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    • Nokia 6510 / Mobile Phone / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      29.05.2003 18:32
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      I've had this phone for almost a year now, pretty much since it came out. At first it was up there with the best, but like all things it?s pretty out of date now. It has the same body and almost the same software as the 8310, but was marketed as the businessman?s alternative. Let me tell you what I like and don't like about this little number... This is one of the smallest and lightest Nokia phones. Most of the time I forget its in my pocket. This is very well built, and doesn't compromise strength for its weight. As it is lighter it doesn't cause as much damage each time you drop it either. The battery life was excellent when I first bought it. It comes with a little lithium battery, and easily outdid my 3330. It is packed with loads of extra features such as voice recording, which can also record phone calls, FM radio, voice activated commands and dialling which were all fairly new for phones. Unfortunately you can't just use any old headphones and you have to go out and buy expensive Nokia ones to fit in the hands free slot. I picked mine up on one of those popular auction sites for about £8. Reception is good for the size of the phone, but not brilliant, however it does store 20 presets. It also has a new approach to memory... It has a set amount of inbuilt memory (I think maybe 2mb) and you can 'spend' this how you wish. Basically it means you can either store hundreds of text messages or thousands of phone numbers, or any combination. This is quite useful although the time to open the inbox gradually increases as you get more messages, so you never want to store many anyway. Some grumbles... None of the games had changed. It has snake ii, bumper etc, same as my previous 3330, and I had been under the impression that you could download new games via Club Nokia and the phones high speed GPRS connection. However I gave this a go and all I could manage was to do
      wnload alternative pinball tables, snake mazes or space impact levels. All very boring. There is a serious flaw in the sim card cover. Underneath the battery is where the sim card is kept, and it is held in position by the most flimsy plastic cover I have ever seen. This I believe leads to the following problem... Having typed out an entire text message you go to the send button to access a number from the phonebook and it just freezes, then resets the phone. You head back to the message composer and it hasn't even stored the message. Infuriating! It usually always works second time, and on average I would say it does this for 10% of messages. Overall this is a good phone, especially for the business user. For those wanted a slightly more interesting phone I would recommend the 8310, which is what I wish I had gone for! Oh well, it all about the colour screens, cameras and pictures at the moment...

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        About 9 months ago now, I was just browsing the internet and I stumbled across a new technology which allowed you to play mp3s burnt onto mini CD?s. I already owned an mp3 player and was getting annoyed about the cost of Smartmedia and its small storage capabilities. The first mp3 mini-CD player I came across was the Beatman. This is what I considered before deciding whether to buy one or not. Advantages Plays mp3s Small and lightweight Cheap media (£1 = 180mb mini CD) Disadvantages No song titles, just numbers Not as small as mp3 players In the end I decided to look around a bit first... This led me to discover the Compaq PM-1. http://electronics.cnet.com/electronics/0-6342420-1304-7344429.html It was very similar to the Beatman except it had the advantage of song titles via ID3 tags and 480 seconds anti-shock. I read a few reviews of it and thought wow! Loads of music, about 6 albums, on each CD and the CD's only cost a pound each. Not quite as big storage capabilities as full size mp3 CD players, but this one was much smaller and pocket sized. I purchased one of a bloke in America, they weren't then available in the UK, on Ebay, and it arrived a couple of weeks later. In total it cost me around £105, including all those wonderful import taxes. I bought five more CD's from Argos for £6. I burnt a few albums onto the 3 blank CD's that came with it, then I started to come across the problems... 1. The anti-shock is useless if your walking around with the player in your pocket. The player was just small enough to fit in my pocket, but it was in the vertical position. It has a hold button so the buttons couldn't be pressed in my pocket. Normally, the mp3 player loads the data into a little buffer in the player, then the CD stops spinning. However, if the player is be jogged while at the start of the song it loads it into the buffer with skips in it. The
        whole way through the song you start to get jumps and jitters. In the end I had to start taking the player out of my pocket, waiting for the track to load in, then replacing it my pocket, this would give a jitter free experience. 2. Cheap paint. After a few weeks the grey coating on the plastic started to scratch off. This made it look really tacky, and it wasn't supplied with any protective case, so it couldn't be prevented. 3. Chews batteries. Battery life is good if the player is kept flat. This means the data can be loaded and the motor is no longer needed to spin the CD. It kept going during long car journeys as a passenger. Battery life then was about 8-9 hours on 2 rechargeable AA batteries. However walking round with player in my pocket reduced the battery life to just 3-4 hours. 4. Stuck without the inline remote. There is no LCD display on the unit itself. The inline remote displays the track title, album, battery life etc. What happens when this breaks? All the buttons are on the unit itself, and you can use all the features without the remote, its just very hard without the LCD screen. I might not treat my music players well, but little after 5 months the remote was falling apart, with the wire nearly breaking where it enters the remote, and the plastic parts holding it together pinging apart slightly (they do clip together again, but shouldn't be coming apart). 5. Endless errors. When trying to start up the player you will occasionally get 'read errors'. The CD sits there spinning for ages, but it just wont play the music! You have to stop it, and start it again, then it'll work fine. Why does it do it though? I?m sure its not scratched CD's as I've put in perfect ones and the same error occurs. GRRR!!! Well I've had it stolen from my bag in a changing room now, and I'm not particularly missing it. The lesson of this rather expensive story is, always fo
        llow that phrase saying 'Solid State Construction'. I'm certainly going back to mp3 players now, especially as 256mb compact flash is less than 100$

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        • NTL / Archive TV / 0 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          08.11.2001 03:23
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          We first got NTL about 4 years ago now, when that oh so persuasive salesman came round and told us what a deal we were missing out on. Back then I think the only other major satellite/cable service was Sky, and digital hadn't even been invented then. We got shown the price differences between NTL (then Comtel) and Sky, and decided at £15 a month it wasn't that bad a deal. For £15 you got 'lots' of channels, but to get all the movie and sports channels you would have to pay a fair bit more. After about the first 2 weeks we realised there were only a handful of channels we watched on NTL. The other '50+' seemed to be complete rubbish, foreign or just blank channels. It would be nice to have had a nice organised channel system, that didn't go CHANNEL, BLANK CHANNEL, CHANNEL. These are the only channels that seemed to be on, Sky 1 Nickelodeon Cartoon Network MTV UKPlay BBC News 24 Occasionally, we might watch others, like UKGold or Paramount. The 3 music channels on normal NTL are certainly not the best, and it would be nice to have a few more. Other channels missing that we would liked are E4 and maybe some of the others found on Sky Digital. About 6 months ago NTL digital came out, and we got advertising, advertising and more advertising about it. They kept telling us what a better service it was, and how it was cheaper than Sky. It turns out its only cheaper that Sky if you get the whole lot, all the channels, and that?s not we wanted. NTL were very clever about how they organised their TV packages, making sure there was at least 1 channel everyone wants in each section. This means that to get the few channels listed above (+ E4 and the other music channels) you will end up paying more like £40 a month. I think it is unfair that NTL did this, and they know people will be paying over the odds to watch a lot of channels they didn't want, and they should give yo
          u more choice over which channels you want (more like ITV digital). Now after spending lots of money on their digital service, they will probably stop improving their original service, and that?s the one that certainly needs updating. Grr, they sure know how to rip people off!

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          • Fuji Instax 100 / Archive Electronic / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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            06.11.2001 01:13
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            Instax 200 Party Pack I haven't seen an Instax 100 before, but I think they are pretty similar to the Instax 200. They retail at £29.99 in Argos. I got mine for free because I won it in a competition, but even at £30 I think it is quite a good deal. The party pack includes the camera, 4 batteries, a carry case, and 2 films (2 x 10 pictures). The film itself costs about £15 for two, so the camera is only costing you around £15, which is very good quality (made by Fujifilm), and it makes decent size photos. The pictures themselves are about 9.9cm by 6.2cm, which isn't bad for an instant camera, but unfortunately, when the picture size goes up so does the size of the camera. This makes the camera weigh well over 500g, and it certainly isn't a pocket camera :-) It has a wide picture format, which is different from the Polaroid cameras, and it also has better picture quality (in my amateurs opinion) than the Polaroid. The only problem I have noticed is with the picture looking rather white sometimes. The camera has 3 light settings which can be controlled via the LCD on the side. It can be switch between Lighten to Normal to Darken. The only problem is knowing when you should change this. The camera has an auto-flash, which can be manually overridden so that it stays on. It has two focus distances. These are between 0.9-3m and 3m-Infinity. Just pressing another of the small buttons on the side allows the 95mm Fujinon Lens to move. The instruction manual that comes with the camera is one of the worst manuals I have ever seen. I took me about 15 mins to take my first picture, even with the instructions right in front of me. It doesn't tell you that the first time you take a photo all that comes out is a plastic covering protecting the start of the film. It does however have nice large diagrams of someone pressing down the biggest button on the camera to take the picture (if you couldn't work out the biggest button is the one tha
            t usually takes the picture). I'm not sure where you would actually want to take this camera, that you would need an instant picture of such size and quality, but if you wanted to make a few quid selling pictures to tourists I suppose you could. The only other thing I could think of is if you were 'just' carrying the camera around with you you could get a picture autographed if you saw a famous person. Anyway if you really have a use for an instant camera, I would recommend this one, as it takes quite nice pictures if you don't mind paying a bit for the film.

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          • Dookie - Green Day / Music Album / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            26.09.2001 01:38
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            Let me start by saying this is probably the best album I have. If you like punk rock then this is definitely better than Blink 182, Sum 41 or maybe even The Offspring. Green Day have 5 albums, this one being a close best to Nimrod. This is definite 5 stars, and I can't believe all the people that say Green Day or this album is overrated. It is the only album I can put in my CD player and play on random, without having to skip any of the tracks. This is a massive 14 track album, and is going to take me a while to review! The lyrics are funny, some of the songs are similar, but all are original is some way. I'm going to try something I haven't done before with CD reviews, I'll write a line or two about each song and give it a mark out of 10. 1. Burnout Nice fast song to start the album, not particularly impressing melody, but interesting drumbeat and vocals. 8/10 2. Having A Blast Nice little guitar sequence to start of the song. Then come in the bass and drums in the verse building up to some really good vocals in the chorus. 9/10 3. Chump Electric guitar and drums mainly in this song. Most of the song isn't that good, but there is a really good instrumental towards the end that makes up for it. I really like Green Day instrumentals and 'Last Ride In' on Nimrod is one of my favourite Green Day songs. 8/10 4. Long View Nice drum intro at the beginning, leading into an even better guitar riff. Song is slow and quite at the start so you can hear the vocals well. Switches between quiet and loud a lot, something I don't usually like, but it works here. 9/10 5. Welcome To Paradise Excellent song. Combines all my favourite things, great vocals, an instrumental, and a quite nice guitar riff. You look forward to the cry of 'Dear Mother' after the instrumental you can count he bars down. A really big build up to it, building up speeding up to a drum roll. A
            definite favourite. 10/10 6. Pulling Teeth Nice guitars chords, Green Day sound more like an American Blur in this song. Really funny lyrics, including, 'Accidents will happen, but this time I can't get up' . Apart from that a pretty average song, still great though. 8/10 7. Basket Case Cool, but quiet guitar chords, allow you to hear the funny vocals, with taps on the cymbals building up to the drum roll, and the start of the 'loud' bit. This song has the best lyrics on the album. 10/10 8. She Nice bass line. The vocals are the best bit of this song. 8/10 9. Sassafras Roots Starts with a great little drum piece and has a catchy guitar tune. Not the best lyrics, gets rather repetitive. A happy, jumpy song. 9/10 10. When I Come Around Starts with the guitar, a few taps on the cymbals and in come the drums. A lovely little pause it the drums before the chorus and the line 'When I come around'. Again another jumpy song. One of my favourites on this album. 9/10 11. Coming Clean A fast and short song, with some interesting lyrics. The album is all about what it was like to be a teenager, and this song has the line 'Mom and Dad will never understand'. Not the best song though. 7/10 12. Enemus Sleepus Another short and strange song, only 1:44 long. The best bit is the quiet second verse, with some interesting vocals. 13. In The End I like this song because, it?s one of only a few fast songs on this album. It has a nice little pause in the drums just before the chorus, which I really like. 9/10 14. F.O.D Completely quiet for the first two verses, with only vocals and guitar. In the second chorus the drums come in, and the song becomes a lot more lively. Has one of my favourite lines from the whole album 'Let's nuke the bridge we torched 200 times before'. The funniest song on the album because of the bonu
            s part of the song that only starts after a minute or two of silence after the main song. Basically it has really geekish vocals just repeated 'I was all by myself a lot'. Conclusion A really great album. I got it in a 2 for £15 deal and Virgin Megastores, so at £7.50 it isn't expensive for 14 songs. Would highly recommend to any punk rock fan. My favourite songs are, Long View Welcome To Paradise F.O.D. Thanks for reading. dodidle

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            • Nokia 3330 / Mobile Phone / 1 Reading / 15 Ratings
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              Finally, I have found a phone that can survive the harsh conditions of my trouser pocket. Over the last year I have gone through so many phones you might think they were going out of fashion. I have owned an Alcatel (One Touch), Motorola StarTac and Trium Mars in the last year. The general problems with them have been; Battery life, reception, WAP problems and other technical hitches. The Trium Mars went back to the shop because it decide to turn itself off whenever it felt like it, then not turn back on again for a quite a while afterwards (not useful if I ever needed to make an emergency call). I didn't want to ever spend a lot on mobile phones (as you can see by the phones above), but I ended up spending a lot more because I went for something that looked a good deal, but wasn't necessarily good quality. A lot of my mates had 3210's and 3310's so when I saw a really good deal (with Dial-a-Phone), I decided to get my Nokia 3330. Here is the deal I got: Free 3330 on BTCellnet 1000 free off-peak (including all weekend) calls to UK landline and BTCellnet mobiles Free 6 months line rental! Free accessories, fascias etc. Free insurance, connection and WAP calls A very good deal in my opinion! New Features Anyway back to the phone, all the specs are at the top of the page, basically there are only a few differences from the 3310 to 3330. 1. Bumper (pinball game), quite good but graphics are quite jerky and flippers have slow reaction 2. WAP. Pictures slightly bigger than the screen, due to more expensive phones having higher resolution. 3. Downloadable games! You can get new levels for Space Impact, tables for Bumper, and mazes for Snake II. Not bad, and they don't take long to download. 4. Other little things, like room for more ringtones, animated pictures etc. Battery The phone has very good battery life, as with all Nokia phones. It will stay on standb
              y for absolutely ages. I have It on today for 9 hours already and the battery indicator hasn't gone down one bar. My old Alcatel phone would have had a flat battery by now :-) Doesn't take very long at all to charge up, 2 hours about (I think) It only comes with a Ni-MH battery; I can't imagine how long Lithium battery would last for. Reception It has a built in aerial, and with BTCellnet it has at least 2 bars of battery even when indoors, except in places completely out of coverage. I know reception is a network thing, but it does seem slightly better than other BTCellnet phones I have had. Games Best games you can get for a mobile phone (except for more expensive Nokia phones!) Snake II which is much better than the original snake, with loads of different mazes to go round collected the little blobs (apples?) Space Impact, a horizontal space invaders game, with a boss at the end of each level. Great graphics for a phone, unfortunately its one of those games you can complete, but you can download more levels. Bumper, a pinball game that comes with 2 tables a snake one and a golf one. Not bad. Bantumi, a logic game, kindda hard to explain, complicated rules. But a skill game against the computer (which can be set to different difficulty) Pairs II, picking up pairs basically, time trial and puzzle modes. Ease of Use Comes with voice dialling and speed-dials. I must say that the speed dials are more useful than the voice dialling (if you can remember whose number is whos!) The voice dialling isn't that useful, because you have to repeat the word almost exactly the same to get it to dial, useful if you can't remember the speed dial number I supposed. The menus are laid out nicely, with slightly more menus than the 3310, but don't take long to use. Indestructibility Already got this wet in quite heavy rain, seemed okay after leave it near the radiator for a whi
              le. Very dust proof, something that my Trium Mars wasn't (it had all the electronics exposed if you took the cover off. If you take the fascias off all of the electronics are covered up, and the only things you have access to are the sim card and the battery. Doesn't even seem possible to get dust in behind the keys! Conclusion. The best phone I have bought, and as its on contract it means I'll have to have it for 12 months, a record for me :p It has all the stand out features that I mentioned in the opinion, the most useful to me being the durability of the phone. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who destroys phones like me. For 12 months I am paying £11.99 * 6 = £71.94 It would cost £150 on Pay-as-you-go with BTCellnet! Thanks for reading. dodidle

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                I have been on Dooyoo for just over 2 months now. I have written well over a dozen opinions now, and have noticed a few things. After writing an opinion, you only get a lot of visits for the first 5 minutes or less until someone else writes a new opinion and yours is wiped from the front-page of the website. It is all a matter of luck how many points you get for writing each one, you many only get 5 visits at the start, or it might be as high as 50 (I've seen people with their opinion up on display from 30 minutes or more). If you want to get more people to visit the page after that you have to spend time visiting other peoples and writing comments on their opinions. Even then you can't be sure that people will visit your opinions just because you rated theirs. I am very disappointed that Dooyoo put up the minimum spend on points (at least I'm fairly sure they did, didn't they?) When I registered I thought it was only 10,000 points to get an online voucher, and without any 'handling' charges. Another thing people are doing, is they don?t actually read opinions. I know there are quite a few of you real keen Dooyoo members that do take the time to sit and read these opinions. Some of them take a long time to write, and it is nice when people leave a comment that you can tell means they read the entire thing. I have used Dooyoo quite a lot to determine whether it's worth buying a certain CD or book, or even bigger things such as mobile phones. I prefer to use an opinion written by Dooyoo users than one done by a 'professional' in the area of the product I'm buying. For example if buying a CD, you can look to the bottom of a review and see what the reviewers favourite album is, and compare it to yours. It gives a pretty good idea of what there taste in music is. So here's the test. Below are a few bits of some essays my son has done for school. For those of you who are read
                ing this (thank-you!), just skip on down to the conclusion. The rest is here just to prove that people open up an opinion, see how long it is, then base the rating they give it purely on how long it is. Pythagoras. He was born in about 580 BC in Samos, Ionia. He died in about 500 BC. Considered the first true mathematician, Pythagoras established a movement in 6th-century BC in southern Italy that emphasised the study of mathematics as a means to understanding all relationships in the natural world. The followers of this movement, Pythagoreans, were the first to teach that the Earth is a sphere revolving around the Sun. It is difficult to distinguish Pythagoras' teachings from those of his followers. None of his writings has survived, but the Pythagoras Theorem is generally attributed to him. The Kobe earthquake was Japan's worst earthquake for over half a century. It killed at least 5000 people and injured 25,000. It struck just before dawn on January 17th 1995, and it measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Hawaji, around 20 miles from Kobe. Thousands and thousands of buildings were destroyed, many by the fires that followed the quake. These were caused by burst gas mains that quickly ignited and with no water there was no way of putting them out. A wall of fire was created as the wind blew it through the city. Japan's emergency services struggled to get to the scene and it was many hours before they were able to help. What could have been done to make this catastrophe a lot worse than it was? Conclusion Dooyoo is a great site for reviews of stuff you want to buy. I wish Dooyoo would advertise it more for its review purposes than for the money you get for writing them. I admit that I first visited Dooyoo because it offered money, but now I realise how many points you need to get a reward that doesn't really bother me. There are some really good reviews on this site, and I use it for that. Thanks fo
                r reading, dodidle.

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                • dialaphone.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                  Saw a lot of advertising for their phones. Eventually, I decided to look on their website to look at the full range of tariffs they offered. I wanted a phone on Cellnet, and I found that I could get what seemed a very good deal with Dial-A-Phone. They were offering: 3330 on Cellnet, Free connection, 6 months free line rental, 1000 off peak calls free per month, Free WAP, and loads of accessories etc. So I decided that I would order this phone from them. Ordering took about half and hour, but their lines weren't busy. Basically the operator asks for your entire life history before letting you order, and there were quite a number of questions that I had to ask, as they hadn't been answered on the website. Then came the wait for the phone to arrive. It only took 3 days to arrive, but when it did, it came in nothing more than a plastic bag with a stamp on it. I opened it to find 4 fascias that looked nothing like the ones on the website, but looked much cheaper. There was a leather case, hands-free kit and in-car charger, also all 3rd party items. The first time you receive a Nokia it takes 12 hours to charge up. Then after that I expected to be able to turn it on and use it. There was a warning on the bag, saying it could take upto 24 hours to be connected to the network. Yet even after that, I still found voicemail wouldn't work, neither did the WAP, and there were various other little quirks. Anyway, after 3 days of nothing being activated, we decided to ring BTCellnet customer care. Just in case you've never had the pleasure of ring their customer services I can tell you it is a memorable experience. They have about half a dozen different numbers to ring, and some of them aren't open some of the time, others are permanently engaged and others are pre-recorded messages. Eventually when you do get to speak to an operator they end up telling you to dial a different number. I was going on holiday, so I took the
                  phone with me and continued to phone BTCellenet. After at least 10 calls I finally got given the information to set the phone up myself, but it was already supposed to be set up when it arrived. When I returned from my holiday, I received an unexpected letter from Dial-A-Phone, with all the information in I had spent ages getting from BTCellnet! They said when I bought the phone it should be ready to use when it arrived. Anyway as you get 6 moths free line rental with the phone, I ended up paying only £11.99 * 6 = £71.94 + Call charges for a new 3330, which isn't bad. So overall it was probably worth the hassle, even if it came with naff fascias.

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                • Make Yourself - Incubus / Music Album / 0 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                  Incubus is still very underrated and unheard band of in the UK. In America they are very popular at the moment, and have already released 'I wish you were here' of there new album 'Morning view'. They have produced some very good and very different pieces of music. 'Make yourself' is a soft album, compared to their other ones, yet it has easily the best tunes on. If you are looking for something heavier, and want a MUCH better alternative to Korn, Slipknot stuff like that then S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is the album for you. But if you are looking for some really catchy tunes, with great vocals then 'Make yourself' is what you need to get. Its not that S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is a bad album, as it is better than a lot of other albums, but if you say it is better than 'Make yourself' then you obviously don't know what music is. Anyway back to the album being reviewed. If you have only heard Incubus's latest song 'Drive' I think you should listen to the whole album, as it is much better. 'Drive' is a good song, yet they released it to appeal to a large range of people, so they would buy the single, not necessarily the album. There are some very good songs, such as 'Privilege' and 'Nowhere Fast'. Most of the song is quite heavy, but the chorus's are quiet, and quite emotional. One of my favourites would have to 'Pardon Me', released as a single in America, the verses in the song, have some nice guitar riffs, and a sort of metal/rap style to the vocals. But then as you get to the chorus, in come the drums and bass at full pelt, with excellent vocals. Then there is 'The Warmth', which starts of with what sounds like dolphins, then goes to what is a very funky guitar riff, that has been mixed to give the album its original sound. A very melodic song, with, as I said, very original mixing. This album overall is very positive, and you should listen to this whe
                  n you are depressed, not someone else shouting about how depressed they are. Forget all that nu-metal Limp Bizkit stuff, go and buy that if you are a music sheep. You want to go and buy this album, which I doubt many of your mates will have, and impress them with good music.

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                    Now returning to the Gameboy Color comes one of the greatest RPG games ever. A lot of people just talk about Pokemon as a craze, but don't look at Pokemon as just being a really great game for the Gameboy. Just in case you don't have a clue what Pokemon is all about, here is the basics to bring you upto scratch. Pokemon is a role playing game. The idea of the game is to capture all of the different pokemon, and to defeat all the pokemon trainers in different pokemon gyms. Pokemon start at a low level and then as you fight other pokemon (either belonging to another 'trainer' or in the wild) they gain more experience points and go up levels. As the game progresses you find higher level pokemon which are harder to catch. You catch Pokemon using pokeballs, the best one being the 'master ball' which will catch any pokemon. This second Pokemon game now features another 100 new Pokemon, bringing the total to 250. You start off as a trainer in a town in the world of Jhoto, supposedly 3 years after R/B/Y. You get your first Pokemon then set off to become a Pokemon master, just like the master Ash Ketchum before. The world of Jhoto features 8 different gyms, all you must defeat with different Pokemon that you have caught and raised up on the way. But its not just that easy, as you face many puzzles and challenges along the way. Once you have collected all 8 badges you must face the Pokemon League. Here you face some the toughest trainers that there are. If you beat them you are declared a Pokemon Master. Game over? Oh no. Now you enter the first world (from Pokemon Red and Blue) and you can then find even more new Pokemon and battle trainers in a slightly modified and improved version of the first game, with a slightly different storyline. This is almost like having the two games rolled into one. The graphics have been improved, adding more color and better battle animations. There are more new fe
                    atures in the game such as night and day. This means that different Pokemon can be caught at night, like the nocturnal Hoot-Hoot, which very much resembles an owl as you can imagine. Oh and there is another new feature in the game as well. Pokemon, believe it or not, how have sexes. There is no longer a need to call them 'its' because you can get male and female of almost every Pokemon. Pokemon can also breed, and give birth/create an egg. Simple take your two pokemon of the smae type, but opposite sex, to an elderly couple, then 'leave them for a while' and before long a baby Pokemon is hatched. Of course there are still the same two player features as in the first game, so you can trade or fight your friends using a link cable. Oh and yes, there are a select few Pokemon which can only be found Silver, and few that can only be found in Gold, so of course you have to trade to get them all. Graphics: Improved on the first game, but still not the best when you are moving around, most improved during battles, with more animations when Pokemon are fighting and when using pokeballs. I can imagine a version of Pokemon on the Gameboy Advance being very good. Sound: The same old music can get on your nerves a bit, but with the Poke Radio you can change to a different station. Some of the sound effects aren't that good either. Gameplay: The game is excellent, and can last at least 60 hours, it can also become rather addictive at times. I don't know how many times I would want to replay it though. People would like to think the Pokemon craze is over, but just look at the gameboy colour charts. 1. Pokemon Gold 2. Pokemon Silver 3. Mario Brothers DX 4. all the rest... Just because its not the talking point of school children nationwide anymore, doesn't people aren't buying this great game. dodidle's Final Thought: Looking forward to the next Kirby adventur
                    e, supposedly a bit like Pokemon, but with everyones favourite pink, fluffy friend

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                    Oasis were already dubbed the New Beatles before the release of What's The Story and within a month of it had already gone multi-platinum. Liam Gallagher was inviting George Harrison to fight him on Primrose Hill. But then, you'd feel cocky enough to pick on a Beatle if you'd just recorded these songs. The album is full of emotion. The minor-chord that the chorus of "Hey Now!" pivots on could liquefy a brick and "Champagne Supernova" is the sound of a band riding the nose-cone of a rock & roll Concorde. The guitar solos at in the middle and end of all the songs are great, and Noel's echos, like in "Roll With It", add to the emotion in the song. Wonderwall is a very simple song in music terms, but it's great because of the way Liam sings it, the quiet guitar and the percussion you can hear in the background. Some of the songs you can sit back and chill to like "Cast No Shadow", "Champagne Supernova", and "Don't Look Back in Anger", and this is the perfect album to sit and listen to and not look back in anger. There are still a few classic rock songs, like "Some Might Say", "Roll With It" and "Hello". But this album is not as Rock and Roll as Definately Maybe, but it is a great change. My personal favourites are "Cast No Shadow", because its another quiet song loke "Wonderwall" and "Some Might Say" because its great! The only song that I find disappointing on the album is "Hello", because it lacks any proper guitar solo, and has no catchy tune. 1 in 4 households already own this album, lets try and make that 1 in 1

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                    • yahoo.uk.com / Auction / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                      Yahoo auctions is the ultimate place for sellers. The only thing it lacks is.. Buyers!! Yahoo has everything you need to create a free auction, and even has some very helpful features. During this review I will only be comparing Yahoo auctions to ebay.co.uk because, quite frankly, the other auction sites don't have a chance!! Unlike ebay when you are looking at items in a particular category you can just click the 'Submit Item' button at the top of the page to submit an item to that category. Just like ebay, Yahoo lets you upload pictures and submit your items using HTML. Once the auction has been uploaded all you need to create a favourite link to your 'Selling' page and then just click it to see if any of your items have had bids. No signing in etc, like ebay. Then when click each item you are selling to view it there is a nice little box in the top-right of the page saying how many pageviews there have been and how many people have added to their 'Watchlist' Yahoo are original, they were first to come up with many of the selling options there are today, the 'Buy Now' option and 'Resubmit' option for example, Yahoo not ebay. So if your auction doesn't sell first time (which it quite often doesn’t :-) it automatically resubmits upto 5 times, without you having to do a thing! You just sit looking at your email inbox, waiting for an email saying 'Congratulations, your auction closed successfully!). I almost always use Yahoo for selling stuff, who cares if the stuff doesn't sell first time, it might not on ebay, but at least it's free!! No listing fees, no fees for extra pictures, no final value fee, no fees for a thumbnail picture!! That’s the selling bit over, but is it good for buying? Depends... when do you want the item? If you want an item quickly you will have to use ebay, as there will probably be many more of the same
                      item for sale, with one finishing soon. If you want it cheaper, and don't mind maybe having to wait a little longer, just look on Yahoo. Rare items, such as import CDs, are also found in larger numbers on ebay, but are usually cheaper if you wait for one to appear on Yahoo. Good things come to those who wait! Mind you Yahoo has one other very useful feature, the 'Buy Now' option. On ebay the 'Buy Now' option disappears after the first person has bid. The buy price is usually a lot higher than the first bid price anyway and is not usually worth using. On Yahoo the buy option stays throughout the whole auction, and is also available on Dutch auctions, which means you can use it to sell off a lot of things quickly. When it comes to non-paying bidders, I have experienced and heard about just as many non-paying bidders on either site. The Yahoo site has a much better search engine. It allows you for a start to search closed auctions, to see the price items have finished at before, this option was introduced to ebay.com but not ebay.co.uk. I have found this feature very useful, as I can work out if I am selling the item for too much, or paying too much for something, or if I have a real bargain! :-) When you search for a product it also lists underneath whether the item has a reserve price, something which can be annoying on ebay is you have to click each product to see if it has a reserve or not. This also saves more time. One last extra feature the Yahoo search has is, after completing a search, it then has 2 links at the bottom to go straight to a 'Description and title' search or a 'Completed Items' search. I think I have covered must points but to sum it up, Yahoo who has better selling and searching facilities, but not that popularity edge, for some reason. I hope you find this review useful :-)

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                        Whether you get a Zip Drive or not depends on what you are going to use it for. Zip drives are very good at transfering data from one machine to another. Data is quicker to write than a CD-R and the bonus is it can be re-written as many times as you want. If however if you dont have a very big hard drive, and you want to use it for storing large amounts of data, its probably not a very good idea. Zip discs cost a lot more each, and have a smaller capacity compared to a CD. Yep they are much better for transfering data as even the Zip Discs themselves are much less prone to damage as CDs. I have to say I don't use the Zip Drive much, I don't know many other people that own one, so I usually end up sending smallish files by email. I do find it very useful for when I download things at work. There we have cable connection, and it saves me a lot of time at home if I can download it there and bring it home.

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                          I don't know whether to think of Magic The Gathering as game, a collection or a job! I started to become interested in Magic a couple of years ago, when I saw some fellow class mates playing the game. I started to watch them and learn th many rules involved in this advanced card game. Then idea of the game is to get your opponent/s life down from 20 to 0. You do this by attacking you opponent with a variety of creatures and sorcery cards that you pick up of your deck. This is fact just a more advanced version of Pokemon, with many more cards. You use land to create the neccessary 'mana' required to play a creature or sorcery cards from your hand. A creature stays in play until an opponent kills it with either a stronger creature of with a sorcery. More about how to play the game can be found at www.wizards.com Magic is a game for 2+ people. Each person really needs a deck of about 60 cards. Anyway I bought my first starter deck then I was hooked. I played the game, only to realise I kept being beaten, I needed to spend more money, in order to get the better cards. Several times I saw collections of other peoples cards and was tempted to start a collection of my own, but then I realised this was just too much of a waste of money, and I came to my senses. Realising their was a popular market for Magic cards I started to buy a lot in bulk, keep some of the good cards to make better decks, then sell the rest on. The best way to keep some cash in your pocket and still have a good deck is this. Research on the internet how to make a good deck. Then buy some cards or boosters on an online auction site (there a heck of a lot cheaper), then make a good deck. Dont be tempted to collect them, there is far too many of them and they won't gain any value through the years. Also take breaks in playing Magic. If you think that you don't like Magic cards for a while, don't chuck them all o
                          ut, because suddenly some rainy afternoon you'll enjoy a good game of Magic with someone. This game is really only enjoyed by kids and teenagers upto about the age of 20.

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                          • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                            Ebay is a really great place to buy and sell stuff. It is the most popular auction site and has many, many people visiting it. If you want to sell stuff to a larger number of people than on Yahoo Auctions for example, this is the place to do it. The only problem is, you have to pay for it. I sell quite a number of things of online auctions, the majority though costing less that £15. To do a dutch aution for 20 things that cost £1.75 on ebay costs £1.25, but on Yahoo it is free. Here is my guide to buying and selling and which sites you should do it on. Want lots of people to see the item you are selling and don't mind paying: Ebay Want some people to see what you are seeling and don't want to pay: Yahoo Looking for a bargain: Aucland or Fsauctions Want to buy new products cheaper than in shops: QXL Generally I find the prices when buying things are cheapest on Yahoo, but you'll just have to wait a while before it comes up. A strange thing on ebay is that if you want the product you are selling to have a buy price, that buy price disappears after 1 person has bid on it, therefore making it impossible to have dutch auctions with buy prices.

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