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iMac 24" Desktop 2.8GHz/2GB/320GB/SD
iMac 24" Desktop 2.8GHz/2GB/320GB/SD

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for professional webdesign, 13 Nov. 2008
I've been using the 24" iMac for professional webdesign and it's amazingly fast. Running OSX is a thing of beauty, but being able to run Window XP AND Vista at the same time all on the one machine (using Fusion) makes webdesign a doddle (I've added a bit more RAM than the standard).

Microsoft Office (for Mac), Adobe Creative Suite, and a host of Mac specific apps all run at the same time without any loss of speed (I've even got web radio playing in my ear at the same time as writing this, along with having about a dozen other apps running).

The mouse and keyboard are also a joy to use (the Mighty Mouse has 4 buttons and a scroll wheel - but you might need to read up on how to use them all, as the mouse looks like it has no buttons at all).

The screen is bright and although I was worried about it being glossy, it's not been an issue at all in a well lit office.

No virus software (on the Mac OSX partition - XP/Vista have their own virus software running), as there are no real viruses (it'd be easier to delete you hard drive manually than to install a virus at the moment for OSX).

It's running happily on a PC controlled network as well - folders are happily shared, iTunes libraries can be heard from any machine, and the printer just showed up as soon as it was installed on the network.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Screen, 23 July 2008
This is really good - it came with a cloth to clean the screen, and a little plastic card to help get the protector on without finger marking the screen underneath as you do it.

The protector virtually stuck to the screen itself without any air bubbles - a quick wipe over and it was on perfectly. It doesn't finger mark or scratch and I could even take it off without leaving any residue on the screen.

As I keep the phone in the same pocket as my keys, things like this are essential. Highly recommended (the C902 is too nice to let it get ruined).

The Simpsons (Nintendo DS)
The Simpsons (Nintendo DS)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie clips - terrible game, 7 Jan. 2008
This game uses gaming cliches as an excuse for creating a very old school platformer. However, the challenges lie more in the frustrations of such lame level layouts than the gaming experience itself.

The movie clips that accompany the beginning and ending of each level are however excellent, and the sequences build into a story as good as any Simpsons' TV episode. The sound clips used within the actual game are also funny - for the first couple of times you hear them. After the 1000th you'll be wanting to cut your ears off.

There are some nice cameo gaming ideas within this - Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders - but they are all old (soooo old) and are not a patch on the originals.

The game took me about 6 hours of play-time, but was so dull that I couldn't be bothered to go back and find EVERY collectable (98% complete was enough for me). The ending movie was great - but once again, having a decent story and movie clips hardly makes up for a very lazy platformer. Mario does this kind of thing so much better - this is more like an old Spectrum platformer (and although the game ironically makes jokes about all the games cliches it is really just a cover for such a lazy use of a license).

The addition of 'My Pet Homer' as a Tamagochi style add on is a complete waste of time. Drag food to Homer - he eats it. That really is about it (there are other things to drag on Homer, but all he does is a small animation to show his approval/disapproval); it wouldn't hold the attention of a 2 year old for more than 5 minutes.

The DS can pull off much more impressive games (Zelda, Metroid Prime, Mario 64) and this feels like it was really written for the Game Boy Advance.

Borrow or buy second hand if you are interested, but there is very little play value at full price. My 3/5 star rating is mainly for the story and movie clips that kept me going until the end. As a game it is 2/5 stars at best.
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Apple iPod shuffle - 1GB [M9725B/A]
Apple iPod shuffle - 1GB [M9725B/A]

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourit New Toy, 24 Mar. 2005
This is soooo much more than a memory stick that plays music. It remembers where you stopped listening, it syncs seemlessly with iTunes (it even shows you how many times you've listened to specific tracks - great for smart playlists), and it smaller and lighter than you ever imagined.
Perfect for the walk to work in the morning, or the gym - it holds enought songs that I'll only need to refill a couple of times a month (my journeys don't take that long). As you need to recharge it anyway, it's no hassle to fill it with new songs at the same time.
Even on USB1 it doesn't take long to fill, and works on my Mac at home, and my laptop at work.
A thing of beauty - and after 3 weeks of use, I have not found the lack of screen a problem.
My only complaint is that the indicator lights are not perfect - put it on pause and the lights only blink for 1min. After that time, you'd never know it was pause or not. Not a huge problem though - the on/off at the back is pretty much all I use between listening sessions anyway.

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