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Having been a long time Internet Explorer user, it took a while for me to actually try out Firefox, despite many people telling me how much better it is.
Once I had taken the plunge I realized that in many ways they are correct. The thing that makes Firefox better for me is the add-ons. You can find add-ons for all sorts of thing.
Want to know how long you've been online?: Get TimeTracker
Want to block those annoying ads?: Get Adblock
Want to block security vulnerabilities?: Get NoScript
There are all sorts of apps to do all sorts of things, and if you are that way inclined you can always make your own.
If you don't like the layout of the browser, then you can change it using one of many "skins". All free to download.
It may have taken a while for me to switch to Firefox, but it will take a lot longer for me to ever switch back.
When time came to replace my graphics card I asked around my friends, and read reviews and consistently heard good things about the ATI HD4850. At around £110 it was a low-mid range price, with many sources reporting that it was performing similarly to £500+ cards.
Once I had settled on the HD4850, I used dabs.com to search for a card. Although there were cheaper cards, I chose the ASUS as it is a brand I am familiar with and trust to give good quality.
When it arrived and I installed it in my machine I was suprised at how much better than my old card (ATI x1950 Pro) it was. It can happily run almost anything I throw at it on full settings.
I have used it to run:
Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty 5
Guitar Hero III
All without any problems at all.
A really good card, at a really good price.
I bought this TV around three years ago, when digital incorporated into TV sets wasn't expected as a minimum requirement.
Although a reasonable set, with basic inputs, it doesn't shine as a great TV.
The picture is decent enough for general TV viewing, however when using for PS3 console or text it isn't very good. The picture just isn't that clear or crisp. Another area where this TV is average is the connections that it offers. While there is a single SCART, an S-Video and an RCA input, it lacks a VGA connection. To connect more that just my PS3 and required digital box I have to start switching between leads.
The remote is solid and well-made, the sort I'm happy to drop without worry of breaking! The remote isn't the simplest of remotes, but its not majorly confusing. Just ignore all the buttons you don't need!
Overall an average TV. There are much better things on the market, but they likely cost much more too.
I had heard good things of this game, and was a fan of the voice control of SOCOM in PS2 days, so I got hold of a copy and a headset.
Set in World War III you are cast as the commander of troops in the battlefield, and you must encounter different scenarios to progress with the storyline.
The storyline seemed to be just a way to tie together different versions of the same scenario. You start in one area and must proceed to different points to secure certain locations or destroy the enemy troops.
While the premise of using a microphone to command your troops is novel and intriguing, it wasn't implemented that well. Not only did the voice recognition system commonly misunderstand me, but the actual phrases to control a team are pretty long winded. This left me using the gamepad a lot more that I felt I should for a voice command game.
Nevertheless I had a good go at the game on normal difficulty, and after the first couple missions I found the number of units I had to control completely swamped me. I'm sure there are people who enjoy the chaos of controlling 10 different units against enemies who are pretty tough, however I found it disheartening.
Each unit has strong and weak points. Tanks are good against foot soldiers, but weak to helicopters etc. I found it difficult to remember in the heat of battle which unit to send against which enemy unit.
Overall I found this a very tough game, which I quickly gave up playing.
Bose are known as one on the premium manufacturers of audio devices, and this set clearly demonstrates why.
The sound clarity and quality across the range of volumes is staggering. There are no tinny or weak sounds, just rich crisp output.
I have used these speakers in a large venue (a large shop) and it is truly incredible how they can fill the space with sound without even needing to be at full volume. Even at full volume there is little to no distortion in the sound.
I would recommend these speakers to someone who likes their music, and wants to treat themselves to an incredible set of computer speakers. The build quality of these is superb.
The only downside for me is the appearance of the set, which I'm not that taken with, however that is just my personal opinion.
A quality piece of kit for the discerning music lover.
This is, without doubt, the best mouse I have ever owned.
It is comfortable, responsive, and its most important feature, hugely customizable.
While the £70 I paid for it is certainly a lot of money, it was very well spent. I have used this mouse almost every day for the 2+ years I have had it, and I now dislike using any other mouse.
The mouse wheel is incredible, and quite rightly emphasized by all of the reports about it. When using spreadsheets, word document, websites, games, etc it can scroll at an incredible rate. If I want to scroll to the bottom of a huge spreadsheet, I can do it with ease. I just quickly tested, and with 1 quick spin I can fly through 100,000 excel rows. Just one spin..
With such a fast speed you may be worried about accuracy, however fear not! You can change the type of scrolling from "free spin" to "Click-to-click" which changes the spin type to the same type as a standard mouse. You can change how the mouse spins depending on speed. If I scroll slowly on excel it will stay on "click" mode, but above a certain user-defined rotation speed it will auto switch to "free spin".
You can change what any of the mouse buttons do from a list of options, as far as having the option to input multiple key press such as "Ctrl + C". This is extremely useful for working with documents and also in games where I can map different commands to different buttons.
The customization doesn't stop there however. You can select a different set of button settings depending on what program you are working on. In word I want to have Copy, Paste, Page Down and Page Up mapped to my side buttons, but when I switch to my internet browser I now want Forward, Back, New Tab and Switch Tab. The Logitech software automatically detects which program you are using and loads your specific button settings immediately.
The amount you can customize the setting of this mouse brings its only downside as far as I can see. It can be quite confusing and time-consuming to set up all your program button definitions. While you can set just a base configuration and leave it at that (all programs will use the base configuration as default and only switch to another if you have defined it specifically) that does limit the functions of the mouse. For anyone who is pretty computer savvy will have no problem however.
A full charge of the on-board battery will lasts for 2-3 days of heavy use, and most likely a week of occasional use. Charging is done via a neat little docking station that sits on your desk and plugs into the mains.
Connection is wireless, with a small USB receiver. Range is not huge at around 2 metres, so you cant use it as a remote from the other side of the room.
I bought my Canon EOS 1000D around 6 months ago, having never owned an SLR camera before. I was attracted to this model mainly because of its price point, but also the quality of camera that you get for your money.
While the EOS1000D doesn't have the top specifications in the SLR world, it certainly give a lot of bang for your buck. While it is tempting to choose a cheaper camera such as the Nikon D40 as a first SLR, the performance and quality of the Canon is certainly enough to warrant the extra money paid.
Having used the camera in a variety of circumstances, I can attest to how easy this camera can be to use.. however as your move around the mode dial there are more and more options to choose from for the more advanced user.
One thing I was slightly disappointed by was the software bundled with it. It seems slightly confusing, with many different components to install, with little indication to what each did. Some even appeared to do the same thing.
All in all however I really like my Canon, and would recommend that anyone searching for a decent low-price SLR should definitely look at it as a serious choice.