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Laserdisc Nights 2
Laserdisc Nights 2
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Danceable Electro-Synth (With Just A Hint Of Glam), 22 Oct 2011
This review is from: Laserdisc Nights 2 (MP3 Download)
Take Kraftwerk, add Daft Punk and add to a blender with just a sprinkle of 70's glam rock, such as The Sweet. Mix well and leave to set. What you'll end up is something close to Le Galaxie but nowhere near as good.

I saw Le Galaxie live at an Irish music festival in Berlin and they were obviously having a great time playing live, as were the audience who couldn't help but dance.

If you need to cherry pick a track or two, go for Midnight Midnight or the Powers of Miami. But the whole album is all good, maybe slightly let down by the down-tempo Orion.

But most of all, listen to this album, reacquaint yourself with how good the combination of synth and electro driven pop with a hint of rock can be and seek them out live; and if you don't see them live, this album is almost, but not quite as good.

Map Scripting 101: An Example-Driven Guide to Building Interactive Maps with Bing, Yahoo!, and Google Maps
Map Scripting 101: An Example-Driven Guide to Building Interactive Maps with Bing, Yahoo!, and Google Maps
by Adam DuVander
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manual For The Mapstraction Mapping API, 15 July 2011
We live in a world where rich and varied software and APIs are freely available on the internet, free to download and free to use. But as it is in the commercial world of software, so it is in the open source and free world of software; however great the product, the documentation ... lacks something.

There's a reason why, 8 years after publication and multiple editions later, David Pogue's "Mac OS X; The Missing Manual" is still one of the most used and most well thumbed books I have ... and that's because it allows me to use my operating system of choice far more effectively than reading the online documentation and searching the various newgroups and online resources.

As it is with OS X, so it is with Mapstraction and Adam DuVander's Map Scripting 101 well warrants the unwritten subtitle of "Mapstraction: The Missing Manual" (we'll gloss over the trademark and legal ramifications of why that can't happen here).

As I'm a contributor of code to Mapstraction my opinion may be considered not without some bias, but if it wasn't for Adam's book allowing me to understand how rich the Mapstraction API is and how it should work, I would never have been able to write the code that I contributed to the project.

The book assumes little technical know how beyond having the ability to edit files and to upload them to a web server. Beyond that, all that is required of the reader is the desire to use maps on a web page. Even if you know no JavaScript a helpful primer in this scripting language is included in the book.

Adam writes from a position of knowledge and passion but at no point is the reader left feeling they're being patronised or spoken down to; often a problem with some technical books.

If you want to put maps on your web site, buy this book. If you want to know how online maps work, buy this book.

Gatecrasher Digital
Gatecrasher Digital
Offered by raisagirl772
Price: 17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return To Form For Sheffield's Finest, 23 Oct 2001
This review is from: Gatecrasher Digital (Audio CD)
After 4 consistently high quality albums (Red, West, Disco-Tech and Global Sound System), where else is there to go but down?
Gatecrasher's last two offerings (National Anthems and Disco-Tech Generation) seemed to be released with blistering speed and with more thought to the cash tills ringing than to the contents.
I almost didn't buy this, but thought I'd give the occupants of The Republic one last chance; good choice.
The 3 CD set brings you up on disc 1, keeps you there on disc 2 and brings you gently back down on the third disc.
The pros: Some outstanding mixes and the old Gatecrasher combination of better known names (Ferry Corsten's System F, The Art of Trance, Paul Van Dyk and Binary Finary to name a few) and the joy of discovering some new names.
The Cons:
The criminally short mix of Leama's Melodica (check out Oakenfold's version on Perfecto Presents ... Travelling to hear it in its' full glory) and what happened to the packaging? Three slim-line jewel cases? Gatecrasher's always been about the complete package so why the back track with Digital?
4 stars rather than 5 for this, but well worth it nonetheless. Let's hope this is a return to form; consistent form and not a last blip before fading away ...

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