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Rarities
Rarities
Price: 8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot pretend that this is like any other music that I like, 20 July 2014
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I discovered this singer as a result of the track "The Opening" being used with the closing credits of the final "Wallander" TV series on BBC4 in early summer 2014. Not being a musicologist, I cannot pretend that this is like any other music that I like. All I can say is that it is a joy to listen to the whole album; it's very musical and it certainly bears repeating many times. This is a singer that I will keep on my wish list.


Audio-Technica AT-LP60 USB Turntable
Audio-Technica AT-LP60 USB Turntable
Price: 129.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well and is acceptable for the price, 20 April 2014
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If you want an easy to use turntable to convert vinyl records (LPs and EPs) to mp3 files, then this works well.

My reason for only four stars is perhaps "picky" as all I wanted to do was convert a few LPs to mp3 files and, for that purpose, I really can't complain about this product or the price. However, I am slightly biased by the memory that almost two decades ago, I had a Thorens TD160C deck with an Ortofon cartridge; the cartridge alone cost more than this whole USB Turntable.

There are a few negative points:
1. The AT-LP60 looks cheap and although the base is a grey, metallic colour, it is made of plastic.
2. The power cable and the stereo audio cable are both fixed inside the unit; only the USB cable is removable for transportation.
3. The pickup arm seems rather fragile but, provided you handle it with respect, it should last.
4. There is no clip for the pickup arm which is needed when you transport the Turntable. However, the instructions tell you to use the cable tie that it was supplied with.
5. Although the software supplied on the CD is the latest version of Audacity (which I use anyway), the instructions are for a very old version of Audacity whose menus are not the same as you will see on your computer screen. A certain amount of trial and error may be needed to get it working correctly.

As long as you don't expect this to produce ultra high quality sound, it will enable you to convert your vinyl discs to mp3 files.


Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides)
Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides)
by Elaine Weinmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not much help without the supporting images, 27 Mar 2014
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This should be a great book; the pictures are of high quality and the layout of the text is clear. However, although there are some images available from the Peachpit web site grouped in seven collections (Photos Part 1-7), they do not relate directly to the 25 chapters in the book and appear in an order unrelated to the page numbers. Just one example: on page 348 there are two images of a sports car on a country road, the idea being to cut out the car, enlarge it slightly and replace it on the road. Two pictures (before and after) are shown in the book but these are not included in the downloadable "Bonus Content". The associated instructions, which start "On the layers panel, click a layer ...", are not much help without an equivalent image to work on. So, as a way of learning Photoshop, it does not work well without enough images.

As a 500 page reference book, it is incomplete and the index frequently fails to identify relevant material. The reader would do much better with the free Adobe downloadable PDF "Adobe Photoshop Help and Tutorials", a 1054 page manual.

In conclusion, this is a disappointment; neither a good learning tool nor a good reference tool.


Casio Funk LCW-M100DSE-2AER Gents Watch
Casio Funk LCW-M100DSE-2AER Gents Watch
Price: 121.03

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch may have problematic wrist band, 2 Mar 2014
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This watch replaces my old Casio solar, Wave Ceptor watch which was showing its age. This is a superior model that looks elegant with its sapphire window. All the functions work well and setting it up took just one step: selecting LON from a list of world time zones. After that the watch correctly set the time and date.

My big problem is that the wrist band could not be adjusted. I tried one city jeweller who failed, but sent me to another, nearby jeweller who was a major stockist for Casio. Neither jeweller was able to get any pins out of the wrist band (in order to remove a couple of links as my wrist is smaller than the supplied size). The second jeweller has now sent the watch off to Casio. I will update this review when the watch comes back if there is any explanation from Casio. Whereas my older watch was made in Thailand, this newer model is made in China; perhaps the Chinese factory is making the pin holes too tight. With my older watch, I was able to remove the pins myself with the aid of a very thin metal nail and a pair of fine nosed pliers, since Casio marks some of the links with an arrow showing the direction the pin must be pushed in. It is possible that the Chinese factory inserted the pins in the wrong direction.

So with a wrist band far too large, I could not wear this watch; hence the two stars which I will amend if Casio provides a solution and an explanation.

[Added 31 March 2014 - Casio managed to remove two links where the jewellers failed. However, the Casio response to my email was unhelpful and did not suggest why there was a problem]
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Polycotton Shirt S/S - 17.5 - Cornflower
Polycotton Shirt S/S - 17.5 - Cornflower
Offered by Monogram
Price: 13.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Questionable quality, 27 Feb 2014
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Whilst these shirts may have been good some months ago, the vendor sent me a shirt with almost half the stated cotton content. The shirt was 65% polyester and only 35% cotton and, not surprisingly, the material felt hard and scratchy.


Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Price: 109.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quality control is poor, 26 Jan 2014
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Like many others, this was one of the failures and lasted almost three weeks. It would have been nice if it had worked. I really haven't got time to waste trying out one or more replacements so this is going back for a refund.


CSS3 For Dummies
CSS3 For Dummies
Price: 16.71

1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Dummies book with broken link to web site, 27 Nov 2013
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This is now the second Dummies book (that I have purchased recently) to have a link, promising associated files, which then says something like "Oops ... page not found". I am not sure if this is carelessness or dishonesty on the part of the publisher Wiley. I will contact Wiley and if it provides the missing information I will update this review.


Adobe Edge Animate Classroom in a Book
Adobe Edge Animate Classroom in a Book
Price: 24.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some good lessons spoilt by unnecessary and unchecked errors and omissions, 11 Nov 2013
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As a seasoned web designer, but a beginner to web page animation, this should have been a good way of learning Edge Animate. Unfortunately, the comprehensive content is spoilt by far, far too many errors plus missing, incorrect or ambiguous instructions. The author is certainly at fault for not fully understanding the needs of non-experts who (at least in the early chapters) are likely to be unfamiliar with much of the detail and need, for example, to be told exactly where to find a particular, tiny icon hiding somewhere in a huge workspace. The publisher is also at fault for poor proof reading and, more importantly, not having used non-experts to work their way through the exercises and thereby find any missing or ambiguous steps. This level of checking might be costly for the publisher, but it is after all a very expensive book. One unnecessary error in the first chapter is typical, where the instruction is to press "CTRL+;" when in fact it turns out to be "CTRL+U". In the same instruction, MacOS users are told to press "CTRL" and not "CMD" as it should be and is elsewhere in the book.

Each chapter is given an estimate of how long it should take (typically an hour). Unfortunately, none of the chapters are error free, so you may have to double these suggested times. In one exercise, for example, I spent some 15 minutes and reached the end of a section only to find that the illustration in the book was not what I had on my screen! It was not a simple matter of undoing the last step, but I had to go back to almost the start of the exercise. If you are placid and tranquil by nature, this may not worry you. However, I suspect that many people reading this Classroom in a Book are doing so in order to get up to speed with the program's features as quickly as possible. Unnecessary delays (caused by poor checking before publication) are frustrating.

Perhaps, by the time this book comes to its 3rd printing, the authors/editors will have eliminated most of the errors and omissions. At that stage it would probably deserve 4 or 5 stars. At present, although the table of contents offers so much, the actual exercises fail to live up to the expected standard of the Classroom in a Book series. Don't let me put you off; there is not much competition for this book. Just keep a bottle of tranquilisers by your side, have soothing music or whatever you find helpful to stop you hurling the book across the room in frustration.


Dreamweaver CC For Dummies
Dreamweaver CC For Dummies
by Janine Warner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference book with great illustrations, 26 Oct 2013
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I bought this book as a companion reference book to the Adobe Dreamweaver CC Classroom in a Book which I have just worked through. This Dummies book has a comprehensive index at the back and is therefore useful for checking some detail that you may have forgotten. Being printed on semi-gloss paper, the colour illustrations are superlative. The author herself writes "You don't have to read through this book cover to cover ... [it is] a quick study guide and a reference you can return to", and she has got this exactly right.

As a beginner to Dreamweaver, I do not think I could have learnt Dreamweaver from this book alone, nor do I think the author intended this. However, having finished and set aside my Classroom in a Book, I have been referring to this book and the Adobe web site every time I need to check some detailed point.

Highly recommended.


Adobe Edge Animate CC For Dummies
Adobe Edge Animate CC For Dummies
by Michael Rohde
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.88

1.0 out of 5 stars The companion web site does NOT have sample files, 24 Oct 2013
This ought to be an excellent book. Unfortunately, the publisher (Wiley) issued the book without the companion web site being available. This companion web site has its URL printed on the back cover, where it is claimed that you can "find sample files from the book". This same omission was also mentioned in a facebook comment by someone else.

[Update 11 Nov 2013: Since writing this review, I have been in touch with the publisher. The URL on the back cover now works, BUT there are only a few extras and still no sample files. In the publisher's email, it was stated that "... you can follow the link [...] to access Extras for the title. There does not appear to be any 'sample files from the book' provided by the author. The editorial team is working to get some further documents uploaded ... ". So, to be fair, the publisher is working on this problem, but it does seem to me to be unreasonable to expect customers to pay full price for a book that is still a work in progress].

Unlike the excellent Dreamweaver CC For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) (which I bought recently and which has nice thick glossy paper with colour illustrations that are very clear), this book uses cheap paper that is so thin that you can see the print from the other side. Surprisingly they both have the same RRP of 21.99. The Edge Animate book uses grey-scale illustrations that are small and very, very difficult to make out. There is an unusual feature of the printing/paper - the illustrations have a sheen that reflects light back so that if, like many, you use overhead lighting, the images will be lost behind the reflected light. As a consequence, I found myself having to move the book around to get it at the right angle to minimise these reflections.

If you feel that you can use the book without the sample files and with very poor illustrations, good luck.


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