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Me and my girlfriend decided we needed a computer to help us do our computer related university courses. We looked at all the pre-built 'top end' desk top computers and discovered they were out of our small sized student budget. So we decided that we had to build our own, we didn't have a clue about computers to begin with but soon got up to speed with decent research. The best places for research are web-sites and the big pc magazines. Most of your time should go on the research of the motherboard as this is the hub of your computer. The motherboard what components will go in the computer( e.g. amd or intel). It is worth spending alot on your motherboard because it will be more upgradeable and will be more future proof (it is easyier to upgrade the components that go into the board than changing the motherboard itself), like the saying go's building 'good foundations.....' etc. We bought an Asus p3v4x motherboard(see my opinion), 128 mbs of ram, celeron 433mhz processor,seagate barracuda 20 gigs hdd. We decided that it was not worth spending alot on the processor as they get out of date so quickly that there is no point buying the quickest as things like ram and the speed of the hdd effect performance just as much. The rest is easy and then you have put it together, a bit like lego but the parts are more expensive and a bit larger. Putting the leads in the right places is probably the hardest bit, but the motherboard manual should tell you how to that. We ordered all our parts from dabs.com, insight, jungle and simply.co.uk internet sights and found them to be good value ( especially dabs = free delivery). We have added other components as our budget allowed, that is the advantage of building your own. Don't be scared its dead easy.
Personally I find the Big brother show very interesting not because of the show but because of the huge response it has had almongst the public. Everyone is talking about, whether its at work, in the pub or at a party. It has evoked such feeling within the british people I can't help thinking the cameras are on the wrong people. Even the football has been forgotten about ( england ?). Everyone hates Nick, your supposed to, where would the show be without a baddy? Its ingeneous in its construction and timing, only today would such a show be acceptable and interesting. Psycholigists must be having a field day looking in on this mini experiment, able to see every move and conversation. I wonder how they arrived at the sum of 70k such a bizarre number, not much really considering what the victims are put through and how much the show is now worth. The producers must be thanking there lucky stars that Nick turned out to be such a villain, or did they already know? Or did they tell him?
I went on holiday for three weeks to the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux to a place called Arachon in Aquitaine. This is the place where the french go on holiday, they don't go to the mediterranean because there are too many tourists and it is too expensive. I'm certainly not going to argue with the locals. The climate is very similar during the day to the med as there are more onshore breezes which help you cool down and is good for flying kites.The beaches are virtually empty and the sandy beaches literally stretch for hundreds of miles. The sea is significantly less polluted and smelly, while being a touch colder offers more variety than the mediterranean, be warned though as there is a strong current( there are lifeguards though). To eat and drink out there is just as much to offer except there is significant drop in price and it is very affordable. To get to this part of France is very easy as there is a motorway all the way there. I would recommend this area of France as an ideal alternative to the med, for anyone who is sick of the high prices, over crowding, and polluted sea.
My girlfriend has had a Speedfight 100 for 2 years from new. Although, the new model has come out, it is still a head turner - yes even those big boys on their ZX9Rs have a good look at it. The engine only has 9.5bhp (untuned), but can out-accelarate just about any car on the road. There has been many a time my girlfriend has arrived home with a huge grin on her face from doing XR2s and astras (the list goes on and on) at the lights. However, it is limited to 60mph, but in town and cities, who cares? Its a great run around and only costs about a fiver to fill up, being used everyday this only has to be done once a month. Servicing costs are low, but the battery has had to be replaced twice (that's once a year) because the immobiliser saps it. If the battery is dead the only thing that is affected is the fact that you have to kick start instead of pushing a button. This can be quite cumbersome because you have to stand from the side of the bike, while it is on its stand, and lean over it holding down the brake handle and give it a good shove with your foot, it's not as easy as a proper motorbike. This is the only pitfall, but you do get a factory fitted immobiliser which gives you some peace of mind. The battery costs around £20 which is'nt too bad. Other than that it is very reliable. It also has a built-in lock, which has been found to be very handy. Just rap it round a pole or something. Once you get your technique right it only takes a couple of seconds to secure your bike. It is 1 metre long which is sufficient, but you can't wrap it round the back wheel so you have to find something to secure it to. It is very light and easy to manoevure. The seat height is quite high, my girlfriend is 5'3", so when seated she can't put both feet on the ground. The handling and suspension gives a fairly comfortable ride and good cornering ability. It's great because everyone thinks "because
it's a scooter it quite slow", which obviously isn't the case, the 100cc engine gives you excellent accelaration to get you away from the traffic, which means avoiding those idiots on the road who can't be bothered to look whose around them. However, as you get to higher speed i.e. 50mph this is much more difficult - so don't think of overtaking on a dual carriage way because the car you're overtaking just might decide to change lanes into you.
My mum owns this car and I have to say that she is very lucky indeed to own this car in particular. No it may not be the fastest sports car on the road or the most exciting. It is testiment to the handling and safeness of this car that my mum, not the best driver ( Sorry Mum ), drives it very fast. It just sits on the road and refuses to budge. The engine is responsive and has loads of low down torque thanks to the supercharger. The interior is swish and the seats hug your body and you feel reassured. Now the best thing about the car is the roof, what a feat of engineering, in about 45 seconds the car transforms from a smart looking coupe into a sexy looking convertable, wow. Its amazing, and it all fits snuggly into the boot and there is still room for your shopping . What a bargain 2 cars for the price of 1 !!!!
This was the first Massive Attack album I bought. It was recommended by a friend so I thought I would give it a pop. I must admit Massive Attack before I bought this album weren't on my top list of artists. How things have changed, this is a massive album. It is a mix of alternative sounds and a mix of instuments. In many of the songs there is a modern beat but out of know where comes elecric guitar, its so refreshing to hear an artist prepared to mix stlyles and genres in one album like this. The songs without being at all cheesy are melodic, moody and rhythmic. If you fancy a change and possibly the best album you could ever open your ears to it buy this album.
A mixed album containing some of the best dance songs that you'll hear and some that only get played to the background of BBC documentaries. The song from the guiness ad is in it and when turned up load in the car it sound pretty good. But then as that song finishes you are bombarded with a possible less good song. The album lacks fluidity and presence but it makes up for it with 2 or 3 classics thrown in between the rubbish. I do like this album but only in fits and starts. Not as good as Leftism but then what is?
If you buy a midi all in one system you are being ripped off, its offical. I think it is all too easy to walk in to a shop and buy everything you need in one system for 400 quid. The salesman will tell you that you are getting a bargain because you get everything included and the sound quality will match an equivalent separates system. Now, get yourself down to Richer sounds, spend no more than 200 quid and you will have a more powerful, slightly less ponsy looking, good quality hi fi. The midi systems look gruesome with too many flashy bits and tacky features. Mostly they offer big bass features, the bass on these hi fi is rubbish, it just boomy.
The boss cyclone is a very good cleaner. It is very light and is easy to push around the house. It has amazing cleaner power through the 1300 watt motor and the air is noticable cleaner afterwards. This is probably because the air isn't dragged through a bag, and because there a 3 filters cleaning the exhaust air. The cyclone bit is pretty good and seems to work and you get to see all the crap you have just picked up spinning around. The only trouble with this cleaner is that it does rely heavily on the 3 filters and they do get clogged up very quickly. We have also broken two drive belts which seem to snap too easily when you pick up a rug or something. Having not to use a bag is a big advantage and you can really smell and see the difference.
Oxford is not very nice if you live there or have to use it as your local city and facilty center. The problem is that as Oxford is the major town in Oxfordshire it offers virtually no public amenities and leasure attractions. There are no out of town shopping malls, cinemas or bowling facilities. When we want to do the above we go to Swindon, Cheltenham or High Wycombe. The clubs are few and far between offering Park End - Snobby and bad attitude, Fifth avenue - Under 18's only, The covern - Riot gear required ( good music though ). Other Clubs might have appeared but I don't know about them. Basically Oxford is dirty, polluted and has been under invested in, the only nice places surround the uni.
Amsterdam just kicks arse out of anything to offer in the UK (apart from London). Not just because hash is so easy to come by but because it is so alive. Down every street and side alley is something new, wild and completly weird. Never in England would the red light distict be such a safe and clean place where you can walk through with your gran without fearing for life. In the small hours the city comes even more alive, the clubs only open at midnight, and people seem to appear from everywhere ( That could be the hash though ). I'm lucky because my dad lives in The jam so i don't know anything about the accomadation but its probably cheap. Good places are the Museums of course, The areas around Dam square. Also for clubs go for the south of the city centre where you will find squares full of clubs and bars. The only trouble with Amsterdam is the price of alchol and eating out costs alot too.
Well, what can I say, I first read this book when I was 15 and in the 7 years since then I have read it 3 times and it is not a small book ( 1000 pages ). I don't read many books but I partically like this one, it has everything, excitement, in the form of battles, quests and the amount of different characters. It has romance. It has twists and there a lot of those. It is basically the story of Frodo Baggins and a magical ring that makes him disappear. The baddy in the form of Sauron needs this ring in order to complete his set of rings so he can become all powerful and rule the land. The book tells the story of how Frodo has to destroy this ring ( because its the only way of making sure it never falls in to the wrong hands ) with help from his friends which include Gandalf ( from the Hobbit and a wizard) , varous elfs, hobbits and a human called strider and other names. Strider also plays a very big role in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Turok 2 is a very big game with 8 massive levels. It is much better than the original with many more option and a high resolution expansion pak compatiblity. The horrible control system of the orginal can still be chosen but you can also select far easyier arcade setting which helps. The game has more to offer than the orginal with many more weapons and features. One of the weapons includes a brain seaching weapon which finds an enemy brain then burrows its way in to the head then explodes blowing it everywhere, indeed some of the weapons are amazing and very destructive. The only draw back is that is possibly too big and there are too many things to do and you find yourself losing interest as you cover the levels over again in search of things you've missed, which you will.
I reckon i'm at bit of an expert when it comes to unions, no only have I studied at 3 different uni's I also have visted many on sport trips. The Leicester union is a bit af a Tadis, it is not much to look at from the outside, 60's granite etc, but inside it is a maze of interesting shops and various bars(4) and clubs(3). The main club area at the bottom is massive and there excellent night there every night from, an 80's piss up to Danny Rampling at new year. The Main bar being the Redfearn has been recently refurbished and enlarged is very good, offering a wide selection of beer at a good price (£1.40). This university has by far the best bars and clubs out all the universities i have been to.
You need never buy any music ever again in your life....Unless you like going to shops for the experience,which is fair enough. But for most of your music all you need do is download from Napster. It is frighteningly easy and with a 56k modem takes around 1/4 of an hour per song. If you have a free isp like me it will cost you nought. If like me you tried to down load mp3 from other places it was incredibly difficult and took ages to search for the song you wanted. The Napster search takes about 5 seconds to find you want, then you click on it then your away. The only problem with Napster is that as it gets more popular it has become increasingly difficult to get connected to the Napster server.