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Smanos W100i Alarm System Review

Posted on 28 July 2016 by Chris Ford

Moving to a new flat in East London from the quite comforts of the West of the city I rightly or wrongly was concerned about security so when we moved in one of the first things I wanted to do is setup some kind of alarm system.

My requirents were

  1. something simple to setup that required small to zero DIY skills ( Im a bit useless at all that)
  2. Alerts sent to my smart phone
  3. A one off fee, I don’t want to have to enter into yet another contract.
  4. Reasonable price point.
  5. A Webcam feature to capture the potential culprits in action!

 

With the above in mind and a bit of research I came across the Smanos W100i wifi Alarm and Cam Kit.

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Whats in the box?

1x Control Panel / Box

1x Motion Sensor

1x Door/window Sensor

1x HD Wireless Camera

 

In the box you have a basic kit to get you started and will do for a small flat, but the good news is the system is expandable with the ability to add more cameras and sensor’s to the system over time as you see fit.

 

Setup

Setup was surprisingly simple taking me about 20 minutes from opening the box to annoying my girlfriend with the noise (had to test it!) the unit runs off your home wifi so everything communicated very easily once you have punched your details in.

 

Using the System

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Setting / arming the system can all be done via smart phone app which is extremely handy, this can also be done via the two included remotes but I found they went straight in a drawer as the app is all you really need.

 

If the alarm is triggered you can log into the app and take a look at the webcam to see what’s going on, decide it was just a cat and disarm and reset or call the Police etc.  The Webcam also has a SD card slot for recordings which is a great idea as most camera systems like this record to the cloud , a cloud you have to pay a subscription for and are then stuck with.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a simple yet stylish looking alarm system that is easy to setup and easy to operate when set off then I can highly recommend the Smanos system. This is a beginners set though and I already plan to buy a few more sensors for various rooms in the house but I’m also safe in the knowledge that these will be simple enough to add to the system.

 

Price £224.55 from Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The most addictive free online games to play this summer

Posted on 28 July 2016 by Chris Ford

 

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#2048 : best game since FlappyBird, easy” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  sennichan 

 

 

Summer is here and the heat for some is almost unbearable. Although it’s nice to go out and enjoy the sun, some people prefer to sit inside with the fan and cool off with an ice cream and some quality online games. Then again, if you are the kind of person who likes to worship the sun, you could take your laptop outside and enjoy the games there. Either way, here are some of the top online games to play for free this summer.

Online Scratch Cards

There is something strangely satisfying about scratching away at a card to find out if you have won. Inspired by the traditional scratch cards available from your local supermarket, there are now hundreds of online scratch card games that follow the same basic formula. There are some sites on which players can now enjoy scratch cards for free, to get a feel for them before paying real money to play. The themed scratch cards are designed to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, and are based on films like King Kong and Rocky, and TV shows like Baywatch.

The Walking Dead: The Way of Existence

The Walking Dead is one of the most popular TV shows on the planet, and if you are one of the millions of viewers that can’t wait for it to return in October, there are a few other ways to get your fix of zombies. The Telltale game series is a hugely popular spin-off of the AMC series, and involves a lot of role playing, decision-making and problem-solving. But if you prefer pure Shoot ‘Em Up action, the free online game The Way of Existence may be right up your street. Play as Rick initially and stand behind a barricade desperately shooting at wave after wave of undead enemies. Between levels you can use in-game money earned to research new weaponry, new technology, or upgrade your defences. This is a basic game, but highly addictive and intense.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 trailer screen” (CC BY 2.0) by  Casey Florig 

 

 

Monster Truck Demolisher

If you like monster trucks and explosions, then this game will be right up your street. Use the arrow keys to control a monster truck along a 2D course, smashing up smaller cars and bombs on the way. There are endless amounts of addictive levels with fresh challenges all along the game, including ways to upgrade your truck. It also requires a fair amount of skill to get the balance right and cause the most destruction possible.

Bubble Spinner

If you prefer puzzle games, give Bubble Spinner a try. The aim is to fire coloured balls into a large mass of different coloured balls in the centre, and eliminate balls of the same colour. To add some difficulty to the equation, the mass in the centre spins when balls hit it, and occasionally other balls are magnetised towards it, increasing its mass. The therapeutic music and the satisfaction of clearing the bubbles makes this game an instant classic.

These games are just a few ideas to get you started, there are hundreds of other fantastic addictive games out there to keep you busy while you relax this summer.

 

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The Moretti Gran Tour 2016

Posted on 25 July 2016 by Chris Ford

Well we had a blast at this years Moretti Gran Tour and I hope you took our advice and headed down too, if you did or are just curious to know what you missed then check out this short video we made of our night at the Gran Tour 2016

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‘WORLD CUP ’66 LIVE’ at SSE Arena Wembley JULY 30TH

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‘WORLD CUP ’66 LIVE’ at SSE Arena Wembley JULY 30TH

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Chris Ford

 

On  Saturday July 30th  at the  SSE Arena Wembley ‘World Cup 66 Live’ will mark 50 years to the day since England’s World Cup win against Germany featuring footage from the historic match, live music, nostalgia, stories and special guests

England's soccer captain Bobby Moore, carried shoulder high by his team mates holds aloft the FIFA World Cup in this July 30 1966 file photo. England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final of the 1966 tournament played at London's Wembley Stadium. (AP Photo)

England’s soccer captain Bobby Moore, carried shoulder high by his team mates holds aloft the FIFA World Cup in this July 30 1966 file photo. England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final of the 1966 tournament played at London’s Wembley Stadium. (AP Photo)

Presenters: Jeremy Vine, Louise Minchin
Performers to include Martin Freeman as the voice of Bobby Moore

Special guest appearances by Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst

Songs from 1966 re-arranged and performed by:
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Squeeze, Reef, Lemar, the Troggs

Chris Farlowe performs ‘Out of Time’ – his No. 1 hit of 1966

The cast of the Olivier Award-winning West End musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’

The event will be Simultaneous broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Red Button
and cinemas across the UK

Tickets for The SSE Arena Wembley and all participating cinemas from: www.wc66.org

 

 

to celebrate all things World Cup 1966 we have a fantastic bundle to give away of a fantastic replica ball and program from that classic day in football history.

Replica ball and programme

To enter all you need to do is email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com telling us who won the World Cup in 1966

Closing date will be 1st August 2016 when a winner will be selected at random from the correct answers. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Just Eat Food Festival comes to London!

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Just Eat Food Festival comes to London!

Posted on 18 July 2016 by Chris Ford

The Just Eat Food Festival is a 3-day outdoor Food Fest in the heart of London’s Shoreditch this summer. With a weekend of cuisine from some of the UK’s top restaurants, plus a lineup of live entertainment and music we are really excited and if you live in London you should be too!

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The festival itself is completely free to get in including all entertainment– if you fancy sampling the tasty food on offer you can buy tokens which are valid at all the food stalls.

F E A T U R I N G
PING PONG / RED DOG SALOON / WHAAM BANH MI / PANDA BERRY / SAPORE VERO / DUM DUM DONUTTERIE / GYM’S KITCHEN / GAYLORD RESTAURANT + BARS AND MORE

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When?
Friday 22 July 5pm – 11pm
Saturday 23 July 12pm – 11pm
Sunday 24th July 12pm – 9pm

Getting here
Located in the heart of Shoreditch at the join of Great Eastern Street and Old Street. Red Market, London, EC1V 9LA

Nearest stations
Old Street station – 4 minute walk
Shoreditch High Street station – 6 minute walk
Liverpool Street station – 10 minute walk

https://www.just-eat.co.uk/london/foodfest

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The Five DVD Boxset and Book Competition!

Posted on 14 July 2016 by Chris Ford

The Five is a new  mystery series created by author Harlan Coben that sees Jesse, a five year old boy goes missing then 20 years later his DNA shows up at a crime scene.

When they were 12-years old, Mark, Pru, Danny and Slade were out together in the woods. Mark’s five-year-old brother Jesse was bothering them, so they told him to get lost. Jesse ran away and was never seen again… Twenty years later, Danny – now a detective – learns that Jesse’s DNA has been found at a murder scene. Is Jesse alive? The four friends must reunite

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If you like The Five then you maybe you will be interested in Harlan Coben’s new book Fool Me Once which is also available to buy now

To celebrate the DVD  and books release we have a fantastic package of the following to giveaway to one luck reader :

 

The Five DVD Boxset

Fool Me Once novel by Harlan Coban

Penguin Crime Novel bundle including:

–          Kathy Reichs – Speaking in Bones

–          Karin Slaughter – Pretty Girls

–          Simon Kernick – The Witness

–          Tony Parsons – The Slaughter Man

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To enter simply email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com with the name of the boy that is found in the woods.  Competiton closes on the 15th July when a winner will be picked at random from the correct entries.

THE FIVE, the acclaimed thriller series that follows four friends who are bound together by tragedy all their lives and are now forced to face the past in the most horrifying way, will be released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD from July 4th, 2016, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.

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Getting Creative with Haywards Pickles

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Getting Creative with Haywards Pickles

Posted on 07 July 2016 by Chris Ford

In 1868 the Haywards Brothers of Montford Place, Kennington, formed a company making pickles, sauces, vinegar and cordials. In my house growing up Hawwards onions and Piccalilli were religiously rolled out at Christmas

While a staple at festive times for a lot of families Haywards are trying to change that with the idea that their pickled products can be used in lots of different inventive ways to enhance and create dishes we may not have considered before, with this in mind they invited myself and a few fellow blogger along to a kitchen to show off some of the versatile ways the products can be used.

photo by Kaye of fordtography.co.uk

photo by Kaye of fordtography.co.uk

 

We were shown six different dishes on the night but I think my favourite and most inventive was the Homemade Indian Turkey Piccalilli Curry the demo of which I captured for you on film below

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, ground (optional)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 320g chopped turkey breast
  • 400g coconut milk tin
  • 100g Haywards Medium & Tangy Piccalilli
  • Fresh coriander and steamed rice, to serve

 

  • Method
  • In a food processor, combine the garlic, curry powder, cumin seeds, onion and oil.
  • Place a saucepan on the heat and add the mixture. Cook for 2 mins, then add the turkey, cooking until sealed.
  • Add the coconut milk and the piccalilli and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 10 mins and serve with coriander and steamed rice.
photo by Kaye of fordtography.co.uk

photo by Kaye of fordtography.co.uk

 

All of the new recipes were delicious inventive and certainly made me think of pickled veg as more than just a garnish or something to have a Christmas and I think it’s a testament to how good the curry is that I have already made it twice since our demo a few weeks ago, it really is that good!

 

For more info on Haywards products and other recipe ideas head over to www.haywardspickles.co.uk , Haywards didn’t pay me for this post (but they did give me a jar of pickled onions!)

 

 

 

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The Vapers Have Taken Over!

The Vapers Have Taken Over!

Posted on 07 July 2016 by Chris Ford

Vaping. Everyone is doing it but not everyone gets it. It is almost as mysterious as the vanilla custard puff of smoke that surrounds one. There is one thing we do know, however. It is very 21st century and it is here to stay.leo Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp love a vape or two and numerous other famous faces are regularly seen in the press holding onto something suspiciously long and silvery. There is no denying that a vape is an interesting little gadget, too. How does it work? What are the mechanics? If you visit luxury new vaping stores such as Vapelux you will see a vast array of different colours, designs, mods, tanks and starter kits, all reasonably priced, too. It is like your very own online vape sweet shop! On YouTube there is a whole community of vapers from around the world showing off the latest vape in various tutorials and reviews. It is like a whole other world out there. But is it really better for you than smoking? Some say it is a safer alternative and urge smokers to make the switch. Who knows, only time will tell, but for now, I think they are pretty darn cool and smell like incense or something – that has got to be better than a cigarette, right?

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