Archive for March, 2007

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Review of Elara online shop

March 15, 2007

A very good Irish online technology store

websiteElara online shop
14:43 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This online store sells Laptops, Printers, LCD Monitors, Notebooks, Hard Disks, Memory, Cameras, Motherboards, Routers and other similar equipment.

They have a reasonable selection of technology items, usually in stock, the prices are good and delivery via courier is not that expensive.

On the downside I don’t find them good for consumables and low cost items either in range or value. They also don’t carry many niche items and in some categories you have little or no choice.

However, they are now my first port of call to purchase computer equipment instead of DABS in the UK.

Dabs recent launch of dabs4work.ie is strong competition due to Euro pricing, VAT reclaimability and low delivery charges. They also have economies of scale.

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Review of Torchwood TV Series

March 15, 2007

This spin-off from Doctor Who is well worth a look

productTorchwood TV Series
14:34 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I have watched all the episodes of the first series of Torchwood on BBC2 (they had previously been on BBC3). This is the “adult” spin-off from Doctor Who starring the Captain Jack Harkness character.

Overall it is well worth a look. Much more bawdy and harsh than the more kid friendly Doctor with decent meaty scripts. The only real drawback is that they clearly don’t have a huge budget and they have set it in Wales which means the accents do start to grate after a while. Makes sense tho to set it in the place you are actually filming in.

The plotlines started to get a bit repetitive towards the end but some of the edgier moments keep you interested. Should be a ne series coming along in the next few months

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Review of Nokia N70 Mobile Phone

March 15, 2007

A good smartphone but too slow and Nokia seem to be entirely focused on N73 and newer for software

productNokia N70 Mobile Phone
14:31 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I’ve had my N70 for nearly a year now and overall I’m a very happy purchaser. Originally it was dog slow but now that users can update the fireware themselves, it is a lot more sprightly with the new code. It integrates perfectly with Outlook and the Opera browser really is a revelation.

The camera isn’t bad apart from the awful delay in taking the picture . The music player is a joke but works ok for podcasts.

It takes RSMMC memory cards and only Nokia style headphones (or normal headphones with an adapter from eBay).I recommend the phone but as there are much better ones in the pipeline, if you are in no rush, it might be worth waiting for the N73.

Since Nokia changed the binary file format in version 3 of Symbian S60, it looks like we won’t be getting any of the newer software on the N70. This is going to annoy a lot of users who may start looking at Windows mobile powered Smartphones instead.

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Review of Samsung SyncMaster 930BF 19″ LCD Monitor

March 15, 2007

A great digital LCD Monitor at a good price.

productSamsung SyncMaster 930BF 19″ LCD Monitor
14:25 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I’ve been very happy with this monitor since I purchased it last year from dabs.com. Great picture quality, both analog and digital connectors and takes up very little space.I also thought it was a bargain particularly considering its fast refresh rate and native res of 1280×1024. Keep an eye out for the replacement models. I’d recommend this to anyone thinking of chucking their old CRT.

There are cheaper models in the range but they only have VGA input and much slower refresh for a few quid less. I’d stick with the 930BF.

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Review of The Island Movie

March 15, 2007

Shockingly bad movie with two good actors

productThe Island Movie
14:21 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 1 stars out of 5

You would think that a movie with Scarlett Johanssen and Ewan Macgregor would be at least ok but the Island really was risible. From the crappy special effects (apart from one sequence) to the silly plot I have no idea why I sat through this hokum on Sky Movies. At least I didn’t pay good money to see it in the cinema.

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Review of The Libertine movie

March 15, 2007

Yawnfest, didn’t get to the end

productThe Libertine movie
14:18 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 1 stars out of 5

Johnny Depp manages to get in the best and worst movies going. This rubbish does not help his career. I hate any movies that makes itself out to be challenging, particularly those nonsense “real sex” ones which were popular for 5 minutes a few years back. Why do those movies always have characters who you dislike immediately and therefore cannot be arsed watching what happens to them (unless you know it involved excruciating death). This is another one of those movies which takes itself far to seriously. The addition of Johnny Vegas made it even sillier. Avoid.

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Review of Sage Quickpay 10

March 15, 2007

Some day they will upgrade from the Windows 3.1 user interface

productSage Quickpay 10
14:15 on Mar 15 2007 by Mr C
Rating: 1 stars out of 5

A truly awful piece of software that they have been milking for years. Shockingly bad UI. And if you want integration with Instant Accounts, you have to pay for it. What’s even scarier is that most of the competition is even worse. Software developed by accountants perhaps? I hate this product with a passion but will probably stick with it as it’s easier than building my own.