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StarTech 2 Port USB KVM Switch Kit with Audio and Cables, Black
StarTech 2 Port USB KVM Switch Kit with Audio and Cables, Black
Price: £26.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars StarTech KVM, 15 April 2013
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So many times when you buy a product off the web you are filled with promises of how great it is only to find a problem when it arrives or some compromise you have to make. This device impressed me as it delivers the goods on all fronts. It was easy to set up, all leads are supplied and it worked straight out of the box with no setup required. I have it switching between 2 PCs, one running Linux and a Vista PC. No problems with the 2 different operating systems and it switches rapidly between the 2 including the audio channel.

One criticism is that having a small enclosure, cables emerge from all 4 sides making it less tidy than it could have been but this was obvious from the pictures and has been highlighted in other reviews so I accepted this before I bought it.

Excellent device, highly recommended.


Time Tutelary Dual 2 Automatic Vertical Tower KA015 Watch Winder New
Time Tutelary Dual 2 Automatic Vertical Tower KA015 Watch Winder New
Price: £45.70

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Tutelary Automatic Vertical Dual Watch Winder, 21 April 2012
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Searching for something to keep kinetic watches topped up, many such products came in fancy wooden cases and carried equally fancy prices. Time to get real...

I read many of the reviews for this device and concluded it gave a good balance of price & practicality. I was not disappointed with this when it arrived. A major issue is how noisy it is in operation. Mine makes a soft noise when in operation, much like the noise made by the mains electric wall clock I had years ago - not enough to disturb my sleep.

Four timer functions are provided, ranging from repeated cycles of 33 secs rotation followed by 12 mins rest to 1 hr rotation followed by 3 hrs rest. No advice is given on the choice of the most appropriate range. A simple calculation shows that the proportion of time the watch spends charging increases from 4.4% in the first example above (Mode A on the unit)to 25% in the second (Mode D). So, I guess it has to be Mode A if your watch is fully charged and just needs "maintaining" while not being worn and Mode D if your watch is significantly discharged. The intermediate modes, B & C could be useful if Mode A is not recharging sufficiently.

No advice was given in the instructions on how to remove the plastic blocks that the watch sits on. They are retained by plastic clips and very easy to remove if you have the knack, but leave you wondering if you are about to do damage the first time you try. Here is my method: Open the door of the unit and look carefully at the plastic blocks that carry your watch, two of the sides carry small triangular markings. Grasp the block with finger and thumb positioned on the sides indicated by the triangles and gently twist the block so your thumb pushes the block inwards and your finger outwards. With minimum pressure, the plastic clips should release and you can withdraw the block. If this doesn't work, try twisting in the opposite direction. If you are getting it right, the clips release easily with hardly any force at all. Do not try and rotate the block in the same way the mechanism does to wind a watch!

All in all a good product at a good price. Some shortcomings in the documentation but nothing you can't work out yourself.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Pheromones of Tsetse Flies, 4 Aug. 2011
I can confirm that it is a good solid tome that, although a little dry in places, will make a great end stop for your book shelf. If it is an original copy from the University of Bristol it should contain a classic B&W photo of a tsetse fly humping a shoelace knot. I can't understand why it is advertised as paperback as the University insisted on proper binding when this was submitted. I would also like to know where is my royalty since this is my PhD thesis!


Zero She Flies
Zero She Flies

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero she flies, 25 July 2010
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This review is from: Zero She Flies (Audio CD)
I am no art critic, so this will not be an in-depth extensive review. I bought the CD having listened to many other Al Stewart albums over the years. It all seemed so familiar when I got it, I realised I must have had the vinyl album many years ago but had forgotten all about it.

It was like coming home. I forgot what a lyrically and musically wonderful album it is. If you like Past, Present & Future, Orange and Love Chronicles then you will love this. The converse is also true! This is Al in his youthful prime.


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