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Thud!: A Discworld Novel
Thud!: A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival of fundamentalists, 17 Jun. 2010
More unrelenting cynicism from Sam "I'm a really suspicious bastard" Vimes. The Dwarves are pushing jihad, the Trolls have a messiah, and the Watch are in the middle. Sally the vampire is putting Angua's back up, Colon and Nobby are sitting on a Clue, and if a book written by an insane artist isn't deciphered, a tidal wave of blood will wash away the Patrician.

No pressure then.

Number 32 in the best roman fleuve written by an angry humanist since Le Guin's Earthsea.

Karrimor Men's Meridian Low eVent Hiking Shoe
Karrimor Men's Meridian Low eVent Hiking Shoe

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile walking trainers, 9 May 2010
Lie a glove, but for feet. My husband is on his third pair of these. He has fairly severe distortions in his ankles and arches, but these shoes take his custom orthotics without problems. They are warm without being sweaty, windproof and strong enough to be used on motorcycles, and light enough to drive in.

They can also be machine washed and spun, and then worn wet on a dry day: the natural warmth of the feet dry them from inside.

Offered by Bargain Genie UK
Price: £1.15

79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just works!, 22 Mar. 2009
I bought this to fit my laptop. Plugged it in, switched on, found and paired my headset and phone. It also works seamlessly with Kubuntu Linux, which makes a refreshing change.
What I like is its neatness. I can bag the laptop and there's no protrusion to catch and break, which is what happened to the last bluetooth adapter.

Halting State
Halting State
by Charles Stross
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An NO2ID/ ADHD/Asperger's future whodunit, 9 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Halting State (Paperback)
Sorry about the acronyms, but if you buy this, you'll need to get used to it. Personally, I liked it. It's a good stab at the future of surveillance, gaming and cybercrime. The characterisation is a bit thin, but plausible. The mindboggling starts with the idea that distributed games run on mobile phones and virtual objects have real value. It continues with the all-pervasive surveillance of 2017, where everyone knows everything about everyone else (as long as they're cops or Cap Gemini). Everything is outsourced, most intelligence agents think they're playing a game, and criminals build their own mobile networks. It's certain that the near future will probably look like quite similar; William Gibson imagined the Internet before the engineers built it, and the Gernsback/McDonald era SF writers had most of their ideas borrowed by NASA.
If you didn't spend your teens and twenties avoiding sunlight and the opposite sex, you may find it heavy going, which is why it only gets 4 stars.
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Belkin 802.11g Wireless USB Print Server
Belkin 802.11g Wireless USB Print Server

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not newbie friendly, and no WPA., 14 Nov. 2006
I got this to work by ignoring the setup disc. First off, turn off encryption on the router or wireless adapter. Hook up your ethernet cable to the Belkin, log in to and then search your router or firewall logs for it's MAC address. You're best off setting up DHCP if you have a router that assigns fixed IP addresses, or disable DHCP and fix the IP address on the Belkin.

Then you need to set the printing port manually. Select the printer you want to use as default, and click Properties. Click the ports tab, add a TCP/IP port at it's IP address, call it what you want, and configure it to use "Custom Settings". The protocol is LPR, the port number is 515, queue name is lp1 FOR THE LOWER USB SOCKET, and lp2 for the upper. Get this bit wrong, and you'll never print.

You then need to set up WEP, but frankly if you have a wireless router with WPA reasonably close to the printer, don't bother. Use an ethernet cable instead.

Oh, and it can be used on Linux, using the CUPS setting lpd://(ip address):515/lp1 or lp2.

Overall, only 3 stars due to lack of WPA and the really buggy setup software.

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