaxy S4 and S3 and Note3 Note2 and Iphone5 4s

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well with a Nexus 7, 1 Dec. 2013
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Works well as a Qi charger for a Nexus 7. The flashing blue light is too bright for a bedroom, resulting in the strategic application of sticky tape to prevent my being murdered by my other half, as it illuminated the ceiling like an en-suite Police car. Aside from that, it does what it says on the tin. Plugs in, well packaged, charges. Gets warm, but not hot.

Recommended - and I wish that Apple would start to deploy this as standard....


Acronis True Image Home 2013 PC Backup and Recovery (PC)
Acronis True Image Home 2013 PC Backup and Recovery (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid method of backing up a PC, 1 Dec. 2013
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I've used Acronis TrueImage for a couple of years. It's a powerful, comprehensive and generally fairly reliable method of scheduling backups. It's not without it's little peculiarities - setting up a backup to a NAS drive will often have you tearing your hair out - but once you learn them, it's fine.

If you use a Windows Machine, throw away the useless Microsoft Backup (it's free, and worth exactly what you paid for it I'm afraid), don't go near Symantec Ghost, and give Acronis TrueImage a go. In my experience, for the home user, it's just comprehensive enough - and doesn't overcomplicate either backups - or perhaps even more importantly - recoveries.

Recommended - particularly now that you can obtain licenses around the £20 mark.


Richard Branson Failure and Success : The history of a Billionaire
Richard Branson Failure and Success : The history of a Billionaire

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A superficial PR blurb..., 25 Nov. 2013
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If you're expecting insight, research or even food for thought - then step away from that purchase button now. I didn't look closely before buying,nor did I read the previous review for this "product". For my couple of quid, I purchased something that had a picture of Richard Branson on the front (trying to suggest that this is either written by him, or is an official product in some way.) What it actually is, is little more than a partial rewrite of the Branson Wikipedia entry. When a previous reviewer described this as being "more like a pamphlet", they were being overly generous. The Wikipedia entry takes longer to read. If you're still interested in buying then let me confirm - the 31 kindle pages specified on the product page is a genuine number. After reading this (which took all of twenty minutes) I honestly feel that it was a total waste of my money.

If you're seriously interested in learning more about the man, his life, and his history in business - then I'd suggest reading his autobiography here Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography or here Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepeneur.

If, after reading this review you're still considering buying this - well, caveat emptor. Read the Wikipedia page. Then carry on and buy this if you like. And stand by for a strange sense of deja-vu.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor build quality...look elsewhere, 24 Oct. 2013
Purchased one of these from another site from the same supplier. As soon as it arrived, it was relegated to standby use - due to being not up to the job. What isn't made clear is that although it's described as lightweight, its quite heavy when lugging it into a car boot. Ultra lightweight it definitely isn't. As the other reviewer has noted the brakes were loose and slack on delivery. The biggest problem that I found - and the one that is going to get this chair disposed of to my local hospice shop as soon as I can find a suitable replacement - is that the hand wheels are made of genuine plastic. One misjudged whack into a lift or doorframe, and there goes your propulsion - unless you like using wet and dirty tyres. A very disappointing waste of money on my part. (And I subsequently got pestered by some insurance company who tried a hard sell - to extend a 'free period of insurance' that I'd been given with the chair. When stating that I didn't buy extended warranties, they explained that it wasn't to cover the chair - but it was to cover my use of it. Apparently lots of people get sued for using wheelchairs, so it was "an essential 20 quid a year spend to gain third party liability cover - just like car insurance". Yes, right.. Goodbye :-)


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