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    • Motorola V3 / Mobile Phone / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      17.07.2011 00:59
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      Glad its now obsolete

      This was a present. I had no choice in the matter, was not consulted, or even hinted "What kind of phone would you like?". So I get lumbered with a useless phone for almost five years, because Im too cheap and lazy to buy another phone when Ive already got one, but also you know dont want to hurt the feelings of the person who bought it for me.

      First thing you notice when you get your V3, and open it. Is that the screen is tiny. For the width of the V3 (its horribly out of proportion) the screen should be sizeable. However they have skimped and inserted a thick black border around the screen, then the body of the phone provides another border. So when compared to the width of the phone the screen is tiny.

      The second issue crops up when you stop glaring at the ugliness and the cheap stake screen and turn it on, then you find out that the Motorola menu system is pathetic. The OS overall lacks any kind of common sense. You learn its irationalities over time, but thats all. You get used to how crazy it is. The software for hooking it up to your computer is no better, klunky large and crash prone. Dont use it, if you can avoid it.

      One cool thing. The light tubes between the numers on the keypad. It lights up with the colour of your phone. But mine died after a few months. Then the camera died. Then it became impossible to text more than three characters because it froze necessitating a reset by pulling the battery out. Then turning it back on, the startup takes an age.

      But then I lost it. So not everything is bad. Now I can buy a new phone. Perhaps one that works. With an OS that wasnt designed by monkeys of mediocre intelligence.

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        17.07.2011 00:33
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        Works fine

        If you are using Windows 7, like me, it is very important that you buy a newer IRDa adapter. I suppose that is true with anything. But as Infra Red ports are so ancient it is especially important if you expect the drivers to be supported by new operating systems. I didnt expect this to be a problem bought the first one I came across and had to return it. Then I bought this one.

        No trouble at all. Plug it in. The operating system recognises it straight away and runs the device install wizard. No discs to install. Just let windows do its thing. Restart and you can use it straight away. Just line up your devices and go. It comes with a female - male extension leads, so thats another thing you dont have to buy, either that or you would have had to faff around trying to awkwardly line your entire laptop up.

        Transfer is slow, field of view is small. Connection is temperamental, drops out, hangs and fails part way between file transfers. But I attribute that to Infra Red connections themselves. Theres a reason this is a dead end, technologically speaking. Just line it up, and send the file again. It'll get through in the end.

        Bottom line is. It works.

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      • Seat Leon 1.9 TDI SE 5dr / Car / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        17.07.2011 00:20

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        If you dont buy into boy racing buy this car

        The way my friend sold me this car was, he told me it was a golf. Its true. It is a golf, same parent company same chassis and mostly interchangeable parts. Youre buying a golf, without the badge. Which im surprised and ashamed to say is a factor for some people.

        There are a few different versions of the 1.9 TDIs. 90, 110, 130 and the 150. I bought the 130 but also test drove the 90. Bit of a difference, not much. The turbos dont seem to kick in till quite high up the rev band, and thats the only major difference, a larger turbo. Second hand there doesnt seem to be much difference in price between the models, so I wouldnt let it worry you.

        Full electric windows, fully adjustable seats and steering column. Electric wing mirrors. Truly horrible controls on the air conditioning. Truly, truly awful. About fifty presses of various buttons to change from one setting to another.

        It is possible to have some fun after the turbo has kicked in. The car is near perfect for motorways, as there is so much power at the higher revs. 40-70mph is a dream.

        Suspension is stiff. Too stiff for my liking. But not so much as to break your back. I just cant see why they set it up that way.

        Havent had any trouble with mine in two years other than the horn breaking. Which apparently happens alot. Its mounted under the front bumper and so gets pelted with all the water and crud off the road. Just pull the old one out and screw the new one in. Sorted. Twenty quid.

        Overall Im happy. And since Ive heard that 150,000 miles isnt much for these, I'll expect to remain happy for some time to come.

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        16.07.2011 16:58
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        Fine

        Some people, my brother for example, spend literally months pouring over camera specifications. Weighing up the pros and cons of one tiny little part against another. Price/value. Cutting edge/Obsolete. Not me. Bought this from an electronics store primarily because it fits in my pocket, second. Didnt cost too much.
        The pictures come out fine. A bit washed out, a bit grainy in certain light conditions. But so what. Better to have a camera when I need one, than not cause I dont want to carry around a massive lensed beast hung round my neck.
        Dont use the software, so cant comment on that. Just transfer the images off the SD card, but thats me.
        Havent really messed around with some of the picture or camera settings, learned my lesson with previous cameras, I just find the setting that looks like automatic and thats it, done.
        Battery life is awful. But thats always been true with every camera I have had
        Its fine, the build quality is just as needed. Nothing rattles, no dust traps to get clogged up when its riding around in your pocket. Basically I expect it to last untill I drop it off a roof or dunk it in the ocean.

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          05.07.2011 01:07

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          Depends

          I have a really hot laptop. So much so it burns my lap and heats up to the point you can feel the heat rising through the keyboard. So simple solution right, buy a laptop cooler. Right?
          Well no. The most important thing I now realise you should check before you buy a laptop cooler is to check the direction of airflow from your laptop, i.e. in the bottom out the back or in the back and out the bottom. This dictates whether your cooler should suck or blow. get it wrong and you'll starve your laptop of air by creating a dead space.
          On my laptop, it kind of works. It cools the processor but not the hard drive or the GPU, them it actually heats up. So I cant use it with the fans on. I just use it as a laptop stand, which actually cools better than I expected. But this was not what I bought it for.
          So, you live, you learn. Now I have a rather expensive laptop stand.

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        • Mass Effect (PC) / PC Game / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          04.07.2011 23:04
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          You cant play Mass Effect 3 without playing this first

          Mass effect looks really old now. Boxy and bland graphics, poor animations and ugly textures. But this is not the reason for anyone wanting to play this game. If you got hooked by Mass Effect 2 like I was, it is pretty much essential that you go back and play the first instalment so that you understand the world to its full and subtle extent.
          You notice many flaws with Mass Effect, mainly to do with the interface, the menus, and their manipulation. They just seem so illogically constructed. But they are manageable. I suppose it is a testament to the rest of the game that it is likely that you will stick in despite these flaws.
          As I said it is the story, the voice acting, the characters that are the main draw here. Not so much the choices, and the mailable storyline as from Mass Effect 2. Which is a real shame. But there are sub plots, not affecting to the main story line that look as though they will come to play in Mass Effect 3. And of course it goes without saying that the only real way to play this is all the way through with the imported character file so that your particular story will reach its end.

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        • Counter -Strike: Source (PC) / PC Game / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          04.07.2011 22:52

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          Cannot get any better

          Counter strike is the finest online shooter. Bar non.

          CSS gives you the headroom for skill. The ceiling in MW(1 2 3... whatever) is set low through autoaim. recharging health and super power perks, with CSS they give you the tool, basic more realistic rules, then let you go. So many times playing another FPS I get frustrated because I am not playing with CSS rules. Pop round a corner line up a headshot and fire. Then realise that the guy hasnt gone down. I want a new setting in difficulty in all FPS, easy, medium, difficult and CSS. The damage model is the perfect compromise, enough health so it isnt a spray fest but not enough to allow you survive a well aimed headshot.

          If you consider yourself having any skill at FPS you have to try yourself in the CSS community, untill you do. You have no right to boast at all. But I warn you, for at least the first few dozen hours, you will not be able to compete with the best. But stick in. Because the rewards for a skill kills and good rounds are so satisfying precisely because the game is so difficult.

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        • Seiko Watches / Watch / 8 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          03.07.2011 23:56
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          I aint changing

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          • Creative EP-630 / Headphones / 18 Readings / 15 Ratings
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            03.07.2011 16:19
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            My favourites

            My favourite headphones. But they've put the price up.
            Im rough on headphones. Very rough. So when people say these are weak and delicate I cant really comment as I shred anything and everything I carry with me. But I get alot of use out of them for the time they last me. So Ive got to a point know where I just fork out for a new pair ever 4-5 months.
            With the EP 630 for me its all about the fit. And they fit me perfectly. The noise isolation and the benefits of the canal phone design that a good fit offers raise even probably poor magnets to a different bracket. Thats how I see these, punching well above their weight. Sure there are some problems. Slightly muddy base and lack of power in mid range. But that doesnt matter. To me at least.
            One thing to note when buying these is that the old adage is still in effect, "If its too good to be true it probably is" There is a copies of the EP 630 being made, both with and without creative branding. Some are trying to look like creatives other are just trying to be look alike knock offs. Stear clear from both. They arent worth even the limited amount they cost. Just keep your eyes open, is what Im saying.

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            03.07.2011 16:01

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            Not worth full price

            First off. I got this as a miss price. I was lucky. Looking for a laptop and I just happened to stumble across this. Im happy with my purchase. But Im not sure if I would have been if I had paid full price.
            This is a very well equiped laptop. A real all rounder. But the build quality is pathetic. In the three months I have had it. Pieces have fallen off, the chassis has started to warp to an extent that when you type on a flat surface there is a wobble and one of the USB ports has stopped working.
            The plastics used are cheap and ill suited, the fascia on the side has joins on the top, for what I can see is no good reason. etc... etc...
            Probably the most annoying thing is that the fan is never off. Always on. Always. The laptop also runs hot. Idling at about 50 it can easily climb up to 80 at which temperature the fan is really noticeable.
            I dont expect this to last very long. But I was really just looking for something to tide me over. But if you are looking for a laptop, steer clear, at least at full price.

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          • Inception (Blu-ray) / Blu-Ray Movie / 10 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            03.07.2011 15:25
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            Buy it and stare

            The only bluray I own and probably the only one I will ever own.
            I think the fact I bought this in HD says pretty much what the movie is about. Visuals. The plot is fine, at first viewing revolutionary. Then when you think about it a bit, you realise there is actually not much there, and also that there are probably more than a few gaping holes in it. But that doesnt matter. The plot I would argue was there as a justification to allow the effects to take place. To twist the world upside down, inside out. Bend rules and create entirely new ones.
            Dark room, nice big screen, 5.1 set up. This is the way this movie should be watched. Not with notepads and philosophical textbooks. Also dimensional physics aswell, I suppose. If you were being concise.
            Just enjoy it. Go back to when you were watching it in the cinema. And dont think too hard about the plot holes.

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            • Mass Effect 2 (PC) / PC Game / 8 Readings / 4 Ratings
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              03.07.2011 14:35

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              A must play

              I played the first one seems like years ago now. And it was nothing spectacular. Some high points. But overall a bit of a trudge. So I thought, dont bother with the second one. Fair enough. Over.
              Then one bored day, I saw the price had dropped, checked out a couple of reviews. Saw they were uniformly enthusiastic and didnt seem to be 'paid for reviews' so I thought why not?
              Inside the first five minutes, seriously. I was hooked. The game is the game. Whatever. You can read about the graphics etc.. elsewhere if you want. It was the effect that was interesting to me. When I was playing this game for the first time, it was amazing. It sucks you in farther than any other game. This is from a number of things, dialog, visuals, voice acting. But I would argue the primary mode is when you realise where you are going and you realise that your actions will actually have a real and very marked effect on the ending. You realise you can fail. You realise characters can actually die. Noone is safe. And there wont be some scripted cop out at the end.
              I implore you to play this game. And to think about your actions, because in this game, finally, they matter.

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            • Team Fortress 2 (PC) / PC Game / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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              03.07.2011 14:24

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              Just try it. Why not?

              I bought Team Fortress 2, seems like years ago. But as from a couple of weeks ago the game is now completely free. "Forever" as valve is very keen to point out in their adverts. I dont feel gimped. I dont feel cheated. Ive gotten allot of fun out of this game over the years, and now there will be a hole flock of newbies coming in to enliven the community.
              This is the best multiplayer game. Hands down. The balance and varying tactics the different classes force and allow mean you can be playing in the same match and basically be playing a different game. The key here is, no one class is too overpowered.
              For new comers I highly suggest you take the training on some of the less standard classes. Engineer, spy etc... So you dont spawn and not have a clue what to do. Other than that, dive straight in.
              Valve is great for producing games that work well on almost any computer, so I wouldnt even worry about your specifications.
              Great game. Seriously great. Just give it a go. Why not?

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              02.09.2010 14:42
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              Well worth a look. Especially if you havent played The Witcher yet.

              If you havent played The Witcher yet, play this version. I wish Id missed it first time around and discovered it in time for this Platinum version to come out. It comes fully patched with visual optimisations bug fixes and re-recorded dialogue. Even if you did play the original it may be worth using this version to try a different character build and route on another playthrough.

              The Witcher came out at a time when the market was flooded with RPGs and its only after the glut has passed that I can see how brilliant it was, how often my mind returns to it. I prefer it to Fallout 3. The world is far more realistic (despite the fantasy rules) grittier, more fleshed out. What is discussed and examined within this world is not the simplistic childish fair that RPG developers seem to prefer, nor is it mindlessly shallowly violent or macabre. Take your time, try and understand the game world early on, emerse yourself in the game and you will have an experience you cannot get anywhere else.

              Its the world I love. The choices the game allows you to take within this world. Choices that are real. That count. Tracked across the ENTIRE length of the game not some last chapter tag before a slightly forked ending scene. No other RPG has managed this before or since, I suspect because it takes vast quantities of delicate planning.

              Faults? The combat system is overly simplistic, the crafting system even more so. The writing can be a bit spotty, the main character can be a bit boorish and the third act is a bit too long. But trust me if you get that far you will love the game, and forgive its few flaws.

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              • Duke Nukem Forever (PC) / PC Game / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                01.09.2010 16:50
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                Might be a while before the plebs get to play

                This is the long awaited. Much anticipated. Eternally delayed, delayed and delayed again sequel to Duke Nukem.
                Originally slated for release in 1998 (the first screenshots coming out to the public in 1997) the engine was then changed putting back the release date to 1999 then 2000. More footage at E3 2001. Another delay. 2003 came and went. Then 2004. Another change of engine. 2005. 2006 started with a firm promise they were just finishing up. 2007. 2008. 2009, and so on.
                Well after much waiting, and with the use of a time machine (also reviewed by me on this site) I am proud to announce that Duke Nukem Forever was finally finished... In 2432. And believe me it was worth the wait.
                Those final few century's of polishing paid off. This is without a doubt my favorite game. They haven't sold out or dumbed down, you still get the pole dancers, Duke still has everyones favorite catchphrases. And most importantly you can still kick your enemies at the same time as you are shooting them in the face. And when you ask yourself the question and answer it truthfully you'll agree, it was worth the 340 year wait just to do that.

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