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Poetic SLIMLINE Portfolio Case for Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet Black (Final Version)
Poetic SLIMLINE Portfolio Case for Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet Black (Final Version)
Offered by Smart Shop Online
Price: 16.95

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top case for a top tablet, 10 Dec 2012
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Sometimes you can agonise over a purchase decision, only to find that you've been wasting your life. This is one of those occasions. Having scoured the internet looking for Nexus 7 cases, and finding quite a lot that looked frankly a bit annoying, despite some questionable feedback about the Poetic case it looked like the best bet. A slim case which holds the tablet securely, leaves access open to all ports and switches, and basically protects the device without getting in the way. It also works as a stand, to a limited extent. Many other cases mess about with tedious closures (elasticated straps, for instance) and innovative ways to hold your tablet (re-usable sticky strips - why?). This one simply fits properly and securely by hugging the Nexus's shape perfectly and using magnets to keep it closed. It has a magnet to turn on and off the device when you open and close the cover, which is simple and, ultimately, provided more by the Nexus designers than the case designers - but whoever is to thank for this small innovation, it's brilliant.

There have been some complaints about durability of the case: all I can say is, mine looks like it will survive well and has been buried in bags a bit already with no scrapes I can notice. There is a bit of crackling from the hinge, but it's not disturbing and does not appear to be symptomatic of a weakness. The foldable front cover which folds into a simple stand doesn't provide much of an angle but is better than using the tablet flat on a table. To be honest, I find myself hand-holding the tablet much of the time anyway. All in all, I think I've benefited from the faults other people have found in the first two production runs - and full marks to Poetic for fixing them for this third version.

It's a good case. Don't agonise. Buy it.


Polaroid Auto Focus DG Macro Extension Tube Set (12mm 20mm 36mm) For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Polaroid Auto Focus DG Macro Extension Tube Set (12mm 20mm 36mm) For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: 59.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality kit, 5 Feb 2012
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I've not spent much time with these yet, but they seem to work as advertised and as others have commented are good value compared to other (Kenko) options. They may be several times the price of the simplest alternatives, but I don't regret spending the extra for electrical connectivity and the peace of mind that they can be attached and detached without damage to my camera.


af Aquarium Fish Tank Auto Food Feeder LCD Timer
af Aquarium Fish Tank Auto Food Feeder LCD Timer
Offered by bestbuy66
Price: 9.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy, 8 Jun 2011
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11 days away from home, the auto feeder worked great - no dead fish, happy kids. It's a little larger that I expected it to be, but a keen price and ultimately works as required.


One From Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization
One From Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization
by Dee Hock
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective on organisations, 9 Jan 2011
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Dee Hock has become a bit of a hero of mine. Not because I agree with everything he has said and done, or written in this book, but because regardless of our differences I agree with his fundamental premises about such things as individual responsibility and the dangers of central control over an organisation.

As the CEO of VISA - an organisation described at length in the book, although today's VISA is, I believe, a very different animal - he led a massive company in a unique way. But most interesting is how Hock set about creating that organisation, and the enormous lengths to which he went to make it work.

Whether you're a CEO looking for inspiration, a manager seeking a better way, or an "ordinary" employee sick of job descriptions, you will find this documented proof that self-organising groups really can work quite enlightening.

Dee Hock's concept of the "Chaordic" organisation wasn't new when he coined the phrase, but so far as I know the experiment is unique in scale an vision. And in the scale of the success. VISA, of course, has been immensely successful. Whether you put the success down to Dee Hock's unusual leadership style, or to the fact that VISA was selling the right products at the right time, we'll never know.

Some of the detail around how banking works is either too detailed or not detailed enough (for me it was both, in different places), but the main messages are made very clearly. The somewhat strange writing style and preoccupation with Hock's early history is grating to start with, but as you read on you will find it interesting to be able to understand how Hock's mindset came about - in a time when a command-and-control organisation was considered the best and only way.

Highly recommended.


This is Social Media: Tweet, Blog, Link and Post Your Way to Business Success
This is Social Media: Tweet, Blog, Link and Post Your Way to Business Success
by Guy Clapperton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid advice from a person who knows, 9 Jan 2011
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I've been working in the telecommunications industry all my life, and am now a communications consultant specialising in Unified Communications, Collaboration, and Social Networking. Three different buzzwords for ideas that are actually very similar, if not the same, but each with a different market slant.

So I've been paying more attention than ever to the choice of reading matter available, particularly regarding Social Networking. What it is, and how to take advantage of it in a business context is a topic which, I guess unsurprisingly, now fills many volumes.

Guy Clapperton's book is refreshing in two respects. Firstly, it's small and friendly so it's very easy to read. Social Networking is a topic which can be made as vast and complex as an author desires, so it's good to read it put simply yet knowledgeably. Secondly, it is not gushingly in awe of the technologies, or their potential impact, as some books are. Guy puts the whole thing into context and makes a positive case for the use of social media, as well as pointing out what it isn't.

If you want an all-in-one book which covers absolutely everything related to social networking - including detailed customer relationship management tools, Twitter/Facebook customer sentiment analysis, and similar current or emerging topics then this isn't the one for you. If you're looking for a book which is easy to read, contains the salient points about the technologies, gives clear advice on how and when to use them, and gives a round-up of the tools so that you can compare and contrast then this is an excellent place to start.


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