Scotts of Stow Great Garden Additions

Great Garden Additions  At Scotts of Stow

Scotts of Stow are proud to bring you their superb new arrivals for gardening enthusiasts everywhere. The Gardening this Autumn range contains everything from Squirrel Proof bird feeders to outdoor Utility Cabinets and Tap Jackets. Use the discount code SA11 to get free delivery on orders over £70 or more. Check for a valid scotts of stow discount code at the divine style website Confident Design before you buy this Spring!

Jumbo Storage BoxJumbo<br /><br />
Storage BoxIf you’re short of storage space or don’t have a shed, this weatherproof storage box is ideal for swallowing up all those wellies, chair cushions, tools and miscellaneous outdoor paraphernalia. Ideal for the garden, garage or patio, it will keep all your bits and bobs tidily stored away. Made from weather resistant UV-stabilised polypropylene, that will not degrade over time Free Standing Lockable lid to keep the contents safe and dry. Integral wheels are fitted to one end for easy mobility 62 x 125 x 57cm Home assembly: simply clicks together without tools Durable Floor Read our buying guide on How to Choose the Ideal Garden StorageNow £99.95

Plastic EtageresPlastic<br /><br />
EtageresMake space for more plants with an affordable and attractive way to show off an impressive array of your favourite pot plants. Our 3-tier étagéres fit a lot of plants into a small space – and if you’ve always wanted to cultivate your own fresh herb garden, either stand creates a perfect environment for all the separate pots. Durable plastic construction Straight-shelf unit measures 23″ x 19¾” x 16″ Corner unit measures 19″ x 15″ wide Ideal for patio or conservatory Terraced design makes them easier to water Available in corner or straight design Requires simple self assemblyNow £24.95

Utility CabinetUtility<br /><br />
CabinetIf you’re short of space in the garden but need somewhere to hide away pots and tools, this superbly space efficient cabinet could be the answer. It’s compact yet provides ample storage for all your horticultural bits and pieces. Footprint of just 73.5 x 49.5cm Comes on its own base. Clicks together in minutes without tools, bolts or screws 91.5cm high assembled with two adjustable shelves. Easy-access padlockable door Compact enough to fit beneath a window sill Made from weather resistant UV-stabilised polypropylene, that will not degrade over time Completely maintenance-free and will last for years Read our buying guide on How to Choose the Ideal Garden StorageNow £79.95

Tap Jackets (2)Tap<br /><br />
Jackets (2)Our instant-fit, thermal insulating tap jackets slip onto any outside taps in seconds with two neat fasteners. Also ideal for hot water taps and valves around the house which, left uncovered, can result in as much as 5% heat loss. Pack of 2 tap jackets Prevent potentially disastrous outside tap freeze upsNow £10.95

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders (Pair)Squirrel<br /><br />
Proof Bird Feeders (Pair)Large birds or squirrels squatting in your garden? Make sure they don’t snaffle the small birds’ food with these caged feeders that allow your little feathered friends to feed in peace while deterring any intruders. There are two styles, one for feeding peanuts, the other for feeding fatballs and with this money saving offer if you buy one, you get the other completely FREE. Easy, all-round access for garden birds No access for larger birds or squirrels 10″ x 8¾” dia. Buy one and get one FREE!Now £19.95

Manual LawnmowerManual<br /><br />
LawnmowerGet the best from your lawn, even in small spaces. This compact manual lawnmower is just the job for small gardens. It’s safe – no worries about mowing over power cables – and it’s clean – no smelly petrol to deal with. The 30.5cm wide cylindrical cutting head won’t rip at the grass like other single bladed and hover models can. Perhaps most pleasing of all is that it allows you to achieve a wonderful striped effect in your lawn. No power cables to tangle or accidentally mow over Mows finely and evenly with 5-bladed cylindrical cutting head Lightweight mesh grass collector folds flat when not in use Made of metal Measures 117 x 43 x 30.5cmNow £69.95

Easy Lawn EdgerEasy Lawn<br /><br />
EdgerNow you can finish mowing perfectly by giving your lawn a neat, straight edge with this ergonomically designed edging tool that avoids back strain. Simply push it along the lawn edge and the hardened steel blade trims the overhanging grass as you go. It has an anti-skid footrest to exert extra pressure when required. Self-sharpening blade cuts to a depth of almost 1¼” Moulded handgrips for comfort Durable powder-coated finish Shaft measures 39″ longNow £19.95

Self-Coiling HoseSelf-Coiling HoseWatering the garden can be such hard work, dragging around a heavy hose and then rewinding it onto a reel. This self-coiling hose is the fast, easy and lightweight solution. Stretching to reach all areas of your garden without knocking over plants on the way, it bounces back to a neat and tidy coil so it needs no reel. High-quality Extends to a full 100′ (30m) Kink-free, weather-stabilised hi-grade hose construction 7-spray hand nozzle (Jet, Shower, Mist, Angle, Vertical, Flat and Full) Also ideal for washing cars, caravans and boats or for cleaning patios and pathways Comfortable to use and easily lifted over border plants while you water Easily accessible and stored Outside tap adaptors includedNow £23.95

Lawn Aerator SandalsLawn<br /><br />
Aerator SandalsTo keep your lawn in tip-top condition, it requires more than just weeding, feeding and mowing. To ensure water, air and nutrients reach right to the roots of the grass, it needs regular aeration. And although you can do this by means of a garden fork or a manual machine fitted with tines, by far the easiest method is by fitting these aerator sandals and simply walking all over it! Simply strap the sandals over your shoes and the 1½” spikes built into the soles will get right to the point. Wear them while mowing the lawn and you’ll do two jobs at the same time. Made of steel and plastic Adjustable toe and heel straps One size fits all Requires simple assemblyNow £14.95

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Womens Pearl Stud Earrings, CreamWomens<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Pearl Stud Earrings, CreamMake a statement with these subtly stylish earrings.Our Price £9.95
Home Fragrance
Blooming Lovely Reed Diffuser, Wild BlossomBlooming<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Lovely Reed Diffuser, Wild BlossomBase fragrances of iris, rose and jasmine make this the perfect diffuser for adding bright floral notes to any room.Our Price £19.95
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World Electronics Prices

Still travelling so that’s why there’s been a lack of posts. I just got back from China and Japan. Asia is in love with their mobile phones. It’s no surprise that mobile apps is the future.

I’ve shopped around in various electronic shops and even cruised through Akihabara “electric city” but prices don’t differ that much. In China its hard to tell because you have to go through a ton of haggling to find the real price. Japan wasn’t cheap. I read an article on Tomshardware that places the US as one of the cheapest places to buy elecronics. I haven’t found any great deals in Asia. You might get 10% off here and there. You mights as well just find somewhere that’s tax free to get that kind of deal.

There’s No Business Like Show Business…

The world of computer shows has always been weird, but now it seems to be coming full circle. Twenty five years ago you went to technical symposiums put on by your primary vendor – if you ran Prime, you went to the Prime show, if you ran DEC, you went to DECUS. I have many fond memories of heavily bearded men walking around in suspenders and an excessive amount of brown colored clothes talking about 11/780’s – until they found the TTI booth that is. TTI was one of those quasi-OEM types who really are integrators but they figured out how to put an 8mm Exabyte tape drive onto a VAX – and even better is the guy who owned the place was married to the sister of Barbara Bach (who was married to Ringo Starr at the time) who was smoking hot (even if it weren’t a DECUS) so there was always quite a crowd at the TTI booth.

Anyhow, we went through this transition in the show biz from vendor specific events, to industry events. As specialization of function began to occur, specialization of shows was thought to be too myopic, so big industry gigs were launched. Comdex, Interop, SNW, etc. all had their time. Now, we’ve moved past industry specialization, further down into sub-functional specialization – and the show tunes are changing again.

EMC exhibits at everything including the flower and plant expo as far as I can see. It took them 25 years of business to become their own sub-culture – big enough to merit its own show. EMC World had 9,000 people attend this year. RSA has 17,000. VMworld just had about 11,000. That’s 37,000 folks who came to see EMC owned stuff – in EMC’s own shows! Symantec’s Vision has tons of attendees, as does CA World. Storage Decisions is next week, and if there are 300-400 real IT folks, it’s a hit. SNW is shortly thereafter, and no one ever really knows how many real IT folks will be there, but it ain’t gonna be 9,000. It will mostly be the same 2000 industry folks that are always there, doing the modern equivalent of looking for the TTI booth.

I’m not sure industry specialization is going to be relevant for much longer – at least in show biz. We’ve got more storage analysts than the rest of the industry combined I think, and there isn’t a single ESG’er speaking at this show, and it isn’t because we didn’t try. (Don’t fret, we’ll still be there in force, you can stop calling – and no, I’m not sure why, but looking at the agenda it appears to be 87% vendor speakers, and yes, I am going to be in Germany.). Vendor speakers? If that’s what I want to see 87% of, then I’ll go to the vendor show! The worst part is that some of these very nice people giving pitches are simply awful speakers, and the show people know it. It’s a recipe for trouble. A bad speaker shows up at VMworld (other than Diane Greene) and you’ll not see them again next year. Joe Tucci is no Tom Mendoza with a microphone, but those vendors are true big wigs and it’s usually worth listening to what they have to say. Some product manager talking about how thick a fibre channel cable should be for 45 minutes stammering “um” every other word ain’t gonna pack in the crowd, I’m guessing.

This gets me to my point, I think. Decisions is industry based, but is at least hyper-focused in the regard that they have a room of real folks who spend real money on stuff. There just aren’t enough of them. Inevitably, I think these kinds of shows either must adapt to new realities, or simply go away. If you want to do business development in the storage market, SNW is the place to be. Maybe that’s what they should focus on – lower the costs for all concerned, and take advantage of what they have. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s the best show on the planet for ESG – most of the people are our clients so it is very convenient for meetings). Decisions will have to come up with a different angle eventually – drop the costs for sponsorship or something, or else the vendors are going to go where the money is. Tek-Tools, an SRM player out of Texas told me they got 1200 leads at VMworld – and it cost them the same as SNW or Decisions. I’m not that smart, but it seems the math is kind of easy. They are smart folks, so they must see this.

The real problem these folks (and all the others) are going to face eventually is the web. People go to shows to learn something and hopefully connect with peers who live in their worlds – who have already crossed a bridge that they face. It’s often that one little tidbit of information that you get that can save your bacon – and that’s what makes it all worthwhile. Getting that answer hasn’t been easy without shows like this historically – but the web 2.0 phenomenon is going to change all that. If Google worked in a specialty mode (i.e. it actually found you the right answer, not all 11 billion possible answers), then you wouldn’t need to get on a plane to try and find out why this array crashes this operating system when performing this read on that database.

Sun Buys Lustre – A File System!!!

OK, so I’m cynical, but am I to believe that this is mere coincidence?  Netapp sues Sun for patent infringement over Sun’s ZFS file system.  Sun sort of denies that it infringed, tries to change the subject, and attempts to incite a civil war between Texas and California.  A week later Sun buys a file system company.

Once again, let me stress that I am no lawyer – but like many (not all) lawyers, I do have several humanesque traits – such as common sense (and at least two nice suits).  If nothing else, does not the timing of this make you scratch your head?

The move is pretty good as a hedge in case a judge slams Sun with an injunction and won’t let them ship ZFS – especially since I figure a big revenue hit for a quarter or so makes them technically insolvent – so if that happens they will need to be able to ship something.  Lustre has long been an accepted, well utilized file system within that bastion of capitalism and business computing – the scientific community.  I don’t think it runs unless the admin either wears a white lab coat, or sandals in the basement of an academic lab.  I have no idea how easy or hard it would be to drop Lustre in to replace ZFS, I can only surmise that there weren’t many other options at hand, though I’m sure they could also have used Redhat or Suse’s file systems.

Regardless, it sure doesn’t instill rip roaring confidence in their defense of the Netapp case.  Sun does have a habit of doing things like this with no regard for what others might think, or even without how it might possibly affect their legal stance, so it’s hard to say.  I mean, it’s not like they just OEM’ed Microsoft Windows server or anything………..Ooops.  I’m starting to feel like either I’m in the twilight zone, or the industry is just screwing with me.  Either way, cut it out.