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Rivers of London: 1
Rivers of London: 1
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London: Gritty and Glittery, 18 July 2013
This review is from: Rivers of London: 1 (Paperback)
This is the only book this year I have not been able to put down.

Ben Aaronovitch writes about the London I know and love (from the cobbles of Covent Garden to the hills of Hampstead) with a fluid, easy-going style. If Ian Rankin had written Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere it would have read something like this. Weird and witty, but with a fast paced plot.

There is little to dislike about this book, although I felt that the vocabulary was limited at times occasionally leaving the characters wooden and expressionless.

I purchased the sequels (Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London 2) and Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3)) immediately after putting Rivers of London down, now it's the long wait until Broken Homes (Rivers of London 4) comes out in paperback.


Kensington Combosaver Combination Notebook Lock Ultra - Security Cable
Kensington Combosaver Combination Notebook Lock Ultra - Security Cable
Offered by Silicon Connect Ltd
Price: 21.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job., 29 April 2012
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This lock does the job, if you need quick laptop removal, or prize security very highly then this is not the lock for you.

Pros:
- Proper packaging, full instructions, apparently genuine product (unlike other locks according to some reviewers)
- Easy to set code, it took me a couple of minutes
- Fits my laptop; I have a Dell XPS
- Thick cable (as laptop locks go, this is no "Kryptoflex")

Cons:
- Fiddly to lock, as other reviewers have said, it almost requires 3 hands, but it is doable.
- Not secure: unless you remember to scramble the code every time you leave the lock (with or without your laptop attached) someone could memorise the code from the lock, return, and steal.
- Potentially flimsy. I have only had this lock for ~2 weeks, however the lock feels as though it will have a lifetime of ~2 years before giving up.

If you remember to scramble the code, and don't want to worry about keys, then yes, I would suggest this lock, but it is not the be-all and end-all of laptop security.


American Gods
American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy for the Internet Generation, 15 Dec 2011
This review is from: American Gods (Paperback)
What does a God do when overtaken by the Modern World, forgotten by everyone save a handful of other Gods?

Start a War.

Neil Gaiman's novel seems weighty (at over 600 pages), but it reads like a dream. There are surprises around each corner and I encourage you to guess who the characters really are:
- The cragged confidence-trickster Mr. Wednesday?
- The kindly Mr. Nancy?
- The Herodotus quoting cell-mate Low Key?
- The undertakers Messers Ibis & Jacquel?

The Author's Preferred Text is ~12,000 words longer than the multi-award-winning text, but they're worth it, Gaiman rounds-off subplots and ties up loose ends. And the Exclusive and Bonus Content is certainly a "bonus".


Dragon Age: Origins (PC)
Dragon Age: Origins (PC)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 5.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Sep 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game offers it all:
- Plot, plot, plot - The game is all about progressing towards the final battle, there are set overarching quests for the Humans, Mages, Elves and Dwarves, but you choose the order and the outcomes.
- Beautiful scenery - You travel through werewolf infested forests, small lake-side villages and great dwarven cities, but don't expect particularly high quality textures.
- Real replay value - Due to the variable outcomes and choice of opening story (which change dialogues throughout the game) it is worth coming back to play this game again and again.
- Conversation - Bioware are good at this, the voice acting is done well, and it is worth talking to each character, you can pick up quests from your companions.
- Gameplay - Controlling a band of 4 can seem daunting for beginners, but the default tactics take care of everything (if you want to open up the tactics dialogue you can set up very particular actions dependent upon environment conditions), you can play tactically, pause regularly and control each character individually, or charge in in real time with one character and let the other's get on with it.
- Expandable - The expansions are a mixed bunch, but I particularly recommend Leliana's Song and The Stone Prisoner. All told you could probably add 1/3 again in extra game time (which can easily run to 60 hours without expansion).

On the downside the game was rather buggy on 64-bit OSs until more recent patches (I have had no problems with the "Ultimate Edition" on Windows 7 64-bit).


Dragon Age 2 - Signature Edition (PC DVD)
Dragon Age 2 - Signature Edition (PC DVD)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disappoint, but rather repetitive, 1 Sep 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Bioware are known for their story-lines and conversation options, DA2 doesn't disappoint.

I would give this game 5 stars (like DA1) however it was buggy up to the most recent patch (1.03), and the areas are rather repetitive. Being based in a single city, rather than moving around, has allowed the creation of beautiful scenery, but it gets annoying appearing in the same cave time after time, with a few doors blocked off just for variety.

If you loved DA1, you'll like this, if you didn't, don't bother, the improvements aren't worth it.


ByteStor 512MB PC2700 DDR 333MHz SO-DIMM for Notebooks
ByteStor 512MB PC2700 DDR 333MHz SO-DIMM for Notebooks

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for iBook G4, 8 Sep 2009
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This product works with the iBook G4.

I bought it for a friend's Mac laptop which was struggling. So far we have seen an obvious difference, the mac recognised it as PC2700 RAM and is now running with 1GB of memory rather than the inbuilt 512MB, and it can now open iPhoto with little hassle.

The price was the big draw for me, very cheap! It does not, however, come with the guarantee listed.


Ubuntu Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for Ubuntu and Debian Power Users
Ubuntu Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for Ubuntu and Debian Power Users
by Christopher Negus
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Dense, 5 Jun 2009
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As one would expect with any Linux textbook, this one is dense. There is lots of information, not presented in the most readable manner, however the good indexing and contents makes it pretty easy to find what you want.

With the subsequent updates of Ubuntu it is becoming less usual for a normal user to carry out tasks from this manual, however some, such as regular expressions, deserve to be learnt by everyone. In addition learning the different ways there are to go about everyday tasks, graphically and via the terminal, give the user a better understanding of what goes on "behind the scenes".

People argue that "you can get it all from the internet". Personally I would argue that it is easier to read things on paper, and nicer to have something there to dip into rather than switching back and forth between browser and command line continually. Also books, like this one, are written to sell, not just as a hobby, they are generally better written and more complete than online tutorials.

All in all I would recommend this book for people not scared to try the command line and those who want to learn a few more intriguing things that Linux can do. However if you are content with using Ubuntu's easy-to-operate Graphical User Interface, then steer clear!


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