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Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 512GB MX100 SATA 2.5 Inch 7mm SSD Includes 9.5mm Adapter
Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 512GB MX100 SATA 2.5 Inch 7mm SSD Includes 9.5mm Adapter
Price: £158.66

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective, good value, upgrade, 13 Dec. 2014
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Crucial SSDs have an established reputation with Mac users. This one went into a late 2010 MacBook Pro without problems (it was a snug fit without the supplied spacer - it's not really an adaptor - so I didn't bother with it).
I plugged the SSD into an existing USB SATA desktop enclosure and used the Mac OS Disk Utility to format it and clone the original disk. The only problem after installation was that some Logic Pro plug-ins were no longer recognised. Reinstalling Logic Pro cured this. I have given the SSD just four stars, perhaps harshly, because performance-wise it is held back by the MacBook's 3Gbs SATA bus. It still performs briskly compared to the original hard disk. I consider it a good value upgrade at £149.


The Leopard [Blu-ray] [1963]
The Leopard [Blu-ray] [1963]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £13.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 17 Sept. 2013
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Forty years ago, when I was a teenager, I remember walking out of the cinema during The Leopard. This was an immature response and I wasn't prepared for its three hour length (apparently Visconti supervised its reduction from a 205 minute version). If viewers can adjust to its slow, stately pace, they will appreciate its brilliant sense of place and period and the film will not pall. It manages to bring together the broad sweep of Italian 19th century national unification, the local effect on the remote province of Sicily, and the impacts on the personal world of an aristocrat who is blessed (or cursed) with a profound awareness of the waning of the social setting on which his power and privilege is based. The characters, and the Prince of Salina in particular, are presented sympathetically. His hobby of astronomy epitomises his distance and objective contemplation of events. His analysis of his situation is fatalistic. "This violence of landscape, this cruelty of climate, this continual tension in everything, and even these monuments to the past, magnificent yet incomprehensible because not built by us... All these things have formed our character, which is thus conditioned by events outside our control as well as by a terrifying insularity of mind."

There are some celebrated 'big' sequences (street fighting, the lengthy ball scene, the church service with the Prince and his party sitting in the pews covered in travel dust). There are also many excellent 'small' scenes between, for example, the Prince and his servants or his resident priest, which are wry and wonderfully revealing of the prevailing quasi-feudal social relations. The only slightly off note (pun intended) is the musical score which is intrusive and over-wrought.

The quality of the restoration of the blu ray is excellent, doing justice to both the rugged landscape and the lush interiors. A film that fully deserves its classic reputation.


Apple Magic Trackpad
Apple Magic Trackpad
Price: £49.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a mouse, 30 April 2013
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This review is from: Apple Magic Trackpad (Accessory)
Rather expensive but very pleasant to use - I am glad I didn't opt for a mouse.
Setup is straightforward but very occasionally (once a month) communciation with my Mac Mini
is lost for a second or two, usually on start up, but it re-establishes by itself.


Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012)
Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012)

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice thing in a small box, 30 April 2013
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This is such a neat little package. If I wanted to transport it between sites it would easily fit into my manbag, leaving room for my lunch and a paperback. All the inputs and outputs line up in a row at the back together with the recessed On/Off switch. This arrangement may or may not be convenient in your layout. As both SD and USB slots are duplicated on the edge of my monitor it works very well for my desktop.
I use a bluetooth Apple keyboard and trackpad. The Mini drives a 24 inch Dell U2413 monitor via the Thunderbolt port using a lead that was supplied with the monitor: setup was straightforward. With the monitor sitting on a £12 Fellowes monitor stand and the box itself tucked out of sight directly underneath it, lead clutter has been minimised. I bought short (0.5m) ethernet and USB leads to connect to peripherals to keep things tidy.
The Mini's operation is invariably silent with the fan rarely audible though the operating temp is obviously dependent on the CPU load and how many cores are in use.
I decided to increase the RAM to 8GB (Corsair CMSX4GX3M1A1600C9 - about £45). No problems.
Inevitably, the Mini variants lacking an SSD or fusion drive take a bit of a speed hit although its overall performance is fine.

My only (minor) quibble - occasionally communication with the trackpad gets lost after startup for a second or two before the link re-establishes itself.


Corsair CMSX4GX3M1A1600C9 NB Vengeance Performance 4GB 1600MHz CL DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Module
Corsair CMSX4GX3M1A1600C9 NB Vengeance Performance 4GB 1600MHz CL DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Module
Price: £30.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent price-performance, 24 Mar. 2013
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'Vengeance', what a ridiculous tag for computer memory - nearly put me off but it was the best price-performance around at the time. This was destined for a late 2012 Mac mini. The latencies of 9-9-9-24 are slightly superior to the 11-11-11-27 of the widely available equivalent Kingston and Crucial SODIMMs which were more expensive by quite a margin. There are occasional suggestions on some forums that Corsair sticks can give problems in Macs but these two met the specification and passed a memory test perfectly.


Kingston Technology DT111/32GB 32GB USB 3 Data Traveler 111
Kingston Technology DT111/32GB 32GB USB 3 Data Traveler 111

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery, Good value, 24 Mar. 2013
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This is my first USB3 device. I haven't measured the speed precisely but the improvement over USB2 is enormous. I have some quibbles. 1: When plugged into my Dell U2413 monitor it repeatedly generates a Mac OS error message about not being unmounted properly (it works perfectly when plugged into the Mac mini itself so it may not necessarily be the memory at fault). 2: There is a nasty, completely detachable, plastic cover for the metal end - it does clip on the rear end of the stick for storage but its not an elegant solution. 3: There is no activity LED. 4: A minor but irritating feature: the Data Traveller 111 plugs in to the monitor with the 'top'/front side, judged as the side with writing on it, facing away from the user. This is counter-intuitive (and my Kingston USB2 Data Traveller is inserted with the top side, with an LED, facing the user) .


SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16 GB Class 10 Memory Card 45 MB/s (SDSDX-016G-X46)
SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16 GB Class 10 Memory Card 45 MB/s (SDSDX-016G-X46)
Offered by MyMemory
Price: £12.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SanDisk reliability, 25 Oct. 2012
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This card is being used to store the Linux OS on a Raspberry Pi micro-computer, possibly a rather specialised application. It worked first time. In this setting, it is very hard to judge read and write speeds precisely as there are so many other variables operating. While the 'Extreme' range is fast, the 45MB/s printed on the label is notional. This is the fourth SanDisk SD I have purchased over the course of three years, the others for DSLRs, and all have performed flawlessly. I judge this brand's reliability and speed to justify its top-end prices.


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