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    • Microsoft Xbox / Games Console / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      24.04.2002 19:25
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      The X-box was released on 14/04/02. A major date in gaming history. The first games console to be released with a hard-drive and ethernet port built in. A 733mhz processor with Nvidia graphics card, 8Gb Hard-drive, 4 controller ports and being backed by microsoft, who's owner is the richest man in the world. That's all you need to know. oh yeah, as well as outstanding graphics, lightning fast frame-rates and developers queing up to produce games for this system. Great, you thought. Then you look at the price tag £299. Ok, too much. it's alot of money to pay that much for the actual console but then you've got to pay £45 for the games. **UNTIL NOW!!!!!** Microsoft have now announced that their console will drop to a mere £199. Excellent for those that yet have to purchase Microsofts baby. Bad news for those who have already bought one?? NO, those who have already bought one will get 2 games and a controller free of charge. Brilliant news.

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      • Gemini PT-2400 / Turntable / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        16.11.2001 01:32
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        I became interested in Dj'ing about a year ago but only decided to buy some turntables 5 months ago. I wanted some decent ones, powerful direct drives that would be able to cope with alot of pressure and scratching etc.. I looked around for a long time and finally decided on the Gemini PT-2400's. They are one of only few turntables to contain an L.C.D display that displays pitch change, platter speed and direction. This is useful for dark locations where you can't see the pitch slider markings, you can just look at the illuminated pitch display and see what pitch change you are at. The build quality is of a high standard, although the casing is plastic it seems very strong and holds stability well. It would have been better if the casing was metal but you can't really complain. If the casing had been metal then the turntable would have been very, very heavy. The tone arm is completely metal which isn't the case on cheaper turntables. The tonearm is very strong and stable which is very important to scratching and just basic mixing. The tonearm has full height adjustability and anti-skate settings. Weight settings ca also be changed by adjusting the weight on the end of the tone arm. You can either increase or decrease the weight. The platter is made of metal, with a rubber mat fitted underneath to reduce the loud noise if the platter is accidentally hit hard. The platter is easily removed from the motor if the need be. There are strobe dots on the side of the platter all the way round, so that when the strobe light is shone on the dots when the platter is rotating you can check if it's rotating at the correct speed. If the turntable is spinning at 33/45 or 78 the large dots in the centre should be stationary. This turntable has a pitch increase/decrease of +-10%, which means that you can speed up or slow down the platter by up to 10% of 33/44/78 rpm. This is essential for any DJ and 10%
        is enough for most records to be mixed. Pitch bend buttons are also included that allow you to increase or decrease the pitch only when the button is held down, the pitch then returns to normal when that button is released. There is also a quartz lock button, which when pressed automatically sets the pitch change to 0%. This means that it will return to exactly either 33/44/78 rpm. When the quartz lock button is pressed a green light shows up next to it. The Quartz lock has been scrapped, that means that there isn't a click at zero, when you move the pitch slider, it's a totally smooth action. A dust cover is also included, dust is a DJ's worst nightmare! The strength of the motor is 2.2kg/cm witch is very strong, stronger than Technics!. You also have target light which is used to see the record when you are in a dark location, this is activated by pushing a button, it then pops the light up. With this turntable you get a 3 year warrantee, so they are built to last for at least three years, although they will last longer. There is also a reverse button that allows you play you records in reverse for special effects etc.. This is easily done by pushing a button in the far top left corner, a red light lights up and the turntable operates in exactly the same way but backwards. There are adjustable legs on the bottom of the turntable that allow you to adjust your turntable to the desired height, this is adjusted easily just by twisting the legs. A The start up time on this turntables is very fast, as soon as you push the button they they reach the desired speed. The electronic braking system is very quick, when the push the stop button they stop in less than a second, and when i say stop, the stop completely still. Although one of my turntable doesn't stop completely still, but that doesn't effect performance. Peformance wise this turntable is up with Technics, torque, start/stop/ p
        itch accurancy and reaction times, all meet up with Technics. Overall this Turntable is superb and i would recommend it to anyone. It's just a good as Technics but you save alot of money. If you want a professional turntable but can't afford Technics, then this is the only option.

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        • Flexilight / Gadget / 2 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          08.05.2001 04:15
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          If you have ever found that you need light in places that your ceiling light can't reach then this is for you. The flexi light comes with a unique bendy head which allows it to be put into any position, anywhere. It can be bent in any direction and no matter how many times you bend it, it won't wear away. It's made of a kind of rubber coated metal which is in sections, this is what allows you to bend it almost 360 degrees. The flexi light is base heavy so no worries of it toppling over and with rubber grips on the bottom it won't slide. The on/off button is positioned on the base of unit for easy access. The bulb is very bright, i'm not sure what wattage, but it's bright enough for anything. It comes in a veriety of colours, mine is blue. This light needs 2AA batteries(pencil batteries) which will power it for ages. The light feels very sturdy and could take many blows. So this light is very useful and no-matter where you put it you can shine light where ever you want.

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          • Domestic Violence / Discussion / 1 Reading / 13 Ratings
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            07.05.2001 18:00
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            Domestic violence of the physical kind is an ever increasing way of life for some of these poor women, although i'm not saying that some women beat their Husbands. My Dad's cousin died last year by being beaten to death by her boyfriend. When i say that you must think that he really beat her up good, well yes he did, but what really killed her was the fact that her head was bashed against the wall. From then it was just too much so her brain ceased to work and she was dead by the time the ambulance got her house. That man is now in prison and will be let out next year. Is that really enough for murder. The court didn't think is was murder and so was said to be man-slaughter, although she is still dead and was killed. Any of you women out there that are going through this right now should get out while you can before it's too late. There are things that you can do, surely your father knows alot of people that could sort him out! I think that the man who killed my Dad's cousin should be locked up with the key thrown away. He wasn't a phsyco, which means he knows what he's done and hopefully is waking up knowing each day, he will never forget that.

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          • Shepherd Neame Spitfire / Beer / Cider / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            05.05.2001 01:42
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            Spitfire is a wonderful beer that is very full on flavour. It's quite a dark red colour which makes it look very strong when really it isn't. It has a nice taste which is bitter and refreshing at the same time. To get the full effect from the beer you need to make sure that you get plenty of head and air into the glass, it helps bring out the flavour. Now i haven't had a beer like this before, it's quite weak, about 5% but after a couple i felt giddy, must be something in it. This particular beer goes well with a curry and i would recommend it to anyone!

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            • T3 / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 13 Ratings
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              02.05.2001 03:39
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              Technology is a very fast and ever expanding concept which we rely on to help us develop. Technology is an expansion of our bodies e.g. the calculator is a quick way of working out calculations, an expansion of our brains. Us Europeans are usually the last to hear about and to touch the latest and finest technology. I think this is unfair and i'm sure you do. I, being a technophile, feel that we should know about the latest technology and be able to understand what's coming before it actually does. Behold: T3 The magazine is a mixture of reviews and previews of the latest technolgy and maybe what's coming. Within the magazine there's a "feature" which is different every time depending on what they have chosen to write about, it could be about televisions or anything. The regulars are: T-mail, which includes letters from the readers and answers or op's from the editor; Q&A, questions from readers and answers from the editors; Showcase, which shows the latest and most gorgeous technology, from DVD players to MP3 players; TechnoFile, latest technology from computer chips to infra-red mice; Made in Japan, hot stuff from the mysterious-east; Recommends, which is kit personally chosen by the expert reviewers; Next month, what's in next months and Un-useless inventions which is wacky, silly inventions. Last but not least is "On Test" which includes reviews on products which are in or soon to be in the shops. This magazone is the best technology magazine around and some of the technology that they show is so mind-blowing that you want a piece of it, but you know you can't. Some of the products are soo expensive that you would sell your house to buy it. Pictures are always used so that you can see what is on sale or what is consept. Sometimes they have concept products which look really cool and you would never think that it would become a product. You think it's concept but its not, that'
              ;s wicked. On the front cover is picture of a beautiful girl, there aren't any inside the mag which is strange. There are over 140 pages in this mag usually which is alot on just latest tech. The articles are well written, they are informative and fun to read which i think is essential. If you want to know more about the latest technology then get this mag, it's great for telling you the facts and figures and it's definitly not bias!

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              • Mission FS2 series / Speaker / 1 Reading / 7 Ratings
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                01.05.2001 01:44
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                These speakers are unbelievable! They would sound good if you lived in a broom cupboard. These give the ultimate "surround sound" experience. They use flat panel NXT technology in the satellites which ensures rounded 3D sorround sounds where ever you go. Don't be put off by how flat they are, they deliver brilliant sound. However cluttered and small your room may be these still deliver the proper "its behind you" audio. The set-up of these speakers is suprisingly easy and the wires are very discreet, but who cares if you've got speakers like this? You sould use this anywhere that you've got a player and a decoder worthy of these wicked speakers. You can put them anywhere you like, just make sure they can be seen. These are the best speakers i have seen and used. Watching the Matrix on a DVD player is great, you can actually think you're there! Anyway, they are expensive but well worth it if your an audiophile.

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                • Aiwa VX-FT21 / CRT TV / 1 Reading / 12 Ratings
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                  30.04.2001 02:58
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                  Anyone that has a 14" tele in there room will know that it's just too small. Playing Fifa 2001 isn't good enough on a 14", you just can't make out those players, if that's what i think i can see? Anyway this televideo is a fine solution, at 21" it's still portable (just) and as a dual-tuner televideo is able to perform normal combi functions very well. The big flat tube screen shows outstanding picture quality and that's what you would expect from the makers on Sony, (Sony make Aiwa, just in case you though i'd got mixed up) The two speakers on the side give out impressive sound quality and are big enough to be heard, and they even come with nicam stereo. The video is decent, with all the functions you'd expect, and the picture quality from the video is pretty good. You can either operate it from the front of the tele or do it on the remote. The remote is fantastic, better then any other tele remote i've come across. Overall this tele is wicked, and for the money it's not bad atall. If if what £100 cheaper, well that would be something now wouldn't it?

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                • Toshiba SD 200E / DVD Player / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                  30.04.2001 02:19
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                  Video giant Toshiba is one of DVD's biggest and most successful companies. They have a knack for producing players with superbly crisp pictures. Although sitting next to many other entry level DVD players this one isn't one to be dismissed. There are plenty of gizmos to play with all designed to give you the most of that digital disc. The build quality of this player is very good, it's solid and the buttons feel like they're made to widthstand "pushing". The looks are quite good, although it looks as though it's made out of plastic that's been painted silver. Then again, "it's what's under the bonnet that counts". Toshiba make players that are very easy to use, this one is no exception, except for the fact that the romote is very cheap looking. The buttons you're gonna use the most are very small and buried amongst other tiny buttons. On the fascia of the player there isn't much to play with, the only buttons that are there are: Disc 1, Disc 2, open/close and on/off. There are functions galore here, it has a dual disc DVD mechanism. On the back there is every kind of video out-put thinkable including RGB and composite(for plasma telly). These are all turbo charged with a picture enhancing feature called Anti-Aliasing filter, what change it does i don't know! Sounds alot, i know but there is more. There's an internal 5.1 dolby digital decoder and even has HDCD (high definition compatible digital). There is zoom, angle change, subtitle, 3D sound, random, memory and repeat. All you'll ever need! Just in case you were expecting a suprise let-down here, don't. The Toshiba is a belting player blessed with one of the best pictures available for it's price. It delivers razor sharp pictures. You owe it to your eyes to watch. There's ample bass and good muscle with action sound tracks. My verdict is that this player is blindinly good and it does everything
                  brilliantly. Picture-wise it's outstanding and for the price, well you can't go wrong.

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                  • Samsung S-P2450 / MP3 Player / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                    28.04.2001 03:23
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                    The Samsung S-P2450 might be looked down upon at first look, but as i always say "don't judge a book by its cover". Believe it, the saying applies here. This CD player is neat, simple and stylish it will more than happily provide for all your listening needs. There's a vertically loading CD player, which i think is aot better than any tray loading mechanism. There's also an FM/AM tuner and -yes, wait for it- a detachable MP3. Burn your tunes straight on and take them with you where ever you go. The detachable MP3 isn't just a way of selling the Player, oh no, this MP3 player is very good, it's manufactured by YEPP. I'd say one of the best MP3 makers around. The MP3 player has all the basic functions of a normal MP3 player and is small, light and full of life. The CD player is fitted with a prallel port, it can access all your tunes from your data base of MP3s on you PC. To get maximum sound from CD player i would turn "p.sound" on to get best surround sound. Also to improve performance even more i would put the player somewhere where it's not that near other electrical equipment, i found that this way there isn't sound interference and the sound waves will be able to bounce all over the room and give you the best sound you've ever heard! This player is great for the money, a CD player with radio and MP3 player, you'll pay much more if you buhy separate!

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                    27.04.2001 00:58
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                    This camera is in the mid-range of the digital camera market, it's great for beginners. It contains a great 2.1 megapixel CCD (the chip that converts images to digital data), it's able to take high resolution images with minimum fuss! But that's not all, it also has an 8mb smart media card which means that your able to store a whopping 89 images and a 640x480 resolution, that may not be that good but 89 images is great. It utilises a USB (Universal serial bus, you just plug it in and that's it!) interface so it's incredibly simple to plug and play; and upload you wicked images. I found that this camera was very easy to use and great at taking pictures, the battery life is also very good, although i didn't actually time it. This camera doesn't come with any software so you'll need some photo sotware, you can download photo software for free from "www.shareware.com", search for some software and then your off. £300 well spent i'd say!

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                    • Sony DVP FX1 / DVD Player / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                      27.04.2001 00:37
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                      This player came out last summer. At the time it was the lightest, snazziest and best-performing portable DVD player available on the planet. This player has outstanding performance and is slim enough to fit into the pocket of your jacket without ruining it. The player has a 7" screen which i think is big enough for any portable, but it doesn't stop there, the screen of a very good quality with the picture quality being way above average. The clarity is superb. It also supports DTS, but you'll need a decent surround sound system if you want to test it out. The player has light compression software which means that it plays DVD faster without picture skipping. I have used this player on the train and it budge, even if knocked. With bright sunlight on the screen you can still watch the movies, it doesn't really effect it. You can also play CD's on this, plug in your headphones and your away! You can smooth scan to get to the best bet in the film. At the bottom right of the player there is a cool section circle with arrows on it for secting and movement, without this nesat touch you would be lost. The build of the player is top quality and would take many knocks before it packed in, which i would hope it wouldn't do anyway. The finish on this product is also very good, it looks as though it's worth it's weight in gold! I say if you want a player and don't mind paying £1200, then buy this one, for the money it's the best on the market.

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                      • Youngs Damselfly / Beer / Cider / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                        23.04.2001 22:34
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                        I was quite suprised with this one. They say it's brewed with elder flower, i wouldn't be able to tell you if this was true or not because i've never eaten this type of flower before, or any other flower for that matter. Just drinking this beer would be taking away the point of it. Surely if it's brewed with flowers, which are meant for smelling, then this beer has also got to be smelled. When you first open thsi one, to really enjoy it and take in the full flavour, you must really smell it and concentrate on taking in all the different aromas(i sound like the bloke off "food and drink" on BBC2, i'm ashamed). Then, obviously, you must drink it. You will then really understand why i told you to smell it. You will taste all the flavours of this beer including the flowers, and it's really nice. Imagine putting the wonderful smell of a flower into a drink, then tasting it, this beer is it! Anyway i've gone on long enough. Enjoy this beer, i know you will.

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                        23.04.2001 04:46
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                        This beer is really quite strong and very full on flavour. I'm very fond of Shepherd and Naeme and this one is one of the best. I enjoy drinking this one during an Indian takeaway, i don't know why, i just do. This beer is very dark in colour and i think it has a very distinctive taste, like beer and cinamon, but only a small amount. You can't really taste it that much but the cinamon is definitely there. This really is a very fine beer from the best brewery, give this one a try it's a gooden.

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                          23.04.2001 04:10
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                          I looked at the label and thought how horrible it would taste, but for a laugh i bought it just to see what it would taste like. Expecting it to disgusting i was quite suprised when it was really nice. The chocolate aroma is quite distinctive but not enough to take away the beer taste, you need to concentrate to taste the chocolate but once you do it makes you think how strangely nice it is. You wouldn't think that chocolate in beer would taste nice, alot wouldn't, but this beer really brings out the quality of chocolate in beer (laugh). Anyway try this beer and i'm sure you will like it, for all you alcohol lovers and chocolate lovers alike it's a real nice blend.

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