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SanDisk SDSSDHII-240G-G25 240GB 2.5 inch Ultra II SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
SanDisk SDSSDHII-240G-G25 240GB 2.5 inch Ultra II SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
Price: £83.15

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5.0 out of 5 stars Built to be faster than you'd believe possible., 18 Oct 2014
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Sandisk Ultra II SSD

The Ultra II SSD comes in a small cardboard box with a 9.5mm spacer/adaptor, a link to the Sandisk SSD Dashboard and a printed warranty that had text so small it was hard to read.

I had real trouble trying to format an OCZ ARC100 with the Mac Pro, but the Sandisk worked without a hitch. I formatted it quickly using the Disk Utility on my 5,1 Mac Pro, while plugged directly in to one of the four standard (3 Gb/s) drive slots. I then used Blackmagicdesign's "Disk Speed Test" app which returned test results of 258.4MB/s write & 270.7MB/s read. Even with that speed restriction it's still over twice as fast as the other 7200rpm drives in my Mac. Now with a 6GB adaptor, it would be faster still.

240GB is a good balance between price and disk size. You can easily get a Windows 7 or 8 with other software install on the drive and keep your documentation and files on a second hard disk and you will notice the difference from using a "spinny disk" as your boot drive. You will not want to go back.

3 year limited warranty included.


OCZ Arc 100 series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA 3 Internal Solid State Drive
OCZ Arc 100 series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA 3 Internal Solid State Drive
Price: £54.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Slight problem setting up, then it flies, 18 Oct 2014
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The OCZ Arc 100 series has been launched as a budget range (compared to the Vector 150 & Radeon R7 models). It's priced at roughly same price point as the Samsung 840 EVO & Crucial M500 series.

The drive comes in a small box, encased in a plastic shell, which is easy to pull apart. There is a small booklet of a multilingual installation guide and another sheet with a link to OCZ's tech support webpage and phone number. No cables, screws, drive spacer or cloning software were included. The case of the ARC 100 looks to be solid metal (aluminium?), which will also work as a heatsink (not that a SSD generates much heat). It has several identifying bar codes on the back and is printed in a blue & white OCZ logo on the front (though mine copy has some scrapes in the paint). Keep a photo of the serial numbers on the back of the SSD, as that's what OCZ uses to validate any requests.

It weighs in at 106 grams, which is not far off a 2.5" standard laptop drive weight. I had a SanDisk SDSSDHII-240G-G25 240GB 2.5 inch Ultra II SATA III Internal Solid State Drive to hand and that is a mere 40 grams! Not the drive if you want to save some weight in whatever you put the SSD in.

The main selling point with the ARC 100 is performance consistency. Their warranty also includes 3-Year "ShieldPlus Warranty, Free Phone Tech Support (in certain countries), 24 Hour Forum Support & Firmware Updates". So it looks like it won't be superseded and obsolete just yet.

ON my 5,1 Mac Pro, I had a devil's own job trying to format it for use, including using the OCZ Toolbox Utility. I have read other Mac owners using this drive, but it was very troublesome. I couldn't even the OCZ Toolbox (donwloadable from their website) to run on the Mac. The Sandisk Ultra II SSD formatted first time, without issue. So I'll have to try the Arc100 on my old PC. Recognised and formatted without issue, but it can't stay there as it's taking up one of my internal drives.

The Windows Experience Index (not that it is a real benchmark at all and was dumped from Windows 8 onwards) returned the maximum of 7.9 for the Arc 100, which is the same for the different SSDs I have tried. However speeds, since I have an X58 motherboards so no 6 Gb/s ports, are less than what they could be (240GB - 480 MB/sec Read - 430 MB/sec Write). I've ordered this:

[Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk HDD External Enclosure Case with usb 3.0 Cable for 9.5mm 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD

Once I get that through, I'll run it again with USB3 connectors. More to follow.


Tacwise 1187 16ga/ 45 Finish Nailer Nail Gun
Tacwise 1187 16ga/ 45 Finish Nailer Nail Gun
Offered by AHC (Camberley) Ltd
Price: £132.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Must faster and more efficient than hitting your thumb with a hammer., 18 Oct 2014
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The Tackwise 1187/45 Finisher Nailer Nail Gun arrived securely in a strong plastic case, a good sign this is meant to be taken seriously. There was just enough room in the case for a box of 2500 16G/38mm Finish Nails, so that’s what I loaded it up with using the short, but detailed instructions. It can take up to 50mm nails, that’s up to 2 inches! At the base of the unit is an on/off switch.

Switched on, there is no noise from the gun, just a green light shining. Then you place the plastic nozzle of the gun (it Says rubber in the instruction booklet) and press the trigger. There is some recoil, especially if you’ve not used a nail gun before, but it’s not huge. Just lean a little into the target, less recoil means the nails go into the wood further. Tackwise has a website with videos on all their products, so if you are a bit stuck, have a look there.

Definitely a tool that will get a lot of use, we have fences that need repairing and I’m looking to replace some skirting boards in one room.

You get a full one month refund guarantee if you’re not happy with your purchase, or if faulty or it gets damaged, a one year free servicing including parts and labour and a full twelve months standard warranty.


2 x Gigabyte High Quality Original Light Blue SATA 3 6GB/s Cable (46cm)
2 x Gigabyte High Quality Original Light Blue SATA 3 6GB/s Cable (46cm)
Offered by UNLIMITED COMPUTERS
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Do the job for not much dosh., 17 Oct 2014
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Slim, flexible and long enough for my harddisk connective needs. Two in a pack for not much money. Bargain.


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5.0 out of 5 stars When all you want to do is shower without hassle., 15 Oct 2014
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It's a big rubbery sheet that most certainly doesn't feel of leather. It's a nice matt white that should look good in any bathroom. There are weighted magnets sewn into the hem at the bottom, so they'll either help it hang or will stick to the side of the bath if yours is iron. Either way it should hang nicely and stop water going where you don't want it to go. The curtain doesn't stick to itself when wet, which is a bit of a bugbear of mine.

There are twelve metal eyelets for the shower curtain rings, but they were a bit too snug for the rings I had already, but you're not going to relpace them any point soon and at least they won't come off in a hurry.

Useful in the bathroom, be interesting to see how it holds up with regular use.


Acme Peak Messenger Bag/Backpack - Night Black
Acme Peak Messenger Bag/Backpack - Night Black
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Slim messenger bag for the urban dweller, 13 Oct 2014
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Having a package labelled "Acme" made me think instantly think of those old Roadrunner cartoons. His long term adversary Wile E. Coyote would buy all his gear from the Acme Company. So what would I get, is it a parachute? An inflatable raft? Sadly (for my inner child) no.

In reality, what we have here is a combination messenger bad and backpack. At first glance it looked too slim to hold anything of stature, but opening both zips all the way around and the whole bag opens up. There are full length compartments and velcro closing pockets for smaller items). There's also a zipped double height storage compartment on the front as well.

The fabric is meant to be waterproof, though I haven't been out in the rain to test this. The interior is soft, with no hard edges. On the bottom of the bag is a rubber / leatherette piece to stop the bag getting soaked if you have to put it down. Nice touch.

Problem lies with the fact it doesn't really work as a backpack. The straps seem to be too wide and don't stay on my shoulders if I'm wearing any sort of a jacket. It needs a sternum strap (as you see in hiking backpacks) to hold it in place. As an over the shoulder messenger bag, it works better. The strap is adjustable enough so it fits against my hip, though I find I use it most with the carry handle. Being slim it doesn't get whacked into people when you're moving in a crowded environment.

I have twice successfully used it as an overnight bag and it easily swallows up all necessities and a 15.6" laptop snugly. Pretty stylish too, but just doesn't quite get the substance over style.


Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones - Blue
Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones - Blue
Price: £129.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Look good, sound good., 24 Sep 2014
I've had these headphones for a little over a year now and they are my daily companion for when I'm out & about. There were paired with an Apple iPod video until that wore out and now I use an iBasso DX50 24/192 HiFi Audiophile Digital Audio Player. The sound quality of both players shine through, but the Momentum's sound even better with the hi-def recordings of the DX50, clearly they haven't reached their quality limit as yet.

We use Sennheiser HD 25-1 II cans at work for monitoring purposes, as they have a great frequency range and are basically bomb proof. Only problem is, I find the highs from these headphones too harsh for my ears (way too many loud gigs over my lifetime) and my ears hurt over several hours of use. The Momentum has the treble slightly rolled off in comparison and so I can listen to them without pain.

They are closed headphones, but there's no strong clamping to the head and while there is isolation, I find I prefer to have some background noise of what's going on around me to be aware of my surroundings. If I need full isolation, I tend to pick up my Nocs NS500 Android Aluminum Earphones with Remote and Microphones, though they get tiring at times. I bought a replacement cable for the Momentums, but I found little improvement in sound quality. Looks like Sennheiser got it right with the supplied cable (you actually get two cables in the box, one has controls for a mobile phone). There's also a travelling case included, but I've never found to use it.

The Momentums are strong, not too big to hang off the side of your head and sound great. Five stars.


Nikon D3300 for Dummies
Nikon D3300 for Dummies
by Julie Adair King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.94

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4.0 out of 5 stars This book helps your Nikon D3300 work for you., 23 Sep 2014
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The D3300 is labelled by Nikon as an entry level camera. However it has features that only a couple of years ago you would only find in far higher priced cameras. There's a 24MP sensor, 3 inch TFT screen, shoots 1080P video (at 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), the latest Expeed 4 onboard processor, 5fps continuous shooting and a 700 shot battery. Amazing, eh and rightly so.

So you bought the Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit for under £400. But how do you find out how to use all that in an easy fashion? All too easy to get confused and bogged down with the confusing menus and dials. That's where the Nikon D3300 for Dummies comes in. The book follows the long tried and tested "Dummies Guides" formula that lays out all the basics in a logical format. It starts with how to attach the lens and insert memory card & batteries and switch it on and leads you through taking your first photos with everything set to AUTO. Once you're comfortable with that, the book leads you through the different settings and and how to get the best shot from the environment you're in. This is very comprehensive and easy to follow with detailed colour photos throughout so you can match up the books wit what's on the LCD screen. Nice.

Only thing the book doesn't do is to teach you to improve your photography. With memory cards now you can take photos, instantly review them, find out what works and doesn't and just delete the rubbish. Back in the days of shooting 35mm film you had to wait a week for the film to get back from Boots the Chemist and envelope would contain little stickers over the printed photos saying "underexposed" or "blurry". Then you just either put the envelope in the bin or in the back of a drawer never to be seen again.

One other thing to note: There no longer are the badly drawn cartoons at the start of every chapter, this is a good thing.


Busy B 2015 Couples Calendar with Dual Schedules & Storage Pockets, Birds Design
Busy B 2015 Couples Calendar with Dual Schedules & Storage Pockets, Birds Design
Price: £8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars See at a glance schedules for you and yours., 21 Sep 2014
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Yes me and my other half are on Facebook, Google+ and most the other myriad of the online social media... things, but it doesn't always work out that everything is available at a glance. Anyway, we've been using good old pen and paper for as long as paper has been invented, so what's wrong with a calender, ooh let's say, on a wall?

The calender is in two halves, an upper and lower. On the upper part, there are four columns for each month: Me, Us, You & birthdays, pretty much self explanitary. Birthday colums also lists and bank or religious holidays. The lower part has a pocket for receipts, invites or tickets, so 12 monthly pockets in all. There is also a sheet of stickers in various shapes and colours to highlight dates of interest, which is nice. They even include a ribbon to hand it from.

It really takes no time to write in dates or appointments and there's no doubt what event is for whome. The layout is cute without being too twee. At £8.95 I think this is good value.


Evernote For Dummies
Evernote For Dummies
by David E. Y. Sarna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, but do you need it?, 16 Sep 2014
This review is from: Evernote For Dummies (Paperback)
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One of the big pluses of Evernote is how ridiculously easy and intuitive it is to use. So I did wonder how a Dummies Guide could fill 300 pages on the subject. The answer is repetition - how to use Evernote online, on a PC desktop, on a Mac, on an Android tablet, on an Apple tablet, on an Android phone, on iPhone and on a blackberry.

Beyond writing and filing a note, searching notes and creating multimedia notes (if you're so inclined), there's really not much to say. The advice beyond the basic usage is a little dated. Yes, Evernote can interface with Wacom Tablets, but seriously? Does anyone still use them to record notes? Similarly the use of Livescribe (I'm still an occasional Livescribe user, but really that system has been long killed off by Smartphone apps). Considering Skitch is a prominent part of Evernote I was surprised to see it only warranted a couple of sentences in the book. The Evernote Hello function doesn't get more than a nod either.

(It's worth noting the book is in American English, and the third party apps and extensions it suggests aren't all available in the UK.)

So all in, it's a thorough book - but it doesn't add much more to Evernote usability beyond Evernote's own short Welcome videos.


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