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iRig Pre Universal Microphone Interface for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
iRig Pre Universal Microphone Interface for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
Price: £29.44

2.0 out of 5 stars as despite it being sold as 'compatible with your favorite condenser mic' the makers of Audio-Technica microphones tell me ..., 25 Nov 2014
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I returned this device without being able to test it, as despite it being sold as 'compatible with your favorite condenser mic' the makers of Audio-Technica microphones tell me that it will not work. They advise those wanting to use and AT mic with an iPad to get the AT2020 USB version and an Apple USB to Lightning connector. The iRig does not include an XLR cable, (nor does the AT2020 standard version, strangely) so connecting that - or any condenser mic - is impossible without a secondary purchase. This is misleading and should be made clear on the iRig Amazon page, which clearly shows a cable, implying that it is included in the box.


Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Offered by Inta-Audio
Price: £69.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading photo, not compatible with iRig (according to Audio-Technica), 25 Nov 2014
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I should make it clear at the top that my 2 star rating has no bearing on the possible quality of the microphone itself, which I was not even able to test. The reason being, even though a connecting cable (critical to being able to use the mic) is shown on the Amazon page, and on the product box, no such cable is included. Nor is there any mention that a separate cable has to be purchased. This is very misleading.

Also, after further consultation with the manufactures, I was informed that this mic would not work with an iRig. Despite the iRig claiming it works with any condenser mic. A long technical explanation was made in support of this. For anyone wanting to use an AT mic with an iPad, the advice was to buy the AT2020 USB version plus a USB to Lightning connection, then monitor via the headphone socket of the iPad.


Pro-Elec 3 Switch Adaptor Gang
Pro-Elec 3 Switch Adaptor Gang
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Good: This unit is well constructed and feels nicely ..., 15 Nov 2014
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The Good: This unit is well constructed and feels nicely solid. All sockets have separate on switch, and the board is supplied with two types of standoff (for the most common types of wall plug) which easily screw into the rear. This gives the unit reasonable stability when pushing plugs or chargers into the left and right sockets, which are leaning against the wall.

The Not So Good: The plugs are the standard spacing apart. So if you attach equipment other than a standard plug, such as a wireless doorbell chime or a night light, then only two of the sockets are actually usable.

But unless you really need three plug in devices from the same socket this works well. We currently have the combo mentioned above, and it's just the job. For those who genuinely need more than two devices plugged in, I'd recommend buying the four or greater capacity plug extender.


The Original Black and Tan Leather Protective Smart Case Flip Cover for the Brand New iPad Air 2 ( Released November 2014, 6th Generation) with Full Sleep Wake Compatibility, Screen Protector Included
The Original Black and Tan Leather Protective Smart Case Flip Cover for the Brand New iPad Air 2 ( Released November 2014, 6th Generation) with Full Sleep Wake Compatibility, Screen Protector Included
Offered by Purplemoose007
Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Premium quality case, in some ways better than Apple's own., 15 Nov 2014
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Everything about this case exudes quality. It has excellent construction, ideal weight when the iPad is snug inside, and a perfect fit for the iPad Air 2.

When I first slid the iPad into this case I was slightly concerned that what keeps it inside is friction and a fold over leather tab that slots underneath the device when it's in the case. However, upon testing this over a sofa, I can report that it seems secure. There was no indication that the iPad might accidentally fall out, even if encouraged quite vigorously.

I did notice that the smart cover needs to be shut quite firmly in order to work properly. But I think this is more to do with the iPad Air 2 than the case. The smart cover does work, it's just a matter of getting the action right to produce that reassuring click as the iPad switches off. The control buttons/ camera and fingerprint reader are all easily accessible. This texture of the case provides good grip, which is an an advantage over the slippy finish of the iPad itself.

The interior of the case has a series of in-built ridges on the flipside of the cover, which work well as a stand in landscape mode, and offer various angles. There's also a handy document sleeve on the front of the case, which is big enough to hold business cards, postcards or promo material, or perhaps a folded A4 sheet.

In summary, I can recommend this case as a great buy for owners of an iPad Air 2. While Apple undoubtedly make the best hardware - hence the price - there is no excuse for ripping off customers for the official case which, arguably, should be provided free with the device. In my estimation, this Jammy Lizard case is actually superior to what Apple offer, and at a really good price.


The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September
The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars African suspense novel, with vivid portrayal., 13 Nov 2014
The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September
Kindle edition
264 pages
By S.R. Wilsher

'He was about to find out something most men in this day rarely had to discover about themselves. Was he man enough to leave the cave and face the sabre tooth, or would he sit by the fire and hope that everything he was afraid of would fade during the night?'

One of the egalitarian benefits of digital publishing agencies is that writers can bypass traditional publishers, and roll the dice. Occasionally, this results in something fantastic, such as Daemon by Daniel Suarez, more often it produces self-indulgent talent lite waffle. Somewhere in the middle is another group; self-published work that has value, and with the right editor and backing could leap much higher. At least as high as the vast majority of books tossed out by established publishing houses.

The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September is at heart a suspense novel, with small helpings of action and a sideways swipe at romance. The story centres around Mark Samuel, a corporate suit whose son is among those kidnapped while working at a refugee camp in Africa. The kidnappers are boy soldiers under the command of Jimmy September, an Idi Amin style thug, intent on changing his country by armed force. A struggle he hopes to finance via ransom money. Unfortunately, September doesn't understand that unlike those taken from the oil industry - whose employers have a history of doing deals - no government or agency will pay for the safe return of aid workers. Mark Samuel knows this, and decides within minutes of hearing the bad news, that his son's best chance is for him to mount a one man rescue mission. Happily, Samuel senior is no Rambo, and plays to his strengths. Specifically, the authority and ability to manipulate large sums of money belonging to his employer. What follows is a mostly well drawn plot, loaded with believable situations, more tension than a migraine conference, and a largely credible selection of characters. Where S.R. Wilsher excels is in descriptive passages which vividly portray life in the less stable parts of Africa, as if experienced personally. Whether this is the case, or merely the product of good research and imagination, I don't know. But either way the result is a nicely cinematic story, which includes welcome exposition that cinema lacks the room to utilise. The character of Jimmy September also comes across as authentic, albeit a little off the shelf, and takes centre stage whenever he appears. Less successful is the shoehorning of the lead character into a sub-plot romantic role. Improbable as the sexual magnetism of Ken Barlow, I felt that it detracted slightly from otherwise rock solid characterisation. But, not enough to spoil the enjoyable thing the author has going.

In summary, even though I never found out what all seventeen of Jimmy September's commandments were, I found this work to be an entertaining read. What was there had good pace and balance, but would have been even better with an additional hundred to a hundred and fifty pages. Space enough to allow the exploration of intriguing plot elements and character back story in more satisfying depth. But, this may still be possible if an expanded version is made available at some point. As a best-selling writer once told me, publishing is run by farts and hooligans in pin-stripe suits. It is, therefore, no wonder that authors such as S.R. Wilsher choose to follow their own path. An adventure in self-belief and self-determination that avid readers should encourage.


Besdata® Ultra Thin Magnetic Smart Cover + Back Case For Apple iPad 2 iPad 3 ipad 4, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Generation - Supreme Quality - Protects the Device - UK Stock - Black - PT2600
Besdata® Ultra Thin Magnetic Smart Cover + Back Case For Apple iPad 2 iPad 3 ipad 4, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Generation - Supreme Quality - Protects the Device - UK Stock - Black - PT2600
Offered by laptopadapterseller
Price: £48.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice case, hinged, good looking and durable., 31 Oct 2014
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This is a nice looking, reasonably well built case at an excellent price. The rear is a solid plastic tray, without any kind of patterning or grip, but it feels secure, and able to protect against minor knocks. The front cover flips smoothly and being a smart cover puts the iPad to sleep with a reassuring click so you know it's done. This case does come in two parts, which require minimal self assembly. It's just a matter of securing the iPad in the rear part, then fitting the cover. Once clicked into position it feels secure enough, but some users may prefer the all-in-one solution offered by Vivo and others,


Rankie® Leather iPad Air Smart Case Cover for Apple iPad Air iPad 5 with Auto Sleep/Wake Feature (iPad Air, Black)
Rankie® Leather iPad Air Smart Case Cover for Apple iPad Air iPad 5 with Auto Sleep/Wake Feature (iPad Air, Black)
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars iPad Air 2 owners beware, this case occludes rear camera, 29 Oct 2014
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Product is nice enough, but iPad Air 2 owners beware, this model fits the dimensions but unfortunately also occludes the rear camera by about half the lens size.


6x Savvies SU75 UltraClear Screen Protector for Huawei Ascend P6
6x Savvies SU75 UltraClear Screen Protector for Huawei Ascend P6
Offered by protectionfilms24-com
Price: £1.57

4.0 out of 5 stars but once you've managed it the product does a good job., 24 Oct 2014
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Fiddly and awkward to fit as any product of this type, but once you've managed it the product does a good job.


The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds
The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds
by John Higgs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars much better than I'd hoped, 17 Oct 2014
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I bought this on a whim, and rapidly discovered that it was much, much better than I'd hoped. More than just an expose of the main men from the KLF, the book takes its readers down many winding alleyways of thought, motivation and mental process. It provides signposts, theories and explanations , but never in a heavy handed fashion. Always there is enough space for a reader to make up his own mind. There is much in this book concerning what inspired the KLF, and what may have been behind their complex story, as well as a liberal humour. Written from an unbiased perspective, it's not a 'fanboy' special, and will make any discerning reader reconsider the world around them. Highly recommended.


Asus Xonar DSX 7.1 PCI Express 1.0 Sound Card
Asus Xonar DSX 7.1 PCI Express 1.0 Sound Card
Price: £38.98

5.0 out of 5 stars it's happy days. Being ASIO the card works beautifully, 17 Oct 2014
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Bought this after getting fed up with trying to wrangle a Creative card. Since then, it's happy days. Being ASIO the card works beautifully, especially with higher end software such as Adobe Audition CS6. Sound in is free of issues, and sound out is absolutely gorgeous, obviously providing you have some decent speakers attached to your system. Installation is easy, and the provided drivers disk does the job without issue, also adding a nifty little control panel, but none of the claptrap that other sound card makers foist upon their customers. Inputs are limited when compared to some cards, but adequate for most users this side of a professional musician. Great value, and highly recommended.


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