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I have been using this product for a number of months now, mainly as I have to transfer files between a PC and a Compact Flash card. Over the time using it I have made a number of observations, both good and bad as a result of using it.
I bought it for £19.99 from the high street and that appeared to be the average price. I think though you're paying largely for the brand name as comparable products are available have not only more slots and compatibility, but are a cheaper price.
Moving on though, if we look at what the product does, it does it extremely well. I've found that sending files back and fore it done at a very fast speed, and is certainly the fastest card reader i've purchased to date. It also has the transfer light on the front, which lets you know when its accessing the card. This is handy for two reasons; firstly, it lets you know it's actually doing something rather than having you just sit there wondering if Windows is making up its mind and secondly it's vitally important incase you pull the card out in the middle of a transfer and damage the card in the process.
It's also plug and play and is instantly recognisable by Windows. I've got several computers that I use to connect this too and not one has had an issue recognising it and the drives appear in the My Computer section of windows and treats it like a normal external drives. In a nutshell, it has no compatibility issues whatsoever.
It also comes with a USB cable which is long in length. If you need this to have to put it neatly positioned somewhere then this allows this to sit neatly away from the device that it's connected to.
I do have some issues with it though, mainly being size. considering that it only reads two types of media, Smart Media and Compact Flash, you'd expect it to be smaller in size. Plus although another advantage is that it's very lightweight, you are mainly carrying air.
This brings me onto another point which is whilst it aesthetically pleasing and looks nice, i'd rather forsake that for something smaller in size. And again this product, as good at it is for doing the job, it wants to look nice at the same time and i'd just rather have something that looks less nice to the eye and just do the job well because if you've bought this, changes are you're looking for something portable and easy to carry.
Finally, taking the size and price into account, you'd expect it to be more compatible with more types of media such as SD, or MMC etc. I'd suggest if you're only going to use these two types of media and not fussed about the size then by all means get this because it's fast and does its job well. But, for the same price, or perhaps even cheaper, you can get something which is more lightweight, has more compatibility and will work just as well. Good, but could be so much more in that empty casing.
I bought one of these to protect my iPhone about three months ago as my old case was getting scratched to the point where it made my iPhone look rough and scruffy. This one has already lasted longer than the last one and is doing a brilliant job.
The main benefit is that it does the job well. It protects the phone and keeps it scratch free. For such an expensive piece of equipment I wanted to make sure that it remained scratch free and looked stylish at the same time. For an above average price of £19.99 from the carphone warehouse, I was sceptical at first about paying over the odds for something but the benefits immediately become clear. I've dropped my phone a few times now as not only am I clumsy in general but my job means that I probably let my phone into a lot more danger than that of an office job where it sits on a desk for the majority of the day. Not only is it sturdy and protects the phone, but it also protects itself and keeps itself looking smart. The case is made out of the same colour throughout and the reddish colour isn't just painted on which means that scratches hide themselves even on the case.
It also looks smart, and complements the phone nicely. You can get them in a range of colours such as this, or in white and they seem to be made in colours that work well with the device. It comes neatly packages and is easy to install, simply sliding onto the phone. I'm making this point because the last couple I've had have been a really night fit that have been a nightmare to remove when urgently needed too. On one occasion, water got into the case and I needed to remove it immediately (as obviously, the cases aren't completely waterproof). The old one took over a minute but this one was able to be removed straight away and this allows the phone to avoid damage in other ways, whilst being protected by the case at the same time.
It also fits well in that you can use if effectively. It doesn't obscure the camera lens in any way, and the charging unit and accessories can be plugged in with no hindrance to doing what you need to. It's little things like this that means it protects the phone, yet at the same way allowing you to do the day to day things that you need it to.
Overall it's wonderful and a great purchase. Just a couple of downsides however; it is a little bit on the pricey side compared to the other cases on the market, but when you see the benefits I personally think it's worthwhile and cancels out this negative.
The other couple of downsides is that it can be a bit to east to remove sometimes. I've gone to grab it out of my pocket sometimes and the case has come off of the phone. It's not completely loose but it's something to bear in mind sometimes.
Finally, the main concern is if you use a plastic film in order to cover and protect the screen. Ironically, although I've said it's a bit too loose, it does grip the front rather well and often disturbs the protective screen and uplifts it leaving it prone to dust and fluff getting in. This is my main concern and it's not limited to the protective film it's wearing, I've bought another and replaced it since then and the problem still remains. It doesn't completely remove it but just raises the edges. It lets the phone screen stay protected but if you're fussy about dust getting in then you may want to bear this in mind.
Overall it protects the phone well and keeps it in good condition. It's still the best case I've had despite the setbacks I've just mentioned, but you might want to bear those in mind if you want to keep your phone in completely pristine condition.
Ever since school I've been using tippex mice to correct mistakes on paper. They are simple and straightforward to use and have a number of handy benefits.
Firstly, you get an awful lot in terms of value for money. I've been buying them for the price of about £2.49 but I've just noticed on the banner from Amazon below that you can get these for a lot cheaper through them and with a bit of searching around. For this you get a little mouse shaped holder which is easy to manoeuvre over mistakes and you have 9 metres worth in which to do this. That generally tends to last an awful long time for me.
Also, you get a width of about 4.2mm which is ample for me as my handwriting is fairly small and generally covers most mistakes with a swipe of the mouse. I think the price overall is cheap and you get what more than what you pay for in terms of value for money.
It's also good quality and dampens out most mistakes. My handwriting is quite hand and I manage to push quite deep into the paper. The mouse makes no effort in erasing this and leaves me with an error free page afterwards. It also covers over printed words effectively and something that's come out of the printer and too late to reprint afterwards can just be removed and photocopied, making people none the wiser that an error has been there.
Also, and I think this is the main benefit is that it's more cost effective, and certainly cleaner than tippex itself. It lays flat on the page and doesn't raise off of the page too much unlike the conventional method. Also it dries straight away and doesn't leave a mess afterwards. It's also not sticky and you can write freely over it unlike the bottled variety which would always take ages to dry, and remain bumpy and hard to write on afterwards.
Finally, it's easy to hold and stays in your fingers as you erase. It's like holding a pen and you can remove errors in a tidy and straightforward fashion.
I can only think of a couple of downsides from my experience. Firstly. It can get a bit tangled. The reel usually stays against the hard corner of the mouse and allows it to erase as soon as it comes out of the mouse, but sometimes it has slackened and become hard to erase and gets a little tangled up. When that happens you might as well give up on it and buy a new one as it becomes highly ineffective but this hasn't happened too much recently and is more down to how quickly you erase. Take it slowly and you should be fine.
Also, sometimes not all of the tippex comes off of the tape and leaves some of the error you're trying to remove there. This can be time consuming as you have to go over it again and therefore double the amount you're using. The trick to minimise this is to hold the sheet firm and erase on a hard flat surface. It's not the biggest problem but it's something to be aware of.
Overall I'm happy with it. It does the job well and is good at the task it performs. It beats the old fashioned bottle anyway and well worth trying.
I used to use Lycos religiously back in the nineties when the internet first came into the mainstream public use and it used to be an invaluable tool. It provided a one stop shop for everything that you needed and for a place to go to in order to get a point of reference.
Over the years though it has become a shadow of its former self and really has deteriorated in value. It's for these reasons this review shows it in a critical way.
It used to provide everything, not just a search engine but a place in which to get the news, sport and weather, and also a place to build your own WebPages. Going there now brings me to despair as all you're greeted with is a simple search bar, allowing you to gain access to search information. The US version (lycos.com) is slightly better, giving you news headlines and some tools in which to do certain tasks on the web, such as webmail, but as this is focused on the .co.uk domain. it's just a mere shadow of its former self.
Secondly it appears heavily biased towards certain WebPages when you do the sole thing it's left doing which is searching for information. For me, I simply type in the topic I'm searching for. It does bring up some good results but these are heavily mixed into sites which seem to be predominantly favoured such as wikipedia.com or answers.com and you have to work through all of these to get to some useful information. As a search engine, the good ones bring all of the good information to the top and you don't have to do this task but lycos.co.uk doesn't.
On the plus side though it does have a basic layout which I favour. Black text on a white background with the first couple of lines of the site to digest is good and it's a handy layout to read through.
Secondly, you're not crowded with information on the search results. There's little or no advertising and what you've searched for is there to view easily. It does stick some advertising on the right hand side but this is easy to disseminate from what you've searched.
Finally, it does return the searches quickly and in little or no time at all. As soon as you've hit the search button the results are pretty much there for you to read.
In summary, it has the basics right for a good search engine design. It's fast, clutter free and returns results in a manner which can be easily read. On the downside though it is a shadow of its former self and used to provide so much more along the lines of what Yahoo! still does and Google now provides since it began. It could be a wonderful one stop show and it had it all with no need to change. It's good, but it could be so much better like it was.
I tried these for the first time about a month ago and have been eating them on a regular basis since. It's hard to believe I've gone over quarter of a century without having these in my life but I'm certainly making up for it now. These have a number of pluses and one minus from what I've experienced. Here goes...
The main benefit is the taste. They are soft and easy to digest, and go well with a such a good range of things. I have mine with honey or syrup mainly but they also taste good with jam and just butter. I've also had them with cheese and even ham. It's good as a base for foods such as this and they complement a lot of foods well.
Next is the price and value for money. I don't consider them to be expensive at all. I believe they are about 80p for about a packet of six. I'm unsure because thoughout the time since I've discovered them my local cooperative has been selling them on offer for about 50p for a packet of six. Even at the 80p though, I think this is fantastic value.
They are also portable. Having something you can toast and is as durable as these allow me to take them to work, quickly toast them in the morning and spread some butter on them and I'm away! I feel you couldn't do this with bread because it would crush too easily but this is easily acheivable with crumpets.
Also, I find them hard to burn. Normally you have to keep a constant eye on toast in the toaster but with these I can just leave them until they pop up and they are warm and not burnt to a crisp. For people like me, these are a lot more idiot proof for cooking.
I do find there is one downside which is the way in which it holds the food. If you put liquids such as butter, honey or syrup on these then you'll quickly find that although it settles in to the crumpet well, it does go further and soak completely through, leaving a pile of melted butter and the rest at the bottom. This also leaves your hands feeling sticky. It's not the biggest problem in the world, but it's certainly something to be aware of and i'd advise you get a plate ready before putting items on it.
That small point aside it's hard to fault. They taste great, are portable and can be used with a wide range of things. The fact they have trouble holding stuff is a pain but in no way detriments the great taste. It's a great wake up treat at a great price.
I had the luxury of having contracted conjunctivitis a month ago and needed an over the counter remedy. My girlfriend brought this back for me and quickly demanded the sum of £4.99, which I thought was a fairly reasonable price and I quickly set to work to mend my broken eye.
The first thing I noticed is that it got to work fairly quickly. By the end of the next day the results were noticeable. I think this is the main benefit. I like something which shows noticeable results as soon as possible and this certainly provided that.
Another benefit is the way it settles into your eye. With some remedies, it can leave your eye blurry for quite a while afterwards while it works itself in. This got to work straight away and the haziness lasts for a couple of minutes at the most. This is a benefit as it doesn't inconvenience you too much and lets you get on with your day and business shortly after rather than leave you staggering around reaching for things helplessly.
It's also got detailed instructions and friendly packaging explaining how to apply and all the things you need to know about it. It's handy to have this information incase anything goes wrong, or if there's anything that you're unsure about.
Furthermore, I do find that the applicator is quite handy, the applicator is designed so that it shoots a small stream of ointment out so you can get the maximum amount out straight into the eye and have the maximum effect.
That does bring me onto a downside though which is that you do have to push and squeeze quite hard in order to get the ointment out. This can be a little bit frustrating when you already have limited sight as it is and just making the cream a little bit easier to get out would be a huge bonus and make the situation easier.
Also, it can be a little messy. The cream is greasy and can leave you feeling with a greasy eye for sometime afterwards. This is just something I've noticed from trying other remedies in the past, but then again it does the job well so it's a small price to pay for something that works well.
Overall this is a great product, it can be messy to apply, and a pain to get out of the tube, but when it gets down to work it does the job, and it does it well meaning that the eye gets better quickly and you can carry on with day to day tasks sooner.
BBC Weather has been going for a number of years and is available through the BBC website. It's easily accessible from both the main page and the news and sport pages as a click of a button. I find that it is a good service and has a number of benefits.
Firstly, it's incredibly easy to use. You search by simply entering the postcode or the town that you are looking for and then it brings up the page showing the weather for the next five days. You can then select those days to get a more detailed breakdown for what is going to happen in those days such as 7am, 10am etc. This only works for the first two days though as it's harder to get a prediction as you move further away from the present day. It's easy to do and if you only give a partial postcode then it allows you to refine it with a list.
You can also search worldwide weather from places all over the world. I just searched as far away as possible by typing Auckland and again, it gives me the weather for the next five days. This can be handy if you're going abroad and want to check the weather beforehand before you get there. The only downside to this though is that it's not as refined, like the local weather in the UK gives after two days. This means you can only see what the weather is like in the daytime and the nighttime.
It's also easy to understand. It gives graphical icons in which to display what the weather is like. For me it means it digests and goes into the brain quicker. It's nice to look at an icon and know "it's going to be sunny" and glance at it rather than read three lines of text to find out the same result. It also gives the temperature and wind direction giving you a full detailed overview of what to expect.
It's also adaptable to your preferences, allowing you to view wind direction in kilometers or miles, and Celsius or Fahrenheit meaning that you can adapt it to the circumstances that suit you.
And finally, it has multimedia meaning that as well as looking at all of this, it shows the latest weather report that you usually see following the news meaning you can take a hands on approach to getting the latest weather.
The only downside I can see from this fantastic service is that it's not wholly accurate and changes regularly. I quite often look at the weather for two days time and see it's sunny, and look the following day to see that it's raining. I've also looked for the weather for the next day only to find that what happens the following day. This is the only major downside, and it is one because as nice as it looks, if it doesn't do the job then it's a little bit pointless. It's doesn't happen often, but it happens more than I think is acceptable.
I like it though and it's a helpful service to have. It looks good, and has lots of features. If they could make it a little bit more accurate than it would be fantastic all round.
In my new way of trying to save money without reducing the quality of what I consume, I've come across Tesco's double concentrated lemon squash, and finding along with it a number of benefits.
Firstly there's the saving element. This product costs 58p, for which you get 1.5 litres of lemon squash. You only need half the amount to make the same amount sized drink that you normally would so you're effectively getting three litres for the price of 1.5. This is a wonderful saving and it makes it last a lot longer.
Secondly, it's actually nice to drink. It tastes strongly of lemon and is a nice way to refresh yourself and freshen up. It's great cold and with ice cubes in it on a hot summer's day seeing as warmer months are approaching us. There's no aftertaste either and it tastes great from start to finish and the taste is consistent throughout.
It's also a great space saver, with the reduction in space comes a reduction in size. This is handy in two ways. Firstly, it saves space in the cupboards or on the work surfaces and allows you to get more space in my cupboards, and also it's handy to take out and about with you. I work outside so it's nice to be able to carry something around that reduces the amount I carry. Also if you're going somewhere such as a picnic or a day out then it's less to carry, and even less to take back with you.
It's hard to fault this. I can't think of any obvious downsides. It tastes great and saves space which ultimately are the two things I buy it for. It does both of these jobs and it performs this well; All for a more than reasonable price thrown in too. Great at what it does and it has my full recommendation.
I've been buying Tesco Value Orange Juice for as long as I can remember. The price has crept up slightly over the past few years but is moderately priced in comparison to other brands as 56p. For this, you get one litre in a tetrapak carton.
It tastes nice overall. It's from concentrate but this doesn't detriment the taste. When you pour it, it's rich and orange in flavour, and when you taste it, it has a sharp taste of Orange, and is smooth and has no bits inside of the juice. There's no aftertaste and it goes down smoothly with little or no aftertaste.
There are a number of pluses to this. The main thing is the price. Yes, it may be a value blue and white striped brand but it taste very similar to some of the other main leading brands. In terms of value for money, you could expect to pay £1 more for a similar type of brand that's also from concentrate with not a lot of improvement in benefits. My opinion is you're wasting your money if you do and you get an equally good quality product by buying this brand and paying less.
There is one downside which is frustrating, and that's the packaging. It's a tetrapak which gives you icons and logos on where to cut to open but this seldom works and you have to wrestle with a pair of scissors in order to get to it. This is hard to do without spilling it and making a mess. Also after a while the end gets stained and bit of paper can fall into the drink and this can detriment the taste. My advice would be to open it under some kitchen roll and pour it into a plastic container straight away. It's little or no hassle and can save the drink getting ruined after a few days.
Also, you have to shake the drink regularly otherwise when you get to the bottom you get a residue that should have been shaken into the drink each time you pour it. Again this is hard to do without making a mess in a tetrapak that is already open so it's another good reason for pouring it into a more suitable container.
I think for what you get for the price overall though, it's good value for money and if you take care of it, it can be a delightful drink for a great saving that will last from start to finish when compared to other brands.
I've been eating these for as long as I can remember. I'm nearing my thirties now and I can still remember having them as a child. I've disliked them, liked them, and then disliked them again so I feel fairly confident I can give an educated view on them.
They taste okay overall. It's Cadbury's chocolate holding in a white and yellow sugary paste that acts as the inside of an egg. The chocolate tastes of regular creamy Cadbury's milk chocolate, and the inside tastes of a sweet, slightly grainy paste. This is all sealed in with a foil wrapper.
The benefit is that it tastes okay. It's not the best treat in the world but it's not the worst either. I also find that one of these can satisfy your taste for them for a while and eating more than one of these a day would make you feel quite sickly.
It's also reasonably priced as another benefit. They vary in price but as an average you're looking at about the 50p mark for one of these. They can become cheaper in multibuys though and it's not unusual to see them sold in packs for a cheaper price each overall. I do feel that for what you get, then this a fair price in which to pay.
I do think there are some more downsides though. Firstly, it's availability. If you like these then you won't be able to move for them in the run up to Easter, and there are offers here, there and everywhere. But after Easter you can't find them no matter how hard you try. I know this is due to the season and selling points but if you're a fan of them then getting hold of them can be frustrating.
The other major downside that I think there is, is the packaging. It's wrapped in foil but this can be irritating depending on the temperature. When it's hot then the chocolate sticks to the foil and makes it hard to get out and leaves the foil being very messy and hard to get rid of in a clean fashion. Also when it's freezing cold the egg won't separate easily from the egg and you get little shards of foil stuck to the egg as it relentlessly tries to cling on. At room temperature it's not a problem at all but just be weary of eating this in these temperatures.
Overall though it's a good treat but in moderation. Too much can leave you feeling sickly, and at the wrong temperatures, it can be a pain to eat in a clean fashion.
I usually buy these when I visit Sainsbury's. It's a nice thing to have when you sit down after shopping with a cup of coffee or tea. You get 25 in a plastic box and they cost £1.99.
The obvious benefit is that they taste great. It's a soft pastry coated in sugar icing with a toffee taste infused into it. They taste soft when you bite into them and are easy on the palate. Personally, it's hard not to like anything which is constructed like this. It really is a nice easy to eat treat to have.
You also get an ample amount for the price. Most packets of Yum Yum's that I've seen elsewhere are sold in a state where you get four for about £1. Admittedly these are bite size but if you put them together you'd get far more than four and as a result more value for money.
They are also packaged well. It's in a plastic box which is resealable and therefore keeps them fresh. The plastic box can be recycled and it keeps the food fresh for as long as possible.
There are a couple of downsides to these. First of all they aren't very healthy. The sugar content tastes very high and when you taste them you can only imagine the fat content cannot be far off of the same.
The reason I'm being vague as well brings me onto another downside. You get 25 of these in a plastic box and that's pretty much it. The only detail on the box is the price and a description of what's inside. Any writing on the box is too small to read or is broken the minute you open the seal. I think if a separate label was put elsewhere on the box then it would let people know what's inside and what they can expect to consume when they eat them.
The other downside I've found is that Sainsbury's only seem to make a limited amount of these. If you get there too late in the day then you'll be lucky to get hold of them so it's best to go there early if you're planning on getting them.
That said, aside from the small downsides, they taste great and are a wonderful treat to enjoy, at a reasonable price.
With the summer months approaching, and the weather heating up, I tend to switch from hot drinks like tea and coffee, to cordial drinks that keep me cooler.
This began last week with the purchase of the aptly named summer fruits squash from Morrisons, costing an even cooler 59p for a one litre bottle, it's performing the job well so far.
It has a number of benefits. Firstly it tastes nice and refreshes me in a way that it claims to be healthy. It has no added sugar, and a 250ml serving contains low levels of sugar (0.5g) and calories (4) in it. These are 0.6% and 0.2% of your GDA respectively. Basically, you can be refreshed in a way that is tasty and doesn't detriment your diet at the same time.
It's also packaged well. It comes in an ample size for the price and has a screw cap top to open it. This is very effective and it hard to break compared with a lot of other fruit squash brands that I notice seem to loosen the more that you tighten them. This makes it handy for transportation as, if you're like me and out and about with work all day needs to be the case otherwise you end up leaking it into your bag or on your belongings.
Also, you're getting good value for money. Some of the more known brands are nearly double the price. For one litre you're getting nearly twice the amount value for money that you'd be getting from a major brand. Also, this has been on offer with multibuys and you can mix and match the flavours to give you more variety. Personally, it just makes your pound go a little bit further for what you're getting.
My only complaint is the quality. It states one part squash with four parts water but this is optimistic. I know everyone likes the mixes different, and there's some people who would put double the amount in a glass and some half the amount before adding water to taste but I do consider myself to be a person who has an average measure. If I followed the guideline then this would be incredibly weak in flavour and I'd need to put a lot more in to make it a strength that's acceptable to me. What I mean is it takes a lot more and uses a lot more which means that more of the bottle is used. It's still good value but you could be going through the bottle a little quicker than it suggests.
Also, it only contains 10% fruit juice consisting of apple (8%), raspberry (1%) and strawberry (1%). It tastes good but this highlights that you are getting for what you're paying and for 59p that doesn't sem to amount to much. It tastes okay but this is probably the reason that I stated above for putting more into a glass to get more taste.
All that said though, it does taste nice and does the job in keeping you cool and refreshed on a warm day. Just be aware that you do need to use a lot to get the correct taste and I think you'll get along with this product just fine.
Flight control is an app which is available via the iTunes store for the small sum of 59p. It's a game which tests your skills on multitasking by using your fingers to guide planes in to land. Out of the games that I have on my iPhone, it's one of the more addictive ones. Not just for the iPhone, this also works on the iPod touch.
How it works in simple. You choose your choice of runway, of which there four. These are, classic map, beachside resort, aircraft carrier and Australian outback. On each of these, there are two runways for aircraft and a helipad for landing helicopters. One of the runways is red and works for standard passenger aircraft, and the other is in yellow and is for what appears to be slower aircraft. The yellow planes will always travel at the same speed, but the red planes can vary in speed and size.
The skill is to land the planes. For each one you land, you get a point. As they come in at all angles, your job is to use your finger and maneuver them into the runway to that they land safely. Sounds simple? Well it starts off that way but gets harder and more complicated as you land more. The fly in from all areas of the screen, and as they travel at different speeds you have to taxi them and put them in landing positions or delay their landing as the slower and faster ones come in.
Furthermore, as helicopters move slowly across the screen, you have to adjust existing trajectories in order to avoid collisions. Doing this makes the screen full up and means your response times have to increase. It's frustratingly skillful and the addiction comes from here. Also, if you get bored of playing slowly and it seems a bit too easy for you, there's the ability to speed the game up using a fast forward button which speeds the game up until you select it again to slow it down.
This game is brilliant but there are a few more advantages that add to it.
It's multiplayer for a start which adds to the fun. Not online but with iPhone or iPod touch users nearby provided they have the app too. This can be done via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and works in a similar way. You can throw the planes over to your opponents screen and thereby beat them by adding to their amount of planes on the screen. It connects wonderfully and as its wireless you can sit nearby and play In peace and quiet to kill time in a wonderfully multiplayer challenging way.
Also, it allows you to continue the game if you're interrupted. A lot of apps will just reset to the beginning if you get a text message or receive a call that you answer. Flight controller will pause the game and allows you to resume where you left off, meaning you're not inconvenienced.
It also allows you interconnectivity with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It's nice knowing that if you get a high score you can post it to your profile page with the touch of a button, provided you've got a net connection of course!
Finally, in addition to the above, you can see all high scores, not just overall from all other users, but ones locally in your area, allowing you to see if you are the top scorer in the nearby area.
No obvious downsides, it is a really challenging game that kills time quickly and is highly addictive. It can drain the battery on your device quite a bit due to the amount of use you're giving your device, but it is worth it for the entertainment you get in return. Great app and highly recommended from me!
I've been using TV Catchup for a number of months now and its turned out to be one of the handiest tools when out and about. It's basically a method of watching freeview TV over the internet and without the use of any kind of TV aeriel. What's more, they also have a prefix for the iPhone (iPhone.tvcatchup.com) which allows freeview channels to be streamed to your iPhone. This method is far better but both work equally well.
It's free to register and they don't ask for too much personal information. Also, there's no junk sent to your email and they let you get on with it. After that you can just log in, select the channel by clicking on the relevant TV channel ident icon and it will load it up for you and stream it directly to your desktop.
Channels Available Are:
BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, BBC News 24, BBC Parliament, CBBC, Cbeebies
ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 (and all the +1 Channels)
Channel 4, E4, Film 4 and More4 (and all the +1 Channels)
Five, Fiver, Five USA
Dave, Dave ja vu
Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Three
Virgin 1, Virgin +1
Movies 4 Men
This has a number of advantages being able to access this site. Firstly it removes the need for an aerial and software sitting on your computer. A couple of people I know have TV software and a little aeriel that sits outside of the computer and is wired up. In reality it really doesn't work and, provided you've got a relatively strong signal on Wifi or network connnection then you're going to get a streamed channel that's of very good quality.
Secondly, it's user friendly, you just click on the channel icon and it does the rest and loads it on the screen. There are options where you can adjust the sound and the mute etc and even put it into full screen. When a channel is offline it greys the icon out and writes offline so you don't go trying to select it and wonder why there's nothing at the other end.
Thirdly, it's free to use and at no cost. This saves getting equipment to receive TV and is great to have when you're out and about and a normal TV isn't available. For something that costs nothing this is invaluable.
Also, it's available on the iPhone and is probably the more likely place you're going to take advantage of it die to convenienvce. Like the PC you log in and it loads up in an iPhone friendly screen and streams them in full screen. It's great when you have time to spare and need to catch up on something or even if you have five minutes to spare. I managed to watch all of the six nations rugby matches thanks to this.
When something is available and of no cost then it's hard to pick holes and disadvantages. The only downside is there can be problems with streaming and it does have to buffer quite a bit when it slows down, especially on the iPhone where you're vunerable to changes in signal strength. Provided you're on a wifi connection it's very infrequent but it's something to be weary of.
Also, it's on a two minute delay so whatever actually happened on TV, won't be at your device for another two minutes. It's nothing major but it is worth bearing in mind if you're watching a sporting event and you don't need to know the actual result when it's two minutes from the end.
Overall though, it's free, fantastic and readily available. Something for nothing should never be knocked but this doesn't need to be as it's of no cost and excels in quality. Great stuff!
I bought one of these as a secret Santa in December. It was £9.99 and bought as a gift that was tongue in cheek about how messy their desk was. Unfortunately, someone had the same impressions of me and I ended getting one back also. It's sat on my desk with little or no use since but I have had a little play about with it from time to time.
The main benefit is that it's a novelty gift. It looks and behaves exactly like a normal Henry vacuum cleaner would and it takes in dirt through the plastic tube and deposits it into the middle, which in turn is unscrewed to empty.
Also, it's small in size and doesn't take up too much desk space, meaning you can personalize your desk and not clutter it in the same time. It's about the size of a normal human beings fist and site nicely on the desk. The only downside being is that the nozzle/plastic tubing on the front is a little cumbersome as it's pretty rigid and can get in the way sometimes if you accidently knock it. It runs on normal batteries and it's not too heavy in weight either.
I think the cheapness of it is also a benefit, not only in cost but in the manner in which it is maintained. The cost I think is a fair reflection for something unusual like this and it brightens up your desk and adds some character to it. The batteries last a fairly long time as well and in the five months that I've had this, I've not had the need to replace them yet.
There are only two little downsides to this product. Firstly, don't expect this to actually clean anything of any relevance off of your desk. It's good for dust and that's about it. The nozzle at the end isn't that wide and can't really pick much up, and the power of it means that the suction isn't that great. If you're really looking for something that will keep your desk clean efficiently then my advice is stick to a duster. It's a novelty item and that about it.
The second downside is the noise. It's pretty loud when it's switched on. Especially in an office when all you can hear is typing and phones ringing. I reckon if you put this on for any extended period of time, it wouldn't be long before someone is tapping you on the shoulder and telling you to turn it off.
Overall though, it's a nice little novelty item, it is well replicated and acts and behaves like its bigger brother. Sadly though it can only pick up very small and very light objects at the cost of a loud noise. It's a quirky toy, and that's where the comparisons end. For the fact that most people would buy this for adding character to the desktop and not really use it for what it's intended, I think it's a nice little addition to the desk environment.