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TrueCall - The Nuisance Call Blocker
TrueCall - The Nuisance Call Blocker

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye nuisance callers., 7 April 2015
Fantastic piece of kit. Simple to set up and the web front-end is loaded with more options than I could think of. It's been installed for a fortnight and I can see from the interface all the numbers that used to call and pester me that are now being blocked. Silent phone. You can almost hear the disappointment in their voices when they now have to talk to the TrueCall unit first to identify themselves. This unit really does put the power back into my hands and I no longer feel at the mercy of the telephone.

The only downsides I can think of are: slightly low recording quality when someone leaves an answerphone message or identifies themselves (I guess it sounds like an old tape answerphone), the button on the unit front feels slightly cheap, and the minor extra expense incurred by adding CallerID to my BT line and renewing my subscription to the web interface (which I will definitely be doing after the 12 month free trial has ended).

But for me the benefits outweigh the downsides 100 to 1. Thoroughly recommendable!


Last Stand [Blu-ray] [2013]
Last Stand [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought it would be!, 28 Dec. 2013
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I was kind of expecting this to be Arnie's last crack at an action film (perhaps the title helped a little) but I was very pleasantly surprised by how fun and action-packed it was. I think Arnie definitely still has it when it comes to films. The only let-down for me was Knoxville's character...!?


Plug-In Power and Energy Monitor
Plug-In Power and Energy Monitor

5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of kit for a great price, 28 Dec. 2013
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I purchased two of these to help try to reconcile my quarterly electricity bill. They are simple to use and work really well, and I found it quite interesting making a note of the Watts drawn by various appliances throughout the house and garage. The only downside I can think of is that there is no battery backup so if you have been recording power usage from a socket over a period of time, you need to make a note of the reading while it is still plugged in and switched on, otherwise the reading will be lost.


R∑Type Final (PS2)
R∑Type Final (PS2)

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring, 23 April 2004
This review is from: R∑Type Final (PS2) (Video Game)
I was an owner of the first R-Type (on the Atari ST) and so looked forwardto giving this a try, especially with the 3D graphics and 99 ships.Unfortunately I find the game dull and a struggle to enjoy. The music isdepressing, and not the drum 'n' bass / rock / metal that you might expectfrom a fast-action arcade shooter.
That's just it - it's not afast-action shooter at all - gameplay takes the format of: fight a wave ofaliens... pause of between 5 and 20 seconds while the background rotates,fight another wave of aliens, another pause, and so on. Then you get aboss that's usually impossible to kill. I got fed up of this game soquickly I cheated with invincibility, and completed the whole game in justone hour! Maybe I should be thankful.
And the other game type, whereyou can program the AI of your ship and then sit back and watch it battlea different ship, is pointless, boring, and too difficult. The best bit ofthis game is definately the intro movie - which is surprisingly (andmisdirectingly) good.
To be fair, the range of ships is good (althoughyou can only use 10 of the 99 in the single-player game), and the varyingweapons, and the colourful graphics associated with them is good. Thelevels are varied - some of the water effects are quite astounding. Butunfortunately that's all I can say in the game's favour.
It's definately a shame, as R-Type was a well-respected series of games,and the last one ever turns out to be the worst.


Tron 2.0 (PC)
Tron 2.0 (PC)
Offered by BOOKS-DVDS-TOYS-TECH
Price: £9.39

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game - and loyal to the film, 27 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Tron 2.0 (PC) (Video Game)
My first thoughts on a Tron game were that it's going to be just another money-maker. 60 seconds into play and I was proven totally wrong. Tron 2.0 is an excellent game. It's a first-person shoot-em-up which 'feels' very similar to System Shock 2 in some ways (same graphics engine maybe?). In a similar vein to the film, you find yourself 'zapped' into a computer for reasons unknown, and have to survive in a world of circuitry, 0's, 1's, and the human embodiment of programs, viruses and even DLL files!
There is a strong and interesting storyline which follows from start to finish, and merges well with the action of the game. Players of Sys Shock 2 will get deja vu as Ma3a - a female program guiding you on your mission, seems a bit like Shodan (on a friendly day).
The graphics are exactly as they are in the film - the luminous grey of peoples faces, the glowing blues and reds. Everything is smooth and you get the exact feeling that you're inside a computer system. The feeling of loneliness (a la Sys Shock 2) is also there and pulls you right into the game.
Gameplay is straightforward. Shooting people (or throwing your disc at them) and solving simple puzzles while trying to upgrade your own systems. You can obtain weapons, defences and upgrades which you choose to plug into your own software to enhance yourself - which can become corrupted should you receive damage from a virus. The RPG factor is also there and strong.
And of course there's the light cycles sub-game - incorporated into the storyline, but also available as a mini-game which you can play whenever you want.
This game is a must for fans of Tron, fans of System Shock, fans of shoot-em-ups, and fans of RPGs. It's a little tough at times but you can select your difficulty level and you can quick-save whenever you want. It's also sprinkled with brilliant moments like trying to escape a hard-drive when it's being formatted! You can't go wrong with this game - and just check out the price!


Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of Underdark Expansion Pack
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of Underdark Expansion Pack

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Undrentide!, 3 Feb. 2004
Hordes of the Underdark is, simply, an excellent expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights. It does everything that an add-on pack should do: gives you more playing time through an extra campaign, improves the basics (like graphics), adds extra stuff for you to find, and improves the gameplay engine that's already there.
* The new campaign finds the town of Waterdeep under attack from the drow (dark elves). After an attack in the (token) inn where the townspeople are hiding out, you soon find yourself exploring the Undermountain - a strange dungeon created by a mad wizard. But there is another world beneath this world holding new horrors for you and your comrades.
* Epic-level characters means you can progress up to level 40!
* To aid in this there are new Epic Feats, new Epic Prestige Classes, new Feats and Epic Feats, new Spells and Epic Spells.
* Loads of new items, including Acid Flasks, Firebomb Flasks, Tanglefoot Bags.
* The ability to craft new items from base materials like hide, planks, iron, steel, feathers. Use Brew Potion (on an empty flask), Scribe Scroll (on blank parchment) or Craft Wand to create new magical items! Use dye to change the colour of armour and clothing!
* Five new tilesets - The Underdark, Frozen Wastes, Drow Interior, Illithid Interior and Beholder Caves.
* Armour now has a 'robes' part, which covers part of the armour.
* For level creators, the Aurora Toolset has several improvements, including new wizards, wings and tails, scripts, and of course access to all the juicy new items, spells, feats, tilesets, and so on!
* Improved henchmen with better AI, fully usable inventories, and customisable behaviour.
* Improved game graphics.
As you can see this is an excellent expansion. The campaign is for level 15 and above (you can select from a handful of new 15th-level characters), and there is so much new content to play with (both in-game and with the editor) you'll be playing this for months!


Need for Speed Underground (PS2)
Need for Speed Underground (PS2)

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insane racing that keeps you hooked, 15 Jan. 2004
The hype around this game was unreal, so much so that I just had to give it a try. The bare bones of this game is street racing at night in highly-modified cars. As you win you get cash to upgrade your car. Simple.

At the start of the game, pick your car from a choice of about 6. You don't have enough money to modify so it starts out as standard. Enter the Underground where you must race through approx. 111 different challanges to complete the game. These challanges range from: racing around a circuit over so many laps, race from A to B, drag racing (straight-line, short-shifting race a' la' Fast & Furious), drifting (basically points for sliding around a track sideways), knockouts (last one around each lap is out) and tournaments (points for positions).

The variety of race is definately there: circuits one minute, then drifting the next. As you get cash you purchase mods for your car. Ranging from performance: turbos, ECU, drivetrain, tyres, suspension, brakes, engine, nitrous and so on, to visual: spoilers, valances, alloys, paint jobs, vinyls, neons, exhausts, side skirts, etc. Or even trade in for a new car when you're fed up of this one.

There's plenty to keep you interested out-of-race, but what about when you're foot's on the pedal? The graphics are very good, colourful, and smooth (except right at the start of the race it tends to slow down a tad). The speeds you travel at are insane - so much so that sometimes you find yourself rounding a corner at about 100mph (usually necessary to avoid losing) and going straight into the front of a lorry that you had no chance of avoiding. This is why I rated the game 4/5 not 5/5. The frustration factor sometimes gets quite high - you find yourself doing the same race over and over again because one small crash puts you from first place to last place. Thankfully you have the option to choose the difficulty level (easy, medium, hard) at the start of each race, with your cash reward being adjusted accordingly.

All in all this game is fast-paced, looks good, sounds great, and has plenty to keep you hooked, even when you are losing your temper (like me!)


The Transporter [DVD] [2003]
The Transporter [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.16

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good, 1 Jan. 2004
This review is from: The Transporter [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I was a bit dubious about this film when I first saw the trailer, thinking it to be a thinly-plotted action film. What I got in the end was a fascinating, Bond-esque, martial arts-infested, action movie. Although the film takes a few minutes to get started (and explain how a bunch of Police Peugeout 106s can keep up with a modified Beemer 535!) it just gets better and better - the thrill of the highly disciplined Jason Statham's job going wrong, the manhunt, the revenge etc. etc. The format is fairly James Bond in nature, but is one of the few copycat films that really gets away with it. Statham also gives us a great performance of an ex-special forces mercenary, and has plenty of chances to show off his (previously unknown) fighting skills. If you're looking for an action thriller with a difference, definately give this film a shot. You'll be surprised.


World Rally Championship 3
World Rally Championship 3
Offered by marxwax
Price: £8.88

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WRC 3 vs Colin McRae 4, 4 Dec. 2003
It's winter again, and here come the next release of Codemaster's McRae and Sony's WRC. Last year I sold CM3 for WRC2, but this year, in a reversal of fortune I shall be selling WRC3 for CM4! I think the best way to compare two games is to go through each of the things that makes a rally game great:
Graphics: CM4: gorgeous, a definate improvement to CM3. Realistic backdrops, highly-detailed cars, impressive particles (like dust, mud, sparks) WRC3: not quite as good. not even as good as WRC2 for some reason! doesn't seem quite as realistic.
Detail: CM4: loads. trees, bushes, ruts in the track, fences, realistic buildings, basically there's stuff on-screen that you'll never even get to see. WRC3: compared to CM4 - bland. the odd tree here and there, the flat road, the detail-less mountains in the background which seem to be one polygon with a muddy texture. A step back from WRC2!
Sound: CM4: the engines sound gruff, realistic and different between cars. bangs, bumps and rattles are also very good. WRC3: the engines sound a bit too smooth and rev too freely, and sound too similar between cars.
Co-driver: CM4: no disrespect to the veteran Nicky Grist, but I think I've heard just a bit too much of his voice. Thankfully there is a new (Scottish) voice. The calls are good, with corner sharpness, distance, and other pointers like "turn right at tree". WRC3: a bland voice of a guy who doesn't really sound like he wants to be there. too quiet even with volume turned up. sometimes you miss something he says. doesn't tell you distance to next obstacle (as CM4 does).
Handling: CM4: an improvement to CM3. not as arcadey but still not too realistic. quite fun and easy to pick up. not frustrating at all. car feels like it's planted on the road. vibration through gamepad really takes you in. WRC3: an improvement to WRC2 which was far too realistic, WRC3 takes a step towards fun so that CM4 and WRC3 meet somewhere in the middle. having said that the car doesn't 'feel' like it's in the game at all. it's like you're navigating the course and theres a picture of a car stuck in the middle of the screen and there's no correlation between the two. too smooth, and sometimes you can't brake hard enough. frustrating at times.
Variety: CM4: 7 base cars, with ability to unlock 'dangerous' Group B cars, plus fun cars like a transit van. mini-games take the form of parts testing where you are supposed to wreck part of your car (like suspension or tyres) to get an upgrade. 8 countries (all very different) and 48 tracks. WRC3: 7 base cars, with ability to unlock extreme versions with double the horsepower, plus the odd hidden car like Mits. Pajero. 14 countries (although some look the same in ways) and 125 tracks.
Verdict: Buy Colin McRae 4 in preference to WRC3 if you like rally games. CM4 is more fun, looks better, feels more real, and gets you involved. WRC3 is plain, harder to control, a step BACK from WRC2 (!) and tends to rely on the licence to sell (to the extent that the title on the side of the game is: WRC3(TM): The Official Game of the FIA World Rally Championship). There are loads of video clips of drivers and cars and so on, but you're there to PLAY the game not watch it!


Colin McRae Rally 4 (PS2)
Colin McRae Rally 4 (PS2)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £14.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin McRae 4 vs WRC 3, 4 Dec. 2003
It's winter again, and here come the next release of Codemaster's McRae and Sony's WRC. Last year I sold CM3 for WRC2, but this year, in a reversal of fortune I shall be selling WRC3 for CM4! I think the best way to compare two games is to go through each of the things that makes a rally game great:
Graphics: CM4: gorgeous, a definate improvement to CM3. Realistic backdrops, highly-detailed cars, impressive particles (like dust, mud, sparks) WRC3: not quite as good. not even as good as WRC2 for some reason! doesn't seem quite as realistic.
Detail: CM4: loads. trees, bushes, ruts in the track, fences, realistic buildings, basically there's stuff on-screen that you'll never even get to see. WRC3: compared to CM4 - bland. the odd tree here and there, the flat road, the detail-less mountains in the background which seem to be one polygon with a muddy texture. A step back from WRC2!
Sound: CM4: the engines sound gruff, realistic and different between cars. bangs, bumps and rattles are also very good. WRC3: the engines sound a bit too smooth and rev too freely, and sound too similar between cars.
Co-driver: CM4: no disrespect to the veteran Nicky Grist, but I think I've heard just a bit too much of his voice. Thankfully there is a new (Scottish) voice. The calls are good, with corner sharpness, distance, and other pointers like "turn right at tree". WRC3: a bland voice of a guy who doesn't really sound like he wants to be there. too quiet even with volume turned up. sometimes you miss something he says. doesn't tell you distance to next obstacle (as CM4 does).
Handling: CM4: an improvement to CM3. not as arcadey but still not too realistic. quite fun and easy to pick up. not frustrating at all. car feels like it's planted on the road. vibration through gamepad really takes you in. WRC3: an improvement to WRC2 which was far too realistic, WRC3 takes a step towards fun so that CM4 and WRC3 meet somewhere in the middle. having said that the car doesn't 'feel' like it's in the game at all. it's like you're navigating the course and theres a picture of a car stuck in the middle of the screen and there's no correlation between the two. too smooth, and sometimes you can't brake hard enough. frustrating at times.
Variety: CM4: 7 base cars, with ability to unlock 'dangerous' Group B cars, plus fun cars like a transit van. mini-games take the form of parts testing where you are supposed to wreck part of your car (like suspension or tyres) to get an upgrade. 8 countries (all very different) and 48 tracks. WRC3: 7 base cars, with ability to unlock extreme versions with double the horsepower, plus the odd hidden car like Mits. Pajero. 14 countries (although some look the same in ways) and 125 tracks.
Verdict: Buy Colin McRae 4 in preference to WRC3 if you like rally games. CM4 is more fun, looks better, feels more real, and gets you involved. WRC3 is plain, harder to control, a step BACK from WRC2 (!) and tends to rely on the licence to sell (to the extent that the title on the side of the game is: WRC3(TM): The Official Game of the FIA World Rally Championship). There are loads of video clips of drivers and cars and so on, but you're there to PLAY the game not watch it!


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