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Durable 8211 Click Fold Badge with Combination Clip 40 x 75 mm (Pack of 25)
Durable 8211 Click Fold Badge with Combination Clip 40 x 75 mm (Pack of 25)
Price: £22.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed, 10 Feb. 2014
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These are a really nice-looking quality item. I have previously used the cheap standard conference flexible plastic ones, and they look - well - cheap. And have had custom-made heavy plastic ones, but they tend to flop over under their own weight when clipped to a blouse or shirt pocket. These ones by contrast are the perfect size, and lightweight so they do not flop down under their own weight.

The badge hinges open to put your card in, and then clicks shut. If you put a bit of effort into designing your name insert card and print it out in colour on nice glossy photo paper, then you can have a really smart and professional-looking name badge.


Gadgeo Black Gel Silicone TPU Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 with Screen Protector and Cleaning Cloth
Gadgeo Black Gel Silicone TPU Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 with Screen Protector and Cleaning Cloth
Offered by accessories-4-mobiles

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fixes the one bad thing about the S3 Mini, 10 Feb. 2014
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I love pretty much everything about my S3 Mini, except ... who at Samsung had the idea of modelling it on a slippery bar of soap? The handling of the bare S3 Mini just doesn't feel right. But with this case, it is perfect. You can hold the thing without being in constant fear of it slipping out of your hand. The fit is great, and as well as making the phone better to hold, it looks like it would give the phone a bit of extra protection too.

It looks really smart, too. It makes the phone look handsome rather than pretty - a better look, in my opinion.

Two slight downsides:
1) Using the excellent INSSIDER app to measure wifi signal strength, yes it does seem that it takes 2dB off the strength of your wifi signal. Won't make any practical difference unless your signal is already really marginal. I guess it must reduce your 3G mobile phone signal strength by the same sort of amount.
2) It does of course that it makes your phone slightly bigger and slightly heavier.

I bought this and the clear one ( B00DMYCJAK ) at the same time. They are identical apart from the colour, but whereas the black one looks oh-so-smart, the clear one looks a bit tacky.


Natex Reduced Salt 225 g (Pack of 4)
Natex Reduced Salt 225 g (Pack of 4)
Offered by Superfooduk
Price: £12.56

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Now with added salt!, 25 Jun. 2013
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I used to be a big fan of Natex. For someone who has to be on a very low sodium diet, it was great to have something savoury and low-salt to go on my home-made no-salt bread. Only problem I had was finding somewhere that stocked the stuff. So this time when my pot ran out, I ordered online.

Packaging (green) is different to the yellow-and-red packaging I was used to. And it turns out, the ingredients are different too. It seems that some bright spark at Jardox Health (manufacturers of Natex) decided that what their 'reduced salt savoury spread' really needed was - yes - added salt. How is it even possible to have added salt in a 'reduced salt' product?

For the old yellow tubs of Natex, there is no salt listed in the ingredients and the sodium content is quoted on the label as 0.4g/100g. Now for the green tubs of Natex, second item on the ingredients list is 'salt', and the sodium content is listed as 1.3g per 100g (equivalent to 3.2g salt per 100g). That's three times as salty as previously, and twice as salty as Walkers ready salted crisps for example.

Fair play to Amazon - they were very helpful about it and have now added an image of the nutrition label. Epic fail for Jardox Health though.

If someone knows if it is still possible to get 0.4g/100g old-style Natex, I'd love to know.
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Pass Your Practical Driving Test: Discover what your examiner is looking for and save the expense and heartache of failing (Essentials)
Pass Your Practical Driving Test: Discover what your examiner is looking for and save the expense and heartache of failing (Essentials)
by David C Barker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun but not a lot to it, 26 Jan. 2013
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First thing you need to know is that this is a slim volume. 72 content pages, 20 of which are printed on the top half of the page only. The text is double-spaced and with wide margins. I read it in about half an hour. The other surprise is the quality of the layout and printing - it all looks a bit home made (which in a way does add to the authenticity of the book), and the shaded 'tips' boxes look like they were done on a photocopier.

The book has 24 two- or three-page chapters - one per topic of the test. Each starts with the DSA description of what you'll be tested on. Then a few short paragraphs from the author about what you have to do and what the examiner will be looking for. Then there is a 'test tip' box, with points intended to help you in your test. No great surprises in the tips - e.g. from the tips box for chapter 16, Road Positioning: "Use common sense when deciding where to position." Right, thanks for that.

The redeeming feature of the book is the examiner's witty anecdotes from tests they have done. Learners who skid to a halt sideways after the emergency stop, can't see out of the window because they don't know how to turn the blower on, beckon pedestrians into the road, etc. All quite amusing, and often with a useful point to make.

So as a lightweight and light-hearted stocking filler for someone who is learning to drive, this book is good fun and makes some useful points. But for a book about learning to drive and getting to a standard whereby you can pass your test, look elsewhere. I read through a few books in the cause of finding the right ones for helping my kids learn to drive, and I thought that the Practical Test for Car Drivers (Bsm) book was excellent.


TeckNet® C016 USB HD 720P Webcam, 5 MegaPixel, 5G Lens, USB Microphone & 6 LED
TeckNet® C016 USB HD 720P Webcam, 5 MegaPixel, 5G Lens, USB Microphone & 6 LED
Offered by Innovation Goal UK
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for showing someone your fillings., 16 Jan. 2013
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Superb little camera, especially for the price. Here are the headlines:
* Can do 4:3 and 16:9 HD
* No drivers needed for Win XP or Win 7 - just plug it in and it works
* Works straight away with Skype. If you want some other Windows application for viewing the pictures, try the free 'bustatech WebcamViewer' (search for it just like that)
* Adjustable focus (turn the lens ring) so you can get sharp pictures for any distance - right down to 5cm if you want to show someone your fillings (don't ask)
* Thumb-wheel on lead turns on the LED lights around the lens - not brilliant but will do for illuminating dark places (like the back of your mouth)
* Camera is gimbal mounted so you can turn it left and right and up and down, to any angle
* Base opens up into two parts to form handy bracket whereby you can hang it from the top edge of your monitor, etc

Really cannot think of how it could be improved. All-round perfect.


Practical Test for Car Drivers (Bsm)
Practical Test for Car Drivers (Bsm)
by BSM
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the learner and for the mums and dads helping practice, 26 Dec. 2012
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Very useful little book. The book starts off (after a very brief plug for BSM) by talking about a 'three-way partnership' between the learner, the driving instructor, and the 'accompanying driver' - that's you if you are the mum or dad of someone learning to drive and you are helping by taking them out for some practice between lessons.

So for each topic covered in the book (stopping normally, emerging left, reverse parking, etc) there's a double-page spread with notes for the learner, a panel headed 'your instructor' telling you how your instructor will teach this, a panel headed 'accompanying driver' (that's for you, mum or dad) with notes on how to help your protégé practise what they have been taught, a panel headed 'advanced exercises' with ideas for more to practice, and a panel headed 'your examiner' with notes about how your examiner will test your skill in this area.

Clear language and good diagrams combine to provide excellent explanations. It doesn't have everything you need to know about driving (you need instruction for that, plus the DSA 'Official Guide' books are good if you want a more detailed book - but at the price of being more wordy and less clear). As a good, clear, concise supporting book, this BSM book is very good indeed. Recommended.


Culinario Frying Pan EcoLon Ceramic Coating for Induction Yellow 20 cm
Culinario Frying Pan EcoLon Ceramic Coating for Induction Yellow 20 cm
Offered by Danto GmbH UK
Price: £13.92

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good while it lasted, 28 Sept. 2012
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GOOD:
* Looks nice
* Works on my induction hob
* Is cast rather than pressed, which seems to give it a better shape
* Exterior enamel coating cleans up well
* Initially it was very non-stick

BAD:
* 5 months later on and it has lost so much of its non-stick quality that we don't use it any more. Has been used at least once a day, but even so, you'd hope for better than just 5 months before the non-stick gives out. Has only ever been used for gentle frying, using wooden or plastic implements only, and only ever hand-washed. The coating is intact and unmarked, it's just that it isn't very non-stick any more, to the point that you can't lift a fried egg out of it without leaving part of it behind on the bottom of the pan. Very poor.
* The pan itself is aluminium, but it has some sort of steel insert on the bottom so it works on an induction hob. But there seems not to be much steel in it, because you need to have the hob on a higher setting than for other pans, and if the pan isn't exactly centred on the ring then the hob doesn't sense that it is there.

So, I have replaced it, and not with another one of these. I suppose it is not for nothing that nearly all non-stick pans use PTFE (Teflon) for their coating.


Smart Polaris 7 Lux Front light White/Blue
Smart Polaris 7 Lux Front light White/Blue

2.0 out of 5 stars Very narrow beam, 15 Sept. 2012
The way this gets such a high lux rating is by concentrating all the light into a *very* narrow beam. At 10m, the beam is still only about 50cm across, and the light output falls off very sharply at the edge of the beam. So, if you have your light pointed perfectly horizontally and the driver who is about to pull out in front of you is pretty much on-axis of the beam, you'll be seen a long way off. But if the light is pointed down a bit (like you want a small pool of light on the road ahead, for spotting potholes), or the driver about to pull out on you is back a bit from the T-junction, then people are not going to see you as clearly as they would if you had a light that threw a wider beam of light. I have other Polaris lights (the 5 LED one) and they are fine. I wish I hadn't bought this one.


Sunncamp Classic Folding Armchair - Blue/Mushroom
Sunncamp Classic Folding Armchair - Blue/Mushroom

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute agony, 29 Aug. 2012
On the plus side, they look good, fold and unfold easily, and seem well made.

But on the minus side, they are painful to sit in. The seat back is vertical, so is like sitting in a church pew or something. The seat itself is heavily scooped, so as your bottom sinks into the middle, the front edge of the seat comes up and cuts into the back of your legs - most of your weight is now on a thin strip of the front hem of the seat, cutting off the circulation to your legs. If you slump into the seat in an attempt to get some sort of back comfort, the seat front edge then cuts into where your legs join your bottom.

I sat in one of these for no more than 30 minutes yesterday, and today my legs are bruised and achy where the front of the seat went.

One of those things that if you were to try it in a shop first, you would never buy.


ZyXEL ES-1528 Web Managed Switch 24x10/100 + 2x1G + 2xRJ45/SFP
ZyXEL ES-1528 Web Managed Switch 24x10/100 + 2x1G + 2xRJ45/SFP
Offered by Wiziwoo Limited
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose, 11 July 2012
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I have had some good experiences with ZyXEL stuff (e.g. the amazing USG20W), but wow do I regret buying this. Just logging on to the web interface is a trial in itself. The GUI is some sort of script-powered multi-frame mash-up that can easily get itself into a tangle and you find yourself unable to log on. Sometimes a restart of everything cures it, sometimes it doesn't. Maybe it worked OK against the browsers of its day (most recent firmware is from 2007, when IE7 roamed the Earth), but you can't count on it with up to date Firefox, Chrome, or even IE9.

And even in the basic task of packet switching it is problematic. I bought it to replace a no-brand cheapie, because I wanted some of the extra managed configurability that the ES-1528 promises. The cheapie never missed a beat. But with the ES-1528, ports randomly go down for a few seconds at a time, a two or three times a day. Why, ZyXEL, why?

Problem is, these problems only show up after you've been using it for real for a while, and then it's hard to send back. Not to mention all the wasted hours in doing the testing on it that it seems ZyXEL didn't.

Sorry, but this is one to avoid.

UPDATE as of August 2012. We have discovered that:
* The web manager problems can be mostly overcome by only ever accessing it by IP number, never by FQDN (DNS entry etc). I guess accessing it by name is not something that ZyXEL tested.
* The dropped connections were happening on the gigabit ports. We've given up on them and only ever use the Fast Ethernet ports now, and that seems stable.

So, it is now usable and represents three quarters of a good idea. Might take it up to two or three stars. Shame really, because in principle and with a bit more testing and debugging (and a firmware update) it could be good.

UPDATE as of October 2012. Nope, turned out that the random dropouts things was happening on regular Ethernet ports too. Threw the ZyXEL away and replaced it with a D-Link DES-1100-24. Pleased to report that the D-Link although not quite as 'clever' as the Zyxel (does not have the line testing facility) does have a useful web interface, and most importantly is rock steady - i.e. fit for purpose. Bad ZyXEL - this item should never have been released.


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