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The White Queen [DVD]
The White Queen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Ferguson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.50

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good drama but a terrible DVD set, 23 Sept. 2013
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A brief survey of the 5 star reviews will show that the drama itself is done very well indeed, and provided you are not a stickler for historical accuracy it is very enjoyable. It is, after all, a dramatisation of three historical novels, intended for entertainment rather than exact historical education.

BUT:

The implementation of the DVDs is, as someone else has said, a disgrace. The first thing you encounter on each DVD is about five minutes of commercials for other productions, with no means of avoiding them - the Main Menu shortcut button is disabled thereby forcing you to sit through them.

THEN:

There are no subtitles. Many people of advancing years are hard of hearing, and subtitles are essential to them for proper enjoyment. Many more people have English as a second language and rely on subtitles to understand what is going on. Subtitles are essential for them as well.

ALSO:

It is possible to select episodes, but not scenes. So, you are interrupted three-quarters of the way through an episode and turn it off. Later you return to that episode to view the rest, but you have to sit through, not only the commercials all over again, but the whole of the three-quarters you have already seen.

Altogether, absolutely appalling. I only give it two stars rather than one because of the quality of the drama. Be warned!


Linksys WUMC710 Wireless Universal Media Connector
Linksys WUMC710 Wireless Universal Media Connector

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It can overheat, 6 Jun. 2013
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This is basically a good product, and I have little to add to the other favourable reviews, but for one thing. I have found it can overheat if left switched on 24/7, particularly if placed in a room with warm-ish tendencies. My study is directly under the roof, and in summer it can get quite warm - this device then stops working properly.

If in a cool place, no problems, but I have to knock off a couple of stars from the rating on account of the temperature business.
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NETGEAR XAVB2101-100UKS AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack
NETGEAR XAVB2101-100UKS AV200 Nano 200Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!, 7 Mar. 2013
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Yes, it works. A very straightforward product, just plug it in and play. As with all similar products it encrypts the data for transmission over your power circuits, and offers the option of using a randomly selected key instead of the default. I used it to replace wireless access to my router, and found that it actually works faster. I am now getting speeds in the order of 50 Mbit/sec transfer compared with half that previously, but this does not necessarily apply to anyone else's system. Recommended.


The French Revolution [DVD]
The French Revolution [DVD]
Price: £9.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for learning about the Revolution, 7 Mar. 2013
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This is a DVD of a TV program originally produced in America (so the spoken accents are mostly American), that sets out the history of the Revolution in a clear and easily followed way. It includes a number of knowledgeable and supporting comments by University academics (mostly American), and one Marxist (Alan Woods), though his contribution is small and not of a political nature.
On the downside it is somewhat visually repetitive, for example the number of shots of the guillotine in action seems out of all proportion. It is arguable that this just reflects the extreme and intensive use of the guillotine during the Terror, but I have the impression that this and other repetitive shots, such as those of Robespierre in oratorical flow, are there to fill space cheaply. For this reason, and the American accents, I have chosen 4 stars not 5 for the UK market.
Notwithstanding this, I would strongly recommend this DVD to anyone who is looking for a straightforward, easily understood introduction to the French Revolution.


The Princes In The Tower
The Princes In The Tower
by Alison Weir
Edition: Paperback

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest assessment of Richard and the Princes, 6 Feb. 2013
A first look at these reviews shows a number of Ricardians who are utterly opposed to any suggestion that Richard III was in any sense a bad guy, and must therefore be innocent in every respect of the Princes' murder. Hence, they rate this book at one star and would like it to be zero. Ignore them!!!

Alison Weir has made a dispassionate survey of the available evidence, concentrating on original sources wherever possible, and arrived at her conclusions without any preconceived view. Whether or not you agree with her conclusions (and no-one can be certain of the truth in these matters), this is a remarkably well-written book that goes out of its way to be honest with the reader. I strongly recommend it, and can only regret that the one-star reviewers could not take a less prejudiced view of it.
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Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Manual, 21 Mar. 2011
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Yes, truly a magnificent manual. If only they were all written like this! It explains Dreamweaver in a totally understandable way, omitting nothing, and it covers both the Windows and Mac versions. Very highly recommended for both beginners and more advanced users.

Designing a website today requires a knowledge of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The author is also the author of CSS - The Missing Manual, and some of the content of this is included here for the benefit of those needing a CSS primer. It makes it particularly easy to understand the use of Dreamweaver to manage CSS in web designs, and this is only one example of the excellent way in which the book is structured.

At the risk of repeating myself - highly recommended.


Panasonic TX-L32G20B 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD
Panasonic TX-L32G20B 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent TV in every way, 4 Dec. 2010
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The heading says it all. Easy to set up, excellent picture quality, sound as good as a TV usually gets, and plenty of connectivity.
A well-deserved 5 stars.
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