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Dylon Fabric Washing Machine Dye- Pewter Grey
Dylon Fabric Washing Machine Dye- Pewter Grey
Offered by The Quilted Bear Ltd
Price: £7.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Oct. 2015
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Excellent for reviving fading trousers.


Parker Sonnet Stainless Steel Chrome Trim Fountain Pen Medium Nib and Quink Bottled Ink Blue, Gift Set
Parker Sonnet Stainless Steel Chrome Trim Fountain Pen Medium Nib and Quink Bottled Ink Blue, Gift Set

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality fountain pen, 13 Oct. 2015
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A high quality fountain pen up to Parker's usual high standard.


Komputerbay 8GB (2x 4GB) 240 Pin 800MHz PC2-6400F DDR2 ECC Fully Buffered FB-DIMM Memory Module
Komputerbay 8GB (2x 4GB) 240 Pin 800MHz PC2-6400F DDR2 ECC Fully Buffered FB-DIMM Memory Module
Offered by KOMPBAY
Price: £119.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality replacement memory boards, 13 Oct. 2015
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These memory boards work well in my Supermicro X7DWA-N motherboard. I had to replace all of the memory boards as these are 1.8V and the old ones were 1.5V. The motherboard doesn't allow them to be combined.


StarTech 2m Male to Male Mini DisplayPort Cable - White
StarTech 2m Male to Male Mini DisplayPort Cable - White
Price: £11.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality cable with slim casings, 3 Aug. 2015
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A good quality cable with slim casings that fit into slots with tight clearances.

This is the second cable I tried. The first cable would not fit properly into the socket in my Dell U3014 monitor due to a chunky casing design. The StarTech has long slim casings that fit into tight spaces. The other end goes into a 2011 MacBook Pro and doesn't block access to the adjacent ports.

The 2m cable is flexible and carries both display and sound signals without glitches.


Cable Matters Gold Plated Mini DisplayPort Cable in White 2 Metres
Cable Matters Gold Plated Mini DisplayPort Cable in White 2 Metres
Offered by Cable Matters
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and well made with a bulky casing, 29 July 2015
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This is a sturdy, well-made cable that oozes build quality but unfortunately the size and shape of the plastic casing prevented it from working with my Dell U3014 monitor. It was awkward to plug-in and it took a lot of fiddling to get a picture, which would then vanish a second or two later with the slightest movement.

This is my second large Dell screen. They are both fantastic products and they are both fussy about cable fitting. The connection at the other end to my 2011 MacBook Pro seemed solid, despite the snug fit against the neighbouring USB cable.

I'm successfully using a "StarTech 2m Male to Male Mini DisplayPort Cable - White" which is of a professional rather than opulent build quality, but has long, narrow, rectangular casings which fit correctly.

I can't see any difference in the lengths of the metal connector, so I think the problem is with the chunky shape of the casing and the very tight clearances around the socket.


Cat Mate Elite I.D. Disc Cat Flap With Timer Control In White For Cats Without Microchips
Cat Mate Elite I.D. Disc Cat Flap With Timer Control In White For Cats Without Microchips
Offered by Mighty Oak Trading
Price: £69.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid cat flap - could be a great product with a bit more design and development, 19 Oct. 2013
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The build quality is high and noticeably more solid than our previous cat flap (the Staywell Petsafe Infra-Red, which is a reasonable choice if your cats need a wall tunnel.) From the inside it is good looking with a shiny white finish and has some nice features, such as the indicators that let you know whether your cat is in or out, and the flap is transparent enough to let the light through.

The operating instructions are clear, but the fitting instructions were pretty useless. Unless you can drill at perfect right angles all the way through an exterior door, so that the hole comes out within a millimetre or two of where you intended, then:
a. It really is necessary to cut the hole 3mm bigger all the way round, as it says in the instructions.
b. Drill the screw holes with a drill bit thick enough that you can push the screw through the hole.
c. Drill through the door from the inside out.

The reason is that the two long screws don't need to bite into the door, but they do need to tie the outside face plate to the two holes in the main body of the cat flap. I made the mistake of drilling pilot holes, and discovered the hard way that lining the holes up to make the outside face plate close to level needs an almost impossible degree of precision unless there is some play with at least one of the screws.

I was also puzzled by the gap left on the outside between the hole liner and the face plate, as "L A H" describes. At first I thought there should have been a middle plate to cover the wood around the hole, but this seems to be a consequence of the design. I also find that the face plate doesn't fit snugly against the door at the top and bottom and don't see why it doesn't come with corner holes to screw the face plate against the door.

I have just had to refit the cat flap for the third time. I was seeing the problem described by "Mrs B" where the flap sticks half open. I put this down to cutting the hole too close to the size of the hole liner without leaving the full 3mm gap. The flap started sticking after heavy rain and I think the pressure on the flap unit is the cause of the door sticking open.

The long screws are Philips (cross-head) type. The heads are now very battered from the many attempts it took to get the screw holes right. I have a good range of screwdrivers but unusually they seem to fall between two sizes and the metal isn't hard enough for the force I had to use to screw them through the hard wood of the door.

A few of the things that I initially thought were problems have turned out to be fine. The cats don't seem to mind bashing their heads on the flap to get their disk close enough to unlock flap. Having to press a button on the circuit board to set up a new disc key is a minor inconvenience, but the circuit board cover seems fairly robust and not as stiff as plastic battery covers often are. The disc keys are an improvement over the infra-red keys that we used to have. They don't need batteries and they don't contain delicate electronics. Even our smaller cat doesn't seem to mind the size and weight of the disc.


Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball - Graphite [UK Model]
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball - Graphite [UK Model]
Offered by Salesland LTD
Price: £39.39

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one goes to seven, 30 July 2011
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I've used a Logitech Cordless TrackMan Wheel at work for nearly three years. That is a fantastic product, beautifully engineered, built to the highest standards and has helped me a very great deal with severe shoulder pain acquired using a mouse with slow software under stress for extended periods. It's an incredible relief to see a new trackball from Logitech on the market, when it looked like the existing model had been discontinued, as my trusty Trackman can't last forever.

I bought this one to use with a MacBook Pro. I took it out of the easy-to-open cardboard box, took out the contact breaker for the battery, plugged in the USB receiver - and it worked straight away! There is some software to download to enable the extra buttons, but that has to be one of the smoothest experiences I've ever had with a new piece of hardware. The USB receiver is an amazing piece of design. It sticks out about one centimetre from the USB port, so it can be left in while transporting the laptop. It's barely big enough to put "Logitech" on the end in a legible font. Apparently it can receive signals from additional devices, but it's impressive enough that it works with just one. One further elegant touch is that the receiver can be stored inside the unit, next to the battery, when not in use.

One more major advance in design: there is a hole under the wheel, and it is now possible to push the ball out of its normal position in order to clean the contacts without having to use a screwdriver. My Trackman requires the removal of four Philips screws and incredible care not to dislodge either of the two complicated spring assemblies in order to clean the contacts. The new model just lets you push out the ball and you can clean the contacts without exposing the internal workings of the device. This is a big advance on the previous model, as even a straightforward clean was a delicate and deliberate process. If one or both of the springs pinged out (as happened once to me) it was an intricate business putting the thing back together. It should now take a few seconds to perform the essential periodic maintenance instead of a good half hour (or a bad morning.)

The new model doesn't seem as solid as the old. The components feel lighter (not necessarily a bad thing) and the old ball with its ladybird dots for the laser to read is replaced by a much lighter, metallic blue ball. The contacts also look a little shorter, so cleaning might need to be more frequent. I need more time to get used to the new model, however I use this range because of its ergonomic benefits, not because I like how it feels. The old Trackman was an effortless example of a five star product. The new one deserves six, and if they'd kept the perfect weighting of the old Trackman it would have been worth every last point of a seven out of five on the hyperbolic scale!

Accept no substitutes.


Agile in a Flash: Speed-Learning Agile Software Development (Pragmatic Programmers)
Agile in a Flash: Speed-Learning Agile Software Development (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Jeff Langr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick introduction to Agile, 17 May 2011
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This deck of cards has most of what you really need to get started using Agile software development. The basics are on the front of each card, and the details are in the fine print on the back. Despite the industry that has grown up around agile methods, the concepts are straightforward. The main problem is that some of the existing culture has to be unlearned for the methods to work. You don't have to be a guru or have a certification to use agile methods effectively. Those things mainly help you with the first step: getting permission to try. To start to implement your agile process, read one of the slim volumes by Ken Schwaber or Mike Cohn. That will put you ahead of most. Then find a way of explaining the concepts to your agile team. These cards can help you create a cheap and fun way to achieve that. You'll probably find that you leave the cards behind very quickly. Like any entry-level tool, that will show that they worked.


Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)
by Robert C. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.94

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A five star book in a four star cover, 21 Jan. 2009
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This book has a great summary chapter - Chapter 17. I read this first and decided to read the rest of the book even though there wasn't much I hadn't come across before.

The book really is very readable and covers a lot of ground, generally at intermediate developer level. Advanced developers won't come across anything new, however there is a lot of good advice in one place. This is generally clearly explained with some examples that hint at the level of simplicity that can be achieved in production code with a bit of extra time and a lot of extra effort.

The Law of Demeter is explained with the usual lack of clarity, but there is enough supporting material that I finally understood what it is really about - everything within a scope should be at the same level of abstraction. It was a bit of a revelation when the implications started to sink in.

The Formatting chapter has some interesting insights into the rationale of some of the formatting techniques that I developed naturally over more than 20 years of writing code.

The sub-title reads "A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship". There is the odd nod in the Agile direction, but the text is much more about software craftsmanship than it is about agile, and none the worse for it.

I've already lent the book to one of my colleagues, and I hope to get it back before too long.

Unusually for a Prentice Hall publication the editing is not as good as it should be, and the cover is cheap - it had a distinctive curl after the first reading stint. This is a shame as it's a book that needs to be passed around.


Thermaltake W0093 PSU 500W TR2-500W
Thermaltake W0093 PSU 500W TR2-500W

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well built and nicely finished, 11 Nov. 2007
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This is a very nicely constructed power supply with a mirror black finish on the main body and black braiding around each set of wires. The optional four pins of the 20/24 pin connector are in a detachable block that unplugs to fit 20 pin connectors with nearby obstructions.

The box included four screws for fixing the PSU to the case and a kettle lead. The instructions are clear, identifying the different connectors by shape and wire colours. There are lots of different connectors, so you might want some cable ties to loop the spare connections out of the way, otherwise everything you need is in the box.

I had never changed a power supply before. It took about 45 minutes to do of which fitting this unit took about 10, and everything worked first time!

Although this is a mid-range unit there are no compromises on quality. Considering that it looks like a complicated unit to manufacture it offers remarkable value.

Next time I'm looking for a PSU, Thermaltake will definitely be on my short list!


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