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Focus on Geography - Hazards
Focus on Geography - Hazards
by Garrett Nagle
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent concise revision, 19 Sept. 2004
This is one of the rare OCR textbooks that gives a decent stab at tackling its own syllabus. It is specifically designed for the 'Hazards' option of the A' Level Syllabus, and it includes plenty of information on more obscure Hazards like Mudslides and Tsunamis that many other textbooks neglect to mention. Its coverage of Hurricanes, Volcano's and Earthquakes is outstanding, with a multitude of well-explained case studies and a style that is very easy to read and revise from. I found it particularly useful for revision because there is no irrelevant detail or off the subject rambling like many other less course-specific A level books. Also the book is aesthetically pleasing with plenty of diagrams and color variations, something that I actually find very important when doing hours of solid revision. With this textbook, a geography student will be armed with all the information he needs to write top-level answers for hazards questions.

Sony MZ-N505 Blue Net MiniDisc Walkman
Sony MZ-N505 Blue Net MiniDisc Walkman

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds, 23 Oct. 2002
One of the pioneers of Sony's Net MD range, this machine is a brilliant combination of the speed and convenience of MP3s with the battery life and recording time of MiniDiscs.

For those of you who don't know, Net MD is an improvement to MiniDiscs that allows whole albums to be reformatted onto your player in minutes rather than hours and arguably with much better quality. In practice the system is just fine; those songs are on your player before you know it, and the quality is barely discernable from CD quality.
The battery life is also great; it is easily rechargeable from the mains, and it lasts for around 50 hours, easily enough for all but the longest journeys. On Long Play, for a hardly noticeable drop in sound quality you can record up to 6 hours of music on each disc. The current price of blank MiniDiscs is fantastic, you can pick up 5 for around a fiver.
The main problem is comparatively unimportant; the manual was either written by a woefully illiterate programmer or is a practical joke to wind people up. As a result of this, I am not entirely sure how to use some of the more complex features such as the grouping function that this player offers. Another minor problem is that the earphones supplied are very uncomfortable, not very good quality and they keep slipping out of peoples ears (its not just me). However, given the low price of the player, splashing out on a 10-pound pair of headphones isn't too unreasonable. By the way the USB port required for the PC link is not supplied.
The software is not ideal, especially in comparison with the likes of 'Real Jukebox' and some others on the market. It occasionally crashes on Win 98, but on Windows 2000 I have had no problems in 6 months, but don't rely on me about that.
All in all, this is a fantastic machine, and if any shopper wants a fast PC-player link or is considering buying an MP3 player as I once was when I found it, then I cannot recommend this enough

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