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Nokia CA-42
Nokia CA-42

1.0 out of 5 stars Not gunuine, doesn't work, 3 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Nokia CA-42 (Electronics)
This is described as "Nokia CA-42". It is supplied in generic packaging with a half-size CD. Neither cable nor CD are marked as Nokia products.

The cable connects - with difficulty - to a 6070, and while Win 7 recognizes it as a USB device, PC Suite cannot connect. The included CD is so badly screatched as to be unrecognizable to the PC.

Don't know what the CD is for, PC Suite should provide all necessary drivers. Perhaps a USB to Serial driver or a PC Suite replacement.

Sony CMUBR100 Skype Camera for Bravia TV
Sony CMUBR100 Skype Camera for Bravia TV

23 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vendor lock-in, 28 Dec. 2011
I don't own this, I have never seen one, but I am giving it one star in the hope that Sony will realise that forcing customers to pay another £80 to use the Skype functionality that is advertised with their current TVs is disingenuous at best and possibly illegal. No other webcam will work with their TVs. Buy this if you are desperate or don't care about the price.
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Red Square
Red Square
by Martin Cruz Smith
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 31 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Red Square (Paperback)
This book suffers from two problems.

The first is that the story, while interesting, reads more like an American spy novel than a Russian one. The story is based in the West with only perfunctory Russian backdrops to pretend it is a Soviet story.

The second problem is that Smith has taken his technique of inserting relevant vignettes of Russian/Soviet life to add background and atmosphere to the story, and expanded it so that he now appears to be adding glimpses of life in Russia (and Germany) without relevance to the story, and which appears to be nothing more than a device to display the author's powers of observation. From a different author, this might have been sufficient, but after Gorky Park and Polar Star, this book reads like a lazy bloated attempt to churn out a Renko book regardless of the effect on quality. This is a pity, because the author has already proved himself capable of better.

Spy Sinker (Hook, Line & Sinker Series)
Spy Sinker (Hook, Line & Sinker Series)
by Len Deighton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless experiment, 9 Jun. 2011
I have just finished GSM, Winter and HLS in that order, and found them all to be excellently written except this last. The point of this book seems to be to clear up what was really happening behind the scenes, when a large part of the mystique of the Samson novels was the uncertainty as seen from Bernard's perspective surrounding events as they unfolded. This book drags all the boring cardboard characters centre stage and forces us to listen to their mundane inner thoughts and feelings. All for the purpose of explaining things that are better left to the reader's imagination.

I could imagine this book being a petty attempt to cash in on the success of the other books were it not the third in a trilogy, and therefore planned from the start. This is a failed pointless experiment in creative writing. It should not have been attempted, and it detracts from the other excellent books in the series.

Feeling charitable, I just hope FHC restores my faith in this series.

Teach Yourself Beginner's Russian Script New Edition (TYBS)
Teach Yourself Beginner's Russian Script New Edition (TYBS)
by Daphne West
Edition: Paperback

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Russian type, not script, 30 Nov. 2006
The cover of this book states the goal is "reading and writing" Russian script. My understanding of this is that it will teach you handwritten Russian. While there are examples of both typewritten and cursive letters, which will help reading, at no point does the book guide you through the process of writing a letter. For example, with the English letter B, we are taught to draw the vertical first, from top to bottom, then the "loops", again starting at the top. There is no such guidance in this book. I am sure the shape and sound of the letters are all explained adequately, but this information is available in any adequate Russian language book. The reason I bought this book, and the function implied by its title, is that it teaches Russian handwriting - it doesn't. I'd return it but I can't be bothered.
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