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Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 - Web camera - colour - audio - Hi-Speed USB [PC]
Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 - Web camera - colour - audio - Hi-Speed USB [PC]

4.0 out of 5 stars Convenient little gadget!, 8 Jun 2010
My brother ordered this to the house so that it could be used to see others. The camera itself seems to be quite convenient in this sense as it can be placed confortably on a flatscreen monitor and used with other programs such as Skype. The sound and picture quality are also quite good and it was easy to install with the installation disk (just takes a bit of time, which is a minor issue). Best of all; the speakers are built in, so there is no need to wear any headset! A useful gadget for anyone interested in having video conferences with others.

World History (Eyewitness Companions)
World History (Eyewitness Companions)
by Philip Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.59

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History in brief, 2 Jun 2010
While the title of this book sounds quite ambitious -i.e.: World History, the book does quite a good job of doing what it set out to do. The book is not too big and gives a good overview of history from ancient times until now (it is a 2010 print, so contains details of recent world events such as the Mumbai bombings in 2008). Furthermore, the book makes good use of directories for world leaders, historic cities, etc. and covers history in chronological order from ancient times until now with many pictures to supplement the text.

The book does not go into much depth with each of the topics and only has about a page for things such as the Korean War, etc. Nonetheless, it is an easy read without too many technical words and gives a good summary of world history.

In summary; a comprehensive easy to read history book, which is good not only for people interested in history but also those who would like to get an overview of it. Read the book and see for yourself!

The Inspired Manager
The Inspired Manager
by Shabeer Ahmad & Maaz Gazdar
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read!, 12 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Inspired Manager (Paperback)
This is an innovative book that examines management techniques from a unique perspective. While there are many management books available and some of the principles might sound obvious such as being just or controlling anger, it is surprising to see how easy it is to neglect some of the simple things in our lives.

This book is unique as it is a management book that not only explains management techniques based on Islamic principles, such as the teachings of the prophet (PBUH), but also gives real life examples of businesses and organisations that have failed to follow such principles, thus making the book relevant to both Muslims and non Muslims alike. Similarly, a glossary has been given that explains terms such as "Caliph" and "imam". This is especially relevant nowadays when Islam is often misunderstood in various parts of the world. Furthermore, unlike many management books that are aimed primarily at people working within organisations and use technical language, the information in this book is easily understandable as it is written in simple language, thus allowing the principles to be applied by anyone. Although a lot of the examples have been referenced, perhaps it would have better if more of the examples had been referenced and /or a section had been created for further reading.

Nonetheless, this is a unique management book that is relevant to both Muslims and non Muslims alike and can be used in our day to day lives wherever we are, regardless of our roles.

1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World
1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World
by Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani
Edition: Paperback

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 23 Mar 2008
This is one of my favourite books. It gives ample information about Muslim contributions to the world from Iraq, Iran, India, China, Turkey, Spain, etc. and has information in seven sections regarding inventions relating to the home, school, hospital, city, world and universe. In addition to this, there is a section at the end with biographies of Muslim scientists and explorers, a timeline and a map of Muslim contributions. All of this is easy to read and well laid out with many picture illustrations.

Furthermore, although the main author of the book is Muslim, he frequently references and quotes non Muslims who have acknowledged the Muslim contributions, including TV presenter and author Adam Hart-Davies, presenter of "What the Ancients Did for Us", who even wrote a positive review for the book.

I would definately recommend this book to anyone, Muslim or not, not only to inspire them but also to bring an awareness of this broad heritage that is often neglected. I am grateful that such efforts have been made to revive this heritage.
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The Americas: A History of Two Continents
The Americas: A History of Two Continents
by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.55

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview of the Americas, 23 Feb 2008
While there are many comprehensive books about the Americas, such as the USA, the Incas, etc., this is book is somewhat unique. It gives an overview of the history of the Americas, both North and South, including the Native Americas, the Incas and Mayas. Furthermore, the book itself is not too long or complicated, so is an easy but informative read, for those people who do not have too much time to look at everything in great detail. An informative read.

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