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This matt coloured lump of cheap plastic, diodes and cogs aint too bad if you do bucket loads of printing every day.
I won't bore you with the product description with all the technical details because that information is so increbily passé and do you really need to know the network speed of the printer? because if you do, the standard is 10/100 base which is something like 10 mb a second data transfer. Trust me, unless you're into splitting seconds in unherdable fractions ignore that forever.
This printer is black and white. You can purchase this model for around £230 which ain't bad if you do lots of black and white printing. The replacement toner will cost you around £40 each (for a cheap refurb cartridge) and you'll get a minimum of 1500 pages MINIMUM.
It can do USB too as well as being hooked up via a netowrk cable, making it a pretty handy dandy network printer for a pool of typists or an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite amount of time.
Like any printer it can print on many types of paper i.e. A4, A5
This model is pretty darn basic, it's noisy and prone to frequent problems.
The problems i have encountered with this printer are thusly:
It often jams, the toner 'leaks' and the pages smear. The options menu built into the printer is so basic that it defies explanation but generally, you bring up the menu and that is all. It won't do much more than that.
It's a good enough work printer but do yourself a favour and get newer laser model for the home office
It's interesting that we now live in a culture that gives the impression that it is utterly dependent upon aesthetics. How fair or dark your skin is, the clothes that you wear, the clique that you belong to, how you show your aging and now the stench of your breath is under the microscope to the point where many toothpastes are promising whitening and now EXTREME! cleaning. What does this say about us as a people that a little bit of bad breath or tooth staining is massive faux pas?
I bought two tubes of Aquafresh EXTREME CLEAN from Tesco's for £1. I can never resist a bargain and it seemed a new product; it certainly looks new and super high tech - it's the traditional Aquafresh logo but it's got a shiny metallic blue grid pattern with ORANGE on it. Very eye catching. On the tube, just like an internet advert, there is a little pop window with some SCIENCE FACT in it. The fact that it is disconnected from anything and is just a meaningless little box with some words, a swirly pattern and a circle with a little segment of reddish orange bears no relation because it is EXTREME!.
It also promises in bold PURE BREATH and that it TARGETS BAD BREATH BACTERIA. I have not got a clue what PURE BREATH is nor are there any explanations as to what the hell it is.
On the reverse of the tube are three more windows and a little box of text:
AQUAFRESH EXTREME CLEAN - WITH ALL THE TRIPLE PROTECTION OF AQUAFRESH PLUS ZINC (in red). IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO PURIFY YOUR BREATH (purify to breath is in red).
It's certainly eye catching, but wait - isn't red a traditional colour for .... DANGER?.
The three windows extol the virtues further; Micro active foam (what is micro-active?) cleans your teeth and tongue, zinc targets bacteria and helps neutralise bad breath and the final window is just someones mouth with some swirly lines coming out of it and 'FRESH & PURE BREATH'. I still do not know what PURE BREATH is and I am unlikely to ever find out, but golly, I totally want some of that.
It is also worth nothing here, and I must stress this; I am not a scientist nor do I pretend to be one for those fat cash grants, this one fact that you must take away with you: Zinc Chloride is a skin and respiratory irritant according to its MSDS but it does kill bacteria. It usually works better when it is in a mouthwash. There is no trace of information on what percentage of zinc chloride is contained within this toothpaste. So be wary if you are prone to allergies.
The packaging is full of buzz words in CAPS LOCK for value added coolness.
The paste itself is the usual Aquafresh striped affair. There is nothing unusual or outstanding about this. It is smooth paste like in it's consistency with no lumps or granules.
Taste: Mmm, it's kind of minty and there's another taste in there that i can't quite work out what it is. It is not unpleasant.
Brushing: It's just like any toothpaste. I was expecting to have an intense clean feeling after brushing my teeth and for swirly lines to flow from my gob but i was sorely let down by the promises of PURE BREATH. My mouth felt clean as you'd expect from brushing your teeth but that was it.
I guess when used in conjunction with a mouthwash your mouth may feel fresher but personally, for all the buzz words and the super-hyper-mega-cool 90s style packaging and promises it's a disappointment. I do not handle disappointment well.
It would be far better if Aquafresh/GlaxoSmithKline spent as much money on teaching correct tooth brushing methodology rather than buzzwords and gimmicks to promote a nebulous expectation of EXTREME! CLEAN!.
It's worth 50p. Don't get me wrong. Just don't bother making this your regular brand.
I've suffered with insomnia for the last ten years or so and generally I have tried just about everything in the vain search for a good nights sleep, figuratively speaking.
I paid £5 for a pack of 30 tablets from Boots. The green box is presumably soothing and identifiable as the Herbal version immediately. It is kind of reassuring to see a big puffy cloud with a moon; it's implying that the big puffy cloud will be your pillowy bed for the night if you take these cumbersome pills.
It is all lies.
The pills aren't massive, they're a little less in size than a 5p piece and maybe 3-4mm in depth. Greyish brown with a few spots of colour on them. They taste as good as they look.
How it went
On the first night, i took two tablets around 6pm. About 9pm, got myself set for bed and didn't sleep for more than two hours.
On the second night, i took two tablets around 8pm and repeated the routine. I got maybe four blessed hours of sleep that night, I didn't feel too bad either - kind of rested compared to previous results.
On the third night, a complete repeat.
On the fourth night, another repeat
On the fifth night, less than two hours.
6th night: Less than two hours, faint irritation with everything that ever existed.
7th night: Maybe an hour and a halfs sleep, growing hatred for everyone that sleeps at night
8th night: Slept for a whole seven hours, very dehydrated for some reason. Didn't feel rested.
9th night: Three hours of sleep, tired & easily irritated.
10th night: Took three tablets at 8pm, blissful sleep for five hours
11th night: Took three again and blissful sleep for six hours. Woke feeling rested.
12th night: Took three again and around three hours of sleep, tired but not cantankerous.
13th night: One left, chucked it out. Slept for five hours
14th night: Slept for two hours
It may not seem like it, but they did help slightly. No one should take more than the recommended dosage of medication. Even though the tablets are herbal in basis, this does not make them safe. Clove oil will kill with an overdose and various other herbs/plants will have effects ranging from miscarriage to psychotic episodes.
I don't quite understand what the cause of my chronic insomnia is nor where it comes from; my GP is a pain and has no advice or recommendations.
Herbal Nytol is superb if you have transient insomnia that lasts a week or two - if you continue to have trouble sleeping then visit your GP immediately, the consequences of insomnia are not life threatening but can and will have an impact on your motor function: The equivalent of being drunk. This is a bad thing if you drive a car. I understand that the 'recipe' for Nytol Herbal has changed and will likely change again. Hopefully, it will continue to improve.
I was given this. Just totally at random by a friend who thought this is the greatest thing to have graced the face of the earth. I got very drunk. Then I gave it to the charity shop, who tried to sell it for 10p. It's still there.
I'll confess this; in terms of rudimentary proto-culture fertility gods it's a pretty powerful symbol - the giant spiraled and pointy phallus of the Zeus-energy riddled god as it penetrates the initially resisting material of the cork, gliding on through liquid smooth is really quite the novelty for all of one second.
It's a cheap, garish, novelty corkscrew. This is the gift that someone gets you when they either A) hate you or B) don't really know you.
I found the little mans hands got trapped between my fingers the more wine I drank, this could have been my fault but I'm going to put the blame fair and square on the poor design. I had the impression that the metal corkscrew could and would come loose from the plump little fertility idols body after opening two bottles of wine.
It is a cheap bit of tat.
Paladone have two other little pudgy fertility gods, one is designed to replace the cork and has a little man with a phallus that goes into the bottle of wine much like that scene in American Pie. The other is a bottle opener and is similarly...just awful!
Save yourself the bother and don't buy this for anyone - if you want to show off your slightly risque, naughty side there are many different ways of doing it that don't involve this waste of resources - Edible knickers left out, a sacred drawn on the wall about the fireplace or even just winking at people and doing the 'big fish, little fish' gestures. Just to convince you even more, i hear from a (reliable source) that in the factory they make these with kittens, monkeys and ...uh...toxic plastics which are pumped into both the water system and air.
No really; it is shocking loud.
I purchased this DVD drive from a reputable trader up Oxford Circus. I haggled with the guy, so prices may vary as widely as £15-£30. I got mine for £18.25 and two euro cents. My previous DVD drive, an ASUS 8x writer gave up the ghost last week.
Is exactly as it looks in the picture; it's a little smaller than you'd imagine though - about 6"x8" (inches that is) and about 3" deep. It has lots of writing and is generally very informative, although there does appear to be some 'Engrish' on section 2 of the notes with 'This case remains when an adapter is used'. Probably not, it just seems weird and out of context. Maybe someone else knows. The important thing is this; it tells you exactly what speeds you can anticipate from your brand spanking new DVD drive.
22x DVD +/R (pretty fast)
12x DVD RAM (yah, that's pretty fast too)
12x DVD+/-R DL
8x DVD +RW
6x DVD RW
40x CD R
32 D RW
& it features Label Flash technology: You will need the incredibly expensive disks for this; what it does is burn an image into the label side of your Labelflash disk. I think it's a propriety technology from Yamaha. It's quite clever when you consider that IT IS ALL DONE WITH LASERS.
The drive itself:
Weighs next to nothing. The box says it weighs 700gm, I reckon it's more like 500gm without the box. It actually seems like a flimsy little box with a bit of cheap plastic on the front. Do try to resist shaking it. It is just a laser, a lens, some cheap plastic and a rubber band. (It really is).
In the box:
First you get the drive, then you get the software then you get the instructions. The drive is protected by kinda cool egg box style cardboard. It all seems very cut price. You get a disc of bog standard software. It's naff software really, but always useful to leave lying around.
Ease of installation:
Um...Really easy. Two wires go in; one for power (its shaped like a D and has many names) and your IDE cable. All new DVD drives come their jumper settings put to cable select as standard. If you do not know what this means, do not worry about it - it will really make things complicated. I used to own a computer repair shop. Trust me. That will be £40 plus parts please.
Turning it on:
Everything went quiet. The lights dimmed and flickered. In the distance a wolf howled, thunder crashed and lighting flicked across the sky. I turned the TV off. Nothing much to report. Automatically recognised by all operating systems from Windows 98 (get over it, it was almost 20 years ago) to Windows Vista, and friends tell me it works with Mac and Linux too. Universal architecture indeed.
I popped a DVD in the drive and then...Was it a tiny hamster X-Wing warming up? That would really have been quite spectacularly awesome if it was. It was the DVD drive; because it is set to automatically read at it's MAXIMUM speed, that DVD is revolving at an incredible rate - I would love to write about the rotational momentum more but you will have to accept my word for it; it is going round really fast. The faster it spins, the more noise is created in a fan effect. You can insulate the drive with padding but then it'll probably catch fire and lasers will shoot out everywhere irradiating everyone in the house.
It is really, really loud. This is a common feature with all fast DVD writers. In my Battle Station it sounds like a hoover. I checked the sound out from rooms adjoining mine and it was easy to hear the drive. It is a common complaint even though the drive itself proclaims to be super quiet and designed for quiet operations (weird use of language again).
It does everything it claims too. I checked the drive through Nero Drive Tools and it hits all the marks that it proclaims to. It reads and writes at a very, very fast rate.
For £18.25 I have made out like a bandit and will probably get at least one thousand good DVD burns out of this writer before it gets junked. I'm really pleased with it.
PROTIPS FOR THE CROWN:
Is your DVD drive very loud? Follow Zombietheo's instructions for DVD drive pleasure - This applies to all DVD Drives. Ready?
1) What you need to do is this: Update your DVD drives firmware first - go to the manufacturers website and follow the instructions. There is always at least one firmware revision for any optical media device.
2) Download a copy of NERO DRIVESPEED or use the one that comes with your Ahead Nero. Go to tools in your start menu and have a go at turning the drive to silent - you can change most of the read speeds there. You can change the speeds at any time and it is easier to do than you think.
I bought this printer a few years back as a replacement for my elder IP2000. Both were purchased through Amazon and were 'affordable' at around £20-30 pound a pop.
This seemed a good deal at the time and it's fair to say that the initial costs of a new printer are awesome! It's when you come to buy the new cartridge which invariably costs almost the same amount as the printer itself that it starts to become a poor deal. That and the inevitable decline in printer quality.
So, it came in the post and was a fearsome box to behold - it looked exciting, lots of colours and lots of promises that the printer was going to revolutionise my life with its capability of photographic reproduction. It came with the cartridges in separate pots, a software cd, some photographic paper which showed how happy i could be if i took my child skiing and a pamphlet with some loose instructions. There was no usb cable in the box.
Why is there never a USB cable in the box? I know that there is probably a very good reason for it, but y'know, I can't think of one. It should come with as-standard.
Was great! Honest, it was really good - the photographs were passable, just a little pale and the software CD had a useful tool on it to help get the best out of the printer.
got rubbish after an estimated 300 pages of colour - deteriorating very quickly in quality and colour.
It uses the colour ink like...like an inkjet does, lots of it. And then it smudges, smears and lines appear.
The software has a few tools to help you get the best out of your printer but they all require copious amounts of ink - clean and deep clean use up lots of it and rapidly fills the sponge (which is housed on the right hand side of the printer, this is where the cartridges rest at times - they drag ink across the paper).
I think you can print something like 3ppm with colour on and maybe something like 6ppm (pages per minute) using only black ink. It does have a quiet mode which isn't too bad - although having said that, if your printer is making a racket: it is broken.
The 'nice' thing about the IP2200 is you can use high capacity cartridges which are 75% the cost of two normal cartridges, you will get another 300-500 pages out of them.
If you are looking for a cheap printer that you will use on the odd occasion - this is great. If you use your printer a lot and expect high quality, excellent results then you do not want to buy this printer.
It is a mediocre printer.
No seriously; this is just for the hell of it - it's a pretty weird question to stick onto a review website but I guess it does add to the debate and discussion side of things...as well as being more useful than a google stalk...Sweet, sweet go....so yeah. Just for the hell of it:
Being an all round super self reliant guy, I favor a totally unstylish black back pack which has something like 1 BILLION pockets in it. My main means of transport is my bicycle, which is a super awesome bicycle with more than two gears. Cycling through the UK requires some self reliance and my daily journey varies between 10-18 miles a day if I don't get lost or forced down the wrong road.
Two heavy duty bike locks - for my bike
1 Grey and black scarf covered in badges with HIGHLARIOUS slogans on them, my favourite being "brain dead motherf**ker"
3 tyre levers - for my tyres!
1 bike repair kit - it's the chalk, rubber patches and delicious smelling glue in this one
1 spare inner tube
2 pairs of pink latex gloves....prevents grease on the hands...of course...
1 tiny bike pump - super light weight, decided to keep it on me as the last one was stolen
1 box matches
1 zippo lighter
1 roll of cellulose sellotape
3 cheap biros
1 chisel tip permanent marker
2 books - The Leaping Hare & The Heart of Darkness
2 packs of tissues
1 pair of 3m thick gloves, heavily worn and lightly soiled
2 carrier bags - bike seats get wet
1 multi purpose bike tool - it does just about everything except for shoot lasers
2 note pads - full of my manic and fevered writings
1 bottle of pva glue - I honestly don't know why i carry it around
1 pack of breath mints
1 pack of tick tacks
1 address book - Emphasis being placed on the next of kin
1 set of batteries for cycle lights
1 set of nicorette 10mg inhaler cartidges - in case i ever need to brew a neurotoxin...or quit smoking
1 tamagotchi - 14th generation this time
1 1gb usb flash drive which does the radio too
1 busted set of headphones
1m of high tensile nylon line - when combined with some other bits could make a...
1 box paper clips
1 box drawing pins
A small vampire shaped lucky charm googly doll thing. A gift that has prevented the worst accidents. Although arguably, having been knocked off my bike five times now - the charm may be waning.
So there you go, there's some delightful insight into my self reliant backpack - it's my 'to work!' set up. My rambling cycle tour set up features considerably more food, water and assorted crap. It's suprisingly not that heavy for a jumble sale of a bag
Ahh, the great leveller: From the mightiest of Pharaohs to the lowliest of serf, everybody does it. Birds do it, educated fleas do it but i'm not sure if Bee's do it...but generally everybody poops.
Comfort for the post wiping is paramount, no one wants a handful of brambles and alternatively no one wants to directly poop onto a handful of money. I have found that with this particular toilet paper, you might as well be pooping onto brambly-money or stealing it from work. Infact, given the quality of this toilet paper you'd be better off stealing from work.
It is cheap and it is nasty, it has minimal absorbency - it is but merely 2-ply with an average content of 200 sheets per roll. I can not personally verify the 200 sheets per roll average as I've never bothered counting, it seems pretty weird to bother saying how many sheets there are on a roll - perhaps someone is...Anally retentive?
But for what it is, it's acceptable for what you're going to do with it. It is cheap, about as close to Napkin quality as most toilet roll manufacturers get, and there's lots of it. It's something like £1.79 for 12 Rolls at my local, personally I would rather spend an extra 70p and get something a bit better in terms of ply.
If you are hosting a house party, have the in-laws around or have given your family food poisoning for a laugh, this is the toilet paper to leave out.
When i first got a copy of this I was dubious, it's not my usual reading genre and lacks the usual lasers, cyborgs and alien stuff. I like the drawing of the lady on the front cover snuggling up with a tiger. I was intrigued by the whole presentation; was this to be the tale of Tony T.Tiger? No. Don't be silly. Next you'll want spoilers in a review.
Its an incredibly well written story, the style is gripping and evocative - I gave a damn about many of the characters and, don't laugh at me, got choked up a the end.
The Tigers Wife is told from the perspective of a Granddaughter Doctor who learns that her grandfather has died; she reminisces over her childhood and a tale that her Grandfather told her at various chapters of her life regarding 'The Deathless Man'. I guess you could say that there were two stories told in the book but they're 'both' part of the narrative and intrinsic to the plot. The story is essentially one of death, traditions and acceptance with a dash of The Jungle Book (the original Rudyard Kipling, not the cartoon) and a number of surreal moments. It does also show the provincial nature of many small towns. The parts with the tiger are simply beautiful, the scene with the elephant is incredible and weirdly believable. You feel for the Butchers Wife.
Tea's first novel is a wonderful read, I read the whole thing cover to cover over a weekend and it is quite frankly one of the best books i've read in the past three months. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone; they will make a movie of this someday so you should get a copy in and read it soon because nothing will top your imagination.
Having read the book, I have now also listened to the audio book which features Robin Sachs reading as the grandfather. It was really enjoyable and much like the book, recommended.
It happens sometimes; you buy disposable razors for your face - you're travelling, you have travelled or are going to travel or, your straight razor needs a good honing but you can't find anyone to do it. We all pick up disposable razors. Usually. After a few experiences with dispoable razors of many qualties and calibres, i have chosen the BiC brand to have a pop at for now.
I have used three different types of razors; a safety, disposable and striaght. Always with a wet shave and using soap. I have found that foams and gels that contain mentol are the worst when it comes to a close shave as the menthol numbs so you don't feel the epidermis coming off. Very Poltergeist.
The bright orange handle and the bright orange blade protector is at once garish and wasteful; the blade protector on the bic appears to be a few extra grams of plastic compared to say 'Tesco value razors'. Understandably, there is a massive need to stand out in terms of disposable razors and BiC has been doing this since 1973 when they first came out with the disposable razor.
It feels and handles like a cheap razor shoud; personally i find that after a few strokes with the razor, it gets blunt pretty damn quick (even after softening the beard).
It's cheap! that's it in an nut-shell. You can buy packs of BiC razors for less than a pound if you look around places, so logically however much the company itself pays for the manufacture of each packet is probably very small and this is quite well reflected with quality of the shave. Spend a little more money and get something better for your face. It is your face afterall and, as usual, if you can afford plastic surgery then why are you buying these things? Give me the money, I still need new shoes.
I think it might be the fact that BiC colours are generally variations on Orange, and now i refer to the hilarious title of this review. The orange will peel you if you insist on cheap disposable razors. Anything with more than 1 blade is entirely, utterly unneccessary and frequently an irritant
My preference is for a straight razor, it takes longer but gives a better shave, my face doesn't bleed which is always a bonus and well, it just looks damn cool.
Protip: Use conditioner to soften your beard or any hair to be shaved. That's enough of a reason to nominate for a crown.
Sometimes, after an especially late night at the office I really can not be bothered to do much in the way of cooking. It's not lazy, it's close to exhaustion.
This is my easy recipe for a tasty soupy based meal. Some may call it snack.
You will need for one person, maybe two people:
half pint of vegetable stock
2-3 eggs beaten a little but not too much
1 spring onion
pinch of pepper (white or black)
pinch of chilli (optional)
Splash of Oyster Sauce
Cornstarch 1 tablespoon, more if you like a thicker soup
A spoon and a bowl
What you do:
Stock goes in the pan and gets heated thoroughly, add splash of oyster sauce and stir it in well, add finely chopped spring onion, add the pepper and chilli, add the cornstarch stirring it in nicely. Chuck your peas in. Let it go for a few minutes and then, finally start drizzling the egg in slowly whilst stirring. transfer to a bowl or eat straight from the pan.
This will take you all of five minutes to do. It is so freaking simple and quite delicious. You do not need to put peas in it unless you want to. Add a splash of light soy sauce if you want.
If you're not a veggie, you can add a small amount shredded and cooked chicken.
There is no upward limit on how hard you should shake it, but if it starts hurting you should stop.
Of course, this is in reference to how to charge your sweet Beam Katana.
This game is 15 and features lots of gore, 'sword' wielding, smut and parodies. It's not a sophisticated plot or script and excuse the gender assumption, very much a boy's game going by the humour and the Fan Service. Not that it matters, good game is good game.
No more heroes 2 is clearly a sequel and the final chapter of Travis Touchdown's tale. It is set three years after Travis became the top assassin and quit. Apparently he's the first to do. Its set in Santa Destroya again.
The story progresses with cut scenes interspersed with scenes of a woman performing a soliloquy in a peepshow room.
Game play is essentially a hack and slash your way through to the boss battle and little else. You earn money by doing part time jobs which are quite novel; they're quite fun and are like the old NES games except for the final part time job which is in 3d and indistinguishable from usual game play. The more people you hit and kill without getting hurt fills your ecstasy gauge and lets you transform into a tiger. Neat.
Graphically, it's pretty neat for the Wii. The controls can be a bit iffy to get used to, the camera is also a bit iffy at times but it's still a lot of fun to play. That's the key to it, it is just fun.
Takashi Miike also guest stars in it. That in itself should make it totally worth buying.
I really enjoyed playing it, it won't take long to complete it - maybe 8 or 9 hours at most. The voice acting is really good and the script is very funny. I give the game 9/10.
DOWNWARD FACING DOG!
Am I kidding? Maybe...
Back, when i was lad after working 15 hours in't mine, i'd go to the social club and spend my hard earned paper round money on tabs and playing this game. I spent a fortune getting RSI and a growing sense of frustration that lasted until my very late 20s. Little Mac was a courageous pugilist going through the ranks without putting on weight or much muscle. His green gloves a blur, he'd punch and jab and uppercut all who got in his way. It was also incredibly hard, hence the RSI and the paper round.
Or so i remember it. Nostalgia much? Ohh yes.
Snapping this Wii game up at a price of around £15 at the time, I slammed this bad boy into the wii, jumped on to the Wii balance board and took up position ready to crack the collective figurative jaws in a line.
It's been updated and it's all slick but essentially other than the graphics, music and control interface it's much the same game...so quite different then. It's really easy to play but incredibly difficult at the same time. The way forward through the 13 bad ass boxers is to utilise keen observation skills and remember their patterns. Sounds simple no? It's not. I assure you. The character design is faithful to original, I 'spose, and the music is pretty okay but I was concentrating more on the game play which was okay - it's easy for the controls to get a bit iffy as you flail away.
Using the Wii Balance board does give it some extra fun but this game is mostly for the fans of the original and the sequel I'd imagine. It does have a tutorial, which i would heartily recommend that if you purchase this game you go through.
It becomes repetitive faster than your arms getting tired. That's the about the only downside to this game.
I haven't got very far in the game yet, it is as hard with the wii remote as it was with the joystick and four buttons.
So there I was, flailing away and shouting 'MAMA SAID TO KNOCK YOU OUT' at the TV when my housemate walked in during a cut scene; the nostalgia was rich and thick in my blood. She says 'wow, that is so racist' and I stopped flailing...it is pretty offensive in places I guess. You've got german stereotypes, french sterotypes and it goes on...The less we say about Mike Tyson's Punch Out the better.
In this DS game you get to play the role of Captain Yuri and quest through the depths of a galaxy, so very, very far away.
Sounds ace, sounds like it might be a free roaming game and you pretty much do anything you want to. You don't. I won't reveal too much of the plot.
You start off as a young boy and you get some sweet animation stuff that sets up the story and general plot outline. It's okay, you don't get a quest log or anything so you'd best keep your memory sharp. There isn't much of an interface either, you mash your pen to the screen and mostly end up hoping for the best. You have no real control over the characters and the game is essentially an RPG that is more 'rail shooter' than much else. Dialogue boxes everywhere. You will talk to the same characters again and again before unlocking some ephemeral something that'll let you progress the plot a few lines. Ugh.
You will quest about blindly looking for blue prints and crew members so you get the best ships and best crews together to beat the super bad ass enemies.
Having said that, you can customise each ship with different modules (the blue prints are part of this) for weapon perks and armor bonuses whilst you can swap crew members around for special options during combat. You will do a lot of fighting, you get money from fighting and doing minor side quests. You WILL do lots of these.
Eventually, after 20 hours or so of game play some stuff happens in the plot - initially i thought the game was over and was really, really disappointed by the credits and then bling! the second half of the game kicks off - Yuri is not a child anymore but a super buff man who's been in prison for a few years with some upgraded bad ass enemies and a few more pitfalls. I've over 30 hours invested into this game and i am stuck midway. Frustrating eh?
Graphically, most of the game is dialogue boxes and a tap the route to travel standard fare - the battles are fairly cool but after the 1000th battle, you will likely get a bit bored. The battles are a bit tricky and the AI is...well, it is a DS game and not a sweet 99ghz military processor PC. I found the voice acting, especially the intro to be suitably annoying and almost took the slug out of the DS and smashed it on the ground beneath my boot.
The interface is awkward and you will need to use your memory frequently because you will get no reminder! the quests are not particualrly taxing but still, some little f'king clue as to what you are supposed to do would help at times. It is ideal if you have 15 hours to spend on a repetitive task but the art work and collecting the astrological phenomenon is well done (and accurate!).
Ultimately, i'd rate this game as a 6/10. It is good and i have spent 30 hours on it. You can do lots of stuff with it and frankly, arranging my fleet of star ships and micromanaging the crew to get the 'best' out of them has been quite enjoyable. Buy it second hand or at a discount, as always with dubious game titles - NEVER GO FULL RETAIL! to avoid disappointment.
Hard drives are a lot like records that use magnets and oxides on a platter and revolutions per second. They even have this awesome tiny little device, analogous to the needle head on a record player, that picks up the information from the magnetic oxide coating the platter. With this analogy in mind, it may help you care for your hard drive.
7200rpm is not the fastest of the hard drive speed about, you can get 15,000rpm on some of them. Now 15k is for a top end server that you'd probably find hosting Dooyoo or part of an array probably doing the google sites. 7,200RPM is mid range - you get really quite fast access times to your data on the hard drive and relatively low noise. It's mid range, so therefore the power consumption is mid range too. You may notice it after a few hours.;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;
I picked my Seagate 1tb external for two reasons; Firstly, i needed something to keep my data on and Secondly, the price. You can buy one of these bad boys for £60 in Maplins and if desiring it, you can also ask for extended warranty. You get 1 years warranty with Seagate themselves.
It's quite a handsome piece of kit really, it's black, shiny and smooth. It's got some heft to it which isn't the worst thing in the world (maybe 500gms) considering the hundreds of movies, photo's and billions of books you can store on it. It is powered by a mains lead and has, i presume, a USB 2.00 connection. These are all plugged into the hard drive at the rear. When you turn it on, there's a little green light which blinks on the bottom left. Most reassuring. All that comes in the box is the drive, a plug, a usb cable and a booklet & maybe a CD. It's pretty straight forward. It's 'plug and play'. If you are running anything less than Windows XP, you need to upgrade. Even Windows XP is 10 years old (shocking right?)
Now, it does make a little noise - it is far from deafening though. Your PC's hard drive makes more noise. go on listen to it now; you hear that crunching put put sound, that means you need to defragment your hard drive. Go on. Do it now, I'll wait for you.
That's better. I will assume you did defragment your hard drive - you will need to do that with your external hard drives too to keep them in tip top shape, it also reduces the noise the drives make as the head searches across the platters looking for that data. It also helps if you keep the drive on a flat surface.
Most of the modern hard drives (external included) have quite sophisticated error correction codes but that does not mean that you can plug your hard drive in and then just yank it out. That is bad. Follow the usual procedure.
If you buy one of these, it may report in as considerably less than 1TB - this will depend on how you format it, I'd recommend NTFS rather than Fat32. The file size of all drives on a PC are determined by logical blocks and some space is kept hidden for the hard drive to keep a track of where the files are on the platters. If you're keen to know more then check the Wikipedia page - it will explain better than I can. However, your 1 TB will show up as a lot less, probably something more like 976gb. You haven't been ripped off. That's just how it goes especially with Windows, they use this floating decimal integer which...it is on wikipedia
It's probably not a good thing to leave the hard drive plugged in and on for seven or eight hours. I wouldn't leave anything plugged in for 7-8 hours other than the phone.
It's an external hard drive, it's worked really well, i have not had a problem with it and have filled it up to 900GB with no problem, I have travelled London with it (wrapped up a bit more securely though) and uploaded and downloaded from it with absolutely no problem. It's a solid little bit of kit, handy in as much as all stoarage devices go and so far after three months continuous use - 100% reliable. I reckon, if i take care of this drive it will last a few years.
If you chose to buy one of these, make sure you have it plugged into a surge protector. Whilst technology may or may not be robust, don't bother wasting money by taking chances. If you have the money to chuck around taking chances, give it to me - I need some new shoes.