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MS6813 Digital Network Lan Cable Coax Telephone Line Tester Detector Tracker
MS6813 Digital Network Lan Cable Coax Telephone Line Tester Detector Tracker

3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of bang for very little buck!, 28 Nov. 2013
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I've been playing with this for a couple of weeks now, getting to grips with its pros and cons, and I have to say that for the £29 I paid for it, this versatile tester is well worth the money. I have to take issue with one of the reviews that has been posted so far. I don't know exactly what the reviewer was expecting but he seems unduly surprised that he has to physically touch the cable he is following with the remote end of the tone tracer; I've used tone testers that cost well over £100 than this one and they essentially work in exactly the same way as this!

What you generally have to do with these things is strip some cable, clip your crocodile clips on a couple of wires (preferably not belonging to the same twisted pair) turn on the tone and trace it along with the probe. Undoubtedly the best feature of the MS6813, however, is that it has a number of adaptors (RJ45, RJ11 and BNC) that can be used in preference to the standard crocodile clips. If the target cable is dead, I've found the trace works just fine. The downside of the MS6813 though, in comparison to the more expensive testers I have used, is that the tone produced is relatively weak; if the cable is live, for example if it is a data cable going into a switch, you're unlikely to receive much (if any) of a tone to trace. In this instance (if you're working with 10/100BASE-T ethernet), to improve your chances of producing a tone you should revert to the crocodile clips, utilizing one strand of each of the redundant twisted pairs, clipping to either blue/blue & white and brown/brown & white.

Another reviewer points out that the buttons are fiddly. I did not find this to be the case. I do however think the removal of anything plugged into the RJ45 transmitter is a somewhat fiddly job as it's difficult to get your fingers in to release the prong.


Sleuth [DVD]
Sleuth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.61

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 to Caine, 19 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Sleuth [DVD] (DVD)
The first time I watched this, I'm not embarrassed to say, I just didn't get it at all. Being a huge fan of the Anthony Shaffer/Joseph L. Mankiewicz version, all I noticed -- through my tears, and between sighs -- were Harold Pinter's drastic alterations and the frosty overall tone. "Surely there's enough misery in the world," I told my cat, "without necessitating the surgical removal of every ounce of pleasure from two hours of delightfully witty entertainment." The cat concurred: "CCTV and homoerotic overtones are no substitute for good, old-fashioned belly laughs. Meow!"

It was only when I watched it a second time that I realised there are more good things than bad on offer, and I began to appreciate Pinter's novel tinkering with the character relationships. For instance, Andrew Wyke's (Michael Caine's) adulterous spouse is now an old man's trophy wife, rather than a toy boy's meal ticket. More interesting still, Pinter turns the love-triangle completely on its head, leaving the woman out in the cold, for a time at least.

The use of CCTV to internalise the outside world is ingenious, but it creates a glaring problem that the script fails to address: prospective burglar Milo Tindle (Jude Law) doesn't think to ask Wyke about the ubiquitous cameras, and strangely but conveniently, Detective Inspector Black never asks to see any surveillance footage of Tindle's visit. The 1972 "Sleuth" was a fascinating summit meeting of two very different acting schools; the 2007 version is more David versus Goliath than a clash of titans, and Jude Law definitely forgot to bring his slingshot. Seemingly aware that he is being acted off the screen, Law overplays to the hilt. Caine, however, is brilliant.
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Stendhal Syndrome [1996] [DVD]
Stendhal Syndrome [1996] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Asia Argento
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £3.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Argento's best since "Opera", 16 July 2007
I don't find myself saying this about most recent Dario Argento - where the holes in the plot only widen under scrutiny - but, though flawed, this film actually improves with repeated viewings. We'll have to wait and see how his conclusion to his "Three Mothers" trilogy turns out but, for the time being, this is easily his best work starring his daughter Asia. The previous "Trauma" was little short of an absolute mess in which, whatever good intentions he may have started out with, Dario struggled to tie his anorexic heroine to the ludicrous plot. With "The Stendhal Syndrome" he deals again with psychological illness, this time more successfully despite the somewhat trivial nature of the titular condition.

The first 20 minutes or so has an extraordinary hallucinatory quality and is quite masterfully directed. Anna Manni (Asia Argento) visits the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, has a powerful reaction - the Stendhal Syndrome - to some of the paintings, faints, injures herself in falling and wakes up with short term memory loss, not knowing who she is. Dazed and confused she staggers outside where a 'helpful stranger' catches up with her, returns her abandoned handbag, puts her in a taxi and dispatches her back to her hotel. Once there, Anna begins to regain her memory while hallucinating under the joint influences of prescribed medication and a painting on her bedroom wall. This is very cleverly done, for the facts recalled - that she is a police officer from Rome hunting a serial rapist/murderer - are simultaneously revealed to Anna and we, the viewer, increasing our sympathy with her. Returning from her dream, Anna is attacked and raped by the man she is hunting, passes out and awakes to find him in the process of killing another victim with Anna's gun. Anna escapes and, disturbed by her experience, returns to Rome, is placed on light duties and starts seeing a psychiatrist. However, the killer is not finished with her yet...

So far, so good. One would expect there now to ensue a riveting game of cat-and-mouse, but this never really materializes to its full potential. The killer retreats back into the shadows and - curiously, because we know who he is, physically, if not by yet by name - Dario employs his typical subjective camera in his stead. Although there is some suggestion that the murderer views Anna's Stendhal Syndrome as a parallel with the reverie he loses himself in when he attacks women, this promising theme is underdeveloped. Instead, the film chooses - perhaps bravely, perhaps foolishly - to focus on Anna struggling to come to terms with what has happened to her in anticipation of her attacker's next move.

Sadly, as the film begins to plod towards its upsetting (though inevitable/predictable) conclusion our interest does wane. What keeps us watching is the novel inversion of Dario's standard 'giallo' format in which a subjective killer is ultimately unmasked from a group of suspects; as I have mentioned, here, for once, we know the killer's identity yet the film pulls away from him as it progresses. Of course, there is a very good reason for this but, nevertheless, it's still an interesting stylistic departure. It's also refreshing not to have Dario resorting to outrageous trickery to hide his killer; what concealment there is plays pretty fair though unfortunately it's more transparent than subtle.

Three other notable plus-points: a memorable Ennio Morricone score; some vivid location photography in Florence, Rome and Viterbo; and a brief appearance by the still-beautiful Cinzia Monreale, who played the blind girl in Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond" and also starred in Joe D'Amato's "Buio Omega"/"Beyond the Darkness".


Open Season [Us Import]
Open Season [Us Import]
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly essential but pleasant enough, 10 July 2007
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This review is from: Open Season [Us Import] (Audio CD)
This CD mops up some of Feist's collaborations and a smattering of remixes of tracks from her superb album "Let It Die". There's some nice stuff here but the casual fan could certainly live without this. The first two tracks - a solo piano version of "One Evening" by Gonzales and a stripped down acoustic cover of the Bee Gees' "Inside & Out" from a BBC session - are gorgeous. A pity the latter is spoiled by peak-level distortion; the BBC engineer should have been shot.
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Paris 1919
Paris 1919
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Price: £5.51

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant record, but...., 3 Feb. 2007
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This review is from: Paris 1919 (Audio CD)
Firstly, this is a great, great album and ought to be owned by any serious fan of music. That said, it is not without its flaws, which prevent me awarding the full 5 stars. I have serious reservations with the sound of this album. There is a flat, murky quality to the recording which hamstrings the beautiful, lush orchestrations. Also, John's voice is consistently too low in the mix so one finds oneself scrambling for the lyric sheet to work out what he is singing. His voice here sounds untypicaly thin, losing the lovely richness of its bottom end which is one of its greatest charms. I would recommend anyone investigating the back catalogue of John Cale to start with his first Island album, "Fear", which is better produced, much more varied than "Paris 1919" and, in my humble opinion, the better record.


The Mighty Boosh Live [DVD]
The Mighty Boosh Live [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Mighty Boosh
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.17

20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but not that funny, 17 Nov. 2006
This review is from: The Mighty Boosh Live [DVD] (DVD)
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm as big a fan of "The Mighty Boosh" as anyone but this just didn't do it for me. I dare say if you were at one of the shows and had had a few bevvies beforehand it would have been hysterical, but in the sober cold light of day it's just not as funny as it should be. Too much of the material is just stuff recycled from the TV series, and upping the level of vulgarity is no substitute for fresh material in my opinion. With the main feature clocking in at well over 2 hrs and a bonus disc to boot you might be forgiven for thinking this was good value. You'd be wrong; there are long stretches of tedium and there's plenty of filler. On the plus side, Matt Berry pops up as Dixon Bainbridge towards the end but he just serves to remind us how sorely he's been missed for the preceeding 2 hours.


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