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I had this laptop two Chrsitmas's again now, and its still going strong. It was pretty cheap for a laptop, and the specs are decent- 80GB hard drive which is big enough for all my applications, work, music and a few games too; 512Mb of RAM; a pretty big screen (sorry, i don't know how big exactly!); a CD / DVD burner and player. It comes with Windows XP home edition already installed and can apparently handle Vista although I haven't tried yet.
The laptop itself is compact and attractive. The lid is silver with a black part in the centre which also reads "Fujitsu Siemens Computers". The laptop is light compared with others on the market, and is thin too. Great for taking it everywhere with you!
Inside, the screen is a great size, and the surround is black with black rubber pads to aid it when it closes. Very user friendly. I find this laptop also boots up much faster than others I have tried, which is great. The keyboard is a reasonable size, and I find it quite easy to type using it. Infact, i'm typing this on it! The keys are black with white (and blue) betters / numbers on them. They are very clear to read. However, one of my keys (the down arrow) has come off, but I do think that was just because of the age and the fact i'm on it all the time. I think it would be easy to fix but i cannot comment on that as i have loast a vital piece of the key. Nevermind! On the plus side, if i key does break off, it is still useable, i still use my down arrow.
The mousepad is rectangle shape and is gray along with the mouse buttons. It is very easy to use, but if you want to use a mouse it is easily done with the 3 USB ports avalible on this laptop.
The battery life is about an hour, but i must warn you, if you use it a lot, the battery life does decrease which is a bit of a pain as mine only lasts a couple of minutes without the AC adaptor now. When the battery life is low, it gives you a warning in a little bubble that comes up 5 minutes before it dies, if you leave it to long it will turn off. A good thing about this, is if you have any documents open and didn't save, you will be able to retrieve them when you get back on.
The sound quality isn't that good if im honest, even top volume is quite quiet, but it is okay if you are on you're own and not with people who are louder than the actual thing. The speaker is in the to left of the laptop. I've also been told by friends that the sound is too "tinny" which is true. A real shame as the rest of the laptop is great.
The fan in this laptop isn't great, it is only a little thing and unfortunatly mine did break. They are extremly hard to get rid of, and i think this is the same for most parts of the laptop. It did cost me a bit to get a replacment.
Overall though, i do thing this is a pretty nifty laptop and reliable too. Cheap to by and has a good variety of features. Its worth it!
Thhis camera / camcorder, to me, is quite unusual. It is a little bigger than a pack of playing cards, however, it packs a fairly impressive punch for a thing that size. It offers a 10x optical zoom; has a varied angle LCD screen (you know, one of them screens that you can turn around); face detection; 1080i component video output and more.
Its price is around £300, but it isn't officially imported into Europe. So if you want one, you would probably have to by off a site such as Amazon for roughly $450. For me, this price is a little bit above what I would be willing to pay for such an item, as you can get cheaper and probably better quality camcorders / camera from else where.
The camera side to it has a number of modes to maximize its preformance, these include: indoor, snow and night. The picture quality is sufficient, but i would expect better from a camera this price.
Overall, having a camera and camcoder in one is a good idea, and i like the design and how compact it actually is. However, i feel that there are better products out there for this price range.
As everyone knows, Paris is the capital of France, and often refered to as the city of love. It is one of the world's major global cities and influences many aspects of out lives such as the media; fashion; sciences; arts and many more.
Paris is my favorite city, although I have only visited it once on a trip in High School. It's so amazing. It has so much character and is enchanting. There are so many things to do and see while there. Please remember though, these are only the places I have been, and i know that this city has so much more to offer!
The places to go see, in my opinion, are these:
Notre Dame de Paris on the River Seine. Amazing building, You cannot help put look at all the detail that was put into it, all the craftmanship. I'd also recommend a boat trip on the River Seine too. It isn't too much money; definatly go when it's dark. The lights of the city are incredible.
A walk, or car ride down the street leading to the Arc de Triomphe- the Champs-Elysees. Little fact for you; that street is the only street that the McDonalds sign isn't yellow. It's actually white. If going down in a car, you can also go around the roundabout; but be careful, a majority of car insurances (one's on France anyway!) won't pay out if you crash on it!
The Louvre. This is one of the biggest most famous museums which is home to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue. Although I didn't go inside, it is still a great place to visit if you're there.
I also went to see the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur while there. It is the highest point of the city, with many steps leading up to it. Behind the building, you get loads of artists all painting and trying to see their work. It's a really interesting and fun visit.
Disneyland Paris! Such a great place! If you find yourself in Paris, go, thats all i need to say. It is world the money, you would definatly have a great time there. :D
And finally, the Eiffel Tower. it is breathtaking to behold. Be sure to take the lift for a view of the city. And in my opinion, go at night, when they light it up. It is incredible. Yes, if you want to go up, it does cost (and you do have to wait a while, but you get a great view from underneath the tower). Definatly worth it in my opinion! Best part of Paris by miles. :)
Well, thats all the places i have been. I know the city offers more, so if you do go, go everywhere. You won't regret, it. It is a magical city.
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II was released in 2004, and is still a pretty good game after four years. The past few years have seen no shortage of games based on World War II; but this game was the first in a series of real-time tactics video games based in this era.
The gameplay allows you to take control of either English, American, German or Russian soldiers and although it is primarily a strategy game; it doesn't mean you can't take your troops and fight the enemy!
The game offers extremely detailed environments and units. The graphics are superb. The fully 3D gameplay engine is very complex. The soldiers can run, crawl, smoke cigarettes while they are standing still. There is just so much detail in this game, props to the artists and animators. There is also a varied look. When in battle you see wheels coming off cars and jeeps, explosions if you blow up a fuel deposit, people jumping out of cars that are on fire; and much more.
This game also features a multi-player mode. You can play any of the campaign missions and most of the stand-alone missions in co-op mode with up to three more players (four players all together). Which is great for someone who enjoys gaming with people.
Overall, Soldiers: heros of war II this a great game that, in my opinion, will appeal to most stategy fans. A great christmas present, dispite its age.
Ventrilo is a Voice over Internet Protocol program. This means that it allows for the transmission of voice through the Internet or other packet-switched networks and allows users to use regular telephone networks anywhere through any internet service provider. In simple terms, it allows the users to speak to one another via the computer and internet with a headset.
Only Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X clients can use Ventrilo which is an extreme disadvantage in my opinion. However there are future plans to allow operating systems based on the Linux kernel to be able to run the program.
Ventrilo is free to download, but to have a server you must host it yourself, or access someone elses. This is why it is usually used multiplayer computer game players.
Compared to TeamSpeak, Memble and all the other voIP programs, it is excellent. It is so easy to use and the sound quality is great and has minimal use of CPU resources so it doesn not interfere with day to day operations on your computer. This is mainly because if it is used by gamers they have many applications running. It has a simple user interface so anyone who doesn't know how to use the computer that well will pick it up pretty easily.
In conclusion, Ventrilo is the best!
I have had bebo longer than any other social network site, and am very pleased with it. It is easy to use, great security additions such as making your profile private to anyone but friends, report features and so on, and is (most the time) fast.
Bebo was founded in January 2005 and is avalible in many versions such as Canada, New Zealand Australia and the UK. There are also plans for a French and German version.
Most people don't actually know what bebo stands for. Yes, it actually stands for something! It is an acronym for "Blog early, blog often". It is like any other site where it users create profiles on themselves for other people to comment. However, bebo has a feature called 'Bebo Music' which allows bands and/or solo singers to create a profile and share their music. This is very similar to Myspace.
Bebo is also avalible by mobile phone and users can access it. This allows people to look at theirs and other peples profiles on the go and receive text alerts when they recieve a comment or something similar.
Bebo is very easy to use, anyone who doesn't know how to use the internet or websites that well will soon get the hang of this. It is very easy to navagate around and add pictures. However, I have found when viewing pictures it doesn mess up my internet for that page and goes off. But this is probably just my internet/computer and is nothing to worry about.
Overall, bebo is for me one of the best social network sites.
Dooyoo is great to it's new members, me being one of them. All the members of the dooyoo community are super friendly, I has had numerous emails and comments from some of you welcoming me and it's so nice for us newbies! You make us feel welcome and we keep coming back to the site. Who can't, this site is addictive!
On the note of recruiting people, I read about the site on a money saving forum, you could always post ads on these and i'm sure you'd have floods of people signing up. There is also the recruitment scheme of where the member refers people and recieves 500 points once they have writen their first review. However, I have found that this doesn't always work, I have sent referals to about three people kow, and only one worked! I wasn't best pleased about that as I missed out on 1000 dooyoo miles, but it's okay, I forgive you!
The dooyoo reward scheme in my opinion attracts the most people, it's so good and rewarding, and the team checks the reviews to see if they are genuine, so its a great place to be. And i'm glad I'm apart of the community now.
Dooyoo is by far the best for opinion sites. It has a friendly community, everybody (or near enough) is willing to help. I have recently joined, and has emails and comments from you guys welcoming me, which is really nice for someone who is new.
Dooyoo is honest when it comes to opinions of its members and the large number of people who are members all comment on products, so there is always opinions, and plently o them. However, sometimes the things I have searched don't have a review, which isn't very good when you are curious about the product! Or sometimes it doesn't even exist, but this is where you can suggest to the ooyoo team and they will add it- aslong as you have a review ready to write about it. You also get rewarded 10 points for a suggestion.
Dooyoo will always be compared to Ciao in my opinion, but dooyoo definatly rises above. Its reward scheme is very good and incorages the members to write, and the team also check to make sure none is copied from other websites and it is definatly a genuine review.
Dooyoo is great!
Fonetastic is a free SMS texting service on the internet that allows you to send texts to any mobile phone in the UK.
Registration is required, which just takes up time when their are sites like cbfsms.com (see my review on this!) that let you do it insently without signing up. It also limits you too 10 texts a day, which is a bit rubbish if you have no credit and it's important. However, free texts are free texts. It also has very fast send times, wvwn when the server is busy, so no waiting around wondering if it's been sent or not. Fonetastic lets you send texts anonymously, which is great, but you may think that this is a little bit dangerous and people could send nasty texts. Fonetastic won't let them get away with this, they have a great security policy. All messages are logged, and abusive sms complaints dealt with promptly.
On a down side, they do send you marketing texts when you've signed up, which can get very annoying.
Overall, this is an okay site if you need a few texts, but I would recomment using cbfsms instead of this. You can only send 10 a day and you get annoying messages sent to your phone.
Google, where would the internet be without this search engine?! It is no doubt the leading search engine, as well as the most reliable, fastest and easiest to use.
It has so many features that include tabs which take you to images, videos and google maps. This is a good feature as it lets you to see a map to which are able to get directions to places, how many miles it is and other things.
Google was set up in 1996 but didn't become "Google Inc." until 1998. It was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were studying at Stanford University.
It has a feature where it's logo changes for certain times of th year like Christmas, and also incorperates drawings children have made as well as one off things like the Queen visiting the GooglePlex. The GooglePlex is the headquarters of Google and is located in Mountain View, California and has 19,604 full-time employees as of 30/06/08. (However, there probably isn't that many now with todays financial issues).
Google also have a number of easter eggs such as there calculator having the answer to life, the universe and everything as "42". To whom does not understand this, it is off "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Others include google in Pig-latin, Klingon and Hacker language ("leet/1337 speak)To anyone who wants to see this, just search in google (yes google!) "google pig latin" or any you wish to see.
Overall, the best search engine!
Hanley is located in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and is one of the six majour towns of Stoke. It is now the cities main shopping place with such things as the Potteries shopping centre (see my review on this ^^) in it. It is also home to cultural sites such as The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery which contains a large ceramics collection and restored Spitfire! Great for you historians. It is very cheap, or free to get into these, i'm not sure which though.
That isn't all, it also houses the Victoria Hall, the Regent Theatre, BBC Radio Stoke's Open Centre and studios and has a large selection of nightclubs and bars for the young people.
Hanley is a great place with many things to visit and see. It caters for everything and has good parking at a good price. It has a modern park near by, Hanley Forest Park, which is great for the kids!
The Potteries Shopping Centre is an indoor shopping centre in Hanley, Stoke on Trent and is definatly a place to visit if you ever find yourself there. It was opened in 1988, mainly to attract people from the naigbouring places such as North Staffordshire, South Cheshire, and eastern Salop.
It is advertised as "Everything you need under one roof!". In this case, it is true. It consists of roughly 87 shops which include Primark, the Apple shop (which sells Apple products e.g. iPods),New Look, Next, , Monsoon, Gap, HMV, Game, River Island, H. Samuel and Lasenza. It also has food stales such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks and a big market located at the bottom of the centre. It has a car park and disabled facilities to make it userfriendly. Recently it has had a facelift, replacing the food court which housed such shops such as Burger king for other shops. This means you have to treck outside if you fancy a McDonalds or something similar.
The car park is a multistorey and can be accessed by lift so pushchairs and wheelchairs can easily get from one to the other without hassle. When parking on there, you recieve a token, like a coin, and when you leave you put it in a machine and it tells you how much you have to pay. It is relativly cheap to park on there, however it does get quite full, so you may have to park elsewhere an walk to the centre. You can also get a bus there which drops you off pretty much right outside.
This is a great place to visit if your in the area, and a great shopping centre!
This facial mask is great. It shrinks up pores and sucks away all oils and dirts in your skin which leaves your skin clean and makes pimples diminish. I'm left glowing and feeling fresh after using this product. Has a slightly earthy smell, blue color and doesnt irritate your skin. It even works well for sensitive skin, so don't be afriad to use it.
However, it can be quite tricky to scrub away once used as it leaves kind of a blue tint, but you do get rid of it eventually. It also dries pretty fash (which I guess can be a good thing, you don't want it dripping everywhere), but it does make applying an even mask tricky at times.
This is a good product weither you have acne, just a few spots or a clear face. I would definatly recomment it to anyone; particularly people who suffer from oily or combination skin. It works best on these. it makes pores smaller, smoothens skin and makes it soft. A perfect way to pamper yourself!
The Sony cyber-shot DSC-T2/G is a lightweight compact camera weighing in at 156g which includes the batteries and the memory card. Can't get much lighter i hear you say... I agree. It makes it one of the smallest camera on the maket to date measuring just 86.8 x 56.8 x 20.2mm.
It has 8.1-megapixel with a 3x zoom lens equivalent to 38-114mm. It has an amazing 4Gb of internal memory (so you may not even need to buy a memory card for this one!) and a vibrant 2.7 touchscreen LCD. It is able to store well over 1,200 pictures at the maximum quality setting, or over 1,500 at the 5MP size.
It is a modern, stylish camera that comes in a variety of colours which include: black, white, turquoise blue, bright pink and the metallic lime green; this means you can personalise the camera which your personality or as a gift.
The Sony cyber-shot DSC-T2/G has many features such as face detection technology, smile shutter mode and Sony double anti-blur solution to minimize blur and to ensure sharp colours.
However, one bad point about this camera- it's image quality. Because Sony want to make the most of this camera internal memory, the files are very compressed which average out about 2.1MB per picture. This is very small for an 8 megapixel camera.
In conclusion, this camera is extremly stylish and ultra compact and has a range of interesting and helpful features. However, it is quite expensive, around about £200, and the image quality does not live up to this.
Mmm, Frijj milkshake. I have to say, possibly the best milkshake ever! When I think about Frijj, the first thing that comes into my mind is rich creamy thick milk.
It was launched in 1993 and is the UK's Number One flavoured milkshake, and has been for the last 12 years! It is produced by 'Dairy Crest' and there are four perminant flavours: chocolate, strawberry, bannana and chocolate fudge brownie (Yum). They have also brought out some limited edition flavours which included raspberry doughnut; mint-choc-chip; custard; caramel; Jaffa Cake; Banoffee Pie; vanilla and white chocolate.
Frijj is now brought by 3 million UK households per year, and prides itself on being filling, thick and most of all tasty. I think the reason it is actually filling is because of how they produce it. It is made with genuine fresh milk and not milk powder.
It comes in bottles which are 500ml, this is handy for on the go. It is also a heathy (kind of) option. 100 ml of this drink has 65 calories in it.
Overall, the best milkshake by far. Filling and affordable!