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HP Pavilion 15-AK002NA P0G80EA Intel® 2300 MHz 1000 GB 8192 MB GEFORCE GTX950M
HP Pavilion 15-AK002NA P0G80EA Intel® 2300 MHz 1000 GB 8192 MB GEFORCE GTX950M

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best avoided., 25 Feb. 2016
A decent size laptop, with reasonable processor and NVidia graphics card. DVD drive included and full size keyboard.

The problems are, the keyboard is OK, but needs a firmer touch than many previous keyboards. This was really annoying for the first week or so, but I am getting used to it. I still can't type at full speed on here (for example speed came out as sped), but it is OK.

The biggest issue by far is the graphics drivers. Not the NVidia one, that works pretty well, but the drivers for the Intel graphics chipset are pathetic. I can cause a driver error within 30 seconds on demand, simply by surfing the internet. A driver problem should be easy enough to fix, but HP still only provide drivers dated from November 2015. Sure, the HP website says that they are newer (there are some on the HP site dated 24th Feb 2016), but that is the package date. The drivers inside are still old. Really old.

Not good enough for a new laptop, and unfortunately not an isolated incident. The HP forum is full of issues like this, but at least on other models, HP have released newer drivers. And going to the Intel website is no use either. Either the integrated graphics are NOT 530 as it shows in Device Manager, or the HP Windows 10 installation doesn't want people to use newer drivers, but the newer drivers won't install. This model also seems to have been removed from the HP website.

In short, avoid.

Gets two stars because maybe, just maybe, HP haven't abandoned this laptop (it is only a few months old) and might actually release new drivers.


SanDisk SDSDQUN-064G-FFP-A Ultra Android microSDXC UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card + SD Adapter up to 48 MB/s read FFP - 64 GB
SanDisk SDSDQUN-064G-FFP-A Ultra Android microSDXC UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card + SD Adapter up to 48 MB/s read FFP - 64 GB

1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable, 16 Oct. 2015
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Failed after just four months in my phone. A waste of money.


Monuments To An Elegy
Monuments To An Elegy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but impressive, 8 Dec. 2014
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The Pumpkins are one of my favourite bands, but I am not going to ramble on about Mellon Collie, Siamese Dream, etc. Those were great, but in the past.

Monuments is short, very short. Only nine tracks, and only one is longer than four minutes. Still, what is here is good. It is largely a guitar focused album, but there are plenty of keyboards, just not at the expense of the guitars. The vocals are good, and the general feel of the album is not as mellow as Oceania, but more varied and dare I say it interesting than Zeitgeist.

There are some good thumping tracks on here (Tiberius, One and All) and the slightly less so (Being Beige, Run2me). An early standout for me though is Anise! (the exclamation mark is part of the title). Oh, and it has Tommy Lee on drums. Perhaps it is a compliment, but he doesn't dominate the music, and this doesn't sound like a Motley Crue cross over. It just fits together.

I guess the weakest point is the lyrics, but then those have been lazy for years in comparison with the glory years. But this is a different era and different album.

A solid album, and I am looking forward to giving it plenty of ear-time.


Don't Buy It!: The tricks and traps salespeople use and how to beat them
Don't Buy It!: The tricks and traps salespeople use and how to beat them
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of repetition, 22 Jun. 2014
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A lot of the same explanations repeated throughout the book, and (I thought) a lot was common sense. Still, if you are about to buy a house or a car, this books is probably worth buying to know what to beware of. You would easily save the price of the book.

I just can't help feeling slightly unsatisfied though. Maybe because of the length? Or maybe because I expected just a bit more detail.
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Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions
Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, but could have been more., 12 Feb. 2014
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If you are new to the UCS world, this is not the worst place to start. For a server guy, the integration and convergence of the network and server side can be a bit overwhelming and a steep learning curve. There are a lot of networking concepts and equipment (VLAN's, port channels, Fabric interconnects, spanning tree, etc). that need to be picked up in relatively short time, and when you add the complexity and demands of different networking requirements (iSCSI, FC, LAN) to a solution that uses virtual adapters, you need a book that will walk you through it.

This book is half-way there. Using the book alongside the UCS emulator will get you a basic understanding of how the UCS bits fit together and how they are configured, but there isn't much in the way of real world experience or recommendations here. If you want guidance on how many adapters to put on each blade, or the best configuration for boot-from-iSCSI using VMware, that isn't here. Sure, it will help you put your own design into practice, but you need to draw on other sources for best practices.


2 Compatible Black / Tri-Colour Printer Ink Cartridges for HP Photosmart C3100 - High Capacity
2 Compatible Black / Tri-Colour Printer Ink Cartridges for HP Photosmart C3100 - High Capacity
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Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap garbage. Stay away, 20 Dec. 2013
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I ordered two cartridges, a colour, and a B&W one. The colour one was OK, but the B&W, which I have just installed a couple of weeks ago after it sat waiting for a few months is pathetic. I guess the lesson is not to buy until you are ready to use, and perhaps to send a bit more for quality.


Britain Etc.
Britain Etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 25 Oct. 2013
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I enjoyed this book. Twenty-six subjects (one for each letter of the alphabet) arranged in twenty-six chapters.

Mark Easton looks at some very interesting subjects from alcohol, drugs, immigration, knives and youth. Each subject is discussed in terms of the current "British" situation, and then looked at from the view point of history. Explanations for certain current situations (such as the way teenagers are viewed by the older generation, or why the British swear more than some other cultures) are provided and explored. The only thing that I didn't like was when he talked about the role of the press in some chapters. I know he is a press correspondent, but while he covers the damage the press have done (and continue to do) to society, there doesn't seem to be any remorse there. Perhaps it is unfair to tar all journalists with the same brush though.

It is a very easy read, but well cited and sourced, and the range of topics covered should ensure there is something for everyone.

I know some others have mentioned a dislike for the political references, but I found them necessary. I also didn't find them biased in any way. I didn't know his political affiliation before, and still don't!


Viva! Hysteria
Viva! Hysteria
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Def Leppard!, 22 Oct. 2013
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Viva Hysteria is a great addition for any fan of the band, or anyone who was during the Hysteria era. The DVD is fantastically well put together, and of course every song from Hysteria is included live, as recorded at their recent Las Vegas residency. The picture and sound are crisp and fresh, and there is plenty of material here. Besides the DVD and the audio of the main event, you also get the opening act where the "Ded Flatbird's" opened for the band playing some of the lesser known songs, with a good smattering of High n Dry, and On Through the Night.

Obviously you would expect a band that has played together for so long to be polished and tight, and they are. It seem that meticulous detail has been applied to keep the Def Leppard sound, despite the band ageing. Perhaps lead singer Joe Elliot's voice is the only surprise if you haven't heard the band for a while. It obviously isn't as strong as it was during the Hysteria (and later) tours, and I was surprised at how many lines Phil Collen gets, but, the band work together to ensure the show is still good. Compared to some other rock stars of a similar generation, it has probably held up quite well.

Overall, a great package, from a great band.


The Heroes: A First Law Novel (First Law World 2)
The Heroes: A First Law Novel (First Law World 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go on, be a hero, 22 Oct. 2013
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The Heroes is another great book by Abercrombie. The Heroes are a group of tactically important stones on top of a hill, in an area that is the focus of a defining battle between the forces of the North, and the Union, Abercrombie takes us through the next few days from the view of different people on both sides.

This is no glossy Battle of Helm's Deep, with smiling elves and dwarves killing nameless faceless orcs. This is dirtier than that. It is gritty, messy, and at times disturbing. There is a real mix of characters here, from those that live for the battle and don't want it to end, to those who were enticed by the thought of fame and fortune, but now only just want to survive, and of course, it is surprising which is which. There is also no falling back on the tried and trusted. It would have been easy to bring back much loved characters like The Bloody Nine, or Sand Dan Glotka (major and popular characters from the First Law trilogy), but we have other (perhaps more minor) characters from there and they are given a chance to shine.

But it isn't all details from the front, there is of course a fair share of the equivalent of back-room politics, rivalries, and drama.

And it is all good.


My Beautiful England
My Beautiful England
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great snapshot of life, 10 Oct. 2013
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This isn't the kind of book I would normally read, but as someone who spent some time growing up in Burnley, is married to an immigrant, and has also been an immigrant, it was firmly put on my "to read" list when I heard about it. After all, how many books have been based in Burnley!

This story of the three women and their experiences coming to a town in Northern England was good to read. I could empathise with what they were going through (at least to some degree), and I thought the author did a great job of creating and describing the characters thoughts and experiences. The three women come from vastly different backgrounds and this came through well. At times, I couldn't help feel a little sad and depressed at the situations described, but then that is how life is for some people unfortunately.

Ultimately, given the fluidity of population movement in the modern world, I think this is a book that a lot of people would enjoy, and get something out of.


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