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Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Building Blocks - Natural Hardwood (60 Pieces)
Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Building Blocks - Natural Hardwood (60 Pieces)
Price: £42.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty poor workmanship, 15 Feb. 2013
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It's blocks - not that much too say. Great basic toy, I spent my childhood with building blocks. Not much you can do to destroy them obviously.

Also one would have thought not much to get wrong making them - so doubly disappointing that the workmanship on these doesn't seem to have been given much attention. They're quite imprecise, so anything more ambitious than a toddler trying to put two blocks on top of each other is going to be wobbly. Literally like they were cutting corners on workmanship (the corners and edges of the blocks are very rounded down). The blocks I had when I was a child you could use to build massive castles that would feel like stable, solid structures - these not really...


Koolertron Cordless Handheld Scanner 600 DPI Resolution - Easy to instantly scan and digitize anything
Koolertron Cordless Handheld Scanner 600 DPI Resolution - Easy to instantly scan and digitize anything

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is, 15 Feb. 2013
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In terms of picture quality you're obviously not going to get the same as with a flatbed scanner. So there are always going to be slightly uneven bits in the scans - that's just inherent to a handheld scanner.

But it does about as good a job as you could expect:
- it's pretty forgiving actually. It doesn't mind much if the speed at which you drag the scanner across a page is uneven, or even if you stop and start (for instance the scanner gets snagged on a fold in the paper).
- it still produces a legible result even if the scanner is say half a centimetre off the page (which could for instance be because you're scanning across the central fold of a magazine and book and aren't able to press the scanner all the way onto the page).
- on a normally flat page the rollers on each side of the scanner ensure pretty well that the scanner rolls down the page at the same speed left and right; but in real life when there are uneven bits on the surface, or the page is elevated (again for instance a book) the rollers may not actually be on the surface in which case you're likely to have speed inconsistencies between left and right. These translate in the scanned page showing a bend and consequently the writing on part of the page being stretched out and condensed on the other side. Still, the result will still be legible.
- Even the lowest resolution is good enough to make even small writing legible in the scanned page.
- "Production speed" (scanned pages per minute) is great. On the flatbed scanner I was probably not doing more than a page a minute; with this thing it's 2 seconds per scan, 2 seconds to turn the page, repeat. Granted, you'll then spend some time downloading the scans from the micro SD card to the computer and sorting/ naming the scan files.
- Simple selection button to choose between pdf and jpg. I pretty much always go with pdf because it allows me (on the Mac) to then easily select several scanned pdf pages and turn them into one pdf document.

Bottom line: this is perfect for archiving (bills, newspaper clipping, any kind of paperwork). The scans are not always going to be pretty, but definitely functional.

And the price is great.


Schubert: Octet In F Major D803, String Quintet In C Major D956
Schubert: Octet In F Major D803, String Quintet In C Major D956

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This piece is really clarinet solo with septet accompaniment, and Leister is the best, 15 Feb. 2013
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This is such a beautiful piece. And the ensemble playing on this recording is fantastic.

But any performance of this piece stands and falls with the clarinettist. And Karl Leister is the best - there is no other clarinettist who combines his amazing polished, dark, round, German sound with such musical insight. Especially if you're used to English clarinettists who can often sound thin and nasal, you'll find this a revelation.


Seagate STBA1000200 1TB GoFlex Edition for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 2.5 Inch Portable Hard Drive - Silver
Seagate STBA1000200 1TB GoFlex Edition for Mac FireWire800/USB 2.0 2.5 Inch Portable Hard Drive - Silver

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Installs rubbish on your Mac that messes up the sleep function, 15 Feb. 2013
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The product itself: fine. Just received it last week, and it works.

Infuriating though: it has installed various rubbish files on my HD. Maybe because I was stupid enough to allow it to install a settings programme. Since then, whenever I let the Mac go to sleep, it took it 30 seconds. Cruised around various support sites which told me to type "pmset -g log" in Terminal to find out what was delaying sleep, and sure enough something called "kernel Seagate Storage" popped up stating that it took 30,000ms to respond.

Further research provided this list of Seagate rubbish files to delete from my HD to resolve the issue - I hope it's useful in case others run into the same problem:

"
- Go to your Applications Folder and locate the Seagate Diagnostics application. Delete it by moving it to the Trash Can. It will ask you for your password. Provide your password and the app will be placed into Trash Can.
- Go to hard drive and open it. Go to the Library Folder and open it. Go to the Application Support Folder and open it. Locate a folder called Seagate. Delete it by moving it to the Trash Can. If OS X asks for your password, provide it, and the folder will be placed into Trash Can.
- Close the Application Support Folder. Go to the LaunchAgents Folder and open it. Locate the com.seagate.SeagateStorageGauge.plist file and delete it. Again, OS X may ask you for your password.
- Close the Application Support Folder and then the Library Folder.
- Open the System Folder, then open the Library Folder. Locate the Extensions Folder and open it. Locate the Seagate Storage Driver.kext and delete it. OS X will ask for your password again. Close all folders.
- Reboot your Mac. When it finishes rebooting, you can now empty the Trash Can.
"

Really disappointed I had to spend an evening of frustration dealing with this nonsense though. This product is supposed to work for Mac. I wish I'd known ahead of time and I wouldn't have bought a Seagate. The forums are full of similar complaints about Seagate hard drives...
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iGadgitz Blue Neoprene Sleeve Case Cover for Apple iPad Mini 1st, 2nd Generation with Retina & New iPad Mini 3
iGadgitz Blue Neoprene Sleeve Case Cover for Apple iPad Mini 1st, 2nd Generation with Retina & New iPad Mini 3
Offered by iGadgitz

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fit if your iPad mini has a back shell and front cover, 17 Jan. 2013
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I bought a back shell and detachable front cover for my iPad mini to protect it while I'm actually using it. I got the eLifestore front and back cover:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AFSSTAA/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers
See my review there - excellent alternative to the Apple Smart Cover.

But I also wanted a sleeve with a bit of padding for better protection while travelling. But this is where it gets tricky: it needs to be a sleeve that's big enough to take the iPad mini including front and back cover; at the same time ideally the sleeve should be small enough so the whole combo still also fits in my jacket pocket. The problem is that it's very difficult to find information about whether sleeves fit the iPad mini in my configuration. In most cases the only information available states that it will fit, or can be ordered to fit, the Apple Smart Cover. The iLifeStore front cover has bigger hinges than the Apple Smart Cover, plus it's got the back cover, so that doesn't help me much. Some sleeves are also pretty expensive (£30 or £40 and upwards) which is a bit much to spend just on a guess that it'll fit.

See also my fuller review at:
[...]

I spent a lot of time researching the various alternatives and went for this product, the iGadgitz neoprene sleeve. Not the prettiest sleeve around, but a good compromise between thin & light and enough protection; very easy to put the iPad mini in or take it out due to zippers going almost entirely around the edge. No concern about damage from the zippers - padded rolls around the zippers keep them clear from the iPad mini, and I'm not putting it in naked anyway.

Amazingly it's also the cheapest of all the ones I found. A no-brainer at £6 including postage from Amazon.

Most importantly, it's an excellent fit for the iPad including front and back cover. Not too tight, not too loose. As a bonus, the whole thing even still fits (just) in my jacket pocket.

I'm pretty happy with my choices as well in terms of weight:
- iPad mini: 308g
- iLifestore Back cover: 50g
- iLifestore Front cover: 70g
- iGadgitz Sleeve: 82g
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SAVFY® for iPad mini / iPad mini 2 with Retina display Ultra-Thin Magnetic Flip Smart Cover Case Stand + Rubberized Transparent Hard Back Case Shell, with Auto Sleep and Wake Function for Apple iPad mini 2012 version, includes Bonus: Screen Protector and Stylus Pen (Smart Cover + HardBack Case, Purple)
SAVFY® for iPad mini / iPad mini 2 with Retina display Ultra-Thin Magnetic Flip Smart Cover Case Stand + Rubberized Transparent Hard Back Case Shell, with Auto Sleep and Wake Function for Apple iPad mini 2012 version, includes Bonus: Screen Protector and Stylus Pen (Smart Cover + HardBack Case, Purple)

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best alternative to the Apple Smart Cover, 17 Jan. 2013
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While alternative providers have put plenty of back shells on the market to compliment the Apple Smart Cover, I was really surprised to see that competing detachable front covers are thin on the ground. This is more or less the only one I found.

It's a great combination of back cover and detachable front cover at a great price - very happy with it.

* The hinges of the cover are metal and very similar to the hinges on the full size original Apple Smart Cover. I think the Apple iPad mini Smart Cover has thinner rubber hinges. The metal hinges are fine but probably a bit bigger - a point to bear in mind where sleeves might be advertised as fitting the iPad mini including Smart Cover.
* The fit is very good. No problems with the back shell fit and all ports are accessible.
* The front cover stays nicely flat on the screen and of course has the auto wake/sleep function. It provides a stable stand.
* When folded back the front cover does not stick to the back magnetically, but then again the whole point of it is that you simply remove the front cover.
* The front cover comes off and sticks back on easily and at the same time stays on firmly. I have seen no indication of any risk of scratch damage to the iPad from the hinges.

I found that this combination fits nicely into the iGadgitz neoprene sleeve for travel:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/iGadgitz-Black-Neoprene-Sleeve-Cover/dp/B00A25SYOC/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_i

See also my fuller review of both the eLifeStore cover and iGadgitz sleeve at:
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Creative D200 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with High Quality AptX Audio and Aux-in
Creative D200 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with High Quality AptX Audio and Aux-in
Offered by sotel-electronics
Price: £95.16

35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but treble not great, 24 Oct. 2011
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Having read the other reviews I had expected more from this product. It's certainly adequate, especially for playing pop music, but for classical music it's not that great. The bass is good, but the treble sounds noticeably scratchy. Sort-of sharp/thin, almost grating. Not badly, but just enough so you do notice. Again, it's not actively horrible, but for close to £100 it does feel a bit irksome.

NB I'm using this speaker to play music via bluetooth from my iPod, so to make sure this issue wasn't caused by the reduced quality of the usual iPod music file I put some music on it via "lossless encoding" from my CDs, but that didn't make a difference really.

On the upside, it's easy to make the bluetooth connection, and on the whole it does what I want it to do: it's mains powered so no battery issues; I can use my ipod or ipad to browse the web while at the same time it's streaming music to the speaker; the speaker easily has enough power to fill the room; it's good-looking.

Another minor niggle: really don't understand why the volume control on the ipod is deactivated when it's connected to this speaker. It means you have to walk over to the speaker to change the volume when you can do everything else (selecting tracks) on the iPod. Makes no sense.
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