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MoGo Mouse X54 Pro - Mouse - laser - wireless - Bluetooth
MoGo Mouse X54 Pro - Mouse - laser - wireless - Bluetooth
Offered by UK Surplus Central Ltd - Dispatched Same Day If Order Received By 14:00
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small and light yet surprisingly usable, 22 Jan. 2010
I bought this mouse as a present for someone who occasionally travels to present at worldwide conferences. AS such, weight and space are at a premium and on many trips even something as useful as a mouse has been left behind.

The MoGo X54 Pro is exactly what the product description says; its the size of a credit card, as thick as a PCMCIA card (PCI Express here) and has almost no weight to it.

Once unpackaged, it was slotted into a powered up laptop for around an hour to get an initial charge. Then, it took 2 minutes to enable Bluetooth on the laptop and synch with the mouse.

The small "leg" on the underside of the mouse raises it from the surface, giving more of a full sized mouse feel, though it does take some practice to use fluently as it is very light and the left/right buttons and wheel are all simulated via touch sensitive areas i.e. there is no "click" or "roll" sensation.

Also on the underside is a small slide switch, which changes between "mouse" and "presentation" mode, thus enabling the same touch sensitive area to act as page back/forth control. Additionally, this enables the laser pointer which is visible over at least 10-12 feet.

Very impressed for such a lot of tech for such a small price, and the fact it stores away inside the laptop puts it a step ahead other mini mice I have used.

Spin State
Spin State
by Chris Moriarty
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well told spaceaged whodunnit, 28 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Spin State (Paperback)
I really must stop buying books this engrossing... the lack of sleep they're causing is slowly driving me mad!
The tale begins on an action-high, with a covert raid on an unlicensed "wetware" lab... a raid which goes wrong. Our heroine (a battle weary, genetically and cybernetically enhanced soldier) is given the classic get-out-of-jail-free suicide mission to investigate an unusual accident (and death) on the mine planet of Compson World. From this initial premise grows a complex and compelling tale of galactic politics, interplanetary espionage and secret agendas.
The characters and locations are elloquently described, providing the reader with a fully fledged mental picture of the scenes. The use of non-alien based lifeforms (purebred humans, genetically enhanced and modified humans and the ever popular AI characters) are well delivered although a good deal of page-inches are spent describing facial expression in an attempt to portray the underlying puppetmasters of the humanoid characters (under the control of almost any other character using the concept of "shunting").
Only one criticism on the story as a whole, which is the centralised concept of the quantum crystal structures which are the lifeblood of interplanetary travel - it all feels a little too Dune / Spice for comfort...
Overall, a very compelling read with fine pace, action, characters and a satisfying ending.

The Algebraist
The Algebraist
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi opera indeed, 25 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Algebraist (Paperback)
This book was my first foray into the work of Banks, and all I can say is that I am about to begin my second...
For someone not accustomed to the overwhelming depth and scale of such sci-fi novels, I found the book to be somewhat of a marathon read. The characters and scenes Banks portrays are done on an exceptionally grand scale which can often take the reader some time to fully comprehend (I found the whole "living in a gas giant without being squished" something of a chore to get my head around). That said, once inthralled by the storyline, I found myself unable to put the blasted thing down (often reading into the early hours, much to the detriment of my day job).
Although the ultimate conclusion can be gleamed before the final page of the book, I found that there was so much to take in that the mind had little time with which to outguess the author... which in my opinion helped to maintain interest in the plot to the end.
If Banks was ever to release a novel based solely on the life and actions of The Algebraist's villain, it'd be on preorder now.

Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought I'd re-read DaVinci by mistake, 25 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Digital Fortress (Paperback)
After reading DaVinci Code and accepting it for what it is (a story, not a 100% factually correct account) I ordered Digital Fortress.
A collegue at work warned me that reading these books "the wrong way round" would be dissapointing, and he was unfortunately correct.
Both have an American academic jaunting across Europe like a CIA field agent, in search of something they do not fully comprehend while some sinister world organisation (in one, the NSA, in the other the Church) pull the puppet's strings. And both have a physically impaired assassin out to hamper the whole thing.
The characterisation is shallow, such as the depiction of the NSA workers by phrases like "...he knew she was right; Ms X's instincts were infamous for always being right..." which doesn't create any reader empathy - in fact it makes you wonder how they didn't avoid the whole crisis in the first place it they were all so perfect!
I think Dan Brown has a random plot generator:
<insert main charachter's name> is an academic with language skills, sent to <insert European city> by <insert world organisation> to look for <insert mythological artifact or technological breakthrough>. However, <insert name of main character's oldest trusted friend> has other ideas and has sent <insert assasin with single physical perculiarity> to muck it all up. In the end though, the assasin is despatched and the hero returns home while his friend is exposed and probably killed.
No wonder DVC was a best seller, he'd had a few practice attempts beforehand...
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Going Postal: A Discworld Novel
Going Postal: A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid work from the Discworld genius, 25 Feb. 2006
"Going Postal" is undoubtedly one of Pratchett's new millenium books. Devout readers will know what this implies: a rope-thick storyline and a more intricate plot rather than a thread-thin storyline packed out by an abundance of gags.
Please do not underestimate the humour of this book however; it is still exeptionally witty (and laugh-out-loud funny in places) but is much more in keeping with other recent titles such as "Monsterous Regiment" and "Wee Free Men" than the earlier laugh-fests of "Men at Arms" and "Moving Pictures".
Moist is an excellent anti-hero, if not a little stereotypical and therefore predictable, but what made this book for me was the expanded inclusion of some previously introduced Discworld phenomenon such as golems and the Clacks.
Another great point about this tale is the potential follow-up for both Moist and the eventual villain, which has all the setup for a book in its own right.
Oh, and Vetinari is still the funniest thing on the Disc :D

by Robert A. Metzger
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid of high science and alternate histories, 25 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Picoverse (Mass Market Paperback)
An entertaining storyline which takes the reader on a journey from quiet American college campus, to governmental secret projects before heading into alternate histories and an unusual (possibly overly bizarre) futuristic conclusion.
On the whole, the characterisation is good and the tempo of the plot is well judged, if not a little "written in the style of a straight-to-video" film, as is found in rather too many American authored fiction works these days (think Michael Chrichton's "Prey").
The author achieves a reasonable sense of mystery and intrigue, while giving plausible explanations of both scientific and historic references. The alternate Albert Einstein is especially unique!
However, the final "chapter" of the story moves into an area which feels too detached from the 75% which goes before it, leading to a somewhat anti-climactic ending. It attempts to merge the raw ingredients of "Command & Conquer" (PC game) with "2001: A Space Oddessy" (film) which leaves the reader bemused, just in time for the Hollywood ending...

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great British Sit-Com Empire Meets Its Equal, 21 July 2004
Let me start by mirroring the comments of my fellow reviewers; Scrubs is not only an excellent US sitcom but also one of such brilliance that it challenges the best "home-grown" sitcoms from Blighty.
It blends the sophisticated writing style of Frasier and Seinfeld with the empathic characterisation of long-toothed Americana such as M*A*S*H and Cheers... the result: a modern, refreshing comedy with amiable characters in a situation which provides more than enough plot depth and durability.
Yes, the American pre-requisite of "a moral in every programme" is still adhered to, but this is done in a non-patronising way (surprisingly) and well within the confines of the storyline, which I feel is a revelation for the US comedy genre.
The casting too is sublime, using a genuine blend of sincere favourites and introducing some fine new comedic talent from unexpected areas... just try to imagine other actors in the same roles and you'll soon realise that it just wouldn't work.
Note to all Friends fans: throw out your 100-strong VHS collection and replace it with a shiny set of true american sit-com genius.

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