Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Beware the Cormorant-imitator

He's not a Cormorant but he'd like us to think he is.

Our old enemy - The Shag
Shag sitting on nest, Farne islands
Group of shags on rocks, Argyll


Shags are goose-sized dark long-necked birds similar to cormorants but smaller and generally slimmer with a characteristic steep forehead. In the breeding season adults develop a dark glossy green plumage and prominent recurved crest on the front of their head. In the UK they breed on coastal sites, mainly in the north and west, and over half their population is found at fewer than 10 sites, making them an Amber List species. Shags usually stay within 100-200km of their breeding grounds.

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Monday, 13 August 2007

Option 2

This one is £35 versus option one's £25 - Why?
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USB 2.0 to IDE Adaptor

USB 2.0 to IDE Adaptor

• Save money on expensive external drives - use an internal CD-RW, DVD or HDD outside your PC
• USB connection to high-speed IDE adaptor
• Power supply provided to power any device
• USB 2.0 high-speed (480 Mbit and full speed 12Mbit) support
• Supports various kinds of ATA/ATAPI based mass storage device port
• Supplied with USB 2.0 IDE adaptor, power cord, power supply, CD driver and user manual

Please note: This USB 2.0 to IDE Adaptor is for normal USB devices only

The USB 2.0 to IDE adaptor implements a bridge between one USB port and one ATA or ATAPI based mass storage device port. Compliant with both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1

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Option one for USB to IDE

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IDE / SATA  to USB 2.0

IDE / SATA to USB 2.0

• Connect your IDE or SATA hard drives externally via a USB port
• Allows you to connect 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch IDE and SATA hard drives
• Includes 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch adaptor, SATA power and data cables
• Complete with PSU
• Compliant with USB 2.0 transfer

Supports Plug-and-Play
Pentium-233 MHz or faster PC & Mac with USB support
Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP; Mac OS 8.6 and later

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