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Engaged Unleashing Your Organization's Potential Through Employee Engagement by Matthews, Geoffrey ( AUTHOR ) Apr-24-2012 Hardback
Engaged Unleashing Your Organization's Potential Through Employee Engagement by Matthews, Geoffrey ( AUTHOR ) Apr-24-2012 Hardback
by Geoffrey Matthews
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Grounded & Researched material, 27 April 2015
Before getting into the review it best to understand Employee Engagement, it is a Business management term coined in the 1990s, it purportedly relates to employees enthusiasm for their work. Thus their interaction in the business and their performance in a way that furthers organization's interests, trying to measure the degree of an employee engagement in terms of positive or negative attitude to their job coupled with willingness to learn and perform at work. However, this should not be confused with employee satisfaction, motivation and or organisational culture.

Initial thoughts on this book:

I found this book well-grounded and relatively updated in current thinking and good practice, it is well researched and its target audience are managers, the text here is not bogged down with convoluted in academic terms, but rather this then acts as guide, a rather useful text for all managers across a company's framework - well worth getting.


[(Nanoinnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know)] [ By (author) Michael S. Tomczyk ] [December, 2014]
[(Nanoinnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know)] [ By (author) Michael S. Tomczyk ] [December, 2014]
by Michael S. Tomczyk
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy-to-read guide to the "nanoscale revolution", 25 April 2015
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Nanotechnology can embrace a broad spectrum of science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, microfabrication, etc. The supplementary research and uses are equally wide-ranging, from extensions of orthodox semiconductor physics to completely new methodologies based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale (1–100 nanometres) to direct control of matter on the atomic scale. Current nanotechnology has been used to infuse trousers and socks so that they will last longer and keep people cool in the summer. There are bandages, which are being infused with silver nanoparticles to heal cuts faster.

There are future implications of nanotechnology. In the near future scientists will be able to create many new materials and devices with an immense range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics, biomaterials energy production, and consumer products. However, On the other hand, nanotechnology raises many of the same questions as with any new technology, concerns about safety, in terms of the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials. As with the example mentioned earlier there can be unforeseen and unintended consequences. It has been discovered that ‘bacteriostatic silver’ nanoparticles used in socks to reduce foot odour are being released, while being in the wash. These particles are then deposited into the waste water system in the home, and the resulting accumulation in the environment may destroy bacteria, which are critical constituents of natural ecosystems.

Nanoinnovation; is an easy-to-read guide to the "nanoscale revolution", a book provides essential knowledge of nanotechnology and clearly explains the rudiments of nanomaterials and properties. The author has done a good of job of teasing out innovations that are really happening, at universities, companies and government labs. This book is not only for managers as the title suggests - but also for students, teachers and anyone who wants to know about what is really happening in the field. Written by a technology pioneer, the book shows achievable strategies for managers in nanotech companies, including how to interconnect with nanotech engineers and developers, together with examples of emerging technologies and innovations. There is a quiz in the first chapter, lots of photos and nanoscale images that are both interesting and relevant. There is a level-headed dialogue of acute issues for decision makers and stakeholders alike. The writing style is informal and relatively easy reading.

This is a book, which gives vivid, realistic look at nanotechnology and showing major lines of research,
We see the key players in research and development, as well as social, economic and political issues. This is a highly recommended text for anyone who "needs to know" about nanotechnology - and for anyone who simply wants a clear, interesting and entertaining update on nanotech.
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Targus Zamba 15.6" Laptop Sleeve / 15.6 Laptop Bag in Yellow
Targus Zamba 15.6" Laptop Sleeve / 15.6 Laptop Bag in Yellow
Offered by eHome
Price: £9.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laptop sleeve, 25 April 2015
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Got this Targus 15.6” “Zamba” Laptop Sleeve Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1HX 15.6-inch Notebook for my partner, and she is quite happy with it. The sleeve is well-cushioned and provides a certain level of protection. It is not a tight fit, nor is it a loose, fit if anything it seems to fit just right.

In Summary then:

1. Compatibility – Designed to fit up to 15.6” laptops

2. Functionality – Quilted construction helps protect the netbook from bumps and scratches

3. Material – Constructed of durable, water-resistant neoprene material; interior features scratch-resistant lining

4. Exterior Dimensions: 40.5 x 2 x 30 cm & Weight: 0.3 kg


China's War with Japan. 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival by Mitter. Rana ( 2013 ) Hardcover
China's War with Japan. 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival by Mitter. Rana ( 2013 ) Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second World War remains a festering sore for China, 25 April 2015
Even today it is plain to see that there is an `edge' to relations between China and Japan if not outright hostility at times. To better understand the present and future, it is wise appreciate what transpired in the Second World War between the nations. Mr Mitter's description and treatment is a list of sufferings, undergone by China that continues to haunt the region. For China and other neighbouring states the Second World War remains a festering sore that has never healed properly. Chinese protesters frequently take to the streets, protesting Japan's derisory acknowledgement of its wartime carnage in China and its claims to borderline islets in the East China Sea.

The author begins his study by delving into the history before the war. This is where European imperial powers had carved out `empire' and had left the country like patchwork quilt of war lords and inept government. Japan had had eyes on China for some time and their gradual encroachment began as far back as the later part of the 19th century. When total war finally arrives, there is ineptitude and poor military planning that serves the Chinese poorly, while the Japanese are well organised and superior in military hard ware, their air arm is unleashed upon the civilian population. As European outposts and vested interests fell like dominos in the Far East to the Japanese tsunami, the Chinese did resist and it had not been for this stubborn resolve, maybe the fate of India would have been much different.
The sad truth that is brought to the fore was as the Chinese were fighting the Japanese they also fighting amongst themselves over ideology and perceived treason. Apart from the occasional sounding from the League of Nations there was no help from the `West' in terms of arms, materials or strategy. When the West does take interest the relationship is both complex and compromised to certain degree by Imperialistic bigotry, these are just some the threads that run through book.

Mr Mitter's goes to primary sources as he uses journals to put a human face on the narrative by illustrating accounts of dread of air-raids, there is the contradiction of turncoats and the quick-witted desperation of refugees. There is of course the routine description of battles and engagements; whereas Chiang Kai-shek and his nationalist Kuomintang party tried to fight the Japanese by conventional means Mao's communist cadres used guerrilla tactics.

This is complex and at times hard to follow narrative, as you inundated with a lot of detail, which is no bad thing in its self. This weighty piece of research, that is worth reading as it deals with a part of terrible war that has, in a way, shaped China into the country it is today.


Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1HX 15.6-inch Notebook (Black) - (Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1HX 15.6-inch Notebook (Black) - (Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows)
Price: £382.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laptop with certain excptions, 25 April 2015
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Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1HX 15.6-inch Notebook has a good hardware specification. However, the pain of getting used to dreadful windows 8.1 is a real burden; we find the "number pad" on the right side of the keyboard very poor as well as the "copy and paste" function which we believe to be a problem with the sensitivity of the keyboard. All the other criticisms are Microsoft related and the fact that windows 8.1 are really designed for touch screens and not standard laptops, and if Microsoft wants it to be used in standard laptops, they should adapt it for this purpose. They certainly charge enough for their products to supply this service.

An apology for being repetitive, but Windows 8.1 is truly awful and has a long learning curve just getting to grips with it. In the end we used third party apps to give the feel of windows 7; we therefore keenly await windows 10. On setup you will need to set up a Microsoft account (another pain!) if you don't have one. Its form factor is relatively light and thin unit with an ok black colour, although the shiny surface will pick up finger smudges and alike with annoying ease. The screen is clear and bright and the speakers are good for this laptop. The Keyboard and mouse pad, are not well designed as the right and left click are not disenable from the pad itself. Using WIFI and Internet are good. Not a fan of the new MS Office 365 subscription service and hence used an older version of MS Office. If you need word-processing, best to download Kingsoft Office as it is free, it seems to be a “clone” of Microsoft word. The laptop boots up from start quickly.
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Camp X-Ray [DVD]
Camp X-Ray [DVD]
Dvd ~ Payman Maadi
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Ali meets 'Blondie', 23 April 2015
This review is from: Camp X-Ray [DVD] (DVD)
Possible Spoilers

A film, that at first glance portrays the mundane nature of life in Guantanamo Bay, is absorbing, and scenes of detainees - let us not forget they are not prisoners - in black hoods and orange jumpsuits is still a startling image, but the allegories with which Sattler plays on are from WikiLeaks articles about the institution and other works about the War on Terror.

The character of Ali is bit too good to be true because he has a fine mastery of the English language and Harry Potter books. He is clearly bright and educated; he has a sense of comedy in spite of his situation. It is easy to see how for Cole aka Blondie - finds it not hard to find mutual ground with Ali, and for Ali not to find shared ground with Cole. The resultant still gives over to impressive performances by Moaadi, but - and here is the key point, the only time we have exchanges with any other detainees is when they are yelling at the guards or acting up. Even a subplot about Cole being sexualised by her superior Corporal Ransdell (Lane Garrison) when she spurns his aggressive sexual advances also has potential but fizzles to nowhere - apart from his jealousy of Ali and his `apparent connection' to Cole.

One thing that needs to be pointed out is how the film captures the monotony of life at Guantanamo Bay well. There are several long camera shots of the MPs walking in a circle around the cellblock looking in on prisoners one at a time to make sure they are not doing anything like killing themselves. As Ransdell points out to the latest batch of guards, they are not there to stop detainees from absconding; they are there to thwart them from dying. It is a justly forbidding, but sums up their main duty on the base. The recurring nature of life in Guantanamo Bay is a repetitive theme, and it adds surprising tension in the film's most climactic exchange concerning Cole and Ali.

Finally, Camp X-Ray is not going to change hearts and minds, what it is - is a compelling character piece, and it is very well acted by the two leads that are natural, engaging and accomplished at generating candid instants of surprise and impulsiveness.


Sony Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX Memory Card - 16GB - High Speed 50MB/s
Sony Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX Memory Card - 16GB - High Speed 50MB/s
Offered by digital memory card
Price: £23.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sony 16GB Flash Memory Card, 23 April 2015
Got this for my partners' video camera - replacing the original card that was slow and small in capacity. We are happy with the read and write speeds. When installed you will not get the full 16Gb from the card - but that is to be expected, so please bear this mind.On the face of it - it seems to considerably improve video camera performance and has allowed for a larger amount video recording. All in all we are pretty happy this newer card from Sony.


Samsung SL-M3870FW/SEE - M3870FW A4 Mono Multifunction Laser Printer - A4 Mono Multifunction Laser Printer. 38 Pages Per Minute. 1200x 1200 dpi Resolution. 128MB Internal Memory. 1 year warranty.
Samsung SL-M3870FW/SEE - M3870FW A4 Mono Multifunction Laser Printer - A4 Mono Multifunction Laser Printer. 38 Pages Per Minute. 1200x 1200 dpi Resolution. 128MB Internal Memory. 1 year warranty.
Offered by LambdaTek ComponentShop
Price: £300.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good mono multifunction laser printer, 23 April 2015
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Rating: 4.5

This is a mono multifunction laser printer, with quite a small `footprint' in terms of size of device.

What you have here is a multifunction laser printer with duplex (this ability covers both printer and scanner). There is the facility for wireless printing, as well as network printing. You get a multi-purpose tray for feeding non-standard paper (labels, envelopes, etc.). The fold-out multi- purpose tray on this machine will auto feed up to 50 non-standard sheets (in addition to the standard paper tray). This machine is loaded with features, more than we have found any use for. I have printed out a few pages, and the print looks very sharp compared to our old Epson Aculaser CX11N.

It is a real boon to be able to scan over the network, with a scanner that is reasonably impressive in its own right. For the price paid, at time of purchase - you get plenty of small to medium business features for the price of a budget printer. The only things we cannot comment on at present is how long the starter ink will last and long term durability and the rigors of regular use. However, for the present time, my colleagues and I pretty happy with this replacement laser printer.

As the purchase price can vary for this item, it is best to shop around.
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Brand New. Really Useful Storage Box Plastic Lightweight Robust Stackable 50 Litre W440xD710xH230mm Clear Ref 50C
Brand New. Really Useful Storage Box Plastic Lightweight Robust Stackable 50 Litre W440xD710xH230mm Clear Ref 50C
Offered by A2B Stationery Ltd
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong & Robust - Storage, 23 April 2015
These are very useful storage boxes, and unlike other makes these are very sturdy, they have a good firm seal between lid and box. We have bought a number of these for office storage of files and other documents. Best to shop around to get best price.


Toy Story Battlesaurs Reptil
Toy Story Battlesaurs Reptil
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reptillus Maximus , a former antagonist from "Toy Story That Time Forgot", 22 April 2015
This review is from: Toy Story Battlesaurs Reptil (Toy)
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Reptillus Maximus is great character from Toy Story That Time Forgot, he is Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur - but framed with humanoid shape and its corresponding attributes. His narrative is one of a reformed adversary. His armour is lovely and distinctive, covering the upper body with the “Battlesaur” crest over his chest and armour that covers his lower body. His armour is somewhat reminiscent of the military wear from antiquity. He carries a mace with red spiked crystals. This is a nicely detailed toy that should leave any Toy Story enthusiast quite happy. At nearly £11 per character toy this is going to be a relatively expensive set to collect.

This is nicely realised toy from the Toy Story franchise, although at a price.


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