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This laptop was bought as i replacement for my three year old laptop (acer).
I was nearly conned into paying for microsoft 2010, me being stingy : ), I did not feel like I needed it. The salesman made me feel like the laptop would not work without it so I purchased it, opened the laptop, charged it and used it then returned the microsoft 2010 unopened. tut tut tut! Saved £97.
I am able to use microsoft 2003 for completing assignments.
I bought the compaq laptop from comet in greenwich for £360 odd, I was originally looking for a mini laptop but found that they do not have the cd drive i quickly changed my mind.
The laptop is not silent, you hear the purring of the fan all the time it never stops unlike my toshiba or acer its constantly purring. It does not disturb me but I feel like there is something wrong but there isnt.
I use her (compaq) at work to make bookings, watching dvd's, burning music, doing my coursework, online dating everything really and she performs well.
One thing that I would stress is that you should get protection against viruses and phishing scams for your laptop as it get corrupted if you do surf the internet and perform online banking activities. I am on the internet every day and feel a little addicted actually : ).
The inbuilt webcam is great too i dont use often it but when i have it has performed well.
I have experienced no problems at all with the laptop and would highly recommend it.
The price is reasonable, reliability and usage without being on constant charge. I can use the compaq laptop for about 4 hours roughly depending on what you are doing before needing a charge.
I own this phone and think its great.
It amazes many times through the course of ownership!! Before I bought this phone I had the blackberry bold 9700 but was quite bored with its limited use (watching bbc iPlayer) and complicated bluetooth sending and recieving cr*p. why make a simple option complicated??
I think the nexus one is easy to use and not complicated compared to the:
Apple iPhone 3, GS and 4
Blackberry Bold 9700
These phones are all in a similar league in regards to manufacturer, reliabilty, design, functionality and price.
Being at my mums on a sunday afternoon bored out of my skull, I decided to check out bbc iPlayer to see if eastenders would work on my phone and to my amazement eastenders loaded and i watched 3 episodes. Result, I knew that this was the one.
With a touch screen you lose the option of having a physical keyboard (Alternative Blackberry Torch) but if hi-tec touch screen phones are your thing then this is a market leader (as a user).
I paid £350 odd for this phone in may of this year and was quite excited and nervous at what I was getting, I had read the reviews on the nexus one and was thrilled to find I could buy it on eBay for a bargain price. It was advertised as new but did not come in the original box- no probs as you don't play with the box do you?? :), the original charger and cable, No manual :! (Daunting) however there is a guide buit into the phone even though people still want a tangible guide.
This is googles first (uk based) all touch screen phone supported by HTC, so they share similar features, like the actual interface.
Smooth body work :), many skins are available on amazon and are relativley cheap £2.99 onwards, screen protectors £1.99 and so forth
She is lovely to look at and hold
Her weight is 998 grams
reasonable 5mp camera
My nexus supports wifi (at home usage) and 3G when I am out and about
People dont know what she is...and ask..then i relay the benefits of her like a Jehovah's witness (Pro-JW-btw-lol)
You can visit sites that flash like gucci.com, nearly any site you can visit on a laptop or desktop you can do the same on the nexus one
built-in sat nav that does not require upgrading or subscribing to!! When you use google on a computer you can actually see the road the nexus one has that facility to!! Mant phones on the market now CANNOT compete with this Nexus one....dun kno- as my mate would say-LOL
touch typing is good - vertical or horizontal and fluid too, unlike the copycat x6 or 5530 BOO! I have had these phones too.
market is the place where you go to buy apps for your phone using the android system, has as vastly more apps than the apple store
You need a google account - very easy to set up
when your googlemail is set up you recieve your messages instantly, no waiting
auto-syncing your calendar, facebook to contact in your phone, contacts, note and other features to your laptop or desktop in case you misplace your precious phone
you can transfer you music onto this phone you don't have to convert unlike the iPhone 3 or gs.
Many things to mention but you should experience it yourself : )
Battery life is pants so I carry a charger everywhere, either a car charger or mains.
The screen has frozen a handful of times but you cant have it all, things are bound to go wrong sometimes. Fact!! I combat this by switching it off if that fails I remove the battery and it resets. Simple!!
Battery life- oh i mentioned that already and battery life....
When you experience one of these Nexus one's you know and understand quality as it set a bench mark for other. I have not seen a phone that currently matches in regards to price and reponsiveness that can make me want to sell or have alongside this phone as there are still features that I am yet to use.
However the closest would be the iPhone 4 but I would want to know what the limitations are on it before I bought one.
I have been a user of Internet Explorer for many years (over 10+), used Safari but did not like it too much, tried Firefox don't like it at all and now started using Google Chrome to which i like very much.
The installation was easy to locate and installed with seconds, it also has regular plug ins (adobe flash) that enable you to see flash settings on websites.
The speed is efficient too, its seems like it jumps to the sites really quickly i think its because there are no adverts or something, this also depends on the broadband speed you have too.
I like the interface, the security aspect, regular pages that you visit are stored so you can visually see the site (people learn in different ways) which is great for my son because we have the laptop and the desktop i don't need to worry about him misspelling the name on a website and accidentally logging onto a naughty site meant for adults.
there are many other aspects of the site like instant bookmarks (mentioned earlier), simpler downloads, automatic settings importing like passwords, regular sites you may have visited etc, the maps feature which i have also downloaded onto my iPhone...
I will continue to use it and recommend all to try it
I have been unemployed since january 09 fantastic way to start the year worrying about bills the dreaded mortgage.
I occasionally use the job centre for job searches and sources of information.
The process has changed from when i last claimed in 1997, back then you could walk into the job centre and to one corner there would be paper job boards that you would take information off and give to an adviser who would phone up and express the interest for you in the job. they would set up the interview and maybe just maybe the employer might want to speak to you. nice and simple....
now the process has changed in regards to job search, its great there are many methods of job search i.e. job booths in the JC, JC website, phoning the 0845 number for live searches, promotion of the direct gov website...
The sites i use on a more regular basisare office angels, reed, blue arrow they sites are great in addition to the JC, all you need to do is register your cv in a matter of minutes and you can apply for as many jobs that fit your criteria.
The JC offers advice on many aspects applying for jobs, applying for the many benefits they offer, job skills like cv updating, training once you have been claiming for six months, travel discounts and much more
i have heard people say that they feel like scum or embarrased when going into the job centre but they are there to help in times of crisis
There is more to the eye of the job seeker, many judge nowadays but you can't help your circumstances and have to bite your lip and ask for help. If you have done all you can to seek a job needs must....
Hello people, I am one of many that have spent £402 (cash) on a o2 iPhone...its been sooo worth it and the second I held the phone in my hand I knew it was the one.
The option I chose was the 16GB one so that I could download all the apps and music and i could use for many years to come.
I wasted my time getting something similar to satisfy my urge for another touch screen phone....I got a Samsung Omnia because I worked for T-Mobile. The phone was good if not brill for three months then I got the urge and did solid research for 24 hours, my partner thought I was crazy and indeed it was but knew i should have got it in the first place. I have a three month old Samsung Omnia to sell if anyone is interested btw for £220.
I was not following the trend and buying the latest gadget that comes out I did my research and figured out why i wanted one.
The iPhone is fantastic, apple has 15,000 applications that you can download (paid and free), and use to your advantage, the categories are
games, utilities, entertainment, social networking, music, productivity, lifestyle, reference, travel, sports, navigation, health and fitness, news, finance, business, weather, books and medical. I could go on and on about how useful many of the applications are, obviously you cant use everything but i have many applications downloaded onto my phone.
I have downloaded iTunes 8 onto my acer laptop (windows vista) so that i could sync my iPhone with it. I currently have two contracts and did not want to walk around with two phones so i Jailbroke my phone and can now use my T-Mobile sim card in it instead of the o2 sim. This cost me £20 and was well worth it.
Its very easy to use, the touch screen is very responsive, which is brilliant for surfing the net, you can pinch and zoom in and tap for zoom out again....i saw this and loved it. the screen does not respond to a stylus only human touch which is cool.
When using wifi your battery lasts for a day and a half but when you use 3G the battery last half a day it really sucks energy.
The phone is clear including loudspeaker, I was able to import my contacts from my sim to the phone, very easy.
There is a volume control at the side, the power button acts as a key lock aswell, there is a silent button that silences everything, there are two speakers at the bottom, the phone jack is located at the top, the sim card is located at the bottom.
You can also rearrange your applications so you have them where you want them, change the colour of your desktop, you can have your music as your ringtone but its not as easy as selecting music from a file you have stored-I have been told that you need to edit and format the file so that it is accepted by apple standard so that you can use it.
I must mention you can send picture messages you just need to download the application that takes seconds.
There are a few things I miss like, copy and paste, flash and java is not supported (this is one thing i checked) sites like gucci.com you cannot view via safari (equivalent to internet explorer), no zoom on the camera but then you can take clear photos, if u want professional shots buy a proper camera!! thats about it.
I would recommend the iPhone if you want a phone, ipod, gaming, internet access, notes, calender all in one place.
This phone was a must for me, i took this phone out on contract from T-Mobile while i was working there. I got it on an 18 month contract with web and walk total £50 per month.
the choice for me was either buy the iPhone cos its a phone and has games, so i would not have to carry a nintendo ds around with me or buy the samsung omnia. The omnia does much moe than the iPhone. For example the iPhone has a 2 meg camera where by the Omnia has a 5 meg camera and has video calling.
In regards to looks the phone is hot hot hot, its slick modern black shell feels lovely and smooth. I got a case for mine from the elephant and castle for £4 which was a bargain. very much needed to protect the outer casing.
The Wi-fi is great and pretty fast for surfing. my reasoning for buying it was that i could check my assignments, read and check emails on the go. This can be the case but because of the low battery cells i find that if i use the 3G service the batterydoes not last long, so i tend not to use the internet as often. I don't have a car charger so thats another thing i have to buy.
Now the software is brilliant but assessing some of the applications can really slow it down, i have changed the sensitivity of the screen so i can be as responsive as it should be.
I like the widget which is on the today/home screen, its the feature that allows you to pick and choose what you want on your home screen.
the built in email feature was a pain in the bum and still is honestly as i try to send and recieve my hotmail email, the deleting messages from server comes up and refuses to sync, i have tried deleting the account and starting gain. it has jarred me no end. I can download my aol email with ease.
The phone is reliable and has not given me any problems to which i am greatful for.
The camera is good not great unlike my n95 camera ( carl zeiss lens), when i take a photo with it i have to keep still because the photo will smudge. not really impressed with it but use it nevertheless.
The talk time is NOT 500 hours more like 48 hrs standby and talk time 4 hours talk time, this was based on reasonable usage.
If i had the choice i would go for the 16GB option even if i had to pay some change for it.
The one note is great for quick notes (shopping list), i also use mine as a diary.
Options for games is not great i tried to download tetris and connect 4 via java specific for the omnia but both games needed the keyboard numbers to be pressed so i delted them. I need to find touchscreen games....i have tried google search. you get two standard games bubble breaker and solitaire i play this all the time.
sound quality is okay not great my n95 is much better. there is no bass these isn't a problem with the speakers.
I have had my dyson dc08 for two years and i have not any problems like loss of suction, parts breaking etc. My one is the grey and white one nice and simple.
I bought it from currys for £159.99, i had want one for ages but thought that they were expensive so i put off purchasing one.
I took the plunge and got it when we moved into our new house.
suction is the only thing that i have an issue with, sometimes you hoover up bigger bits of dirt and it will activate the filter to give off a muffled sound, until you clear the blockage.
also a slider of how much power you want like on other hoovers would be a nice option but i think that dyson are trying to set a standard.
emptying the dyson away can be a little tricky if you press the wrong button, the rubbish could go everywhere. I use a old shopping bag and open the dust compartment within the bag.
I would suggest buying one everytime, i have bought cheaper and inferior products and wish i had saved myself time and money and just ought this instead. I have had over 8 hoovers in the last 10 years.
I had this car in 2006, the model ihad was a 1.2 3 door automatic, i found that the car was easy to drive. After i had the car for about six months i noticed that the auto selecter was lacking, so whenever i put it into drive there would be a delay longer than normal.
I took it to the renault garage who claimed that it would cost £1200 to fix, a local garage quoted me £800 i declined both options as i had just paid £2000 for the car, the tax was due and also the mot. I got fed up and sold the car.
The car was slow and lagged behind, i have driven nippier cars like an 02 punto, vauxhall corsa. The automatic clio is not the only clio i have owned, i also owned a 1.2 R reg 3 dr clio, this car was more responsive.
The body work was durable and the engine did not give me any problems, the car had central locking to which i upgraded by putting in an alarm system which gave me remote central locking.
the seats were confortable for short periods. There were safety bags in the car.
if you do decide to buy one of these cars please make sure you get one that has been looked after, services notes and treatments for the engine makes a difference to the drive. This is one thing that i do for the engine and drivability.
maybe this car would suit someone who is a first time driver.
This is my tv, i bought it in 2007 from comet brixton, i was offered an extra warranty but decided to decline it because i have contents insurance. I paid £1099 for the 40 inch bravia lcd.
Two weeks later me and my partner were looking at other products in comet and i decided to look at the tv section to my surprise my tv was there under another offer £1149 including the glass stand and a surround sound with 6 speakers. I spoke to the manager and whinged a bit and then offered me the rest of the package for £50. I was well chuffed.
The TV comes with a silver remote even though i think that a black remote would be better fitting.
the tv is fantastic it has picture in picture which means you can view something on another channel similar to the sky plus system; built in digital channels; different screen options i.e widescreen,16:9, 4:3 and so on; mute, teletext, swap, power saving, sound mode, picture mode, sleep timer and lots more
the surround sound is faboulous it eliminates the need for a separate sounds system, the bass provides great sound, and if you are watching a film you can hear everything.
the surround sound model is the DAV DZ111 dvd home theatre system, it comes with a bass booster, centre speaker and four smaller speakers with long speaker wires that you put anywhere you want.
it works well with my sky box but my sky remote does not or can not control the volume.
I have had no faults at all, i bought it because of the name and reputation even though i could have bought a LG for £200 less and a bigger screen.
at the minute this is in my front room and i think it would be better suited to a bedroom or games room. the next one will be bigger and again another sony.
If you think i have missed anything please mail me, thank you
This product is fantastic, i am so into gadgets and when i saw this i just had to have one.
I saw it in b&q for £69.99 and bought it with the paint pod. I originally wanted a sprayer i saw on the shopping channel for £49.99 but when i went i did not see the one i wanted.
The reason i decided to buy one was because we had just bought a house and it needed heavy duty decorating.
while painting all you need to do is press a button and paint comes running
the paint pods are expensive compared the normal manual paint tubs.
I loved the fact that i did not have any washing of paint brushes or trays with painty water to dispose of.
When you have finished painting all you need to do is press the drain button and it drains the remaining paint from the tube and back into the special pot. You then add water to the container within the paint pod and press the wash button, i will admit that the wash and draining is noisy but if you leave it in the room you have just painted and close the door you will be fine.
it takes around 10 minutes and two trips to the tap. You then need to drain the dirty water and you are done.
its a great product to have, you don't need to get dirty or messy washing different pieces of equipment.
its something i would suggest buying, it makes painting a room quick and easy as you don't have to stop while you finishing your job.
I bought this fridge this year in january from comet in wembley and paid a reduced price. At the minute the fridge is sold in argos for £899 and many other stores for around the same price. I went in there to look and was really not expecting to come out of there with a fridge reciept.
I was looking at the getting something completely different because everyone gets a silver fridge (i previously had a silver hotpoint fridge left at the last house).
I was so excited when the fridge came, it was big black and glossy. The body of the fridge is black but mirrored so you can see yourself on it. It was placed in the front room as it was so big me and my partner took the doors off. This was not complicated at all, full instructions were left, the only thing dangling was the filter cable, this was easily clipped back in place.
You need to buy a filter every six months so you get fresh water, oh one thing i did not mention is that after you have bought the fridge you need a plumber to plumb the fridge in.
The fridge has to be plumbed in for the ice dispenser can doits job, you have three settings cubes, crushed and pellets of ice.
The settings on the front are the child lock, express freeze, fridge temperature 1 bar to 5 bars, freezer temperature 1 bar to 5 bars, light/filter button (so you get filtered water), and a dispense button.
the fridge has legs underneath so if you have uneven floors this fridge will be stable.
inside the fridge there are boxes that store food to a temperature that is suitable for you.
the fridge comes with glass shelves three on each side and two boxes as mentioned above. The interior light is located at the top of the fridge and is bright.
at the back of the fridge you normally see the curly metal system, but with this fridge there is a metal plate covering everything.
its a pleasure to own, if you are considering getting one i would suggest measuring your space very well before submiting your order.
if you think i have missed anything please do not hesitate to mail me
Jollof rice made easy, i am a new cook and find that this way you save money as you don't need to cook everyday.while struggling to pay my mortgage i have to cut down on certain things like takeaways and ready made meals.
this is my recipe for Jollof rice, its an african dish: its so versatile that you can add whatever meats you choose.
JOLLOF RICE serves 4
1 kg / 21b meat or chicken
2 chillies (liquidised) your choice
I onion (liquidised)
11tr / 2pints stock
I onion (sliced)
3 fresh tomatoes (sliced)
200ml groundnut oil
I bay leaf
I clove garlic
I teaspoon curry
I teaspoon nutmeg
salt to taste
Wash the meat or chicken, season with garlic and salt. Place to cook until tender. Wash the rice and leave to drain. Heat the oil and fry the cooked meat until brown, remove from pan and fry the ground tomatoes, onions and chillies for 10minutes. Add the tomato puree and seasonings, fry for another 5 minutes, add the washed rice and gradually add the stock, stirring con tinuously.
Bring to the boil and reduced heat, cook for 15min utes until nearly soft. Add the sliced tomatoes, onions and fried meats. Stir cover and allow to steam until all the liquid is well absorbed. Serve hot garnished with meat pieces.
try it and see what you think, at worst you house will smell like tomatoes. ummmmm
I have worked for Gapbuster for 2 months and i am disappointed, I have been on 19 assignments and have not been paid YET! The pay is rubbish (i thought it would have been better) but its not.
i thought that maybe gapbusters want serious people to do the surveys but i feel conned because i have not recieved payment yet. when or if i am paid then i will update this review.
I did a mcdonalds assignment. I had to check the service, quality of food, and speed. all of this for £3 quid. Yes you get to eat Mcdees food but i am still waiting to be re-imbursed. and to top that off they pay you what they think the correct cost of the meal and it varies from £3.49 - £3.69 and NO you don't get the difference so in effect you could be working for £2.55. what the point???
If you eat in Mcdees regularly then fine, if it does not cost you anything to get to the mcdees then fine. but if you have to pay to get there then it really is not worth it!
there are many other agencies out there that you could work for and not have to put your hand in your pocket.
covert is the best they pay you real money if you have your own equipment. I have not done covert but have read about such companies like retails eyes. it is not regular work either.
be wary of such companies theyrequire you to spend your own cash!
I am a new avon rep and and found that i am a beauty hogger, i loved buying new products when they hit the market and spent an absolute fortune. so now i can buy them a little cheaper also recommending avon two for one
I have frizzy hair and need serum but what they cost in the shops is not a laughing matter!
If you have all over frizzy hair yes this helps please don't think i am suggesting you cut off all your hair but if you have DRY ENDS then they need to be cut off because you are stunting the growth of new hair that needs the nourishment the old dead hair is taking away.
I recently tried the advance techniques daily results dry ends serum this products is great, it actually worked on my hair. I have a lot of trail and error because my hair tends to reject many products.
It contains UV filters the for added sun protection, which is good as the sun damages your hair and dries it out. all you need is a few drops and you can instantly feel the product doing it job.
Really and truly if you have dry ends you should cut them off, hair is dead from the nanno second it leaves your scalp, but if your chicken like me then buy serum to protect your hair length. I am not keen on cutting hair even to keep it healthy i want the length even if it does look funky.
This serum mends and nourishes your dead hair, sorry if being brutle but advising the truth.
Frizzy hair is not a good look and needs to be maintained (cut off), this product does the job well. I bought mine for £1.55 for a 30ml bottle woo hoo bargain huh.
Just remember everything you do have an effect on your your hair skin and nails, your lifestyle, eating habits, smoking and drinking, sport, stress and so on.
I think this is a blooming great product as i have to tong or straighten my hair on a daily basis, i find this product fab.
I bought it from Tesco for £25 which it first came out, I rushed out and bought it. To be honest i was expecting something different to what i got.
The babyliss system consists of a hair dryer, big bristle brush and straightener, so yes the product is noisier than a normal hairdryer maybe its close to my ear or something (No i dont have big ears...lol). It has three settings medium heat, high heat and cool. My hair is thick and it works with all hair types. It does a good job at lengthening my hair at the roots as i am frightened of the tongs they use at the hairdressers. Yeah i have been burnt too many times but its something you get used to.
I have also found that i could have bought this product at dagenham market for £15 instead but at least i know that if i have a problem i can take mine back to tesco and get an exchange or refund.
I have owned the babyliss hair styler for eight months and it performs well every time.
I have found that strands of my hair have broken off within the tiny hotplates this does not happen with a ceramic straightener also bought from tesco.