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High Quality Black USB Laptop Slimline USB External CD ROM CD-RW DVD-ROM CDRW Combo Drive for HP Laptops Compaq Laptops HP Mini 110 Laptops and Netbooks BY Z-DRIVE
High Quality Black USB Laptop Slimline USB External CD ROM CD-RW DVD-ROM CDRW Combo Drive for HP Laptops Compaq Laptops HP Mini 110 Laptops and Netbooks BY Z-DRIVE

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing simpler or more effective, 19 Nov. 2010
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Searched absolutley loads of alternatives before settling on this one.
Very cost effective. Extremly compact being only marginally larger than the disk surface and also likely slimmer than the net book it's mated to.
Very clean design, easily robust enough to survive the rigours of domestic portable use.
Powered up and was working in seconds. Disk was not needed but is supplied to fix complicated installs.
The unit plays using the juice supplied down the USB umbilical. For more power-hungry applications e.g. DVD burning, you hook up the supplied external power supply - itself very compact - and Burn as usual.
This is a highly efficient super effective solution, kept so simple, you just cannot go wrong with it.


Uniross 4 x AA 2700mAh Performance Batteries
Uniross 4 x AA 2700mAh Performance Batteries

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds value to your camera, 9 Nov. 2010
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Six pack loaded into the battery grip of a Canon 500D performed flawlessly.
Sustained a full days work driving lenses all day capuring hundreds of stills and 2 hours+ video.
Outperformed CANON original powercell, which drained completely needing a full recharge by lunchtime. The UNIROSS didn't run out at all and still had current left by the end of the day.

Easily fast enough reaction to address fast-frame demands of motor driving the camera and the Speedlite flashgun.
Quite simply superb performance and a better solution than the original CANON powercell. May not recharge as quickly but store so much power you would not need to plug in again until you have finished the job.

If you could last a long as these, your wife would rent you out to all her friends then retire as a Millionaire!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes....but why do we do this?, 12 Oct. 2010
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Very professionally packaged solution delivered mightily quickly from the supplier.
In situ this is a very effective solution. In place within seconds, to the din-sized space vacated by the former occupant. Simple connectors made this a like for like installation even though the new and the old were separated by 26 years.
Performace is up to the mark albeit with a little qualification.
They suit the majority of unstressed HiFi applications and musical tastes. They are budget by price, genuinely HiFi in nature, though well short of "reference" in their detail. I'd anticipate they would excel replaying a multi channel video soundtrack.
The unit delivers smooth rounded fullsome bass of the tradditional rather than sub frequency variety. Very clean, distortion free under load, without the belly warping lowest of the lows. Ultimately, unspecial but still easily worth the few beans that it cost.

At this price point it almost defies criticism, but if I really must? Then.....I really must.
I don't think you CAN fault this speaker, but I was left wondering what on earth I was doing replacing chassis in the first place? ? ?
There were (at the last count) seven pairs of speakers in the household and yet somehow the majestic cabs that once housed Acoustic Research Teledyne R43's left me feeling some things just shouldn't be binned - a concept not justified by either logic or money. Design and technology has moved on and while humble Skytronic may have surpasssed the 1984 benchmark, so has every other manufacturer these days.
My replacement was triggered by the originals simply expiring with age. Worn out rubber gaskets just crumbled away, which begs the question - what kind of state are the other five drivers in? I discovered after I'd fitted this that the AR's would also need a new tweeter, plus two new mids (although one still bleats without flapping). The other woofer by the way....was replaced years ago.
So by the time this story is told, I have two AR cabinets, with a selection of unmatched speakers in them, all in the cause of preserving a family heirloom that once blasted me through the 1980's at my fathers expense.
I could replace them with superior cabinets tomorrow for not much less than the sum total of the chassis they'll eventually house.
In conclusion, this was a pointless excercise. But the speakers? Well, if you really must, then you really must...They are at least worth it.

DIGIFLEX Wireless Internet USB Adaptor WiFi Dongle For Windows 2000/XP/Vista(32-Bit)/Windows 7
DIGIFLEX Wireless Internet USB Adaptor WiFi Dongle For Windows 2000/XP/Vista(32-Bit)/Windows 7

4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly, so nearly perfect., 12 Oct. 2010
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First off, mine went back, but there is qualification so don't necessarily rush to write this off for your own needs.
First it is a very simple device and it works very simply indeed, as well as very quickly.
Installation was achieved within seconds and immediately the dongle started to pickup the domestic network.
Signal strength was strong and consistent with no significant issues regarding drop outs or general performance etc.

The problem? This one was acquired to connect my mothers laptop to her own WiFi system. The design of said laptop always presented the dongle at a fairly vulnerable angle to the rear leaving it heavy exposed to any movement while atop said lap. The machine would be in regular sustained use, and often left lying in a variety of situations where the lighter-weight construction of the dongle would lead to folding of the USB connecter, or where the plastic body could easily be broken or crushed.

In summary I suggest that if your application is a desktop PC, or a laptop or other device that spends most of it's life on top of a desk or at the very least stationary, this remains an excellent option and worthy of your consideration.
If as in our case you will be fitting this to something more portable, try attatching a similarly sized USB device beforehand, (such as a pen-drive) just to test where it protrudes and whether by doing so it is likely to be bent or broken.
In our case we switched finally to card-slot based solution. Slightly more expensive but bomb-proof in such an application.

Sounds From the Woods
Sounds From the Woods
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rarified exploratory and historical, 26 Aug. 2010
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Not really something you would select without a very good reason. This a slice of tradditionl drum based music from the earlier era of the Ghana's recording industry. A little rough around the edges, but this has been mastered from old fashioned twin reels decades old.
it takes you there and is of historical interest. Doesn't move me musically yet, but personal taste is a subjective issue.
Listen to the sample before buying. I remain indifferent to recommending that you buy.

This Used To Be My Playground
This Used To Be My Playground
Offered by Slinky Music
Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure - am I alone in this?, 24 Aug. 2010
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There is Pop in my collection, but not a lot of it and after half a lifetime listening, I just can't take much more of it. But from a purely personal view I adore this song. It is a love without justification.
The ex-Mrs. Penn, soon to be the ex-Mrs. Ritchie, deserves accolades aplenty for carving the path between the mountains of men that dominated pop music in the 80's. However, given the task of trying to pick out a genuinely interesting listening experience from her vast library spanning three decades? I confess I'll struggle....until that is I return to My Playground.

There is little here that I can apply objective appraisal to, but I find myself magnetically drawn to this mournful oddball ballad, that somehow sounds desperately sincere. There is something within each of us that longs to return to places of the past and this is the perfect backing music to remind me of the pain from knowing that you shouldn't.

The production is 90's plastic, very Korg M1 and mostly synthetic, with little in the way of acoustic delivery, but all the right bits are COPIED to the right places. Three versions (radio extended and instrumental)stretch the disc playing to close on 20 minutes and sufficient for my household to rally against me for "....playing that wretched song over and over again...." It wasn't wretched the first time, I can assure you.
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Taylor Hicks
Taylor Hicks

4.0 out of 5 stars it's THAT bloke,. You know... the one from... American Idol, 24 Aug. 2010
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And try as Taylor deserves to, he won't easily shake off the tag.
The emergence, announced by the most startling Ray Charles emulation from a boy with blue eyes, was far from the stuff of 2nd class Vegas caberet, and well worth a recording by itself. Harry Connick and Buble' made careers out of aping Sinatra, there was easily room for a left-field take on the ivory tickling enigma exiled from his native Georgia.
But the demograph of THE SHOW that brought Hicks to worldwide attention demands a different direction sufficient to carry 7 digit downloads, so we get a Route-66 car-wreck between Rascal Flatts and Bruce Hornsby.

It works but demands several listens to earn respect that it threatens to lose all too easily.
The collection is well-penned and as SONGs go most are pop-delights. But it all lacks sincerity or a faithful direction, striding too easily between AOR and bubble gum. The Runaround as an opener is a pastiche.
Hicks voice doesn't cut mustard and is at times way beyond the neck twisting performances he served up with TV dinners just a few years before.
The croak has mostly gone and taken the edge with it. Mr. Hicks sounds a little under-rehearsed and is frequently found wandering looking for an interesting path through the material before him.
The band is well selected, but never sounds like HIS band, more the seasoned house players for tonights "...special guest at the Golden Lion...."
Hicks can deliver and this is far from poor. As a first offering it is worthy of your hard-earned and will get played regularly, but we were promised Leona and got SuBo. There is a story, there is a nice listening experience, but here was a promise to shatter the formulaic mould of the reality, gameshow, talentless competition with someone who dared to untick the boxes.

I want to love the eponymously titled TH and one day....I probably will, but the irritations of some of the earlier numbers are not quite ironed by the luscious treatment given to some such as Paul Youngs take on Marvin Gaye's WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT.
Available so cheap now that you simply cannot justify avoiding it. Road-trippin' that should have been jazz flippin'

Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald 1934-1941 Vol.1  [DVD]
Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald 1934-1941 Vol.1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Chronological Donald

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic shorts, presentation not as irritating as you may think. Un-missable, 24 Aug. 2010
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Suppose you don't have Disney channel for your junior clone, or you just want to re-live your own early years, these are genuinely sidesplitting cartoons of a type too sadly lost to political correctness.
Since the 1990's media culture has weaned - with some justification - young ones away from the violence of guns and fighting. Fair enough when you see some of the appalling beat-em-up toys you can buy for corn-fed tots in the US-of-A. But it's gone too far. Far too far and if you are truly irritated by the overly sensitive syrupy mush that is the entire starring cast of the Night Garden, then this is the perfect riposte. Good old fashioned rotteness at some other poor souls expense, that is painfully funny.
Laugh without mercy or justification, poke fun at the hapless and weak and feel no guilt afterwards.
This the good honest fun that folk one time came home to after they'd finished building the world.

The collection charts DD's earliest outings chronologically and in all guises and pseudonyms.
Much has been fairly said of The Commentary - which is simply too anal and is pitched at the level anorak suited buffs would demand at a Disney convention lecture. It is wholly unecessary and jarrs obliquely with the thickly splashed slapstick of the 'toons, but mercifully (depending on how your DVD player navigates) quickly rolls by without disturbing the entertainment.

Easily the best of Disney "short" stars at his best. If you get a chance to play infront of virgin-eyes watch the reaction of tots who've never seen DD before. Well over an hour of animated gold.

The Illustrated Anansi
The Illustrated Anansi
by Philip M. Sherlock
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.35

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well presented classic "African" fables, 24 Aug. 2010
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...and i don't want to start intercontinental trouble...but it's as well you know that these are the West Indian versions of the much travelled Ghanaian legendary spider.
Beautifully presented in a brightly illustrated solid white hard cover, we get a selection of well known favourites of the African arachnid. Plenty of story telling material to keep young eyes wide open at bed time, the stories are written as close to the tradditional as the could be, preserving culture at the expense of some of the easier listening, but still easily suitable for infants and juniors.

Told and retold throughout the Africa and the Americas, as a rough rule of thumb, the further West Anansi goes, the younger he becomes.
These versions have a contemporary flavour, very much rooted in the late 20th Century, most obviously demonstrated by the technical references and of course reggae-reggae headgear.
Fine for home, requires judicious use if you were aiming at cultural material for a Ghana project (which I was co-opted to do.) The real history is lost in this edition, but the stories well worth discovering.

Thats the Way Love
Thats the Way Love

5.0 out of 5 stars A very personal choice but love it just the same, 24 Aug. 2010
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Can't really be objective about this track, because it sunk a meathook into my flesh that I have failed to dig out almost 20 years on. The Maxi-CD serves up the most popular selection of mixes and despite those years delivers a wide enough cross section of styles to still satisfy the ears and groove-legs.
Six slices in all, UK radio/album version followed by CJ Macintosh seminal 7" and 12" versions, both adding just enough to deepen the furrow ploughed by the weighty original.

FXTC club mix goes exactly where you'd expect, straight down the middle of 1993 dancefloor with hot-pants and platforms akimbo. The rear is tidied with "Macapella" and "FXTC Instrumental" for meddlesome DJ's to bootleg their own.

You could take almost any of the versions, there is still huge milage remaining in this aged floorfilling wonder.
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