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USB to RS232 - USB Converter Cable
USB to RS232 - USB Converter Cable
Offered by gamingcrazyuk
Price: £2.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect with XP SP3, 17 April 2012
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Plug and go.
Plug the USB end into the computer. Use the supplied mini-CD when Windows asks for it. Everything fine.

Used with a Garmin GPS. Garmin software instantly "found" the device, no need for any messing with settings etc.


Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 Pro TC
Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 Pro TC
Offered by Wiziwoo Limited
Price: £4.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb design, extremely quiet, 17 April 2012
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Bought 2 of these fans. Excellent value. Excellent design.
They are extremely quiet, inaudible in low RPM base mode, and still very quiet at high RPM. Even low speed shifts considerable amounts of air, and high RPM shifts huge amounts, reducing time required in this mode.
Much of this extra quieting comes from the mechanical isolation of the suspension rubber mountings.
(Note that the design only allows one-sided mounting, so if mounted for example in a case will only work as an EXTRACTION fan).


Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 -1949
Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 -1949
by Jim Baggott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Good story telling, brilliant detail of the people, but poor on the science, 17 April 2012
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This is a comparative account of the progress of various nations towards creating an effective nuclear-energy releasing bomb.
Coverage of all the people involved is extremely detailed, the activities of even very minor players being discussed.
It is very readable as a chronological story of the events, without any unexplained technical words etc.

Unfortunately the coverage of the technical aspects is very patchy, and often one is left not knowing WHY something was such a priority. I feel sure explanations could have been given, without delving into detailed quantum mechanics?


William Armstrong: Magician of the North
William Armstrong: Magician of the North
by Henrietta Heald
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great that it exists at all - but sadly otherwise less good, 16 Mar 2012
As other reviewers have said, Armstrong's key part in Victorian England is ludicrously neglected.
So a huge thanks to Henrietta Heald for the research and writing of it.

Unfortunately if it was a biography amongst many of someone more famous, it would not rate so very highly.

The best bits are: a) All the detail about the people who surrounded Armstrong's life. b) A good feel for the man is obtained. c) How often he met so many of the other contemporary "greats" not just of engineering, but also of pure science.
The poor parts are: a) The writing style, very much a first book. Chronology gets very confusing at times.
b) The variable but mostly extremely sparse details of the engineering.

This lack of information about his achievements is a great shame for anyone not otherwise aware of these things. If (perfectly reasonably) Henrietta Heald does not know/understand such details, I am sure there would have been several members of Durham or Newcastle University science or engineering depts who would have written a page or two descriptions of the technology involved, perhaps as appendixes ?. The book as a whole would be the better for it.


Silverline 282589 Heavy Duty Helping Hands 90mm 3x
Silverline 282589 Heavy Duty Helping Hands 90mm 3x
Price: £7.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little unit, 9 Mar 2012
It is small and portable - thus ideal for those repair jobs where whatever one is working on cannot be put on a bench.
Even if larger / sturdier bench vice type holding kit is owned, at the price this is an excellent purchase.
Obviously it is not going to be part of someones production line but in occasional portable use it is invaluable.


Masterlock Wall Mounted Key Storage Security Lock
Masterlock Wall Mounted Key Storage Security Lock
Price: £15.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, good product for occasional use, 17 Jan 2012
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A good product, solidly made.

The question is - Is it worth paying more for the much more substantial 5415 model (which I've also bought) ?
My answer would be - Yes it is for a constant use application, eg carers gaining daily+ access. See other comments for that model re the "feel" of the wheels etc.
As a back-up for forgotten keys (where the wheels are rarely used & can be left in a known state) this model is still more secure than most peoples front doors.


Masterlock 5415D Key Pad Key Safe
Masterlock 5415D Key Pad Key Safe
Price: £23.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very solidly constructed, 16 Jan 2012
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Excellent product, very solidly made and much more secure than most front doors !
The question is - Is it worth the difference over the 5401 model (which I've also bought) ?
My answer would be - Absolutely for a constant use application, eg carers gaining daily+ access. See other comments re the "feel" of the wheels etc.
As a back-up for forgotten keys (where the wheels are rarely used & can be left in a known state) it is less certain.


Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
by Jeremy Musson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Full of source material, light on conclusions or views, 1 Dec 2011
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This is very far from a "coffee table" book about country house servants !
It is really quite scholarly in its approach, with very extensive quotes being given of the writings of servants and masters through the period it covers (middle ages to date). Also realise it is strictly about "country houses" ie National Trust type homes.

The coverage through changing times is perhaps the book's greatest claim for interest, but is also reveals its greatest failing.
The management structure "below stairs" is described for each separate period but the changes never explored: eg the rise of Butlers and of parlour-maids, decline of footmen. Also the excellent sources are never used to discuss the tensions and rivalries of different servants through their rise and fall.

Nevertheless a useful book on this fascinating topic.


Collins Gem Italian Dictionary (Collins Gem)
Collins Gem Italian Dictionary (Collins Gem)
by Kolektif
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent content for its size & cost, 1 Dec 2011
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Considering its very small size the coverage to and from Italian is excellent.
As a travelling companion it cannot be beaten (not by the rival Oxford product anyway).

As an aid to learning Italian however I would recommend the Collins "Easy Learning" dictionary. It contains about the same number of base words but its larger size gives word usage and example phases for the entry.


Philip's Navigator Britain 2011 (Road Atlases)
Philip's Navigator Britain 2011 (Road Atlases)
by Philip's
Edition: Spiral-bound

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all narrowboat owners/canal users, 19 Sep 2011
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As everyone says, this is an excellent road atlas giving almost as much detail as an OS map.

What is special for me as a narrowboat owner however is the clear and detailed inclusion of canals, along with locks, tunnels and even some bridge numbers !
Although a Nicholson Guide is required to actually navigate along canals & rivers, they do not give much of the bigger picture of where one actually is, or what is nearby. This atlas admirably adds that info.


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