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TP-Link TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wall Plug Range Extender/ Wi-Fi Booster (WPS function, Easy Configuration)
TP-Link TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wall Plug Range Extender/ Wi-Fi Booster (WPS function, Easy Configuration)
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, 9 May 2014
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Excellent product, works right out of the box; you can even configure it via WiFi, so even if your router / WiFi access point doesn't have a WPS button you don't need a PC with an Ethernet card to get it running - simply use your iPad or similar.

Has improved the signal in the lounge where the existing WiFi was a bit patchy - well worth the purchase price.


Anker® CB100 Wireless Slim Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo for Desktop, Win 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Anker® CB100 Wireless Slim Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo for Desktop, Win 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad - but worth noting the US keyboard layout!, 29 Mar 2014
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Shouldn't really complain as the information is there in the details, but worth mentioning - this is a US keyboard so some of the special characters are in unfamiliar places, likewise, no batteries included which is pretty unusual these days but not the end of the world either.

The setup is straightforward - truly plug and play as one would expect, although the mouse doesn't work too well through my KVM switch (Startech).

Keyboard is nice and compact but doesn't feel too small to me, nice positive action on the keyboard without being too noisy.

Mouse is OK, but quite small (somewhere between a standard mouse and a laptop mouse). Sensitivity adjustment works well and in general is ok to use. My only gripe is that the left button needs quite a positive 'click' and quite a positive 'release' to work properly.

All in all, it fits the bill for what I needed - decent-quality compact keyboard and a reasonable mouse.


Dymo CardScan V9 Executive Contact Management System with Scanner for PC and Mac
Dymo CardScan V9 Executive Contact Management System with Scanner for PC and Mac
Price: £170.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, 10 Dec 2013
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Easy to install and use. Bit fiddly for a non-techie to set up the software and databases but not beyond most people.

Recommended.


B!organised 1150940 XL4 120 x 20cm Floatingshelf - White
B!organised 1150940 XL4 120 x 20cm Floatingshelf - White
Price: £13.54

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, don't, 10 Dec 2013
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Wow. This has to be the worst thing that I have ever purchased from Amazon.

Missing screws and rawl plugs are the least of its problems. The finish looks like it has been applied by a toddler with ADHD using tippex and it is more poorly constructed than it's price suggests.

The only reason that it hasn't gone straight back to Amazon is because I needed something then and there. I'll take the time over Christmas to find something that isn't an affront to mankind and consign this misadventure to where it belongs; the bin!


H&B CA-5555i CD/MP3 Car Stereo with SD, USB & iPod connections
H&B CA-5555i CD/MP3 Car Stereo with SD, USB & iPod connections

3.0 out of 5 stars Good technology for the price but..., 15 Aug 2006
I have had this head unit for about 6 months.

Like the previous reviewer I was attracted to this particular unit as it could play mp3s from USB memory sticks and SD cards - theoretically speaking, I could replace the huge CD wallet in the car with a handful of SD cards - great!

OK - first problem - not all USB sticks work particularly well due to the curvature on the front panel - seemingly they don't make good enough contact to play reliably - even when stationary in the car... Also, if you've got knees and you're driving a right-hand drive car you will more than likely find that when using the clutch you will knock the aforementioned USB stick. Can't fault the functionality with the SD card tho' - brilliant...

The sound quality is pretty good and with the front and rear RCA outputs + a dedicated sub output - you couldn't ask for much more if that's your thing.

Like the previous reviewer, I find the lack of scrolling on the display for AC3 tags of songs annoying - surely it couldn't have been that difficult to program the firmware properly?

Also INCREDIBLY annoying is the fact the the 'random' function is reset when you turn of the ignition and possibly more annoying is that is isn't even really random - i.e. if you have a MP3 CD / SD Card / Whatever with 150 or so songs on, when you first hit random it's great but when you get to the end of your journey and turn the car off, then get back in and realise that you have to put random on again - it plays the same 'random' songs in the same 'random' order. Not great if you've got 200 tracks to listen to, but only do 20-30 minute journeys.

The removable front panel is clear and easy to use, but feels a bit cheap - also, it is easy to put the panel on a bit skew-wiff and end up with the volume control not working - this is easily fixed by flipping the fascia down then pushing it back up.

All in all, I think it's a good unit with some good features - particularly when you consider the price and I was delighted with it when I first purchased it. After having lived with it for a few months I have a few minor niggles which can be explained away by the price.


The ZEN of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter)
The ZEN of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter)
by Dave Shea
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring..., 25 May 2006
I have to say that this book does achieve what it sets out to do and shows you just what can be achieved with CSS.

I echo other reviewer's sentiments in that this is most certainly NOT a guide to the mechanics of CSS but I do not believe that is the aim of this book. It does, however, explain how certain aspects of the designs were achieved through CSS but with the focus more on graphic design than nuts and bolts.

I found it inspiring. If you're short of ideas or you're looking for something extra special then this book is for you but only if you have a reasonable grounding in CSS to begin with.


CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
by Andy Budd
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - highly recommended..., 25 May 2006
I have been messing around with web design for a few years, and recently have started to take it a little more seriously and actually try to earn some money out of what has been, up to now, little more than a hobby.

I bought this book along with The Zen of CSS Design and Eric Meyer's two books on the subject in an attempt to increase my knowledge of the subject. This was the first book of the four that I read.

In my opinion this covers all of the topics covered in Meyer's two books in a far more succinct fashion. There is less bloat and more focus on the facts but with sufficient background detail and explanation to ensure that you can follow and understand the examples.

I also feel that it takes a more structured approach to teaching & explaining CSS than the 'Zen' offering and concentrates more on the mechanics rather than pure design, but it does certainly open your eyes to the possibilities.

Whilst not recommended for a complete novice in web design, if you are used to hand-coding or modifying the code that Dreamweaver / FrontPage / whatever churns out then the section on targeting your CSS and a willingness to try a few things out for yourself *should* be all you need to make a significant step forward with your web design.

It worked for me :)


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