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Samsung WIS12ABGN/XEC Allshare (DLNA) Smart TV Wireless Dongle
Samsung WIS12ABGN/XEC Allshare (DLNA) Smart TV Wireless Dongle
Offered by MDN®
Price: £25.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Smart features when a cable just won't do, 25 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Great addition to the TV. If, as is my case, your tv is in an impractical location to plug in an ethernet cable then the dongle gives you access to the internet and opens up the Smart functionality of the TV.
In my case the TV and the Router are in close proximity (4 meters) so the connection is nice and fast. I've not had a chance to test the range on it.
It was relatively straight forward to set up, just plug in and then go to the correct menu and input your wireless passphrase and within a minute everything's done.
One potential issue with the product is that it slightly protrudes outside the bezel of the TV (about 0.5 cms) it's not a problem for me but If you have your TV countersunk into the wall (so it is flush) there may be an issue with the dongle going into the wall. Probably not a problem for 99% of people though.
All in all, I feel it's a fantastic product. Money well spent!


The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic guide through the History of Randomness, 7 Aug 2010
Here is a fantastic guide through the human race's attempts to understand the complexities of events which are Random. A very good book where you can read about the a little about the lives of those who changed our understanding for the better and I recommend it to anyone with a interest in understanding randomness.
The book is very well written and flows nicely.


Mi Plan
Mi Plan
Price: £8.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 19 Mar 2010
This review is from: Mi Plan (Audio CD)
Here is a great album!
The melodies are just brilliant, each of the songs has it's own character. Good fun. It is a spanish language album - each of the songs is in spanish, i know for some this will be a big deal, but to the ear it sounds soothing and energetic in the right proportions.
There are six duets on the album, I love each of them, they've been made so well.
But music is a personal thing; listen to the samples or find it on Spotify and then buy after listening to it. or buy it, throw it in the car and see how you quickly fall in love with it.

:)


Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid
by Raymond Benson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the game.., 12 Mar 2010
This review is from: Metal Gear Solid (Paperback)
...then chances are you'll like the book.

While i enjoyed the book and managed to read it in a few days i felt that some of the characterisation of Snake isn't quite the same in the book and he comes out as a little bit weaker.
There are also moments in the game which you can suspend your disbelief, but when you're reading that snake happens to find a 27 storey length of rope, just seems a little contrived. Despite the lows, the book has some amazing highs. The fight scenes with, what would have been the bosses, are great. Very memorable. Although overall, my fondness of the game probably has given me rose tinted glasses. Some of the criticism is deserved, however you can see the plot that Kojima was trying to give and the last page and a half is well written...but it is reminiscent of the games' script.

entertaining just not a work of art.
:)


Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by K. G. Binmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating read, just hard going at times, 10 Mar 2010
The book took me probably two or three attempts to 'get into' it. It was hard going at times, and a number of times i had to get a pencil and paper out to work through and make sure that i deeply understood the text. That said, the quality of the what's written is, i have no doubt, precise (in a mathematical context) and once you get used to the way Binmore writes is good. (although i understand that's a big ask)

Despite being hard going at times, it also had it's moments of absolute clarity. He goes through a broad range of topics: What a 'game' is in a mathematical sense; effect of chance, time, repeated games and the effect that has on players perception of strategy; Information, and what players can learn about the other players based on what they do; Auctions; Evolutionary Biology (very interesting), and how game theory can accurately predict/explain why animals do some actions, or why people are altruistic or why people would put themselves in harms way to save others. Bargaining and coalitions (not my personal favourite) and a short section on puzzles and paradoxes at the end, which it thought was a nice way to round off a book like this.

As the book goes, Binmore also give the reader a history of game theory, so that they can appreciate the development of this branch of mathematics. I enjoyed this as it meant that i could piece together how this reletively new branch came into being and how its developed to today.

For me the major downside of some of this book is the way that it has been explained in a non-intuitive way, and some of it really does make to struggle and want to throw the book as hard as you can across the room and scream. However, like most pieces of mathematics, if you work at it and follow the reasoning through, you see why it has been written in such a convoluted way - precision. Some people might not like the idea that you have to 'work' with this book and to a point I agree, but this book isn't called "Game Theory; In simple terms" it's called "Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction" it's there to introduce you to it and to get a good grasp of the subject you'll have to work with it. And if you do, i'm sure you'll love it.

:)


The Bourne Supremacy (JASON BOURNE)
The Bourne Supremacy (JASON BOURNE)
by Robert Ludlum
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Bourne Again, 28 Feb 2010
The book isn't very much like the film, but it continues from the first book (I recommend reading that before this) The book starts with a gripping piece of action, and the plot as a whole has many twists and turns throughout; a lot of guessing and second guessing. Ludlum, has created a man with a Dual identity, sometimes this the monologue can get confusing, however the confusion adds to the atmosphere of the scenes. There is a real empathy for the characters...until the books hasty conclusion. For me, and hence the 4* review, the end let this book down. It was over far too quick. After spending 650 pages (or there abouts in the build up) having the crowning moment of the book over in a couple of sides was a little bit of a let down. That aside, it was a fufilling read. I sure did love it. And i will be returning to this book at some point in the future.
Worth reading

:)


Powerball 250 Hz Regular - Blue
Powerball 250 Hz Regular - Blue
Offered by Powerspin
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little ball of fun, 18 Feb 2010
As many others have said, this is an addictive piece of kit. It straddles resistance trainer and toy, which is a weird combination if i must say, but a clever one. It means you keep on picking it up.
I've used a couple of my friends ones, but actually owning one myself, i can see myself using it for a while, although not sure if my interest in it will continue. Time will tell.
The only problem at the moment is that i seem to have a small separation of skin just about just where the fingernail and cuticle meet. I'm sure it'll heal though.

It's great fun! :)


The Times: KenKen Book 1: The New Brain-training Puzzle Phenomenon: Bk. 1
The Times: KenKen Book 1: The New Brain-training Puzzle Phenomenon: Bk. 1
by Tetsuya Miyamoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good games, 16 Feb 2010
A very good alternative to Sudoku, personally i prefer it. You can do it quicker, but it is still challenging, for while it is only a 6x6 square grid, it's complexity makes it quite difficult.
Good fun for a quick mental warm up.

:)


Professor Layton and The Curious Village (Nintendo DS)
Professor Layton and The Curious Village (Nintendo DS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games for DS, 16 Feb 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I think the Professor Layton series will become a great set of games.

The puzzles are a curious mix of mathematical (of all forms), Logic and visual. There are plenty of puzzles to do (around 130) but you do find that they are samey. However, the deeper you go into the game they harder they get, and you might find yourself looking for a hint.

Definately makes you want to play more to solve the story, and get to the next puzzle.

:)


The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Tim Robbins
Price: £4.30

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Movie of All Time, 16 Feb 2010
This film, is just great! bah, i barely know the words to describe it.

What Andy Dufresne has to go through, just makes the finale all the sweeter. I don't think that there is a better actor than Tim Robbins for the role and with Morgan Freeman along side, with the narration, it just makes it perfect. I could happily watch this film over and over and over and over again. I cannot praise it enough. Just let it in!

:)


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