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Colossus: Bletchley Park's Greatest Secret
Colossus: Bletchley Park's Greatest Secret
by Paul Gannon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some problems with the paperback, 28 Feb. 2012
There are at least two references saying "see the photographs" and "see the plates", but the (at least my) paperback contains no such plates.
Also there's one reference to "The Table in Diagram 20.5", and I could find no such diagram.
Finally there's a reference to "the extended example in Appendix C ... message M2", and my appendix does not contain it.

As for the book, as someone else said: far too long, is 95% about radio links and interception, which rather spoils the really interesting stuff about cracking Fish, and building Colossus (and the other machines).

Rather than waste money on the hardback, I'm going to try the Copeland book...


Canon IXUS 130 Digital Camera - Black (14.1 MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.7 Inch PureColor LCD
Canon IXUS 130 Digital Camera - Black (14.1 MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.7 Inch PureColor LCD
Offered by Camera Centre UK
Price: £129.99

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Images not as good as my Ixus40, 8 Jun. 2010
Initial disappointment was confirmed after I took a set of comparison photos with both the Ixus130 and my old Ixus40. EVERY still photo was better with the 40: normal, close up, macro, face, garden etc.
The 130 is simply not sharp enough, even without zooming in, it's just obvious.
I used Auto mode for all, because this is a compact point-and-shoot camera.

The moving images on the Ixus130 were excellent quality, far better than the 40, BUT...
* they're widescreen ratio (might be settable, didn't find out) which doesn't edit well in MS Windows Movie Maker (an excellent free tool for building movies on Windows) and gives problems when transferred to DVD;
* they're in .MOV, MPEG4 format - again MS WMM can't handle, and the clips can only be played in QT, RealPlayer, or MediaPlayeClassic, not Windows Media Player.

If you've not had an Ixus before you might think it's fine.
Check reviews before buying.
Mine's been returned for a refund, I'll stick with my trusty Ixus40.
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