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TomTom GO 5000 EU - 5" Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Always Connected and Interactive Screen
TomTom GO 5000 EU - 5" Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Always Connected and Interactive Screen
Price: 207.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated but very limited customisation, 26 Feb 2014
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Amazon delivered this very quickly, and I couldn't wait to open it up and try it out.
It delivered the speed that I was hoping for, acquiring satellites within 20 seconds or so. TomTom Live services needed activating, but - once activated - they take usually less than a minute or so to kick in!

The user interface is excellent, with a responsive touch-sensitive choice of the main options required. Sound is good too, although I would have liked the "speed-dependent" volume to either be of choice or else built-in, as it makes no sense to have the same volume at both low and high speeds? But the display is crystal clear, and so smooth compared to earlier versions (I had a TomTom Go Live 910 previously, which was a bit jerky in following a journey).

The display does take a bit of getting used to, likewise the options which appear when you select a place on the map. I especially like the right-hand side panel displaying traffic problems (queues, road-works) and distance/time to next service station, point on route or destination. The 40m (?) limit to this display gives you the necessary upcoming information without cluttering it with traffic conditions 200 miles away. I recommend using the "auto" display for this, which switches between time and distance about once a second.

Of particular note is the speed cameras information. Whilst not as comprehensive as similar offerings available through third-parties, it IS fairly good, and especially so with "average speed cameras", where the distance to the next camera is displayed on a count-down bar, whilst also showing you your average speed calculated by the unit! Very useful, and potentially saves an inadvertent speeding ticket!
Note that you only get 3 months free on this though, and will have to subscribe to it (i.e. pay!) after that. Worth having though!

I made the mistake of not changing my registered TomTom email address, thus transferring everything to my new TomTom from the old account (you can only have one device registered to any one email account at any one time!) and so lost a lot of useful customisations, personal POI's and so on? But interestingly, Brian Blessed's dulcit tones transferred across (about the only thing that did!) and appears on the choice of voices?! Slight bug there, TomTom, but I'm not complaining!

This 5000 unit also misses out on a personal PIN to lock the device, meaning that anybody stealing it can use it immediately - sad oversight, TomTom!

Planning routes is fairly straightforward, although I agree with other reviewers that you have to be careful? A round trip is nearly impossible, as you can't start and stop at exactly the same point - you have to enter 2 very slightly different points for those. Likewise, adding waypoints is straightforward too, although they tend to be marked as stops, correspondingly showing the distance/time to those instead of simply allowing them to be waypoints.

I miss my startup/shutdown screen customisations, the personal POI's (although the "My Places" is pretty good anyway!) and customised voices, let alone the third-part speed camera database. But be assured that this is sophisticated and enjoyable and simple to use, and has never let me down when it comes to traffic problems and so on.

So, if you don't want or need the above customisations, speech input (hardly ever used it, as it always got it wrong!) or mobile hands-free communication, then this is a pricey but excellent piece of kit to replace your ageing TomTom unit.


TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless N Cable Router
TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless N Cable Router
Price: 19.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to setup, boosted siganl as required, 21 Jan 2014
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Bought this to replace a TP-Link TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wall Plug Range Extender/ Wi-Fi Booster, as the latter had connection authentication problems and didn't boost the woeful WiFi signal from my Virgin Media Superhub (v1)!

This router was a doddle to setup, and instantly boosted the WiFi signal so that a tablet which wouldn't work in the living room diagonally opposite now worked fine!
Thinking of mounting on the wall (2 mount points at back via wall-screws) to increase signal even further.

Good replacement which solved earlier problems cheaply.
From my experience, very much recommended!


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

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice little product, but ......!, 18 Jan 2014
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I was expecting a neat little box from TP-Link, and that's exactly what this is! Compact, clearly marked and the indicator lights show the status without problem.
Connected to my Virgin Superhub (mark 1) network OK, using WPE PSK Auto security, and "seemed" to be working fine? Even retained the existing network name (SSID), which was a bonus?!
However - I found that the retransmitted signal was frequently no better than the woeful Virgin SH1 signal, and this when placed in an area to receive 3 bars signal ("good"). Placing it upstairs nearer to the Virgin SH1 improved the signal marginally, but not so's you'd notice?
What was worse was that an Android tablet and Kindle iFire had problems connecting to the network, and this was the main reason for buying this product! For both devices, it often stuck on the connection, eventually returning "authentication problems".
I changed from DHCP to a static setup, but it again had problems, often failing to connect or else dropping the signal completely in the middle of a browsing session.

As I work in IT, I changed everything I could think of to make this work. Even setting the unit to a different SSID didn't work, and it often failed to connect to this at all!
Whilst I admit that the Virgin SH1 isn't anywhere near as good as the Virgin SH2 (from all reports) as far as WiFi coverage is concerned (I shall be addressing this with Virgin Media separately!), it still provided a far more robust signal than this TP-Link unit?!

I'm sure it will work for others, but it simply doesn't for me!
Oh, and by the way, telephoning the supposed 24/7 support line never reached anyone, and the email address provided in the instructions either doesn't work or nobody is monitoring? At least, I never got a reply to my query?!

So, neat little unit, but instead I'm returning it and purchasing an interim TP-Link wireless router (TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless N Cable Router) as this has good reviews. This will be subject to a separate review, pending Virgin upgrading my Superhub from v1 to v2!


Compatible Epson Stylus SX435W Ink Cartridges 4X Black 4X Cyan 4X Magenta 4X Yellow (16-Pack)
Compatible Epson Stylus SX435W Ink Cartridges 4X Black 4X Cyan 4X Magenta 4X Yellow (16-Pack)
Offered by Mega Deals XL Limited
Price: 11.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent compatibility for Epson SX435W, and fast delivery!, 19 Oct 2012
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I have to say that having had many different "compatible" inks which failed to be recognised, stopped halfway through printing, or simply failed to deliver, I was on the verge of replacing my Epson SX435W with another printer.
Hoping against hope, I ordered these cartridges late on a Thursday, and they arrived on a Friday! Excellent start!
I replaced all 4 inks in my printer, and wow! suddenly it was printing fine again, without any sort of problems.

These are excellent inks, with excellent compatibility, giving no problems.
Just be warned - they are advertised as "double capacity", leading me to think they would be T129x compatible? These cartridges are rated as T128x - the lesser capacity cartridges - but are supposedly filled with double the normal amount of ink (there's usually 13ml of ink in the standard T128x). So, time will tell if these last longer, and I'm monitoring a long print run as we speak!

Excellent delivery speed, cartridges appear totally error-free, totally recommended!
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PURE Twilight, DAB/FM Radio with Mood and Wake Up Light
PURE Twilight, DAB/FM Radio with Mood and Wake Up Light
Price: 139.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent daylight, sounds, moods and DAB, 14 April 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Looking around for what my wife required - an all-in-one replacement radio, with the added bonus of daylight awakening - I purchased this product with an air of expectancy and doubts that they could deliver.
Boy, was I wrong!
The lights (both daylight and moods) are totally customisable, either in intensity or (in the case of moods) colours. We chose the blue sea colours (blue to green and back, variance) and it's certainly soothing! The other other pre-sets are good too, and we've even tried setting our own customisable (3 choices) colours also. Not as soothing, but sometimes more pleasing?!
The daylight intensity is also good, either as a nightlight, or as an ever-increasing glow to wake you up in the morning. This morning gloom-dispenser seems to work extremely well, even waking up myself, who has been known to sleep through both fire-alarms and even an earthquake!
What WAS a bonus was the DAB radio - absolutely perfect reception, with the downside being my wife now likes to boast of going to bed with Alice Cooper on Rock FM every night! :o( Just be sure to unravel the aerial as much as possible for best reception!
OK, the daylight intensity isn't a totally smooth transition through all of your pre-selected wake-up time, but it does the job well enough. And the sleep function also works well, once you've learned not to alter the settings once started in motion (they are looking to upgrade the manual to stress this, following protracted but helpful emails with their support people!)

All in all, a none-too-cheap but highly effective alarm clock, radio and light source.
And my missus is well please with Alice Cooper at night! ... to the point where she doesn't want the snooze to end, as she's enjoying the music too much! But that's Rock FM's fault, not PURE's!


Eletronic 4 channels Flash Trigger for Canon 380ex,420ex,430ex,550ex,580ex,100D 550D 600D 650D,700D 1100D,1200D,70D 60D,50D,40D,7D,6D,5D SX50.Nikon 7100,D5300,D5200,D5100,D5000,D3300,D3200,L830,SB800,SB600,SB50,SB28,Sigma 500,Fuji HS50 HS30 SL1000 X-S1 DSLR cameras with 2 x Receivers
Eletronic 4 channels Flash Trigger for Canon 380ex,420ex,430ex,550ex,580ex,100D 550D 600D 650D,700D 1100D,1200D,70D 60D,50D,40D,7D,6D,5D SX50.Nikon 7100,D5300,D5200,D5100,D5000,D3300,D3200,L830,SB800,SB600,SB50,SB28,Sigma 500,Fuji HS50 HS30 SL1000 X-S1 DSLR cameras with 2 x Receivers
Offered by BV-electronics
Price: 6.49

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it claims, and at a fraction of the cost!, 29 Mar 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Like you, I was probably sceptical about whether this cut-price item could do the job, especially when compared to it's higher-priced cousins from the Canon and Nikon worlds.

I needn't have been concerned!

The wireless transmitter and receiver performed flawlessly, every time, although it did begin to falter occasionally after a 20-foot-plus distance. Understandable, I suppose, as none of them work flawlessly up to the (maximum) distance stated, in my experience.
But for small to medium distances, this combination is very well worth the money! Quick response, and I had no trouble with frequencies - although you can change the frequency range to one of 4 possibles, just in case your neigbour's remote controlled garage door is causing interference!

Lightweight and reliable, I'd recommend these to anyone.
Now ... if only I could work out how to set flash power properly when firing remotely, I'd be laughing! :o)


MURACH'S MAINFRAME COBOL
MURACH'S MAINFRAME COBOL
by Mike Murach
Edition: Paperback
Price: 49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Assmption upon assumption, 4 May 2009
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This is a half-decent book on mainframe COBOL programming, and at least gives the basic structure of how to put together working programs.
But it assumes far too much, by not giving examples of much of what is vaunted within the pages. The index doesn't help either, which is a shame, as I feel many people will buy this as the "Bible" of mainframe COBOL programming.

Nice try, but needs a lot more detail, to be honest!


Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit)
Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit)

203 of 212 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant latest addition, but with a few reservations, 26 April 2009
Having just got this latest addition to the Canon EOS range (to replace my ageing 10D), I just had to try it out, of course!

This is a welcome upgrade, with the Digic 4 processor living up to expectations. Using the Custom Function7 (Auto Lighting Optimiser), you'll be hard-pressed to come up with a badly-exposed pic! However, remember that it only works for under-exposed photos, and over-exposed still remain so - there's never been much you can do about a bright sky with an otherwise dull landscape, unless you take multiple separately-exposed photos and manipulate with Photoshop trickery, or else manipulate the RAW photo! However, the overexposed highlights are of course monitored and pointed out to you in the playback monitor immediately afterwards.

The highlight tone priority is quite a good function (CF6), but then any CF2 use to expand the highest ISO from 3200 to 12800 is lost, as the two don't work together! Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, as the higher ISO's are mainly used for concerts and otherwise dimly-lit shots, but you'll do as well to remember the limitation.

The LiveView - not available in Basic Zone modes, but that's fair enough! - is not bad at all, and the vastly improved screen resolution helps a lot. However, the screen tends to get smudged easily, as with all cameras with the eyepiece so close to a large monitor. Nevertheless, the brightness is not bad, although viewing on a brighly-lit day tends to mute the colours you see. The biggest gripe is the choice of LiveView settings - the Quick mode functions well, but the Live Mode and Live Mode with Face detection feature a particularly annoying pause while the mirror flips for focusing. And why oh why did Canon decide that you would have to press an entirely separate button (the AE/FE lock "*" on the back) to establish focus? Surely it would have been better to use the shutter-release button?

Same goes for starting and stopping a video recording - you have to press the Live View shooting mode button to the right of the monitor to start/stop it!

Hovever, the gripes are only cosmetic, as are some of these features. Serious photographers won't be using them much at all, although they're nice to have "in an emergency"!

The camera body itself is light, although as usual adding a lens and Speedlite tend to vastly add to the weight. But individually the body sits naturally in the hand, with the slightly-better grip contributing to ease-of-handling and a firm grip.

Overall, a superb piece of kit, with the results exceeding expectations. Certainly comparable with the Nikon D90, but of course a must-have for a snapper having a range of Canon lenses already!
Highly recommended!
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Creative DVB-T Tuner & PVR, Digital TV Tuner & Personal Video Recorder For PC or Laptop -  Windows XP Compatible Only
Creative DVB-T Tuner & PVR, Digital TV Tuner & Personal Video Recorder For PC or Laptop - Windows XP Compatible Only

4.0 out of 5 stars Product great, but let down by aerial, 16 Nov 2007
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As others have noted, this is a great little tuner for your laptop, however the aerial simply wouldn't pick up anything at all! However, connecting to a standard coax aerial worked fine!

My advice is to buy this, but then replace the scrawny aerial with a good hi-gain one, and you'll be laughing!
Kinda takes away the advantage of being able to travel with it though! :o(


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