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Racksoy Professional Mini Stick Wireless Wlan USB Adapter RT5370 with Rotatable Antenna 150Mbit/s Dongle 802.11n/b/g Compatible with Raspberry Pi, Window XP / Vista / Windows 7 (32-Bit + 64-Bit), Windows 8 (32-Bit + 64-Bit) Black
Racksoy Professional Mini Stick Wireless Wlan USB Adapter RT5370 with Rotatable Antenna 150Mbit/s Dongle 802.11n/b/g Compatible with Raspberry Pi, Window XP / Vista / Windows 7 (32-Bit + 64-Bit), Windows 8 (32-Bit + 64-Bit) Black
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Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Little Gem, 21 Mar. 2016
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I installed Debian-based Linux on a new laptop. This laptop's inbuilt wireless adaptor (Qualcomm Atheros) was effectively useless under Linux: a poor pickup range, with any connection repeatedly dropped (perhaps caused by poor Linux device drivers).

Encouraged by the promising Amazon reviews of Racksoy's Wireless USB Adaptor with the Raspberry Pi, I purchased the device. Linux supported the adaptor immediately after plugging in. The adaptor has a greater range than the inbuilt one, data transmission is seamless, and the wireless connection is consistently maintained. The adjustable aerial is very convenient with a laptop.

Racksoy's Wireless Adaptor is an impressive device for the price.


Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Black
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Nov. 2015
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Excellent design and construction.


Women's 40th Birthday T Shirt Manufactured 1976 T Shirts 40th Birthday Gifts Pink M
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Nov. 2015
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Suited and fitted my wife well.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Stukameister, 14 Oct. 2011
Hans-Ulrich Rudel has been labelled 'mad' and 'Nazi', but if you're interested in one of the most extraordinary wartime pilots - and survivor of one of the harshest battlegrounds - it's best to first seek the man's own words.

Rudel was an incredible pilot - to survive 2,500 missions on the World War II Russian Front in a lumbering Stuka dive-bomber - he simply had to be. Some luck could be involved, but without talent the odds are rather stacked: a slow aircraft, withering ground fire, mechanical failure, and vengeful enemy fighters. It seems Rudel flew his Stuka like a fighter plane - and in doing so, in addition to his huge number of ground kills, destroyed at least one top Russian fighter ace who was determined to shoot him down. Curiously, Rudel remarks that he was a slow learner.

Rudel has compassion for his comrades and respect for the best of his enemies. He's a tenacious soldier, driven by honour and the military oath. He says that he fought for Germany and not a political party. Despite adhering closely to the Germanic doctrine of orders, he breaks orders to save his comrades - and, extraordinarily, defies several direct personal orders from Hitler and Goering.

Yet the character traits that rise above the rest are Rudel's phenomenal survival instinct and self-belief. He never gives up, even in the direst circumstances: captured behind enemy lines with guns pointing at him. "Only he is lost who gives himself up for lost" - seizing at once the slimmest of chances, Rudel breaks free, dodging small arms fire from point-blank range.

The translated style of Stuka Pilot is quite different, yet characterful and eminently readable, with surprising humour running throughout. My annoyance is that Stuka Pilot is the re-edited 1958 version of Rudel's 1949 German autobiography 'Trotzdem'. In Stuka Pilot, Rudel's courage and skill are unquestionable, but perhaps outside of Trotzdem - Rudel's true opinions will never be known.


Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War (Aircraft of the Aces)
Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War (Aircraft of the Aces)
by Leonid Krylov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illumination of a forgotten side in the 'Forgotten War', 21 May 2011
This book exhibits painstaking research and detail about the covert Soviet jet pilot intervention in the Korean War, which was suppressed (for good reason) for decades.

In its 96 pages, the book presents a wealth of data and photographs of Soviet MiG-15 pilots flying in combat against UN aircraft over Korea from 1950 to 1953. It shows the considerable extent to which these pilots (many World War II aces) were involved - not just training Chinese and North Korean pilots - but rotated through the aerial combat zone for the entire duration of the war. 'Kill' records are clearly shown as problematic - 'kill' versus 'damaged' is a researcher's minefield, with many exaggerations recorded on both sides.

Soviet MiG-15 Aces is a well-written book - particularly as English won't be the authors' first language. Illuminating insights into the North Korean aerial perspective of the conflict are a welcome contrast to most of the books available on the subject (in the West at least). As such, it will appeal the most to historians/researchers and hard-core enthusiasts.


Dogfights - Season 1 [DVD]
Dogfights - Season 1 [DVD]
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine but Flawed, 17 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Dogfights - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
If you are interested in the history of aerial warfare and/or combat flight simulators then this 4-disc DVD series of episodes really is a polished production. The CGI is generally superb, the diverse accounts riveting, and the tactics are presented simply and informatively (if a bit repetitively).

'Hunt for the Bismarck' and 'Death of the Japanese Navy' (Leyte Gulf) provide interesting alternatives to air combat. 'Long Odds' and 'Guadalcanal' are lesser known, yet deeply impressive accounts of astute pilots defying the odds in the best American spirit.

However, the series is clearly created for an American audience, and through this, presents its major flaw - terrible bias.

Of the aerial combat episodes, only one features a non-American pilot. There are many amazing dogfights in aviation history - many of considerably greater exploit and talent than some featured here. For example, Hans-Ulrich Rudel: destroyed 500+ tanks, a battleship, and approximately seven fighter planes in his cumbersome Stuka dive-bomber; Hans-Joachim Marseille: a superb deflection marksmen - attacked 16 P-40 fighters, shot down six (five in six minutes) including three aces; and, Werner Voss: took on six British aces simultaneously and scored hits on all of their aircraft (although eventually paying with his life).

The ultimate example of bias is found in the bonus section (disc 1) entitled 'Greatest Air Battles'. Cunningham and Driscoll in their F-4 Phantom engage a MiG-17 ace over Vietnam and are almost immediately shot down. The F-4 crew committed an "almost fatal error" (by forgetting that a MiG-17 had cannon to use in a head-to-head fight). They then follow up with "another error" while climbing vertically with the MiG, but go on to win the fight (with a missile). Through this dogfight, Cunningham and Driscoll achieve 'ace' status (five victories) - the first (and only) instance of such for the US Navy - which is duly celebrated at the end of the feature. Yet there are over ten North Vietnamese pilots who achieved more than five combat victories, with the top-scorer achieving nine.
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Writing for the Web (Chambers Desktop Guides)
Writing for the Web (Chambers Desktop Guides)
by Susannah Ross
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making words count, 5 Sept. 2007
In Writing for the Web, Susannah Ross begins with, "It's the words that matter." Perhaps an understatement, yet an apt one that has often been overlooked in the construction of websites.

The web is a demanding medium for communication - and deceptively so. Writing for websites is quite different to writing for printed pages, and is harder to do successfully than first impressions might suggest.

Susannah's book shows how challenging web writing can be, and in response offers a well-structured, easy-to-read guide and reference. In a language-oriented approach, Susannah encompasses the many facets of writing web pages including attention to individual words, writing for search engines, and embracing a web-editing role. Additionally, she includes important points that some other books overlook or assume, such as generating ideas and careful planning.

Writing for the Web utilises good examples and covers an involved subject clearly, comprehensively, and succinctly.


Harold: The Last Anglo-Saxon King
Harold: The Last Anglo-Saxon King
by Ian W Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last, but certainly not least, 18 Dec. 2006
One of the problems afflicting English history surrounding 1066 is that some historians have been swayed by sympathiser sources (e.g. that of Robert of Jumieges, the deposed Archbishop of Canterbury) and the victor's propaganda and actions (e.g. The Bayeux Tapestry, 'The Carmen', and the destruction of many Anglo-Saxon documents).

Harold, The Last Saxon King is a refreshing change.

Ian Walker demonstrates healthy scepticism, steers away from legend, and objectively considers sources - or if lacking, as for some Anglo-Saxon perspectives - reasoned evidence of the time. And through careful analysis and thought, he arrives at good, insightful conclusions.

Considering this book is largely an analysis of sources and literature, the surprise is that it is interesting and involving, which is credit to the author's thinking and writing abilities.

Chapter 11 is an interesting and dispassionate account of the Battle of Hastings. Commonly cited failings directed at King Harold are impetuousness and a 'premature' move from London against Duke William's invading forces - perhaps in hope of surprise, as Harold had previously achieved at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Ian Walker shows through evidence that Harold was actually a cautious commander in nearly all of his career and generally preferred negotiation to combat, yet there were good reasons to move early against William. Just because Harold lost the Battle of Hastings doesn't mean he wasn't William's equal as a commander. Ian Walker shows Harold was at least that, and without the murderous streak.


A TALE OF TWO CVS  - Finding the Driving Spirit (2CV): 1
A TALE OF TWO CVS - Finding the Driving Spirit (2CV): 1
by Simon Day
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gallic Delight, 11 Mar. 2006
Simon Day's pursuit of many things Gallic, especially the 2CV, is clearly out of the ordinary. He pursued his motoring dreams from a young age, and pursued them with a passion. He retells his journey in this book - the lessons learned on the way and spiritual insights gained - with honesty and wit.
I'm not interested in cars these days - and especially not 'Tin Snails' - yet Simon's amusing anecdotes, combined with a wonderful flair for description, have the potential to captivate even non-car lovers. For Citroen lovers, this book will be sublime gold.


The Poet's Manual and Rhyming Dictionary (Stillman)
The Poet's Manual and Rhyming Dictionary (Stillman)
by Frances Stillman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.65

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Poetry Reference, 3 Jan. 2005
The first section of this book, 'The Poet's Manual', is a thorough discourse of the mechanics of English poetry; covering subjects such as rhyme, metre, and poetry forms with clarity, brevity, and interesting examples. This section is a useful reference; however, it is readily apparent that Frances Stillman is a traditional poet with a traditional taste in poetry - which will be fine for some readers but not for others.
Plenty of the author's poems can be found within the pages of The Poet's Manual. Although Frances Stillman is obviously a competent and versatile poet, I have not yet decided whether she included her poems to promote her own work or merely because examples of some poetry forms were difficult to find.
Some may regard this book as a classic; it is evidently popular, and is indeed over 30 years old (which is immediately obvious through the typeface and page layout used). The binding at least is of traditional high quality.
Some people will find the larger second section of the book, the 'Rhyming Dictionary', very useful. Before Internet accessibility, this rhyming dictionary would have been a great resource for poets. However, there are faster, more convenient, and easier-to-use rhyming dictionaries available on The Internet.


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