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Rii i8 Multifunction 2.4GHz RF Portable Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse , KODI XBMC Rechargable Keyboard , Multi-media Portable Handheld Android Keyboard for PC Laptop Raspberry PI MacOS Linux HTPC IPTV Google Smart TV Android Box XBMC Windows 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10 (Black)
Rii i8 Multifunction 2.4GHz RF Portable Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse , KODI XBMC Rechargable Keyboard , Multi-media Portable Handheld Android Keyboard for PC Laptop Raspberry PI MacOS Linux HTPC IPTV Google Smart TV Android Box XBMC Windows 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10 (Black)
Offered by Uxpressbuying
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Every Pi Should Have One, 26 Aug. 2016
Although this isn't perfect, (what is?) it's pretty dam' close. The concept is clever and it's well designed - with certain slightly tiny minisculities of near-imperfections, but that's not enough to detract from my 5 star rating. Mine cost me ten quid at a radio sale and it was bought on the offchance it might either mate with my phone - but the big hope was when I got my R.Pi3 up'n running this might be just the job to interface with it. And so it proved.
Mind you, the ultratininess of it is a microscopic drawback, but then that very aspect of it lets me stick it in a pocket and forget it's there. (The only keyboard to survive a claim of that sort)
It does work with my Pi3. Good, job done. Well it'd be done if I had fingers the size of a barby doll's. Only - I don't. But if I did, this'd be just perfect. The keys have a soft click action, akin to good quality full size keyboards and the wirelessness is truly wireless, seemingly not of the IR variety but more of the Radio sort - as line-of-sight blockages don't faze it one bit.
Yes, the touch pad could maybe be a little more touchy-feely, but this is a minor item with a minor £cost. To my mind it's been a very fine tenner's worth of spending and if I broke it tonight I'd buy a replacement tomorrow. If you have a Pi go buy one. They're that good.

50 ohm N Type Male Plug to SO239 UHF Socket
50 ohm N Type Male Plug to SO239 UHF Socket
Offered by MFL Qualtech
Price: £3.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Does its job just fine., 18 Aug. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Unlike the adaptor that came with my antenna analyser, this one works and appears well put together. The price is around average. So overall seems an okay buy.

Genghis Khan [DVD] [1965]
Genghis Khan [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Omar Sharif
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.68

2.0 out of 5 stars Tries to be an epic but has NO grandeur., 18 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Genghis Khan [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
The main aspect of this sad bit of buffoonery is the casting. When all the characters are either Mongol or Chinese, all cast members (with the non-speaking exception of Woody Strode) are caucastion whites. And the leading lady is a slim french blonde, Francoise Dorleac. (Who tragically died at the age of 25 in a car crash.)

As usual Stephen Boyd overdoes his savage badguy role as Temujin's arch-nemesis, snarling and scowling and growling all through each scene he's in. He overdid it too in Ben Hur, so that's more or less to be expected. Somehow I missed this in the sixties when it was released originally and I now see that was no particular loss. A trumped up story and poorly filmed battle scenes, and with a cast that's universally mis-cast.Of which latter, the worst has to be the laughable performance of James Mason who is normally a worthy enough actor normally found in roles requiring sneaky villainry. As a Chinaman, he's a pure caricature.

The production values of the flick aren't up to much - having been made in the early sixties I'd have expected a better job in every way when budgets were high and other costume period movies were made which weren't totally dreadful.

This one hasn't aged well. Sharif is facially wooden in this, just as wooden as Boyd overacts at every opportunity. It's not up to much but somehow giving only one star felt a bit mean. So two it is. More would be just silly, and since so much of the film's also silly I reckoned enough was enough. QED.

Transformers: Age of Extinction [DVD] [2014]
Transformers: Age of Extinction [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars This is utter dross., 28 Jun. 2016
It's one of those flicks that you just know is going to be fit for kids or adults with damaged brains, but you hope it just might prove you wrong. And then - it doesn't prove anything beyond underscoring your original notion.

American film makers know a few principles. But the overriding one that they're all convinced will give them a success is - the princple of "more". More of everything. Much more. Only in this case it's much, much, much more. The better part of three hours of "more".

The same preposterous plot could have been better told with a whole lot "less" - a very great deal less.

I came across a transformers movie once that was utterly brilliant. It was on You Tube and it spoofed a Timberlake vid with a transformers bot doing a break dance as it turned from a car, danced, then turned back to the car. Clever stuff - and about the best length for a transformers movie....

It's so full of ridiculous cliches and stale old nonsense that there's not a moment when you didn't know exactly what would happen the next moment - before it happened. Really, it's that predictable.

It's clever in a technical sense - but the cleverness is a one-trick pony that gets very boring inside no time flat. But kids probably liked it, it's so long since I was one that I disremember how it feels to be one. But I rather think I'd have been bored as a youngster too after maybe an hour of this low grade pap.

We get it, we really do - that teamwork is good. That you stick to your battle buddies and nobody gets left behind, and - so on.

Perhaps the worst moment was the last one, where we're told that the bad bot escaped and will "be back" - no doubt in a movie that's worse than this one was.

eBoot Slim RFID Blocking Wallet Front Pocket Leather Card Holder Case with Zipper Compartment, Black
eBoot Slim RFID Blocking Wallet Front Pocket Leather Card Holder Case with Zipper Compartment, Black
Offered by eBoot
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 5*, 28 May 2016
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Fed up of fat wallets/card carriers, decided to try this odd little thing. First impressions were it's smaller than expected - which although not universally welcome, is certainly so when there's a need to keep cards etc in a jacket pocket without generating a bulge like you're packing major heat.

The card slots are only just wide enough to take what's needed. And only holds limited amounts of - cards. No bad thing, that. Commonly a credit card, debit card and bus pass card are those kept in the slots. Driving licence card fits in the transparent window slot on the other side. The zipped central holder can accommodate several £1 coins or perhaps 2/3 £2 coins. But keeping coins and the cards mentioned above makes it bulge rather - so that sliding folded notes into behind the licence or card slots - sideways - can make it tough to retrieve those when needed.

So - it's a compromise. As are all wallets. Which means you will have to compromise too, if you want to cut down on the wallet-bulging rubbish you've built up over the years. Much of which isn't needed, hardly ever.

At a push I could get by without coins, but those are retained because parking meters don't accept cards or notes. So I'm covered in that respect.

I'm never in a situation where my cards could be cloned by anyone else so the possible lack of proofing against that is not something likely to keep me awake at night.

Overall it's okay if the small size is enough for you. I still have my fat billfold wallet but since getting this, the bulky one's never been used once. Which more or less tells you it's a success. For me.

Kung Fu Hustle [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Kung Fu Hustle [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Stephen Chow
Price: £7.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupidest film ever?, 28 May 2016
Not only is this utter drivel, it's badly-made drivel and directed with such idiotic crassness that I ended up sticking with it to see if it could reach new lows. Acting so banal it's embarrassing to watch, script so idiotic - and seemingly without end - that one wonders what it would take to get the producers to reject a screenplay.

And it did reach those new lows. Time and time again.

It tries to be funny, and flops and fails and then, having learnt nothing from previous failed scenes and crazy-squared moronic stupidities, fails some more. And heaps more of the same on the festering heap of dingo's kidneys that went previously.

A challenger for the worst film ever made, and no mistake.

At least I didn't pay for a disc for this excrescence - since I'd previously seen and enjoyed some top class Chinese movies decided this might be worth a watch on Netflix. Wrong. It wasn't. As I've said about other dross productions - watch something else. ANYTHING else.

Those 5* reviews must have been posted by brain damaged infants, stroke victims - or perhaps relatives of the producers. Because nobody possessed of a shred of taste could possibly rate this any higher than one star - and that only because the idiot Amazon system doesn't permit zero (or, preferably, minus_ scores...

Momentum [DVD]
Momentum [DVD]
Dvd ~ †Olga Kurylenko
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £3.25

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch something else. Almost anything else., 27 May 2016
This review is from: Momentum [DVD] (DVD)
It's a film with a poor cast and a lousy script and directed by someone better suited to looking after his eldest's school play. Everybody overacts from start to finish and Purefoy's very-bad-man act (who claims he never lies but who does enjoy a merry quip or twenty before he kills people) is so OTT he's almost a comedy turn. Villains trying to bore victims to death never convince, like his one - didn't.

It's a lousy low budget piece of violent junk and quite why Morgan Freeman would be involved with something quite this poor is a mystery. Even he recites his lines and fails to convince, entirely.

So - waste your several £ on something else, would be my advice. Olga K is a pretty, slim woman whose screen presence is low, throughout. Yet from having just watched this low grade effort, for me she's the best thing in it. Which isn't saying a lot.

AUKEY Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger 30W 2 Ports with AiPower Technology for Samsung S7, S7 Edge, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z4, iPhone 6s and more; Including a 3.3ft micro USB cable (Black)
AUKEY Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger 30W 2 Ports with AiPower Technology for Samsung S7, S7 Edge, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z4, iPhone 6s and more; Including a 3.3ft micro USB cable (Black)
Offered by yueying
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Glossy and effective - and c/w a high qualaty USB cable as well., 19 May 2016
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Normally I'd be inclined to shrug this off with "it's a charger, and - it charges" and leave it there. But this one's versatile enough to demand a little more than that. IE it's got two output slots, different rates delivered from each.

I'm using it to charge a Samsung S6 phone and it seems to do that in about the same time as the original Samsung fast-charger. I can use this one in my radio's power supply unit, which has a car lighter socket to drive accessories - and also in the car, of course. It also looks svelte and handsome. The cable is higher grade stuff than is commonly seen these days even with original equipment from Name manufacturers, so this is something I'm happy to give a full five * rating for. So far it's done about two months of service - if it goes T-up later on I'll modify this review suitably.

Samsung Galaxy S6 UK Version SIM-Free Smartphone (5.1-inch, 32GB, Android) - Sapphire Black
Samsung Galaxy S6 UK Version SIM-Free Smartphone (5.1-inch, 32GB, Android) - Sapphire Black
Offered by Power Tech Shop
Price: £365.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, slippery, glamourous. And HOT. And I do mean "hot". When charging, that is., 19 May 2016
Samsung have designed a smartphone that looks good. And they've succeeded, no question of it. Its slick front is just excellent in use, and it's a pleasure to behold in every way, being very solid-feeling as well as doing what most smartphones do - and doing quite a lot of those fairly well.

HOWEVER... If you forget for a moment the glossy finish and undoubtedly sexy looks, and put it down for a minute or two on any surface that's not ABSOLUTELY plane-flat, like even a degree or so out of absolute horizontal - this thing will begin, before your very eyes to migrate s l o w l y downhill until it reaches the edge and then, like a swarm of lemmings, pitches itself off the edge. And being glass and aluminium, good luck to you if it hits anything hard and immovable on its way down.

Because Samsung in their all-out urge to out-sex all other smartphones have made the back surface also from coated Gorilla Glass - which stuff has the coefficient of friction against even wooden surfaces of ice-on-ice. It can glide over surfaces that you would have sworn were - flat!

So be warned. Mine has so far done this ridiculous trick twice. The first time I didn't see the thing move - it was on an ordinary dining table about two feet from an edge. Several minutes later it was on the carpet.

If you have one or intend to get one, fair enough - it's a decent enough phone. But you'll have to treat it to some sort of case to keep its slick surfaces off any shelf or table or desk you might rest it on. Which rather defeats the reason for making it such a sexy looking beast in the first place. This is one of those things that at first delights - then you realise the downside of the design - then you wish you'd handled one before getting it. And I believe they went on to make the S7 the same way... Unbelievable.

Okay. It slides around. It takes pictures that will probably please anyone who's not a photographer, used to using decent cameras. Its lens is not very sharp, its screen is all but non viewable in good daylight making composition of shots less easy than it should be. it's got gimmicks to compensate those who're easily fooled by gimmicks - but this will never replace even a midrange camera. I think its sensor, at 16mp is stupidly over-pixellated for the size it must be. Meaning that each pixel is independently extremely tiny. Meaning that low light shots will be "noisy" if examined with any care. And no matter how able you may be with Photoshop there's no regaining quality lost like that.

I've used mine to view Netflix for many hours, when it was inconvenient to use a TV. And it does a jolly fine job of that, even with its laughably tiny screen (when compared to even a modest tablet, that is) For this purpose, the screen has astonished me. Its resolution is just amazing. And I don't amaze very easily, believe me.

The sound is as expected in a teensy little thing like this, but given that it's battery driven it does okay. Use the supplied earphones (which are the best earbuds I've ever used, by the way) and you're treated to audio not too far removed from using a proper TV. Okay, that's maybe a stretch - but not that much of a one.

Despite being set to switch automatically between wifi and data, mine - won't do it. For this, I've had to forgive the bloody thing as there's no way round the issue. Some seem to do it okay - but mine doesn't. So I have to do the switching myself. Not a deal breaker.

Using it like a phone but with the loudspeaker engaged, the sound emerges from the speaker outlet - so you speak into and listen into the same area, which seems odd at first. But it works okay. I use the Tom Tom GPS app on mine, which is effective enough as these things go - but there's limitations on this that my old Garmin GPS didn't suffer from. But since this is about the phone and not an app, no more on that.

I've NO idea why anyone would shell out extra for the Edge version, seems like a silly bit of glamour to add to a phone already replete with glamourous-ness, because some design guru thought it would add appeal? This non-Edge version costs less, and does the same job.

At 32Mb, this is the baby of the family but in no way does it seem limited to me. If you double up to 64Mb you must need to take a helluva lot of music files around with you, there's no need to keep photos aboard as you can view them from a Flickr account if the need arises - without clogging up the storage with JPGs that only seldom get looked at.

The Battery. Ah, the battery at last... It's fixed - as in non-removable/renewable outside a Samsung specialist workshop. Presumably if the battery fails, the phone has failed too. What idiot could ever have reckoned that was a good idea for anything - except sales of next year's version? And its capacity gets used up quickly if you use the phone's potential, and it gets HOT when using the dedicated high speed charger. For those of you who know such things, you'll know already that high speed charging of rechargeable cells shortens their life, drastically. And this phone can't easily get past a day of use without being recharged. So its internals are being cooked daily - how absolutely and utterly dumb is that? To replace the fragged out cooked battery, it's back to Mr Samsung's workshop - and what will that cost you I wonder? Probably at least half the cost of buying a new one, as these things go. That's if the phone is actually strippable-out. As I can't see any way that's possible - it looks hermetically sealed to me.

Anyway, there you are - that's the S6 for you. Looks stunningly beautiful but it's as slippery as a greased eel and it'll cook its battery way before its service life should be up. If that's okay by you, it'll probably do you just fine.

Oh yes - nearly forgot. For no reason I can establish, mine has stopped giving me predictive text. Why? I've no idea - I didn't deselect it - it just decided to disappear without saying goodbye. Which is an annoyance as its version of this was quite the very best P.Text I've ever seen. Or - it was.

Iceman [DVD]
Iceman [DVD]
Dvd ~ Donnie Yen
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: £7.95

1.0 out of 5 stars It's junk & it's Chinese- ie it's Chinese Junk!, 14 May 2016
This review is from: Iceman [DVD] (DVD)
Badly conceived, unbelievably badly directed - with a script laughable in its ineptness. Good Chinese films can hold their own against good ones from anywhere - but this is one of those that gets Chinese cinema a lousy rep. Every single opportunity for excellence is tossed aside in this high budget shoot, and the story's essence too is put aside for more lowbrow idiotic nonsense. The film gets more confused as it stumbles its way past a succession of flashbacks that all looked several hundred percent more appealing than the modern Hong Kong sets it's mostly set in. Only the brain-damaged or children aged less than 10 could possibly see any cinematic merit in this gormless meandering piece of cine-junk. Avoid like the plague.

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