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  1. Halo Generic American-centric militaristic sci-fi. Big budget with nice effects but overall a bit lacklustre. 7/10
  2. Raised by Wolves S2 The story of a group of children raised by two androids, set against the backdrop of a war between religious and atheist cultures (executive producer Ridley Scott). It begins, as with S1, with great visuals but a so so storyline. However with eps 4 and 5 there is a sudden change of pace, with aspects reminiscent of Prometheus.
  3. The Book of Boba Fett Episodes 1-4 were so so, but 5 and 6 were essentially episodes of The Mandalorian, with it's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly vibe. About half of 6 also featured a young Luke, impressive SFX.
  4. A Discovery of Witches S3 Deborah Harkness's story of the forbidden affair between a vampire and a witch returns to contemporary intrigue after a weak second season.
  5. The Witcher S2 Henry Cavill's wry dispatcher of monsters returns but this season is a step down from the first.
  6. Foundation Asimov's seminal series, produced by Apple TV. An odd mix of the dull and the wonderful, I ended up FF about half of each episode. 6/10 Invasion Apple TV 'Earth is visited by an alien species that threatens humanity's existence'. Sam Neill, big budget, what could go wrong? Nothing much seems to happen. 2/10
  7. No Time to Die Cary Joji Fukunaga's direction gives the movie a really fresh and edgy feel. Combined with Daniel Craig's Bond, with a fading machismo harness, makes it one of the best ever.
  8. I have a large Sheffield silver plated tray I'm trying to value. The only marking it has are similar to a hallmark, might anyone recognize the symbols?
  9. Dune 2021 The 1984 version is one of my fave pieces of cinema, and also here the book has been divided into two, so some mixed feelings going into the preview. However it nails the scale, the characterization is precise and the graphics are both intriguing and inspiring. Wonderful, 9/10
  10. Just got the preview installed. Quite like it, marginally less annoying than Windows 10. Would like to image it - normally I have used Clonezilla, but it is on an M2 drive and not sure if that will work, can anyone recommend a free alternative?
  11. Thanks for that, it's an MSI B450M Pro with the 3600. It's got the latest BIOS (May 21) so it looks like the UEFI CSM setting. Unfortunately I went for an M2 drive rather than a SATA to reduce cabling, and having installed Windows having left it on the default CSM setting, I now can't flip to UEFI secure boot (it just boots into the BIOS) so looks like a reinstall ..
  12. Tried for the Windows 11 preview but the Windows Update insider page stated it didn't meet the minimum requirements. Slightly odd as the specs are Ryzen 5 3600, 16GB, Radeon RX550 and the Microsoft tpm.msc tool reporting the TPM 2.0 is available. Unfortunately Microsoft's Windows 11 Compatibility tool has been temp withdrawn.
  13. A Channel 4 documentary yesterday, Wuhan ‘lab leak’, featured several eminent scientists and pretty much stated it came out of the Wuhan lab. The gist was when a organism jumps species, in the first month it mutates to become more infectious in that species. Not the case with Covid. It was also stated the lab was doing controversial 'gain of function' work on it. GOF is where, to anticipate future threats, an organism is enhanced. The lab had funding from the US and China for this and was only using level 2 security protocols. https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/wuhan-lab-leak-explosive-channel-4-documentary-provides-compelling-evidence-supporting-covid-origin-theory-1161167
  14. Many thanks, ended up with a Radeon RX550 from a mate. The advice on the TPM was spot on, I had enabled it in the BIOS but that then reported no devices available. After above, when I checked in Device Manager there it was, guess the BIOS may have been referring to the unused board socket.
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