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How Music Works
How Music Works
by David Byrne
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable music industry overview, 2 Jan. 2013
This review is from: How Music Works (Hardcover)
Nicely written, and very readable. An interesting mix of artistic and industry insight, which should probably be mandatory reading for anyone considering going into the industry.


CauseWired: Plugging in, Getting Involved, Changing the World
CauseWired: Plugging in, Getting Involved, Changing the World
by Tom Watson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Internet and social networking opens new doors for philanthropy, 6 Jan. 2009
CauseWired, or rather "CauseWired - Plugging in, Getting Involved, Changing the World," to give it its full title, makes a big claim for a book. It is about changing the circumstances of others, through your own actions, something that Tom Watson knows about, from his career in philanthropy and on-line media.

Connections and conversations on the kind global scale we see these days would have been high unlikely before the web, or more specifically before social media came to the Internet. Activists can amplify their efforts, create awareness and join forces with like minded individuals. That, in essence, is what CauseWired is about: How new communications technology is revolutionizing the flow of money and talent in the third sector.

Reading the book was like seeing from the other side of a two way mirror. I know the technologies and many of the causes that Tom uses as examples, but in telling the inside story, he brings them to life with a new freshness. The smaller examples in the book are even more interesting than the larger ones. Social media has created the bandwidth for the smaller causes to emerge and grow, and that is a qualitative change in the way that things work.

If you're in business, and you plan to hire or work with millennials, you better have a cause and/or be involved in one. CauseWired is a good place to start to understand that world. This book doesn't aim to dig into the depths of social media. It isn't going to lose the uninitiated, and experts shouldn't expect any great revelations in that domain. It does illuminate wired causes, and provide a wealth of illustrations. If you work for a charity or not-for-profit, read this book. Digest it. Then read it again. It is the shape of things to come.


Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916
Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916
by Sidney Rogerson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight and a good read, 5 May 2007
Sidney's book should be better known. I first heard about it through an excerpt published in a magazine a while ago, but have only just got round to buying and reading it. Previously I had little interest in history, and almost no knowledge of the First World War. This book has corrected both of those faults. It is an easy read, although it does not skimp in bringing home the realities of day to day life in the trenches. For those of us born post 60's, he provides a vital insight into humanity, as well as a reflection on the inhumanity of our current day to day working lives. Highly recommened reading that may change your perspective on life.


Sony Clie PEG-SN770C
Sony Clie PEG-SN770C

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade from a Palm Vx, 7 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Sony Clie PEG-SN770C (Electronics)
I love the unit. I've added a 128Meg Memory stick (shipping the CLIE without the memory stick is pretty naff - you need a good size memory stick to make the most of the unit). The support and upgrades have not been as good as with Palm devices or previous Psions I have owned, where downloadable enhancements were common. The PC software that comes with it is good, with image and video support. Shame there is no Mac support though.
It is giving good service, especially with the 3rd party apps available, as a PDA/MP3 player and offline web browser.


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