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Netgear GS208-100UKS 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Switch
Netgear GS208-100UKS 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Switch
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have been easier, 19 Dec 2013
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Bought the GS208 to replace an 8-port 100 Mbit hub. Very tidy unit, with a small power supply that gives off very little heat, and works perfectly. Also bought a handful of Cat6 cables for the devices that can connect at 1 GBit rates, including BT Home Hub 4. The simplest technology upgrade of the year!


V7 V7E2C6U-50CM-GYS Cat6 Utp 0.5m RJ45 Male to Male Patch Cable - Grey
V7 V7E2C6U-50CM-GYS Cat6 Utp 0.5m RJ45 Male to Male Patch Cable - Grey
Price: £2.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short cable, 11 Dec 2013
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Actual dimensions were 48 cm overall, comprising 40 cm of cable and 4 cm of connector at each end. This wasn't a problem for my requirement but it may be for others.


Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 2348M 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit with Win 8 Pro 64 Bit DVD)
Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 2348M 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit with Win 8 Pro 64 Bit DVD)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good replacement for Windows XP laptop, 15 July 2013
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Microsoft will end support for Windows XP in 2014, so it's definitely time to consider replacement. This system was bought for my wife's school, charity and personal IT requirements, and I didn't feel brave enough to move her onto a Windows 8 system (in its first release) without any prior experience of it myself. This system came with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed, and with a DVD containing a free upgrade to W8. Good deal.

Highlights include the good screen size and numeric keypad making for ease of use in a desktop replacement role. The only drawback is that the touchpad is black with a black surround - not easily seen in low light conditions.

Installation was really very straightforward. A few options - language, etc., account set-up, and we were good to go. It detected the available wifi networks and all I had to do was select one, enter the password and let Windows know that this was a home network. The next step was to create Windows Recovery DVDs - 4 in all. The online manual - accessed with the pre-installed Acrobat Reader - gave the necessary instructions, and I ran the utility with the Verify option set. This was a good idea - the third disc failed verification and had to be re-done.

After that, all was very easy. I downloaded the Chrome browser, as Microsoft's Internet Explorer starts up with all sorts of garish and unwanted stuff, and Bing as a search engine, and then starts leading you off in directions of selecting options. Not interested. I thought we were supposed to be offered a choice of browsers when starting a new PC - the EU spent years and untold millions of euros disputing with Microsoft to give us this - but I saw no sign of it.

Printer set-up was very easy - much better than on the MacBook Pro. Windows scanned the network and found the two printers (one is a multifunction device). All of the necessary drivers were available, and the whole task was complete in a few minutes.

One of the drawbacks of moving from Windows XP is that your much-loved Office 2003 software also becomes redundant. Fortunately, starting up the one month free trial of Office 365 was easy too. This gives you the full Home Premium product including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote and crucially - Outlook. It all hooks up to SkyDrive and a licence allows the software to be used with up to 5 devices. Not sure that I want all documents on SkyDrive - unlike the option that you can set up for a Google account, Microsoft accounts don't have two factor authentication yet. But let's see how it goes, and whether it's really useful or not.

Another worry was the white background in Page Layout in Word. Call me agoraphobic, but it looks as though there's something missing, or the page hasn't rendered fully. A comforting grey would be much less disturbing and not keep making me think that it's not working properly. The same in PowerPoint - don't like it. Fortunately, there's an option to overcome this problem. Just select File / Account / Office Theme and Dark Gray is your friend.

But, like the move to rented rather than bought software licences, I guess this is something we'll have to just accept, like it or not.

Summary: highly impressed with the ease of installation of Windows 7 Pro. This looks a great successor to Windows XP and I feel very confident about using it when I replace my main work PC. Office 365 - there's lots to explore. Familiarity comes with time and practice.


Karl Jenkins - Requiem
Karl Jenkins - Requiem
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, sublime moments, 4 May 2013
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Bought the CD to learn and practice the Requiem's choral parts, and discovered the harp solo in In Paradisum - it's exquisite. As well as the Requiem, the CD has 'In These Stones Horizons Sing', composed for the opening of the Welsh Millenium Centre, and featuring Bryn Terfel and the same harpist, Catrin Finch.


Beethoven: Der glorreiche Augenblick/ Choral Fantasy
Beethoven: Der glorreiche Augenblick/ Choral Fantasy
Price: £6.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little known but deserves to be heard more often, 17 Sep 2012
Op. 136: an early composition celebrating the fall of Napoleon, and the survival of Vienna. "Europa steht!" This is a glorious composition, characteristic Beethoven. Sometimes it's described as a precursor to the Choral Symphony, but there's a big difference because the choir has plenty to sing throughout the piece, rather than just a few minutes towards the end. Thoroughly enjoyed this recording.


Union Locks 3K74E 5-Lever Mortice Rollerbolt Sash Lock C-Series 67mm Case - Brass
Union Locks 3K74E 5-Lever Mortice Rollerbolt Sash Lock C-Series 67mm Case - Brass
Price: £48.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Union 5-lever lock - recommended, 21 April 2012
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This Union lock is the exactly same product as the Chubb 5-lever mortice rollerbolt sashlock that it replaced, rebranded as Union - the Chubb brand is no longer used by the parent company for locks. The old one lasted 25 years and I'm expecting just the same of the new one. Of course it fitted perfectly into the door and doorframe - dimensions identical, about a 10 minute job to change over. Changeover - provided the cutouts are already there - is easily within the compass of anyone who can use a screwdriver.


Amazon Kindle Keyboard Leather Cover, Black (will only fit Kindle Keyboard)
Amazon Kindle Keyboard Leather Cover, Black (will only fit Kindle Keyboard)
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased, 26 Aug 2011
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Very pleased with this cover for the Kindle 3G. Looks good, perfect fit, and protects the Kindle from bumps and scratches. Delighted with it.


A Gambling Man
A Gambling Man
by Jenny Uglow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant year by year account, 12 Oct 2010
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A Gambling Man is a very readable account of the happenings around Charles II during the key decade of his reign from 1660 to 1670. Its level of detail in each year is enough to be fascinating, not so deep as to be boring to a general reader. That's a tricky balance, and it's very well done. I'll be looking for more from this author.


Leviathan
Leviathan
by Philip Hoare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, wonderful insight, 27 Aug 2009
This review is from: Leviathan (Paperback)
You'll not only learn a great deal about the different species of whales, but lots about Hermann Melville's life and other writings, the industrial reasons for hunting whales, the impact of hunting, and the surprising origin of ambergris. It would be difficult to sit on the fence regarding the continuing whale hunting by some nations after reading this book.

Philip Hoare's passion for the subject really shows. The chapter describing swimming with the whales is captivating.

Highly recommended.


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