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Sony NWZB172 2GB Walkman MP3 Player with USB - Black
Sony NWZB172 2GB Walkman MP3 Player with USB - Black

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Maybe or maybe not, 21 July 2012
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This is basically a simple and fairly easy to use player which for me is about the right size but it has several features which stop me getting really excited about it.
On the good side - it has direct USB charging with quick charging time and fast load/erase cycle.
I don't use playlists but prefer to transfer albums in folders straight from my MP3 archive and change them it every few weeks. Access to files via folders is quite straight forward. Go to Music/Folder/ and drill down via the big central button to the Album you want or 'Play All' from any folder level.
Skipping forward/backward through tracks is quite straight forward from the 2-way outer wheel which you also use to select menu categories. Supplied earphones are quite good quality but I prefer the rubber type that push right into the ear and don't keep falling out so changed these. The built in voice recorder does a pretty good job although you cant use it to record from the radio because this model doesn't have a radio. Memory is small -2Gb unexpandable but there is a more expensive 4Gb version available which I didn't realise when I bought this.
There is also a useful 'Hold' button to stop jogging the controls in your pocket and has the usual repeat-shuffle options which I never use and you'll probably want to overide the annoying button beeps which default to on. The unit remembers where it was when switched off/on or after using the voice recording feature which is very handy.

On the negative side the unit can be quite frustrating for several reasons.
a) The quality of sound is very good but for me volume is almost but not quite high enough. When using on the subway train I have to set everything to max and set the graphic equalisers to max to get sufficient signal. With classical music with quiet passages or slightly under recorded mp3's you'll be struggling to hear it clearly in a noisy environment. For indoor use and normal quiet walking with well recorded mp3's though it is OK.
b) The volume - bass boost - recorder buttons are all flush and on the same side of the unit and you are continually fumbling and hitting the wrong switch so this is a big nuisance. You'll have to hold the unit really close and read the tiny letters on the switches to be sure what you're doing.
c) With the base boost on the blue ring light is continually flashing in time with the music which wastes battery power although this can be suppressed in the options menu.
d) The Zapping in - Zapping out track monitor feature is highly irritating and utterly useless. Unfortunately its easy to invoke this by accident.
e) The display screen is tiny. Unless you have Eagle eyes you'll need to take reading glasses and a magnifying glass on your walk. This is a shame because the unit is wide enough to have a much larger easy to read display screen.

To end on a high note this is a very nice looking unit and battery life is great and if you have access to a computer most times, as I do, a quick recharge is only ever a few minutes away and this will last for many hours. In use I have found the interface quite intuitive and it plays mp3's 'GAPLESS'. For a person like me who plays a lot of opera and classics this is a godsend.For those who don't know what gapless play is, almost every low cost mp3 player forms a 3 second gap between tracks even when the CD has no gap i.e. where there is a change of title in a continuous piece such as Sgt Peppers LHB. or any opera. Those of you plagued by this on your PC with windows media player should download 'foobar' its free and also plays mp3's gapless.

Anyway Bottom line - would I buy another if I lost it. Definitely ?? Well - Maybe., but I'd get the 4gb unit!

Footnote : After a year or so got fed up with hard to see buttons and screen and bought Sandisk Clip+ (8gb) This was cheaper and easier to use in practice and , with a small modification to settings to bypass EU restrictions its 'louder' as well. Also plays Gapless and has a fairly good radio.

Footnote 2 : OK so my Sansa Clip battery gave out after only six months so now I'm using the Sony again. Same amazing battery performance - if only they would remove the EU decibel restrictions as Sansaclip did and make it easier to read.!


O Brother, Where Art Thou? [DVD] [2000]
O Brother, Where Art Thou? [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.98

4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars O Brother - What a bore, 16 July 2012
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There are very few films I've not managed to see all the way through but this is one of them. I bought this off the back of 'Michael Clayton' - which is a thoughtful masterpiece and decided I'd give George Clooney another go but sadly this was not even in the same league. Basically a story of three runaway convicts during the American depression and the plot and dialogue is wholly unbelievable and utterly stupid from the the first moment to the point where you can't take it any more and switch off. For instance it starts out with our three dopey friends escaping a chain gang by progressively running away then ducking into a cornfield, all in plain sight of and completely unnoticed by the nearby prison guards. The plot continues to lack all credibility and scenes are all bleached clean of all their green tint presumably to give a sort of oldy worldy sepialine tint to everything and this also fails to convince. Many of the scenes, like the baptism ' are taken directly from the excellent ' Emperor of the North ' with Lee Marvin and which anyone interested in this era should watch. After about an hour I actually found the film physically painful to watch so decided to end the torture and watch Michael Clayton again.
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iBoutique Retractable IB32GUSB2 32GB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Elite Flash Drive - Jet Black
iBoutique Retractable IB32GUSB2 32GB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Elite Flash Drive - Jet Black
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little stick with big memory., 14 Jun. 2012
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Good little unit. Fast transfer times so suitable for live TV recording and playback which is what I bought it for.
Light weight and nice matt black finish. Only slight niggle is that apart from the red light its exactly symetrical
so sometimes I try to put it in wrong way round. This is quite a common annoyance with memory sticks so not really a complaint. Red 'unit active' light is handy as is huge 32gig memory.
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Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Flat Front Wiper Blades (22IG3230) 10/06-03/08
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Flat Front Wiper Blades (22IG3230) 10/06-03/08
Offered by PE16 Car Parts
Price: £18.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended alternative to rip-off manufacture replacements, 25 Mar. 2012
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I purchased these for my 2008 C4 Picasso with some trepidation having been quoted over three times as much for manufacturer replacement. I'm a bit ham-fisted with little plastic clips and things so was a bit dismayed when I opened the box to find a variety of different shaped clips and not very clear instructions for the many types of cars and as to which combination of clips suited which models of car. However for the C4 I simply guessed it was the 2 flat fixings which had to be pushed together and then onto the arm and this turned out to be the right combination so all was well.
The units arrived promptly and well packed and right size and once assembled fitted onto the wiper arms in seconds. Quality seems fine so far. Five stars but would the manufacture please note clearer instructions on what-clips for what-car would be of benefit to thickheads like myself, or just get your dispatch dept. to run a pencil around the appropriate diagram depending on the model car ordered for.

Would all manufacturers please note a replaceable rubber insert system, which used to be available, would be better still, and much more in the spirit of the sustainable earth society.

PT
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9.1/2 Weeks [1985] [DVD]
9.1/2 Weeks [1985] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mickey Rourke
Price: £4.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but underdeveloped plot., 25 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: 9.1/2 Weeks [1985] [DVD] (DVD)
A rather strange film that always threatens to become very sinister but never quite does.
Good performances from Rourke and Basinger about a classy but mixed up couple in the buisiness world - Art and Finance who are bordering but never arriving at a very kinky sex relationship until the last scenes where it all gets a bit out of hand. Very nicely filmed and very watchable but the lack of a developing plot leads to some sense of wandering and tedium before the end, so not one you'll be watching over and over. Just the same not a bad view and if you don't pay too much for it as I didn't , you'll probably think it was OK value, as I did.


TeckNet 10.2" Black Neoprene Netbook/Tablet Sleeve Case Bag For iPad, iPad 2 and other 10.2" Notebook
TeckNet 10.2" Black Neoprene Netbook/Tablet Sleeve Case Bag For iPad, iPad 2 and other 10.2" Notebook

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite big enough for Toshiba 550D, 12 Feb. 2012
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A good quality little bag but only just big enough for Toshiba 550D so a bit disappointed.
Also side pocket not deep enough for external dvd. I've upgraded the review to 4 stars from 3 because after a few months use thw bag has stretched a bit and now Toshiba fits snuggly but still only just.


Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)
Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The trouble with youth is that its wasted on young people., 5 Oct. 2011
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This is quite a short book but a 'must have' for any serious Oscar Wilde enthusiast. OW was a highly intelligent and quick witted person and this comes through in his writings and quotations. He is apparently the most quoted writer after Shakespear. I'm not totally an Oscar Wilde fan because unfortunately his wisdom doesn't seem to have extended itself into his personal life and behaviour. Nevertheless a great, if somewhat brief read, and you'll come to understand the sense of paradox he so frequently applied to his speakings and writings.
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The U-boat Peril: An Anti-submarine Commander's War
The U-boat Peril: An Anti-submarine Commander's War
by Bob Whinney
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars We may wander but we never err., 5 Oct. 2011
This is an excellent and entirely authentic telling of the missions of the destroyer HMS Wanderer after her refit to a long range escort vessel for the second half of WW2.
I was intrigued by this book because my father Fred Taylor served on this ship as a radar and asdics operator during the war and personally told me many fascinating and amusing stories about his experiences on it including being the leader of the ships band.
The Wanderer had an extremely sucessful career and was directly responsible for leading many attacks on U-boats ,actually sinking 5 of them, and was involved in many other convoy and escort duties, rescues, and other actions. The book is intelligently written by its skipper Bob Whinney who recounts not only the dangers and triumphs but also some amusing personal disasters, like running the ship aground during a bird shoot.
A great read for anyone who would like an insight into the day-to-day hazards, trials and tribulations of running a warship on active duty.
The review title was the ships motto among the crew.


The U-Boat Peril: A Fight for Survival (Cassell Military Classics)
The U-Boat Peril: A Fight for Survival (Cassell Military Classics)
by Bob Whinney
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We may wander but we never err., 5 Oct. 2011
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This is an excellent and entirely authentic telling of the missions of the destroyer HMS Wanderer after her refit to a long range escort vessel for the second half of WW2.
I was intrigued by this book because my father Fred Taylor served on this ship as a radar and asdics operator during the war and personally told me many fascinating and amusing stories about his experiences on it including being the leader of the ships band.
The Wanderer had an extremely sucessful career and was directly responsible for leading many attacks on U-boats ,actually sinking 5 of them, and was involved in many other convoy and escort duties, rescues, and other actions. The book is intelligently written by its skipper Bob Whinney who recounts not only the dangers and triumphs but also some amusing personal disasters, like running the ship aground during a bird shoot.
A great read for anyone who would like an insight into the day-to-day hazards, trials and tribulations of running a warship on active duty.
The review title was the ships motto among the crew.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Calculator, 21 Sept. 2011
This is a great little pocket calculator with nice action ( plastic ) keys, has all the usual functions including memory , % and sq root and has an incredibly useful feature whereby both last answer and memory can be restored after 'auto power off' .
Decimal can be set to floating, 2 point or no decimal by combined press of M+ and C-CE keys. I actually prefer 3 point for metric M/mm calculations but there you go.
I have bought two of these and for office desktop use also have the more expensive and more luxurious EL-387V which also has a resume feature and can be set to 3 point decimal. Both are highly recommended.


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