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    • Audioline AB 880 / Archive Computer / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      27.01.2012 14:31

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      I got a refund for mine after about a week , others may like it though

      Audio line AB 880, quite simply, I don't like it.

      I wanted to buy a new answer machine for my office for my business, turns out. I made the worst mistake possible.

      It wasn't easy to set up; I found the instructions to be quite badly translated, no idea what they were meant to be translated from. I just didn't understand them well.

      There's only 50 minutes recording time on there and each message has to be a max of 2 mins long, which for my business, isn't always possible to get into 2 minutes when trying to arrange contracts and everything.

      The set up took at least 20 mins to do; admittly our phones are oldish compared to what's on the market now, but a standard plug in should have been easier.

      Quite honestly, in my eyes. Isn't worth it, although if you only what this for a house phone machine, then yea, possibly ok for you.

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    • google.com / Internet Site / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      26.01.2012 20:17

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      Well planned out and a well built website

      Google must be the most popular search engine site on the internet, everyone has heard of it and everyone has properly used it.
      I have used good for my business and can't really complain. It's taken me about £250 to get set up , but for that money , I've got my name on the internet and quite high up on most the page rankings that I want it.

      The Google ad words has cost me about £200 out of my budget but for that I think I've gotten about 80,000 page impressions with around about 5,000 clicks onto my site to witch I estimate about 30% of that has followed though and used the service I provide . So I've made my money back from Google.

      The Google ad sense has made me a little bit of money for not a lot of work , its basically , if you place adds on your website and people click on them to go to others websites , then you get paid a certain amount per click , I've earn around 40% back from what I put into Google

      The search engine side of things is a very decent , Every time I've needed to look for something , I've always used Google , and normally with in the first 2 to 5 minutes of searching , I've found exactly what I want . even down to old sites I use to go to , couldn't remember the name and typed in a general description , it's found it in the end for me .

      Without Google, I can't say id be lost because im sure someone else would of come up with the idea and sold it with a different name. What I can say though, is it's just so quick and efficient, that it's the only search engine I know that you can get the results without having to shift though tons of advertising before getting to the search results.

      WELL DONE GOOGLE!

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    • hotmail.com / Internet Site / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      26.01.2012 19:52
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      Worth getting , even if its just to send all your junk stuff too .

      I have used Hotmail since I started using a computer, I started using the internet on a computer from about the age of 14 onwards, and I had my first email on Hotmail. Since then I've had 4 different accounts because I got bored with signing up to different websites and receiving far too much junk mail.

      In the last year or so, I started up a London Black Cab Company (I won't say which one as I don't know the policy of naming certain companys, especially your own, on here) I deal with a lot of my work related emails using both my websites emails address Mitchell / Admin / Bookings @ XXXXXXXXXXXX.co.uk and also using the Hotmail LIVE.co.uk email address for different things.

      I've yet to fail to log into Hotmail , every time I've gone to log in , I've never had an issue with the website being down or anything , the junk filter isn't the best , but for a free email account , it's pretty good going .

      I've only had 2 issues with emails not coming though over the last 7 years and both times the support group were spot on a and had it sorted within the hour of me emailing them .
      Anyone after a quick, easy to use, free email address should defiantly get a Hotmail account

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    • facebook.com / Internet Site / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      26.01.2012 19:39

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      amazing website and well built .

      Facebook, it's a word so common now, it's a bit like telling someone who wants to know something to go and "Google it".

      Facebook is an online social interaction website were by you find your friends and add them as a friend , then , next time you write something on your home page or add a photo or anything , that friend of yours will see it and will have the option to comment or like the subject .

      By liking something, you're basically giving it a thumbs up and approving that it was a good thing that was said or done in a photo or anything.

      Some people see it as a competition to get as many friends as possible , although personally , I only have about 90 or 100 people , most of them are people I've worked with in the past etc. but others seem to have over 1,000 friends . Which I find amazing.

      On Facebook, you can join groups, some are funny and others are just stupid. By joining them, you're basically saying, I enjoy the activity or quote and then you can connect with others that have joined the same group. Therefore finding people in common with you.

      You can also play games, all sorts of games. Although these are mostly basic graphic and basic games all with the same idea behind them such as, start off with nothing much on a small piece of land /building, then expand it, grow it and sell it on. Once you get too big, it becomes boring and pointless playing them. But that's just a personal opinion and people like my money are now on level 100 on some games.
      I see Facebook as a massive money making company, the idea behind it is great and I find it useful to help arrange things between my mates for when we do days out. Others are just additive to it and have it on their mobile phones and everything and have to do everything via there Facebook, even down to telling their loved one they love them .....Via Facebook.

      As a summery , I do believe this is one man's massive and very well built website for socialising , on the other hand , I do think it's gotten too big and may be its own down fall .

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    • Goldfish / Pet / Animal / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      26.01.2012 19:24
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      Always interestting to watch

      We have 3 lots of fish at the moment:

      -small guppy's that live in a 100L tank.
      -Large Goldfish that live in a 100L tank.
      -Large Goldfish that live in a 500L Fish Pond

      Our two indoor fish tanks are identical and live end to end of each other , we set both tanks up at the same time by filling them with water , placing all the gravel, air bubble machines , "toys", heaters and plants in both tanks , then leaving the pumps running for about 3 weeks while everything was left to settle down . We done it like that because that's how the pet shop told us was best to do it and we had read on the internet that it was also a good idea.

      We then got just a couple of gold fish for one tank and a few little guppy's in the other , This didn't last long , the guppy's were ....well , very friendly towards one another and about 8 turned into 30 odd in the case of about 9 months . Thankfully, they seem to understand that you can't build an extension onto the tank and have slowed down reproducing. The goldfish on the other hand are quite happy as a pair.
      We have had our tanks running for about 3 years now and have the same gold fish , but younger generations of guppy's , the plant life has taken to good effect and has grown and taken over about a ¼ of the tank which both lots of fish seem to love loads .

      We don't generally have issues with health in our tanks because we try to sanitise the water before refilling them once being cleaned by using a tap safe chemical, 1 drop for every litre of water put back. We have the odd fish that has died but found that the others seem to eat them before we get a chance of fishing it out by the morning.

      There quite intelligent I think to an extent because every time we walk in with food in our palms , they all seem to swarm into one corner at the top .

      Our outdoor fish on the other hand, are quite happily just swimming round with the waterfall pump running, we feed them every other day because they seem to get a lot of bugs fall in the water from the tree above them, we have had to cover it with green chicken wire because of the herons trying to eat them, but apart from that, there happy enough.

      Not too sure if this had a point this review , but I feel in summer it goes to show that setting up a tank isn't difficult , just takes a little while to do properly and that keeping fish isn't hard at all

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    • Hamsters / Pet / Animal / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      24.01.2012 21:36
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      There fun , loving and livly animals and are great for kids and adults alike

      I must admit, I don't own a hamster, but my girlfriend does but I find that I do the cleaning while she does the playing.

      We have a 9 month old Syrian hamster, we got him in February when he was just 6 weeks old for a local farm , sandy in colour but we called him cookie because we let him run on the bed on the first day of getting him and went straight for the box of cookies that we were eating though the day.

      A hamster is such a wonderful creature, loving and has a personality all to itself, Our hamster is very shy with new people and then by the end of it will become very playful, although with me, he'll happier just sleep on my legs if you give him a chance, although when I have my shorts on during the summer, he would quite happily play about in my pockets on the legs.

      The cage is more expensive then the hamster, cookie cost us £4 to buy him and about £35 to buy the cage, wood shavings and everything else that goes with a hamster. Now his bigger, we brought him a bigger cage and I took a day to join them together to make, what can only be described as a mansion for a hamster.

      We normally clean him out on a Saturday but normally clean his wee corner out at least once during the week if it gets too bad. Although we do change his water every other day and his food we normally fill every 2 or 3 days depending on how much his storing in his bedding area.

      Cookie is probably one of the few hamsters I know that is up by about 5 in the evening and back asleep by about 12 at night and then up again at about 5, in time for my alarm to go off. Once I leave to go to work, apparently within 20 mins his normally back asleep.

      Although like all hamsters, his teeth grow constantly and this shows due to the fact that the bars in the corners of his cage are now bare metal and very very slowly wearing away. We keep all sorts of hamster safe wood treats in his cage to give him a chance to keep on norring and they seem to be enjoyed very well.

      Unfortunately, they only live for a max of 3 to 4 years and once your attached to any hamster, it's hard to think there be gone in the next couple of years, but I do try to make my time worth it with cookie and his normally out running around on the living wood floor, finding the next thing to nor on.

      As a summery, I feel very lucky to have a hamster as tame as our cookie and well behaved with kids. I'd suggest a hamster to anyone who wants a pet that is both love in maintenance, cheap to keep but gives tons of pleasure.

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      24.01.2012 19:28

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      well made, neat little model, worth it for the right price

      Well, I've never really been impressed with Hornby's details; I've always found them to be quite flat when it comes to details on the buildings, although the rolling stock is of good quality and build.

      However, this coal stage I went out and brought for my railway around 6 months ago and find that it fits in quite well, I've used it for my engine yard area as I only run tank engines as it's short branch line, I've weathered it down slightly and find that it helps the overall effect of the plastic being slightly dulled down, although it's not shiny, I found that it was still slightly plastic looking.

      The dimensions are:
      width 85mm
      depth 50mm
      Height I can't remember but I think it's between about 50 and 60mm .

      If you want to build a finely detailed railway, then this may not be for you, id scratch build one. However if this is a first attempt at a railway or as a gift to someone else. It's worth it.
      I've found them for as cheap as about £1.50 on eBay, but you can pay up to £12 or £15 in some model shops.

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      24.01.2012 00:50
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      Well worth a read , no matter what part of the railway transport system your into .

      Let's start with a fact, Southern are decent, but your never beat a Great Western King at full cry.

      On a more serious note, this book is packed from cover to cover with amazing details of the Southern Railway as a company from steam to electric. The photos are amazingly detailed along with the details to go with them.

      The book is full of details ranging from passenger numbers to the low volume of fright running on the line yet they made one of the best profits out of the BIG 4 at the time. This book also very briefly covers the subject of pre Groupings Company's,

      This book also covers the likes of Herbert Walker, the general manager of Southern, whose name is still highly thought of in the preservation system.

      This book is definitely a must have for all walks of life weather your into facts and figures , photographs or just odd bit of information that lead to the making of the Southern Railway as a company

      I've seen these go for as much as £14 on the likes of Amazon, but have also seen them go for as little as £4.50.

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        24.01.2012 00:37
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        Worth the money and wonderfully easy to use

        This has got to be one of the better sticks that I've used in the past, over the course of the last year or so, I've had to use these for around 40 to 50 GB worth of work files and not once have I had an issue with any of the files being corrupted, I've formatted the stick about 6 times to clear it completely back to "factory settings" and it's had no impact on the performance of the stick.

        I'm not very high tech when it comes to computer speeds and RAM, etc., but this is defiantly a very fast and efficient memory stick and I have personally, managed to fill the stick with photos in less than a couple minutes. There's no loading of CD's needed or anything , it really is a case of , plug the stick in and let it load up for about 20 seconds and then its fully ready to be used .

        It is a lot bigger than the new almost "micro sticks" but I've never been one for remembering where I've left my memory stick on my desk , but this is a decent size and is easier to find when in a rush .

        Occasionally, I've loaded my stick up with Photos and used it on the photo digital frames, no problems with speed/upload speed and the full quality was constant.

        Id recommend this to anyone , but at no more then £20 , they can be picked up cheaper on the internet then in the shop , but just make sure it's a new one and not second hand in case there's some issues with virus being transfer .

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        23.01.2012 02:35
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        London , great transport system but sometimes , its just best to walk and keep looking up :)

        It's a hard one to write about being from London; you only ever see it from a work point of view and in rush hour normally.
        However about 2 weeks ago , me and my girlfriend decided to take a week off work and go sightseeing in London , we stayed in a hotel in just outside covert garden and brought a week's travel card each for zones 1 to 6 ( that was expensive , felt like a rip off in fact )
        The transport itself can be mad, it really is just stupid at rush hour, although for the millions of people using it daily, it's doing quite well to be honest, tube trains all over London are very regular and seem to be packed all the time but there is the odd train that arrives seconds after the last one leaves and its lovely and quite in there.

        The best way to travel in London, if possible. we found was to take the river cruisers , they give a whole new meaning to London , after sitting on a packed tube and then getting out , walking down a noisy and smell road where the busses , cabs and cars are sitting in what can only be described as one huge car park at times . The river just turns peaceful, after getting on the cruiser and traveling down the centre of the river, almost all the noise had gone. it was amazing , its defiantly the way to go if possible , the price is a little steep but if you're a tourist then your probably have budgeted for it anyways .

        Buses are ok if you're not looking to go anywhere fast, they aren't too bad when it comes to overcrowding but can take up to 15 minutes to wait and get on one and if you're not lucky, you may have to change a couple of times, a tube journey may only take 20 mins but the same journey by bus has taken me up to 2 hours to do.

        Black Cabs are the way forward if you want to experience the world famous London knowledge, your go down streets only an inch wider than the cab itself and your appear in the most odd places but it's always the quickest way to travel, although slightly expensive, for the quality of what you're getting, the price is pretty much spot on.

        We did do a lot of things in London that week, but were just talking about the transport in this review.

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          23.01.2012 02:19
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          Recomend to anyone and would be happy to recive it as a gift if i was a child

          I have this funnily enough sat next to my computer at the moment. My 1 year old Syrian hamster loves this cage and all the bits inside it.

          Starting from the top, The tubes make for giving your pet a great bit of entertainment, however, on my cage, I've cut out a section and replaced it with a T section (available from all big pet shops) and I've run it to a second small cage that's sat next to the original cage, its used as a bedding/housing area which I find gives my hamster a lot more interest.

          But anyway , the actual cage I believe is a tad small for a hamster to be completely happy which is why I added my part onto it , it is however a very good starting point and gives a lot of interest .
          Mine came from cage world and came with a house, tubes, water bottle, food bottle, Wheel, tubes for inside and the house doubles up as a second floor for the cage.

          A small bag of wood chippings will sensible clean out the cage around 5 to 6 times, but I like to give my hamster a bit to be able to dig in, so in reality I probably slightly over fill the base of the cage so your probably be able to get up to 8 cleans for a small bag of wood chippings

          Overall, if you're looking at getting this cage, I'd recommend it to anyone especially if you're getting dwarf hamsters as your find they need that little bit less room and would benefit more from this cage then a slightly bigger hamster

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            23.01.2012 02:02

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            No issues , freindly crew , great destination and a black face to end with

            Unfortunately, after reading the other reviews before writing mine, someone mentioned about the loco braking down.

            Unfortunately , even the most modern of steam loco being used at that time is over 40 years old and the fact that it was delayed in the morning would suggest to me that it was due to a FTR (Fitness to run) test being failed and that work was carried out to try to save the service being cancelled

            However, my experience with the company has been nothing but a pleasure, I may be lucky but im not sure.

            We had a wonder full day and the catering was perfect , we were first class due to winning a prize at a local event of ours that we attended but none the less , the only issues that we in counted were a 20 min delay which was due to a SWT train running late and blocking our line .

            We enjoyed a fabulous day down at Weymouth and the return trip with the engine was nothing but heavenly, I had my head stuck out the window for the whole journey back, I was frozen but the sound of a standard 5 at full cry is amazing and should be done by anyone who has the chance.

            The price was a tad steep but the service we received was worth every penny, an average steam hauled trip can cost a minimum of £9,000 therefore, I do believe that that sort of money isn't wasted and that the company do a very fine job at using every penny spent and earned to improve themselves, I have a trip booked with them for later this year and I will review them again when I return.

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            23.01.2012 01:45
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            Best buy ive had in a long time and well worth the money

            I have these in a size 11 (Large), I use to wear fins that were made by beaver but soon found that there didn't give enough power /Force when I was finning in any type of current

            These on the other hand are actually quite comfortable to wear and give a very good finning force due to their design, I have used my pair for just over 3 years now and cannot complain what so ever, there is a bit of ware to them but I use to use mine almost daily for about a year at one point and even now, I find that the way the strap at the back is positioned on my boots, they fit in as if one was designed for the other.

            There only down side is that if there done up to tight, I personally find that they will start cutting into the top of your boots of done up for a long period, or multiple periods of time, however. If done up properly, then the only true words I can give are that these have been one of the best buys in a long time

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            23.01.2012 01:36
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            Would defently recomend to anyone with a family looking for a enjoyable day out

            I must admit to spending many happy hours both working as a volunteer down at the MHR and as a paying customer. From an overall prospective, id defiantly give this place an 8/10. It has everything to keep all ages happy, the history of the line itself, the steam and diesel locos, the shop at Alresford along with a miniature railway to keep all ages happy.

            The line is 10 miles lone with an average gradient of 1 in 60 uphill from Alton to Medstead and a 1in60 downhill gradient from Medstead to Alresford, (of course these are reversed coming from Alresford)

            ALRESFORD
            At Alresford the line ends there, all the coaching stock is kept down the sidings south of the station and cannot be accessed by the public, and there are 2 platforms and a bay/cattle dock platform.
            There is a wonder café called the West Country Buffet and does a beautiful breakfast in there, along with sandwiches hot and cold, drinks and other very decently priced food.
            Alresford has a signal box, which if you're lucky, you can get a look in depending on how busy the station is at the time. Most the engines that terminate at Alresford, once run around and are ready on the other end of the train, will allow a small amount of public onto the footplate for a brief period to give everyone a good idea just how much work goes into evening standing still at a station.

            ROPLEY
            This is the loco yard for the line, there is an up and down platform, a small shop selling a few odd little items and a small café up on the hill which is only open on some weekends and events. A miniature railway has been installed along the hill and can be seen giving rides to passengers for a 50p donation (optional, of course)
            The engine shed itself isn't always open to public, but on quite days, a polite word with a worker will normally see that you get a small tour around the sheds, over the other end of the yard is the boiler work, but due to the nature of the work going on in there, it is not normally possible to get access.
            The bridge from Kings Cross is being erected which was famous for being used in the Harry Potter films.

            Medstead and Four Marks
            This is the home to the wagon group, although a lot of the yard is out of bounds there, if you walk over the footbridge, a full view of the whole yard can be seen along with all the restored wagons and Vans to the left of the yard.
            There's not much to do at Medstead, but for those that enjoy the history of the line, there's a small museum with a few photos and descriptions in the waiting rooms

            ALTON
            This is the other end of the line, there's a small shop once again and a small café stand, this connects with main line trains running from Alton Though Woking to Waterloo using South West Trains.

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