Toshiba NB200-12N 10.1-Inch Netbook

The Mini NB200 (NB205 in The US) is the second netbook from Toshiba. The spec includes Intel's Atom N280 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz. 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB), 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (There is a 160GB version available), webcam, full size keyboard, memory card reader , Wi-Fi (54g) Bluetooth and Windows 7 starter.

Toshiba NB200 (NB205) Netbook With Windows

Design: The NB200's design is one of the smartest looking amogs the currently available crop of netbooks. Just 25mm think and (in ;the case of mine) a rather fetching Brown satin case matched with silver detailing and keyboard. It features a full sized keyboard, although the tab key is a little on the small side. The trackpad is a decent size for a netbook too. The calculator style keys are well spaced making typing fairly stress free.

The 1024x600 resolution 10.1 inch screen is bright and clear, though the glossy screen could be problematic in bright sunlight. Windows 7's ability to hide the task bar comes in handy as digital real estate is at a premium.

Toshiba NB200 (NB205) Netbook With Windows 7 Starter

Connectivity: The Toshiba Mini features 3 USB ports, a card reader, Bluetooth and Wi-fi, Ethernet and analogue video output. The USB can be set to charge items while the netbook sleeps.

Performance: This is a netbook, which essentially means light use and predominately web based tasks. Its not going to replace your desktop / Laptop for processor heavy tasks. While out of the box its able to run web video (BBC iPlayer / Youtube) however it did struggle trying to run hi-def from vimeo. Truth be told many netbooks are much of a muchness as they say, an Atom processor teamed with 1GB of memory and a 10.1 inch screen. Though the NB200 is not really very suited to Hi-Def playback out of the box it's as good as you will likley get with that spec Office tasks etc. run with ease though I would suggest that this and all netbooks could do with 2GB of ram as standard and would suggest purchasing one of the available 2GB sticks for netbooks. Windows 7 starter is certainly an improvement over Vista in terms of memory use and does give a viable option over the ageing XP OS. Power consumption is pretty good giving a claimed up to 9 hours using the right settings, though realistically if your machines is in constant use its more likely to be around 6 or 7, though that's still excellent.

In conclusion, if your looking to buy a netbook this Christmas or January sales this is a best of breed machine for the price. Great styling, phenomenal battery life and A keyboard you can type on without your hand becoming malformed claws. Plus when you whip it out in the local coffee shop you don't look like you've robbed a small child of her "Barbie's first pc". The Toshiba NB200 is available at and in North America from as the NB205 from

Cello Review

A music professor and former cellist lives an ordered life with her husband, 2 daughters, and her sister until this status begins to unravel in Korean horror/chiller Cello. Hong Mi-ju (Seong Hyeon-ah) has a nice house, loving family, and enviable career, but cracks start to appear when she's threatened by a former pupil over a failed exam. Sinister texts, a dead bird and a near-miss in a car park are all worrying signs for Mi-ju, but these tangible proceedings are only the beginning of the increasingly bizarre events which befall her. Could the pupil be behind the goings on? Or Maybe the creepy housekeeper? Find out in this surprisingly decent film from writer/director Lee Woo-chul. 

Korea is increasingly becoming a nation of horror producers on a par with Japan for the ever-popular Asian Horror market. Films like A Tale of Two Sisters and names like Park Chan-wook have upped the Korean bid to be forthright in the market dominated by Japanese Ringu-type scares. Recent Japanese horrors like Ju-On: The Grudge 2 have milked the now tiresomely familiar frights dry, with the narrative taking a backseat as a fluff filler for the effects. Cello, though, thankfully does the opposite as an engaging, story-driven horror where minimal scare effects function to enhance the story, rather than the other way around. 

Woo-chul's film works for the most part by an ascending feeling of off-key, rather than blatant shock tactics. Paranoia and suspicion fuel the general feeling of unrest, while the few but well-placed frights elevate the horror elements. As less of an effects-laden film, the odd well-framed shot inputs a creepy atmosphere, with the house itself taking on an especially noticeable characteristic of the very subtly surreal. Weirdness personified by the housekeeper and Mi-ju's silent, autistic child keep you guessing, as does her former pupil in a superb turn of effectively creepy bimbo-ness. What begins as a complex weave of plot devices culminates in a traditional ghost-story ending, with the odd inclusion of the Asian-type scares we've become accustomed to. There is a slightly arthouse feel to the film at times, which aids the off-key atmosphere and the initial complexities of the plot make you think rather than just absorb the chills. The subtly creepy atmosphere only heightens the effect of the shocks, none more so than the genuinely brutal realism of Mi-ju's unintentionally horrific act towards the end. You get the feeling that this film wasn't intended to be a cinematic great, but rather an above average and quietly individual chiller, and as such it succeeds.

If long black hair as a scare tactic has worn a little thin with you, then this engaging, story-driven horror could be what you need to perk the Asian horror genre up 7/10


The Exterminator

John Eastman (Robert Ginty) is a Vietnam Vet (aren’t all the best revenge movie / vigilante hero’s?) and when his best friend, Michael Jefferson (Steve James,) who saved his life out in The 'Nam is attacked and left paralysed by a gang of vicious street punks, Eastman decides to even the score.

The film starts off with its heroes fighting the Vietcong in the Vietnam war. After a vicious gun battle, Eastman, Jefferson and another comrade are captured and taken for interrogation. During the interrogation the 3rd comrade has his head hacked off in a surprisingly gory film moment, Eastman is next up for the chop, luckily Jefferson gets the drop on his guards and takes them down, machine gun blazing.

Back in New York, Eastman and Jefferson are honest Joe’s making a living from blue-collar factory jobs. An encounter with some thieves at the factory sets off a chain of events which lead to the birth of The Exterminator. Having put a stop to a robbery at work Jefferson is jumped by members of the same gang (The Ghetto Ghouls). Vastly outnumbered he is beaten badly and is left paralyzed. Eastman decides there is only one thing to do. This is the guy that kept his head on his shoulders back in the 'nam lying crippled in bed. So he picks up his M16 and goes in search of the perpetrators. Finding the punks in a flat, they seem to find it a little difficult to figure out what his problem is, saying Jefferson was "Only a nigger" to which Eastman replies "that nigger was my best friend". After dispatching the gang members Eastman still plagued by the memory of the beheading he witnessed back in Vietnam, decides to continue in his role as the vigilante The Exterminator. Taking out all kinds of other criminal trash, including a Mob Boss and Pimp who specializes in supplying young boys to rich male clients.

The Exterminator, which has the great tagline “The man they pushed too far”, is a great example of the Vigilante / revenge movie genre which was particularly popular in the late 70’s and early 80’s, dishing out classic action, gunplay and car chases. Jake Eastman just looks like a normal guy, which makes the film so much better than having a muscle-bound freak in the lead role. Robert Ginty gives a very understated performance in the lead role; he doesn’t exude any kind of charisma, crack cheesy one liners or even particularly fly into any kind of rage. He is, as he states at one point, “taking care of business,” and he deals with his foes just like a garbage man taking out the trash. Christopher George is top notch as the hard-bitten cop on the trail of The Exterminator and all the cast fit the feel of the film nicely. The rubbish strewn, impoverished streets of New York's 80’s underbelly are a fantastic backdrop for the action; these are the streets no-one cares about, these are the streets that could really breed “The Exterminator”.

If you like, The Warriors, Death Wish, Dirty Harry, The Gauntlet, and films of that type you should find The Exterminator a very enjoyable experience. This may not be mainstream action stuff, but its classic cult movie revenge fun.

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