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Windows 8 Hacks
Windows 8 Hacks
Price: £13.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book, 6 April 2014
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This review is from: Windows 8 Hacks (Kindle Edition)
I was making the difficult transition from XP to 8.1 and needed advice. This book was worth the price just for the directions on how to restore the familiar desktop. There is more here than the average user will need but if you are a moderately advanced user and want to tailor Windows to your personal needs, then this book will help you do it.


Pill Popper Gadget- To Get The Pills Out Of The Packet
Pill Popper Gadget- To Get The Pills Out Of The Packet
Offered by Supports Direct
Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, 22 Mar 2013
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Each day I take seven different types of pills, of various shapes and sizes. Of the seven types, this gadget popped exactly ZERO! Some of the pills were too large for the slot but of those which apparently would fit, the gadget refused to break the foil. Anyone wishing a free copy of the device is welcome to rummage around in my bin.


Lifemax Rise and Shine Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds No.385
Lifemax Rise and Shine Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds No.385
Offered by The Magic Toy Shop
Price: £13.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One major fault, 26 Jan 2012
It has a small price tag and a small footprint, but I found one major flaw: The time display is not back-lit. Yes, if you want to see what time it is in the middle of the night there is a button you can push, but this also turns on the wake-up light. This is a feature that does not promote sleeping compatibility with one's partner.


Medisana Light Alarm Clock (SAC)
Medisana Light Alarm Clock (SAC)
Price: £75.30

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Used it only a month, 26 Jan 2012
We have just replaced this clock after using it only a month. It came equipped with a continental mains adapter but Amazon readily replaced this. Setup was difficult - the instructions did not translate well from German into English. The clock has a number of features but more of them are gimmicks rather than useful. There is, for example, a Relax mode which cycles through various light colours, but it does not appear possible to assign any of these to the wake-up light. There is no option to the 30 minute light-up period and this process is quite jerky, unlike the smooth process observed with other such clocks. The snooze bar is easy to access but the snooze function does not just silence the sound - it also turns off the light, defeating the purpose of the wake-up light function. The button to turn off the alarm is very small and stiff and requires holding the clock with one hand while pressing the button with the other. Setting the alarm time requires a number of button depressions in a non-intuitive sequence. Good features are the ability to program two different alarms and a choice of back-lit display colours and intensities, but these are not enough to justify continued use of the clock.


Understanding the Cold War: A Historian's Personal Reflections
Understanding the Cold War: A Historian's Personal Reflections
by Adam Bruno Ulam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Adam Ulam, 16 Feb 2011
I received this book only a few days ago and have not yet had an opportunity to do more than flip through it. Based on that I have to say that the title is somewhat misleading - "Understanding Adam Ulam" would have been more accurate as it is more a series of personal reflections (as the sub-title states) on the author's life than a concentrated work on the cold war. I ordered the book based on my reading of his Expansion and Coexistence which I thought excellent - informative, well written and with a wry sense of humor. I am looking forward to reading this one, though I may well just read the chapters which deal directly with the cold war and skip the ones about his early life in Poland.


One Touch Automatic Can Opener (discontinued by manufacturer)
One Touch Automatic Can Opener (discontinued by manufacturer)

1.0 out of 5 stars If only it opened cans..., 10 Sep 2010
A handsome design. I would have been delighted with it if only it opened cans. Unfortunately it did not so after trying for several months I put it in the trash. I have now replaced it with a larger and more prosaic electric opener. Not as stylish but at least it opens cans.


Munich 1938
Munich 1938
by Keith Robbins
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It needed a better title, 7 Jan 2010
This review is from: Munich 1938 (Hardcover)
Despite the title, this book treats the actual Munich conference rather superficially. If you want more depth on this aspect of the crisis of 1938 then the book by Telford Taylor or the more recent one by David Faber would be a better choice. But Robbins' book does have considerable value in providing historical background to the events of 1938 and in a retrospective analysis of the affair.

This book was copyrighted in 1968 so was presumably written shortly before the Prague Spring began to illuminate the cracks in the Soviet despotism that had succeed the Nazi despotism that began 30 years before. It is ironic that the divisions between the Czechs and the Slovaks that Hitler exploited eventually resulted in the breakup of the country much more peacefully.


Vietnam: History, Documents, and Opinions on a Major World Crisis
Vietnam: History, Documents, and Opinions on a Major World Crisis
by Marvin - Ed Gettleman
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgia purchase, 4 Jan 2010
This book was published in 1965, before the US involvement in VietNam was as great as it ultimately became, so it is out of date in that sense. In November of 1965 I returned from a seven month cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin, where I was actively - if remotely - involved in Operation Rolling Thunder. When I got home I was proud that we had done a good job but found the official US Navy justifications for the conflict to be quite simplistic. So I bought a copy of this book. It did not in itself radicalize me but it did set me on a path of questioning the official position which ultimately led me to involvement in the anti-war movement. Since that time I have read over 50 books on the war and have still to find the definitive answer to the question "Why VietNam?" I doubt that there is one. There are many good books on the war, by people such as Karnow, Kahin, Kattenberg, Herring, Betts, Gelb and others, so I don't recommend going out of your way to get this one, though it does have good coverage of the 1954 Geneva conference, including the full text of the agreement.


TP-Link TL-PS110U Single USB2.0 Port Fast Ethernet Print Server
TP-Link TL-PS110U Single USB2.0 Port Fast Ethernet Print Server
Offered by Kikatek
Price: £24.11

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Works, 4 Jan 2010
I had a little difficulty in getting the server to work with a Dymo LabelWriter but after I got some help from the TP-Link tech support person (rapid response to an email over the weekend) it is now working on my network and is accessible from 5 computers.


Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al Qaeda
Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al Qaeda
by John Mueller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little to add, but....., 4 Jan 2010
Most of the reviews posted above area exceptionally perceptive and well-written, so I don't have much to add. It has been widely said of Philip Bobbit's recent book that "there is something here to offend everyone." The same can probably be said of John Mueller - he even manages to take a shot at Bobbit. This is a challenging book, in the fullest sense of the word, because he is challenging the livelihoods and academic reputations of many people in the various industries (including the academic one) that have sprung up as a result of the nuclear threat. I hope Mueller is carrying adequate insurance on his windows.


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