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    • Nokia 2330 classic / Mobile Phone / 41 Readings / 37 Ratings
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      Simple powerful phone with everything you need!

      I have a Nokia 2330 as my work phone, and it does the job its supposed to, works for phoning and texting and the occasional photograph. It actually does a surprising amount of things for such a simple and small phone.

      Its got the Nokia indestructible qualities about it, which is good, you can drop this phone and it won't break or fall apart (and we don't have a carpeted floor at work). It has a Nokia BL-5C standard battery inside, a colour large screen, a single rear camera, and a hidden ports for charger, earphones, and usb data cable.

      The screensaver on the phone shows the current date and time, which is really useful especially when you don't wear a watch these days. Once you get inside the phone is has Contacts, Call Log, Gallery, Media, Organiser, Applications, Web, and Sim Card Services.

      The features inside allow you to do the simple things call and text message anyone, but also allows you to send Multi-Media Messages and long text messages. You can synchronise your phone numbers with you're address book, the phone has profiles for different occasions (Loud, Silent etc), can play Music, Video and Image clips and store them.

      The camera can take photos as well as videos, and also has a full fm radio receiver built into the phone. The organiser has a calendar, alarm clock, notes, calculator and to-do list. There are three games built into the phone as standard, Galaxy Balls, Snake EX2, and Sudoku. The web function has links to the browser for viewing the internet and links to the Nokia sites.

      All in all a compact powerful basic Nokia mobile. It requires charging about once a week, but I do only have it on during the day. It uses the newer small Nokia mobile charger adaptor. Very reliable and simple phone.

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      • Nokia 3120 / Mobile Phone / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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        05.07.2010 12:52
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        Cheap and cheerful!

        The Nokia 3120 is a Nokia stalwart phone, very reliable, and great battery life. Probably in 2006 when it was released and the other reviews done it was state of the art and top of the market. Now for me it is a superb spare/reserve phone.

        The Nokia 3120 is a mobile with a colour screen of just over 1 inch. It has no camera, and is limited to phoning, texting, the alarm clock and a few games. It has an address book and very very basic internet links which I must say I never ever used.

        However what makes it so great is that it is indestructible, you can drop it, throw it, chuck it, and whatever else and it survives everything you throw at it. It also never locks or freezes up, whatever they built these early Nokia's on the operating system works a treat.

        Considering the lack of what the phone can do, the battery life probably isn't great, I have to charge it twice a week to keep it alive, I leave it on all day and night. It takes the Nokia BL-5C which are readily available on eBay if you need a spare.

        The phone was unlocked when I bought it and only cost me £20 after 18 months ago. So a bargain for a spare phone and reliable, easy to use and great in the car.

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        28.06.2010 17:44
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        Great router for my broadband!

        I have a Thomson SpeedTouch 585 for my BeThere (www.be.com) broadband connection who lease you the router. A fairly standard offering, with wired and wireless connectivity available bolted on an ADSL2 Modem. Offers a max speed of up to 24Mb broadband, and in my case I get 12Mb broadband through my line.

        The router is pretty good in sorting itself out, the setup is harmless and the router does what routers are supposed to do, run in the background and keep the internet connection up and fast. It does occasionly drop out and reconnect, probably once every few days on average, which is standard to any router I've had before. I have computers wired into the network, a network hard drive wired into the network with a network printer and laptops wirelessly connected.

        All in all it is happy transferring large files between my file server and my laptops without issue and is happy playing HD content over the wireless connection.

        The only one time I have had problems with the wireless connections I had to reset the wireless passwords and encryption to factory settings and just reset it, which took about 10 minutes and all happy again. The only other problem was with BT deciding they wanted to cut my phone line off.

        I've had it now for almost 18 months and a very happy customer of high speed broadband for £17.50/month!

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      • VW New Polo SE Specification / Car / 25 Readings / 22 Ratings
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        22.06.2010 21:53
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        A great little car for the city and country.

        I'm the proud owner of a new model Volkswagen Polo Moda since February this year. After never having the money to be able to afford a more expensive model, a new job, and more work travel and I decided to splash out on something nice, reliable, and modern to get around in.

        After a fair amount of research and originally looking at the Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion I, I decided to wait a while and get the new squashed down Golf that they called the new Polo. Released in 2009, it wasn't an easy model to track down actual cars in dealerships. The new Polo Bluemotion was still 12 months away, so I decided on getting a Polo SER model, not too sporty but powerful.

        Cue the dealer and being told I will have to wait 3 months to get an SER in the country, I can get a Polo Moda within a few weeks. Having a look round what I initially called a "chavvy" car due to the rear tinted windows and sports trim, wasn't actually that bad. The windows look worse in the showroom lights, and the model has a lot of useful features. The addons you get, iPod link, folding keys are pretty inexpensive compared to buying them seperately. So eventually with my old Peugeot falling apart I went for a new Pearl Black Moda.

        After really good service from the VW Dealership, I ended up with my brand new car after 3 weeks (in the snow in Feb) and have been very happy since.

        The car has been well behaved, its nippy in traffic, decent fuel economy, and good on longer drives. Its comfortable with fully adjustable chairs, steering column. Electric demisting mirrors for ease of use, and climactic air conditioning that was much better than I'd used to.

        Some nice touches, the boot hatch switch is the VW logo, there is a dual level boot, iPod attachment is in the glove box out of sight. Plenty of storage under the seats and side draws.

        Insurance went up about £30/year from going from a 1.1 Peugeot to a 1.2 New Volkswagen Polo, which is encouraging and good on the pocket. Overall a very happy driver of a VW and probably will go back for another!

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        22.06.2010 21:32
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        Great powerful monitor, great for watching HD movies on,

        After purchasing a Dell ultrasharp monitor for home, it feels weird when I go into work and have to work on my (boring) normal monitor. The Dell is vibrant, powerful, and precise. Superb choice for a monitor for gaming and for using and browsing the internet, and watching movies. The minimum you can really use now for watching TV and movies on a computer is 19" and this really starts to fit the bill.

        With its DVI and VGA Inputs you can plug it in to almost anything (short of a HDMI port its everything). With DVI you get the full experience of HD Video in all its glory, and with a wide variety of HD content on the web now, its a must.

        The on screen display is good with easy navigation straight into the options, and good choice of options, with an auto setup for the novice. I didn't have to change any settings from the out-the-box setup for it to be fine for me. If anything you could turn the vibrancy of the colour down, but it's worth keeping it and you do get used to it.

        The only thing that would tear me away from this monitor is when the prices of 22" and 23" monitors come down to more afforable prices. I wouldn't go back to a standard monitor now after having an ultrasharp one!

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      • qype.co.uk / Internet Site / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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        08.02.2010 20:56
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        Your local reviewer

        Qype is a European review site with 1000's of members and 1000's of reviews for cities all over Europe with reviews of all sorts of venues, shops and restaurants in every city. Members can join and post reviews on businesses and venues on whatever they like. Anyone can view reviews all over the world.

        Every review has a description and location of the reviewed venue, as well as a map of where it is. Then come the reviews of the venue, which contains the user content, a 1-5 star rating, and tags of the venue. You can also upload any pictures of the venue you have got, and now any videos you can link to that are on Youtube. Qype also gives you recommendations that are similar to the venue or local to it, on the page for the venue you're on.

        In my city Southampton, there are about 15 regular reviewers mainly writing reviews about shops, restaurants, and bars. There are reviews available for almost everything in the city centre and also for loads of stuff on the outskirts, so a pretty good spread of reviews.

        Qype have special levels of membership for their members. The Qype Ninja is the best level and you used to get used an extra special ninja gift pack when you got there. Qype also have competitions every so often for posting a set number of reviews, it's been amazon and virgin vouchers in the past.

        I like using Qype its not clunky and old looking, its fresh and easy to use and a decent resource!

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        • betfair.com / Internet Site / 56 Readings / 54 Ratings
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          18.11.2009 20:16
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          The ultimate gambling site

          Betfair is the UK's most popular gambling site, not very old in the betting game compared to some of the larger (mainly offline) bookmakers in the market. It's not what you can call a traditional bookmaker in any sense of the word either, first off its a betting exchange where you bet and lay (bet for and against events) and also there are huge numbers of markets not all sporting you can take part in.

          There are only a few betting exchanges on the web you can use and Betfair is definitely the largest in two ways, the number of markets and the amounts staked. It has a simple to use platform that even amateurs can use and work out how to bet and lay markets easily. The bets that are made have to be matched to bets that are layed against them on the same market. You can see how much money is matched and unmatched at each price on each market. And give you an indication of what odds you will get, you can also place offers on the market so if the price gets to the one you offer you're bet will become matched and be bet. All unmatched bets when the event happens are refunded; you can undo any bets that aren't matched.

          It shows markets in real-time as you get to the event and there are markets that are run in-play while the event is actually taking place. These are generally for the more experienced as markets in-play can change extremely quickly as the event unfolds, you do have a five second delay on bets placed.

          Betfair markets cover all the normal sporting events and plenty of the foreign and not so normal sports! It covers other events such as Big Brother and other non pre-recorded TV events and political events. There are even some financial bets, you can bet on the movement of the markets.

          Also if you haven't got enough to do on Betfair you can play Poker, Casino, and Games. You will need to download a separate program to play Betfair Poker, it's not the best platform for playing poker out there but it does have a large amount of different games and levels you can play.

          I must say I discovered Betfair originally to get some cashback from a cashback site, as it was £25 cashback for a £10 deposit at the time. But I've played on all the betfair platforms and still play Poker occasionally. It is definitely a essential tool for any matched betters out there as well.

          Betfair do take a 5% cut of any profit you make on any bet, this becomes their commission and is the only revenue source they take from the betting site. There are no other fees involved, if you lose you don't pay any commission. You can deposit via debit/credit card, PayPal, clickandbuy, and bank transfer. You do have separate wallets for sports, poker, and casino and have to transfer money between them when you want to play each. It's all fairly simple to use.

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          • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 44 Readings / 42 Ratings
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            11.11.2009 16:21
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            A shop for everything

            Amazon is a huge online store made up of a mixture of Amazon products and private sellers/businesses selling through Amazon Marketplace. They sell everything you could imagine from Computers, audiovisual, clothing, Home & Garden, Games, and much more. The main reason I use Amazon is from having lots of vouchers to use, the site is competitive on most things to buy but usually not always the best site out there. Always be careful you are on the British site at Amazon.co.uk as when you search sometimes you end up viewing Amazon.com.

            Navigation on Amazon is pretty easy; there are specified categories you can go to browse through those or you can search specifically for items through the whole site or in a specific category. The categories are pretty good for getting the items you're looking for, although as you get several pages through you often tend to find less related items.

            Amazon sell a large amount of their own products, and you will find thousands of products that Amazon have in stock at the time, they also tend to have thousands of product on 2-5 day order and I've found that they supply very well in the time they say.

            Along will all the items that Amazon list, you can also buy from Amazon Marketplace where other people and companies sell items to the public through the Amazon system. You can list most items on Marketplace to sell, and buy lots of items as well. Most people list with their own photos of the items. You can separate items from Amazon and Marketplace by a link in the left menu that allows you to pick Amazon items by clicking Items with Supersaver delivery.

            Amazon have three types of delivery, their slowest is Supersaver delivery which is now free for any value of order, it generally is 3-5 days behind other orders. They're normal delivery is Royal Mail 1st Class and costs a reasonable amount for the order most times, about £1.50 for a CD, about £2.00 for a DVD etc. Their premium delivery service you can subscribe to for £50 a year is called Amazon Prime, and they dispatch items immediately to you, you can add up to four addresses to any Amazon prime account. The supersaver items are usually send by Royal Mail 2nd class or Home Delivery Network. The premium items are usually courier next day as well, either DHL or Home Delivery Network, all traceable.

            There is cashback available for all orders at Amazon and Amazon Marketplace at 3.75% from QuidsInUK, currently the only cashback site that offers any cashback for Amazon orders. It's a bit different to normal cashback, so read the instructions carefully when doing it.

            Amazon really is a great place to shop with everything in one place, I've bought kitchen appliances, Garden tools, electronics, clothes, as well as the usual cd's, dvd's and games. And sold lots of things on Marketplace in the past, which I've preferred to using eBay in the past at times.

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              10.11.2009 20:20
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              Great cashback site, lots of clicks, good forum.

              A fairly new cashback site for me, but after several really good reviews and recommendations and having a look around, and seeing lots of daily clicks on there to do (almost as many as GetPoundsBack) I decided this would be worthy addition to my daily routine. Not the tidiest site out there, and in my initial impression I think its run in more of an amateur capacity, but once you work your way around the site its pretty good and very comprehensive with everything you need.

              They offer 100% cashback on all you're shopping and between 50 and 100% on all the daily clicks on the site, lots of the smaller ones are at 100% and just some of the higher value ones are a few pennies less than they should be. There are lots of merchants on there, organised into categories that are fairly simple to work out. The gambling category has some good earners which I might have to do some of at a later stage.

              There is a comprehensive list of daily clicks paying up to 4p per click, including plenty of multiples; you can end up with a good amount every day. All the usual daily clicks are there, and there are lots of different Urban Stone and Homewarea clicks, each 3 a day at 2p per time. Invariably at the moment, all these new clicks, Price Digger, Urban Stone, Homewarea, Cascade Compare, and Searchchief seem to be off for system updates at some times at least once a week.

              There is a forum on the site, which is very useful at times when you need to know about clicks and tracking etc. The owner posts regularly on the site forum with updates and responses to questions. The only gripe I have is its quite hard to navigate, where most sites put a phpbb forum into the site to make it easy.

              There is a referral scheme but it is quite hard to find on the site, took me a good while to find. You have to go to "Manage My Account" then "My Friends" and you can find you're referral link. It doesn't tell you on the page how much you earn per referral; you have to search to find you can earn £2.50 per referral when they reach £25. You also get loyalty points, 1 point for every transaction that you do, I didn't even realise you got these until recently when a review told me about them. Apparently you can donate them to one of the sites charities or when you accumulate so many you can redeem them to your account.

              The minimum withdrawal is £25, which is annoyingly high for most sites, but won't take too long here. You get a £2.50 joining bonus on the site, when you join. There is an annual admin fee of £5 which runs from July to June. You can get paid by BACS and Cheque, cheque payments incur a surcharge of 57p, BACS are free.

              Overall it's a good site; you can earn a £1 a day at the moment from just the daily clicks, which is mostly what I do there. But it's a jumble of a site, and can take time to find out where everything is.

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              • thincheese.co.uk / Internet Site / 40 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                If you need a no fee site, its great. Otherwise its only good for daily clicks.

                I won't make this a long review, as Thincheese is identical in operation to Fatcheese in many ways.
                Thincheese is a sister site to Fatcheese.co.uk, run by the same owners, Maya and T. Very similar in looks, just differing in logo and the means in which its run. I can only assume this was asked for by members of Fatcheese who didn't want to pay any fees.

                Thincheese is a completely fee free site, no annual fee, no withdrawal fees for any method, but the trade off is you only get 50% cashback from all merchants. There aren't huge numbers of merchants on there at the moment buy they are adding lots of new and existing ones on there all the time. There are a good number of daily clicks on there at the moment so you can earn some good pennys.

                I have found my balance goes up nicely, nowhere near as well at Fatcheese but it's all extra. You can use the forum on Fatcheese if you want to ask any questions about the site or its merchants.

                They do have a referral scheme which pays £1 when you refer a friend that earns £5 received.

                Over in all if you want to purchases, the advantage of having no fees and losing half the cashback means Fatcheese will almost always be a better option for you. Otherwise this is a good runner for daily clicks and signups and will definitely keep some money rolling on.

                Link to my Fatcheese review:
                http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/internet-sites/fatcheese-co-uk/1334097/

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                Great day out on the Jurassic Coast.

                Lulworth Castle isn't really a castle before you ask it's a hunting lodge that was designed to look like a castle when it was built by Thomas Howard in the early 17th Century. It's part of the larger Lulworth Estate in Dorset, with local attractions like Lulworth Cover and Durdle Door in the vicinity. It can be found at BH20 5QS for mortals with satnavs and for the rest of us it's just to the west of Poole on the south coast, before you get to Weymouth. If you look at a coastal map you can see the perfectly formed cove of Lulworth standing out on the coast.

                We spent a day in the area on a trip from Southampton, it didn't take long to get to, was well signposted all the way in. It is near Ministry of Defence land, and if active exercises were taking place you could expect to have been diverted around them. On the day we visited Lulworth Castle and park, Lulworth Cove, and Kimmeridge Bay. Then on the way back stopped at Tower Park, just outside Poole for dinner.

                Back to Lulworth Castle, the estate as you enter is really rather grand and you feel as though you are entering a grand hunting estate of a lord or gentry. As you get up towards the entrance there is ample parking for everybody visiting, it was a fairly nice day when we went there, and there weren't too many people there. When you get out the car you realise how big the estate is, as you walk up to the Castle. The grounds are where they hold the festivals 'Camp Bestival' and others.

                It costs £8.50 for adults and £4 for children to get in. You get access to the Castle, grounds, Church, and to the farm for this. They have a shop in the entrance with all the usual tat you can buy, but it is actually quite good for that kind of shop. They also have a restaurant on site, which was the most disappointing part of the visit on the day. Its not bad to look at, but the staff seem so demotivated and don't actually seem to care at all with what they're doing. The prices aren't cheap a little more than you would expect even for it being an attraction. A very disappointing experience and I'm glad I didn't order food as you could see a steady stream of people complaining about the food or the lack of it appearing.

                Once you're in we went up to the Church which you walk around, we didn't go inside but it really gives some excellent shots for the camera and is pretty well looked after. From the church you walk up to the castle which is pretty huge as you approach it. You go up the steps to the main entrance to enter the castle. When you enter the "castle" styled Hunting Lodge you immediately see the current state its in. Which is mostly still identical to the state it was after a fire devastated the inside of the lodge in 1929. Since 1988 they restored the windows, roof, and one tower of the lodge to show you what it was once like. Inside where you can see from floor to roof its quite amazing. On the main entry floor you have displays and photos of the castle before and after the fire and what the rooms used to be before they were devastated 80 years ago.

                In the tower that has been restored, there is a large staircase up the tower to the roof, from which you can see all over the estate, down to Lulworth Cove, and back inland for miles. I took some really breathtaking shots on the Lulworth Estate which up there. If anyone is interested I can send the pictures. When you get back down the tower and carry on down into the basement there are lots of displays. Some are related to the estate and others seem to be a rather random, like a display on firefighters in Dorset and some on kid's toys through the ages.

                Outside the castle, we left at the rear and walked through the grounds we came to the chapel, which was closed while we visited. It's supposed to one of the finest pieces of architecture in Dorset, built in 1786. It's quite impressive alone from the outside. Walking round from the chapel you can head down to the animal farm, which is quite different to anything else on the site. The farm has lots of rare breed's cattle and sheep, and an array of rabbits, peacocks, turkeys, ducks amongst others. Some of the animals are wondering around freely, s o you can get close up. You can also feed some of the animals. There is staff around to help people with the animals and get the most out of it.

                Overall I was much impressed by Lulworth Castle, it really is spectacular for a day out and lots of varied things you can do. Just don't go in the cafe on site, use the cafe just outside the castle grounds or go into Lulworth Cove as there are plenty of restaurants around there.

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                • gmail.google.com / Internet Site / 49 Readings / 47 Ratings
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                  A pleasure to use, and you now don't even need an invite!

                  Google Mail (or Gmail) was launched in April 2004 by invite only, and invites were extremely sought after for over a year, and were for sale on eBay for fair amounts of money. I was very lucky to get an invite in September 2004, when I signed up for the Beta Mail and were immediately impressed by how fast and good it was to use. Moving from the slow, small, and clogged Hotmail service it was a breath of fresh air and the two other main e-mail providers Yahoo and Hotmail soon overhauled their offerings. Even when I had joined up invites were very hard to get hold of, I only had several invites for my first 12 months using it!

                  Gmail is based in java so very fast to load, and pretty universal working in every browser I have tried it in. They claim it runs faster in Google Chrome, but I haven't tried and it runs fast enough in Mozilla Firefox. Starting with 1 GB of storage space it's constantly expanded and still is expanding and now at 7.5GB.

                  Gmail groups e-mail messages in conversations, or by sender. If you are having a conversation by e-mail, it will put them together and only show you the last e-mail. If you load up the conversation it gives you the subjects of messages you've read, and bring up the new e-mails in full if they're new, it cleverly minimizes the bits from previous e-mails so you only see bits that are newly written, and new images. It also groups together e-mails from the same sender within a 24 hour period if they are similar, like duplicates so they don't clutter up your mailbox. I often find on my Blackberry I have tons of e-mails, and back on my pc there are only several as they are threaded. I have never found this yet to have done it incorrectly.

                  When you receive mail it goes into your Inbox and marked as unread, highlighted at the top. After you have read an e-mail it loses the highlight. You then have a couple of choices of what you can do with it. You can mark it as Spam if it is, you can Delete it, or you can do what Google recommend you can do and Archive it. This means you keep all you're e-mails forever so you can find anything you want just by searching your mailbox, as you keep saving e-mails your mailbox is also constantly expanding.

                  Spam and Trash messages are kept for 30 days before being deleted. I generally run at using 10-11% of my mailbox, I archive everything important and interesting and generally delete all the rubbish and marketing material, which in 5 years has meant me keeping about 13000 messages! The spam filter on Gmail works pretty well, and keeps a fair amount of spam in the spambox and a lack of interesting e-mails that get tagged as spam, I do have a quick look every few days though to make sure. I have found one this that is struggles with, is when spam senders replicate the sender as myself and the Gmail spam filter really struggles with that, especially if the subject of the e-mail seems real, or at least to a spam filter. This has resulted in a few a day recently at times, until the spam filter catches up with itself.

                  You can also mark your mail with stars, to remind you it's there, or mark read/unread as required. There is a project called "Labs" which lets you add customizations, themes, addons, and applications to your Gmail inbox, very much like the iphone applications, there are things that do all sorts of things. I've got a new theme on my Gmail and have added several apps on to help me use Gmail easier. Generally most the labs are made to help you do your job easier, but there some games and instant messenger's apps.

                  The biggest application for Google is Google Chat which is an instant messenger program that sits neatly down the left hand side of your mail inbox, it can do chat and video chat, and adds anyone you e-mail who also uses Gmail so you can build up a weird set of contacts. No one ever tends to use Google Chat if they have MSN Messenger as it is very basic, but I do chat to some people on there. This also has the basic Gmail Notifier built in which pops up in the bottom of your screen when you have new e-mail arriving in your inbox. The notifications are excellent for timing, they are quicker than your inbox can update in the browser.
                  The only other place I access Gmail is on my mobile, first a couple of years back on the Orange M700 Windows Smartphone and now I access it on my Blackberry. Both my original smartphone and Gmail Mobile in those days were fairly simple, and realistically you could only view and read e-mail in those days. Now Gmail has come a long way and reading and replying to e-mail on my Blackberry Storm as easy as doing it on my pc at home. The Blackberry Gmail program really is a pleasure to use, very easy and quick to view new e-mails, quick to load, easy to reply, and means I can keep up with my e-mail easily on the move.

                  Gmail have had a couple of problems over the last year when the system has gone down for a couple of hours at a time. Inconvenient but the system is fairly robust other than this, and unless they have future problems, I won't be turning anywhere else.

                  I have fell slightly in love with Google Mail since I got it, I find it incredibly versatile and easy to use. Finally the fast e-mail provider with tons of space and lots of funky new features wows me, I definitely haven't fallen out of love with it yet.

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                  • shopandscan.com / Internet Site / 80 Readings / 76 Ratings
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                    A good site to build up, and as you get trusted you get invites to more panels!

                    Shop and Scan run by TNS (Taylor Nelson Sofres) is a variety of panels which people participate in to provide user data mainly on shopping which is then provided to supermarkets and retailers showing shoppers habits so they can target us more and better. Shop and Scan Panels I know about are the "shop and scan", "food on the go", "sky usage", and "petrol" panel. I'm sure there are other panels they do, all are invite only and you have to wait, and you are usually rewarded for long service by being invited to other panels. You will also get surveys worth between 50p and £2.50 which you can complete to boost your points.

                    First of all you need to sign up at www.volunteer4panels.com and wait until your needed in your area. They will e-mail you when you can sign up. The first panel you will get is the basic Shop And Scan panel, they send you a scanner and uploading cable, and on your first scan you get 10000 bonus points. The points you collect are worth 1000 = £1, so it's a nice bonus to start you off.

                    The Shop And Scan Panel is where you scan all the barcodes on your shopping all week and then upload all the barcodes weekly on to www.shopandscan.com. They reward you 1000 points on a Monday for a successful scan, and if you forget you do get a couple of second chance Mondays to scan on Monday. Also recently part of this panel now is to scan in your receipts from major shops and upload them weekly with your barcodes which gets you an extra 500 points per week. If you do this regularly you get invited to other panels, if you are constantly missing weeks or late they will ask you to leave the panel and return your scanner.

                    The Food on the Go Panel is an invite only panel I have been doing for about a year now, you are asked to text in any snacks (food and drink) you have to them. You get up to 200 points per text you send in, up to twenty a week, and this applies to every member of the family texting in their snacks.

                    The Sky Panel you can get in if you tell them you have Sky in one of their yearly surveys, you get another survey asking you about your viewing habits, which you get £5 for completing and letting TNS record your viewing habits on Sky. This is all done automatically and an easy £5!
                    The Petrol Panel is a panel I have only been recently invited to, it rewards you for putting in your petrol purchases, and you get £2.50 a month for doing it.

                    You can redeem your points at any time for vouchers when you have reached £10. You redeem points at www.shopandscan.co.uk, they have a wide variety of vouchers available, including Amazon, Homebase, Arcadia, Argos, and plenty of leisure/restaurant vouchers. The only noticeable loss recently has been B&Q vouchers which I used to collect and they haven't replaced them after Woolworths demise. They send all vouchers within 5 days, and if ordering on a Monday you generally have them by Saturday at the latest. Orders over £80 will be sent by recorded delivery.

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                    • fatcheese.co.uk / Internet Site / 65 Readings / 65 Ratings
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                      What looks like a nice little stash building for christmas!

                      Fatcheese is a new player in the cashback sites market, only started in 2009. It was started by two of the staff from CashBackKings. I haven't received any money from Fatcheese yet so I can't comment on that side of things, but I wouldn't foresee any problems with payment as the owners have a good track record.

                      Fatcheese is a 100% cashback site, meaning they pass on all the money they receive from the merchant to you. They have lots of merchants, they have all the normal merchants I would expect to see, and all the rates are pretty good compared to other sites. All merchants are one click through from searching to merchant, no need to go through lots of unnecessary pages and wasted clicks. The site charges a yearly admin fee of £5, out of your first £5 cashback you earn over each year, which isn't hard at all to earn!

                      I'll start with the daily clicks on Fatcheese, the link to the daily ones is on the left, when writing this review they have £1.09 of clicks for every day. It's a huge list including Buycentral, Pricedigger, Cascade Compare, Search Chief, Compare Xtreme, Seek Something, Tintasearch, Urban Stone, Streme Deals, OfferAd, Kelkoo, Shufee and others. The list is in order of how much you earn from each click with the best paying at the top. You can do all the multiple clicks in one go, no resetting cookies in between every click, so one big run through to get the full amount every day, getting £1 + to track every day isn't hard at all.

                      Above the dailies are the no spend cashback, this contains 20+ sites offering up to £10 in free cashback with about 10 above £1 so some really good ones to get the cashback up. They include Blockbuster, Time Magazine, Equifax, IPSOS, Kingolotto, Emailinform, and Plum Prizes.
                      The site has an excellent referral scheme, offering £5 per referral when you have earned £5. The site has a forum which is fairly busy, with admins and members both posting, which is always good for a site. There's some useful info on tracking and some good offers posted in there. They seem to have competitions on the site as well, haven't done any yet though.

                      The minimum is £1 (after your admin fee), and you can request payment by BACS, Paypal or Moneybookers. This is very similar to CashBackKings in the payment side. Their payment cut off is midnight on Sunday, and they say you'll have the money in the bank by Friday. You can also donate you're cashback to charity.

                      What Fatcheese do offer is they promise to pay out any cashback that is for a genuine transaction, even if it doesn't track and the merchant then rejects the enquiry. If a transaction doesn't track you submit an enquiry after seven days and verify the details of the transaction. It remains to see how this will work in practice, sounds great in essence but we will see! This will also in general apply to queries, it takes 9-12 months before we can work out how well they're tracking really is, and how good they are at resolving queries.

                      I joined in September and in about 20 days I have £30 pending in my account all from free and daily clicks. So I'm very impressed so far, hopefully I can update with some extra stuff when it starts paying. Due in December so should be a nice Christmas bonus.

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                      • rewardlover.com / Internet Site / 60 Readings / 58 Ratings
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                        A good site as part of a daily clicks routine, but not worth using on its own!

                        Reward Lover is a sister site to Cash Back Bay and also owned by Dean Holland. The site is very similar to Cash Back Bay but doesn't have all the same merchants. The site is international when you visit it, but when you sign in it only gives you merchants available in your location. It does have the same unique selling point as Cash Back Bay where you get lots of the smaller cashback amounts can be withdrawn instantly as soon as they track in your account.

                        Reward Lover is a 50% site, only paying you half the cashback they receive from the merchant. They do have hundreds of merchants, all the main ones you would expect are on there, although you shouldn't use it for purchases unless you can't find it on a 100% site (such as TopCashBack, Quidco, GetPoundsBack, CashBackKings). They have sections for both daily clicks and free none spend cashback. The daily click section has a few good daily clicks, nothing more than 1-2p, Carsource, SearchChief, Seek Something, Tinta Search and Urban Stone. They have fallen well behind CashBackBay in the daily click section as they have 3 pages worth, with only a page and a bit on Reward Lover. There are four pages of free non spend cashback, including some good tracking ones and some 30p up to £1.

                        Tracking is updated into your account once a week, usually on Mondays which update everything up to the Sunday. Things track in usually fairly well, but sometimes in your account a whole week will track in on one day. Sometimes things don't track very well and it can be hard to work out why and some of the clicks never track and you have to be a detective and work out which ones as there's no forum to discuss it with other users.

                        The minimum payout is £10 for the site, and you can be paid by BACS or Paypal. When you request payment it says you should receive it within 14 days, you usually receive it after seven days.

                        As there is no forum on the site, it can be hard to work out which clicks are tracking especially as you have to wait a week every time for clicks to track. There is limited contact with the people running the site, and they used to post a little on the Money Saving Expert forums, but now they don't post at all on any of the forums now. This isn't particularly reassuring, but as long as they're updating the site and still paying it can't be that bad.

                        I usually earn about £10 a month on Reward Lover or thereabouts doing the daily clicks every day and doing some of the other free signups and bits on there, would recommend that you do it in your routine, and the quickest site you will ever use to get money between clicking and having the money in your account.

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