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Most if not all of the pictures on this site were taken with Nikon equipment. On film an Nikon F401 35mm SLR, and digital a Nikon 990 3MPixel. I am always on the lookout for something to upgrade to and now Nikon have two very nice bits of kit.

The D80 SLR kit is a camera that has been having rave reviews everywhere and might just make me jump into the digital SLR relm. The kit comes with a zoom Nikkor 18-135mm lens. The only thing that is making me say hold on is the cheaper, non SLR Fuji FinePix S9500 Digital Camera. Canon PowerShot A460 Digital Camera - Silver (5.0MP, 4xOptical Zoom).

Tiffen 55mm UV Protector Filter to protect that lens.

Mobile phone hands free kit

I am one for simplicity, and anything I need to install into the car means hassle as far as I'm concerned especially if there is an easier route. Enter the Blue Tooth hands free kit. No wires or holes to drill in the following cases too.

Jabra BT250V & Jabra BT250V

I was a fan of the original BT200 with 3 hours talk time and 96 hours standby and not only did it look unique, it was comfortable to wear and the quality was exceptional. It became the standard Blue Tooth kit for the company mobiles at work..

The BT250V is still available at £39.99 but the BT250 at £49.99 adds an extra 5 hours talk & standby time plus adds Blue Tooth hands free profile to the head set profile only found on the BT200 (as a result of this the BT200 is not compatible with the Nokia 7650).

BT Diverse 6250 - DECT Cordless Phone with Digital Answerphone - Twin Pack.

Home Networking

The ability to roam around the house with the laptop and connect up to broadband at the sametime was something I investigated last Christmas. I also have another PC that I wanted to use as a server so I then got into home networking!

The Linksys Wireless G Router was the ideal piece of hardware to get this little project up and running. I am on NTL cable broadband and the output from the broadband modem plugs directly into the back of the router. Set up was completely painless even on the wireless side. Ensure that you activate WEP and MAC adress filtering for maximum security out of the box.

The same but now with speedboost is the Linksys WRT54GSUK Router.

If you are on ADSL then the you will require a different product that also includes an ADSL modem, and the Netgear DG834GUK comes highly recommended.

Alternatively Linksys also can provide the ADSL solution DG834GUK comes highly recommended.

For a straight wireless access point try the Linksys WAP-54.

For a PCI wireless card for a desktop the Linksys WMP54GS-UK 125 Mbps Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster is pretty good.

For an unmanaged switch try the Netgear GS605 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch.

or the SMC Networks SMC-FS5 5 Port Ethernet 10/100 Switch

or the Netgear GS108 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch

Photo realistic printers

The ultimate printer?

Epson R300

or the Netgear GS105 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

or for something different the Brother FAX-2920 Laser Fax & Convenient Laser Copier Compact Stylish

PC Accessories

Targus monitor stand

Kensington monitor stand

Acer AL1706 17" LCD Monitor 8ms Response Time Silver & Black

Logitech Classic Keyboard

Logitech Pilot Optical Corded 3 Btn Mouse - Black Finish

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 by Microsoft

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 by Microsoft

Belkin Omniview Pro2 Series KVM Cable, USB 3m

Belkin Omniview Pro2 Series KVM Cable, PS2 1.8m

Belkin OmniView PRO2 - KVM switch - 8 ports - 1 local user - 1U - stackable

Devolo MicroLink dLAN Highspeed Starter Kit

Backup storage

The ultimate storage drive at the moment is the LTO Ultrium and Amazon have very good deals for media.

Imation - LTO 1 Ultrium 100/200 Tape Cart With Case

Imation Black Watch LTO Ultrium - 200 GB - storage media

Imation - Cartridge Ultrium Lto 2

Standard CD-R media

TDK - CD-R80 700MB 80min 52x (50 Spindle Pack)

Imation CDR-80 (52x) 100pk Spindle

Verbatim CDR-80 (48x) 10pk Slim Jewel Case - Coloured

Standard CD-RW media

Verbatim CDRW 80 (2-4x) 5 Pack S/Case - Colours

Imation CD-RW 10-pack


Storage for the storage!

Imation - Slimline Empty Jewel Cases 25Pk - Black

Case Logic CD Wallet Holds 64CDs - Navy Blue CDY64NB

Case Logic CD Wallet Holds 32CDs - Navy Blue CDY32NB


Sony DMR47BSP - DVD-R x 50 - 4.7 GB - storage media

Imation DVD-RW 4x 4.7GB Standard Jewel Case 10 Pack



And how about a larger hard drive? Generic Notebook Hard Disk 2.5 Inch Drive 160GB SATA II - 1 Year Warranty

Pioneer 20x Int. DVDRW Beige Bare

Generic Notebook Hard Disk 2.5 Inch Drive 160GB SATA II

USB storage

Taking over from the floppy drive for convenience of moving and transferring data around the Buffalo RUF-C4G/U2 - 4GB USB 2.0 High Speed Flash Drive


SanDisk SecureDigital Extreme III Card 2 GB

SanDisk 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo (Gaming)

Memory Stick Duo adaptor for Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro

Sony - Flash memory card ( adapter included ) - 4 GB - MS PRO DUO

Sandisk Micro SD 2Gb With 3-in-1 Adaptor by SanDisk

microSD ULTRA II 2GB by SanDisk

Sandisk 8Gb Ultra II SD Card W/Reader by SanDisk

SanDisk 2gb Cruzer Titanium U3 Smart 2.0 USB Flash Drive

SanDisk 1gb Cruzer Titanium U3 Smart 2.0 USB Flash Drive

For the office p>Fellowes P-45C Cross Cut Shredder for extra security and avoid that identity theft!

Books I've read

Not including those on the Impreza Books page of course.

Going Postal - Terry Pratchett the latest Pratchett out in paperback.

The Monsterous Regiment - Terry Pratchett

A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett a kids book yes, but a very good book for adults too.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett again a kids book but I wish more would read it. A tale involving many tails and far far better than that Potter guy at Hogwarts. This book is funny clever and keeps you reading just one more page.

Flanimals - Ricky Gervais again a kids book but hey its cool!

And we have this year More Flanimals - Ricky Gervais !

From a technical standpoint there are quite a few books in the reference category that are worthy of mention.

Autodesk Inventor Release 8 Intermediate Level: Mastering the Rubicon by Elise Moss

Autodesk Inventor Release 8 Fundamentals: Conquering the Rubicon by Elise Moss

Cause and Effect Lean: Lean Operations, Six Sigma and Supply Chain - John Bicheno

What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunters and Career Changers (What Color Is Your Parachute? (Paperback)) (Paperback) by Richard N. Bolles

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation - James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones

Luton and Stevenage (Explorer Maps) - Ordnance Survey

MCSE: Windows Server 2003 Certification Kit - Microsoft

Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Mastering) (Hardcover) by Mark Minasi (Author), Christa Anderson (Author), Michele Beverridge (Author)

Active Directory for Dummies

Windows Server 2003 for Dummies

Business Process Improvement Workbook: Documentation, Analysis, Design and Management of Business Process Improvement

Process Mapping: How to Reengineer Your Business Processes (Hardcover) by V. Daniel Hunt

The Essential Africa (Hardcover) by Michael Poliza

Africa (Hardcover) by Michael Poliza

Big Cat Diary: Cheetah (Big Cat Diary) (Paperback) by Jonathan Scott (Author), Angela Scott (Author)


CDs I've listened to

I am first to admit I have a wide varied range of musical tastes. So I will add to this list as I find something I like and you will see how my taste does really change.

Through The Window Pane [Enhanced] ~ Guillemots

Dylanesque ~ Bryan Ferry

Awake ~ Josh Groban

Life in Cartoon Motion ~ Mika

The Open Door ~ Evanescence

Under the Skin ~ Lindsey Buckingham

In Rainbows ~ Radiohead

Melody [Enhanced] ~ Sharleen Spiteri

Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends ~ Coldplay

* Little Britain Abroad


Sam's Town ~ The Killers

Tourist - Athlete

The Cream of Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

Disraeli Gears [Original recording remastered] - Cream

Led Zeppelin I [Original recording remastered] - Led Zeppelin

Out of Nothing - Embrace

Aero [CD + DVD] - Jean Michel Jarre

Final Straw - Snow Patrol

X&Y - Coldplay

REM - Around the Sun

Don't believe the truth - Oasis

The Silent Force - Within Temptation

Keane - Under the Iron Sea

Muse - Black Holes and Revelations

Zero 7 -The Garden

Nevermind ~ Nirvana

Indiscrete - Sparks

Hits That Live Forever - 1950's

No.1's of the Fifties

Million Selling Hits of the 50's

100 Fifties Favourites - Box set

High Times: Singles 1992-2006 ~ Jamiroquai

Stop The Clocks ~ Oasis

9 [Explicit Lyrics] ~ Damien Rice

Those the Brokes [Limited Edition] ~ Magic Numbers

Costello Music ~ Fratellis

Amarantine: Special Christmas Edition ~ Enya

Marbles ~ Marillion

Beautiful World ~ Take That

Siempre ~ Il Divo

Hit Parade ~ Paul Weller

Showgirl: Homecoming Live in Sydney [Live] ~ Kylie Minogue

Eden/La Luna [Limited Edition] [Australian Import] ~ Sarah Brightman

The Good the Bad and the Queen ~ Good The Bad And The Queen

Hymn for My Soul ~ Joe Cocker

The Boy With No Name ~ Travis

* Spirit - Leona Lewis

X - Kylie Minogue

* White Diamond / Show Girl Homecoming

* The Bourne Ultimatum

* Sawdust - The Killers

* Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

* Mothership - The Very Best Of

And something to listen to them on? How about this little nifty Goodmans Micro system and it has DAB radio too.

DVDs I've watched

A few cartoons...

Futurama - Season 1 Box Set

Futurama - Season 2 Box Set

Futurama - Season 4 Box Set

The Confessions Tour: +DVD [Live] ~ Madonna

The Catherine Tate Comic Relief Special - Limited Edition (Exclusive to [2007]

Shrek 3D - 2 disc box set. Note the only part that is in 3D is a 15 minute short animation on disc 2. This is the same animation that is used on the Shrek 4D theme park ride. Disc 1 is the original film.

Shrek 2 - 2 disc box set

Some blockbusters

i Robot - 2 disc box set

Spiderman 2 - 2 disc box set

Starsky & Hutch -the movie


Day After Tomorrow - 2 disc set


Star Wars 3 - Revenge of the Sith

Big Cat Diary series 1 & 2

March of the Penguins

full Circle with Michael Palin

Pole to Pole with Michael Palin

The Michael Palin Collection - Complete 16 Disc Box Set

On The Outside CD + DVD Limited Edition - Starsailor

A Night at the Opera: Remastered/+DVD ~ Queen

Lindsey Buckingham - With Special Guest Stevie Nicks - Soundstage

March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas--Special Edition

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Little Britain - Interactive DVD Game (Limited Edition Steelbook Packaging) [2006]

Little Britain - Live [2005]

Over The Hedge (2 Disc - Special Edition)


How about something to play them on? In fact a bargain at the moment is the Philips DVDR75 DVD Recorder for under £170!

Once you have your DVD recorder then you are going to need some DVD media.

Verbatim DVD+RW (4x) 10 Pack J/Case


Various bits of software and again Amazon are quite keen on their pricing.

Office Visio Standard 2003 - Microsoft

Office Visio Pro 2003 - Microsoft


PS2 games

A few PS2 games.

Formula One 2003

Midway Arcade Treasures

The Simpsons: Hit & Run Platinum

8MB Memory Card and Dual Shock Double Pack

P99L Laser Blaster

Ratchet & Clank Platinum

Star Wars Battlefront II Platinum

Buzz! Junior Jungle Party Bundle


Draper value 71271 - 61 Piece tool kit includes socket set, spanners, screwdriver bits etc.

Draper Value 71369 - 95 Pce Automotive Tool Kit extensive kit





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