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SanDisk SDCZ50-032G-B35 32GB Cruzer Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive
SanDisk SDCZ50-032G-B35 32GB Cruzer Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Price: 11.26

2.0 out of 5 stars Never attach this to your keyring, 13 Jan 2014
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At first sight this little flash drive is brilliant - it looks cool, it's tiny, sturdy and with a very large storage capacity. My friend warned me after I'd bought it that he lost his after it broke off his keyring. I ignored him naturally and sure enough after just over a month of being on my keyring the memory stick was no longer there and I later found the memory stick on the floor by my door with a broken plastic hole.

As this has happened to myself and my friend it must be a common problem and poor design.

If you're not intending to attach this to your keyring then this is a 5* product.


Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black
Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black
Offered by Secure Digital
Price: 49.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Size/design/price - spot on, 13 Jan 2014
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Brilliant little hard drive:
- Cheap
- Solidly built
- Nice modest design
- Good capacity
- About the size of a calculator, more or less.
- Quiet


Logitech X-140 Multimedia Speakers (2.0)
Logitech X-140 Multimedia Speakers (2.0)
Offered by 3B-IT Ltd
Price: 32.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable desk speakers, 13 Jan 2014
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Functional cheap speakers for my desktop computer, but wouldn't fill a large room due to lack of bass and volume. Sound quality good at low volumes but sounds very distorted at anything over half volume.

The sound at half volume would get drowned out in a medium sized party so these are only really appropriate for use in an office/non-social environment where sound quality/volume aren't the priority.

Worked well out the box and very simple controls.


10 x 40W E14 Clear Candle Lamp/Light Bulbs
10 x 40W E14 Clear Candle Lamp/Light Bulbs
Offered by HGS UK TRADING LIMITED
Price: 6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright, cheap, but short life and inefficient, 13 Jan 2014
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Bought these as the cheapest available after a short search. Very bright but get very hot very quickly and a couple have already reached the end of their lives after only a few weeks. The rest (about 6-7) are still going strong. Good fast cheap replacement.


ModMyPi Case for Raspberry Pi - Ice White
ModMyPi Case for Raspberry Pi - Ice White
Offered by New IT limited
Price: 5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat, modest, cheap, 13 Jan 2014
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It's light, sturdy, looks cool, doesn't take any functionality away from the pi. Good modest choice for protecting your pi.


TP-Link TL-WN822N 300MBPS High Gain Wireless N USB Adapter
TP-Link TL-WN822N 300MBPS High Gain Wireless N USB Adapter
Price: 14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for connecting to low signal WiFi, 13 Jan 2014
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Worked perfectly out the box, improving the connection speed from <1Mbps to >40Mbps compared to my previous tiny adaptor. If you suspect you're connection speed is bottlenecked by low signal this will help drastically.

It's an ugly shiny plastic thing with flashing lights and a long wire but can't complain because of the performance.


Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought (Allen Lane Science)
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought (Allen Lane Science)
by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grounded, practical cookbook to succeed Godel Escher Bach, 27 Sep 2013
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I bought this book after being blown away by Godel Escher Bach. As a software engineer with an interest in artificial intelligence, I hoped this book would solidify some of Hofstadter's ideas into a more practical, less philosophical form - ideally so I could reproduce some of his programs myself.

Most chapters correspond to a program him and his colleagues have written, but some chapters are essays exploring attitudes and approaches to AI. The chapters describing programs are interesting enough, but can be long winded and in the end the programs seem to be more an expression of his philosophy than a practical tool of intelligence - he admits this himself; stating his belief that AI research needs to focus more on the methods than the results at this stage.

Like GEB, this book has a unique ability to completely reshape your perceptions of the world. Chapter 4 - "High-level Perception, Representation, and Analogy: A Critique of Artificial-intelligence Methodology" was the crux of this book. If nothing else, then the book is worth buying for this chapter - it manages to summarise and explain the mind bending interactions between high and low level perception in the human mind with amazing clarity.

4 stars because Hofstadter's strengths lie in philosophy, wordplay and communication more than practical tool making. This book is an attempt to describe how the ideas of GEB can be turned into practical software, but instead its best sections are those focusing heavily on philosophy.


Epson EB-S02 2600 Lumens SVGA Projector
Epson EB-S02 2600 Lumens SVGA Projector

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for gaming, films, up to 120", works with PS3, projects well onto white walls, 27 Sep 2013
Me and my housemates all chipped in to buy one of these, we didn't know what to expect and we were particularly worried that it wouldn't be able to fill up the whole living room wall with enough brightness, or wouldn't work well with our PS3.

It all worked perfectly! You can connect the PS3 to it through component cables, which is fine for the resolution, no noticeable response delay either. We moved the projector as far away from the wall as we could to get an absolutely epic 120" screen! It's been pretty much on for a few days solid now for films, football, and GTA 5.

We're projecting it directly onto an off-white wall but it's still good quality and brightness.

Our's was bought from Ebay second hand for 150.
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How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
by Ray Kurzweil
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book, doesn't give enough away, 20 Sep 2013
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This book was given the title it has to sell more copies. Kurzweil doesn't reveal any secrets and doesn't describe any methods that haven't been around for a long time in academia and industry already.

As a software engineer working on pattern recognition systems I bought this book as soon as it was available, the book gave me a lot of ideas and I'm very happy I bought it. The central thesis seems to be the same as Jeff Hawkins' On Intelligence - obviously a big influence for Kurzweil - but with a focus on developments since On Intelligence was published.

Kurzweil got employed at Google very shortly after publishing this book so he could lead a team to create the mind that he's described. He's said in interviews that he left some details out of the book because he didn't want to give too much away.

Overall a good read that will provoke a lot of constructive thought, but don't expect for anyone to actually build a mind based on just this book.


DELL USB Black Optical Scroll Mouse 1000dpi , Dell P/Ns: HRG26 , 93H7Y , 11D3V , 9RRC7, Brand NEW
DELL USB Black Optical Scroll Mouse 1000dpi , Dell P/Ns: HRG26 , 93H7Y , 11D3V , 9RRC7, Brand NEW
Offered by Gasteiner Technologies Ltd
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great solid simple mouse, 20 Sep 2013
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I wanted a modest looking good quality mouse. I didn't fancy a monster 12 button neon boy racer back-flipping gaming mouse so I found this one instead. Definitely what I wanted, feels nice in the hand and is satisfying to click.

I use this every day for work and even though it's a cheap mouse I find it better than a lot of more expensive models cause it's not trying too hard. Recommended for modest people who want a modest mouse.


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