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Twitter is Not a Strategy
Twitter is Not a Strategy
by Tom Doctoroff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For all we know, Twitter may be a strategy, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
“Twitter is not a strategy” is a much more interesting title than is justified by the content of this book. Seemingly endless pages of wiffle, talking about the importance of brands and traditional marketing methods, are broken up by mandatory quotes from John Wanamaker and Sun Tzu and illustrated by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Even the blurb on the dust jacket makes some claim to demystify the failure of digital media to enhance brands and perhaps explain Big Data, but these are empty claims that perfectly align with the overlooked promise of the title.

There are many questions about what Twitter is for and how to use it (and other social networks) for effective engagement, but this book makes no serious attempt to answer any of them.


Tacwise 18G 50mm Brad Electric Nail Gun
Tacwise 18G 50mm Brad Electric Nail Gun
Offered by Maunders
Price: £115.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy for repetitive jobs, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This mains-powered nail gun takes a variety of sizes from 20 to 50mm, and is fast to load: strips of nails are placed in the magazine (there are locating rails to help you line the strips up properly). The spring-loading of the magazine pushes the nails up to the firing point.

It's convenient for tasks like fitting skirting boards where it's sometimes hard to get a hammer into the right place. This model also comes with a sturdy carry case to protect the tool.


Linksys E8350 Advanced Dual Band AC2400 WiFi Router with Gigabit Ethernet (1.4 Ghz Processor, 4x4 AC, USB 3.0, USB 2.0/eSATA, MU-Mimo)
Linksys E8350 Advanced Dual Band AC2400 WiFi Router with Gigabit Ethernet (1.4 Ghz Processor, 4x4 AC, USB 3.0, USB 2.0/eSATA, MU-Mimo)
Price: £168.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice router to transition from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz, 13 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
UPDATED:

When I first got the E8350, the 2.4GHz part was unreliable and basically unusable. Although Linksys support did not admit there was a problem, they fairly quickly released a firmware upgrade: Ver.1.0.01 (build 14). If you buy this router, check the firmware version matches this, and if not download and apply the fix immediately, otherwise you will find it quite broken (drop outs of minutes, range of perhaps 5 metres max etc).

I'm now very pleased with the router, which offers 2.4GHz legacy support, plus 5GHz radio also, which gets you onto a different radio band than your pesky neighbours. The unit is large (about 2.5 times the BT Home Hub I was using before), and it's festooned with aerials for the 802.11ac diversity features. It's quite easy to install with the quick start installer provided, and thereafter has a good clear web GUI to control it and change settings. I like some of the management features (like parental controls and viewing the connected devices and IP addresses).
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BT YouView Box
BT YouView Box
Offered by Deals Breaker
Price: £74.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely made, but what's it for?, 9 Dec. 2014
This review is from: BT YouView Box (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This BT-branded Youview TV box is small (13cm square by 2.5cm high) and provides three things:
- Live TV via the aerial (i.e. the terrestrial aerial lead needs to be connected). You can pause live TV.
- On-demand TV via the broadband (via Ethernet, i.e. wired to your home router, BT infinity etc)
- (optionally) with a BT subscription you get access to BT Sport, pay-per-view etc

Note that the box does not have recording built-in, so you can't tap the red button on the remote controller and have it
record the programme you're watching. However, it does offer "7 day catchup" which allows you to watch (some) shows from
the last few days by scrolling back through the TV guide and pressing play.

Sockets on the back of box are:
- Aerial in
- HDMI out
- Ethernet (for broadband)
- USB (apparently does nothing - not mentioned in manual)
- 12V DC power in

Plus points:
- Nice remote control, which you can use also to control on/off and volume for your TV
- Small size
- Good clear picture in 1024 HD
- Menu navigation seems straightforward

Bad points:
- No WiFI. It really does need to be wired-in, so hopefully your TV and broadband router are in the same place?
- Doesn't record.
- No SCART for older TVs (there wouldn't be room on a box of this size).

As regards the "7 day catchup": you can only select shows that have a little symbols next to them, and so there's an awful lot of stuff that's not really available after it's been broadcast. I am guessing that basically you can only see the same shows listed in iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5, etc. In other words, the TV guide is just another view for selecting the same stuff (but perhaps more intuitive; more interactive?)

Overall, I'm a bit puzzled by these set-top boxes and their purpose. If it's to bring internet TV to old TV sets, then that makes sense, although ultimately the sales of TV boxes like this will go to nil (and if it's for old TVs, then why does the BT box have HDMI but not SCART?) If you have a modern smart TV (which are typically festooned with HDMI ports), then you likely already have live TV, pause, on-demand, Nextflix, Lovefilm, and one-touch recording built-in. Consequently, you won't be installing one of these BT T2210 boxes.


LG P0427G30N11 GU10 4 Watt LED, 230 Lumens, 15 Year life time, Energy-Saving Bulbs, Warm White, 5 Year Warranty, Ideal for the home, 3 Bulbs per Pack
LG P0427G30N11 GU10 4 Watt LED, 230 Lumens, 15 Year life time, Energy-Saving Bulbs, Warm White, 5 Year Warranty, Ideal for the home, 3 Bulbs per Pack
Offered by Eco Power Shop EU
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant warm-white light, 1 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The LG P0427 lamp has three LED chips inside it, emitting a bright but warm light for a 4 Watt power consumption. It was noticeably a nicer effect in my bathroom to have the warm light rather than the bright blue/white light that was there before. The lamps are plastic construction (no visible metal parts for conducting heat away), so I'm not sure how the heating will affect the lifetime of the lamp.

This particular package has three P0427 lamps in one box.


Airfix 1:72 Scale BBMF Collection Gift Set
Airfix 1:72 Scale BBMF Collection Gift Set
Offered by Models & Computers Plus
Price: £31.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the surviving Battle of Britain planes, 20 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight collection is made up of three planes you can actually see flying (at least at some of Britain's Summer air shows). Airfix have a number of different Lancaster bomber variants available, this is the B.III flown by the BBMF. At 1/72 scale the Lancaster has a wing span of around 40cm and it's quite impressive. The kit includes two variants of Spitfire also, which look pretty small alongside. The kit comes complete with decals, plenty of glue, plus brushes and paint. With of 300 pieces to assemble, this is a challenging kit, but should provide plenty of entertainment for dark Winter evenings.


Zanussi ZAN2100A Airspeed Lite Suction Seal Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner - Ice White/Yellow
Zanussi ZAN2100A Airspeed Lite Suction Seal Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner - Ice White/Yellow
Price: £65.31

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Build quality problems, 20 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
UPDATE: My original view follows below, but a serious defect has changed my opinion. After really only a couple of months light use, the seal between the dust container and the pump is no longer tight, meaning that a powerful jet of air and dust comes out of the side of the machine. This effectively makes it useless.

The Zanussi ZAN2100A is quite a handy and light vacuum cleaner. I've earlier criticized vacuum cleaners for being much too big and heavy to effectively work in difficult places like the stairs: in this case there is no problem as it can be used even one-handed, and it also has the benefit of a long power cord. It seems quite powerful, and has adjustable settings for different piles of carpet; so at least right now at the beginning of its service, it's making an excellent job of the carpets.

One more thing worth mentioning is the long hose included, so that you can use tools for getting into corners. A couple of the machines we had before either had a very short hose, or you had to buy the extension hose as an optional extra.

I should mention a couple of minor niggles. Firstly, while I welcome the long extension hose, there doesn't seem to be any good way to stow it on the machine, and the handbook doesn't reveal the secret. Secondly, in some ways it seems a bit cheaply made: the on/off footswitch doesn't have a feeling of quality, and I wonder if it will last. Also, the connection between hose and tool doesn't seem very firm (this is a problem I've seen from other manufacturers also), and it's frustrating to refit the same tool over and over during a vacuuming session.

Overall the Zanussi gives a favourable impression.
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Acme BK01 Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard
Acme BK01 Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Space saving wireless keyboard for Apple things, 23 Oct. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The white top keys and aluminium back make this an attractive unit; it’s very space saving and lasts well on a charge (powered off an internal rechargeable lithium battery). I connected it successfully to the iPhone and iPad, and also a Mac. My Windows machine could see it, but after attaching, working seemed a bit intermittent.

Downsides: The keys are quite small and close together, so it takes a while to get used to the key pitch for rapid typing. The microUSB port doesn’t seem to accept all cables, as the plug has to be of a narrower type to fit into the port in the case.


Hotpoint Steam Blender, 600 Watt, Silver
Hotpoint Steam Blender, 600 Watt, Silver
Price: £66.32

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, if large, multi-function blender, 28 Sept. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Hotpoint steam blender is a useful machine, it can be used simply as a blender, as a steamer, or steaming and blending together. It does make excellent fresh-tasting soups, and the jug holds about 1.5 litre for hot liquids (more for cold, where the danger of overflow during cooking is removed).

The blender is extremely sharp and effective and can be used either in pulses to knock out big lumps, or on constant mode with selectable speeds.

The steamer generates steam in the base, which comes up into the jug to steam your ingredients, which can be placed in a drop-in stainless steel basket. When steaming is complete, the ingredients are already inside the jug, so it is very convenient to then use the blender.

There are some downsides. The machine is very large, standing nearly half a metre tall with the jug in place. and the base being a rectangle 18 x 22 cm; You’ll need a large spot to stand it in. It would be useful if Hotpoint had supplied some more recipe ideas (there are 4 in the handbook). Also, if you already have a blender (and a cooker), you could wonder if this device is earning its keep in the kitchen.

This is a well-made device, with large capacity, and if you need a lot of cooked food pulverised to a paste (like soups or food for babies), then this could be the device for you.


Revell Mini Quadcopter Nano Quad Pro with Looping Function
Revell Mini Quadcopter Nano Quad Pro with Looping Function
Price: £34.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun little quadcopter. Recommended., 2 Sept. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A tiny marvel that fits in the palm of the hand, this quadcopter has the same controls as bigger models, allowing it to pitch, roll and yaw. It is even claimed that you can loop it, but this is so far beyond my flying skills. It's excellent fun, but takes some time to master the controls, especially when you rotate it around and the controls are now backwards. You'll need quite a large uncluttered space to learn to fly it.

The remote runs off two triple-A batteries, and the bird itself has a Li Po rechargeable, and comes with a USB cable (it doesn't draw much current, so you can charge it from a laptop, powerbank or whatever USB ports are available). A small kit of replacement rotors is included, and these will be much needed!


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