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The Pyramid Principle:Logic in Writing and Thinking
The Pyramid Principle:Logic in Writing and Thinking
by Barbara Minto
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.19

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great for producing material for a soul destroying beaurocracy, 25 May 2010
Firstly, this book is not innovative, it just rediscovers and applies standard argument form in critical thinking to create a pyramid style outline. You can learn this for 9.99. The problem with standard argument form is that it is insanely boring to read and takes great effort in time and energy upfront to produce as you work through every nagging detail.
I tried the approach in this book to write a few articles for a busienss related website and found it slowed me down to a snail pace as I overanalysed every statement I was making. It drained all my creativity and made the subject matter stoic and boring by removing all the fluidity of thought and pathos. If you need to produce material for a soul destroying beaurocracy, this is the right method for you.
After looking around I discovered and excellent and practical little book by Ayn Rand on the subject of writting nonfiction, which helps you develop an outline and still manages to to keep it human.


Garmin Nuvi 265W Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping and Bluetooth
Garmin Nuvi 265W Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping and Bluetooth

22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but watch out for maps, 29 Nov 2009
Typical of all products made in this world, there is always a sneaky, small minded, and frankly underhand way of making you pay more. None of these people want to make your life easier. We bought ours and where quite happy for a bit, it does the job, it could be a bit smarter, but hey.

What is deeply annoying and why it gets an immediate 1 star is that instead of just typing in your code into their website and getting a deserved free update of the maps to keep you going, they have sneakly created two numbers, the serial number to register and another "activation" number which sits somewhere on the back of the box. Guess what will be the 1st thing you through away? the box, guess how much it will cost you to get that update...1 and half times the cost of the device. How many actual updates will you get for that money...not that many, since road s dont move that quickly.

Service minded management, might have put the activation number on the film on the screen itself, so that it is impossible to miss, but no!, they place in a Golum like manner on the back of the packet, in very itsy bitsy print. it is plain selfish.
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HP Officejet 7210 All in One Printer Scanner Copier Fax
HP Officejet 7210 All in One Printer Scanner Copier Fax

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Printer cartridge problems, 13 Sep 2009
I have had similar problems with the cartridge error message, although the spring is not the problem in my case. I too tried customer "support" and found them helpful in manner and useless in providing a solution (probably because the only solution is to replace the printer). I barely use my printer, so wear and tear is not the problem. Black cartridges, stop functioning after a few prints and remain 90% full. I believe that the printer has a design flaw and it should have been recalled or replaced.

I have been a 100% loyal customer of HP printers in both private and business purchases for the past 10 years, believing them to be good value, I have been so poorly treated that I will vote with my feet.

I cannot make a comparison of the print quality other than to state that the pages where better than expected, but it gets a 1 star (0 if they had it) because each print has more or less cost me 10 USD.

Thankfull, they do not produce it anymore, so others need not suffer, but I strongly urge you NOT to buy this printer as a second hand item, since you will get 0 utility from it once the dreaded "Remove and Check Right Cartridge" message begins to blink.


Millionaire Upgrade: Lessons in Success from Those Who Travel at the Sharp End of the Plane
Millionaire Upgrade: Lessons in Success from Those Who Travel at the Sharp End of the Plane
by Richard Parkes Cordock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.41

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is just another take on rich dad, 27 July 2006
This book is basically the same as Rich Dad Poor Dad.

Same story about a millionare whose name they will not tell you and who most certainly does not exist, a character used to illustrate principles on how to get rich, written by somebody who invariable might become rich from the irifutable rule of business which is 'there is a sucker like you born every minute!'

What I learned from the book was that I am now 5,99 poorer and the author, publisher and distributer are 5,99 richer.

Its a great feel good read for a long journey, but you will forget it pretty soon after. For this I prefered Rich Dad Poor Dad.

It is probably a better idea to compare yourself statistically to those wealthier than you. For this you might consider the book 'the millionare next door' and ask yourself which bits of your life match up statistically to those wealthier than you.

At least then you can see what you are statistically not doing right.


Business Process Management: Profiting from Process
Business Process Management: Profiting from Process
by Roger Burlton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.48

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars consultant/guru pap?, 27 July 2006
This book contains a bit too much consultant/guru pap, which you will hear for free when the BPM consultancy comes to sell you the solution and during the 1st part of the deployment to appease your alarm at why things are taking so long.

If you are high up in the corporate food chain (just beyond the point where you lost touch with what the people on the ground are really doing) then you can bathe in the re-assuring calm of this book's BPM suite pre-sales and pre-reality pitch.

You can be reminded of subjects such as Change Management, project management, business risk and the 'looks good on paper' fad framework touted. You can get most of this stuff my keeping up your subscription to the HBR.

If you really want to wake up and smell the coffee read:

The Third Wave.

If you already have your helmet on and are taking incoming fire on the business process front on the other hand...

For a practical book on process modelling that is really going to help you and is worth the paper it is printed on I recomend:

Workflow Modelling, tools for process improvement and application development, Alec Sharp and Patrick McDermott.


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