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Milwaukee M12BPD-202C Sub Compact Percussion Drill
Milwaukee M12BPD-202C Sub Compact Percussion Drill
Price: £141.71

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What made Milwaukee famous? Not their drills., 30 Oct. 2015
I purchased this as part of the twin pack (with an impact driver). The salesman waxed lyrical on its performance, reliability and warranty and threw in a bit set to tempt me to buy.
The impact driver is the bee's knees. Blows away the opposition. It has been hammered and keeps on impacting any screw into anything with a minimum of effort.
The drill, well, it's not had a lot of use and is used by someone who is not forcing it through a wall with bulging biceps or using oversized drills but after six months and its first real sustained job it was found to be wanting. The chuck jammed when fully open and when freed made a clattering sound that finally stopped when gripping a drill. The same thing happened when it was fully closed. This happened when you powered it open and when you hand opened it to the maximum opening and vice versa. It would seem to be a clutch problem, however it has been back and forth to MW five times and had two new chucks and not resolved the problem. The last reason given was that I wasn't using it properly by power opening and closing the chuck. ??? A new one on me and just about everyone I know. My previous Draper 12v drill (a massive £29 five or more years ago never did this and is still going strong.) Oh and the reverse switch jams, been back for that, and it still jams. Oh and it cuts out on the trigger as well, been back for that as well and guess what, it still cuts out.
As for the free bits box, maybe they were free cos the impact driver strips them at first attempt to put in a screw. Hey ho.


Lowepro Scope Photo Travel 350 AW, LP36358-PEU
Lowepro Scope Photo Travel 350 AW, LP36358-PEU

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to replace my Lowepro shoulder bag Good points: well insulated, 19 July 2015
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It's smaller on the inside.

Purchased this for my Nikon camera gear, including a Tamron 600mm TF. Wanted to replace my Lowepro shoulder bag

Good points: well insulated, nicely finished, sits properly on back with adjustment, laptop space, two front pockets and tripod carrier.

Bad points: Will not take the 600mm on camera with the grip on the lens, rather annoying. If you force it in, can't get it out. Nikon 7100 does not fit in camera slot properly with any but smallest lens on its side or back. Once laptop is in bag, you can't get it out without removing the big lens as it's too tight. Put 600mm in tele slot on its own and you can't get it out as the pouch only opens at the top. Other pockets are wrong sizes for a single lens so they jostle each other, there is only one divider pouch and if you have two lenses in one pouch, guess what, in a hurry, one falls out as you grab the other. Why don't the pouches reflect standard supplied lens sizes, either in diameter or length, we all have the short lens, the short and medium zoom and they are all similar in sizeTrouble is, once you look for fault you find it. No water bottle pocket, the little side pocket is way too small for modern water bottles and no pocket on other side. Nowhere for your sandwiches and no clips for a ground roll, so not much use for a day out by itself.

My shoulder bag, with some adjustment, takes the camera kit better. It may not take a laptop but I can grab and shoot far easier.

Grumble


Fairest Volume 2: Hidden Kingdom TP
Fairest Volume 2: Hidden Kingdom TP
by Lauren Beukes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance, 23 Feb. 2014
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A superb book in the fables world. All of a sudden the series has taken off again.

Manga meets Fables in an interesting story. Well worth the reading, even if you don't quite understand all of it!


Fairest In All the Land HC
Fairest In All the Land HC
by Bill Willingham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking once again, 23 Feb. 2014
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Superb book,

Fables just really flies in this one. Makes up for a few less than great books in the series. This is excellent every which way, story, artwork, plot.....

Keep at it Bill!!!


Raspberry Pi in easy steps
Raspberry Pi in easy steps
by Mike McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easy steps, for who?, 23 Feb. 2014
I have a collection of 'Easy Steps' books, all of which I have used, and am using, such as the 'Windows 8'. However this book is a completely different kettle of fish.
It is not a book for children, it is not a book for teenagers unless they are at ALevel standard. Indeed it is a book written for experienced users of programming languages that understand the whole deal of addressing I/O and so forth, as well as addressing directories and the computer in the Linux version of DOS.
I'm a systems engineer working in industrial PLC's and also often writing operating manuals, and I found the book all but impossible to follow. I programmed one of the first games on a Sinclair and I write massive Access progs as well as machine code based PLC's, but this book defeated me.
It is written for the American market, (set your zone to EST???).
It has a nice layout, twice, of the GP10 breakout, but no consistent listing of all the linux commands and what description there is leaves much to your ability to work out the consequence of the command, a bit fundamental that.
We then move onto the Python language.
I know less about it now than when I started, which language is it based on?
The way it is presented makes it so slippery to understand, you can see why it is called Python.
Maybe the book should be subtitled 'Monty'....

Lovely colour pictures, most all but pointless

Very not happy. For very advanced beginners only. (A contradiction in terms?)

Heyho
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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty Epic, 7 May 2011
Trying not to write spoilers, hence the vagueness here and there
Kings, knights, princesses and dragons, all vying for a place in history.
This is Gemmell not Eddings, with blood, guts, muck, whores and sex. No elves or orcs, but halfmen and a dwarf, set in a believable medieval world with just enough 'magic' to make it more than a history of Europe transposed onto another world.
People die in this, horribly, just as they did in the never ending wars in europe following the fall of Rome. Men fight for women and women for men, chivalry is a dispensible tool and the masses get slaughtered.
A unified Kingdom is split asunder following a murder and then everyone is taking on everyone else.
Mr Martin has set himself quite a goal, writing down this epic for others to share. In general it is not too wordy, but could do with a bit more action, as each book spends a lot of the first half working up to the second half and then sometimes the battles are a report received after the event.
The characterisation is interesting, apart from the King, Eddard Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Bran Stark and Jon Snow, all the other male characters are sketches and of those above the King is Oberon/ William Rufus, Eddard, Ivanhoe, Tyrion a dwarf and Bran a cripple, with Jon banished to the wastes. The main strong characters are all women, Catelyn, Cersei, Ayra, Sansa, Dany and various other mystic women. In fact generally the female characters are more interesting with more to say whilst the men get on and kill each other. Robb Stark, a main player in the first two books is a sketch and rarely in the narrative.
The books rattle along through time at a pace of a Dr Who adventure, with months flying by between the set pieces.
All in all well worth a read, and maybe buying the video....


Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights, Live at Wacken [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights, Live at Wacken [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Vinny Appice
Price: £13.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mob Rules One Last Time, 1 Jan. 2011
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Bought the DVD as it has the entire concert (the cd doesn't). It is worth every penny. This really blows away the Radio City DVD. This is a band going for it at a Festival, hard, fast and raw about the edges. Amazing to think of when three of the band are over sixty. There is a lot more interaction evident than on the Radio City DVD. Tony Iommi, post his arm operation really goes for it, watch Die Young, and Heaven and Hell for a lesson in rock guitar. The mix allows you to see Geezer and Vinnie working like trojans to deliver that awesome rythmn section. Any bass guitarist should watch this as a masterclass, any lead guitarist should watch, this is what a REAL bass guitar is about.
Ronnie is in great form, the audience are in his hand though he messes up a few lines and seems a bit breathless. Hindsight makes you wonder what he or the band knew about his state of health with Tony following him about the stage more than I can recall from other live gigs. As ever Heaven and Hell is the centrepiece and this is a longer version than Radio City, (though Birmingham UK tops this at about 32 minutes long)and more like Wicked World with Geezer following the entire solo. Ronnie suddenly throws in 'It's all crap!' toward the end of the song, which just makes you wonder....
Buy it, it's worth every penny and should be 'Live DVD of 2009'
A fitting tribute to Mr Dio.
It's Heaven and Hell!


Sid Meier's Civilization V
Sid Meier's Civilization V

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Steamrollered, 28 Sept. 2010
A Civ fan, and a Europa III fan as well, been waiting for this for ages

Game: Nice graphics, nothing special, rather large and clunky. Tech Tree reduced, reducing research diversity. Virtually no religion and politics, further reducing diversity. Seems to be designed for Dummies. Hex board nice idea. None stacking military units and no passing through another unit wrecks warfare, why not just have a stack limit and take some tips from war biased strategy games? All military units appear to be amphibious. City States good idea. Noisy and nosey advisors a bad idea. After all these years is this the best they could do? Its almost Civ 1 with posh graphics rather than a progression from CIV 4. Overall I found it too easy and rather boring, an hour's play is quite enough and there is no chance of a 3.am 'must see this through' scenario. Maybe they should have overhauled CIV 4 instead.

Steam: Ah well! The crunch bit. Latest drivers and fast internet a must, or a long walk with the dogs whilst it loads. Without the latest drivers for a decent graphics card this crashes constantly. At least you can set it up for offline mode. Quite what Civ is doing in bed with Steam is a mystery and now you have to have Steam running on your computer whatever mode, like it or not, if you play Civ. At least you can switch it off from the Start menu.

If it was any other game other than CIV I'd not bother reloading it if it crashed.

Overall, a waste of 5 Gigs of memory.


Jack of Fables: Turning Pages v.5
Jack of Fables: Turning Pages v.5
by Matthew Sturges
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the crux, 15 July 2009
Things are starting to make sense, almost! Once Bigby turns up, you know there is some glue in there somewhere. Running two timelines is always a risky business and these books assume a knowledge we probably don't have, just to keep us guessing. Nasty characters abound and the Page sisters are the (almost) nice girls that have, a'la Alan Clarke, all fallen for the same man. The plot is obviously going places (there being a crossover volume) but who knows what will happen, Fables have their own lives!
BTW (for the addicted), why hasn't Robin Hood been reincarnated?


Jack of Fables: Americana v. 4
Jack of Fables: Americana v. 4
by Bill Willingham
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Left field entry, 15 July 2009
Well, just when you had Fables sorted, they go ploughing off into a new field. Just as 'Revise' turned up out of the blue, then 'Americana' can as well. The story is great, it's just the fitting of it into 'Fableverse' that takes you by surprise. By this volume BW must be back off of holiday as it is much better than the previous collection, trouble is, it really seems to be written mainly for an American audience as it is nearly all American characters, whereas Fables has characters from all our stories. This narrows its appeal, I'm widely read and go back far enough, but to younger readers a proportion is lost in the translation across the pond.
However, despite that, it's still worth a read purely for the imagination and artwork.


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