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Gorilla Tape 32m
Gorilla Tape 32m
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not with canvas and other porous material, when they get wet it will eventually fall., 17 May 2017
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This review is from: Gorilla Tape 32m (Automotive)
It is good and useful for many uses.
However, the 'water proof' claim should be taken with a pinch of salt dependently on the application.

I have used these product for many years now.
The glue is strong and the backing is such that the tape will stick and bond to itself very well. If you are planning on applying several turns of it, you should end up with a quite solid result.
However, my main use for this is keeping my canvas gazebo in acceptable shape (e.g. no leaks and rips).
It did a very good job of fixing vertical ripsand even roof rips. You want to make sure to apply it when the canvas is nice and dry,and to apply it to both sides and pres.
Little holes here and there have been fixed by application on just one side, and held well for years now.

However, there are two problems:
if you need to apply it to a flat porous surface which is wet, for instance, canvas during or too soon after a rain spell, you are out of luck. It will not stick at all. I can live with this as honestly, it would be nearly magic if it managed to do that.

But, if you apply it to the same material bone dry, and only on one side,it will hold well.
Until it rains and the material gets wet, then it will fall off. It might hold if it is not securing anything.
If the material is non porous, like plastic sheets, it will hold just fine.

Genuine Kangertech 5 x 1.8 Dual Coils
Genuine Kangertech 5 x 1.8 Dual Coils
Offered by HESIRO
Price: £8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Used to be good, now not so much anymore., 15 Aug. 2016
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Had I been reviewing this last year I would have given 4 to 5 stars.
The thing is, I have been vaping for many years now, since when tanks were not around and cartomizers were the thing.
This is just how the market always went.

They come up with a product, and you can bet the coils in the tank box will be excellent. They sell the spares for a while and they are good quality.
Then they slowly start lowering quality control and quality in general for the spares. Whether this is because it saves them money, or simply because it is a way to encourage cusotmers to try the next "new thing", which agian will stay great for not too long, I don't know.

I have to say, these specific coils have done down, but have kept quality high longer than others. You get a few duds, and some clog way faster than they used to. But they are usable and the prices went down as well. After many years of trying all kind of rebuildables, handmade tanks and mods and so forth, these are a decent compromise given I have long stopped the hobby part of it, and just wish for a faff free solution.
Still, if I am vaping good stuff, I take out the good atties.
Initially these were giving a resonably good flavour, now they are ok for run of the mill , cheap juice or DIY.
Delivery and price are both good though.

WiFi AC Adapter Dongle, GMYLE® Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band 802.11ac USB3.0 866.7 Mbps WiFi WLAN 2T2R Network Adapter (Realtek RTL8812AU Chipset)
WiFi AC Adapter Dongle, GMYLE® Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band 802.11ac USB3.0 866.7 Mbps WiFi WLAN 2T2R Network Adapter (Realtek RTL8812AU Chipset)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WiFi AC Adapter, GMYLE® Wireless AC1200 , on ubuntu 14.04 and debian in general (how to have it work), 21 Oct. 2015
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I am rating down two stars due to the claim of being compatible with Linux, which it is but with fiddling, and because of occasional performance issues under windows 7.

Windows 7
4 stars
It works out of the box, good speed generally accessing drives over the network. If all you need it for is accessing the internet, and you have an AC 5ghz router, you will be probably way faster than your internet connection anyway, so it has you covered.
The dongle is quite long. If you are using it with a laptop consider that it will stick out a lot and be in the way.
My solution was to buy a 90 degree usb adapter, so it stick upwards instead than laterally. If you tend and wave your hands a lot, you might decapitate it, but hey, life is a risky business.
Provided software is quite good, and allows for using it as a bridge, even if it didn't work too well for me.
Occasionally, it stops working, which simply requires to unplug it and plug it back. Hence 4 stars.

UPDATE (July 2016): If you are on Linux Ubuntu 16.04, you do not need to follow the procedure I describe below. Just go to Software and Updates , select Additional drivers, with the device plugged in, and it should give you the option to install the drivers. This should be a better option than what compiling the driver manually, as you will not need to repeat the procedure every time you run kernel update, hopefully.
I am not sure what other versions of Linux now support this though. Linux mint might.

Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, debian in general)
The adapter is retailed with the claim that it will work with linux. Users are invited to contact the seller to get the drivers if, like in my case, they don't have a cd reader which can read small format CDs.
It is beyond me why they do not simply provide a link on the product description, but they are responsive.
I sent them a message and within 24h I got back a reply with a link to the content of the cd.
I found out that this can now also be downloaded from the gymle website:
Thing is, the cd did not work at all for me. Instructions are quite complicated and covers a variety of application which 99% of users do not need at all. They just want to get online. Anyway, I followed the instructions to the best of my ability and only got a bunch of errors and wasted a bunch of time.
So, I turned to the Ubuntu community.
This adapter uses a chipset which is quite common: Realtek RTL8812AU chipset (0bda:8812)

Fire the command line (ctrl-alt-t)
With the adapter plugged in type

this lists all usb devices, you should see one with "0bda:8812 Realtek Semiconductor Corp."
if you do, all good

Now, you will need to update, install GIT, a space where developers put their work for everybody to use. In this case, what somebody kindly made available is the driver for your adapter.
sudo apt-get update

then type
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential git

*if* you get any error, try again the two commands, but this time the first will be : sudo apt-get update --fix-missing

then type, one at time, the following commands:
git clone [...]
sudo make install
sudo modprobe 8812au

reconnect your adapter, it should work.
Please note that you have modified the kernel. Never mind what that means, but Ubuntu does update the kernel when updating the rest of the system, so it could undo your work leaving you with no connection.
If this happens, you can restore functionality by recompiling the driver, I suggest you keep the following in a text file handy:
cd ~/rtl8812au
make clean
sudo make install
sudo modprobe 8812au

Another alternative would be to pin the kernel, so to prevent updates to the linux image. But updates are there to keep you safe and keep things working, so it's probably better to simply use the above.

Here is where I got the procedure from:
If you are using linux mint, check this out instead. the procedure is slightly different because of a buggy default drive to be disabled, I think:
So 3 stars, because the above is very different from opening the cd files, follow a simple procedure and go online. Indeed, I found the cd useless.

UPDATE: I posted a similar review on gmyle's website and they actually got in touch about it, and said they flagged the problem to their development department. It remains to be seen whether they will follow up and release a fix, but at least they do not ignore criticism.
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ZOTAC Tegra Note 7 Slide Cover
ZOTAC Tegra Note 7 Slide Cover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great quality., 21 May 2015
Very expensive for what it is.
Works well, handy design, but it does leave an horizontal stripe on the screen, which can be removed by rubbing each time, a bit annoying.
Using the camera with this is a bit of a pain, there should be a little hole so one could use the camera with the cover tucked over the back.
Very flimsy. The junctions are held in place by two tiny bits of metal enclosed in fragile plastic, 3 months after buying I had to tape it because it fell apart.

Kingfisher Self Assembly Garden Arch For Climbing Plants & Roses
Kingfisher Self Assembly Garden Arch For Climbing Plants & Roses
Offered by Madiha Naseer
Price: £8.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but very flimsy, lasted 8 months, 27 Mar. 2015
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Cheap but very flimsy, lasted 8 months.
If you are thinking of the kind of climbers which will make for a nice and lush arch, think twice.
If you are thinking roses it might work ok.

Triple Wood Block / Agogo Block
Triple Wood Block / Agogo Block

3.0 out of 5 stars Not too good, 16 Mar. 2015
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I thought of doing a video review of this as it is difficult to give an idea of the difference between a decent, albeit more expensive, one and this cheaper variety.
The main problem is that the sound is a bit thin and the sound quality, the timbre to use the technical term, differs between the tubes.
Two are well matched, the middle one not so. I guess it depends on the timber used.
Same for the tuning and the grooves, which don't produce a great sound.
The sound is very penetrating, as it is typically with wooden agogos, but I would not use it for recordings.

Proxima Direct® USB 2.0 External 2.5" SATA Hard Drive HDD SSD Cable Adapter 5+17 22Pin + Protective Case
Proxima Direct® USB 2.0 External 2.5" SATA Hard Drive HDD SSD Cable Adapter 5+17 22Pin + Protective Case

5.0 out of 5 stars Hood product, compatible with both snow leopard and Ubuntu, 16 Mar. 2015
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I cannot comment as long term reliability, as I only use use it occasionally.
But it works just fine and both Mac OS and ubuntu 13.10 recognized it no problem.

Jazz Workshop for Bass & Drums
Jazz Workshop for Bass & Drums
by Dave Weigert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent, 5 Jan. 2015
In short: I have read so many methods and this is still my favourite ever, 18 years after. It gives a much higher point of view and wider perspective on styles and feels then any of the many other methods I read. And you do get to play them and to an extend understand them.
Even a non-musician could go through the book, listen to the tracks and gain some rewarding appreciation of styles, and of what musicians are actually up to when they really play together and make it swing, groove or whatever else they are doing.

What I found here that I couldn't find in other books:

1) The tracks are truly excellent. You hear this said in so many reviews of books, but believe me, they are another level from anything else I happened to stumble upon. It doesn't fell like a single musician or a single ensemble trying to cover several styles, as it is normally the case with this methods.
Each piece sounds like a different band and a different style. Fel, sound and performance quality are music business level, period.
By switching to left/right channel you can soften or mute altogether the drums or the bass, so to play along.

2) All the main styles and feels which have made the history of Jazz are covered, and you get to play them.
Straight swing, ballad, broken time, blues, latin brazilian (partido alto, samba, bossa nova, baiao), straight Latin, Afro-jazz and Naningo 6/8. Funk (fatback, shuffle, half-time), afro-cuban. (bembe, songo, rumba , mozambique, cha-cha-cha, mambo) They are also explained in terms of feel, with advice on internalizing swing feel, clave and so on.
It all makes sense and it's all applied.

3) Each chapter has one or two tracks, but also there is a section of Rhythmic Etudes and Summary of Feels by Styles. That's something honestly I never found in any other method. Have ever wondered how to pass from half-shuffle to 4/4 swing? Playing 5/4 swing or broken time? Trading fours? Transitioning from bossa to swing and back?
Well, you get to practise all of that with tracks.

4) It's all about comping, based on lead sheet with chords, style and set-ups, pick-ups and feels. So it covers time-keeping, reading rhythm effectively, practising, internalizing shuffle and clave. There is little to none about specific techniques, chops and so on.
Of course there are some things things you need to get from somewhere else, but Jazz Workshop keeps it all together.

I studied from this book when playing bass and found the approach excellent.
The quality of recordings and arrangements is top notch and superior to any other method I have used, for bass/drums or other instruments. Different styles are played in remarkably different ways and it is like hearing different bands, which is very rare in music play-a-along.
The main idea behind the book is that bass and drums are complimentary and the essential elements of Jazz, Funk and Latin music are all there and explained in an amazingly clear way.
Plenty of tips on studying and performing effectively. Also, at the end there is a selection of short instrumental bit to practise on, including pearls like passing from quarters tempo to half feel and back, broken time, latin to swing feel and back, and many others.

Dave Weigert put love in this book and comes up as an amazing teacher.

Important note: this is not in a any way a book about techniques or soloing. It's about comping the right way in wide range of styles, supporting the other musicians and allowing a band to sound great. A few sections about soloing are there, but only to help the band sound better as a whole.
I remember talking to a guy who was very dismayed with the approach taken in this book. He thought playing Jazz is about showing off, chops and hyper-complicated riffs and could not find any in this book, he felt was too simple for him so he set it aside. Everybody is entitled to their opinion and to playing like they feel, I guess.
However, the guy also came back asking to borrow the book again, after a few years of trying to play jazz and always feeling there was a gap between his playing and that of his favourite musicians.

Uhh, probably this sounds like advertising but I really loved this book. I don't play bass anymore but I still have this book as I feel like it is more about the sound of jazz than a specific instrument.
And honestly, having since then learned and practised some percussions, woodwinds, flute, piano, guitar and more, I always find something from this book which applies to what I am practising or listening to.

GU10 LED Light Bulb 60 LED 320 Lumen 2 Watt Warm White x 1 lamp / Equal to 50W Halogen, only uses 2W, incredibly bright light, ideal for 50W-60W replacement
GU10 LED Light Bulb 60 LED 320 Lumen 2 Watt Warm White x 1 lamp / Equal to 50W Halogen, only uses 2W, incredibly bright light, ideal for 50W-60W replacement

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very blueish, not 3200 Kelvin. More like 4000, not good for cosy kitchens or living rooms., 28 Oct. 2014
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Very simply, it's bright and cheap to run.
However, the light colour is nothing like 3200 Kelvin , more like 4000 or higher.
Tested aside a true 3200K, this gives a very blueish cast.
It might be ok for bathrooms or other environments which do not require a warm light but in my home kitchen is quite unpleasant.
I am a bit disappointed because I went for this one specifically because of the stated light colour.
EDIT: on the plus side, the output for only 2 watts is quite impressive. I have recently bought a replacement with a light colour quite close to an halogen lamp, so much happier. But for the same 320 lumens it draws 5 watts. At 2w consumption, If you are ok with the blueish cast this is very cheap to run, provided it lasts.

DSTE D-BG4 DBG4 Battery grip For Pentax K-7 K-5 K7 K5 SLR Camera
DSTE D-BG4 DBG4 Battery grip For Pentax K-7 K-5 K7 K5 SLR Camera
Offered by QiaoJL
Price: £36.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite happy, good purchase, aside of a few minor issues., 1 Sept. 2014
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I have got this for a trip to Iceland and ended up keeping it mounted all the time.
So, while I cannot yet comment on long term reliability, I have been using it very intensively for 10 days in a row with my K-5.
Aside of making for more comfortable portrait shooting, it makes the camera generally easier to handle and easier to keep steady for hand held landscape.
It does add some weight, particularly with the extra battery on.
One reason why I was able to use the grip all the time it that I was using a compression strap attached to the tripod mount, so the weight wasn't really an issue even when walking for hours. Incidentally, I found the compression strap to be the perhaps the most useful accessory I have bought in 12 years of photography.

PROS: It has a nice ridge to hold to in both portrait and landscape orientation. In fact, I found myself stopping supporting the camera by the lense, particularly when trying to keep it steady.
The tripod mount looks as good as the one on my K-5.
It has some sockets to host the connectors covers on the bottom of the camera, and space for a spare sd card inside the battery compartment. It comes with an alternative battery compartment for AA batteries, not the best cells for the job but it is nice to have in a pinch.
Iso, exposure compensation, wheels, shutter button and preview lever, on the back green button and AF button. They are all there and work ok. They might feel a bit plasticky and certainly not to the same quality level of the in-camera buttons, but I never tried the original grip from pentax so not sure if it is any better.
The grip is quite easy to mount and feel secure.
I assume it is not water sealed as the camera, but the main ingress point for water would probably be the space between camera and grip, where the connector is. Having walked and photographed in rain while hiking and exploring and it didn't seem to have any problem.

CONS: having carried the camera strapped all the time on my side and rubbing on my jacket, after ten days the writings have started disappearing. Not sure if the original is any better in that respect. On the other hand, it's not all that hard to remember what button does what even without labels.
A more annoying problem is that the grip is very easy to switch on accidentally while carrying it on the side, at least with a strap attached to the tripod mount as the one I use.
This is not in principle a problem, but it is very easy to press the shutter accidentally when photographing in landscape orientation, which is annoying.

IMPROVEMENTS: a lock for the on/off switch and more wear resistant writings would be nice to have.

If I find reliability problems over the next months I will update my review, but for the moment I feel ti was a very good purchase with no drawbacks compared to buying the original Pentax grip

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