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Akasa AK-ITX03-BK Crypto ITX VESA Case 80W Power Supply
Akasa AK-ITX03-BK Crypto ITX VESA Case 80W Power Supply
Offered by MoreFrom
Price: £88.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent case, but....., 5 Jun. 2013
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A very decent, very small pc case, but...

Used this to build my first SFF PC. The original plan was to use an Antec ISK110 VESA, but when this became unavailable, I switched to the Akasa. Other components comprised:

Motherboard: Gigabyte H61N-USB3

Processor: Intel i3 2120T

Memory 2xKingston KVR1333D3N9H/4G

SSD Samsung 840 Series 120GB

The build itself was relatively straightforward - naturally there isn't much space, but the case is very shallow, so it's fairly easy to get at things. I used the stock cpu fan, which fits, just, under the support tray for the hard drive.

The only problem is that the tiny case cooling fan makes a terrible racket - quite unacceptable in a VESA-mounted PC that's going to be sitting about a foot from your ears. The Antec case doesn't have a case fan, so I tried running the Akasa with the case fan disconnected. It took the system temperature up a few degrees, to the mid 40s, left the cpu temp pretty much unchanged at round the mid 30s, but took the cpu fan speed up a few hundreds rpm or so to around 1750. At this speed the cpu fan is barely audible - pretty impressive for a stock fan.

Running without the case fan was absolutely fine, but I also tried a Zalman fan controller. This took the case fan down to 2000 rpm, from around 3000 rpm, reduced the cpu fan by a few hundred rpm and took the system temp down a few degrees. All useful steps, but I couldn't find anywhere to fit the Zalman securely inside the case; so, in the end, I reverted to running without the case fan.

Running fanless is absolutely fine, but is possibly only working so well as the excellent Intel i3 2120T is a 35W device.

I'm very pleased with the end result but there's a basic problem with the case fan, so it's 4 stars and not 5.

Tart it Up!: Sweet and Savoury Tarts and Pies
Tart it Up!: Sweet and Savoury Tarts and Pies
by Eric Lanlard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but poor support for fan ovens, 13 Mar. 2013
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This is, in many ways, an excellent book - the recipes are unfailing attractive, some are simply brilliant, but if you're a fan oven user, surely the norm nowadays, you'll have problems.

If you're making a savoury tart, then you really must blind bake. However, the advice, page 19, to set your fan oven to 160 degrees C, won't work. The pastry will be uncooked in the centre, and the dreaded soggy bottom will be the outcome. Use bottom heat and 180 degrees C, and all will be well.

There's an error on page 112 that could catch the novice cook, i.e. someone like me. If you're going to apply a glaze, do it after the tart has cooked, and cooled, and not before baking - as advised in the recipe. Clearly the publishers have expended a lot of effort making this book look attractive; too bad the budget did stretch to decent proof readers - seemingly a dying breed.

The recipe on page 112, a really lovely blueberry amandine tart, also suffers from the fan oven problem. It doesn't require blind baking, but if you cook it at 160 fan for the stipulated 20-25 minutes, the underside of the pastry won't be cooked in the centre. A, possibly, better approach, if you want to avoid blind banking, is to try 15 minutes of bottom heat at 180 (to get the pastry going) and then switch to bottom heat 160.

Roger Dettmer

How to Do Everything: Ubuntu
How to Do Everything: Ubuntu
by Orloff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book, 13 Dec. 2008
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There a number of good books introducing Linux and Ubuntu, but this definitely isn't one of them. It devotes a wholly disproportionate amount of space to firewalls and antivirus software - and is plagued by the most basic errors of fact. Two examples stand out: on page 227 it's claimed Internet Explorer, can be run perfectly using Wine - not so, you need IEs4Linux, and on page 316 the instructions for creating a Window/Linux dual boot system (something most beginners will be very interested in) relate to installing Ubuntu as an application inside Windows, and not as a separate installation on its own partition.

If you want to give Ubuntu a go, get yourself a copy of Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks, by Richord Grant, or Beginning Ubuntu Linux by Keir Thomas and Jaime Sicam, and avoid this sloppily written book like the plague.

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