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Jesus Christ Superstar [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Jesus Christ Superstar [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £30.46

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep religious impact, 19 Jan. 2004
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Two things can be said about this edition of "Jesus Christ Superstar": It poses an important religious question and it is a complete and time-typical rendering of the musical.
First the religious: Judas is the main character in the musical, asking rightly (when seen from his political / human perspective) whether Jesus has strayed from the path. For Judas, this is a political quest, not a religious search. When it finally dawns on Judas that it has nothing at all to do with ordinary politics - that Jesus indeed is (believing himself to be) a savior, he has hanged himself and can only comment post mortem (in the title song). Judas was indeed murdered in the couse of the plot - the question is, was it necessary?
A reviewer found the apperance of the Israeli tanks (and perhaps also the jets) laughtable, but failed to see the significance: This is a demonstration of (Roman!) power and one should notice that it was only shown in connection with the lone and frustrated Judas-figure. A reflection on his thoughts.
The second observation for specifically this edition of JCS is that it is a true representation of the musical when it was first shown, in the happy-hippie days. The actors are carrying flower-power outfits (espc. Herod) and the dancing is "wild" or "free". Although the quality of the singing and dancing can be argued I personally will give this edition high marks for nerve. After all, this is an old production.
Only problem is that the encoding on the DVD-version is a strict region-1. Why could this edition not be found in region-2?!

Videowave Power Edition 5.0
Videowave Power Edition 5.0

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't use this alone..., 12 Dec. 2003
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I bought this product for the sole purpose of being able to do blue-screen tricks and blend videos and pictures. And that is both possible and easy enough. But I would not recommend this product as the only video-editing software for a serious user.
The software is heavily bound to its story-board layout, making it complicated or at least cumbersome to trim a scene frame by frame. And that is really the problem with it, because this goes all the way down to the audio editing.
This product cannot recognize a Pinnacle video board as that is told to be "proprietary". A Matrox card was found, but gave odd results. Scene detection is slow.
On the plus side your result can be produced in a very great number of formats, making it easy for other products to use it. The software is also able to load great many formats too, so it is definitely a usefull product (as a subroutine).
I found that Pinnacle Studio is better for editing purposes, but that Videowave Power Edition is nice to create special blending effects with. The conclusion: Use both!

Partition Magic 8.0 Upgrade
Partition Magic 8.0 Upgrade

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will need this - sometimes!, 2 Nov. 2003
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If you are dealing with modern operating systems (like Windows XP) and moderns computers having huge disks you will end up - at one time or another! - with the need of putting data to one side, placing the operating system to another place and perhaps you'll want to install yet another OS. This is exactly what Partition Magic is exellent to do.
Compared with version 7.0 there is not too much new here, except that the wizards are better, the help text a bit tighter and better in some places and the tutorials are fine. Also some errors has been fixed.
And of course, the thing that urges you to upgrade to this version is due to the changes done to the disk subsystems of Windows XP and Linux since the last version.
This is simply put a product I won't be without.

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
by David Lloyd
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, dark...., 28 Oct. 2003
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One of the things that the comic media can do as normal litterature cannot is to make impressions on both sight and insight - meaning pictures and words. In "V" this is done with the same masterly skill as the best of novels and comics combined.
The book is a statement against! - not so much a statement in favor of any specific. It is anarchy, but as anarchy is V.close (pun intended!) to chaos, someone must control it. Can this be done - we don't know in the end, not in life nor in this book. We hope...
The scene is set in England after an atomic war in the '90. England, alway a lover of class-division, turns into the same fascist society that Huxley and Orwell warned against.
But some law must be maintained? Yes, but the law is for all - it must be loved, not feared. To release yourself from fear you have to pass by it - then you can live again. "V" is the anarchist to do so and to bring the ultimate new world.
You can associate "V" as a Messiah - and as such, Christ was also an kind of an anarchist - but after all, this is taking the novel a bit to far. "V" is as much a Messiah as "Batman" is, but with a different perspective. "Batman" wants to remedy the symptoms - "V" wants to cure the disease.
My complains about the book is directed against the quality of the chosen paper. It sucks too much ink which makes the drawings lesser clear than they deserve.

Pinnacle Studio 7.0 video editing software
Pinnacle Studio 7.0 video editing software

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for starters but with bugs, 3 Sept. 2003
I have now used this version of Studio (ver. 7) for about a year. There are many good ideas in it that the beginner can use to very good effect, but the overall product has a few bugs that pulls it back to the 3 stars.
First of all though: It is easy to use. That is good, very good.
The preview screen is too small and cannot be resized. Not OK.
Remember to download the patches as there are quite a few bugs it the product. Not all bugs are fixed, though!
The biggest problem has to do with syncronization between sound and picture. If you are capturing a video start (you know, with lot of zigzags and visual noise) then the sound is out of sync. This is true for analog video. If you are creating a speial "slideshow" project where you add a *.WAV file first (no movie yet) then the timeline is calculated wrongly and the WAVe is cut before the correct end! Bad, bad!!
Missing is also some nice features like blue-screen or video-in-video. But as a beginners product, it is OK.

Programming Wireless Devices with the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (Java (Addison-Wesley))
Programming Wireless Devices with the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (Java (Addison-Wesley))
by M. F. Patel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start and reference, 29 Aug. 2003
The focus on programming wireless devices is growing these years. New devices arrive every day, having a huge set of functions - you just want to play a game or get some music on these small gadgets. You could really use a pocket database or another type of application.
Trouble is that these devices are all different. There are at least two different major operating systems on the PDA's and what the OS-situation is for the mobile phones can be difficult to tell. Even having the same operating system is not enough as the hardware platforms are different. This can certainly complicate the life of a developer. Choose your platform, mate!
Unless JAVA is used, of course! The promised land of Code Once, Run Everywhere cannot completely be fullfilled (we know!), but in the world of small devices there now exist a set of standards. These have acronyms such as CLDC and MIDP and are found within the Micro Edition of the JAVA environment (J2ME).
This book describes at a good level the J2ME-platform. The focus is placed mostly on the MIDP libraries which is natural as it is here that the most functions are found. The book covers the available API calls in a good way: Not too detailed, but clear and with a lot of example code. The authors remember to include proper warnings against misuse of some of the library routines - do not overdo the vibrator or flashing background, remember to add commands so that the user can navigate: That sort of advice. And trivial as this may seem, it is still needed, because programming an embedded or wireless device is something completely different than coding a PC-based application.
Between the release of the first edition of the book and this there has been a rapid development within the J2ME area, especially when it comes to the MIDP-platform. A host of new API's has been added to MIDP and this is clearly marked in the book. This is of course helpfull if you have older books and wants to compare. Or if you want to promote the new stuff - else I find it unnecessary.
The book is mostly concerned with the MIDP API and as such does not cover much outside of this scope. You will look in vain for a description of the JSR-82 BlueTooth specifications or the WiFi-protocols. This, I feel, is a weakness because of the growing impact of such network technologies.
The book itself is platform-independent: While it shows many examples it does not show how to compile and deploy an application to a specific wireless device, much less discuss existing platforms. It is an introduction to the CLDC and MIDP API's, not to the development process itself. But the book is important for a good introduction to programming in the "small world" and is a must for the developer. The starting chapters also give a good overview of the position of the J2ME environment and its components and should be required reading for any JAVA evangelist and architect.

Java Development on PDAs: Building Applications for PocketPC and Palm Devices (Java (Addison-Wesley))
Java Development on PDAs: Building Applications for PocketPC and Palm Devices (Java (Addison-Wesley))
by Daryl Wilding-McBride
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor: Buy this book!, 28 Aug. 2003
When you want to dive into the field of actually program a wireless device you can easily find yourself become confused. One question is simply: What do I need to get going with the first project. And although it is a simple question to ask, it is not yet a simple question to answer, because it depends! The dependency is what device you want to address and what options you have when you want to develop an application.
This book is written by a humble and very competent programmer. He is humble because he just want to tell us how to code a PDA, be it PocketPC or Palm. He does not want to demonstrate much more than this. And this is how it should be, given the title of the book, because what he does is telling us all the steps needed. Here the authors competence really shows.
The book starts with a brief introduction to the J2ME configurations, the CLDC and the CDC API's. Continuing then to the MIDP profile where the author already demonstrates a simple generic MIDP applet. The next two chapters really rocks the boat: Here is compared the Palm and the PocketPC platforms with regard to J2ME, so if you have the choice then you can easily decide what to go for. In any case you will here find the most needed information: What development environment should you use for a specific platform - and where do you get it. The author brings links to a collection of no-cost tools and what more: All the links are correct!
At this point you really must begin to program at least a "Hello World" program for you selected platform. McBride helps you with every step in this for both platforms. He discusses JDBC, Internet access from the PDA's and how to use misc. connection methods, for example Infrared Connections or Mobile Phone. Everything is demonstrated with very good screen pictures of the PDA's or good program lists. He even demonstrates how to use web-services and the SOAP clients.
The last part of the book deals with the future, meaning technologies such as JXTA (dynamic peer-to-peer network) and ideas about Jini. Bluetooth was already demonstrated earlier in the book. Again, everything is written clearly and makes you want to start the programming now.
The book is highly recommendable! On no more than 239 pages including the index you'll get all what is needed to start doing your own development with confindence that it will work. I really believe that all the code in the book was tested. Do yourself a favor: Buy this book if you want to program JAVA on the PDA's!

The Man Machine
The Man Machine
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £15.05

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complex simplicity!, 23 Feb. 2003
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When you listen to this record, you should remember that it was created and released in 1978. At that time there was no MIDI, no samplers with the quality of our time and no digital electronic music equipment to speak of. What you had of electronic was complicated and difficult to adjust. Your sequencers was mostly experimental and limited in scope.
Enter Kraftwerk! With great determinism the group thought in the same minimalistic patterns that can be found in the Ravel Bolero and the Bach fugas. The precision - OVERprecision - is used to compose music of a very simple nature, like the German hit-music at that time (for instance, "The Model" is a moody and slow variation of some Bayern-like tunes - all you miss is the brass section!).
Kraftwerk is playing with the idea of being "computers". They want us to think that this is the music machines make. But they cannot hide the humanity - the music is funny, in all of its simplicity.
The music that this group made and is making should be regarded as important. And add to that: It is damn good!

Rainbow In Curved Air
Rainbow In Curved Air
Offered by all my music
Price: £39.90

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient and daring, 21 Jan. 2003
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I first heard "Rainbow" in a radiocast around 1973. Second time was 6 years later, at school. And third time was in 1987, also in a radiocast. Now I have bought the CD.
The morale of this small story is that the music is something that is not heard often, but that it for some shapes the future. It was the first electronic piece that I know that I have heard (excluding "popcorn") and it was a direct inspirator for listening in to some even more advanced pieces of music.
I call the music ambient - and that is true, as the music is flowing and intonating with a form but without a solid theme. "Rainbow" is not trance music, but more demanding.
I also call the music daring, referring to the point in time where it arrived. And then again - it was all so psykodelic then. Perhaps it was daring for us, not wanting to listen exclusively to Manfred Mann or Beatles. Well...
The music is classical electronica. It should be a must-listen.

Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering (Agile Software Development)
Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering (Agile Software Development)
by Robert L. Glass
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and needed, 21 Jan. 2003
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The reason why I am nothing throwing in all 5 stars is that the books style irritates me a little. I would rather have all the references and sources in an appendix in the end of the book, rather than after each fact & fallacy.
But that said, the f&f that is shown here are good to be reminded of for almost any programmer. I wonder a bit why a fact stating that COBOL is the best business computer language is needed - true that it may be it is irrelevant and carries not the same weight as other statements in the book (I could add another fact about SNOBOL being the best string-manipulating language etc., but whats the relevance...?).
The book is part of the eXtreme / pragmatic / agile programming paradigme that we see these years. And true is it that Robert L. Glass doesn't bring that much new stuff - he is referring to his own old books a lot of the time - but from personal experience I have already seen that managers are impressed by the facts stated here.
So after all: The book should be used to throw in a couple of facts in an argument with a manager. That, or Dilbert...

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