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The Irish: A Personal View
The Irish: A Personal View
by Tim Pat Coogan
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars An Irish take on the new journalism movement of the 60s and the 70s, 3 April 2010
Tim Pat Coogan is better known for his Irish historic biographies, but this is an interesting collection of essays from the early 1970s reminiscent of of the New Journalism style of Tom Wolfe.

Unlike Wolfe and other exponents of new journalism who covered low and counter culture movements, Coogan deals with establishment figures from the clergy, businesspeople, politicians and paramilitaries. He strips it of its varnish and shows it unadulterated, but in the process becomes part of the story.

Its a good read if you want to understand the genesis of modern Ireland before the Celtic Tiger hype.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality boot, but bit of a heavyweight, 28 Mar. 2010
Zamberlan's Mountain Lite boot is a really well made boot it is very stable and more rigid than many boots out there. The shoe is made from high quality leather and is easily broken in. They are also pretty heavy to walk around in. If I were buying again I would also check out Kayland's range of boots which seem to have the same high quality, but a lighter weight.
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Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Library of Science)
Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Library of Science)
by Eric Drexler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.11

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate advocacy of science, 28 Mar. 2010
Drexler's book Engines of Creation discussing the potential and ramifications of nanotechnology has influenced the great and the good of futurism from Wired magazine to science fiction writer Neal Stephenson.

I decided to revisit the book, even though it is about a quarter of a century old now. Drexler writes with stream of consciousness-style drawing from science and several centuries of western thought like a polymath Alan Ginsberg on speed. With his theories came justifications and some serious thought given to the consequences of nanotechnology.

The book is also an invaluable read for scientists in the face of skeptics. Drexler's writings on the press and how they view science would be invaluable to a climatologists who now stand by ringing their hands when some of their science has undergone rigorous scrutiny. Drexler maps the kind of communications strategies that they should take.


SuperCycles: The New Economic Force Transforming Global Markets and Investment Strategy
SuperCycles: The New Economic Force Transforming Global Markets and Investment Strategy
by Arun Motianey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Economic rollercoaster, 22 Mar. 2010
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SuperCycles is a literary trip on the economic rollercoaster. It explains in Malcolm Gladwell-esque terms why things happen in terms of modern economic theory. It inspires curiosity, but also assumes a greater reader knowledge than other similar books out there. Ultimately SuperCycles is a rewarding read.


The Meltdown Years: The Unfolding of the Global Economic Crisis
The Meltdown Years: The Unfolding of the Global Economic Crisis
by Wolfgang Munchau
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less a history, more of an education in modern finance, 22 Mar. 2010
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Wolfgang Munchau is a finance journalist by profession, but I have never seen a newspaper article explain the mechanisms of the financial system so lucidly. Whilst the book uses the Great Recession as a backdrop and an opening gambit, its role as an educator to the general public of how modern high finance work is its real value.


Viral Loop
Viral Loop
by Adam Penenberg
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The web of people easily explained, 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Viral Loop (Paperback)
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Adam Penenberg is an academic who writes about the media and how we interact with it. In Viral Loop he provides anecdotes and tries to use these to help us understand why some things becomes so violently popular online. Penenberg's book is well researched and easy to read, without being too lightweight in nature. Whilst it won't tell social media mavens out there anything they don't really know it is a good guide to the modern phenomena of web businesses for the rest of us.


Samsung D780 Mobile Phone Unlocked Sim Free
Samsung D780 Mobile Phone Unlocked Sim Free

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal travel phone, 22 Mar. 2010
I travel a fair bit and was after a dual SIM phone so I didn't pay high roaming charges the Samsung D780 had done admirably. It has a battery that lasts about a week and an easy-to-use interface that mean't I didn't need to read the manual. If you travel or use two SIMs to get the most out of your mobile phone then this is the ideal device for you.


Kaspersky Anti-Virus Macintosh Edition
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Macintosh Edition

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient and unobtrusive, 22 Mar. 2010
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Firstly, get over the myth that Macs don't need anti-virus software. Even if your computer doesn't have a virus you can still pass on infected files such as email attachments to other people - it is not an option not to have anti-virus at all. With the demise of Virex, Mac users have three choices Norton, Integro and Kaspersky.

Both Integro and Kaspersky are good options, Kaspersky won out in my case purely because my IT guy trusts it and hadn't heard of Integro. Kaspersky doesn't slow down your computer excessively, has an intuitive interface and pretty much runs itself which is as good as you can expect from this kind of application.

It is backed by a Russian lab experienced with virus' in the PC world and is trusted by security suppliers such as CheckPoint. You can't really go wrong with it. I have been using it with Snow Leopard and have had no problems.


Apple MacBook Pro 13inch 2.53GHz/4GB/250GB/GeForce 9400M/SD
Apple MacBook Pro 13inch 2.53GHz/4GB/250GB/GeForce 9400M/SD

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just is, 19 Dec. 2009
My MacBook Pro has replaced a first generation Intel MacBook Pro. The ability to have a smaller machine was much appreciated from a travelling point of view, though you can get a larger machine if you want it.

All the good things that you would want are still there like the MagSafe connectors, easy to use wi-fi and accessible connections. Firewire has been upgraded to 800 so the connectors have changed for my hard drives. The build quality on the machine is even better than my old machine.

The biggest change is the move from the matt LCD screen to a glass-fronted screen with back lighting from LCDs. I was a bit concerned about visibility on this screen and colour reproduction. I need not have been concerned, colour balance is good and the screen is bright and easy to use.

If you want a Mac with the same footprint as the MacBook Air, but with decent performance and practicality then this is the machine for you.


Free: The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business
Free: The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business
by Chris Anderson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Google economics for the rest of us, 19 Dec. 2009
Encyclopedia of the New Economy by John Browning and Spencer Reiss was originally published as a three-part work in Wired magazine back in 1998. Step forward a decade or so and current Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson has been explaining some of the key concepts for plebs. The Long Tail was his first effort at this missonary work and Free - The Future of a Radical Price is his latest effort.

I may be the wrong person to review Free because I am not the target audience. Alongside generation-Y, I am one of those people who think that its perfectly natural to have a colossal photo album on steroids in flickr, a digital memory in delicious and the world's largest library in Google all for free (or near as damn it).

Try explaining these economic concepts to my Mum and Dad however and you will find this tougher going: Free is aimed at people like my parents and Rupert Murdoch who don't quite get what is going on and how best to harness it. With this audience in mind Anderson takes us on a journey of Free which is part light magazine content a la Alan Whicker and part-intellectual a la Bamber Gascoigne.

Some of the book gave me a deja vu from Anderson's early work The Long Tail, in particular the example about the Anderson household's preference for DIY stop-motion animation versions of Star Wars scenes on YouTube over George Lucas' works on DVD, (I am with them on that one, the dialogue Lucas came up should put him on trial for crimes against humanity).

Anderson spins a good yarn, but chances are Free is way below your web-literacy age.


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