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Netgear WGPS606 Wireless 54Mbps Printserver with 4-Port Switch
Netgear WGPS606 Wireless 54Mbps Printserver with 4-Port Switch
Offered by Nareaz Ltd
Price: 75.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, works like a charm, 25 Jan 2006
I have both a Netgear wireless router and a Netgear print-server, and they work effortlessly together. I have not attempted anything other than printing (so no scanning) as yet, so can't comment on that, but for simple printing for two networked laptops, it's been very good.

The British Empire In Colour [DVD]
The British Empire In Colour [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lucy Carter
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Price: 29.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is South A frica in this series?, 25 Jan 2006
A very good series, and the colour really does bring it to life. However, one of the most interesting countries in the whole story of the British Empire, South Africa, whose tortured imperial history was only really resolved in 1994, is strangely missing. There are a couple of tantalising bits of it in the "making of the documentary" extra, but nothing else. This to my mind is a serious omission. However, what is included of the rest of the British Empire is first rate and well worth watching.
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The Warlord's Son
The Warlord's Son
by Dan Fesperman
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing but didn't go anywhere, 11 Oct 2004
This review is from: The Warlord's Son (Hardcover)
This book had a very promising start, but I felt it failed to deliver on that promise. The characters were pretty two-dimensional, and I didn't really end up caring about any of them. There wasn't much of a plot, and the action didn't really reveal anything about the characters. However, the writing itself was fine, and I quite liked the writer's style, so much so that I have bought another of his novels! I suspect this is a topic he doesn't really care that much about, or perhaps hasn't really internalised, so that the characters are stock and the book reads more as copy he didn't submit to his newspaper than a novel.

Our Posthuman Future
Our Posthuman Future
by Francis Fukuyama
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, focussed analysis of problem, 8 Aug 2002
This review is from: Our Posthuman Future (Hardcover)
This book presents a good general analysis of the social and ethical problems associated with the possibility of human genetic engineering.
The author contends that our current political and social institutions are based on the notion of a shared humanity. However, with changes to humanity as profound as the possibility of mixing of our DNA with that of other creatures, to what extent will it be possible to speak of a shared humanity? What will it mean to be human? Will it not be that the definitions with which we are currently familiar will become so overstretched that they will be meaningless? In attempting to address this problem he proposes that the major characteristic we might use to identify human-ness is human emotionality. In the same way that we treat people who are not physically perfect as human, so we might also treat future generations as human by virtue of their emotional makeup.
The book is sensibily divided up into three sections, each one dealing with different aspects of the issue. The first presents us with the general context of human intervention in our health and well-being, the second our current philosophical and legal understanding of the issues, and then finally some ideas as to how we might control the future use of these potentially transfiguring technologies.
The metaphor I kept coming up with was that this is the same sort of problem that affects countries enduring large-scale immigration. How does one manage that process while still retaining control of the identity of your nationality? In the same way, the changes in the human genetic future will be profound, but we will still have to retain some sense of what it means to be human.

George Rodger; Village of the Nubas (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))
George Rodger; Village of the Nubas (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))
by Peter Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating photographic insight to a forgotten Africa, 3 Aug 2002
The photographs in this book are fascinating for the insight they give into an Africa preserved by colonial rule as if in aspic. Like all studies of this sort, they remind us of our original social condition. The book is divided into sections, some general, but most dealing with the spectacle of wrestling that played an important part of tribal life. It is interesting to see people living in the authentic,traditional African manner before the notion of "poverty" became paradigmatic.
The book is not condescending and deals with its subjects in a most human and even-handed manner. Well-worth reading!

Extinction: Evolution and the End of Man
Extinction: Evolution and the End of Man
by Michael Boulter
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing eye-opener, 25 Jun 2002
The author and his team from the University of East London have taken information not collated hitherto and created an astonishing and disturbing thesis that we are currently within a mass-extinction event, equal to any in the past. Like all large mammals, the author contends, our heyday is past, and we are on the road to disappearance. How long it will take is uncertain, but it seems that extinction is simply a cycle of nature. Our current activities of despoilation may serve only to speed it up, but it looks like a trend that is underway with or without our participation or assent. As if that weren't shocking enough, Extinction presents us with disturbing evidence of our single-handed destruction of so much of animal life as we moved out of Africa and into the rest of the world. The author leaves us with the depressing - and I believe correct - notion that it is our selfishness that is at the heart of this aggression towards nature. Things that people might find positive about the human race, such as love of family, for instance, are dismissed as selfishness (taking care of our own genes), and we are left with the notion that we are very far from that apex of development at which most religions place us. As in Greek tragedy, character is fate, and like extinctions, irreversible. Our fates are sealed, both by nature and ourselves.
Extinction is a book that draws together a great deal of empirical knowledge, and has an author who has thought long and hard about the issue during a lifetime of work in the field. At first I thought he was being overly pessimistic, but after reading the arguments presented, was won over by the veracity of his idea. Extinction is a well thought-out and incisive volume that should be read by anybody wanting an understanding of man's continuing - or in this case diminishing - place in the natural order.

The Biography Of A Germ: A Very Small Life
The Biography Of A Germ: A Very Small Life
by Arno Karlen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, well-read introduction to the subject of germs, 24 Aug 2001
From its title, I didn't quite know what to expect, but must say found this a really interesting book. It takes as its germ of choice Borelia Bergdorferi and proceeds to describe how it was discovered, what its life-cycle is like, the impact of environmental change, and how it interacts with its hosts. Since this is the spirochete responsible for Lyme disease, something I had heard of but knew little about, it presented quite an important lesson as well, about how human interference in ecosystems has ultimately caused illness among ourselves. It is quite a slender volume, but very well-written, and has certainly whetted my appetite for the subject. It is aimed at the layman, and if you have any interest in the subjects of microbiology or the environment, it is definitely worth buying and reading.

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