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Play.com / 32GB / USB Flash Drive
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Complete bargain at 9.99 for 32Gb
Bought this for use with a Nintendo Wii to back up games to and it works fine - a cheap alternative to a hard drive.
It's a little on the chunky side meaning if you have two USB ports that are very close together you might not be able to use the other one at the same time. So far this has happened only once - on the front of my PC.
It's USB 2.0 standard so not as fast 3.0 (but you need version 3.0 ports to use take advantage of that anyway)
Preformatted with FAT 32 file system, perfect for Wii use. Of course you can format it how you like once on a PC.
Samsung YP-U4 2GB MP3 Player (Crystal Rose Black)
I bought this as an alternative to one of the cheaper players that sell for around £10. After you've paid for postage this worked out at only a fiver more so I thought I'd try it.
Aesthetically it's a very nice sleek design.
Has a retractable USB connector: neat and nothing to lose
The monochrome screen is different to cheaper players. The text is back lit and is very clear with good contrast. Easy to see in all conditions except bright sunlight.
You can pause midway through a track. It will turn itself off after X seconds and save the place on the track where you were. Good for podcasts and very long tracks.
6 touch buttons are pleasant to use and mean nowhere for dust/dirt/splashes to get in though they are a little oversensitive as others mentioned. The lock prevents accidental pressing.
Fast charging - 4 hours to full charge apparently.
Good, easy to use operating system software that's intuitive to use.
PC software not required. Drag n drop works fine.
FM radio with autotune feature to automatically find and set radio stations. Works well.
FM radio has RDS with station ID which all seems to work pretty well.
You can record from the external mic AND the FM radio.
CONS:=====No external charger. Must charge via a computer that is switched on. So not much use for longer trips away, camping etc.
Can't change the battery yourself. Has to be returned to a dealer. This compounds the above problem as well as making changing the battery a likely pain in the when it's needed.
Because the USB connector is direct into the USB socket (it advises not to use a USB hub) and the player is wider than a typical USB plug it is may block up a second USB port on some computers.
If you push the jack plug in too far it won't work.
The PC software is called Emodio and is not particularly inpiring to look at. You don't actually need it as files can be drag n dropped and the player can be set as an MTP device (default) or a USB.
Getting the foam covers over the headphones is extremely fiddly yet one of mine has come off after only 2 weeks. I'd suggest a spot of superglue to prevent this happening.
The manual in the box is pretty limited with tiny writing. Make sure you get the PDF on the disk which is much better.
All in all this is a very good machine for £18, let down by the fixed battery (sadly common fault in many of the more expensive players) and lack of a charger.
The End Of The Line
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I saw this film at the cinema and was very lucky to get in since it was sold out. I thought I knew a bit about over fishing but this documentary really opened my eyes.
We are living through a period of one of the greatest mass extinction events of all time. And we humans are the cause. This film looks at one aspect of this, the demise of fish through overfishing. According to research already 90% of large sea fish have gone. And 1.2 billion people rely on fish to survive. At current rates it's estimated that all fish species will have collapsed by 2048.
This documentary looks at different aspects of the crisis interviewing fishermen and scientists. It shows how modern technology means that fish have no chance of escape. It looks at the collapse of the Canadian fishing industry and looks at why even fish farming is problematic (10kg of ocean fish are needed to produce one kg of fish farmed salmon).
After the film the filmmaker was interviewed live by Skype. He seemed like a very nice genuine sort of guy and reckoned that awareness of the overfishing crisis was around 20 to 30 years behind that of climate change. Hopefully this film will close that gap a little bit as this is a very urgent problem as shown in this beautifully shot and easy to follow film.