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iolo System Mechanic PC TotalCare - For Up To 3 PCs (PC)
iolo System Mechanic PC TotalCare - For Up To 3 PCs (PC)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost everything in one package., 13 April 2011
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I really like this product, so I'll explain first why I only gave it 4 stars instead of five. It doesn't seem to have a firewall, which seems like a strange thing to leave out of such a comprehensive package. Another reviewer stated that they'd found instruction to go to the iolo website and download a free firewall; this was the first I heard of it as the product didn't draw my attention to this. It does seem a pointless thing to leave out, when its inclusion would make this product pretty well perfect.

That aside, this is really excellent, with everything else you need to maintain your pc all in one place. It's clearly laid out and easy to use, even for someone like me who isn't that confident when I have to start tinkering with my computer to fix problems.

You get Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, disk cleanup, omline backup and defragmentation all together. I particularly like the disk cleanup and defragmentation being built in, as these used to be long, drawn out separate teaks I'd have to do each weekend after I'd done a virus scan. Iolo prompts you to do a simple, one click system health check which only takes a few minutes, then it gives you its recommendations for maximising your pc's performance. Again, the recommendations are all carried out in one operation, with one click. It will scan for viruses, clean up your hard drive, defragment, back up the registry and repair all registry errors in one go. There are also separate tools if you don't want to run the full healthcheck process, these are: PC accelerator to boost pc speed; PC repair to fix crashes and errors; PC cleanup to remove clutter; PC security to check that your pc is as secure as possible.

This is an easy to use, very efficient, effective product which I use regularly to maintain my pc. I think that if they bring out a new version they should include a firewall too, then it would be as close to perfection as this type of product can get.


CraftArtist Platinum Edition (PC)
CraftArtist Platinum Edition (PC)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and easy to use., 10 April 2011
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It takes a while to install, but it's worth it. There's an installation disk, and then you install the separate disks for baby photos, wedding day, scrap book and greetings cards. Any that aren't relevant to you, you can simply leave out. So far I have only made use of the greetings cards package, and have really loved using it. It's so easy and the instructions are clear. There's a huge range of templates, and you can import and edit your own photos. If you've ever seen a particular view or landscape, or a cute photo of your child or pet, and thought it would make a lovely greetings card, this is perfect for you. Imagine the fun and creativity of making your own photos into greetings cards! The finish is very professional too, producing really attractive, well made cards.


Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements
Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements
by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Periodic Tales, 17 Mar 2011
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As other reviews point out, the structure of this book doesn't examine the periodic table element by element. At first, I thought this seemed an illogical, random way to structure the book, but as I read on I found that it made perfect sense. The book is an examination of how the elements have been used by, and have influenced the development of, human society and is grouped into five sections - Power, Fire, Craft, Beauty and Earth. 'Power' examines, for example, the once innocuous and ignored element of gold, which became the ongoing cause of war and death, whilst 'Beauty' looks at elements used artistically, such as arsenic and cadmium in paints, as well as jewellery and cosmetics. The research is beyond meticulous and it's packed with fascinating information which is equally useful to scientists and social historians.


Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
by Catherine Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical reading., 15 Mar 2011
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Glasruhen Gate picks up right from where The Golden Acorn left off. Jack and his friends think they've achieved their quest, but their troubles are far from over. The threat to the forest, and to the magical world, grows stronger still and time is running out...

The magic here is very plausible, drawn from the natural world and magical beings, both of which are expanded here with new characters including menacing gargoyles, and new locations as Jack and his friends travel into the magical realm of Anwwn as well as exploring more of the equally magical Shropshire countryside. The landscape is woven beautifully into the story, and there are captivating, detailed maps of all the areas visited in the story.

Another appealing point about Cooper's stories is that magic, although ever present in the fabric of the landscape and the characters, is used sparingly as a tool by the characters themselves, and goals are achieved through effort, skill and teamwork, rather than simply waving a magic wand. Magic may guide or assist but it's never substituted for hard work.

These books are intended for children but, because they are so well written, so vividly set, and drawn from a truly original spring of imagination, they will also be enjoyed be adult readers of quality fantasy.
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Jewel Link Chronicles: Legend of Athena (Nintendo DS)
Jewel Link Chronicles: Legend of Athena (Nintendo DS)
Offered by filmrollen
Price: 8.25

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful graphics but frustrating gameplay., 1 Mar 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is a match 3 game, with the added objective of earning resources on each board, to build your own dynasty in Ancient Greece, starting with a small fishing boat and working up through villages, vineyards, cities and statues until you reach Olympus.

The manual suggests that, instead of playing the match 3 board to complete it as fast as possible, you delay completing the board and firstly concentrate on matching strategic icons to earn resources for your dynasty building. You earn gold by matching the coin/jewel/treasure chest icons, food from the olive/berry icons and building materials from log icons. The more of these icons you match, the more resources you earn. Without these resources, you can't unlock the components of the dynasty. Unfortunately, once you get past about level 22, the time limit on the boards is very restrictive and there's just about time to complete the board in the time limit, never mind delaying doing so while you make some strategic matches. You have to break triple locked tiles and move the pieces around gaps in the board, and that's plenty in the short time limit! The manual also says that you can replay the same level, so if you don't make it in the time limit, any resources you earn on previous attempts will carry over to the attempt when you complete the board in the time limit. That would be great, but it doesn't do that. I've tried it, I've gained my resources on attempt one and missed the time limit, then replayed and finished the board in time, but it didn't carry anything over from my first attempt. After several attempts, I just felt like I was completing board after board with no real goal or objective, as it's impossible to complete the board and earn enough resources in such a short time limit. I persevered for a few days but got bored and gave up.

On the plus side, the graphics are really beautiful, some of the best I've ever seen on a game. They're clear, detailed, vibrant and very evocative of Ancient Greece. Another nice touch is that, when you replay a level, all the graphics change each time, with new icons and colours, plus different music (although the layout of the board is the same) so it doesn't feel like replaying the same board.

I'd really looked forward to this game and I'm sad to give it any negative comments because it's so beautifully designed and the idea of the story is very new and imaginative. I think it suffers from over ambition, it tries to cram too many game objectives into a very short time limit and makes the game too hard to complete.
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Magic Encyclopedia: Moonlight (Nintendo DS)
Magic Encyclopedia: Moonlight (Nintendo DS)
Offered by filmrollen
Price: 9.80

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously bad! Don't waste your money., 23 Feb 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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I'd really looked forward to getting this game and it was a huge disappointment. The graphics are awful, badly drawn, the outlines are fuzzy and indistinct. For any game this is bad, but for a hidden object game it's disastrous, you just can't make out the shapes of the hidden objects. Another bad point, as the review from singstar says, is that you can't save the game at any point, you have to play on to the end of each level or restart. A total waste of money.


Fellowes Deluxe Flat Screen TV Cleaning Kit
Fellowes Deluxe Flat Screen TV Cleaning Kit
Price: 19.10

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cleans the screen well enough, but do not use on a tv with a built in dvd player., 21 Feb 2011
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I cleaned two television screens with this kit. Both screens were very clean, streak free and dust free after using the cleaning fluid and protective spray.

However, the cleaning fluid seems to have affected my tv with the built in dvd player. I followed the kit instructions, wiping the screen only and not touching the dvd slot with the cloth. Immediately after cleaning, I tried to watch a dvd and the player rejected the disc. I tried other discs and they too would not play. The dvd player had been fine before cleaning and no other damage had occurred in the meantime. I kept checking at regular intervals and the dvd player remained non-functional. There appeared to be something about the fluid which affected the dvd player. My other television, which hasn't got a built in dvd player, was fine after cleaning. It only seems to have caused a problem for the dvd combi.

The cleaning fluid also has a very strong, unpleasant chemical smell and when I held the cloth with the fluid on it, it made my hands sting.

I would advise against using this product on a tv/dvd combi as it appeared to affect the dvd slot. On a tv with no built in dvd player there were no problems.


KitSound KSUNO Universal Mini Speaker with 3.5mm/USB Jack and On-Board Amplifier, Compatible with iPhone 3/3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C, iPad 2/3/4/Mini/Air, iPod Nano 7th Generation, iPod Touch 5th Generation, Samsung Galaxy S2/S3/S4, Galaxy Tab 2/3, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows Phone 8, HTC and MP3 Devices - Metal
KitSound KSUNO Universal Mini Speaker with 3.5mm/USB Jack and On-Board Amplifier, Compatible with iPhone 3/3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C, iPad 2/3/4/Mini/Air, iPod Nano 7th Generation, iPod Touch 5th Generation, Samsung Galaxy S2/S3/S4, Galaxy Tab 2/3, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows Phone 8, HTC and MP3 Devices - Metal

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, powerful and great value., 21 Feb 2011
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This is a really lovely speaker and reasonably priced. About the size of a tennis ball, it's attractively designed in chrome, with a scarlet 'eye' at the centre. It's compatible with iPhone, iPod, MP3 players and most mobile phones. The sound quality is sharp and clear with deep, rich base. It recharges through a USB socket, taking 3 hours to fully charge and giving 10 hours of battery life per charge. A gorgeous little speaker whose small size belies its power.


Pampers New Baby Size 2 (6-13 lbs/3-6 kg) Nappies - 2 x Economy Packs of 62 (124 Nappies)
Pampers New Baby Size 2 (6-13 lbs/3-6 kg) Nappies - 2 x Economy Packs of 62 (124 Nappies)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant nappies, great value!, 3 Feb 2011
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These nappies are excellent quality and value, very soft and comfortable on a newborns delicate skin, and the DON'T LEAK!! Happy days! I had been using a different leading brand, which did leak, and having tried Pampers I'll be sticking with them in future. Brilliant, and such good value for money too.


10 Minute Solution - Blast Off Body Fat [DVD] [2010]
10 Minute Solution - Blast Off Body Fat [DVD] [2010]
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: 6.18

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It burns, and I love it!, 27 Jan 2011
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Probably one of the toughest, most rewarding workouts I've ever tried. It really burns but wow, is it worth it! It makes you feel so good, firstly for the sense of achievement when you complete it without bailing out, and then the next day when you really feel the benefit and the changes in your muscles. After two weeks of doing this consistently, three times a week, I lost 7lb and had definition in my inner thighs I could only have dreamt of. It's tough going but the instructor is very encouraging, just as you feel it really burn and are tempted to stop, she tells you she's feeling it too and it's going to be worth it, and to focus on your goal. Suzanne Bowen is a really excellent instructor, she's professional, friendly and very motivating. I love it when I'm starting to shake and the temptation to stop creeps up, and she smiles and says 'you can do anything for 10' and then counts me down. Brilliant motivator!

There's no cardio as such but the whole workout always leaves me exhausted and sweating, so I know I'm burning fat as well as toning muscle. Each of the segments uses weights.

Segments are:

Arms - a variety of moves here hitting the whole arm and the shoulders. A mix of pilates and traditional weights moves, such as bugs, lateral raises, push ups and reverse push ups.

Thighs - my favourite (the groove of muscle down my inner thigh was hard earned and all due to this section) it's hard but if you stick at it you'll be delighted with the result. You do plies, squats, and pilates leg raises, and you really feel it in the inner thigh which is an area I've always found previous workouts just don't quite hit that hard.

Bum - a really varied section which you really feel lifting the glutes, with bridges, glute raises, and squats that really squeeze into the glutes.

Abs - a mix of classic body conditioning and pilates moves such as c-curves, bicycle, v-sits, side planks and crunches, very effective and still 'do-able' if you have a weak lower back, as I do.

Total body - this mixes some moves from previous segments with new moves and one leg balances, and more pilates work such as planks which are excellent fat burners.

The bonus disc is also really good, and the mix of segments makes it suitable as a whole workout in itself, or you can combine one of the segments with the main Blast Off Body Fat Workout to really target a particular area. On the bonus disc you get:

Pilates Buns and Thighs (from Pilates) - very good, well explained and effective pilates moves.

Yoga for Flexibility and Relaxation (from Yoga) - lovely, relaxing yoga session, really good for stretching.

Belly Fat Blaster (from Blast Off Belly Fat, also featuring Bowen) - an abs focused cardio segment, with knee raises and squats.

Arms (from Target Toning for Beginners) - not as easy as the title suugests, a good arm/shoulder workout.

Fat Burning Blast (from Kickbox Bootcamp) - very tough cardio section with military style drills and burpees.

I totally love this dvd, it's the most rewarding fitness dvd I've ever owned and I do have several.


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