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Dell DC Power Cable - Power connector adaptor - DC jack 4.5 mm (M) - DC jack 7.4 mm (F) - for XPS 12, 13(450-18765)
Dell DC Power Cable - Power connector adaptor - DC jack 4.5 mm (M) - DC jack 7.4 mm (F) - for XPS 12, 13(450-18765)

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 27 Jun 2014
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I have loads of "old style" Dell power adapters and just got a new XPS 13 for work that has the "new style" connector. So this connector does the job of converting from old to new. It's the official Dell adaptor that they apparently order from Dell on demand, since in the delivery box was a Dell envelope with the delivery information of a Ballicom employee. Cheaper to buy it through Amazon than to buy direct from Dell as a consumer!


Transcend 64GB JetFlash 520S USB Drive
Transcend 64GB JetFlash 520S USB Drive
Price: £19.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put one on every key ring, 27 Jun 2014
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Perhaps not the ultimately fastest USB flash drive, but for convenience you can't beat it. Dump the silly little string thing it comes with and attach it directly to your key ring or to a miniature spring carabiner so that you don't tempt yourself to hang the weight of your keys from a USB port! The single piece metal construction and lack of lid is a good thing - less to lose and less to get damaged.


Duvet Cover Satin Stripe Set - White - Single
Duvet Cover Satin Stripe Set - White - Single
Offered by Life Unearthed
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Go Scandinavian-style - 2 single duvets on a king bed, 27 Jun 2014
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Having seen the concept of two single duvets on one double/king bed in Scandinavia and Germany, my wife and I wanted to try this. You might think it's a bit divisive, or a bad sign for a marriage, but I urge you to think again. Have you ever found yourself in bed sweating while your significant other is shivering? Have you or your significant other ever stolen the duvet from the other?

This resolves these problems. Going with two single duvet covers on one bed resolves these issues. Grab yourself a single duvet that has a 9 tog and 4.5 tog part and simply put one in each cover and you have yourself different temperatures! Both want to cocoon yourselves? Go ahead!

Recommended.


first4magnets - 44 x 75mm Magnetic Door Stop - Brushed Chrome Effect Finish
first4magnets - 44 x 75mm Magnetic Door Stop - Brushed Chrome Effect Finish
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnet not very strong, 27 Jun 2014
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I got one of these for my front door because I had seen one at my friend's house and he recommended such a device. His door sticks hard to the wall unit, but this one is weak and feeble. The door does stick, but only barely. If you send the door in to the stopper with too much speed, it doesn't capture the door - the door just bounces off and starts to close.

So if you're going to gently open your door and place it on to the magnet position, this will work. However, if you're expecting it to catch a high speed inbound door, you may be disappointed.


AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
AmazonBasics Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not work with Dell XPS 13, 27 Jun 2014
As per a couple of other recent commenters, do not buy this adaptor for use with a Dell XPS 13. The XPS 13 requires an "active" adapter that does the digitial-to-analogue conversion in hardware, but this unit is a passive adapter that requires software support. I don't know if the issue is that Windows doesn't support passive mode, the Intel display drivers don't support passive mode, or if it's something specific to the XPS 13 hardware.

From other reviews, this will work great with a Mac, but don't buy this if you have a Dell XPS 13. Take a look at the StarTech equivalent - it's more expensive, but it is "active" and should work fine with the Dell XPS 13.


Travelrest-The Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow (#1 Best Selling Travel Pillow on Amazon.de) - Ergonomic, Innovative & Patented for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs & Home GREAT GIFT!
Travelrest-The Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow (#1 Best Selling Travel Pillow on Amazon.de) - Ergonomic, Innovative & Patented for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs & Home GREAT GIFT!
Offered by Travelrest (direct from the manufacturer)
Price: £32.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pillow, 30 April 2014
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I took it on its first plane trip a month or so ago and it's the first time I can remember getting any sleep in Economy for a very long time. One data point does not make a trend, but so far so good. Will be testing it further on flights in a month or so.


Large Wooden Thermometer
Large Wooden Thermometer
Offered by Grids London
Price: £1.63

1.0 out of 5 stars Totally inaccurate, 30 April 2014
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Just don't bother. I know it's only £1.50, so it's hard to complain, but the accuracy on this is pretty appauling. It's reading at least 3 degrees below other thermometers that I'm testing it against.


The Myths of Innovation
The Myths of Innovation

4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read, 25 Aug 2011
I first came across Scott Berkun's work when Joel Spolsky recommended Making Things Happen, Scott's excellent book on project management. I continued my adventure through Berkun's back catalogue with Confessions of a Public Speaker which I found very enlightening. I have now read his latest published work: The Myths of Innovation, published by O'Reilly Media.

This book attempts to discredit the numerous inaccurate ideas about innovation that are both written about in other books, and commonly held beliefs in the wider public. He shows that innovation is not a formulaic concept that can be copied at will, nor something that just happens when you decide you want to be "innovative". It is also rarely the case that a "lone inventor" beats the odds to produce a world-beating product.

One of the other major myths that he dispels is that of the "eureka moment" - the sudden spark that resulting in a complete idea overnight. Instead, most innovations are the result of many years of hard work on improving and productising ideas that may have first seemed like irrelevances. The myth of snap innovation continues to be perpetuated because these ideas are often revealed to the world as a complete concept, without showing the hard work that has been done behind the scenes to get there.

Berkun looks at what kinds of corporate environments produce the seed ideas that are required at the start of this process, as well as allowing those ideas to incubate over the course of many years to reach a successful conclusion. He looks at examples of companies that have made extremely successful businesses out of this type of innovation (e.g. 3M, Google) to see what they do differently from those companies that merely pay lip-service to innovation in their mission statement.

Finally, Scott takes us through some ideas around how to think creatively, how to get your ideas noticed and keeping yourself motivated throughout a process that might last a lot longer than you expect.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I read it over the course of a few days on my Kindle on my commute to and from work and found myself eager to get on to the train so that I could continue reading. If you have a role where you need to come up with ideas in any capacity, this book will give you a real insight in to the best ways to do that. Even if you don't have a job that requires you to produce structured innovation right now, I still recommend this book to you as it will help you to see where you can innovate regardless, both at work and in your home life.

Recommended.


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