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  1. With any luck my wife and I will be getting the keys to our new home next week and one of the (many) items to do is get laminate flooring installed in what is going to be my office. The room is approx 12m squared and is not quite oblong (see image below) http://imgur.com/BL3ZUce I'm looking for someone that can pull up the existing carpet (although not dispose of it), and then do the complete task of laying the laminate (including underlay and skirting boards). I use a wheeled office chair so will need to be fairly hardwearing stuff (as far as I can tell there are different grades of laminate flooring toughness). I'd prefer the agent to supply the boards as well. Can anyone recommend someone for the job?
  2. Well, I'm certainly willing to use a sparky with prior experience, assuming he has the necessary experience and equipment to validate the work (certify the runs and all that) But can you recommend anyone?
  3. Well... its a lot more fiddly than installing power cables (there are a lot more cables inside the main flex, and requires special tools to attach the cable (and for that matter to test and validate the cable run))
  4. My wife and I are in the process of buying a house. One of the things I'd like to add to the house before we move in is a structured Cat5E or Cat6 network. Its a semi-detached house with integrated garage and I'd be looking at a couple of cable drops (of two cables each) per room, all of it terminated in the garage. The switch installation and configuration I'll do myself. I have the technical skill to do the work myself but not so much the patience (and certainly not the skill to do it neat enough to satisfy my wife Can anyone recommend a home installer? To pre-empt a couple of likely questions: 1) No, I won't use powerline networking, I've hand enough problems with the tech that I refuse to rely on it. 2) Yes I will be using WiFi, but I want hardwire points for static stuff that won't be moving around (for example the TV kit and my desktop PC etc) Thanks very much!
  5. I've owned both over the years and I have to say it really depends what you're after - the DS is good for short blast pick up and play stuff, while PSP games tend to be more of a time investment. The PSP is very close to being a PS2 you can carry around with you, but as a consequence you have issues with load times that limit the 'five minute blast between bus stops' that you can do with the DS. Another factor to consider is if any of your colleagues have one or the other - a bit of MP gaming at work is a great way to spend a lunchbreak - for a long while four of the guys in my team regularly spent lunchtimes (probably three a week on average) playing WipEout Pure on PSP and it was fantastic fun. Personally I find the games on the PSP suit my tastes more which is why I'm in the process of replacing my old one, while the DS, with the exception of a few games, never took my fancy. Thats not to say theres anything wrong with the DS - its a fantastic bit of kit as well, my fiancee has one and loves it. Means I can play the couple of games on the platform that I like when the mood takes me too
  6. Well, I was there, as were a lot of folk, and I really enjoyed it
  7. This is a very personal thing - some people prefer OSX/macs some prefer linux, some prefer Windows Hell some use all three Personally I think OSX is the most desktop-friendly OS out there - its a pleasant working environment and very powerful, with a lot of configurability. I have it on my laptop. Windows has the advantage of exposure - most people can competently use Windows these days between work and school and whatnot. Also has by far and away the best support for gaming. My desktop PC runs this Linux has the advantage of absolute configurability and incredible reliabilty at the cost of ease of use. My HTPC runs this. Best recommendation if you're not sure? Go to PC World and have a play - they usually have a few demo macs out to play with.
  8. Most likely is that you need to use disk management to assign a drive letter as suggested above. It's also possible that theres a system policy in place at your work that stop it mounting properly, but most policies of that type work by blocking the USB mass storage driver from loading (thats certainly how we do it at my place) and thats not whats happening to you.
  9. Exactly what they said above - the 'Classics' range is basically the budget re-release label, like Hit Squad back on the old 8-bit computers if you're old enough to remember
  10. For the vast majority of the time I've had broadband in Sheffield I've been with Blueyonder (now Virgin) and would have happily recommended them without a problem - their service was fast and damn-near bulletproof and the one time we did have a problem it was fixed extremely quickly. Since Virgin has taken over I've been less impressed, the peak hours throttling is doing my nut For around a year I lived outside of the cable area however and we went with PlusNET (for no other reason than a friend of mine works there so figured if we had a problem we had an inside line on getting it sorted) and they were great, had no problems at all and a bulletproof and fast connection to the world. I would probably still recommend Cable over ADSL if possible for you, but if you're going with ADSL PlusNET definitely gets my vote, although to be fair the only other one I have any real experience with is Tiscali (my parents use it and I have to support them) and they're a pain in the ass to deal with (as stated above )
  11. My experience is basically if everything goes well they're fantastic, but if you get into problems+ then you have the fight of your life to get anything out of them. Personally I won't use them again - ordered from them half a dozen times, four went perfect, no problems at all, the other two I had to contact for RMA and just had no end of trouble. Personally I'd go for Scan (some stuff I ordered got held up with the flooding but Scan went out of their way to make sure it got to me).
  12. you want to plug in the red, green and blue video cables onto the equivalent ports on your TV (ie the component inputs) If your TV doesn't support it though, you're screwed
  13. The PS3 is good hardware hampered by an insane cost. In the US and Japan where its already cheaper than here they've seen price cuts but here the pack-in has expanded to include a couple of games and an extra pad. I wouldn't worry overly about the lack of games - all consoles have something of a game drought after release, the 360 did and the Wii is only just coming to the end of its Personally though I'd still go with a 360 over a PS3 - theres no games I want coming to the PS3 but not the 360 while the inverse is true.
  14. I never got as far as speccing hardware, just started reading about encrypted channels and what is effictively the sim card for cable TV and just decided I couldn't be bothered with the hassle.
  15. Yeah, I've got a TV-Drive - mainly for HighDef access but there ain't much on there any more My basic plan is to hook the Myth box up like I would a DVD Recorder so can archive stuff off to there, be time consuming but at least it'll work Myth itself is great, since I'm building for the project I've been careful to specify equipment that is well documented, so its so far going very well, although its not yet finished.
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