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Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics)
Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics)
Offered by GB Buddy
Price: 413.00

25 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay, 14 Dec 2012
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I have given this Mac Mini 3 stars - not because of the hardware itself but for the operating system which has been
somewhat of a let down for me. If you are a long time MacOS user you might overlook these comments!

I just bought a Mac Mini for a few jobs i cant accomplish with Linux (Ableton Live & Testing Websites). I can tell you one thing the old adage regarding OSX that it "Just Works" (TM) is a complete myth.
Heres a list of some of my complaints with it so far.

1) Its a Mac Mini and its "Supposed" to work with my own Keyboard / Mouse -- I have so far been unable to get the keyboard mapping right (certain characters are on the wrong keys). On Ubuntu the keyboard wizard asks you to type one or two characters and it correctly identifies the key map. What could be simpler ? Its a bog standard Microsoft keyboard. This stinks of "If you want the full experience - better buy the Apple (TM) peripherals."

2) By default the scoll wheel on the mouse goes in the opposite direction to what is normal and inituitive. First thing you have to do is figure out how to reverse this

3) Home and End keys in the terminal - what the heck were they thinking here? why on earth do they go to the beginning and the end of your session instead of the current prompt? This was only fixable by editing text files.

4) Mouse wheel over the volume icon in the task bar does not affect the volume at all - you have to click on it first.

Theres a bunch of other irritations too like the lack of being able to write to external NTFS formatted drives making sharing files with linux or windows on OSX a difficulty.

There are operating system discs provided so even if you add an external drive it will be tricky to re-format / install the computer without purchasing the install media from Apple - unless you want to resort to less reputable sources!

Aside from the above gripes the machine itself is well packaged, made out of brushed aluminium and supports many modern features such as HDMI , Thunderbolt , USB3 . The price of the base model is hard to beat for these features especially in such a tiny package.
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HP Compaq Presario C300 C500 C700 Laptop 65W Charger
HP Compaq Presario C300 C500 C700 Laptop 65W Charger
Offered by power4laptop
Price: 4.71

4.0 out of 5 stars No AC cable, 30 Nov 2012
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Please note that the unit which works fine - does not include the AC power cable, just the power brick and DC cable / laptop connector. In my case this was not a problem as I still had the old one. But potential buyers beware if you are expecting a complete replacement , you may need to purchase the AC cable seperately.


The GIMP (Visual QuickStart Guides)
The GIMP (Visual QuickStart Guides)
by Phyllis Davis
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Artists and Programmers!, 22 Oct 2003
For those of you who dont know, GIMP is an excellent Open Source, (free of charge) image editor and processing program which truly gives Photoshop a run for its money.
I bought this book on a whim at a book stall in Union Station Toronto while travelling Canada. Being a techie / programmer with no real concept of how to deal with design / art software I found this book ideal in teaching many of the skills seasoned photoshoppers seem to know so well.
At first glance many people may be put off Gimp due to its seemingly quirky interface. Phyllis Davis seems to effortlessly reveal the power of GIMP in an intuitive and easy to grasp way.
The author shows how easy it can be to create stunning images in an easy step by step guide, with plenty of screenshots and illustrations to guide you along the way.
The Gimp (for linux & unix) is a fantastic book to get you started with this wonderful program. Highly reccommended.
NB: Although the title suggests Unix or Linux, GIMP has now been ported to Windows, and Windows operation is virtually identical so if you fancy giving it a go, this is the perfect place to start.


Flash Forward
Flash Forward
by Robert J. Sawyer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.J. Delivers A Beauty Again, 11 Dec 2001
Robert J Sawyer , Is the daddy of modern Science Fiction. Time after time his novels are well thought out and researched. His characters are well developed and interesting. Flashforward is no
exception to the rule , The only problem i found is that I read it in a matter of days because I simply couldnt put it down.
The subject matter is a wonderful idea.. what would happen if every one on the earth were shot 20yrs into the future for 2 minutes? How would this affect humanity and individuals, Sawyers account of this is a most fantastical story. Buy this book, If you've never read Sawyer Before, you will probably end up buying the rest of his books after reading this one..


Javascript: The Definitive Guide
Javascript: The Definitive Guide
by David Flanagan
Edition: Paperback

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put simply O'Reillys Javascript book is The Bible, 17 May 2001
I bought this book two years ago because I was thinking of getting into the web development business. This is one of the most useful computer related books I have ever bought and now sits on my shelf looking battered and pawed, the way a good reference book should look!
Flanagan takes the reader from basic skills to more complicated stuff like building Crossbrowser Sniffers. All of the examples in the book are of practical use and I found them useful building blocks to many of the early projects I have worked on.

The command reference is extremely thorough , and well documented. This is the only Javascript book you will ever need, and once your copy becomes battered and pawed like mine, the chances are you will have become an expert Javascript programmer.
Go buy this book!


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