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I got these as a Christmas present last year; I needed speakers with volume capabilities, as well as a large range of frequencies for music production. Not only were the above criteria solidly ticked off my list, I got the coolest looking speakers I (or any of my music production crew) have ever seen. First off, they sound awesome; the sound is excellent - well-rounded, and the quality doesn't fade as you scale up the volume like a lot of speakers. The volume control is really cool, it's a touchpad on the left stick, that responds to the slightest pressure. The bass-level dial is at the back, doubling up as the power switch. They were really easy to set up; all cables were self-explanatory, and when you switch them on they light up - making them look even better. The fact that the sub-woofer points up means that you can place them on the floor, and you don't get nearly as much sub getting absorbed by your carpet or whatever, or indeed into your elderly neighbour's house! Perfect; pricey, but so worth it!
Until recently, I was a PC guy. I've had countless computers - all of which were Windows based. In all honesty, I was kind of reluctant to make the transition to Apple, simply due to my long-standing loyalty to PCs. However, I bit the bullet - and I'm kind of at a cross roads as to whether I made the right decision. Let's start with the positives, and they come in spades. The MacBook pro is sexy, that's for sure. And you don't get sexy PCs. It sounds crazy, but it just feels nice to hold, and to use. The processing speed is awesome; the display is vibrant. The user-interface was initially a little tricky - but that's just because I'm a Windows person, and it's far more compact than not only previous laptops I've had, but also others currently in the market. On a side note, it's also awesome that Macs are much harder to clog up with viruses etc. But I do feel as though my money's been lost somewhere in translation. I mean, of course, yes, it's a great computer, with the spec to back up the pretty exterior. But it's a computer; does it need to look cool? Could I have spent £1,000 less, and gotten myself a PC with the same processing power and memory for the sake of a less chic design? I like the odd video game too, and while the MacBook certainly has enough guts to run even the latest games, most aren't compatible unless you split the hard Drive in two and have a Windows partition. It's a PC in a Mac's body! In any event; it's a a powerful machine, with equal measures of awesome design thrown in. It's basically the Lamborghini of computing; expensive for the sake of the "look what I've got" factor, and it might be easy to match the functionality in a cheaper, less fashionable brand.
The way to capture the mind of the reader is to leave them asking questions - and this is certainly achieved in Stephen King's: The Gunslinger. By the end of this introductory narrative, more questions were proposed than they were answered, which shrouded even the humble beginnings of this tale in mystery and suspense - incidentally, a feeling maintained through the rest of the series, and even after the finale. Undoubtedly the master of horror, King is able to more freely and eloquently craft his story when there is no sense of impending doom, and time is not of the essence. I found myself lost in the landscapes, and the intricate contextual preludes, which served as fine support for the relationships to be formed later, and as a perfect way to elucidate Roland, in an environment which contained no means to display his expertise otherwise. As soon as I'd finished this book, I was in to town to buy the next!
I had my iPod Touch for around 6 months, and was largely impressed! I'm not so good with touch-screen gadgets, but I found the iPod to be very easy to use. There's nothing wrong with the sound quality, and it was thin enough to carry around unnoticed, unlike the iPod Classic. However, this is also one of its major drawbacks. The slightest pressure upon the iPod caused the screen to become distorted and pixels to run haywire all over it, making it impossible to use any further. Not happy! The only other drawback, is that the apps begin to leech your memory capacity fairly quickly. I couldn't hold nearly as many songs as I'd hoped without having next to no apps at all. I should've stuck with the Classic! So, overall - nice looking, compact and user-friendly. However, a bit on the fragile side, and with a small capacity based on the price.