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Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When he sticks to his domain experience then Masters’ insights ..., 23 Oct 2014
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When he sticks to his domain experience then Masters’ insights are very helpful in giving practical advice to entrepreneurs. However when he his steps outside his area of expertise to push his personal ideology then things fall down. I found his open criticism of Malcolm Gladwell and the part that luck has to play in all our lives to be out of order and his incorrect use of a part-quote from Matthew’s Gospel by taking it out of context and twisting it to meet his own personal philosophy of prosperity to be rather galling.


Philips SHQ3200/10 ActionFit Washable Ultra Light Sports Headphones - Earhooks (New for 2013)
Philips SHQ3200/10 ActionFit Washable Ultra Light Sports Headphones - Earhooks (New for 2013)
Offered by Hayden's Heaven
Price: £13.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with the new model, 13 Jan 2014
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Used a set of these earphones for some 3-4 years during a heavy workout in the gym about twice a week. Had no complaints but eventually one of the speakers gave up and so had to replace them. Buying the same product again was a 'no brainer' but sadly the 'New for 2013' moniker is a euphemism for 'cheapened' and 'degraded'.

My principal issue is not the sound quality per se, it is the way in which they will only stay in my ear canal for about a minute before they fall out which degrades the sound. The problem is caused by the reduced specification of the orange plastic which goes around the ear, once you have bent them to fit then this plastic is supposed to retain the shape. Only it doesn't. It is soft a floppy and before long the ear buds have popped out of the canal again. Finally got so frustrated that I blew more than twice this money on some Sennheisser PMX 685i headphones as I could not trust any other ear hooks.


TP-Link TD-W8960N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections
TP-Link TD-W8960N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections
Price: £31.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Box contains mini-CD, 8 Dec 2011
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Just opened and setup the router but had to do it manually. Why? I have a slot-loading CD drive in my laptop while the box only contained a mini CD. As I was connecting to a BT line then the whole process did go quite smoothly as the instruction manual is fairly straightforward but others might find this a worry. And as my laptop is a Mac then I can't even pass judgement on whether the CD is Mac compatible.....


Joomla! Bible
Joomla! Bible
by Ric Shreves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.03

2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good intro, 21 Aug 2011
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Even though this book was published in 2010, the Joomla world moves very quickly and so the first problem is that this was written around Joomla 1.5 with screenshots etc taken from 1.5 however Joomla 1.6 must have been released shortly before it went to press. There has therefore been a hurried insertion of comments to point out where Joomla 1.6 differs but some of these areas are quite significant e.g. 1.6 no longer uses Sections which is quite crucial. And now Joomla 1.7 is in the wild, and is actually what I installed onto my server.

The second issue for me is that all the book seems to do is to go through interminable lists of what each function does and all the options but does not really help with any examples. When I want to learn about a new programming language etc I want to have a living example which is developed throughout the book so that I can see how things are done practically. This book does not do that and while it may be a useful reference it is of no use as a teaching/learning tool.


Blackstone's Police Manuals 2009: Four Volume Set
Blackstone's Police Manuals 2009: Four Volume Set
by Simon Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.40

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Police Review is not needed, 21 Aug 2008
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Much better than the old Law Files and you don't need Police Review for a study timetable, there are other OSPRE training providers who also produce one


Courageous Leadership
Courageous Leadership
by Bill Hybels
Edition: Paperback

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pushes all the right buttons but not sure how useful in UK, 20 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Courageous Leadership (Paperback)
This book pushed all the right buttons for me, straight talking as only an American can do. I liked it so much I bought 6 copies and gave them to various people for their response.
However once the euphoria has died away you realise that this was written by the leader of one of the largest churches in the western world who can pick and choose his team members from far and wide. The reality of most of us is that we have to work with our existing resources. However if you look beyond this issue and take Hybels' view that "the local church is the hope of the world" then you can glean quite a lot from this book on the principles of the gift of leadership. One comment I have received from a senior churchman is that it is a secular management book with a bit of Christianity bolted on to it - probably a fair comment but it certainly helps churches to be shaken out of their complacency.


Transforming Communities: Re-imagining the Church for the 21st Century: 12
Transforming Communities: Re-imagining the Church for the 21st Century: 12
by Steven Croft
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.31

19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars House groups are the way forward, 20 Jan 2004
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I was really quite unimpressed by this book. It didn't start off well by asserting that we do not just need a new way of doing ministry but a new way of being church and giving the impression that the author had thought this up all by himself - this book was published in 2002 and there have been rafts of books which have come to that conclusion far earlier than this author. Effectively this book asserts that we need to regenerate the use of house groups within a church or group of churches (where a vicar is shared). It's writing is very much biased towards the Church of England as the author is warden of a CofE training college and seems to perpetuate the class system within the Church of England by making out that those in stipendiary ministry have the responsibility for doing so over and above those in the non-stipendiary ministry. I also did not like his criticism of some current thinking to make the idea of 'Transforming Communities' the solution to all our problems.
This is a curate's egg of a book but you have to search long and hard for the good parts - some of the analysis of the current situation in the first part is useful and the last few chapters on group dynamics and adminstration are helpful as a reference resource but I really don't think the basic premise of this book justified its writing.


Relational Leadership: A Bibical Model for Influence and Service
Relational Leadership: A Bibical Model for Influence and Service
by Walter C. Wright
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-considered book, 20 Jan 2004
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This book grew and grew on me. A good distillation of the principles of Christian leadership with a biblical core and with some very useful guidelines on how to get the vision and mission of your church. I can see this being quite a good reference as I try to see how leadership is to be expressed in my church.


Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated
Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated
by Cathy Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

13 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Opportunity Lost, 4 Aug 2003
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This book is good for people who wish to confirm their greatest fears that "the devil is in the detail" if only you look deep enough. Unfortunately I am not in that camp. While a committed Christian, anti-Freemason and aware that there is an evil presence, I was looking to this book as a reference source for possible signs of active Satanism within my community. While this book is good in parts, the parts are very small and are lost in the over the top attitude of the rest of this tome – it even proves that the international No Smoking symbol is effectively a Satanist symbol. Maybe the clues that this book was not going to be all it was made out to be by the fact that the back cover refers to the author having a doctorate in theology but fails to mention by which body it was awarded. Furthermore there are no testimonies from other respected authors or well known Christians. If I say that the author is of the "all rock music is of the devil" wing of Christianity then you may get an idea of how this book is written.


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