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HTC GOOGLE NEXUS 9 BATTERY CHARGER AND DATA TRANSFER CABLE LEAD
HTC GOOGLE NEXUS 9 BATTERY CHARGER AND DATA TRANSFER CABLE LEAD
Offered by WEBSELLER31
Price: £1.99

2.0 out of 5 stars this didn't work for me or my Nexus9, 2 May 2015
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let's be frank. this doesn't work. (and no that's not because it arrived broken or defective)
first up the good:
1 star for fast delivery
1 star for price*
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the other 3 stars are reserved for paying for something that does the job the product title indicates it should fulfill, but in this case it doesn't.
This cable does not charge a Nexus 9.
I have found that it will charge my Nexus 4, but even when plugged in to the AC adaptor the phone says it is receiving only a usb-charge level [this info is displyed in the battery screen]. The cable components are too underrated (in an electronics sense) to pass the level of power needed for the Nexus 9 to charge off the AC adaptor. I admit that haven't tried data transfer or usb charging with the cable but i wouldn't expect miracles, and would suggest that you might wait an awfully long time.
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It is rare that I find I have bought something useless. but this is. useless!
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* the price is a double edged sword, i have yet to work out if it is worth sending back for a refund. sigh


The Wainwright Companion
The Wainwright Companion
by Clive Hutchby
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not up to AW's standards, 19 May 2013
i'm not saying don't buy this but...

This is an odd, almost redundant collection of lists and footnotes of footnotes, and i mean that in the nicest sense because for some AW-trainspotters this book will be a goldmine of pub conversation starters. However, for your average punter this is simply overload and not a well presented one at that. I am classing myself as average in that i have the set of Guides use them on and off piste to plan walks and support modern mapping, but i don't have an encylopedic memory of what fell is in what book, where the major watersheds are and the names of the major tarns (and so on!)

This is the first of the two main issues because by the time this book could be a stand-alone companion much of the content may be useless/duplicate to you... it's nice that someone else has written it down, but you probably know all this stuff anyway. For us mere mortals we need to sit with the stack of guides and the maps to make sense of the often oddly set-out lists of heights and steepness; so that it becomes less of a Companion and more of a technical appendix, especially if you are considering the Fells as a Mastermind specialist subject.

Secondly, the compainion is just not up to the same standards as the Guides. This book is cramped, has no logical structure and rambles on aimlessly in places. It has double-page spreads which needlessly break up chapters without notice and without hint of continuation of the chapter, and unlike AW has little or no internal referencing; there are often "(more on that later)" but no actual reference to where and in at least one instance this reference is not followed up. FRUSTRATING. I am not an expert on Mr Wainright, but i am not sure he would have produced this book in this way... or even at all. To me, part of the beauty of the Guides is their siple sparseness, plenty of room on the page and then clear indexing and references on to other parts of the book; you'll find none of that here and often the font size of their Waintright-script is made small in order to cram more in.

There are good bits though.
Often the interjections and seemingly unannounced asides are actually the most welcome (one place where the Companion mirrors the Guides) as this is new material in the style-off, these adds a welcome distraction from the dry glossary feel.
Finally the highlights are the start and end; personal reflections and opinion. Again, this is more of what made the guides so special.

Now i feel a little bit bad, i was bought this as a present and so it is a bit unkind to criticise, i am not saying don't buy this but...


In Search of the Multiverse
In Search of the Multiverse
by John R. Gribbin
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a book which reflects the theoretical nature of the subject, 18 Aug. 2011
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John Gribbin is one of the best science writes around, but even he seems to struggle with this subject.
The normal run for a Gribbin book is:
summarise the history
explore the development through experiments
restate proofs
summarise how much we know now and give indications of future developments
but, the fact that this book is almost all hypothesis and theory leaves him and us high and dry.

I suspect somewhere there was an editor saying, "No Maths!" and unusually there is not one single diagram either, the book feels cheap and slightly rushed with no one having re-read it and ordered a final overhaul to help the flow of ideas going.
Gribbin himself admits in an afterward that this isn't quite the book meant to write and that it is more personal than usual. There is definitely more of him and his views in than normal, while this is not unwelcome per se, it is odd to hear the normally silent narrator making his preference for one or other theory heard.

Then there is the title `multiverse'. In actual fact, this book is about the Anthropic principal and new theories of the big bang(s) and whole manyverse beyond our Observable Universe that might exist. Multiverse, parallel worlds and quantum physics has about 40pages in a 200page book. Interesting stuff to be sure, but maybe not where you expect it to go given the title and the blurb.

Oddly, I ordered this at the same time as Susskind's Black Hole War but read Gribbin first as an entrée to what I thought would be the more challenging read. I didn't really think the subject matter would overlap as much as it does and for my money Susskind has a clearer exposition, even with the more difficult (outrageous?) ideas. While Gribbin seems to have forgotten to cover the basics Susskind reminds us of the value of clear explanation no matter who your audience is.

I read a lot of science, I have a science degree, to me a good science book brings together many strands of tentative explanation and weaves them together to show recent progress, sadly this falls short of that.
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Victoria: Et Jesum, Motets a voix seule (Carlos Mena/Juan Carlos Riveras)
Victoria: Et Jesum, Motets a voix seule (Carlos Mena/Juan Carlos Riveras)
Price: £11.65

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lush, gentle and well made, 7 May 2011
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Just heard exerpts from this on BBC Radio3's building a library.
It sounds fantastic.
The match of singer and lute/vihuela is so simple but enchanting, it is a real breath of fresh air and perfect fot those quiet moments.


Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go!
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not up to the job, 2 April 2011
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Latency is a measure of how long it takes from the computer deciding to do something to you being able to hear/see it.
In this case it's tooooooo loooooonnnnnnggggggggggggg.
Admitedly, i am using to listen to music programmes (VST) and not gaming, also this is on an older laptop, not a modern gaming computer but, be aware!
The laptop normally outputs the sound with little or no latency using a standard ASIO widget at a good quality. To get the same low latency from this i had to turn it's quality settings right down. For gaming you may find yourself well-fragged before you hear the explosion.
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The thing itself is rather plasticcy and seems to wobble a bit in the port, however, it is a cleaner sound and i am greatful that it moves the headphone socket from the front to the side of the laptop. I am keeping this, just, but am disappointed that it doesn't seem to have the grunt to handle data as quickly as an old laptop and the software is not compatible with ASIO.


The Last Time I Do This for Nothing: Deadly Avenger Presents the Best of Illicit Recordings
The Last Time I Do This for Nothing: Deadly Avenger Presents the Best of Illicit Recordings
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars buy it now and have a party forever, 1 Mar. 2011
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buy it now and have a party forever.
if you heard these the first time round then you know what i mean. if you didn't:
the cream of 90's to 00's intelligent Trip-Hop, heavily sample laden and fun fun fun.
anyone who can open a track with the Superman fan-fare deserves a medal.
no really.
party music of the highest order and the great thing is...it hasn't dated at all.
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what you get is 3cds
1 Deadly Avenger
2 Label Sampler
3 Battlecreek tracks i.e. pure hip-hop for turntables and rapping and jumping around to.

It is well packaged and even has a bit of backstory about the label... how DC Records 'ucked it up and then how Illicit were having too much fun to make ends meet, shame!

For the train-spotter, some of these are remakes/remasters and there are a couple of previously unreleased tracks from DA himself!

get it while stocks last


Braun Series 5 590cc Clean & Renew System Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver
Braun Series 5 590cc Clean & Renew System Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver
Offered by AOT (UK VAT registered)
Price: £129.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar, 12 Jun. 2009
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updated december 2010 (full year after purchase)
It was with some reluctance that I started to look for a new shaver, my Remington had served me well for about 12 years and was still doing the business (despite being a little careworn) when the battery started to fade... the problem with choosing a razor is you don't how good it'll be till you have got it home, charged it and used it a few times!

I am finding this at least as good as the razor it replaced, the main advantage seems to be that it provides a lot more even finish with less effort. However, it not actually any closer, not really. In fact I would almost say that it is leaving me with a slightly debonair shadow... The action is gentle doesn't fell like it needs to be forced.

On the plus side it washes fine under the tap. The odd thing is though that despite being packaged with a brush the instructions make it sound like you shouldn't get it anywhere near the cutting surfaces :-?
The cleaning-station is good and i use it every couple of weeks, it does take a copuple of cycles to get really clean i can recommend one without the foil on. Despite the instructions saying other wise the container for the cleaning fluid (acetate/nail varnish remover) can be carefully ejected and resealed and aas such i am still on my free-be that came with the razor (at own risk!)

The hidden downside that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere is that the shaving head is about 5cm wide... but take off the foil and the cutting head is only 3 cm wide. Slightly Random, hey-ho.

It seems to be made well, and has whizzy lights that flash after you use it; charging is quick, but this is balanced by a relatively small capacity.

If I were trying hard to criticise it I would say that it feels a little light and plasticcy.

This is mostly incidental though... the shave is good and has girlfriend approval.
All round a good buy, here's hoping it lasts as long as the last one!!


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