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Peanut Mouse - 2.4Ghz Wireless Optical Rechargeable - Nano Micro USB Receiver - Retractable - Mac / PC / Laptop / Netbook / Macbook Pro / Macbook Air / Mac Pro / Dell / Samsung / Sony / Toshiba / Compaq / HP / Asus (Grey)
Peanut Mouse - 2.4Ghz Wireless Optical Rechargeable - Nano Micro USB Receiver - Retractable - Mac / PC / Laptop / Netbook / Macbook Pro / Macbook Air / Mac Pro / Dell / Samsung / Sony / Toshiba / Compaq / HP / Asus (Grey)

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality product. Innovative design which really works., 21 Dec 2014
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This thing works really well. My full size Microsoft wireless mouse's wheel had a problem and this Peanut Mouse makes a very decent replacement. It is small but is well shaped and feels relatively weighty so can be used as a decent desktop mouse. For use with a laptop or mobile device it is pretty much ideal. It does work for several weeks on a charge and is perfectly usable as a wired mouse while it charges (full charge takes about 2 hours). It's great to have an item that doesn't need extra batteries and which works fine while charging.


Atomus HD
Atomus HD
Price: £0.59

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1.0 out of 5 stars ideal for members of the drooling community, 5 Nov 2014
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There are some mildly variegated coloured lights which, on touchscreen input, move in patterns that are familiar to anyone who has ever seen a music player with visualiser plug-in (this might include anyone who has used windows media player in the last 15 years), some sounds which might be taken as being soothing by people whose aural environment is dominated by daytime TV and soap operas, and....err... that's it. This app is ideal for members of the pointing and drooling community, or anyone else whose brain has turned to melted cheese and dribbled out of their cranial orifices. If you have trouble spelling your own name then this is probably for you. Hopefully someone will let you know.


Hitler War
Hitler War

5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Hitler, 5 Nov 2014
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If you like Hitler, you'll like this app. If you like war, you'll like this app. If you like Hitler and you also like war then you will LOVE this app! Good old Hitler.


Poker Texas Holdem
Poker Texas Holdem
Price: £0.64

1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible app, spams your notifications, worsens battery life., 2 Nov 2014
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This app is horrible. The interface is cluttered and overly busy even on a Galaxy Note with its relatively large screen. The game play is poor. There are hundreds of poker games out there; nobody deserves this one.

There are also unwelcome consequences to installing this app: it's one of those apps whose developers award themselves the right to spam your notifications with irritating announcements about their other spammy apps in which you have never expressed any interest. Even worse is that the app's notification service prevents your device from sleeping so there is a definite negative impact on battery life even if you don't even lauch the app.

I uninstalled this app and will remember to never install another app from Agile Fusion Corp.


Backgammon Gold FREE
Backgammon Gold FREE
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Real backgammon, 30 Oct 2014
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This is by far the best backgammon game if you want to play against other people (actual humans, possibly also a few Frenchmen). I got this free version and then spent a few pennies (literally just pennies) to upgrade. The dice rolls are genuinely random, (sometimes you are lucky and other times you feel aghast and genuinely aggrieved...just the same as playing with physical dice), the player ranking and skill level assessment systems are truly excellent and you can choose to play random human opponents while retaining the option to decline. Or you can also choose to play games where your opponent is matched according to your ranking. You can block players you don't want to play again (I block people who gracelessly quit on losing a point) and you can make friend invites and arrange games and even chat if you like. If you are subjected to unsavoury chat you can report it in the app and the offending person is booted off and you win (I have played thousands of games and encountered only one spectacularly rude person; he got banned before the game ended). The game rewards good play (over time) and identifies and penalises people who don't compete matches. If you don't like the look of the board there are several different styles you can choose from.

I almost never buy apps or in-app purchases on my mobile devices but I think Backgammon Gold is well worth purchasing, either as a freebie+upgrades or in the full version.


Crucial CT2KIT51264BA160B 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 240 Pin 1.35V/1.5V PC3-12800 CL11 Unbuffered UDIMM Memory Module Kit
Crucial CT2KIT51264BA160B 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 240 Pin 1.35V/1.5V PC3-12800 CL11 Unbuffered UDIMM Memory Module Kit
Price: £58.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable, stable, exactly as advertised, 18 Sep 2014
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I've bought Crucial RAM upgrades twice before. In my experience Crucial RAM is thoroughly reliable and stable and performs exactly as advertised. Go to the crucial website and use their compatibility tool and you will be guaranteed to find the right products for your device.

I recently bought very cheaply a used desktop with Core i3 CPU and otherwise decent specs but containing 3GB RAM comprising two modules of different specs and sizes. It was not quite stable or satisfactory. Since replacing the RAM with a matched pair of Crucial RAM the PC runs absolutely perfectly, is rock solid stable and performance is great. 8GB RAM is proving more than enough to run any operating system and applications I like and also to run several virtualized systems.

You can find cheaper RAM but read the reviews! Cheap RAM, as often found in generic or home built or own brand PCs, or offered under odd or lesser brand names, is an invitation to unreliablity and instability and almost never the bargain it can seem.

Yodel must be destroyed!
(apologies to Cato the Elder)


Casio F-91W-1YER Men's Resin Digital Watch
Casio F-91W-1YER Men's Resin Digital Watch
Price: £6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cryogenics believers this is for you, 9 Aug 2014
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These things last forever. OK, until the strap breaks. My previous one was last seen tumbling down a dusty track in Uttar Pradesh with me in the back of a Tempo (a kind of Mad Max style big capacity auto rickshaw) and powerless to retrieve it. The plastic wristband had snagged on a sharp cut off box section of aluminium as I boarded and there was no way I was risking broken legs and lost luggage to retrieve it as we "sped" away at 15 MPH. My next watch, purchased in New Delhi from a fancy CP store where they drummed their fingers impatiently and utterly failed to disguise their distaste at selling quite cheap Japanese watches to a quite cheap English tourist, was also a Casio (I am a very classy person but I like to think somewhat understated) but it had a metal wristband. 15 years later and I am now middle aged (I'm being kind to myself because no-one else is) and that very slim metal band no longer fits around my rather rotund but somehow irresistably* masculine and mature wrist (not middle aged or plump or fat, oh no) so I bought the same cheap Casio that I remembered buying for about twice the price from Argos a good 20 years ago. No regrets (apart from the ageing and the weight gain).

*irresistable if you are a mosquito, midge or horse fly

Yodel must be destroyed!
(apologies to Cato the Elder)


Samsung 3.5mm to 3.5mm Microphone Cable - Black
Samsung 3.5mm to 3.5mm Microphone Cable - Black
Offered by A_M
Price: £3.55

1.0 out of 5 stars description is misleading, 4 Aug 2014
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This item is described as "Compatiable with all Samsung phones [sic]" but in fact it is not. It is compatible with older Samsungs up to Galaxy S but not with most recent Galaxy phones and tablets. It does not work with my Galaxy Note (a 2011/2012 model). This is a genuine Samsung item but the description is misleading. If the description had been accurate I would not have bought the item.


Star Trek Soundboard Free
Star Trek Soundboard Free

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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Soundboard Free is very silly and I like it, 27 July 2014
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Captain's Log: Stardate: The Morning After The Night Before:

Star Trek Soundboard Free is very silly and I like it. I'm sure dedicated Star Trek fans have all the DVDs and can easily capture any sounds they like and don't need an app. I don't fall into that category, don't own even one Star Trek DVD and on a good day might pass for approximately normal (if observed only briefly and from a great distance) but still I find it amusing to be able to set my Galaxy Note's mail notification alert to the sound of the Enterprise's Bridge door opening. That's all folks. Beam me up Scottie.


Short Breaks in Mordor: Dawns and Departures of a Scribbler's Life
Short Breaks in Mordor: Dawns and Departures of a Scribbler's Life
Price: £4.55

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and honest first hand accounts of significant events and places., 24 July 2014
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I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read vivid and honest first hand descriptions and accounts of significant events and important places. The reader has the benefit of hindsight, which gives considerable weight and credibility to the author's insight/diagnostic ability/moral compass/worldy understanding (choose only one or two of those qualities please - best not to inflate a journo's ego and subvert any good qualities actually present). If you've usually experienced Mr Hitchen's journalism and opinions when relayed by hostile others, or obfuscated by a barrage of catcalls, then here is an opportunity to read some considered, thoughtful, well informed, nicely written first hand accounts of various important places, persons, moods, opinions, and even some events (apparently journos do get lucky sometimes).

I bought this e-book on the day of its publication but have to admit that I still haven't finished the book before writing this review. Unusually I don't think this matters too much. It's one of those volumes that the reader can dip in and out of, being a collection of fairly self contained pieces (or pairs of pieces). In title, concept and structure (but not necessarily opinion or mood!) it reminded me enough of P.J. O'Rourke's "Holidays in Hell" that I bought the Kindle version of "Holidays in Hell" and have started to re-read it about 25 years after last navigating the paperback. "Holidays in Hell" costs a very serious one (new!) British penny in Kindle form at the moment and I definitely recommend it as a companion piece for Mr Hitchen's "Short Breaks in Mordor", and vice versa.

At present there is just a handful of nationally or internationally significant journalists and commentators in the UK who have both the ability to honestly relay what they have seen and experienced, and the candour, experience, self-reliance and decency to try to interpret it in an informed and contextual way. John Pilger comes to mind in a similar vein (integrity, honesty and doggedness, not left/right leaning or world view) . Generally nobody thanks them for it. For the most part the powerful people they annoy and offend, and whose deficiencies they reveal, try very hard to ridicule them or consign them to obscurity or some kind of pariah second rank. This must be easier to bear than being threatened, beaten or killed, so it's safe to say that the rule of law still matters here despite our supposed masters' attempts to chisel away at it until it loses its shape. Meanwhile simpering, acquiescent, pliable sycophants take centre stage of our broadcast and print media and attempt to define our horizons, tell us what to think, and how.

You might think of yourself as a leftist or liberal or conservative or tory or radical or socialist, or perhaps an anarchist or some kind of activist or even a fantastic combination of any of the above. My suggestion is to put all that aside for a moment and find a few hours to seek out the views of people who are so awful that they insist on describing things as they find them and on trying to offer an honest and credible opinion.


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