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Wireless Access Point Router w/ 4-Port Switch 802.11g
Wireless Access Point Router w/ 4-Port Switch 802.11g

94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy peasy!, 24 Mar. 2003
I had a 1mbps BlueYonder broadband connection, connected via USB rather than an NIC. What I wanted to do was provide broadband access for other computers in the house, without the hassle of wiring, and swap the main PC from USB to NIC connection to setup a home network.
Not knowing very much about networking at all, after a bit of investigation, I purchased the LinkSys Wireless 'G' broadband router, a LinkSys NIC card, and a LinkSys Wireless 'G' laptop adapter.
I began by installing the NIC card in the main desktop PC. Simplicity in itself. The instructions are very clear and more to the point, up to date. I'm running Windows XP and there are clear instructions even for this very latest operating system. There are also separate instructions for Windows 98, ME & 2000 users.
Then came the router itself. Connect up the power supply, the network cable from the cable modem, then another network cable from the router into the NIC card of the PC. The router has a setup page that you access through Internet Explorer, but in fact, the default settings work fine. From the setup page I could find out the MAC address of the router to register with BlueYonder. Did that and it all started working immediately. I was stunned!
Final job was to insert the network adapter into the laptop PC. That was the hardest part - getting the card into the slot. It's a very tight squeeze. That done, ran the setup utility and the card auto-detects the network. And that was that - the laptop also had broadband access from anywhere in the house.
Performance is excellent. When the laptop is close to the router, the signal strength is excellent at 54mbps. At the furthest point away, it drops to 18mbps but considering the broadband connection is only 1mbps, this hardly matters.
The LinkSys products are absolutely superb. It couldn't have been simpler. I was worried that the instructions would be full of jargon that I wouldn't understand but that wasn't the case. So if you're a network dummy like me, and would like to provide shared broadband access to other computers, I'd recommend the LinkSys gear without hesitation.
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Learn Java with JBuilder 6: v. 6 (Expert's Voice)
Learn Java with JBuilder 6: v. 6 (Expert's Voice)
by John Zukowski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.29

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed, 10 Nov. 2002
As a professional programmer learning Java, I must have picked up this book 20 times looking for a solution to a problem and it has never helped once.
It is a beginners book I know, but the content of each topic is so brief and general that there's little to be of any practical use in the real world. It seems to be aimed at the 'home' programmer, dabbling with Java for fun.
Oddly enough, there's a chapter on Internationalization. Anyone who's ever internationalized an application will know that this is not a topic for beginners.
I doubt that there's anything in this book that can't be found on Sun's website or in the JBuilder manuals.

Art of Practicing
Art of Practicing
by Madeline Bruser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

63 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the novice or amateur, 31 Mar. 2000
This review is from: Art of Practicing (Paperback)
From the outset, it assumes that you started learning your instrument at the age of 3, have been through music school, and are now striving for perfection. It is a very deep discussion about deeply serious musical attainment. Not much of interest to the enthusiastic amateur who is simply trying to overcome basic obstacles. The author explains how she would meditate before practice, and how personal health is an issue. There's even a chapter on physical "stretching" excerises involving the whole body, with photographs expertly modelled by a contortionist. Ideal for the super-fit, musical buddist.
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