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Data Mining and Business Analytics with R
Data Mining and Business Analytics with R
by Johannes Ledolter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £77.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Its good - but a little too light on theory in parts, 5 Dec. 2013
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My main gripe/concern with this book is the title. In particular one word. The word 'with'. See, the problem is that no matter which way I look at it, 'with' should say 'in'. This isn't a theoretically bound volume which you can trawl through whilst wishing you had a higher IQ. However, it does serve as a good introduction to using R in order to evaluate various sets of data - if you are new to Data Mining, take this book and read it alongside another (i.e. Witten and Frank's 'Data Mining' book that also has an emphasis on Java).

Otherwise, if reviewing this as an introduction to the facilities that R has to offer for Data Mining and Analytics, its top notch. I especially like the chapter on network data - lots of things can be done in R that correspond to Gephi and can be quite well compared.


BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Add-on, Powerline Adapter
BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Add-on, Powerline Adapter
Price: £44.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solution, 5 Dec. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This really is a very simple device to use.

You simply plug the ethernet cable into the router and the other near your device. We found it very responsive from quite a distance (15m) away. We think it is a little expensive for what it is with some of the TP-Link products much cheaper. But this is a very effective reliable solution for extending your wifi network.

The only downside is that you need a power point and a cable for the device you want to use so if want to extend more than device then you will need additional units.


Philips DVT1700 Digital Voice Recorder with DNS Speech to Text Software
Philips DVT1700 Digital Voice Recorder with DNS Speech to Text Software

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use for the technicallly confident, 5 Dec. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Just like all electronic devices these days you do need a little bit of technical confidence to use this device. The Philips DVT1700 Digital Voice Recorder With Speech to Text Software (full title....) is useful for you to digitally record things. We found it easy to use and is great for putting your thoughts onto pages without typing. I am not sure where many people would really find this useful unless they really were business users who had a very hectic lifestyle!

The range was exceptional in quiet surroundings with up to 10m before we started to lose accuracy or quality. We have not tried it walking down a street yet but that is our next test.

A very light and compact device to use but why oh why don't they give you a case with it....


Maya Visual Effects the Innovator's Guide: Autodesk Pfficial Press
Maya Visual Effects the Innovator's Guide: Autodesk Pfficial Press
by Eric Keller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but it often leaves the question of why whilst explaining how., 24 Oct. 2013
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This book is good, advanced and contains lots of nifty little tricks. But. This is quite a big but; I was left wondering whether this would better be described as a cookbook for creating certain effects rather than understanding the reasons/how for their creation.

Whilst I can appreciate that this is not meant to be a beginners book, nor need it be, the issue remains that often the tutorials contained are exceptionally linear in their nature. Rather than working towards a single cohesive topic it instead spends 10-20 pages on each minor topic within a 60 page major topic. Therefore you find that this is more of an introductory approach to advanced methods, this is because whilst you may know how to do something from this book, you shall not truly understand the methodology behind it unless you delve much deeper. So this book really isn't instructional in that respect. Leave it on the desk for when you need that certain Texture/Particle/etc effect.

Let us for example take painting a picture of a house, you can learn how to paint a window, a brick, a rooftile, a door etc, then combine them into a house. The feeling that I got from completing a few of the chapters (I won't pretend to have completed every exercise) was that even the subchapters werent cumulative.

On the other hand, this approach has advantages, you can dip in and out where you want without a chapter having prerequisites (except for a basic understanding of creating a mesh, surface etc (it should be pointed out that this book isn't practically that complex - it just assumes familiarity with the program, particularly the scripting used is approachable for non-scripting people), perhaps another book shall follow which builds upon this, that would be cool :) .


TP-Link TL-WR710N Wireless Nano Router/Range Extender/TV, Gaming, Set-top Adapter, Mobile Charger
TP-Link TL-WR710N Wireless Nano Router/Range Extender/TV, Gaming, Set-top Adapter, Mobile Charger
Price: £22.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Function - Mini Wireless Router, Does it work? Yes!, 15 Sept. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have only used this as its most basic function, and that is to plug an ethernet cable into the wall, plug the other end into this, and then use it as a mini router. This is immensely useful as I live just outside of the functional range of the wifi in my house, however I do have an ethernet port that has a very good and stable connection.

So, in 2 minutes, I was able to set up this mini router and I can now stream/browse and most of all connect all the devices that are in my room whilst outside the wifi radius.

The size is nice, and the light is bright enough, but remains dim, which is a plus when using it during the night. The device is solid, and has been great so far, just need to try it out at one of these £15 a day for internet hotels with the family at some point..


Cole & Mason 30 cm Hudson  16-Jar Filled Herb & Spice Carousel
Cole & Mason 30 cm Hudson 16-Jar Filled Herb & Spice Carousel
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rack - Shame About the Packaging, 15 Sept. 2013
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This rack and spices really is very good. It looks smart, is (relatively) easy to use, and even includes a large set of spices.

However, there are disadvantages, for instance, upon arrival one of the glass holders (and enclosed spice, Dill) had broken and thus there were shards of glass/Dill everywhere which was a shame. So now the rack is missing a spice.

The other major issue is that you cant easily see what is in the containers on the lower rack, the names are inscribed on the lids and this makes it quite difficulty to decipher them.

But overall, it does it's job, will look good in any modern kitchen, and includes even the lazy people to chuck a bit of spice in!


Remington EP6010C Corded Epilator
Remington EP6010C Corded Epilator

4.0 out of 5 stars Not good for men., 18 July 2013
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Having been thoroughly recommended this by my other half, I attempted to use this on my gnarly hairy legs. Unfortunately this was designed for a fairer species. Having said this, my other half says that this is a great product that is designed for those of us who are not male....


Leitz Soft Click A4 Presentation Ring Binder 30 mm- White
Leitz Soft Click A4 Presentation Ring Binder 30 mm- White
Price: £13.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Stuff, 15 Nov. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The problem is that you buy cheap ringbinders and they are cheap. They fall apart in no time at all.......

These Leitz ringbinders are quality items and they do not fall apart! It's a simple choice and one that you can make. Recommended if you want a quality product.


QuickBooks Pro, 1 user (PC)
QuickBooks Pro, 1 user (PC)

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 20 Sept. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Quickbooks is useful for those who are not too happy delving into Excel spreadsheets. As experienced Excel users we found that most things can be done in Excel but you need programming knowledge. If you are looking for a simple to use, but with a price, accounting solution this could be it.


Kaspersky One Universal Security (5 Multi Device, 1 Year subcription) (PC/Mac/Android)
Kaspersky One Universal Security (5 Multi Device, 1 Year subcription) (PC/Mac/Android)
Price: £79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good anti virus protection, 20 Sept. 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We have used this for our small business and found it easy to install and use. It has been invaluable in intercepting viruses on customers memory sticks and has little memory usage. Highly recommended.


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