Reviews by KjetilKjernsmo (6)

Maxtor Onetouch 4 Plus External Harddrive

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I have a 500 GB drive reformatted with an ext2 file system. This disk has two Firewire ports and a USB port. I use it with Firewire only, and the disk is perfect for my purpose of backing up the file system.

Furthermore, it just slipped out of my hands and fell into the ground from a meter above the ground, but it still runs, and there were no damages, neither to the physical disk nor the file system. That is very impressive, other disks I have had have died with less strain than that.

Lafnac Digital Computer Limited

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This is a retail store at 5 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036 that sells computers and digital photography equipment. They are a bunch of crooks, and I got scammed. I had a pretty good idea of what the housings I wanted costed, but not the lenses.

The shop looked respectable enough, seemed ideally situated just off 5th Avenue. Long story short (I was in the shop 45 minutes), they managed to convince me the Sigma DC 55-200mm F4-5.6 was a value of $1200, when the MSRP is $200.

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3288&navigator=6

They said they had a special offer that week, so I would get the housing and two filters for free. They first tried to push a Nikon D40, but I eventually managed to get a Canon 450D instead.

And all of a sudden, when I gave them my card, tax was added on the top of it, they never said anything about that, so the total price as more than $1300.

Well, the parts were actually exactly what I wanted, but I'm bitter knowing that I could have gotten it for half the price other places in New York.

I went back the next day, and the guy said pretty much straight out that "this is the US, not Europe, and I don't stand a chance". He became very aggressive, and I found it best to leave the store. There are lots of similar experiences around the web, and I'm kinda stunned they are allowed to operate like that for extended periods of time...

So, I guess, if shopping in NYC, be very sure about the MSRP of anything before you swipe your card.

Nokia 3110 Classic

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The Nokia 3110 is a straightforward mobile phone, with large keys for quick typing. It has the essential features, such as calling, SMS, a large addressbook, Micro SD slot, calendaring and so on. For those who need only those features, it could be a good choice.

One negative thing I noticed when I first started to use it was that the menu systems weren't as well designed as I was used to. On older models, it seems Nokia has put a lot of effort into studying what operations users do the most, and then making sure that once you get to a menu, those are the closest. Often, you could perform common tasks by a simple chain of OKs. This was not the case with the 3110.

"The Nokia 3110 classic is a robust and dependable device with an urban, durable design." said the Nokia Press release, and that robustness is an important feature to me. One should be able to lead a normal, active life without worrying about the devices you carry. I feel that if you do, the devices control your life, not the other way around.

It took only 8 months to establish that the Nokia 3110 classic is not a robust phone. At that time, the display just cracked. It was still possible to use the phone for make calls, but that's quite close to useless these days. And what's worse, I don't really know how it happened, but I certainly did nothing that any mobile device, especially one that is marketed as robust, shouldn't survive.

I sent a complaint, but Nokia is not willing to cover this under the warranty, and I also see others writing about similar experiences. Thus, my conclusion is that this is a phone that will break very easily.

I would therefore advice against buying it. It also calls into question the robustness of contemporary Nokia products, it is certainly not anything like the days of the Nokia 3210.

StayAt Hotel Solna, Stockholm

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This is an appartment hotel some 15 minutes by metro from Stockholm centre. The hotel is new, and clean, and has large, stylish rooms, equipped with LCD TVs, microwave oven and other cooking possibilities. The neighbourhood is a quiet residential area. The breakfast area is rather small, and the selection of food is small.

We came in on Sunday, only to discover that the reception was not open at all on weekends, something that we had not been informed about. The staff, which could be reached by telephone, was not helpful when we asked if we could leave our luggage somewhere, but suggested that we came to the same chain's hotel a 15 minute drive away. Furthermore, they said that we could check in at 14 o'oclock, but it turned out that the rooms weren't ready before 16:30.

Ilay Tours, Madagascar

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We traveled with Ilay Tours on Madagascar in September/October 2006. It proved to be a very reliable operator. We organised most of the things we needed from Ilay by email before departure, and the guest house in Tana was nice, the vehicles and the drivers they used were also very good and was a good fit to our needs. They required pre-payment for certain services, but we found that this was unproblematic.

Ilay Tours has contacts with more specialised tour operators for some tours. They were also of good quality.

In conclusion, Ilay tours is a tour operator that can be trusted to organise a tour to Madagascar.

Si zhu xiang tea shop, Beijing, China

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I ended up in the Si zhu xiang tea shop in Beijing thinking that tea is something you might want to experience in Beijing. I ended up with a lot less money. The tea was OK, but not more than that, and upon request, I got a menu, and decided to attend a "tea ceremony". The menu was hardly comprehensible, however, and what I thought was the price for the whole thing was the price for each tiny cup. That amounted to 2880 Yuan, or around 260 € or 410 USD.

I'm usually a pretty critical tourist, but the credibility of the place was increased when I said that I carried very little cash, and they responded that they accepted several credit cards, also VISA, and they used electronic terminals.

There are apparently many such scams going around Beijing these days, so beware and study the menu very carefully and leave unless you understand it.