Feedback for Computer Shopper has been compiled from 23 customer reviews

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Service rating : Excellent. Always arrives before the copy has hit the bookstands!
Product : Excellent magazine for general PC enthusiasts. Appeals to beginners and more advanced people too.


On 07-Jul-2016 the customer changed their rating and added:
Brilliant magazine. Not too technical but it covers all the essentials.

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Service rating : Very pleased with the service have just started with you just had my first month magazine delivered to me
Product : My magazine arrived on time so glad I joined with them now I haven't got to go to town to get it so my her easier having it delivered

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Service rating : Always on time, in great condition
Product : A great resource for general info, but a mag I would tend to buy when considering a new build rather than subscription

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Service rating : I haven't actually received any service - not that I'm complaining!
Product : Good it may be but it no longer serves my needs

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Service rating : Good to get each issue before the shops
Product : All the information I need is in this

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Service rating : Works fine for me
Product : Give me all the news and update I can ask for

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Service rating : Not the sort of magazine I was told it was
Product : Did like it


On 08-Jun-2016 the supplier responded:
thank you for your feedback.

I'm sorry to hear that the magazine was not as you thought.

I have sent you an email with more information.

Lucy

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Service rating : No issues.
Product : I rely on it for good information, tips, advise. Excellent magazine.

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Service rating : I have yet tovreceive my first issue as a trial even though oayment wasvtaken from my account so totally shoddy
Product : As i have not received the first trial edition i cannot comment but if it is anything like getting a survey forcsomething i have not received then i dont expect a lot


On 03-May-2016 the supplier responded:
Morning Jane,

We appreciate the time that you have taken to leave some feedback, I have sent you an email with further details.

Have a nice day.

Abbie P

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Service rating : Sent the mags when they said they would.
Product : Computer Shopper is a great magazine but I'm afraid not for me,it's a bit too technical, but I gave it a try.

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Service rating : Friendly customer service but unable to offer a renewal deal that even came close to previous years' subscription costs
Product : Useful content and reviews that provide a helpful reference for future buying needs and interesting features from time to time. The format is however becoming a bit repetitive and stale.

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Service rating : Efficient delivery every month
Product : Very good and helpful content

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Service rating : I have only received 1 magazine.
Product : 1 magazine too early to comment.


On 08-Apr-2016 the supplier responded:


Thank you for your feedback.

I have been in contact with you by email with a response to your query.

Have a good day!

Abbie P

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Service rating : Magazine delivered on time every month.
Product : A very good magazine that covers a wide range of technology. Easy to read and keeps me up to date with new items.


On 08-Apr-2016 the supplier responded:


Thank you for your review in regards to Computer Shopper.

I am pleased to hear that the magazines have been delivered on time each month and that you think they are easy to read.

Have a lovely weekend!

Abbie P

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Service rating : I subscribed...it arrived..
Product : Seems to cover what you would expect.

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Service rating : Magazines arrive in the post no problem
Product : Good magazine with the right sort of information in print form, but sometimes is out of date by the time it goes to print and a simple search on the web is cheaper and easier

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Service rating : Excellent
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Service rating : Just very good service and friendly call centre staff. Thanks!
Product : It's a great magazine but I would still like to see more Linux articles. Linux is so popular now and I feel coverage in your magazine should be better. It is the main reason I did not carry on with my subscription.

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Very speedy reply, realise will not get individual reply, but might be anwsered via the magazine.

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Product : very good

Computer Shopper magazine

Being Human

As AI becomes ever more intelligent, so the steps we have to take to prove we're human become more complicated and annoying. Mel Croucher bemoans the rise of the web's CAPTCHA, but there may be some light at the end of the tunnel

The great Alan Turing invented modern computing, defeated Adolf Hitler, pioneered artificial intelligence and boosted the career of Benedict Cumberbatch. In 1950, the computer genius devised the so-called Turing Test, to measure how far a machine can fool people into believing it is as human as they are. So far so good. Unfortunately, half a century later, a bunch of American boffins came up with the abomination known as the Completely Automated Public Turing-test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, commonly known as the CAPTCHA. And that was when the misery began. For the past fifteen years, I have suffered along with the rest of humanity from innumerable online pages demanding to know if we are human. This involves deciphering a string of idiotic characters with revolting shapes, colours and backgrounds, then failing to type them correctly into a little box.

The CAPTCHA is supposed to sort the fleshly sheep from the electronic goats, and weed out automated swindlers, spammers and slimeballs, but all it really does is slow everything down and add to the sum of human misery. More so if the hapless human is hamfisted, sight-impaired, colourblind, dyslexic or daft. And apart from any of this, the randomly-generated distorted text is totally useless in keeping the robots out. There are now software bundles that can crack the most complex and tortuously mangled CAPTCHA strings with 99.8 per cent accuracy, which is much better than most human brains can achieve, and infinitely better than my own ability.

And so it is with sheer delight that while blundering around some WordPress websites, I discover my misery is over. And it's all thanks to Google. WordPress is one of a growing number of major outfits to sling out the near-useless, outmoded text-based CAPTCHA gatekeepers, in favour of a ludicrously simple idea from the mighty Google, which relies on emotional reactions as opposed to slavish mimicry. I am presented with a simple invitation to pick my favourite colour and then tick a little box that says "I am not a robot." Unfortunately my favourite colour is "freckles by candlelight", and that isn't in the options, but I persevere. As an alternative, I am then shown a picture of a pussy cat and invited to click on matching images that also feature dogs, guinea pigs and what look suspiciously like marijuana leaves. Easy! Even I can click on a cute little kitten in a box, whereas a malware script would not even recognise the question let alone the answer.

This newer Turing test is called reCAPTCHA, and I have just come across it again on Humble Bundle, the bargain-rail gaming website. This time I am asked to match up images of turkeys, and I confess to experiencing a few seconds of mindless pleasure as I click on the gobbling fowls and avoid bowls of cranberry sauce. An automated gatekeeper with a sense of humour. How splendid. How simple. Beating the bad robots is no longer a chore, it has just become a pleasure. GOTCHA!

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