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Don't Buy It!: The tricks and traps salespeople use and how to beat them
Don't Buy It!: The tricks and traps salespeople use and how to beat them
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of repetition, 22 Jun 2014
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A lot of the same explanations repeated throughout the book, and (I thought) a lot was common sense. Still, if you are about to buy a house or a car, this books is probably worth buying to know what to beware of. You would easily save the price of the book.

I just can't help feeling slightly unsatisfied though. Maybe because of the length? Or maybe because I expected just a bit more detail.
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Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions
Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, but could have been more., 12 Feb 2014
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If you are new to the UCS world, this is not the worst place to start. For a server guy, the integration and convergence of the network and server side can be a bit overwhelming and a steep learning curve. There are a lot of networking concepts and equipment (VLAN's, port channels, Fabric interconnects, spanning tree, etc). that need to be picked up in relatively short time, and when you add the complexity and demands of different networking requirements (iSCSI, FC, LAN) to a solution that uses virtual adapters, you need a book that will walk you through it.

This book is half-way there. Using the book alongside the UCS emulator will get you a basic understanding of how the UCS bits fit together and how they are configured, but there isn't much in the way of real world experience or recommendations here. If you want guidance on how many adapters to put on each blade, or the best configuration for boot-from-iSCSI using VMware, that isn't here. Sure, it will help you put your own design into practice, but you need to draw on other sources for best practices.


2 Compatible Black / Tri-Colour Printer Ink Cartridges for HP Photosmart C3100 - High Capacity
2 Compatible Black / Tri-Colour Printer Ink Cartridges for HP Photosmart C3100 - High Capacity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap garbage. Stay away, 20 Dec 2013
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I ordered two cartridges, a colour, and a B&W one. The colour one was OK, but the B&W, which I have just installed a couple of weeks ago after it sat waiting for a few months is pathetic. I guess the lesson is not to buy until you are ready to use, and perhaps to send a bit more for quality.


Britain Etc.
Britain Etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 25 Oct 2013
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I enjoyed this book. Twenty-six subjects (one for each letter of the alphabet) arranged in twenty-six chapters.

Mark Easton looks at some very interesting subjects from alcohol, drugs, immigration, knives and youth. Each subject is discussed in terms of the current "British" situation, and then looked at from the view point of history. Explanations for certain current situations (such as the way teenagers are viewed by the older generation, or why the British swear more than some other cultures) are provided and explored. The only thing that I didn't like was when he talked about the role of the press in some chapters. I know he is a press correspondent, but while he covers the damage the press have done (and continue to do) to society, there doesn't seem to be any remorse there. Perhaps it is unfair to tar all journalists with the same brush though.

It is a very easy read, but well cited and sourced, and the range of topics covered should ensure there is something for everyone.

I know some others have mentioned a dislike for the political references, but I found them necessary. I also didn't find them biased in any way. I didn't know his political affiliation before, and still don't!


Viva! Hysteria
Viva! Hysteria
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Def Leppard!, 22 Oct 2013
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Viva Hysteria is a great addition for any fan of the band, or anyone who was during the Hysteria era. The DVD is fantastically well put together, and of course every song from Hysteria is included live, as recorded at their recent Las Vegas residency. The picture and sound are crisp and fresh, and there is plenty of material here. Besides the DVD and the audio of the main event, you also get the opening act where the "Ded Flatbird's" opened for the band playing some of the lesser known songs, with a good smattering of High n Dry, and On Through the Night.

Obviously you would expect a band that has played together for so long to be polished and tight, and they are. It seem that meticulous detail has been applied to keep the Def Leppard sound, despite the band ageing. Perhaps lead singer Joe Elliot's voice is the only surprise if you haven't heard the band for a while. It obviously isn't as strong as it was during the Hysteria (and later) tours, and I was surprised at how many lines Phil Collen gets, but, the band work together to ensure the show is still good. Compared to some other rock stars of a similar generation, it has probably held up quite well.

Overall, a great package, from a great band.


The Heroes: Three men.  One battle.  No Heroes.
The Heroes: Three men. One battle. No Heroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go on, be a hero, 22 Oct 2013
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The Heroes is another great book by Abercrombie. The Heroes are a group of tactically important stones on top of a hill, in an area that is the focus of a defining battle between the forces of the North, and the Union, Abercrombie takes us through the next few days from the view of different people on both sides.

This is no glossy Battle of Helm's Deep, with smiling elves and dwarves killing nameless faceless orcs. This is dirtier than that. It is gritty, messy, and at times disturbing. There is a real mix of characters here, from those that live for the battle and don't want it to end, to those who were enticed by the thought of fame and fortune, but now only just want to survive, and of course, it is surprising which is which. There is also no falling back on the tried and trusted. It would have been easy to bring back much loved characters like The Bloody Nine, or Sand Dan Glotka (major and popular characters from the First Law trilogy), but we have other (perhaps more minor) characters from there and they are given a chance to shine.

But it isn't all details from the front, there is of course a fair share of the equivalent of back-room politics, rivalries, and drama.

And it is all good.


My Beautiful England
My Beautiful England
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great snapshot of life, 10 Oct 2013
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This isn't the kind of book I would normally read, but as someone who spent some time growing up in Burnley, is married to an immigrant, and has also been an immigrant, it was firmly put on my "to read" list when I heard about it. After all, how many books have been based in Burnley!

This story of the three women and their experiences coming to a town in Northern England was good to read. I could empathise with what they were going through (at least to some degree), and I thought the author did a great job of creating and describing the characters thoughts and experiences. The three women come from vastly different backgrounds and this came through well. At times, I couldn't help feel a little sad and depressed at the situations described, but then that is how life is for some people unfortunately.

Ultimately, given the fluidity of population movement in the modern world, I think this is a book that a lot of people would enjoy, and get something out of.


The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper
The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the world of Jack, 9 Sep 2013
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For those who are already familiar with the leading (and perhaps not so leading) suspects, and the facts behind the case, this probably isn't for you. For those who are not so well versed, this is a great book.

It starts with an timeline of events (some definitely Ripper related, some less obviously so), and then covers the facts around the murders and the main people definitely associated with the events. After that, the book provides a series of essays from different authors where they express their viewpoint on who was or wasn't the Ripper. This is the meat of the book for most people as many suspects are covered (some twice) and the selections and suspicions are explained and justified. No doubt some will seem ludicrous to you, and some will strike a chord. Overall, I found the quality of the essays somewhat of a mixed bag, but generally interesting.

Finally, there is information about the weather on the day of each murders, as well as a catalogue of TV shows, films, and books about the Ripper.

Do we find out who the real Jack the Ripper is? No, but that isn't really the point of the book (or perhaps even possible now). But it will probably inspire you to further reading!


Smart Office 2
Smart Office 2
Price: £6.44

1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work..., 4 Sep 2013
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Dropbox won't connect, Google docs won't connect.

Yes, it was free offer of the day a while ago, but I would rather pay for something and have it work. This seems pointless.


Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea
Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can you add?, 6 Aug 2013
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The human tragedy described in this book is appalling. What some people in this book went through (and others still go through) should be a wake-up call to everyone. In this day and age, while we sit here with our phones, tablets, laptops, and social security to fall back on, there are possibly still people starving to death. People sent to camps for frivolous reasons who will only exit as ashes.

Meanwhile, I just cooked dinner and thrown out all the "off-cuttings" from the vegetables, and some spilled rice.

I don't consider myself a socialist by any means, but we are so incredibly lucky to have what we have. I don't know how any one cannot be touched by the content of this book.


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