Welcome! Log in or Register

Face2001

Face2001
  • 1
  • 17
  • 8
  • 5
  • 34
  • 85
  • Crowns
  • Premium reviews
  • Express reviews
  • Comments
  • Reviews rated
  • Ratings received

Member since: 21.08.2000

People I trust

User that trust you
  • Sort by:
    • Nokia 3310 / Mobile Phone / 1 Reading / 8 Ratings
      More +
      27.01.2001 19:40
      Very helpful
      (Rating)

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Nokia are undoubtedly the Microsoft of the mobile phone market - certainly as far as anyone who wants to be fashionable goes. Nokia were the first people to put games onto their phones, and are the first set of phones to allow true customisation (more later). This latest release is even sexier than any of their other attempts and is fast becoming the most popular phone since the 5110. Size and Weight ====================== The 3310 weighs in at around 130 grams, which is fairly light for a phone. In my opinion, it’s as light as you would want unless you enjoy not actually being able to feel the phone you are holding. In terms of size, think somewhere between the chunkiness of the 5110 and the ridiculously over-cuteness of the 8890. I think it’s the perfect size to fit in hand or in pocket, and the screen is of a fair size too. Physical Design ====================== Overall, the design is extremely aesthetically pleasing. It’s curvier that most phones, and the buttons feel just right to the touch. The buttons on the phone are the 10 number buttons, the star and hash keys, a double-jointed up and down key, a cancel key and a space-bar-style select button (the Nokia Navi key). The power button is a rubber strip button running half the length of the phone and situated on the very top. This is an unusual positioning, not something I have seen before. However, it works well. Fascias ====================== Of course, the 3310 allows its fashion-following user to change the front and back covers of their phone to better suit their mood or likes. There is already a huge number of fascias available, just the usual stuff you would expect really - Budweiser, Peter Stringfellow, M&M’s, wildlife landscapes, snake skins, plain colours etc. Prices range from £5 for the tacky plain colours ones which you will only find in independent retailers, up to the £20 you will pay for the qualit
      y covers found in stores such as The Link. These covers are of top quality, as good as the official Nokia ones, just without the branding. This price is still way over the odds you should expect to pay though. Shop around, and you should be able to find a quality cover you like for around £14. If you ask me, that’s still extortionate, but never underestimate the amount that fashion-conscious kids can get ripped off for. Changing covers seems pretty simple if the manual’s instructions are anything to go by. They don’t go into enough detail though. They say: “Press the locking catch, slide the cover, and lift it off the phone.” The locking catch is a small plastic button at the bottom of the back of the phone. It’s fairly easy to press this in, but unless you have a strategy at this point you won’t get very far without bruising your nails and bruising any nearby people’s ears. What you need to do is with one thumb push down the locking catch and with the other push against the ridge on the back of the phone, just under the Nokia logo. That’s the hard bit, getting the rest of it off, and putting the new cover on is a more formality involving lots of fiddling. New covers always come with a set of new buttons, tending to be a transparent set of rubber keys. These are nowhere near as good in terms of looks or responsiveness as the chrome-style plastic set the phone comes with; so don’t replace them when you replace covers. Phone Book ====================== The Phone Book (obviously) contains all the names and phone numbers you have stored in your phone. There are a number of functions to the phone book: <> Search Lets you look through the phone book, either with the up-down key or by pressing the number key that corresponds to the first letter of the name you are looking for. <> Add, Erase or Edit names Lets you add names to your phone book, o
      r erase or edit existing names and numbers. <> Assign tone This sweet little function lets you choose a different ring tone for different people calling you. This way you can hear who is calling before you even look at the screen. Most people will use this as a bit of fun, but it could have serious use - for separating business and personal contacts, for example. <> Send b’card No, this is not used to send out birthday cards from your mobile, as I first imagined, but for sending names and numbers from your phone to someone else’s. <> Options Shows you how many names you have on your SIM card, and how many free. Also lets you choose a view for your phone book. You can have a large font, a list of names, or a name and number display, which is by far the most useful. <> Speed dials You can set up 8 numbers that can be called quickly by pressing a number button once then the Navi key to call. This menu lets you change which number speed dials which person. <> Voice tags The 3310 also lets you set up voice entries that the phone can recognise and call the relevant person. I have tested this out for this review, and it seems to work very well, better than most over phones I have seen this feature on. Messages ===================== <> Write messages This is where you write and send text messages to other mobile phone users. Nokia have introduced a swish new feature called multi-part messaging. With your 3310, you can write a single message that boasts length of 3 normal sized text messages. Unfortunately, it is not made clear unless you read the manual thoroughly that you get charged for each part rather than the message as a whole. Luckily, it is easy to keep tabs on how much you have written in the top-right corner of the message screen. The phone also includes the Most Annoying Phone Function Ever, predictive text entry. This is where ra
      ther than press each button multiple times to get the letter you want, you press the button once no matter which letter on that button you need, and the in-built dictionary attempts to work out your word. You need to know nothing more except not to use it, as it is highly annoying and won’t save you any time. <> Inbox and Outbox Archive for your incoming messages and messages to be sent in the future. Shockingly, there are still only 10 messages allowed in these boxes. This is bizarre, as other phone manufacturers seem to be making leaps and bounds in terms of message capacities, but Nokia still offers only 10 and this could be very limiting to some people. <> Picture messages You can also send and receive text messages that contain pictures (this is network driven, I am not sure if anyone except BT Cellnet offers this feature). Pictures take up at least one text message-worth of words, so you will probably find that enough of a turn-off not to bother sending them. <> Templates and Smileys The phone comes with a load of pre-made smileys and message templates, which you can edit or add to. The smileys are a nice idea, but I’ve never found myself saying the same thing twice in a message, so I will certainly not have a use for the templates. <> Settings This is mainly technical rubbish that you won’t need to be concerned with. The one useful feature is turning on message reports, so that you get confirmation when your message has been delivered to its recipient. <> Info service Receive messages such as traffic or weather reports. You need to contact the network provider to arrange this. Chat ===================== The chat feature allows you to have a text message conversation with another person. The messages stay on the screen, and you can have a nickname appear next to your messages. This is a very bad feature though, as each little thi
      ng you send costs the full cost of a text message. If you ever chat on the ‘Net, you will know that the majority of messages are very short. The only way this would be worthwhile is if a permanent connection is made to the other phone, and you were charged at 10p/min or something similar. Call register ===================== The call register contains all the numbers you have made calls to, received calls from, and missed calls from. It also contains certain bits of info about the length and costs of your calls, which could potentially be useful if you kept tabs on it. You can set cost limits to your calls, so if you reach a certain cost you can choose to be automatically cut off. The call register also includes details of all your Pay & Go activities, if you do not have a contract phone. You can see how much credit you have left, how long it lasts, last time you topped up etc., which is a lot more information than phones usually give you. If you use BT Cellnet, these values are stored in the phone, which is much, much better than having to ring up to get your credit. Tones ===================== This part contains all your available ring tones. You can choose the default tone, the volume, keypad tones and so on. You can also have a bash at composing your own tunes, which is always destined to be a bad idea for your ears. You can also choose a screensaver, which is just a big version of an operator logo that fills more of your screen. Quite why this is part of the Tones menu is anyone’s guess. Settings ===================== This is the main HQ for all those lovely little settings, which are always the first thing you check out with any new toy. <> Call settings Contains all the settings to do with calls, such as automatic redial and automatic answering (when connected to a hands free or car kit). You can also increase your privacy by turning off own number sending
      so people you call cannot see your number. If your network allows it, you can have call waiting activated so that you can manage more than one phone call at a time. <> Phone settings Change your welcome note and the phone language and some other pointless network things. <> Security settings Turn on or off or change your PIN code request, bar certain calls to or from your phone or restrict outgoing calls to selected phone numbers. From here you can also restore the factory settings that your phone came with. Call divert ==================== If your network allows, you can arrange for your incoming calls to be diverted to another phone number or to your voice mailbox. Games ==================== <> Snake II This is the best version of Snake seen yet. It is a great improvement over the first sighting of Snake II, seen on the Nokia 7110. This version allows you to choose different shaped mazes to play in. My favourite, and the one that will let you get the most points, is no walls at all. If you don’t know what Snake is, basically you navigate your snake around the screen, and each time you eat food, your snake gets longer and therefore the game gets harder. You get more points depending on the level of difficulty the game is on, and there are also special animals which pop up occasionally which give you a large number of points but you have to be quick to catch them. The animation is good, with your snake opening it’s mouth for the food, and you can see it travelling down his belly too. Incidentally, my top score is currently 1640 if anyone has beaten that? <> Space Impact This is the most complex game ever seen on a phone. At least, it is the game most similar to something you might find in a greasy arcade. It’s a sideways-scrolling shoot-‘em-up. It’s a fair speed, not too fast or slow, and the levels and enemies are varied enou
      gh to make it pretty interesting. It’s certainly a very good game, but it will take a while to get used to the complex control system. Overall though, this is a huge advance in mobile phone games, and can be enjoyed by most people, but is not as easy to get into as the others. <> Bantumi Probably an ancient Chinese game, but I am not too sure. You basically have to end up with more points in your pot than your opponent has in his. It takes a few goes to get used to how to play it, and you realise that you really need a strategy to win and that tactics are important. There are five levels of difficulty, but when you have played one level a few times, you can win every single go as your opponent is totally predictable. This, coupled with some bizarre and unexplainable moments where the opponent nicks your points, makes the game too frustrating to compare with the others. The animation is good, though. <> Pairs II This is a simple game for anyone to enjoy. Everyone knows how to play pairs, and this version now has single puzzles and time trials, where levels get progressively harder to complete within the allotted time. The graphics are improved from previous versions too. <> Settings Turn on or off the sounds, lights and vibrations for playing games. You can also enter a Club Nokia ID, which you have to register for. This allows your top scores (if they are good enough) to go live on the web. Calculator =================== A functional and useful calculator that works, well... like a calculator. It also includes currency conversion, which is a nice, and potentially useful, touch. Reminders =================== This allows you to save short text notes with an alarm. Clock =================== Standard clock, this time with the addition of a stopwatch and countdown timer functions. Profiles =================== You
      can change profiles so that your phone’s actions are more appropriate for wherever you are. If you are in a library for example, you could create a Silent profile where the phone just vibrates and doesn’t make any noise when there is an incoming message or phonecall. Battery =================== The battery on the phone seems to last a fair amount of time, providing you have charged it to the max. The official stats are 90 hours of standby time, and around 160 minutes of talk time. How accurate are they? Well 90 hours is almost 4 solid days. I expect the phone could manage this, but you have to remember this would mean simply turning the phone on, and doing nothing with it AT ALL, so it would be pretty pointless. The 160 minutes of talktime (2 hours, 40 mins) seems pretty accurate, though possibly a little exaggerated. I probably do about 30 minutes of talking a day on the phone, but I play quite a lot of the Snake II and Bantumi games as well, so this wears down the battery in impressive style (about the same as talking, I think). I have to recharge it every 2 days or if I am lucky, every 3. Recharge time is good, a full recharge has taken me less than 8 hours before, so if you do it overnight you are guaranteed to have a fresh phone when you wake up. The worse the reception in your area is, the quicker the battery runs down as it tries to retain the network coverage. Also, try not to cover the top of the back of the phone (by the Nokia logo). This is where the in-built antenna is stored and covering it can wear out the battery quicker, as the phone has to try harder to get the signal. Personalisation of your phone =================== Like I mentioned before, it is very important for many people to give a sense of individuality to their phone. Changing the covers is only the start of this, and now it is very easy to download new ring tones and operator logos for your Nokia phone. Some
      places charge up to £5.99 per ring tone for this service, but if you have any sense then you can get them all for free. The most popular sites are Boltblue (www.boltblue.com) and YourMobile (www.yourmobile.com). YourMobile currently only has ring tones, but a large selection of them. They are intending to expand into operator logos and also new screensavers, with the new version of the site on February 15th. I will probably write an opinion on the site after that date, so look out for it. Boltblue has some good ring tones, but is more popular for its large selection of operator logos. Incidentally, these are small rectangular pictures that replace the BT Cellnet / Vodafone / Orange / etc. text on the main screen. The service and speed of delivery on both sites is good, and you are (almost) sure to find something that suits you. You can store 7 extra ringtones, and the phone can only hold one operator logo at any moment. Deals ================== If you wish to get the Nokia 3310 on a Pay as you Go deal, then you are looking at paying £100 in the shops. On the Internet, you can get it for £80-£85 depending on the network, but stocks tend to be low. Check out www.mobileshop.com to see what they have available. If you wish to get the phone on contract, like I have done, then I would suggest you pop down to The Link before the end of January 2001. If so, not only do you get the phone for free, but you also get £100 back. £50 of this comes from BT Cellnet after 6 months, then a further £50 from The Link after a further 6 months. This means already you are £200 up on if you had bought the phone on a Pay as you Go deal. There is a range of call tariffs available, and you can change the tariff from month to month if you wish. Not only this, but you also get double free minutes for the first three months. So if you choose the My Time 600 (£15 monthly) deal like me, you get 1200 minutes of free off-peak calls for the first quarter of a year. O
      verall ================== This phone is excellent. It has everything most people could ask for, and I believe it will definitely become the most popular phone, just like the Nokia 5110 did a year or so ago. There are some things missing from the phone that some people might want. Firstly, no WAP. Personally, I think this is great as I can't stand WAP and find it almost entirely useless. Unfortunately, there is no infra-red data link, such as that found on the 7110. I imagine this has been excluded because it is not suited to the phone's target market (teens rather than businessmen), although I personally would fancy a good multiplayer game on Snake II, or even Bantumi. Aside from these quips, and remembering what the target audience would want, I honestly cannot think of many serious ways to improve the phone, but no doubt Nokia will find some way of improving or changing it to persuade those pesky kids to part with their money once again six months down the line. Finally, I apologise for the size of this opinion. Thanks for sticking around. I guess I just got carried away.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
    • Mission Impossible 2 (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
      More +
      26.01.2001 04:38
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      2 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Following the success of the first film, Mission Impossible is back, with a slick John Woo production that promises to be more exciting than the first. The plot of the second film is quite simple: Crooked pharmaceutical company has decided that the world is just too healthy these days, and decides to create a new super-virus, in order that they may automatically produce a new super-antidote. Needless to say, one of the scientists involved gets cold feet and tries to contact our hero (Cruise) in order that he may escort him safely to the States (with virus and antidote). The message is intercepted by one of Cruise's old enemies, and the scientist is duped into travelling with a fake Cruise. The plane is hijacked by the bad guy and his henchmen, who subsequently murder the scientist, not realising that he has the virus injected into his own bloodstream. Armed with just the antidote, the bad guys then set about obtaining trying to obtain the virus, in order to extort millions of pounds from world governments. Enter the real Cruise, whose mission is to find out what the scientist was carrying and ensure it does not fall into the wrong hands. I thoroughly enjoyed the first film, which, to me, seemed to encapsulate successfully the original tone and content of the TV series, whilst adding a modern-day edge. A sequel therefore seemed a relatively palatable concept. The big question - is the second film any good? The answer is a resoundingly - no. As a relatively demanding film viewer, the first twenty minutes of a film are extremely important to me - this is essentially the time in which I will decide whether the film should live or die. After about 22 minutes this film was dead, buried and obituarised. Mission Impossible 2 is simply an ego-trip for the director and the stars, who seem to have forgotten that the audience are part of the process too. The film is heavily cliched from the outset - we are introduced to a bespectacled scientist with
      a dodgy German accent and an uncanny similarity to Albert Einstein. The film's opening sequences are largely uninteresting - Woo surprisingly resists the temptation for a spectacular plane crash, favouring instead to cut to panoramic shots of Cruise abseiling in the desert up a seemingly impossible rock stack, with no ropes. The problem with this is that, although visually quite impressive, this is the first example in what becomes a long line of patronisingly unecessary sequences, artificially planted to make Cruise look cool. James Bond may perform equally dangerous, and exotic stunts (bunjy jumping the face of a huge dam springs to mind) but Bond always has a purpose - in MI2 Cruise is simply doing it for the hell of it. The film contains very few moments that are in line with the MI heritage. Cruise is given his mission atop the rockstack via a pair of sunglasses - which subsequently self-destruct in five seconds, but even this is used by Woo in his eventually formulaic, slow-motion style of direction. Even the highly destinctive theme music is seldom heard throughout the film - this could essentially have been any US action movie. The film fails to capitalise on any of the features which could set this aside as classic MI material a criminal waste of much potential. Whereas reduced speed was used to stylish effect in some sequences in Face Off, in this film so many sequences are shown in slow motion that the film really starts to drag. Every sequence seems to involve Cruise staring enigmatically, and grinning cutely in a way that the audience are intended to be attracted to. It all becomes very tedious very quickly, and there is little to like about Cruise's character. Furthermore action is supposed to be fast - in this film every move seems to be puposefully choreographed, as the stars dance their way around a hail of bullets and shrapnel. There is much implausibility within this film. A ridiculous car chase alo
      ng a hillside road attempts to re-create many James Bond sequences, in suitably Woo-esque slow motion. An Audi TT is pitched against a Porsche, as though the audience is really expected to believe that the two vehicles are fairly matched - neither car effectively wins - I would suggest that Porsche may be somewhat insulted - and can only suppose that Audi paid the film makers a lot of money. The old idea of rubber masks pops up in the film - quite convincingly produced, but still as ridiculous as any of the other films that have toyed with the idea, and you begin to wonder when the "rubber-ripping" will stop. Additionally, the film falls apart with its rather dubious casting. Thanide Newton bears a startling resemblance to Anna Ryder-Richardson that I found rather off putting - she is essentially there for something nice to look at. Anthony Hopkins very briefly shows up, but is sorely under-used. The bad guys are seriously dodgy - the villain's main henchman has the most laughable accent - I was unsure how we were supposed to take him seriously - and as usual, the Australians are portrayed in the stereotypical thick "Neighbours" manner that you would expect from Hollywood. Needless to say, I terminated viewing some way through the film, as I was so completely disinterested with what was going to happen. The virtual lack of any plot from the outset was a fair indication that this film was going nowhere - Cruise has bedded the girl before any of the action even starts. Given the potential for films of this genre, MI 2 is shockingly disappointing. Given the hype around the film, I imagine that there will almost certainly be a third movie, but it's got a lot of work to do after this effort. Recommended for those who have like to put a video on to lull them off to sleep on the sofa.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        15.12.2000 04:30
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        I have downloaded the beta version of PP7, it's a brilliant improvement, I look at 6 and I realise how basic it really is compared to 7. Maybe its because they have dramatically improved the selection tool, with loads more shapes, maybe because the raster vector tool has dozens of pre set shapes,or that the browse feature(a brilliant tool) is faster or just maybe that the the colour fill and textures are miles more manageable than 6 -it actually reminds me of Fireworks 3. The text tool has different inside and outside colour and texture options. You can now use draw arrows (like MS.Word) and choose from different types of pre set lines etc. In fact I think its because there are now lots more effect filters and more options to edit pictures with.(e.g. light filters, ageing newspaper filters) But the best part of number 7 is that the animation shop has a far greater range of transitions and image effects(morph, page turns, all the Microsoft Powerpoint transitions), making it a very very decent animated gif & banner tool (the compression is still not good enough though,use Fireworks3 to compress animated gifs/jpegs etc). It has everything you could need to design for the web, its a quarter of the price of photoshop, there are loads of web sites and tutorals on the web to help you use Paint Shop Pro.(e.g. psptips.com) I recommend you go to jasc.com and download a copy at once!

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • Grand Prix 3 (PC) / PC Game / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
        More +
        19.11.2000 06:00

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        As a fan of the last two Grand Prix games from Microprose and Geoff Crammond’s range I had high hopes for Grand Prix 3. I had waited so long for this game! However I didn't relise why it was so cheap. I was expecting high class graphic with a high class simulation. All I got was the high class simulation. I would describe the graphics as shoddy. They are a number of graphical bugs. I have one that flashes at the bottem of the steering wheel. It drives me mad. Instead of encoding the graphics so they can be 3D rendered, Microprose have basically what looks like BMP stuck on 3D models. I have a top spec PC so I know its not the speed of the machine that is the problem. Another little bug is that if you crash in to a car while its being lifted off the track it will fly up in the air for ages. Apart from the graphics and a few minor technical bugs the game itself is very good. The simulation is just like driving a real F1 car. If you have a force feedback steering wheel it improves the game play even more. The driving is so real.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        07.10.2000 19:56
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Being a PC games man myself, I feel that console machines like the Playsation, Dreamcast and N64 are not all that good. Companies such a Sony, soon to release the Playstation 2, are saying that the graphics are going to be excellent on there new consoles, but there are regualar PCs out there at the moment which are running if not better graphics. This is due to the fact that PCs can run at a much higher resoloution that of a TV, which console use. Just think about it. If a PC monitor can run at 1024 X 768 lines and a normal TV only runs at 576 X by about 400 lines, this must mean that a PC monitor can have double the detail. Now tell me that isn't better. And if that wasn't enough you can set your computer up with surround sound, muiltplayer games,different controllers,better more tactical games,internet, printers,scanners,digital cameras,DVD players,MP3 players,CD players and many more. I feel that the PC is much more verstile than a console. PC's can also be upgraded with better systems for the constantly changing enviroment. So if you thinking of buying a console, think twice. Why buy somthing which only has half the features you can have, when you can get all the features you can have for a little more money which will last a longer time. I believe that console machines will never take over the gaming world. Please give this opinion a rating.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        06.10.2000 06:06
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony where the ones who lead the way for minidisc. They researched, invested and re-invested and what did we get? Shear Excellence! I own two minidisc players/recorders, one is a Sharp and the other Its a Sony and boy! do you notice the difference. Size, sounds, looks, everything its all perfect. I really have to say well done, because Sony deserves it. They bring use the forefront of technologie with style. They have invested and re-invested to bring use the best. If you are considering a MD player/recorder you should only consider a Sony. Well Done SONY

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • DVD Forum / Archive Electronic / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
          More +
          06.10.2000 00:44
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          1 Comment

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          I first expereinced DVD at my mates house. Before I expereinced DVD, I thought it was basically the same VHS without the process of Rewinding and Fastforwarding so whats the point? How I was wrong. When I watched my first DVD (MATRIX, the) I noticed that the picture was so much sharper than that of VHS. There were no blured or fussy frames. It was crystal clear. Like when you see a new movie in the cinema (only on a slightly smaller screen.) It still amazes me. Another thing I noticed was the sound quality. It was perfect. There was no hiss or crackle. The sound had a high definition and you could hear the smallest sound, like a pin dropping. The surround sound was amazing, it felt like the bullets were zooming straight past your right ear then your left. Cars coming up behind you and racing in front of you and so on. As well as the film on the disc you have special features. These might include the making of the film, Cut Scenes, Interveiws with actors/producers/directors and many more. In total 5 hours of viewing. Now tell me thats something you don't get on VHS or the Cinema. DVD is unique. I don't know if you have noticed this yet, but DVD's are released way before VHS. For example The Sixth Sense was released early this year 2000 on DVD and has only just been released on VHS. You will be able to get the films you missed at the cinema much sooner. DID YOU KNOW? If you scratch a 6cm lines in a DVD all the way around it will still be able to be played. This basically makes them indestructable, for those who have children I would suspect this would be a good advantage. DVD is set to replace VHS for sure.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            05.10.2000 05:52
            Very helpful
            (Rating)

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            When 'Who wants to be a Millionnaire?' first hit our screens it was great. I thought the tension of the questions was wonderful and torment that Chris Tarrent put the contenstants through was superb, but know it is just getting boring and annoying. Sure people want to go on it for the money, but i think people must be getting tired of it now. Firstly it is so slow. I find it so annoying when Chris cuts to an Advert or 'Is that your final answer?' Arrrrrg. Its so annoying. The problem is that it fixes you. You cant stop watching it once you have started your doomed. I have estimated that i have watched it for a whole day at least. Now just past it's hurndreth show still now one has won the million. Are the question fixed or something? Although being the UK's most successful game show, it is also one of the most annoying but addictive game shows aswell. I wish we could just have a break from it all for a least a year.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            05.10.2000 05:01
            3 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            Anyone who is under the age of 18 will understand that online shopping is useless to them. Most online shop accept credit cards these days, but of course any under 18 will not have a credit card. So how can they pay? Well basically they can't, unless the shop accepts SOLO cards (Basially Debit Card but you can't go overdrawn). However most shops don't accept SOLO cards. The younger generation are meant to be the ones using the internet so why don't shops make some effort, so the younger generation can buy through the internet. It seems pointless not using an online shop to its full potential. I mean teenagers like CDs Videos and DVD's don't they? so why can't they buy them online for themselves. I think that online shops should encourage teenages (13-17) to use online shopping facilities. If you think about it, it is kind of dening their right to purchase goods they want. If anyone agrees with me just rate this opinion. Thankyou.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • The Matrix (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 1 Rating
              More +
              05.10.2000 00:51
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              1 Comment

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Of all the blockbuster movies that were shown last year (1999), I would rate this second only to Fight Club in overall appeal. Even as "The Phantom Menace" entered into the summer, "The Matrix" was definitely the premier Science-Fiction of the year, making up where "The Phantom Menace" failed so miserably. (Anyone that up-plays "The Phantom Menace" over this movie is jealous because everyone ragged on their "precious, infallible Star Wars" and placed this one far ahead of it, which is rightfully so. Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, but this movie is definitely better than Episode One). There were at times some cheesy moments, most notably the romantic moment between Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). Neo wasn't as strong as one would hope our hero to be, but it can be understood that he is taking his situation in all at once, converted from just a simple programmer/skilled hacker in the process of reorientating his entire knowledge of things. To understand the movie of course, one would have follow the advice of Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne), "Unfortunately, nobody can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself." The effects were excellent as well as the action sequences, not to mention the plot concept had been very intriguing, original no less. It is certainly worth seeing for anyone who wants to think about new concepts afterward. Anyone who thinks this was a terrible movie DOES NOT appreciate Science-Fiction, and probably believes classic literature is the only kind of literature. Let them watch "Citizen Kane" if they like and leave these movies alone.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • General Web Design Tips / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
                More +
                01.10.2000 06:40
                Very helpful
                (Rating)

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                I first started web design about a year ago now. Since then I have developed and learned HTML and Java Script programing. I first started using Mircosoft Frontpage. This is one of the easiest programs to learn on. When designing a web site you need to think of several different factors. 1.Usablity. Are there any broken links and do people know where they are going? There is no point in having a website if people can't find what they are looking for on it. 2.Size of the pages. The limit is estimated at about 46KB. If the page is too large it may annoy the visitor and he/she may be forced somewhere else. To make the size of a page smaller you could use GIFs instead of BMPs. This will reduce the size of images considerabley. 3.Clarity. Make sure all you sections are clear and visitors know where they are. Use slightly bigger titles to sections of the website. 4.Design. Does the format stay the same all the way through the web page? To make this easier to do use Frames this gives a reliable structure to your page. 5.Name. It is nice to have a name to your website. Try and make it original or catching. Also make sure it is easy to spell. You don't want vistiors going somewhere just because they spelt it wrong. Before you jump right in with the graphics and gissmos, build the structure of the website. Structuring just means having the words of what each page will display. Once you have sorted the navigation and you can move through the website with confidence you can now move onto the all the graphics and gissmos which you wish to inclued. I found if you didn't do this that there would be many broken links and dodgy pages. If you would like to visit my site it is: www.Digidots.co.uk It sells Operator Logos for Nokia Phones

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
              • Winamp / Multimedia / 0 Readings / 1 Rating
                More +
                14.09.2000 04:07

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                Winamp is a windows application which you have the abillity to play MP3's. You need this to play MP3's downloaded from the internet. Winamp quite simpley is a like a CD player on your PC. To download it go to: www.winamp.com and follow the instructions Once you have downloaded and set up winamp you are ready to play MP3's. Winamp comes with a small MP3 which advertises Wimamp. You will see three windows (Winamp, Winamp Equalizer and Winamp Playlist) To play the same little advert click the play button in the Winamp window. The MP3 will then play. Once you have downloaded an MP3 from the internet your can the play it buy loading it in Winamp. To do this you can either double click on the file in windows explorer or click 'ADD' then 'ADD File' in the Winamp Playlist window. Choose the file and click 'Open'. It will then appear with the Songwriters name and the Song name. To edit the Songwriter or Songname right click the desired song and go to 'File info'. A dialog box will come up and the rest is self expantionary. If you have downloaded several MP3's you can make a playlist. This allows you to order which MP3 you want to be played. Firstly you add an MP3 like before, and the do the same for the extra files as well. Then if you click 'List Opts'and 'Save list'in the Winamp Playlist you can save this playlist. To open it up again on just click 'List Opts' and 'Load Lists' Another advantage is that you can minmize winamp to the size of a title bar. It can hide away in the corner and not bother you. To make it look cool you can download what are called 'Skins' this is like a cover for phone for example. you can also download a selection at www.winamp.com. There are many Plug-ins around as well. These can do many things e.g. Disco lights on the screen, surround sound, auto mixing etc, etc.
                I hope this has been some help. This is free software which I love so much.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
              • Media Jukebox / Multimedia / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
                More +
                14.09.2000 04:00

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                Winamp is a windows application which you have the abillity to play MP3's. You need this to play MP3's downloaded from the internet. Winamp quite simpley is a like a CD player on your PC. To download it go to: www.winamp.com and follow the instructions Once you have downloaded and set up winamp you are ready to play MP3's. Winamp comes with a small MP3 which advertises Wimamp. You will see three windows (Winamp, Winamp Equalizer and Winamp Playlist) To play the same little advert click the play button in the Winamp window. The MP3 will then play. Once you have downloaded an MP3 from the internet your can the play it buy loading it in Winamp. To do this you can either double click on the file in windows explorer or click 'ADD' then 'ADD File' in the Winamp Playlist window. Choose the file and click 'Open'. It will then appear with the Songwriters name and the Song name. To edit the Songwriter or Songname right click the desired song and go to 'File info'. A dialog box will come up and the rest is self expantionary. If you have downloaded several MP3's you can make a playlist. This allows you to order which MP3 you want to be played. Firstly you add an MP3 like before, and the do the same for the extra files as well. Then if you click 'List Opts'and 'Save list'in the Winamp Playlist you can save this playlist. To open it up again on just click 'List Opts' and 'Load Lists' Another advantage is that you can minmize winamp to the size of a title bar. It can hide away in the corner and not bother you. To make it look cool you can download what are called 'Skins' this is like a cover for phone for example. you can also download a selection at www.winamp.com. There are many Plug-ins around as well. These can do many things e.g. Disco lights on the screen, surround sound, auto mixing etc, etc.
                I hope this has been some help. This is free software which I love so much.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
              • Sony Playstation 2 / Games Console / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
                More +
                14.09.2000 03:22

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                The Playstation 2 is to be released October 2000 after all this waiting what will we be getting. The Playstation 2 has been high on the ageneda for children and adults alike. With new features such as a DVD player, Modem and Hard Disk drive it is the ultimate entertainment system this year. This first noticable improvement from the Playstation is the DVD player. Many people have held back buying a DVD player because they are planning to buy a Playstation 2 which has one included. Although the DVD player won't be a super one with all the surround sound features and other gismos it will still be a dvd player and it still plays DVD's. Not that you will get a chance to watch a DVD because it will be used constantly by your son or daughter. The graphics will be much like the Dreamcast which by the way are excellent. One thing I did notice was the viewing distance. Say if you were playing a driving game on the Playstation 1 you wouldn't see the track clearly in front of you. The Playstation 2 takes away this and you can see every thing as clearly as if you were driving a car. The graphics are smoother and clear and less pixely. The sound is a lot clearer. There is high definition between left and right sounds. I haven't notice any 3D surround sound features yet. Compared to a playstation the difference is noticable. The controllers are black. I particually like this as it matches my hifi equitment and looks better than a bog standard gery. However don't throw away you old controllers from you Playstation they still work in the Playstation 2. Anyway the controllers a more sensitive especially on driving games. The buttons aren't either on/off they can go between like halfway on and 3/4 off. This is what make the controller more sensitve. Hard Disk drive is going to arrive next year. The Playstation 2 is the best console machine I have played. However it is a bit expensive at the moment b
                ut that is acceptable because of all the features.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
              • Rainbow Six (PS) / Archive Game / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
                More +
                12.09.2000 00:59

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                OK, so the guy has best-selling books and top-grossing movies under his belt, so why not throw in a hit video game for good measure. Well, that’s exactly what Tom Clancy does with Rainbow Six, an anti-terrorism, action/strategy game that combines the two genres into a seamless package of intense gaming. Budding from the book of the same name, Rainbow Six thrusts gamers into 17 unique missions of terrorists, hostages and bomb scares. Each mission is broken into two parts, planning and execution. In the planning phase, you have to use all of your tactical know-how to prepare for the approaching mission. This strategic portion of the game leaves little to chance. After a lengthy mission briefing and intelligence report, you hand pick your team from a who’s who of special operatives. You then arm them with machine guns, pistols, flash bangs and grenades. After your team is armed, you must further break it down into smaller squads of two and three members. Finally, you map out each squads course of action, including pauses and ‘go commands’, on a 3-dimensional blueprint of the mission. Once you have completed all of the above you are ready for part two -- mission execution. This is where the real fun begins. Rainbow Six drops you into a first person, 3-D perspective where you shoot, run, hide and climb obstacles on your way to completing your planned mission. Since you can only control one team member at a time, you will have to rely on your previous planning to ensure that while you're off shooting terrorists and planting bombs, the other members are taking care of business. The gameplay challenges both your mental and physical prowess as you covertly move through a host of dfficult campaigns. Sneaking around walls, running at top speed through open spaces and launching flash bangs into unseen territory are all necessary if you want to come out alive. A task
                that is far from easy. In accordance with the laws of life and death, take one shot to a vital organ and it's sayonara. Don’t expect to miraculously come back to life for the next mission. If you lose someone in battle, they’re gone for the rest of the game! Rainbow Six carries a hefty learning curve which may turn off some less avid gamers. However, a little time spent with the manual and in the training sessions and you'll be ready for this engrossing world of interactive Clancy.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments