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Flash Boys
Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.50

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book - don't be fooled by negative reviews, 2 April 2014
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This review is from: Flash Boys (Hardcover)
To begin, you should be aware that that the majority of the negative reviews are from people who are (indirectly) being described as stupid or greedy in this book. If you're either stupid or greedy and work in financial services, I agree that you may not like this book.

For everyone else, this is a must read. Lewis has an extremely engaging writing style which makes for a fun read, but the content will leave you speechless. Never before has the greed and dishonesty of the major Wall Street players been so clearly documented.


Smart Wallet - High Tensile Expandable Pouch which Sticks to Phones
Smart Wallet - High Tensile Expandable Pouch which Sticks to Phones
Offered by Barracuda
Price: £4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 6 Mar 2014
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Great product. Fits perfectly on iPhone (4S), sticks well, holds an Oyster card to perfection. FYI, scanning works fine with card in the case.


Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty (J-B Lencioni Series)
Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty (J-B Lencioni Series)
by Patrick M. Lencioni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for any management consultant, 6 Jan 2014
For people starting out in the field of management consultancy, this book should be required read. I recognised the style of some of the best consultants I worked with in the book, and the shortcomings of some of the worst too.

While it may not seem like rocket science, the book makes explicit some of the behaviours and fears that many of us exhibit to the detriment of our clients. I can understand the frustration of some other reviewers with the seeming simplicity of the advice, but if you've ever worked in true top-tier consulting (McKinsey, BCG, Bain etc.) advising a CEO/CMO/COO/CIO or if you plan to do so, you'll find this a worthwhile read.

As an added bonus, Lencioni is a pretty compelling writer, so the story is pretty fun to follow too.


TIMBUK2 Accessories D-lux 962-4-4000 Strap Pad 11 Litres Blue
TIMBUK2 Accessories D-lux 962-4-4000 Strap Pad 11 Litres Blue

4.0 out of 5 stars Very comfortable, well worth the price, 21 Dec 2013
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This strap pad makes the most cheap and crappy messenger bag straps comfortable. Really nice. Only a couple of minor quibbles worth being aware of:
- This is a little longer than a typical strap. So as a pad that lies across your chest for a messenger bag it is GREAT. But for a strap that hangs on your shoulder it is a *little* awkward
- A lot of good quality straps now come with a cheap, terrible, fixed version of this. So finding a strap I could put this on wasn't all that easy. But found a good one at REI in the end.


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.49

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, but not to be taken too seriously, 21 Dec 2013
I love reading Malcolm Gladwell books. He's an incredibly compelling writer, and this book is no different. It's an interesting and thought-provoking book. However, as with some of his previous writings, it completely lacks the rigour to be taken seriously. In virtually every chapter he states a non-obvious point, but then tells a single, non-representative story to back it up. Which is great for helping you understand what he's saying, but certainly not enough if you're thinking critically to believe it.
Overall, if you're looking for a fun read buy this book, but if you're looking to learn the "art of battling giants", this isn't going to do it. And since that's part of the title, this book only earns 2-stars.


The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking
The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking
by Roman Tschäppeler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous explanations for models, 17 Dec 2013
At their best, the explanations of the models "covered" in this book at too facile to allow someone to use them correctly. At worst, the narrative is completely misguided about how these models are applied correctly. This book will not teach you how to correctly apply a tool that you haven't already got familiarity with.


Moleskine Large Ruled Hard Evernote Notebook - Black
Moleskine Large Ruled Hard Evernote Notebook - Black
Price: £15.97

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scanning functionality really disappointing, 1 Nov 2013
Using my iPhone and the Evernote app to scan didn't seem much better than just taking photos of regular notebooks. Doesn't do a great job of page detection until you're in the middle of the notebook (because like any good quality moleskine it doesn't stay folded flat). The stickers are helpful, but unless you're a heavy Evernote user (in which case the three months premium alone makes this a good buy) this is not a great product.


Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4)
Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4)
Price: £3.32

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easily the worst Robert Langdon book, 18 May 2013
This is by far the worst of Langdon series. Unlike all the others which I liked or loved to various extents this one:
- Has very loose ties to the history and literary tradition it is talking to
- is much less un-put-downable. Unlike the others, I had to force myself back to continue this book. Some of the passages read like they were pulled from badly
- Has much less believable characters. The are caricatures. Unlike previous novels where you could believe in them, here they lack richness and so credibility.

Really poor effort.


Essential App Engine: Building High Performance Java Apps with Google App Engine (Developer's Library)
Essential App Engine: Building High Performance Java Apps with Google App Engine (Developer's Library)
by Adriaan de Jonge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.12

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor structure - theory, opinion and lecture rather than demonstration, 23 Feb 2013
By page 88 of this book (more than 25% in), the only code you've written is Hello World. And you haven't written any code for 30-odd pages, just read a bunch of theoretical explanations without any examples. Not even the worst database theory book in the world would try to explain to you denormalisation without an example in the way this one has. Really not recommended if you want a "get up and running" guide so that you can explore and get smart quickly. Even the base Google AppEngine docs and exercises are better for that.


Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender
Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Massively unreliable, 8 Feb 2013
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Terrible product. Three things you should know before buying this:

1 - It doesn't extend the range of your existing WiFi network. It creates a second (new) network. So in one room you have to connect to one WiFi network, and then manually switch when you move your laptop between rooms
2 - My two laptops (one new Macbook Air, one Lenovo ThinkPad) and my iPad are only able to connect to this new network about 50% of the times I've tried. The rest of the time there is a connection failure
3 - Even after "connecting" it will regularly drop the connection to the main WiFi access point so you'll be left without internet


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